#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for October, 2011

Peacocks and Deer

A neighbor keeps peacocks, and the big birds wander all over the place, with apparent impunity from coyotes, etc.  This morning, we had one serenading us from down in the draw for upwards of half an hour–the thing sounded like it was being killed, so I called over to Mary Ann and Larry’s, concerned.  Mary Ann, who lives just a little closer to the peacock place than I do, chuckled and assured me the sound was normal.  Even the deer were a little thrown, I think–there were five of them, standing in the clearing, still as stones, listening.  One was

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Still Walkin’ On Sunshine!

I’m loving this wonderful weather–what’s not to love about sunshine, fresh air, blue skies, and greenery on all sides?

I finished “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School” (Kathleen Flinn) and enjoyed it very much.  Now I’m onto “The End of Normal”, a memoir by Mark Madoff’s widow.  Of course you already know that the infamous Bernie Madoff, Mark’s father, ripped off billions and almost crashed the stock market–pretty scary to think one person could do that, practically single-handed.  I can’t help sympathizing with the plight of this young mother and her children, though, because they too were victims.  Still, I think

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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.