#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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The Pony Express carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail over more than 650,000 miles during those nineteen months and lost only one mail sack.

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