#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Still recovering from all that fun

Happy Birthday, Chyanne Lael!

:)  This cowgirl is plum wore out, as the old-timers would say.

We’ve got snow aplenty out here in the country, and it’s beautiful.  Always good writing weather.  And good soup weather, too.  I’ve been meaning to unpack my Vitamix and whip up a batch, and I spent a happy hour yesterday ordering seeds from the Burpee catalog.  The one from Jackson-Perkins arrived, too, and what a feast for the eyes.  I’d need another thirty acres to grow all the flowers I want to grow!

I spoke with my aunt, Arlee Fairbanks, by telephone this morning.  Arlee is an accomplished artist and an expert horsewoman–she’s had at least one painting on the cover of “Western Horseman”–and I’m commissioning her to translate a favorite picture of my Dad and me, on his old horse, Peanuts, into a painting.  I was probably two, and still a natural blonde, quite at home in the saddle if I do say so myself.  I’m posting a link here so you can see her work: www.arleeartist.com.  Tell her “Lindy” sent you.  :)

The dust from Christmas is beginning to settle, but slowly.  Between the big rodeo in Vegas and my favorite holiday, December is becoming a marathon.  :) 

I’m loving it.

So, it’s time for a new question–What is one small thing you could do for yourself, or someone else, today, that you’ve been putting off?


22 comments to “Still recovering from all that fun”

  1. marie
      · December 28th, 2012 at 1:44 pm · Link

    taking the time to really really pray for my family and friends and not just a quick prayer.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · December 28th, 2012 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Lovely western paintings! Does she sell prints of her work? The one small thing, albeit not that small, is to quit procrastinating!! I am bad about that; like right now I should get up in the attic & put Christmas decorations away. But I would rather read your books! What happened to the movie or TV show about the McKettricks that you were gonna hear about? Did I somehow miss the outcome of that? Enjoy that snow 

    • linda
        · December 28th, 2012 at 1:57 pm · Link

      The TV stuff is still in the works–fingers crossed!

  3. Hilda
      · December 28th, 2012 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Your aunt’s work is amazing! It may be time to do a small thing for myself: purchase one of her beautiful paintings!

    But really, the small thing I need to do for myself is ….. exercise!

  4. Billiesue Sanders
      · December 28th, 2012 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Looking forward to “Big Sky River”. Got it yesterday. I love your books!

    One thing I could do for my children is to organize and label family photographs. There are boxes of them!

    Peace to all of you this new year season.


  5. Juanita Rice
      · December 28th, 2012 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Go to Linda’s web site and click on Books. They’re all there in order. Tons! :>) Makes me want to start re-reading!

  6. sam
      · December 28th, 2012 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Linda, Your Aunts paintings are beautiful.
    Is the picture that you mentioned, the one on your facebook page?

  7. Sharon S.
      · December 28th, 2012 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Forgive myself for going into a depression and ruining Christmas for myself and my dearly beloved parents. I let everything get to me and picked a fight with my mother. Fortunately my mother is a smart cookie. She called two hours later to say they were going to dinner and did I want to go. We went to dinner as if nothing happened.

    We talked and we decided I needed to see my doctor. I have been in a lot of pain lately and it just wore me out and I turned into a different person. But I’m on the right track now and all is well with the parents and myself.

  8. Norma Stanforth
      · December 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Yes cowgirls do get plum wore out. We are getting snow again here today in Ohio. So you are ordering your seeds now. That will nice for your aunt Arlee to paint a picture of your dad and you on his horse Peanuts, so you were only two when that picture was taken. One small thing i could do is call my brother-in-law i haven’t talk to him in quite a while. God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth :roll:

  9. Betsy
      · December 28th, 2012 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Christmas thank you notes!

  10. Lois Rotella
      · December 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, You were so busy and I am glad you got to enjoy the holiday with your family. The one thing I would like to do is do the things I said I was going to do and say maybe another day. I think we get in a rut and need to change things to make them fresh again. Happy New Year to all !!!! :lol:

  11. Juanita Rice
      · December 28th, 2012 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Your aunt’s artwork is wonderful!! The one of Jesse Rey Tari at the National Cutting Horse Futurity creates real excitement! Well done, Aunt Arlee!! Your family is comprised of such talented people. :)

    • Juanita Rice
        · December 28th, 2012 at 7:27 pm · Link

      PS: Today I’m going to plan a menu for when we have friends to dinner early in January. I will pay dearly if I put it off any longer.

  12. Gloria
      · December 28th, 2012 at 8:11 pm · Link

    Linda, you already have a new question, and I’m still wondering who won the “Best Christmas Ever” contest. The way I understood the last winnners, it was just from a drawing and not the actual answers to the Christmas question. Can you tell I am confused, and that it doesn’t take much to confuse me? :wink: And, can you straighten me out?

    I am already trying to be a better person…to myself and others, (not that I’m mean to people…I just want to be better), this coming year, and I need to study my Bible more. And, also for myself…to not procrastinate. I Know you said one small thing, but all of theses are tied together, so……..

  13. Janice Hougland
      · December 28th, 2012 at 10:22 pm · Link

    My hubby and I have started walking to the home in our neighborhood of an 87 year old woman who has a small dog. As we walk our Yorkie twice a day (a.m. and p.m.) we decided to invite her to walk with us and exercise her dog. It is working marvelously and this woman, who was practically a shut-in before we started walking with her, has a renewed interest in life in and around our neighborhood. It is very rewarding the good exercise too! Plus, our dogs are sure happy!

    • Juanita Rice
        · December 29th, 2012 at 1:04 pm · Link

      What a wonderful idea!! :)

  14. Patricia M Hann
      · December 28th, 2012 at 11:41 pm · Link

    Get together with my best friend. Our birthdays are days apart in September and we only had a quick lunch. We need a couple of days to go over our lives but I would take a couple of hours.

  15. Norma Stanforth
      · December 29th, 2012 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Hi Linda
    I have already left the one small thing i could do on my other comment, but i wanted to tell you i went on you aunt Arleen site and then i email her and told her how beautiful her paintings were. God bless you and keep you safe.
    Norma Stanforth

  16. Mary Huber
      · December 29th, 2012 at 3:11 pm · Link

    You wrote two books “My Lady Beloved” and “My Lady Wayward” under Lael St. James. I really enjoyed both books, but would like to know what happened to “Elizabeth” the third sister. Did you write a book about her??? If so, what is the title and where might I purchase it. I have most of your books (only three or four and I will have them all). I enjoy your stories and the families you write about so very much. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment you have given me with your books.

  17. Jessie W
      · December 30th, 2012 at 11:49 pm · Link

    I made a promise to myself to take time everyday and paint. Your post reminded me to stop waiting and just do it. Thanks Linda!! Cant wait for news about the movie/tv series. Crossing my fingers!

  18. janice mercer
      · December 31st, 2012 at 12:51 am · Link

    I enjoyed all 3 of your last books. just finish the last one, I can say that I have not found any of your books i did not like. I share your book with two other friends, as I keep all of your books. Janice

  19. Rebecca (Becky) Hicks
      · January 1st, 2013 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Something for myself which will influence my relationship with others–read books of the Bible and record special verses or comments in my spiritual journal–every day. One journal I’ve had a long time is almost full, but I’ve started two or three more and will complete them on a more regular basis. I also write quotes from the books I read and other sources (some even tv commercials!) in a special journal–And every time I think, “I’ve been reading since I was 6 and was an English teacher for 45 yrs. Why didn’t I do this sooner???” I re-read these and hope, as well, that my children/grandchildren will value them someday. :)

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