Winners and Weather and Points, Oh, my

Monday, Feb 09

This week’s winners are Karen Silver and Linda Holmes.  Congratulations, ladies.  Your signed books will be on their way to you immediately.  As always, a new contest begins today.  All you need to do is comment and you are entered to win.  Next Monday, one of the winners’ names may be your own.  🙂
As for the weather, we started out with a hint of sunshine, but now the sky is overcast and, okay, a bit gloomy.  It isn’t getting me down, though, because I won’t let it. 🙂  I choose to focus on the many, many good things in my life. 
As I mentioned in a previous blog, I’ve been stuck on a weight loss plateau for a while now, so I switched (temporarily) from Simply Filling (Weight Watchers) to counting points.  This was rough for the first few days, but now I’ve adjusted and I’m pretty sure I’m losing weight again.  (I didn’t have any drastic gains, but I wasn’t making progress and for the last three weeks, my number has been inching up .8 and that, of course, is not good.)  I love Simply Filling and will probably alternate between plans, but, for now, I just need to pay more attention to portion sizes, etc.
In a couple of days, I’ll be recording an interview for Joshua P. Warren’s (the Wishing Machine guy) podcast, “Talk About Strange.”  (I’m pretty strange, all right, but not, methinks, in the way some of the other guests are.  Trust me, I mean this in the kindest possible way.  :))  My segment will air on February 14, and you can find the show on iTunes or any other place offering podcasts.  I haven’t been scheduled on “Strange Universe”–maybe I’m not strange enough for that one.  (Or, possibly, I’m too strange.) 
Speaking of podcasts, I’ve discovered a new one that I really like.  It’s called “Beyond the Playlist”, an interview show with a positive emphasis.  (Much as I love Dave Schrader and “Darkness Radio”, I have to change my recommendation to: listen with a grain of salt.  Sometimes, things get a little raunchy and I don’t want folks tuning in on my say-so and then being upset.  Don’t get me wrong: I personally LOVE the show, the hosts, Dave, Tim and Mally, and I listen faithfully unless I think the topic is going to be too violent or too far out.  I heard about “Beyond the Playlsit” on “Half Size Me”, which is an EXCELLENT program full of good advice on fitness and health.  OK, I’m starting to have trouble with my computer (operator error, I’m sure), so I’ll wrap this up with an audiobook recommendation: “First Frost” is an excellent novel with a touch of magic.

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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