Long time no blog OR: And you thought I was dead

Sunday, Aug 03

I’m alive and well, and down 3.6 pounds as of last Wednesday’s Weight Watchers meeting.
I’m not sure why I haven’t blogged this week–it just seemed that something popped up every time I wanted to start.  🙂
I’m writing, of course, and deep into the study of THE COURSE IN MIRACLES–and I’ve been making the occasional artist trading card, too.  I’ve fallen head over heels for the art of Amedeo Modigliani–WOW.  (Check him out online if you’re not familiar with his work.)
I didn’t do much gardening this year, but Jeremy put in some tomato plants last spring, and they’re ripening now. Yum.  There are few better foods, in my opinion, than a fresh tomato still warm from the summer sun.  Hard to believe these luscious morsels were thought to be poisonous, way back when.  I wonder–who was the first intrepid soul to throw caution to the wind and take a bite?  🙂  (Or, alas, made the decision to end it all in the same way.)  In either event, the tasty fruit must have come as a surprise–Holy Delicious, Batman, this thing is GOOD–especially when it failed to bring on instant death.  (If only they’d known about sliced bread and Miracle-Whip Lite, a combination which, in my humble opinion, is flat-out THE most scrumptuous way to consume a tomato, although I also love them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mozzerella cheese, or in salads, or stewed and mixed with whole-grain pasta….)
Speaking of food, here’s a tip I got from Goldie Taylor, when she and Buck visited last weekend.  Chop watermelon into cubes, stir in some fresh mint and a slosh of balsamic vinegar, chill awhile or serve immediately, topped with Feta cheese.  Goldie adds pecans, but, like many cowgirls, she’s a size nothing and can get away with it.  I left out the nuts and used reduced-fat cheese–hey, I have to weigh in on Wednesday morning)–and my version was scrumptuous.  I also tasted a lovely cold salad recently, made with finely-chopped kale and fresh cranberries, though the other ingredients remain a mystery.  Does anybody out there in Parable have a recipe for something similar?  Kale is seriously good for you, but it’s pretty bitter by itself, so I’m looking for ways to jazz it up a little, without breaking the points bank in the process.
Sheesh, now I’ve gone and made myself hungry.
That’s about all the news that’s fit to blog, my friends–things have been blessedly peaceful here on the ranch.  Tune in tomorrow, when I’ll announce last week’s contest winners.  No worries if you’re not one of them–the new round starts immediately.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re entered.
In the meantime, take care and be extra-kind to critters and folks who seem a little down-in-the-mouth.  A smile or a gentle word can work miracles.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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