#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
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Farmer Linda

I am really getting into this planting thing! I’ve marked the 15th of May on my calendar as the day it’s safe to transfer bulbs into the good ole Washington State dirt. (I was raised on vegetables grown in this rich soil–my dad, as I’ve mentioned, was an avid gardener.) I’ve ordered one of those Tomato Trees (it’s on back-order, so lots of other people must have the same idea) that grow things upside down, on the deck, and have two plants waiting on a sunny windowsill to go in. I even started a zucchini plant in a tin can so I can grow squash from the third part of the tree-thingy. And my zinnia seeds are already sprouting in their little plastic greenhouses. I have 30 acres here.

Hmmmm…..

What wealth! With all the worry in the world today, it’s good to remember that when you plant a seed in the Good Earth and tend it properly, something nourishing, either to the body (vegetables) or the spirit (flowers) WILL grow!

I see by the news that the Swine Flu isn’t going to turn into a Biblical-scale pestilence after all. I knew all along it wouldn’t, despite some interesting symptoms of my own, attributed to insipient hypochondria . :) The media probably got tired of droning on and on about the economy, which will, I promise, recover, and decided to scare us all with a plague instead. Honestly, those people should think about getting real jobs. :) It all makes me think of that Charlie Brown cartoon, where all the kids and Snoopy are going over a waterfall in a rubber raft, their heads turned straight up, their mouths open wide, shouting, “We’re all gonna die!”

Poppycock. We will thrive, because we’re Americans, and that’s what Americans do. A dose of adversity every once in a while only makes us stronger.

Be happy today. Be grateful. The earth is still turning. Seed time and harvest are still rolling right along. Get your hands dirty; plant something. As my old daddy used to say, any day when you can roll out of bed and put your feet on the floor is a GOOD day. So many people would give anything just to be able to do that.

I have another radio interview in half an hour, with Butch Bare of radio KBSN-AM, out of Moses Lake, WA. I always enjoy talking to Butch. After that, I will write.

Life is good. Jump in there and be part of it.

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