#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Bathing in Sunshine

First order of business, my belated announcement of last week’s winner–Ida C, congratulations to you.

Now, for the Spokane weather report.  :)  Yesterday, we had wild, blizzard-like flurries of snow–today, sunshine.  I’ve been sitting outside on the deck this morning, soaking up the Vitamin D and loving every moment of it.  I walked around a little, inspecting the flowerbeds, heartened to see how big the daffodils and tulips are getting.  No blossoms yet, of course, but it won’t be long now.  And the grass is greening up nicely, too.

I’m into the new book, though I made several false starts.  :)  The initial chapter must be exactly right, obviously, since it sets the stage for the rest of the story. 

I continue to obsess about “Downton Abbey”.  What IS that?  I’ll be minding my own business and, then, all of a sudden, I’m fretting over Mr. Bates, falsely imprisoned for the murder of a woman who, as we say out West, needed killin’.  I’m wondering if Milady’s maid is really the sneaky viper she appears to be, lurking in corridors, listening at keyholes, plotting with Thomas, the man I love to hate.  When Lady Grantham (probably misspelled) fell ill with the Spanish flu, this same woman refused to leave her bedside and was the very picture of devotion.  Go figure.

The worrying doesn’t end there.  :)  What if the fortune really IS gone forever, and the staff has to be let go?  What will we do without Carson and Daisy and especially Anna Smith, the brave bride of the beleaguered Mr. Bates?  To think of that magnificent ancestoral pile standing empty or, worse yet, turned into a hotel–well, it just won’t do.  Fortunately, Maggie Smith is on duty as the dowager duchess, and she’s a real force of nature.  If anyone can save Downton Abbey and, indeed, England itself, Maggie can.  (As an aside,  I once saw the illustrious Ms. Smith perform in a play in London, along with Hailey Mills and Vanessa Redgrave.  It was an experience I will never forget.)

I suppose I’ve rattled on long enough, for today at least. :)

Be well, be brave, and be kind.




16 comments to “Bathing in Sunshine”

  1. Alexia Evans
      · March 19th, 2013 at 1:12 pm · Link

    8-O You need to keep watching. Downton Abbey is amazing. I’m sorry that we’re going to have to wait till January now for another season. :-?

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · March 19th, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Love that line, “they needed killin”, HA, we say that as well down South, in the country anyway. Loving the sunshine here too, until it gets too hot anyway! The dogs, cat, & horses are shedding like crazy! My Jonquils are still gorgeous, but will be fading soon. Then will come the azaleas, iris, dogwood, Bradford pear trees, red bud, & roses a little later !! God’s beauitful bounty all for us to enjoy !!
    Blessings to all,

  3. sam
      · March 19th, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Oh Linda! You make me smile :)
    How you feel at this moment about what will happen in “Downton Abbey” is how I feel when I have to put down one of your books when I haven’t got time to finish it!!
    Now Linda, if you had a chance to experience “Downton Abbey” would you like to be a lady in-service or “A lady of the house” ? :)

    • sam
        · March 19th, 2013 at 1:45 pm · Link

      I forgot to say, congratulations Ida C :)

  4. Norma Stanforth
      · March 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Congratulation Ida C. enjoy your win. Have a great day.

    Linda, glad you were able to bath in that sunshine. That helps when you are able to do that and look at your flowers that just makes your day. I love your illustration, in your books or what every you are talking about. God bless you, and everyone. Have a great day.
    As always your friend
    Norma S.

  5. Juanita Rice
      · March 19th, 2013 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Half of my family watches Downtown Abbey!! And, as much as I love all things British, I haven’t watched one episode. I will say the presence of Maggie Smith in the line-up nearly brought me on board, though. :) But I don’t have time to be plugged into the television at a set time every day.

    Happy to hear you are enjoying some sun, Linda. It was so bright here earlier this morning, but the clouds are rolling in. Maybe they are pushing that yellow orb in your direction. :)

    Roll on spring! And I’m ready for some more Linda books! :)

    • Juanita Rice
        · March 19th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

      PS: Congratulations to Ida! :>)

  6. kathy copeland
      · March 19th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Sounds like you day is sunny and bright.I hate to say this but here in Kansas we are having snow flurries; I am so sick of winter .Well maybe tomorrow we might see sun .(cross your fingers.) I love Downton Abbey can hardly wait till next season to see what happens.

  7. Hilda
      · March 19th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I’m in the same boat as Juanita – don’t have the opportunity to sit and watch at a set time, but I have been intrigued about Downton Abbey. I’m glad your weather has improved, Linda. Here in Seattle the sun is making cameo appearances throughout the day. BUT, I had to SCRAPE ICE from my windshield this morning! Still cold, brrrrrrr. I am really hoping for a dry Saturday so that I can do some more prepping for Spring in the flower beds! Happy writing, Linda! :)

  8. Sal
      · March 19th, 2013 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Ahh…genetics…starting out with the weather report reminds me of letters from Dad and/or Edith! :)

  9. Lois Rotella
      · March 19th, 2013 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Congrats Ida C….

    We had snow yesterday and rain this morning but now the sun is shinning bright now. It makes me happy to see the sun even if it is getting ready to set. Have happy days ahead Linda.. Happy writing.

  10. Debbie Lilly
      · March 19th, 2013 at 7:23 pm · Link


    My dad has said it has to snow on the daffodils at least two times.

    My crocuses are up and blooming. My daffodils are about two inches out to the ground and it is snowing again. Spring won’t be long in coming.

    We had our first highland calf born this morning. Usually there is no problem with the cow calving. Something went wrong because to calf had a bloody nose and was real weak. The calf usually stands within the first hour but this one didn’t. This afternoon when we got back from bowling, it had died. Guess we will have to watch the other cows so that we can separate them from the herd before they calve. :-?

  11. Gloria
      · March 19th, 2013 at 10:51 pm · Link

    Congratulations Ida C.

  12. Kathleen O
      · March 20th, 2013 at 9:59 am · Link

    I so got hooked on Downtown Abbey this year. I got the first 3 Seasons on DVD and watched them one after the other… Then I PVR’d Season 4…
    As for sunshine, not much here in my part of the world we had snow yesterday and more flurries today.
    Happy 1st Day of Spring.

  13. Crystal
      · March 20th, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    A day late i know. LOL I read the blog then was gonna go back to comment and got distracted and busy. Weather is beautiful here getting ready for spring, however the pollen is a kicker to my allergies! Can’t complain though! I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I’m about to read The Corbin Series with Banner O’ Brien! I bet they are gonna be great!!

  14. Ngozi
      · March 25th, 2013 at 1:02 pm · Link

    The sunshine in these parts are scorching, I can’t wait for the rains to come. I just can’t!
    As for the movie; ‘Downtown Abbey’, it hasn’t gotten to these parts yet. I hope it will though.

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