#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for January, 2008

Paying the Price

I was up until almost 2 am finishing Sue Grafton’s new book, “T is for Trespass“. I’ve been reading the series since A–needless to say, I’m a major fan of both Grafton and Kinsey Millhone. So I woke up very late this morning, and I’m just getting to this blog now, fortified with a few cups of coffee. Thank heaven the Canadian Wrangler, Larry, is feeling better, and could go out and feed the horses.

My feet are snug–and brilliantly colorful–in my Hayseed rodeo clown socks. These babies are going on the road with me–sure would brighten up

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Hayseed Hotzler Rodeo Clown Socks

Rhea Hotzler of Long Prairie, MN, sent me the most fabulous gift! A pair of “Hayseed” Hotzler socks. They are marvelously warm and wildly colorful–I’m wearing them as I write this. (And my toes are toasty.)

Rhea’s husband Gary (aka Hayseed) was a rodeo clown until he retired in 1981, and wore the socks as his trademark. They were knitted, as were mine, by a neighbor of the Hotzlers, originally as a way to use up leftover yarn in various colors. It has become a tradition to present the socks to all sorts of people (my pair is number 1160!),

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“Keep your ear to the ground” referred to the practice of plainsmen listening to the ground to hear hoof beats. It became the westerner’s warning to stay alert.

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