#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Monday’s Winners on Tuesday

Congratulations to Lori Payer and Phyllis Schaefer, our winners for this week.  :)  The new contest is in full swing, and all you have to do to enter is comment.  Two of you will be chosen at random, and autographed books will be winging your way in no time at all.

Truth to tell, I haven’t been doing much except work, though I’ve had a couple of experiences recently that I wanted to pass on to you. 

First, one day last week, I was driving along one of our country roads, headed for the store, and a mama moose appeared, accompanied by a baby that must have been brand new, it was so little.  (For a moose.)  I slowed and watched, fascinated, as the two of them crossed the pavement and disappeared into the woods on the other side.

I smile every time I think of that scene.

The second experience involved an entirely different kind of critter.  I was sitting on the back deck, early one morning, enjoying the view and a cup of coffee, when I heard this VERY loud buzzing sound just to the left of my head.  I about jumped out of my skin, thinking this has to be one heck of a bee, and turned, ready to defend myself, only to come face-to-beak with a hummingbird.  I swear, that little fella hovered there for at least 10 seconds, tiny wings ablur, watching me right back.  I was amazed–never thought I’d get up close and personal with one of those.

Yet another entry for my gratitude journal.

60 comments to “Monday’s Winners on Tuesday”

  1. Denise King
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:12 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, how Awesome was that? Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Thank you for continuing to remind us of your gratitude journal. I admit to sporadic entries in mine, but if you hadn’t encouraged us to create a gratitude journal, I wouldn’t have one at all!

    Blessings. I hope your moose visits are all at a greater distance than your hummingbird ones.

  3. Roberta Giordano
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Love hummingbirds. I have a feeder and I hung a plant that at tracks butterflies and hummingbirds. Enjoy your evening !

  4. Terri
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I love the critters u saw. I enjoy watching hummingbirds buzz around. One day a few of my family were sitting on my sister-in-law’s deck when a hummingbird started flitting around my mom. She had on a shirt with a very vibrant flower design on it. Turns out the hummingbird thought they were actual flowers and kept trying to sip their nectar. It was really persistent and took awhile for it to realize its mistake. Lol :lol:

    • Meredith Hillenbrand
        · July 15th, 2015 at 12:09 pm · Link

      Oh Terri, that is hilarious! That poor hummingbird must have been so confused and disappointed when it couldn’t get any nectar out of that flower design! LOL

  5. Dorothy Hilton
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Hope everything is going great for you. We have a few hummingbirds at our house. Never seen a moose but we have lots of deer and their babies come out of the woods every night. Keep up the good work. Love all your books.

  6. Laura McCarty
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:32 pm · Link

    O my goodness those are two incredible experiences! What a blessing! :lol:

  7. Leanna
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:36 pm · Link

    The only wildlife I get to see is a squirrel, since I live in a large city. Enjoy it!

  8. Debbie
      · July 14th, 2015 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Aren’t hummingbirds amazing. They are so small and beautiful. And yes you really do think it’s a bee buzzing around you.

  9. lucy brewer
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:08 pm · Link

    Isn’t nature amazing?

  10. Diane Sallans
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:19 pm · Link

    I guess that hummingbird thought you were a flower! :wink:

  11. Beverly Evanger
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:19 pm · Link

    i enjoyed hearing about the moose. last week i was reading and got this feeling i was being watched. looked out my frontroom window to see 3 deer. mama, daddy and baby , it was so cool. i love deer. i live in the city so its fun when i do see them. they come from gully . as for hummingbirds. lol my hubby swears one has a crush on him. it flutters so close to him almost every day, when he’s out smoking on the front porch… now that would be cool too. i so love nature. :wink: :-D

  12. Gloria
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Lori Payer and Phyllis Schaefer!

    Linda, that is great that you got to experience 2 of God’s miracles…one so large and one so small.

    The wife of my son that died used to come home from work every day and sit on the back steps and bird watch. I’d given her a subscription to Birds & Blooms and she had a bird book and would try to identify the birds.

    One day, I suggested she try to feed one from her hand, and I don’t remember all the details, but she’d get scared each time it got close, because of the buzzing noise, so my grandson thought he’d try it and one actually landed in the palm of his hand and he said it was the most amazing thing ever and the hummingbird would always be his favorite bird.

    He’s probably forgotten all about it since then, but it was a great experience for him. I hope you get to have one land on you in the not too distant future.

    • Gloria
        · July 14th, 2015 at 9:21 pm · Link

      And, that would be the HB landing, not the moose. :)

  13. Lorraine Pitts
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Wow!!! Two great experiences, how wonderful. I love newborn critters. I am fixing to reread The Vow for about the 200th time simply because I love this book!!! Thanks for a great read that never gets old to me!!!

  14. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:28 pm · Link

    You did have an awesome day yesterday….Around here it is deer you see , but haven’t seen many this year….

  15. Colleen
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:28 pm · Link

    I am sure that the winners will be happy to receive their book in the mail, I know that I sure was excited when mine arrived in the mail.

    Thanks for sharing your wildlife stories.

  16. Diane Blaser
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:39 pm · Link

    I absolutely love hummingbirds and have often stood very still on our deck while they buzzed right up to me too! For such a tiny bird those wings are beating very hard and very fast. I have not had the pleasure of spotting a moose…I would probably wet my pants! Have a great rest of the week Linda!

  17. Patrice
      · July 14th, 2015 at 9:44 pm · Link

    Awesome nature encounters! :)

  18. Melaine
      · July 14th, 2015 at 10:12 pm · Link

    What wonderful experiences, Linda, and thank you for sharing them with your fans. I love to see wildlife. I used to take my kids and grandkids to the zoo in Seattle, but after traveling to South Africa and spending a month there see the beautiful animals in their natural habitat, I can’t go to a zoo and see animals in those terrible cages. Even when zoo officials say the animals are in an area representing the wild it doesn’t even come close.

    Have a wonderful week!

  19. midge watkins
      · July 14th, 2015 at 10:16 pm · Link

    No matter how down we can get sometimes, God always comes
    through with one of those “moments”, doesn’t He? I have trained myself to check first before swatting when I hear that
    buzzing sound. Hummers can come very close sometimes. I
    had a moment myself this morning when I was coming back to
    the house from feeding the horses. It was overcast with some grey clouds and when I looked over my roof, I saw a rainbow!
    No rain, just a rainbow across the center of a grey cloud. I
    guess we won’t have any floods! Awesome.

  20. Lois Rotella
      · July 14th, 2015 at 10:20 pm · Link

    Wow those experiences are great. Living in a city you don’t see those things. Not ugh happening with me right mow. Have a great week.

  21. Virginia H
      · July 14th, 2015 at 10:22 pm · Link

    I have a hummingbird feeder on my deck but I have only seen one this year. If we are out on the deck it will fly up to the feeder then take of but if we are in the house it will stop for a while. Last year we had several but I wonder if where we had such a late spring that they all didn’t come back. Also we are getting so much rain and storms its a wonder anything is out there. My yard is like a swamp right now and we had another bad storm last night. I guess living in KY you get weather from everywhere.

  22. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 14th, 2015 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners.

    And your experiences with the local wildlife are wonderful. I know how much we enjoy our outdoors here in New Mexico.

    Makes for gratitude :wink:

  23. Cheryl Hoffmann
      · July 14th, 2015 at 10:45 pm · Link

    Had to laugh about the hummingbird. I have one every year that comes to my kitchen window to let me know he/she is back. This year I was watering my flowers & one came real close to get a bath I think. I love watching all of God’s critters at work or play. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Deana Dick
      · July 15th, 2015 at 12:44 am · Link

    Thank you so much for sharing your stories. I love hummingbirds. They are so fascinating . I have a hummingbird feeder by my hammock. I go out there to read and watch the beautiful humming birds . They give me comfort as I read. The moose story was awesome.

  25. Hazel Lewis
      · July 15th, 2015 at 1:05 am · Link

    I love Hummingbirds. I am handicapped and have my husband keep their feeder full so I can watch them through our picture window in the dining room where I spend most of my waking hours. :-P

  26. Ruby Norwood
      · July 15th, 2015 at 7:26 am · Link

    Congrats, to Lori and Phyllis!! We don’t have moose here but lord we do sit and watch the deer on a daily basic. My little grandson can’t wait until deer season comes in. Hope everyone has a good week.

  27. Patricia
      · July 15th, 2015 at 8:18 am · Link

    Wow Linda, you were so blessed. You have a chance to see things we townies never do. Thanks for sharing. x

  28. judy
      · July 15th, 2015 at 8:21 am · Link

    Good comments this morning. We have a lot of deer here.

  29. Andrea Lammly
      · July 15th, 2015 at 8:32 am · Link

    Wow, isn’t nature beautiful. Awesome sights to see.
    Have a great day Linda and congratulations to the winners.

  30. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 15th, 2015 at 8:38 am · Link

    My morning crochet/reading spot is maybe 6 ft. from one of our hummingbird feeders. Sometimes I feel like I’m being buzzed by airplanes, they get so loud. I’ve noticed sugar being on my grocery list a lot more in the summer than winter. The hummers keep me busy filling the feeders. Isn’t nature wonderful?!

  31. DONNA
      · July 15th, 2015 at 8:54 am · Link

    I am a city girl – no moose or deer in my neighborhood. Although it must be a nice sight.

  32. Norma
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:07 am · Link

    Hello. This is my first comment. I certainly enjoy getting your e-mail blasts and reading the comments here. Congratulations to the winners this week. My husband was once walking up Mount Robert in Alaska and thought a giant mosquito was after him, but it turned out to be a hummingbird. I guess it was his red shirt. 8-O

  33. Cheryl Morgan
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:21 am · Link

    You have a new allure!

  34. therese lopez
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:22 am · Link

    Congrats ladies!! Enjoy your books!! I finished The Marriage Season and I loved it so much!! My mom is reading it now, she loves this series too. I love living in the country you get to see such beautiful things. We don’t have moose here but I love to see a mama with her baby. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  35. Rhonda Dickinson
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:24 am · Link

    You live in a great area to be able to see moose up close. I would have loved to see that baby. We have a lot of deer, but a moose would be something else! Those little hummingbirds are amazing creatures. So small and soooo quick! :lol:

  36. Eriko
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:38 am · Link

    How magical! The moose calf and the humming bird encounter, magical! Thank you for sharing!

  37. Mary D Wornick
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:40 am · Link

    I would have love to seen the moose and her baby, i bet that a beautiful sight and for humming birds we feed them here and its fun seeing them come in to feed…………A good morning and hope all have a nice day …………bye for now

  38. Brenda I.
      · July 15th, 2015 at 10:16 am · Link

    Those are experiences that will last a lifetime. I especially would love to have seen the hummingbird. I purchase figurines and such of hummingbirds when I run across them. I recently learned from watching one of the nature channels that they can fly backwards. How cool is that!

  39. Hilda
      · July 15th, 2015 at 10:53 am · Link

    Wonderful close encounters with nature! My friend in Arizona had a bird feeder and we’d sit outside and watch all the birds eat — one big dove we called “Attitude” would chase off the others so he could get more for himself! She also had road runners in the neighborhood. She started rolling meatballs and freezing them, and she’d go out front and wait and when one or two came by, she’d roll the meatballs out, they’d come up and grab them, and eat them right there in front of her/us. Eventually they came and took them out of her hand! Saw it myself, and have the photos to verify it. Such a wonderful way to commune with God’s creatures! And fun!

  40. jep
      · July 15th, 2015 at 12:12 pm · Link

    You have such good nature experiences. Once a friend of mine was walking her dog and a deer found exception to them being on the road and stalked them. Fortunately her husband came by in the car on his way to work and they were able to get in the car and go back home. That was probably a mama deer wanting to keep them away from her baby…that is my thought.

  41. Meredith Hillenbrand
      · July 15th, 2015 at 12:22 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! Linda, I love your books and the wonderful posts. This one was definitely a blessing not to be overlooked. I have some aloe vera plants outside my home in front of a sliding glass door off my living room. When they are in bloom, a hummingbird comes to visit. You are so lucky to be around the wildlife you are privvy to. I am envious! Hope you have a great day! :)

  42. Linda Wirth
      · July 15th, 2015 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Beautiful Washington State with all the critters to be seen. I lived in WA for 2 1/2 years recently and miss it a lot. No pine trees in west Texas. Linda W

  43. Linda Wilson
      · July 15th, 2015 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I have had the same thing with a hummingbird, after being scared, I enjoyed watching it

  44. Annmary Fabrizi
      · July 15th, 2015 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Lucky you! I went all the way to Alaska hoping to finally see a moose – never happened!

    I believe hummingbirds are our departed loved ones

  45. Rhonda Terstegge
      · July 15th, 2015 at 4:42 pm · Link

    I used to stand on my porch and have them buzzing all around me. I don’t have as many as I used to – I think I waited too long to put my feeders out this year.

      · July 15th, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Link

    The little Humming birds come up to me all the time when I am out watering my rose bushes but I had one scare me to death also, it was dusk, I was wearing a red shirt and I thought at first it was a bat! I’m almost done reading The Marriage Season and I love it! Have a blessed week Linda!

  47. Nadine spradlin
      · July 15th, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    We have beautiful Redbirds that we feed Sunflower seeds to, every once in a while there are pretty little yellow birds that show up along with doves, pigeons , blue jays , to name a few . have two humming bird feeders one they can’t get close to for the honey bees . Nature is a wonderful thing to see . Have a good week God Bless .

  48. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 15th, 2015 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Hummingbirds are so cool. There colors are awesome. Love watching them. The moose was cool to bad you didn’t take a vidio on your phone.
    Have a wonderful week . Waiting for new book an rereading the old ones right now the Big Sky seriers. Love them almost as much as McKetrick’s an Creeds.
    I wish I could send you all our rain out there .
    Thanks for the great books.

  49. Sharon S.
      · July 15th, 2015 at 6:24 pm · Link

    My parents have 2 nests in their back yard. They are so adorable. I love hummingbirds too.

  50. Fran F
      · July 15th, 2015 at 9:11 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Glad you were able to see the Moose and her baby. I’ve only managed to see a real live moose at Yellowstone (near the Moose, MT post office) and in Nova Scotia. They are huge.

    I have also had a close encounter of the hummingbird type sitting on my patio here in the Phoenix, AZ area. As you said, it was pretty scary at first.
    Fran F.

  51. Brittanie Wardlow
      · July 16th, 2015 at 3:15 pm · Link

    I would have been terrified of the little critters. Lol I wonder what you will run into next. Congratulations to the winners :lol:

  52. Marilyn Fish
      · July 16th, 2015 at 5:40 pm · Link

    We used to live on a golf course in Palm Desert, Ca. A small humming bird declared our patio as hers alone. We had 2 feeders available but she would body slam any humming bird that tried to feed from them. She would sit and wait in the bushes and then attack. We named her Miss Piggy.

  53. Diana R
      · July 17th, 2015 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Congrats to winners. What lovely experience you’ve had. I’ve been very sick and just got out of the hospital, was finally able to continue and finish reading AUSTIN. Blessings.

  54. Mary D Wornick
      · July 17th, 2015 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Hi all sorry about being out of here for awhile but got new service and a new email address.

    Now I am back …..Diana R so glad to hear your back on here and that your doing good.

    Bye bye for now

  55. Marsha Albus
      · July 17th, 2015 at 2:50 pm · Link

    I just love your books, I can’t get enough. I have read everything and am anxiously awaiting my turn for the library copy of The Marriage Season. I lost my mother a couple of years ago and she was a big fan of birds. She enjoyed sitting at her kitchen window drinking her coffee and watching the birds at her feeder. Her favorite bird was the cardinal but she loved them all. thank you for all of the great stories and please write faster…lol!

  56. Valdi M
      · July 18th, 2015 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Mom and I also love hummimgbirds. We rarely see one anymore though.

  57. Dona Kutska
      · July 19th, 2015 at 3:28 am · Link

    I’m thinking of starting a gratitude journal too. You have me thinking about it. My little dog hates baths with a passion!!! Please keep on writing.

  58. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 19th, 2015 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Sounds like God has truly blessed you, seeing his creatures! I love humming birds! See deer here especially in the fall eating my grapes! Never seen a moose. Do not have them in N.C.. As i know of. Have beautiful sunflower fields and many beautiful beaches! I thank God for the beauty he has put before us! God Bless you. Thank you for sharing!

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