#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

My Fourth

I spent the night at the lake house, with the kids, and Bernice came along for the ride.  We feasted on barbecue prepared by my future son-in-law, Jeremy, and talked and talked.  They’ve been living in California for so long, we have some catching up to do.  :)

At 10 pm, it was dark enough for the celebration–we gathered on the front deck to watch fireworks above the lake.  What a spectacle!  I’ll always treasure the memory.  Bernice didn’t like the noise very much at first, but she soon braved-up and turned around in my lap to take in the show.  Wendy and Jeremy’s two kitties stayed inside, but they didn’t seem to be troubled by the noise.

I ate too much and probably drank too much wine and slept like a rock, with Bernice cuddled at my side.  She hadn’t been to the lake in a while, so she had to explore and nose-kiss the kitties and never got very far from my side.  Jeremy brought us home today, and she’s had her first barn trip and is now napping–lots of excitement for a little dog to assimilate.  :)

My kitties were fine here–it’s quiet and all, since we’re out in the country.  ChaCha is a long-haired kitty and she’s pretty matted, so tomorrow she’s off to the vet’s for a lion haircut.  She might forgive me after a month or so.  :)  Wish I could tell her how much better she’s going to feel, but she’ll hate every minute of it–and me, for a while.  Do you suppose God ever feels this way?  He wants to trim away something that makes us uncomfortable or even causes pain, but we just see it as a trauma?

I think so.

Be well and be kind, particularly to yourself and to the little ones with no voices to speak up for themselves. 


15 comments to “My Fourth”

  1. Hilda
      · July 5th, 2012 at 2:58 pm · Link

    HI, Linda. I just wanted to tell you that my niece (who with her husband and goofy friends put on their own excellent fireworks show last night) had given their German Shepherd, Maddie, a doggie sedative and she slept peacefully through it. I did check and Maddie is back to her normal self this morning. My other niece (other branch of the family) put her lovely little dog, also named Madi, in her bedroom and played Michael Jackson music for her! Apparently Madi loves MJ. Ya gotta love the little critters! Have a good weekend – hard to believe it’s almost here already but we’ll take it! Blessings! Hilda

  2. Gloria
      · July 5th, 2012 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Hello LInda! I just read your Blog and I’m glad you enjoyed the 4th. My youngest son, who already has medical problems that cost him his job, (and he’ll lose his home with no job), didn’t have enough problems, I don’t guess……..

    He fell and damaged his left elbow Saturday and can’t use it, and on the way to, or from, the doctor on Monday, he was stung by something that hit his right hand as he was riding down the road. He is highly allergic to stings and so…he didn’t have a hand to do with. I guess that is kind of like not having a leg to stand on.

    Anyway, I was at his house trying to help him and didn’t have anything to read, so I went to the local Library and found a book by you…McKettricks of Texas: Garrett. I just finished it and enjoyed it.

    As I have to get my books at the Library, I have to take what they have, so I missed Tate and might not get to read Austin. But, I learned enough about them in Garrett to know they, too, are good books. I wish I could read every book you’ve ever written, from the first to the last, but alas, it will be hit and miss.

    You are such a talented writer and I realized, a while back, that I’ve enjoyed your books for many years…I just didn’t pay attention to who was writing them, if that makes any sense.

    So, keep on writitng, and I’ll keep on reading as I find them at the Library.

    We didn’t celebrate the 4th since my son wasn’t up to it, but I am thankful to God that we have it to celebrate, and I also pray that it isn’t ever taken away from us.

    • Hilda
        · July 6th, 2012 at 2:01 pm · Link

      Gloria, which books would you like to read? Where do you live? Email me at: hildajdg@gmail.com. I should be able to help you get some of Linda’s books, especially Tate and Austin. – Hilda

    • sam
        · July 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm · Link

      I feel the same as Hilda, I know I live in the uk, but I also have some of linda’s books and would send you some if you would like, my e-mail is; chappie@ffc16.orangehome.co.uk. Hope your son feels better soon.

  3. Lois Rotella
      · July 5th, 2012 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time on the 4th. I had a nice day also. I got to see the Macy’s fireworks from my apartment and that was nice because I ddn’t have to fight the crowds.

  4. Elizabeth Schoonover
      · July 6th, 2012 at 10:12 am · Link

    I really enjoy your emails,,I feel as if I know u. I’m in love with the Mckettrick’s,,O’ballivan’s and Creeds,,keep on writting. Your new book from Parable is amazing. I still need to order the Mojo series,,I have all your other books. thank you for all u do,,love Bernie and the kitties.

  5. Elizabeth
      · July 6th, 2012 at 12:05 pm · Link

    Hey Linda! Glad you had a wonderful fourth :-D . Mine was pretty quiet. Spent it with the husband and my pets. We sat outside drank some wine, talked and watched the fireworks going on around us. love reading your blogs they are the best!

  6. sam
      · July 6th, 2012 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I have a long haired black and white kitten and a black one, both sisters. My daughter saved them from being drowned, and now we have two very mischievous nine month old balls of fluff!!!! Isn’t it great that the pets we have bring so much comfort and joy to our lives :)

  7. Michele
      · July 9th, 2012 at 8:52 am · Link

    Hi Linda! Whatever happened to the family trees you made for the the McKettricks and the Creeds?

    • linda
        · July 9th, 2012 at 12:32 pm · Link

      We revamped the whole website. The family trees will be posted ASAP. :)

      • Hilda
          · July 9th, 2012 at 12:44 pm · Link

        Yeah, I was wondering about that too. It seems the family tree must now be a forest! But keep growing that forest! Thank you! Hilda

      • cwperki
          · December 31st, 2012 at 12:49 pm · Link

        Did you ever post the family trees?

  8. Shawn
      · July 9th, 2012 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Hi Linda!

    I’ve become a huge fan of yours over the last year! I’ve read 40 of your novels since last July and counting! You provide such a nice escape & “me time” for me as a busy working mom. Thanks!!!
    I also have missed the family trees in the last few months, as I like to refer back to them while reading.

    Keep up the great work!

  9. Peggy Casey
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I was wondering which lake you go to for the 4th? There are so many wonderful lakes in the area, we were up north at Deep Lake and had such wonderful weather! We are so fortunate to live here and not back East where it has been so miserable hot this year, not that we haven’t had it warm here as well! :)

  10. Karen Smith
      · September 5th, 2013 at 4:14 pm · Link

    I’ve never been a big reader…UNTIL I found your books. I’ve read every one of them I can find. I just can’t put them down. I sure would love to see a McKettrick/Creed family tree. I still get a little confused and would like to read them in chronological order. Thanks again for sharing your talent with us!!

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