#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

And the beat goes on….

I seem to be in the mood to quote songs today.

It is SO beautiful and sunny out, and the tulips and daffodils are frolicking in celebration.  Yorkie-Bernice got a much needed bath, since it’s warm outside, and this morning,  Larry the Canadian Wrangler found a quail trapped in the garage.  Ever so gently, he held the remarkably calm bird in his hands, brought it in for us to admire, then turned it loose again.  I have a special love for quail–that little top-knot is so cute I can’t stand it–even the tiniest, inch-high chicks have one.  :)  Cousin Mary Ann and I have spent many a happy time sitting still in the truck while a flock dashes across the road.  Once, we saw three adults and about fifty chicks, I swear, and it reminded me of old time cattle drives.  One grown bird rode point (in the lead, for you greenhorns), one rode flank (side) and another brought up the rear.  The chicks made up the herd, and every once in a while, one or several of them would break ranks and double back.  The bigger birds would round them up again, and keep them headed for the other side.  :)

Murphy’s Law continues to rampage around here, but I’m feeling a little better, so it doesn’t bother me so much.  :)  I’m settled in my new office, which echoes a little from lack of furniture but is a wonderful place to write, and though it’s been slow going, the story is moving along. 

My bathtub and beautiful new flooring have been installed, and the tub is in working order, Praise the Lord.  Still, we’d no sooner reached that milestone when one of my two waterheaters (it’s a big house) blew out, and there I was, with a glorious new tub and no hot water.  Arghhhh!  A new tank is being installed even as we speak–if it isn’t one thing, it’s your mother, as Mom would say–and all is well.  So far.  :)

The sun rises and sets, and the moon is full tonight, which probably accounts for some of the tensions around here.

Still, God’s in His Heaven, large and in charge.

And the beat goes on.

13 comments to “And the beat goes on….”

  1. Willa Easley
      · April 25th, 2013 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I think baby quails kinda look like little walnuts as they hurry along. They’re sooo cute! :)

  2. Gloria
      · April 25th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Well, Linda, you sound just like a “normal” person with everyday trials and tribulations. I think we sometimes tend to forget you’re just like the rest of us, only more Blessed than most of us from what I’ve read in your Blogs.

    If my water heater zonked out, I’d just have to heat water on the stove…if it doesn’t zonk out before I can replace it with the one I bought from my son’s widow. It’s been sitting in the middle of my kitchen floor for nigh on 5 years. :( And, I’ve been using the one installed for 44 years, come July 4th week. :-D

    But, I am glad you’re feeling better. When you feel good, other things, like the wrong stuff for your bathroom and all the other things don’t seem “quite” so bad.

    Keep enjoying those flowers. Most of my blooms are on the down side, but they have, and still are, so beautiful, to me, anyway.

    Take care!!

    • Gloria
        · April 25th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

      That should have been ….they have been and still are ……….

  3. Hilda
      · April 25th, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Linda, I have loved watching quail when I am in Mesa, AZ, vacationing at my friend’s home. They truly are a very family-oriented bird, and watching them in formation is another sign that God created all things marvelously! I could just imagine what you were looking at while reading your blog!

    What is it with Murphy’s Law? I’m having plumbing problems too! So annoying. And how do you know when it’s something you have to pay for yourself or you can put in an insurance claim? Gotta look into that. I’ve only owned my own home for 10 years – I miss Renting!!!!

    Still sunny in Seattle today – PTL!

    • Hilda
        · April 25th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

      Linda, thank you! My prize(s) arrived today, and I have to say, your sister Sal does an awesome job with her knitwear!
      Thank you so much! These little side benefits of loving your books are fun!

  4. Pam Brewer
      · April 25th, 2013 at 3:56 pm · Link

    I feel your pain :) My heater went out in February at the beginning of a cold snap (zero to 6 degrees above for two days), then, right before I was to leave on vacation with my children, my water heater went out. The day it was supposed to be installed (four days before we left, after being without hot water for a week already), the kind installer told me it was going to cost another $300-$400 to bring it up to code, after I spent almost double that for the initial heater and install. Now, my refrigerator went out over the weekend. But, in the grand scheme of things, I am learning to be humble, and appreciating what I have, that others may not.

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · April 25th, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Linda, i am glad that you are settled in to your office and the birds are doing well and all is great with the Lord, and it is a beautiful day that the Lord had made. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

  6. Ida C
      · April 25th, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    I love your mom’s saying “if it isn’t one thing, it’s your mother”!! Gotta use that one day. Murphy’s law always hangs around when you’re renovating!! Here’s hoping he gets lost one of these days Linda. It’s snowing here right now, so am glad we don’t have many green shoots above ground. They would wonder what’s happening I’m sure. Happy days ahead we’re hoping. Keep smiling. :roll:

  7. Kathleen O
      · April 25th, 2013 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are back and you feel settled and ready to work. We will be hopefully getting plenty of flower soon, with all these April Showers we are having. I can’t wait to see all the Tulips outside my kitchen window and our Magnolia tree blossom. It has been so cold here where I live in, that very little has bloomed early.

  8. rita hutcheson
      · April 25th, 2013 at 6:23 pm · Link

    I know exactly how you feel, if it isn’t one thing its another. Husband had back surgery in Feb., I was taking new medicine and now I have a very puffy face, which has my doctor doing all kinds of tests, waiting for hospital bill on my husbands surgery, should be BAD. Then my husband gets a surface staff infection. Have to make three round trips of 100 miles one way to see doctor. Then to top it all off the repairman just took my five yrs old french door refrigator to put a new compressor in. Its still under warranty but darn should the compressor go out in 5 1/2 yrs? Make sure you keep your receipt or its not covered. My refrigator will be back next tuesday. I have been without for three days already. This is not good. small dorm refrigators (2) are a life saver. AND THE BEAT GOES ON!!!

  9. Juanita Rice
      · April 25th, 2013 at 8:22 pm · Link

    And the beat truly does go on!! :)

    Beautiful weather on the west side today, too. Hubby and I walked to town to visit the cheese shop I had never been to. Garlic and basil cheese curds…yes!

    Also stopped by a fairly new art gallery to look at their paintings and pottery. These are things we never do when the weather is bad so it was an enjoyable afternoon. :)

    Hope your remodel ends soon and without any more snags, Linda!

  10. Diana Eagen
      · April 25th, 2013 at 11:13 pm · Link

    I just love your blog and I love to watch the quail too. I’m back in Eugene now, from Central OR, since my husband past so miss the quail but love the flowers blooming sooner.

  11. Emily
      · April 26th, 2013 at 9:50 am · Link

    Been out of pocket again-medical issues.
    Anyway, we too have had quail and we love them. I really like it when they have babies, and try to lead them through the grass. You are right Linda, it reminds me of a cattle drive! As always, there are those that think they should turn back and the adult comes back and pecks their cute little bottoms and they “hop” along! Too cute! :lol:

    Glad you are in your new office and now I am sure you have your new hot water heater! Best of luck and enjoy the flowers!

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