#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners, a two-horse rodeo, and rain

First, our weekly winners, who should have been announced yesterday.  :)  Alas, both Debbie Gamble and Beverly Majkut have been notified and, ladies, your autographed books are on their way to you now.  (I was out of commission yesterday, for all practical intents and purposes–not sick, not especially busy–just weird.)

About our own little rodeo.  This morning, Coco and Banjo, mother and son by the way, got out while the Canadian Wrangler was driving the tractor through the main gate, and those two hay-burners had themselves a grand old time while they were on the loose, nibbling from the flowerbeds and eluding capture for more than half an hour.  (Nobody was particularly worried; my horses know where the food and the cozy stall are, and thus would not wander far.)  So Larry, the CW, and Doug Wilponen, all-around handyman, let them have their fun for  a while before rounding them up.  The other three hooven critters, Traveler, April, and Skye, were none too happy at missing out on the party.

We’re getting lots of rain, which is good, after a relatively dry summer.  The wells got low and the pasture never really greened up, but it’s all good.  The leaves are turning, and the colors make me catch my breath and reach for a paintbrush.  So lovely, it hurts my heart.

Our little Gibson is thriving; thanks so much for all your prayers and good thoughts.

It’s certainly the season to read more than usual, isn’t it?  I’ve loaded up my Kindle and am currently immersed in Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, “The Signature of All Things”.  I took my time buying this book–it’s about a botanist and, as much as I love plants, that just didn’t ring my chimes.  I picked it up in California to read on the flight back from the big shindig at Uptick Vineyards, and guess what–I love it.  This book is BEAUTIFULLY written, and I was pulled right into the story for sure.

Tomorrow is Weight Watchers–I was up 8/10s of a pound last week but didn’t really care, since I’d been dining on some pretty fancy grub while I was hanging out in Santa Rosa.  I love this program–I can enjoy delicious food, in moderation, and still get into my skinnier-than-before jeans.  :)  That’s my kind of lifestyle, ladies and gents.


34 comments to “Winners, a two-horse rodeo, and rain”

  1. Gloria
      · October 28th, 2014 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, and everyone. It sounds like you are still doing great on WW. I somehow lost 5 pounds and then…gained it back. :(

    You had a weird day yesterday and I had a weird day today…I did some yard work. :0

    Take care!

    Congratulations to Debbie Gamble and Beverly Majkut.

  2. Brenda Ireland
      · October 28th, 2014 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Hello Linda….I love reading your writing in each book but I just had a great read about your critters taking a tour today. I’m not very good around big animals but love to watch them frolic in the fields.
    I will be happy to read move of their adventures.
    Have a good day tomorrow.

  3. Pam paterakis
      · October 28th, 2014 at 7:56 pm · Link

    I love reading this time of year. My kindle is filling up with Christmas stories to last until February! Have a great week!

  4. Lois Rotella
      · October 28th, 2014 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Sounds like the horses had a good time. The weather here is changing. It is getting cooler and enjoy wearing my sweaters. Have a good day tomorrow.

  5. Patti
      · October 28th, 2014 at 8:02 pm · Link

    The fall color has been gorgeous in my area too. I took a bunch of photos and it said a lot of thank yous to The Artist. I encourage you to “like” Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook. She gives me a lot to think about. I’m glad you are here.

  6. Gwenda Underwood
      · October 28th, 2014 at 8:10 pm · Link

    Glad the horses enjoyed their “free time!!”

  7. Roberta Giordano
      · October 28th, 2014 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like the horses enjoyed there free time. The weather here has been crazy. One day it’s 70 and the next 50, don’t know how to dress anymore. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. Terri Shortell
      · October 28th, 2014 at 8:24 pm · Link

    Sounds like a couple of your critters had a grand old time. Glad to hear Gibson is doing well. We had rain last night but calling for sunny weather the next few days. Weird weather again. 80’s yesterday and 50’s today. Adventures of the Ozarks. Lol. Have a great night everyone.

  9. Garen
      · October 28th, 2014 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Don’t you just love it when the four-legged critters get out. If you try to catch them, they head down the drive, but, luckily, they haven’t tried to jump the cattleguard. Like yours, ours know just where the barn and the good stuff is. Just shake a coffee can with grain in it and they go straight to their own stall.

  10. Nadine Spradlin
      · October 28th, 2014 at 9:10 pm · Link

    I remember when we had horses , when the weather started getting cooler they started to get frisky .Its fun to watch them. good luck at W W tomorrow . Congratulations to the winners .

  11. Susan Lee
      · October 28th, 2014 at 9:47 pm · Link

    We saw snowflakes in the air today. Nobody but the kids get excited about that around here. Oh the dread of six months of never knowing how driving will be, It has been a longer than usual much warmer fall though so we count our blessings and grit our teeth for the weather battle ahead.

  12. Dennis
      · October 28th, 2014 at 9:58 pm · Link

    I gained weight just reading about your Glam parties! Who were your new friends? Keeping it secret?? Can’t wait until your TV movie! Please tell Hallmark we want the McKettricks! thanks

  13. Virginia Horton
      · October 28th, 2014 at 10:05 pm · Link

    Its raining here right now and turning colder, the past to day were pretty nice but alas I weather is changing, which is kind of daily here. Like they say if you don’t like the weather in KY give it a day or so and it will change. Its going to be a cold Halloween this year.

  14. Paula L Rollins
      · October 28th, 2014 at 10:11 pm · Link

    Glad your life that is weird now and then is also filled with fun horses and busy schedules….you are living life to the max….busy here in Kansas helping get year end awards together for 4-H and The Kansas State Horse Show Circuit….keep up the good work

  15. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · October 28th, 2014 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Glad Coco and Banjo had a good time

  16. Ruby Norwood
      · October 28th, 2014 at 10:24 pm · Link

    Congrats to Debbie and Beverly!! Well Linda sounds like Coco and Banjo had a great time while they were out! Hope you have a good day at WW tomorrow ..

  17. DIANA E
      · October 29th, 2014 at 1:01 am · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners. Really enjoyed your blog today. Its been raining lots here too. Boy did we have a rainy wind storm Saturday, what a mess. Have a good day tomorrow. Blessings.

  18. DONNA
      · October 29th, 2014 at 8:47 am · Link

    Glad your horses have a little fun after their “brake out” Some days I wish I could “run away from home”!!!! The leave are turning & falling. It is beautiful but I am not looking forward to winter & ice & snow.

  19. Lynn Hogan
      · October 29th, 2014 at 8:51 am · Link

    All-in-all it sounds like a pretty good week so far! Here’s hoping it continues!!

    That’s great that i’s less than a pound with good eating… really good job!

    Have a wonderful day…. we are getting a bit of rain and some lower temps this week also… good to see though we are not too short on rain this year, I think.

    Happy Halloween!

  20. Dixie Hadley
      · October 29th, 2014 at 9:21 am · Link

    I so enjoy each update. I love the tidbit about the two horses getting out for a little adventure. I owned a boarding stable in Illinois until 2003. We had a simular incident when we had a crew working on our fences. One of the fellas left the gate to one of the pastures open. What around up that was -18 horses running down the country road. YeeHaw !! The guy in charge called me at my office and said we aren’t cowboys but my crew is trying to round them up with the trucks. all were returned safely to the stables after about a 3 mile chase. They made sure the gate was secured after that adventure :lol:

  21. Lea Williams
      · October 29th, 2014 at 12:28 pm · Link

    I know we need the rain but it is depressing to me. Wanna curl up in bed and just read. My hubby is off elk hunting and so I am doing just about anything I want with a load of laundry every now and then. Hope you WW continues to go down. Blessings.

  22. Juanita Rice
      · October 29th, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Welcome home, Linda. Missed you. Enjoyed the Facebook pictures! :)

  23. Ann Bartholomew
      · October 29th, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Fresh flowers always spice up the diet. A little variety is good for all of us, I guess!

  24. Valdi McCoy
      · October 29th, 2014 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Anyone who loves animals is great in my book. Horses, dogs, cats, gerbils and goldfish. The grandkids love coming to visit me.
    At least they say it’s me they come to see. I have my suspicions that it really is the horses. (but that’s okay with me). As long as they come to visit..Sounds like you had a great time. Hope so!

  25. Linda Kroesche
      · October 29th, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    love your blog! Gates should always be closed, theses horses can see an open gate a mile away! Then the rodeo is on!

  26. Beverly Majkut
      · October 29th, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! Oh, yes, one of those is me! Thank you for the autographed book! I never win anything so I am excited to win one of your autographed books! Thanks again!

  27. Cheryl Morgan
      · October 29th, 2014 at 9:05 pm · Link

    A fun blog to read.You brighten my day.

  28. Peggy Casey
      · October 29th, 2014 at 11:39 pm · Link

    I am loving the rain and the beautiful fall we are having! I drove up to my daughter’s house on Mt. Spokane a couple of days ago and literally was brought to tears over the beauty of it all. Fall always reminds me of going home to Northport to visit Mom and Dad and helping cut firewood.

  29. Cathy Green
      · October 30th, 2014 at 7:01 am · Link

    I got my book in the mail and it is one of my favorites..Cant wait for the next book in the series.
    Thanks so much :!: :!:

  30. Brenda I
      · October 30th, 2014 at 8:31 am · Link

    Don’t you just love fall and the scenery. It’s so good to hear that Gibson is doing well. Don’t forget to set your clock back 1 hour on Saturday night before you retire because of Daylight Savings Time.

  31. Joyce M.
      · October 30th, 2014 at 11:00 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Hate driving once it snows.

  32. Billie Sanders
      · October 30th, 2014 at 11:11 am · Link

    The beautiful fall weather continues, although snow showers are in the forecast for the weekend.
    However, I still have ripe tomatoes and peppers on my patio.
    Will gather the green ones this weekend.


  33. Carol L
      · October 30th, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I love the colors of Fall. Breath taking aren’t they ? Glad Coco and Banjo are fine and had a little fun till they got caught. :-D
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  34. mary D. Wornick
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Here’s to the winners nice going and i know you will enjoy your books ………….talk with you later.

    Mary D. Wornick

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