#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
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Various and Sundry Things….

First order of business, our contest winners for last week: Veronica Johnson and Susan Craig.  Congratulations, ladies.  Your signed books are on their way to you as we speak.  :)  A new round is underway; all you need to do is comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Jenni, and announced right here.  Each will receive an autographed book.

Now, to tell you about our recent adventure.  Last Tuesday, at 4 pm, as a major windstorm picked up speed, our power went out.  By ‘our’, I mean the main house, Mary Ann and Larry’s place, and the barn.  Since we live in the country, we depend on well water and, without electricity, the pumps don’t work.  Since such outages are not uncommon, we didn’t panic.  We ate cold suppers and went to our various beds, certain the lights and heat would be on by morning.

Not so much.  For health reasons, Mary Ann needs to be in a place where she can plug in.  Where else to go but the casino?  :)  It has a very nice hotel and, since I love to play slot machines, I have comp. points up the yingy.  I called, and we wound up in a suite, mind you, complete with a jacuzzi, smart TVs, and just about the cushiest mattresses EVER.  We were among the lucky ones, no doubt about it.  We stayed two nights in the suite, then moved to another room, when the first reservation ran out.  Early Saturday morning, I checked my email and there, glory be, was a one-word message from our neighbor, sent late the night before.  It read simply, “Power!”

Yeehaws resounded.  I cancelled our remaining night’s reservation–hotel rooms were scarce indeed in Spokane–and headed for home.  My kitty-boys, well taken care of in my absence but certainly lonesome, were thrilled to see me.  (The horses were looked after, too–when their troughs got low, Handyman Doug bought fifty gallon water containers, filled them, and hauled them out here.)  At least, Button, the 20 year old, issues a rousing welcome, talking a mile a minute.  Wiki was a little standoffish for a while.  Seriously, Mom?  You had to be gone this long?


43 comments to “Various and Sundry Things….”

  1. pat Dennis
      · November 24th, 2015 at 1:47 pm · Link

    What a good way to cope with a power outage!!!! Hope you didn’t lose too much money. Gave A Blessed Thanksgiving

  2. DONNA
      · November 24th, 2015 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Sounds like a fun little “vacation”. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving & keep the books coming!

  3. Terri Shortell
      · November 24th, 2015 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Sounds like y’all had one amazing adventure. Glad the casino hotel was an option for you and Mary Ann. It totally sucks when you lose electric, especially when health problems are present. I live in the country and can totally understand the inconvenience. Definitely been there.

  4. Gloria
      · November 24th, 2015 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Veronica Johnson and Susan Craig! Enjoy your books.

    Gracious, Linda! What a thing to happen, but you are BLESSED to be able to take care of it…in a fun way. Most of us aren’t that Blessed, so we all need all the prayers we can get for the ending of this year and the beginning of next.

    But, we all have lots to be THANKFUL for in this Thanksgiving week, and every day of the year.


  5. Rhonda Dickinson
      · November 24th, 2015 at 1:54 pm · Link

    That stinks when the power goes out. You never realize how much you depend on it until you don’t have it. Glad it is back on for you and hopefully you are back in the good graces of your kitties. :wink:
    Rhonda Dickinson

  6. Paulette pallante
      · November 24th, 2015 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Sounds like you enjoyed yourselves despite the inconvenience.

  7. Teresa Forduce
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:00 pm · Link

    love what we have to do to SURVIVE!! Make it a good Thanksgiving

  8. lucy brewer
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Been there,done that. Lost power in an ice storm in the country. Stayed with my daughters in laws for a few days.they were gracious hosts. Casino would have been more fun,I’m sure.

  9. Trudy Wilson
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Yes, I also give human voice to my animals and they would be the same way…..seriously, you left me here by myself???

  10. Marcia White
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:14 pm · Link

    Nice little mini vaca you had, albeit unplanned!

  11. Linda Beaudoin
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:14 pm · Link

    Glad you have power again. We have a generator for when our power goes out. We got it several years ago when we had a power outage that lasted for 5 days.

  12. Alison Bergman
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Glad you have power again! We got the wind but didn’t lose power. We were also glad that we put away our patio furniture away when we did of it would’ve been in the next county. Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Jane
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:22 pm · Link

    We live in the country and encounter power outages also. We decided to buy a large generator to carry us through. I must say, I like your solution as well.

  14. Elaine Key
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:28 pm · Link

    You indeed had an adventure. You should put this in one of your books. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Rita Crofoot
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:37 pm · Link

    We were out tuesday nite until Sunday Nite. So sorry for all the folks that are hurting, last I heard over 25000 still without power.
    I love my generator.

  16. Denise Ayotte
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I’m glad all was well when you got back home.

  17. Nina
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Sound like a fun adventure!!

  18. Deborah Nelson
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:59 pm · Link

    Glad you’re all safe! What an adventure!

  19. Jan
      · November 24th, 2015 at 3:04 pm · Link

    I never would have been a good pioneer. Glad everything worked out for you. Happy Thanksgiving

  20. Linda Solcich
      · November 24th, 2015 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Dang, you always have an adventure to tell us about, even when you are not writing. We live in the country too and I know how those power outages can be. We don’t have a casino nearby though. Thanks for the post.

  21. Peggy Casey
      · November 24th, 2015 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Wasn’t it an exciting week! I just kept reminding myself that it still wasn’t as bad as ice storm… which ironically fell in the same week in 1996! During ice storm I had 2 little girls and an infant son, but we were blessed that we didn’t loose power, water or cable… unfortunately, we weren’t as blessed this time around, as we did loose power…. but my then 2 little girls are now grown with children of their own and my infant son is off to college, which left me with my youngest who is now 17. I was blessed to be given shelter with my dearest love and my son and his buddy who lives with us were staying with friends of theirs as well… the hardest part of it was being apart from the boys, but we did get together each day to share a meal, a loving hug and to care for our animals… I finally made it home after 5 days of enjoying my lovely friend’s company and hospitatlity~ I am praying for the safety of those still without power.

  22. Melaine
      · November 24th, 2015 at 4:07 pm · Link

    As a native Washingtonian, but now living in Southern AZ, I am always looking for news from home. So glad you were able to find such good accommodations, and hopefully you won a little money to make it even sweeter.

    Congratulations to this week’s winners, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  23. therese lopez
      · November 24th, 2015 at 4:23 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great time!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  24. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 24th, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Link

    So happy you have your power back!!!

  25. Jo-Ann Baker
      · November 24th, 2015 at 5:38 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. Leanna
      · November 24th, 2015 at 5:51 pm · Link

    I can’t imagine if that happened to me. I’m sure all your animals were happy to see you!

  27. Virginia H
      · November 24th, 2015 at 6:26 pm · Link

    So sorry to here about your power but it sounds like you got the best of things out of it. I hate being without power and it doesn’t happen often here but its bad when it does go out. My kitty is poutting because he wants to go outside. He slipped out on me the other night when it was 20 degrees outside and I like to have never got him back in. He is still a kitten and I don’t think he should be out in the cold.

  28. Ruby Norwood
      · November 24th, 2015 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! It’s no fun without power because we have been in that situation a bunch of times. I know your spoiled babies did really miss you..

  29. Roberta Giordano
      · November 24th, 2015 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time on your unexpected vacation ! Hope you won some !

  30. April Mc Vey
      · November 25th, 2015 at 12:23 am · Link

    Animals can be so persnickety ! Each one reacts differently!

    I have 2 GSD mixes and they both talk to me when I get home from work ! One makes trash messes in the kitchen, the other whines in his creat as if to say don’t forget about me!

  31. Louise McCourt
      · November 25th, 2015 at 12:24 am · Link

    So sorry about your loss of power…we have a total electric home and it happens to us at least once a year..we watch the weather report so we can be prepared in case it happens.

  32. Debbie
      · November 25th, 2015 at 1:18 am · Link

    At least you had fun making the best of a difficult situation:)

  33. Beverly Sivacek
      · November 25th, 2015 at 2:04 am · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Sorry to hear your area lost power. That can be VERY inconvenient. Sounds as if your time at the casino helped to ease this bad situation and you had a good time to boot! Have you considered getting a generator or two. My ex and I had a small one and it really came in handy to run a few things such as the furnace, refrigerator and a couple of lights. We even loaned it to our local bank once. The bosses loved us, the employees not so much :wink: . Just something you might want to investigate.
    Take care and thanks for sharing your gift of writing. Love your books. :)
    ~~~ Beverly Sivacek

  34. Caryn Horn
      · November 25th, 2015 at 2:48 am · Link

    Ouch! I also live on well water and got my tub filled but no power outages. I do worry about outages in my 95 year old mom’s neighborhood but she’d never leave her home even in a power outage!

  35. Brenda
      · November 25th, 2015 at 8:26 am · Link

    Sounds like an adventure. Glad everyone and everything went well.

  36. diane wade
      · November 25th, 2015 at 9:04 am · Link

    we always have to take care of those 4 legged critters when we lose power. glad it didn’t last long

  37. Rose Marie Moran
      · November 25th, 2015 at 9:57 am · Link

    Glad you got your power back. But how did you do at the Casino?

  38. Pamela Devereux
      · November 25th, 2015 at 10:05 am · Link

    Glad to hear you’ve got your power back. It sounds like you were having fun anyways.

    From our family to your family at the LLM ranch, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  39. Terri
      · November 25th, 2015 at 10:44 am · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to u and yours Linda

  40. Charlotte Litton
      · November 25th, 2015 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Glad you got power back. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  41. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · November 26th, 2015 at 10:10 am · Link

    Our cats, too, get standoffish when we are gone for what they consider to be too long.

    Thank you for taking Wiki and Buttons–and all of us–into your heart.

  42. Mary Cresto
      · November 27th, 2015 at 10:53 pm · Link

    Hi. Glad you got power back. No fun not having power. Went through that in Preston, Ct one year in September when a hurricane came through. Think it was in 1987. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. God Bless You Always. Mary

  43. Dona Kutska
      · November 28th, 2015 at 1:50 am · Link

    Glad you made it back home, your kitties missed you! Sounds like you had fun, though.

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