#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Hello from Florida!

With some help from Super-Jen, I’m here, on the blog, writing to all of you! I’m still enough of a country girl to be impressed by all this technology, though more often that not, it intimidates me. :)
On Wednesday, we left for the airport at 4:dark:30, and our plane left at six. Traveled all day, thankfully without untoward incident, but by the time we landed it Tampa, I was pretty zonked. HOWEVER, Jen and I were expected at the superfabulous home of Steven and Robin Black, owners and founders of Uptick Vineyards. We were welcomed so generously that all fatigue just fell away. We were soon making making new friends, laughing a lot and, of course, sipping wonderful wine. All the guests were delightful people, and I’ll mention them all in future blogs, when I’m quite sure how to spell their names. :) Walt Willie, of “All My Children” fame, had us all laughing uproariously at his stories about Hollywood parties and incidents on the set.

Suffice it to say, by the time Jen and I got to our hotel–one of those great all-suite places with its own appliances–we were mega-pooped! I took a long time settling down and going to sleep, and when I finally did, I didn’t surface until 10 the next morning. Jen rested well, too, though it sounds as if her room was haunted, in a benign sort of way. I probably wouldn’t have awakened or even stirred if Abe Lincoln himself had put in an appearance, and you know how much I’d love to meet him!

Once we were awake and properly dressed, shopping was the objective—wouldn’t you know, this country girl headed straight for–wait for it–Target and Michael’s! There is ALWAYS something I need from one of those places and, of course, we have both of them in Spokane, but Target is so far away I seldom get there.

Last night, we attended the event of events, the wine-tasting dinner hosted by the incredibly generous Steven Black, and it was a truly amazing evening, like something out of a fantasy, for a Northport girl like me. We shared a table with Buck and Goldie Taylor, good friends, so that was an extra treat. And guess what? Buck, who is not only an accomplished actor, but a professional artist of considerable standing, drew us each a sketch of a cowboy on our specially printed menus. WHAT a souvenir. I’d been waiting for an opportunity to commission Buck to do a watercolor portrait of Michael Landon in his Little Joe get-up, and he’s going to do it! YEEHAW!!!! It will look terrific with Matt and Miss Kitty and my dad’s old saddle.

My talk and signing start at 5 pm, at the unbelievably lovely Treasure Island Club, also the site of last night’s dream dinner, and I’m looking forward to that, too.

I’ll do my best to blog about it.

Be well and be kind. Every one of you is unique, a ‘sketch’ by the greatest Artist of them all–God.

16 comments to “Hello from Florida!”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · March 1st, 2013 at 2:16 pm · Link

    What a wonderful time you are having !! Hope you enjoy it all & the balmy weather as well. Will you manage a trip to the beach? When will you be flying back?

  2. Gloria
      · March 1st, 2013 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re having a great time. Like I said the other day, I wish my brother still lived there, (for a day or two), and I could somehow visit with him and meet you, but alas, alas, that is not to be.

    So, I’ll just be happy he is now living here, and be thankful that today, I just had a good lunch with my last two brothers.

    God is good!!!!!!!!

    And now…back outside to clear more space to store my son’s household goods since he’s got to get out of his house.

    Have enough fun for all of us, and be careful.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · March 1st, 2013 at 4:49 pm · Link

      Gloria, I am so sorry that your brother lost is house. I prayed for him and i will continue pray for your family.
      God bless you and your family and his.

      • Norma Stanforth
          · March 1st, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

        I am sorry i don’t know where my head was at i mean your son.

        • Gloria
            · March 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 pm · Link

          Thank you Norma. I really appreciate the prayers.

  3. Hilda
      · March 1st, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m so glad to read such a fun report about your first days there! Walt Willie – wasn’t he Jackson what’s-his-name, you know, Travis what’s-his-name’s brother? Weren’t they both married to Erica Kane? Is he still as handsome and sexy as he looked on AMC?

    I’m so glad they are spoiling you. Your last line made me cry at my desk. Thanks for the comforting message – again!

    I wish you God’s great blessings for the rest of this trip!

    • Kathleen McCluskey
        · March 1st, 2013 at 3:46 pm · Link

      Welcome to the Sunshine State!

      · March 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Linda, sounds like you are having a really good time. Have fun at your signing in a couple of hours and enjoy the rest of your time there. Sure wish I could see that painting of Little Joe and the ones of Matt & Miss Kitty. Have a safe trip home & hope you have no trouble with your flight. Stay safe

  5. Kathleen O
      · March 1st, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    I am so glad you arrived safe and sound and you are settling in. Like me that first night away from your own bed sometimes makes it hard to relax… But it sounds like you are on a roll now and having a great time.. Enjoy and let us know more about your trip…

  6. Norma Stanforth
      · March 1st, 2013 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Linda, i am glad you are having a great time in the sunshine state.
    It was fantastic that you got seated with your good friends Buck and Goldie Taylor, so he is an actor and also a professional artist, that is wonderful to be able to accomplish all of that.That was nice that he drew a sketch on your menus, made a nice souvenir, he had done that for you last also didn’t he? That is really going to be special him doing a watercolor of Michael Landon for you!
    God bless and take care of you and Jen, and i am glad you are enjoying yourself.
    As always your friend,
    Norma Stanforth

  7. Pam Brewer
      · March 1st, 2013 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Have a great time and soak up those wonderful rays of sunshine!

  8. Juanita Rice
      · March 1st, 2013 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Oh, I’ll bet it will! Lucky you! :)

    So glad to hear you are having fun!!

  9. kathy copeland
      · March 2nd, 2013 at 12:44 am · Link

    Sounds like your having a great time. Enjoy each minute and stay safe.Sending love and hugs.

  10. Carole Sklenar
      · March 2nd, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Absolutely loved your last comment. Thank you and what a unique way to say it. I’m going to steal it and put it on FB in my status today. I will give you credit tho as I think that is only proper and also ethical to do. But can’t promise that other won’t use it and eliminate the kudos as to who originally said it. :-D

  11. Crystal
      · March 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Dearest Linda it was a pleasure meeting u and the crazy Girls from Louisiana are back home safely! Lol will detail more later. NEED SLEEP!! Lol

    • linda
        · March 6th, 2013 at 10:54 am · Link

      Thanks, sweetie! Hugs to Angelica, too

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