#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Winners and….I’m baaaaack!

Whoop-de-do, I’m back.  I’m myself again.  My doctor took me off my ADD meds and the fog has lifted–hallelujah!

Our winners, who should have been announced yesterday, are Kim Rudisill and Darlene Holley.  Apologies and congratulations, ladies.  As soon as you’ve responded to Super Jen’s email, your prizes will be on their way.  Technically, the new contest started yesterday as well, but it’s up and running, just like always, so go ahead and comment.  That’s all you have to do to enter.  I’ll announce the next winners on Monday.  (Or maybe Tuesday.)  :)

Yesterday was also my beloved niece Angela’s birthday (she’s little Gibson’s mom), so here’s a belated have-a-happy-one.  :)  Sweetheart, you are smart, you are beautiful, and you are one fine mama.  In case you haven’t guessed, your Aunt Lindy loves you mucho.

Around the homestead: we had a little badly needed rain this morning–I woke to hear it thrumming on the roof and the floor of the deck.  (Excuse me, Lord, I know You’re busy, but we could use more, please…)

I’m still working on my Marie Antoinette audiobook binge–while the facts remain the same from biography to biography, the interpretations differ.  All authors seem to agree, however, that the queen was, for the most part, a victim of bad (really bad) spin.  Yes, she made her share of mistakes–who hasn’t?–but when you consider that she was just 15 years old when she was tossed into the French court–or, as I would call it, the pit of vipers–she didn’t do so badly.  She was generous to a fault, a fact for which she never received credit, by the way, and she was also incredibly (and understandably, given her tender age and sheltered upbringing in the court of Austria) naive.  She trusted the wrong people, placed far too much confidence in the good judgment of the general population, committed an indiscretion or two and, yes, she spent too much money.  (If that’s the criteria for beheading, I’m doomed.)  Here’s what I wish: that Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson had brought her back to America when they left France.

   

74 comments to “Winners and….I’m baaaaack!”

  1. Lynn Hogan
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Congrats Ladies!!!



    • Therese Lopez
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        · August 19th, 2014 at 11:14 pm · Link

      Glad your feeling better. I love your books very much! They have brought me such joy. I’m disabled and reading is my outlet and your books help lift my spirits very much so for that I say thank you.



  2. linda
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    ONCE AGAIN, WORD PRESS CLIPPED OFF PART OF MY BLOG. DRAT!



  3. Mary Goodman
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies,glad your back and feeling better



  4. Laura Ann Harris
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:42 pm · Link

    So glad to see your blog today Linda. Glad you are feeling better!



  5. Dennis
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Good hearing from you Linda!! Love your blogs!



  6. Darilyn A Larsen
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:44 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better! Happy birthday to your niece. Can’t wait for your next book!



  7. Ruby Norwood
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Congrats!! Kim and Darlene!! Well Linda you didn’t tell us how your reunion went, and I can hear the love in your words for your niece Angela and little Gibson.



  8. Jeannette Garand
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, very happy to hear you are now on an even keel. My late husband was on handfuls of meds twice a day, so I can relate to your blur.
    I agree with you thank that poor girl was set up to fail in her role as queen. First of all she had no one to fall back on for advice from her world. The king was a useless kid. There just was no true confidante that could help either of them.
    Will you be publishing a story about her with the real facts of her life? That would be an awesome historical story that would definitely be in my library.
    I have almost all your stories on paper. I find reading an e-reader or laptop so tiring and not as much suspense to it.
    I’m wired that way or so my family say to me.
    Enjoy med free days ahead,Jeannette



  9. Juanita Rice
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Spent most of last week up in the San Juans and wondered what happened to you when we got back! Happy to see you are still here. ;)



  10. Kim Rudisill
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Thank you for the opportunity to win something! Thanks for the congratulations!

    Glad you are back to yourself Miss Linda. It is storming here this evening. Some parts of our area as been flooding and other parts are in a drought. It is mind boggling.

    Have a great day!



  11. Maria Sanchez
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Congrats Ladies! Linda, so glad you’re feeling better! Looking forward to your next book. I love them all!!!



  12. Dory
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I am glad you feel like the fog has lifted. Can’t be too much fun living in a fog
    8-O



  13. Paula L Rollins
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Your notes always bring a smile to my day..Thanks :)



  14. Patricia Stout
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better and hope your road to better health continues. Looking forward to your next new book and I love your newsletters also, keeping us updated on you and your books coming out.



  15. Linda Lattin
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Congratulations Kim and Darlene!



  16. LAURIE SULLIVAN
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,

    It’s good to see you back. I wish you well without the meds. It would be nice if I could go off of mine, but I think I like myself a little better with the very low dosage I’m now on. I’m not sure but I think my family may agree with me on this subject too! Someday maybe I can be med free!

    You do a wonderful job defending Marie A. I think she needed you by her side back in her day! I believe she did a fantastic job considering all she was up against so I’m with you in her defense!

    Mother Nature is really confused these days. Perhaps she needs some good meds? :roll: It seems as though we haven’t had much of a summer here in the upper midwest this year. We usually are in the 90’s along with sweltering humidity. I’m not complaining mind you, but, it’s been on the cool side and quite bearable. The leaves are giving up early though. Don’t know what’s up with that! We must put our house on the market in the next week or so and would like the gardens to stay looking pretty just another month. Rain would be nice here too, so if you do any rain dances, mention Northern Illinois as well please!

    Here’s to another fine week. I hope you remain happy and healthy! Until next time….

    Cheers,
    Laurie



    • Courtney Buchanan
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        · August 20th, 2014 at 12:49 am · Link

      Glad you’re back! I love Marie Antoinette also!!



  17. Pam paterakis
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

    We have some leaders today that would get beheaded with the criteria she was judged on! :roll:



    • linda
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        · August 21st, 2014 at 3:23 pm · Link

      Amen!



  18. Lois Rotella
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. Glad you are getting rain that you need. Glad you are also feeling better without the medicine you were taking. Have a good rest of the week.



  19. Virginia Horton
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 5:21 pm · Link

    We could use a little more rain ourself. We have a some but not a lot this week. I went back to hip doctor and is was please as to how well I was doing. Said I was his first patient to have walked a city block in the first three weeks after hip replacement. I just keep pushing to get better.



  20. Leanna
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 5:28 pm · Link

    We could A LOT of rain here in Texas. The green grass is gone and with watering restrictions most people don’t water.



  21. Dusty Summerford
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Glad to have you back!!!



  22. Jane Goldsmith
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Link

    I am always glad to hear that someone can give up medications because they no longer need them. Good for you!



  23. Cheryl Stanifer
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 5:58 pm · Link

    So glad you are back and better. Yeah for you.



  24. Cheryl Stanifer
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    So glad to hear it. Yeah for you.



  25. Cheryl Stanifer
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    So glad to hear it. Yeah for you.



  26. Cathy Dixon
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    I know you hear this a lot but I am one of your #1 fans!! Have been for years! I have read just about every book you have wrote. At present I am reading Big Sky secrets. The final book in the Parable Montana series.I dearly loved the Mckettricks series both of them! And the stone creek series. I am hoping you come out with more from either one of those! That would be awesome. But anything you write is awesome! I have not read one of your books yet that I did not love. Thanks for writing such awesome books that takes me away from my troubles and takes me away to some very exciting places for a while! And I can go back there anytime I want( I have collected everyone of your books! Yours are the ones that I won’t trade to anyone). Hope to hear from you! Cathy Dixon



    • linda
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        · August 21st, 2014 at 3:24 pm · Link

      Thank you, Cathy. Your words mean a lot to me.



  27. Jennifer McFalls
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Glad you’re back to your old self again!



  28. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:12 pm · Link

    Oh so much better to handle the condition in a natural way, rather than drugs, if at all possible.

    Good for you :wink:



  29. Linda Wilson
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:20 pm · Link

    I`m glad you are feeling better. Please wish your niece a Happy Birthday for me, my son`s is tomorrow. Thank You so much for the books I won, I enjoyed them
    Linda Wilson



  30. Brenda I.
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:24 pm · Link

    That is so wonderful that you are off the ADD medicine! I hope that Angela had a Great Birthday!



  31. Rita Crofoot
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I am glad the fog has lifted,you have way too much in your head to have fog get in the way. Interesting about Marie,another misunderstood woman.



  32. Dixie J. Hadley
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:52 pm · Link

    Linda,
    So glad you are feeling more like your old self. Life is way too short to have to go through it in a “fog :lol: “. The information is fasinating on Marie Antoinette. Now I don’t have to read it for myself :wink: What good news regarding the wrangler’s improved condition and the baby’s good progress. Have a wonderful week.
    Dixie J. Hadley
    P.S.
    I have written 13 childrens books since 2006. I finally decided to publish them. The first one, The Adventures of Charlie Chevy and Franklin Ford, will be published and in my hands by mid November. What fun .



  33. PHYLLIS
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:54 pm · Link

    GLAD 2 HEAR YOU’RE OFF THE MEDS LINDA……….. :)



  34. Dixie J. Hadley
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Guess I need to use spell check – the word was suppose to be fantastic :oops:
    Dixie J. Hadley



  35. Lorraine Pitts
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Happy for your news!!!!



  36. Marguerite Guinn
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Aren’t we always thankful for a good rain in August? We had rain in our area last night, but it skipped around us!

    Love your books!



  37. cheryl Morgan
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Great idea! I am sure they couldn’t compete with the Swiss guards.



  38. Norma Stanforth
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 7:53 pm · Link

    Congratulation to Kim Rudisill and Darlene Holley for your win.
    Linda so glad that you are back. I was worried about you.
    Happy belated Birthday to little Gibson mommy, Angela.
    God’s blessings to all and hope you all have a good week.
    As always your friend,
    Norma



  39. Crystal Carney
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 7:58 pm · Link

    So glad that you are doing so much better !



  40. Judi Schultz
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Good to see you back.



  41. Barbara Murcray
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 9:06 pm · Link

    Linda,
    If you are looking for your next book to put on your list to read, try The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is one of those books when you finish reading it you have to pass it on to friends and family to share.



    • linda
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        · August 21st, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Link

      I read this one some time ago, and LOVED it.



  42. Dawn Latchford
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 9:24 pm · Link

    :( :) love your books so much!! Glad u are well and back!!



    • Dennis
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        · August 21st, 2014 at 9:56 am · Link

      Have u read Linda’s MacKettricks series?? you’ll love it!



  43. rebecca grimsley
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 9:48 pm · Link

    So glad the fog has cleared. It makes you feel you have a new lease on life. Good luck and write on my friend!!!



  44. Dawn Napper
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 9:49 pm · Link

    I agree with you about poor Marie Antoinette. She was the victim of other people’s ambition.



  45. Billie Sanders
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 10:17 pm · Link

    But not Benjamin Franklin. He was a fast man with the ladies.

    I’m glad to report that we have had some good rain in Knoxville too.
    Have a good week.

    Billiesue



  46. Roberta Giordano
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 10:20 pm · Link

    Congratulation to the winners. Glad your back to yourself. Have a great week !



  47. Diana E.
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 10:39 pm · Link

    Glad to hear from you today, Linda. Congratulations to last week winners. Enjoyed reading your blog again today. Take care and glad to hear your off your meds. Blessings.



  48. Michele B
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 10:45 pm · Link

    Fog-free! That is good news indeed.



  49. Lea Williams
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      · August 19th, 2014 at 11:55 pm · Link

    I hope you do OK off the meds. Sometimes the drs. don’t know best. We did not get rain in Airway Heights until this evening. It made the air so fresh smelling. I think we have the last of the hay in the barn. Maybe one more load looking At the loft in the barn. Take care Blessings



  50. Kelley Morrow
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 12:13 am · Link

    Glad all seems well with you and hope you have a blessed and productive week!



  51. Terri Shortell
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 6:28 am · Link

    Glad you’re feeling more like yourself. Sometimes the meds that are meant to help have bad side effects. I have stopped a few myself for that reason. Hate brain fog. The Marie Antoinette books sound very interesting. Here’s hoping for more rain. Have a great week everyone.



  52. Mari Tucker
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 6:30 am · Link

    Welcome back!!!



  53. linda gwiazdowski
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 6:52 am · Link

    glad you are well,god bless you,welcome back



  54. marilyn
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 8:42 am · Link

    Congratulations for getting off ADD meds, and wouldn’t that have been an interesting scenario if either of those two gentlemen had managed to bring Marie A. to America…. I wonder how she would have fared? That could be an interesting twist. Hope you have a great day, and week.



  55. DONNA
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am · Link

    I am glad your feeling better. Keep on writing. Love your books!!



  56. Gwenda Underwood
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 9:53 am · Link

    Happy for you to be out of the “fog” !!!



  57. Dotty Weis
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 10:08 am · Link

    Sending you more rain we here in Florida have had our share



  58. carole
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 10:19 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners! Glad to hear your off the ADD medicine! Hope you have a wonderful week!



  59. Joyce M.
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 11:06 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better.



  60. Teresa W
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Glad your off d meds. Hope your doing well. I know if it isn’t a hard bad storm I can sleep real good.



  61. Valdi McCoy
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Glad you are doing well. My granddaughter share your fascination with Marie Antoinette. She reads about her life and times. We were fortunate enough to go to Paris and had a wonderful tour of that city with some fascinating history lessons. Congrats to the winners.



  62. Valdi McCoy
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Glad you are doing well. My granddaughter shares your fascination with Marie Antoinette. She reads about her life and times constantly. We were fortunate enough to go to Paris and had a wonderful tour of that city with some fascinating history lessons. Congrats to the winners.



  63. Valdi McCoy
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Glad you are doing well. My granddaughter shares your fascination with Marie Antoinette. She reads about her life and times constantly. We were fortunate enough to go to Paris and had a wonderful tour of that city with some fascinating history lessons. Congrats to the winners.
    :)



  64. Valdi McCoy
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Glad you are doing well. My granddaughter shares your fascination with Marie Antoinette. She reads about her life and times constantly. We were fortunate enough to go to Paris and had a wonderful tour of that city with some fascinating history lessons. Congrats to the winners. :)



  65. Sue Nordhausen
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Glad to have you back! I don’t know how you are going to feel without your ADD medicine. I have (as a retired teacher) dealt with many students that were on meds for ADD. Usually they didn’t have much of an appetite. These were elementary students. I do know it made a world of difference in their behavior and their school work!
    I’ll be interested to see how you feel and perform without it.
    Congratulations on your weight loss!



  66. Tammy Ragle
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Glad you are back and I agree with the rain God has blessed us with some but we need more.



  67. carole
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      · August 20th, 2014 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Hi! Congrats to the winners! Glad that your off your ADD medicine, and feeling better! Its been a busy week for me working extra hours for afew coworkers are on vacation! Hope you have a good week!



  68. Darlene Holley
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      · August 22nd, 2014 at 12:29 pm · Link

    I’m so thrilled that I was one of the winners!!! Thank you so much. I am glad that you are starting to feel better and please try to send some of that rain here to Northern Cali. My lawn is dead because I can’t waste water to keep it green :(



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