#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Can you hear me now?

My internet service was an on-again-off-again affair for TWO DAYs, which is why I’m late.  That is, for once, it isn’t ENTIRELY my fault.  :)  (Okay, SOME of it was my fault–I tend to slack off a bit when I’ve just finished a book.)

I had my second acupuncture treatment yesterday and, I gotta tell you, I’m a believer.  I didn’t even know it was POSSIBLE to be that relaxed!  The needles didn’t hurt too much, except the ones in the ear, and that was a momentary thing.  This time around, I could really feel that energy (chi) circulating, big-time–especially through the soles of my feet.  Cousin Debra’s office is a peaceful sanctuary, which helps, and we’re definitely on the same wave-length, which also helps. 

I’m off to Sally’s this afternoon–can’t wait to see her.  I need this R&R.

Will I blog tomorrow?  Most likely, not.  We’ll be visiting craft stores and gearing up for the big quilt show in Sisters on Saturday.  Tell you all about it when I get back on Sunday afternoon.

In the meantime, a loving farewell to my uncle, Jack Bartol.  My favorite memory of him is of the time he and my aunt, Wanna, his wife, and my other aunt, Donna, visited me in Cave Creek.  I was in the barn, feeding horses, and I happened to be in a stall with the then-feisty Skye, a beautiful Appaloosa.  I was watching my p’s and q’s but staying calm at the same time, as one must around a skittish horse, particularly in small and confined spaces.  Well, I looked  around and there was Uncle Jack, in his tidy golf shirt and bermudas and spotless shoes–he was a very good-looking man and dressed well–right there in the stall with me, camera raised, smile beaming.  “Wanna wants a picture of the spotted one,” he explained, while I was debating if screaming at him to run for his life might spook the horse.  Being Skip Lael’s daughter, I knew better than that, of course, so I just eased Skye out of the direct line of kicking and smiled for the photo.

Godspeed, Uncle.  By now, you’re in the middle of the greatest family reunion of all.

Blessings, my friends.  Be kind–especially to forgetful bloggers. :)


10 comments to “Can you hear me now?”

  1. Hilda
      · July 11th, 2013 at 12:21 pm · Link

    My condolences, Linda, on the passing of your Uncle. Such wonderful memories can surely be comforting at times like this.

    Have a wonderful visit with your sister Sally! Don’t worry about us; we’ll just wait and be glad to hear from you when you are home again!

  2. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 11th, 2013 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Hope you have a fun an relax for a change before you start out on your new book. Can’t wait for a new story. I love all your books so far. Just rereading the Creeds and Mc Kettircks. Love them.
    They are like a reunion with family when I read them again. Can’t wait for the Christmas one to come out.
    Waiting for the Big Sky Wedding now. Should be good and the last one Secrets.

  3. Laurie Wagner
      · July 11th, 2013 at 2:42 pm · Link

    Love your books. Especially the ones that are in jacobsville. Love all kinds of western like books, especially when they take place in the present. Sorry to hear of the passing of a loved one. He is now at peace and as you said reunited with the ones who went before him. Take care can’t wait for more.

  4. Ruby Norwood
      · July 11th, 2013 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Sorry, about the passing of a love one. I love your books ,as i have told you over and over. I love to read your blogs that you send out also. Hope you have a great week end.

  5. Gloria
      · July 11th, 2013 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m sorry about your uncle.

    I just finished one of your books, Montana Creeds, Logan. It was really good, and I can’t believe I read it so fast with all I did and all I have to do. I just checked it out of the Library yesterday, or the day before. Either way, it was fast.

    Have fun with your sister. I’m going to The Antique’s Roadshow with my youngest brother in the wee hours of Saturday morning. I pray we all have a safe and fun time, no matter what we’re all doing.

  6. Patricia
      · July 11th, 2013 at 5:45 pm · Link

    understand about the internet on and off again, what in the world would we do without it and how ironic my hubby and I were just talking about how it was when we were in High School. Sorry to hear about the passing of a love one also, it is hard to lose someone we love

  7. Diana Eagen
      · July 11th, 2013 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Have a safe trip to OR, hope you really enjoy visiting with your sister. The Sisters’ quilt show is special, have fun.
    Sorry to hear about your uncle, sounds like good memories of him. Blessings.

  8. Norma Stanforth
      · July 11th, 2013 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Linda, i am so sorry about you uncle Jack! It is had to loss a love one, but you will always have your memories! I am glad that your acupuncture is helping you! I hope you enjoy your time with your sister and enjoy this weekend!
    I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and have a safe one.
    God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,

  9. Emily
      · July 12th, 2013 at 9:50 am · Link

    So sorry about your uncle. Memories are great to have, and comforting too! God has blessed you and all of your family.

    Have fun on your trip. I have a cousin that lives in Sisters. Enjoy and be safe.

  10. Shawn Oxendine-Walter
      · July 13th, 2013 at 3:28 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle Linda. You and your family are in my prayers. Enjoy your time this weekend.

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