#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Alive and Well in Spokane, Washington

Not that you’d know that from my sketchy blog history this summer!

I’m just back from a quick trip to San Francisco with my BFF, Debbie Macomber.  It was short but sweet!

The adventure began at Seattle’s Safeco Field, where the legendary Seahawk, Richard Sherman, held his annual charity softball game.  Richard believes in giving back, and his fellow players stepped up to help, drawing thousands of fans.  In fact, some 20,000 tickets were sold, with all the profits going toward education.  This country girl was gob-smacked to sit in a suite, meet the players, and snap a few photos on the field.  These unselfish men and women–yes, there are women in professional baseball now, and at the major league level!–were inspiring to watch.  They were so gracious to their fans, many of whom were children, autographing footballs and programs and whatever else was shoved at them with tireless good humor.  Debbie and her husband, Wayne, are huge Seahawk supporters and, after this event, I could really see why.

After the game, we returned to Debbie’s beautiful home in Port Orchard, both of us tuckered out!  After a good night’s sleep, Debbie and I headed for San Francisco for some girl time.  We shopped in Chinatown and hung out with Debbie’s good friend, Candy Jensen, of “Crochet Today” fame.  We enjoyed dim sum, and I had the best fried oysters EVER when we lunched at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Debbie and I used our quiet time to talk plot, catch up on all the news, and enjoy spending time together.

Hanging out with Deb is always inspirational.  We laughed and cried, brainstormed and talked about books, books, and more books.  Our fetish for writing is equalled only by our fascination with reading.

I arrived home late last night, to an enthusiastic welcome from Mowgli and Tule, who had been well taken care of in my absence, but greatly missed.  The cats, Button (21 years old) and Wiki, were less excitable, but still very happy to see Mama back on the ranch.  Wiki, normally reticent, spent most of the night on my bed, staking out his claim to a spot between the dogs.  :)  And as much fun as I had, I, like Deb, was so happy to be home, with my four boy babies, able to sleep in my own bed and soak in my bathtub.

Life is good. 

39 comments to “Alive and Well in Spokane, Washington”

  1. Terri S
      · July 14th, 2016 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time. I’m glad you had such an enjoyable time with your friend.

  2. Lucy Brewer
      · July 14th, 2016 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Wow! What a trip. Love hearing about your pets.I have a dog,Minnie. I love her bunches.

  3. Pamela Devereux
      · July 14th, 2016 at 6:34 pm · Link

    It was fun reading your adventures with Debbie Macomber. The 2 of you are my favorite authors. I could seen you hanging out in San Francisco. Even though that was fun, it is always good to be home.

  4. Theresa
      · July 14th, 2016 at 6:35 pm · Link

    Glad you had a fun time!! I received your trio of candles and they are fantastic! What lovely art work and the scents are just wonderful! Thank You Linda! I ll be ordering more for my Christmas gifts!

  5. Marge Dominic
      · July 14th, 2016 at 6:35 pm · Link

    Wow! Sounds like great fun. Two of my most favorite writers, together. Your right though, always “Home Sweet Home” with all your lovable companions and relaxation.

  6. Phyllis Odell
      · July 14th, 2016 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Glad you are back to warm Spokane and you had a good time

  7. Des
      · July 14th, 2016 at 7:15 pm · Link

    Friends and family are a golden thread who help keep us together. Debbie sounds like a golden friend, so glad you had a great time with her.

  8. Trudy Wilson
      · July 14th, 2016 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had a great time with Debbie Macomber! Glad you arrive safely back home. Love your books and Debbie’s too! :-P

  9. Virginia Horton
      · July 14th, 2016 at 7:33 pm · Link

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time with Debbie. It is always nice to do thing like that if you get the chance to.

  10. Teresa W
      · July 14th, 2016 at 7:47 pm · Link

    Home sweet home! Blessings, Linda!

  11. Lois Rotella
      · July 14th, 2016 at 7:57 pm · Link

    I just got home from visiting my niece and her family. Her household has 3 cats: Pandora, Cosmo and She-Ra. They also have a puppy who is a pug named Buddy. The cats are very talkative. Buddy the pug is so cute. He would up on my lap to snuggle and go to sleep. I miss them very much.

  12. Marilou
      · July 14th, 2016 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Two of my favorite authors together, how fun! Visited Port Orchard when she had Cedar Cove days. It was fun. Maybe I’ll get to see you in person some day.

  13. Pat Parker
      · July 14th, 2016 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Two of my favorite authors. So glad you had a good time, and healthy this time. Hooray!

  14. Linn Carlile
      · July 14th, 2016 at 9:44 pm · Link

    It’s wonderful that you got to spend time with your good
    friend Debbie Macomber. Wonderful when we get to have
    time together like that. I was at one of the used and new
    book stores today and found some books of yours and
    Debbie’s that I had not read before. I am a happy reader.
    Have fun with your four-legged kids and enjoy your home time.

    Austrailian Shepard acts like we’ve been gone for months
    instead of a few hours. He gets that excited to see that we
    are home.

  15. midge watkins
      · July 14th, 2016 at 9:48 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had such a great time with people you like to be
    with. I’m a serious Seahawk fan, too, so I’m jealous of your
    time there!!! I lived in both Seattle and San Francisco, but
    I’m very happy to have returned to the place I was born and
    raised. I have one kitty to sleep with and two big guys out in
    the barn, so all is well.

  16. Charlotte Litton
      · July 14th, 2016 at 10:09 pm · Link

    Life IS good. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love hearing about your fur babies, I have 2 spoiled rotten cats. Enjoy your weekend.

  17. LaVerne Ray
      · July 14th, 2016 at 10:11 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great time.Sounds like some
    Awesome people.I lived in San Francisco lots
    of years ago- about 50 plus.Loved the city even
    though I’m from a very small town.I Love reading books by Debbie Macomber also.
    Have a great weekend.

  18. Leanna
      · July 14th, 2016 at 10:35 pm · Link

    Love Debbie Maccomber, glad you had a great time. It is nice to go on vacation but nice to get home to your own bed and your animals.

  19. Eriko
      · July 14th, 2016 at 10:40 pm · Link

    Wonderful to read your post today! Spending time with your BFF, which happens to be one of my other favorite writers too! I love it!

  20. Debbie Bleege
      · July 14th, 2016 at 10:58 pm · Link

    I love Debbie Macomber too she is so busy and gives back. It’s great you too are friends and it amazes me as how you can read and write without copying from the author you had read. It’s good to hear from you. Hope mom is well too and I’m glad your fur babies are doing well too. They are like family the fur babies. Get some well needed rest now so you can read and write some more.

  21. Rita C
      · July 14th, 2016 at 11:13 pm · Link

    thanks for sharing your great pictures for your wonderful girl friend trip. Those are certainly the best.
    Welcome back to Spokane.

  22. Rita C
      · July 14th, 2016 at 11:13 pm · Link

    thanks for sharing your great pictures for your wonderful girl friend trip. Those are certainly the best.
    Welcome back to Spokane.

  23. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · July 15th, 2016 at 12:53 am · Link

    In ’09 I got to go to “Port Orchard” to meet Debbie & had a great time. Glad you had a great time also. Very pretty area. Also got to go to San Francisco a few times back in the 60’s & 70’s. Agree it is wonderful at time, but as you said, great to be back & in your own bed. Have read about all of Debbie’s as well as yours. The best to you & yours. Jo Ann

  24. Peggy Casey
      · July 15th, 2016 at 12:56 am · Link

    What an exciting adventure!

  25. Melaine Langi
      · July 15th, 2016 at 1:18 am · Link

    Welcome back, and it’s always good to get away for a while with yiur BFF.

  26. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 15th, 2016 at 5:47 am · Link

    What fun adventures! Two of my favorite authors having a great time together..

  27. Billiesue Sanders
      · July 15th, 2016 at 5:48 am · Link

    Glad you are back. Missed you.


  28. Teresa Fordice
      · July 15th, 2016 at 7:41 am · Link

    Nothing beats girl time!! Glad you had a great time!! Can’t wait for the next Rancher book the end of August!

  29. DONNA
      · July 15th, 2016 at 8:42 am · Link

    Sound like a really fun time!!

  30. Mary Wornick
      · July 15th, 2016 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Sound like you had a wonderful visit with your friend Debbie. Then going home to your baby boys and your kitty who is 21 years old wow …………I know they were happy when mommy got back home……Have a nice day, talk with you later

  31. Patricia Stout
      · July 15th, 2016 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Saw some of your pictures of you and Debbie on your trip and it looks like you girls were have a grand time.

  32. Diana E.
      · July 15th, 2016 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time, Linda. Welcome home! Enjoy your weekend! Blessings.

  33. Brooks Flori
      · July 15th, 2016 at 4:43 pm · Link

    When you live in gods country it’s always great to be back home with the Cascades & Puget Sound. Leaving is the hard part!

  34. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 15th, 2016 at 7:57 pm · Link

    How nice to spend time with your best friend. There’s nothing like “girl time” and share new adventures. I always thought winter was just the time between softball seasons!

  35. Dona Kutska
      · July 15th, 2016 at 8:25 pm · Link

    What a exciting trip I read Debbie macomber’s books too! I even saw her in appleton Wisconsin once!

  36. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 16th, 2016 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Love hearing your adventures! Love Debbies books too! Glad you are having a great summer! Kiss doggies for me! Glad all are well! God Bless, Evelyn

  37. Roberta Giordano
      · July 17th, 2016 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time. Love reading about your adventures

  38. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 18th, 2016 at 8:19 pm · Link

    So glad you were able to get away. I know our fur babies miss us when we’re gone no matter how much love they get in our absence.

    Glad u made it home safe!

  39. Carol L
      · July 19th, 2016 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a.wonderful time with Debbie Macomber. And then to come home to your wuaiting fur babies. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L

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