#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Thanksgiving on the Triple L

I have so much to be grateful for this year. Yes, it was the year my beloved dad went over the river to rest among the trees, to paraphrase Stonewall Jackson’s dying words. But I am still grateful–because his passing was graceful and relatively pain free, because he was such a wonderful father, because his smile and his mischievous blue eyes will live in my memory until I cross that river myself.

My wonderful, funny mother, Hazel, is in good health and happy in her snug apartment.

The critters are all snug and safe, well-fed and well-loved.

The ground is frosty, and it’s nippy outside. I’m so in love with this new book–“A Stone Creek Christmas”–starring Olivia O’Ballivan, Brad’s sister (“The McKettrick Way”), and Tanner Quinn–that I will probably write this morning. Yesterday, I got so involved that I was actually inside the story. I was exhausted when I finished, but full of joy. I went out to the barn afterward and hob-nobbed with the horses. After that, I walked over to see the staff house. The foundation is laid and now the walls are going up. It’s beginning to look like a house!

So many things to be grateful for. May you be blessed, on this Thanksgiving Day and every day.

We admitted we were powerless over horses….

Step one for the horse-addicted. A new member of the family, Traveler, will be arriving this weekend, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise. (Yes, I’m naming him for Robert E Lee’s intrepid steed, Traveller. Just decided to go with one L. Those Civil War books I’m planning pop up in every area of my life!)

Today, after my writing, I’ll be out in the barn, mucking stalls. With this sore foot, I haven’t been able to get my barn boots on. :) Because the work I do–writing–is so mental and so sedentary, I need more horse-time, and more barn-time, and more fresh-air time. (Mostly fresh, anyway. It IS a barn, after all.)

Tomorrow when we all sit down to our turkey dinner, and I’ll be giving thanks for a great many blessings. And all my faithful readers are right up there at the top of the list, along with family, freedom, critters, a career I love, good health, and too many other things to list here.

See you tomorrow. If you don’t stop in for the blog, have a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving. In fact, have one even if you do. :)

My sincere love and gratitude to each and every one of you.

In the old times sometimes cowboys referred to beans as “Deceitful Beans” because they talked behind your back.