#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Busy day!

Whenever somebody has a birthday, the whole crew celebrates, and today it was Jeremy’s turn.  A great time was had by all.

After things settled down, I decided I needed some art therapy.  I did some sketches and painted all afternoon.  Also poured a few candles–don’t you love the smell of beeswax?

The weather is simply glorious.  The tulips and daffodils are rioting in my flowerbeds, and the birds are all back from their winter homes.  I love watching them–the other day, one of them hovered like a little heliocopter just the other side of the kitchen window, peering in, as if he might be wondering what the heck these crazy humans were up to now.  Of course I’ve seen hummingbirds fly in place like that, but never a regular bird.

Thanks for all your book suggestions.  I’m going to print out the comment page and check them out.  My only lament: so many books, so little time.

Here’s wishing you a lovely weekend, wherever you are.  Be sure to comment if you haven’t done so already; we’ll be announcing two new winners on Monday morning. 

See you then.


41 comments to “Busy day!”

  1. Gloria
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Thanks for the Blog, Linda. I would have liked to have seen that bird.

    I pray you and yours have a good and godly weekend, and we’ll “see” you Monday, if The Good Lord is willing and the creek/Creek don’t rise.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeremy!!!!

  2. Leanna
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

    I love spring flowers. Here in Texas we have blue bonnets and other wild flowers everywhere.

  3. Jackie Cosgrove
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

    :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: What happened to the book you were writing – The Petticoat Cattle Company ?

    • linda
        · April 20th, 2015 at 1:53 pm · Link

      It’s still in the works. :)

  4. Jackie Cosgrove
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:14 pm · Link


  5. Ruby Norwood
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a fun and busy day. Tell Jeremy that a old lady from SC said Happy Birthday!! Like you say Linda, will see you on Monday! Have a good weekend.

  6. Lynn
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like s wonderful day! Love waking up to birdsong

  7. Jeannine Klimt
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:29 pm · Link

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Linda!!

  8. Roberta Giordano
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:35 pm · Link

    Today is my daughters birthday and mine is tomorrow. I decided to give myself a present: I am doing no housework this weekend ,no cooking,just going to relax and take it easy !

  9. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Happy birthday, Jeremy ;-)

    Creativity sooths the soul.

    Everyone, have a wonderful weekend.

  10. theresa
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Spring is in the air for sure! Enjoy nature

  11. Virginia H
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:46 pm · Link

    We had a pretty day today also. Cloudy this morning but had sunshine this afternoon. At least it didn’t rain today for a change. :-D

  12. Melaine
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:52 pm · Link

    You’ve been busy blogging. It’s always a pleasure reading about life up in WA as I’m a native of Seattle, but spent lots of time in eastern WA and love it there.

  13. Terri Shortell
      · April 17th, 2015 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Birds are truly amazing. We put a cardboard box on our porch to recycle. A flower pot got placed in it, laying on its side. Before we could get rid of it, a bird built a nest and laid eggs in it. Guess I’m stuck with the box a little longer then I thought. Lol

  14. Juanita Rice
      · April 17th, 2015 at 11:12 pm · Link

    Yes, it’s the same with reading or writing…”so many books, so little time.” But you keep writing and we’ll keep reading. :)

  15. Nanci S
      · April 17th, 2015 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful weekend…

  16. dixie hadley
      · April 17th, 2015 at 11:48 pm · Link

    Wonderful post . Happy belated birthday to Jeremy. The candles and art work must have been an enjoyable time for you. The birds and flowers are always a welcome sight around our place too. It is still raining and a little chilly today in Georgia, But tomorrow is a new day. So many things to be thankful for :-) Have a blessed week end

  17. Sharon Rackham
      · April 18th, 2015 at 1:12 am · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Glad that you are enjoying Spring! It is lovely to see everything come back to life after the long winter months.

    I am just finishing the last of The McKettricks of Texas and have thoroughly enjoyed this series. You are such a wonderful easy writer and storyteller.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful writing as it takes me away from reality living and let’s me live my dream life of being on a ranch.

    Cheers from British Columbia

    Sharon Rackham

  18. kelley Morrow
      · April 18th, 2015 at 1:25 am · Link

    Happy Birthday Jeremy!!! Still waiting on the next Charm book!!! Have a blessed weekend.

  19. kathy parsons
      · April 18th, 2015 at 6:50 am · Link

    wow Linda u amaze me !! a woman with so many talents, u write u paint u sketch, u make candles , you are now my warrior princess now, I get up and clean the house and do laundry and dishes and read ALOT and that is the end of my talents…lol well I hope the birthday party goes well, I love watching the little humming birds and finches,and Robins, but we have been getting a lot of big ugly crows…lol well have a great weekend and please slow down u r making me look bad…lol sending lots of love hugs and prayers always xoxoxoxxo :wink:

  20. Jane G
      · April 18th, 2015 at 6:59 am · Link

    Happy Belated Birthday to Jeremy (IMHO you can never have too many birthday wishes). Sounds like you had a very satisfying day. Hope your weekend goes well.

  21. judy
      · April 18th, 2015 at 8:40 am · Link

    I love spring all the flowers and trees are in blooming. The apples are so pretty right now. Have a great weekend and happy birthday to all

  22. Lois Rotella
      · April 18th, 2015 at 9:32 am · Link

    Enjoy your weekend !!!!

  23. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 18th, 2015 at 9:34 am · Link

    Happy belated Birthday Jeremy! The birds and flowers are beatiful! Such an Awakening from a cold winter! If you are as talented at painting, as you are writing, you will sell out at all art shows. I love all your books! Especially the Mcketticks! Write as you wish. I am sure it will be on the best selling list! Have a blessed weekend! Evelyn

  24. Nancy Mawhinney
      · April 18th, 2015 at 9:48 am · Link

    Keep inspiring us.

  25. Linda Wilson
      · April 18th, 2015 at 10:55 am · Link

    Happy Birthday Jeremy. Love your blogs and hearing about things at your home

  26. Sandra James
      · April 18th, 2015 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Great books :)

  27. bn100
      · April 18th, 2015 at 1:34 pm · Link

    sounds busy

  28. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 18th, 2015 at 2:10 pm · Link

    I’m always hoping for a Katie McKettrick book. You’ve told the story of so many of the clan but haven’t said much about Katie. Rest assured, I’ll read whatever book you write!!

  29. Sue Gahagan
      · April 18th, 2015 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Just love to craft too! Such a stress relief.

  30. Beverly Evanger
      · April 18th, 2015 at 5:23 pm · Link

    i honestly don’t know how you can come up with so many wonderful books. i think i’d be stuck for ideas, but yours are all soooooooo good and i love them all. have a great weekend. its beautiful here in port angeles. enjoy your horses kiddo

  31. Debbie Gaddis
      · April 18th, 2015 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Linda, if I paid for cost and shipping and handeling would send me some of your tomatoes When they are ready. The only good tomatoes are from the North.

    Thanks Debbie G.

  32. Therese lopez
      · April 18th, 2015 at 6:14 pm · Link

    Hope you had a great birthday Jeremy!! I love spring flowers they are so beautiful, I love the wild flowers we get here in Texas too they are gorgeous!! Hope you have a very nice weekend and see you on Monday.

  33. Darlene Tomel
      · April 18th, 2015 at 10:18 pm · Link

    I am happy you are all wonderful. It was a sad day for us at on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, after my nephews 10th birthday we went back to the farm, and we had a hit and run an SUV struck or family dog Bingo they never came to see if they hit a child or the dog, this is a coward the trauma the children had to endure and their screams was horrible, I ran to Bingo’s side as she has been with me 24/7, my sister in law and I had rushed her to the ER Vet 35 miles away, I had Bingo across my legs talking and comforting her all the way, in the end the SUV went so fast that they broke both her pelvic bones and punctured her lung. We had three choices surgery that would cost $8000.00 with a plate in her pelvic area but no guarantees, second, take her home go to the Vet put her on pain meds and she would have to go outside in a sling, third, quality of life in the end we had to put her down, she was a herding dog, ran like the wind, never bit anyone the sweetest dog you would ever want in your life that was taken away, the sad thing was it happened on the property in front of all of us. Please keep your pets safe, and never leave a hit and run. :(

    • Nadine Spradlin
        · April 19th, 2015 at 2:04 pm · Link

      So sorry for the loss of your pet , Darlene, We know what it’s like to lose a pet that way …..

    • linda
        · April 20th, 2015 at 1:55 pm · Link

      Oh, honey, I am SO sorry this awful thing happened to you. My prayers are with you.

  34. Joyce M.
      · April 19th, 2015 at 11:19 am · Link

    Spring is a glorious time of year.

  35. Connie Ayers
      · April 19th, 2015 at 1:07 pm · Link

    I love watching the birds. My friend has all kinds of feeders right outside her big picture window. And we could both sit there for hours watching. I especially love watching the hummingbirds! :-D

  36. Nadine Spradlin
      · April 19th, 2015 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Linda , glad the Birthday party went well & your week-end also . We went to Virginia last week for our youngest grand daughter’s 1st.birthday. We really had a good time . my son & daughter-in-law took me to TIFFANY’s and bought me a beautiful bracelet , she said that every woman should have something from there at least once in her lifetime .-Bought Janet Dailey’s book Texas True yesterday , gonna start it tomorrow , still waiting or the next Marriage book .Hope you have a great coming week ….

  37. Dotty Weis
      · April 20th, 2015 at 9:18 am · Link

    I’m with you “so many books and so little time” LOL

  38. Dona Kutska
      · April 26th, 2015 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great day!!

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Cattle drives rarely went more than ten or twelve miles a day, as the cattle had to be given time to rest and graze. A drive from Texas to Montana could take up to five months.