Wednesday’s News

Wednesday, Mar 12

Today was Weight Watchers day, and I’m thrilled to report that I lost 4.4 pounds this week!  Jen, Wendy and I went to lunch at a favorite Mexican restaurant afterward–I had a chicken enchilada, my favorite, along with rice and beans.  Delicious.  Of course none of these items are on the Power Foods list, but that’s one of the wonderful things about this program.  It’s flexible.  I ate about half of what I was served and avoided the torilla chips and bean dip the waiter served as soon as we sat down.
In between these two events, I stopped off at JoAnn’s to buy more of the metal artist trading card blanks I found there last week.  (If I find something I really like, I tend to buy it in bulk.  Guess you could call it a Costco mindset.  🙂  )  Naturally, several other interesting items found their way into my shopping cart–some nifty paper punches, glitter in two scrumptious colors (magenta and turquoise), and some plastic sheets I can paint on and then shrink in the oven.  (Another experiment–and experiments are one of my favorite things–#20, I guess.)
The weather is perfectly gorgeous today, cold but sunny.  It sure raises a person’s spirits.  Haven’t spotted any sprouts in the tulip/daffodil beds, but I’m trusting them to show up soon. 
I read a book last night–yes, the kind with pages–called “The Little Book of True Ghost Stories”, by Echo Bodine.  VERY interesting.  I don’t see ghosts, and I don’t want to, but I’m what you might call a sensitive.  If there’s a shift in the energy, negative or positive, I’m aware of it.  I’m sure this is actually pretty common.  Black tourmaline, strategically placed, seems to even things out, and many people, including moi, believe it is a stone of protection, and an extremely powerful one at that.  When I have aches and pains, I carry rock crystal in my pockets or rub the sore area gently with either rose quartz or moss agate.  Although it would be difficult, if not impossible, to name a favorite, both rose quartz and moss agate are go-to stones for me, along with jasper and labradorite.  I can feel the energy in these (and most other) stones just by holding my hand a few inches above them.  Jasper is wonderfully calming, and so is labradorite–plus, the latter is absolutely lovely to look at, filled with light and colors that seem to shift and change, like a very small universe, full of Hubble-bright galaxies, or a hologram.
I’m constantly giving gemstone pendants to friends and family–in fact, Debbie Macomber tweeted a photo today, and she’s wearing the moss agate I gave her.  🙂  It’s worth looking up the picture just to see that wonderful, light-up-a-room smile of hers.
I miss my good friend, can you tell?

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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