#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Home Again

A good time was had by all at the Seattle party–we all gathered at Christina Dodd’s lovely condominium for food, fun and friendship.  There was a lot of laughter and shop talk, and I loved every minute of it.  Jayne Krentz was there, along with Cherry Adair, Stella Cameron, Jill Barnett, Kristin Hannah, Susan Anderson, and Julia Quinn, Christina, of course, and Debbie Macomber, too.  If I missed anybody, I hope to be forgiven.  :)  These women are all pros, and we’ve known each other for eons. 

Debbie and I got to catch up on our visiting, too–we stayed at the lovely Andra Hotel, did some Christmas shopping and a lot of chattering, and it was wonderful.  Among our favorite stores: Nordstrom, a place called Fireworks, and Papyrus, the paper place.  We had a wonderful dinner at the Italian place next door to the Andra–I forget the name–and we both had the same thing: risotto with mushrooms and slices of duck breast.  YUM.  The next morning, we had a wonderful breakfast at Lola’s, which is in the hotel.  We tried to go to the Dahlia Lounge, across the street, but only the bakery was open and we both needed protein.  Alas.  The food at Lola’s was delicious.  After eating, we went back to our hotel room to do some more talking.  We always have lots to say to each other, but our busy schedules make it hard to get together.

By the time I arrived in Spokane on Friday night, I was utterly exhausted, which is why I didn’t sit right down and write a blog entry.  I spent the weekend resting, fighting off a cold–yea, I think I won that round!–reading and doing a little painting.  I visited the Dick Blick art supply store in Seattle before my flight, and what a lot of fun that was!  I buy from that company online all the time, but there’s no substitute for browsing–I found products I didn’t even know existed.  I’ve got some projects going–one is a special Christmas present for my daughter–and the writing is going SO well.  I returned to the book this morning and the story just seemed to flow.  It was a very good and productive day, my favorite kind.  :)

The weather was beautiful this morning, though the clouds had rolled in by lunchtime, and we got some rain.

Mary Ann and Larry have two turkeys, Flora and Taft, and a couple of deer stopping by every morning and evening.  Life is always interesting around the Triple L.  :)

The horses are all thriving, as are Cha Cha, Jitterbug and Bernicie.  Our new baby, Margie the golden retriever, is settling in well.  I swear she grows an inch a day!  The cats have developed a new trick–they like to drink from the faucet of my bathtub, and now they’ve begun to wake me up to serve them.  The little stinkers.

Mom’s new walk-in tub is installed and operational.  She’s loving it.

I’m enjoying your comments–keep them coming.



11 comments to “Home Again”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · December 3rd, 2012 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Good trip for you! I’ve read many of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books, & like her paranormal twists. I, as do other readers I guess, wonder what an author is “really like”, so that’s why your blogs are so enjoyable. You bring yourself down to earth when you talk about your friends, pets & every day stuff. We can relate :-)
    Keep up the good work!
    Blessings to you,

  2. Sal
      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:57 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great time…I am wondering what knitting project Debbie was working on. :)

  3. Gloria
      · December 4th, 2012 at 12:51 am · Link

    I’m glad you had such a fun trip. And, beat the cold.

  4. Betsy
      · December 4th, 2012 at 1:25 am · Link

    What a fun gathering of pros! Would have loved to be a fly on the wall!

  5. Hilda
      · December 4th, 2012 at 1:29 am · Link

    Linda, glad you enjoyed your reunion. The only other one of the authors you mentioned that I’ve read is Debbie Macomber. Love her books too! Do any of the other write about cowboys? If so, I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the update on your critters. It’s so nice to hear about them once in a while. When did you get the Golden Retriever? I must have missed that blog. Would you be able to post a picture here, some time? (I don’t tweet or Facebook) Have a good writing week!

  6. Michele
      · December 4th, 2012 at 8:43 am · Link

    I’ve never read a Debbie Macomber book but i picked one up this weekend. I’ll get started on it this week I hope.
    Your weekend sounds wonderful! Looking forward to the next book!

  7. Ruth Pressler
      · December 4th, 2012 at 8:55 am · Link

    I enjoyed your blog. We to, have a flock of wild turkeys that see to visit our yard daily. We had 11 does a one buc in the yards for the past year, but last Monday started the Deer Seaon here in Pennsylvania, and Saturd ented the anterless deer season. I ws home in the morning and heard 5 separate shots up on the mountain. Since thn nothing. Either they have scattered to posted land or they are in a freezer somewhere. It is very warm for hunting season. (40-65 degrees) The meat could spoil very fast. God Bless. Still putting foo out with hope in my heart.

  8. Kathleen O'Donnell
      · December 4th, 2012 at 10:19 am · Link

    So glad you had a good time.. I have never been to the west coast of the US. I would love to do the Pacific coast highway scenic tour sometime. I have driven up and down the east coast, but I bet the west coast is a real stunner..

  9. Robin Hudson
      · December 4th, 2012 at 4:12 pm · Link

    What a group of great authors you hang with!! I read ALL of you gals books. It is always inspiring to get together and spend time with your co-hearts. I bet each of you are writing up a storm. lol Happy Holidays

  10. Marie Jones
      · December 4th, 2012 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Sounds like a nice weekend! Wish I could say the same but hubby is doing a craftshow with his artwork this weekend and I had to help with the framing. So wish you could come! We’re right near Michaels & Hobby Lobby in N. Spokane. You could say thats a blessing but with an artist and a knitter in the house I think it’s a curse!

  11. cathy
      · December 5th, 2012 at 4:58 am · Link

    Love all the authors you talked about, it must have been a lot of fun.I missed about the blog about the new baby Is she a rescue also. I have a couple of rescues 1 a doxie and the other a doxie mix and they bring joy to the heart.

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