#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Sadie Report

She’ll be fine. We met with the surgeon this morning–cousin Mary Ann went along for moral support–and the doctor decided Say-Say needed surgery. She was able to get right in, and I’ll be there to pick her up in the morning, when she’s slept off the anesthetic. She was pleased to greet other dogs in the waiting room, especially the beagle! The doctor is an extremely nice man, and I had confidence in him immediately. He came highly recommended by Sadie and Bernice’s regular vet, Dr. Steve Bauer, whose opinion I greatly respect, so I wasn’t worried.

Chris-aka the Nazi Dog Nanny–has her all set up for a diet. Too much dog for those little legs to carry comfortably. Too many treats, that’s Sadie’s problem (i.e. her problem is MOI). More ear-scratching and tummy-rubs will help her through the withdrawal stages.

Buckaroo doesn’t know he’s going to have his own book yet. Sadie was in “Springwater Wedding”, and Bernice appeared in all three Look books as herself. Now Buck is going to be a star, too. He’ll be the talk of the barn.

All’s Quiet on the ‘Western Front

It looks as though this will be a quiet day. That’s good, because things have been mighty hectic around here lately. As I write this, Sadie and Bernice are snoozing on the bed. Sadie’s still got a hitch in her get-along, but she sees a specialist tomorrow morning.

Plans are underway to convert one of the guestrooms, temporarily, into an art studio and exercise room. I am so jazzed about that! As some of you know, I do collage and some polymer clay work. My first house in Scottsdale had a wonderful craft room, but here and at Springwater Station, it’s been a matter of messing up the kitchen table, big-time.

Great news from my publisher. I’ll be doing at least one nonfiction book, and probably several. The first will be about Buck, my beautiful rescue horse. The tentative title is “A Horse With Heart”, and that certainly describes Buckeroo.

I had a wonderful time at the family reunion last week–it was hard without Dad there, but there was so much love and laughter that it was as though he was actually there. In fact, I’m sure he was, along with Aunt Lily andUncles Jack and Wes. Pam and I played a little at the Chewelah casino, and she and Sally and I had a nice visit at the lakehouse. Pam is the polymer clay maven, and she showed me some terrific stuff. I can’t wait to try it.

Which brings me back to the art-room-to-be. Whoopee!

Though the term “stick ’em up” is widely used in Western films, it wasn’t actually coined until the 1930’s.