#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

You have to be smarter than the squash…

Picture it.  Summer.  Spokane, 2013.  Me, in my flower-bed style vegetable garden. 

I have decided to harvest a gourd, with a mind to dry it, paint it, etc.

Since they’re small, I take two.  :)  (This is a family joke.)

I bring them inside, whack away at them on the kitchen counter, and discover….

That they’re not gourds at all, but spaghetti squash, with a long way to go before they’re ripe.

So they wind up in the compost bin.

Like I said, you have to be smarter than the squash.


On another note, BIG SKY WEDDING is out today!  Yeehaw!

28 comments to “You have to be smarter than the squash…”

  1. Teresa
      · August 27th, 2013 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Hoping and Praying that WALMART has updated the book section today and not wait until Friday like usual!! Can hardly wait to get my hands on it – headed to Farm Progress Show (IL) with hubby tomorrow and I can read while he drives!!!

  2. Gloria
      · August 27th, 2013 at 1:54 pm · Link


  3. Hilda
      · August 27th, 2013 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Well, at least the spaghetti squash continues to serve a useful purpose.

    That must be the reason that my mom, aunts and grandma always wrote the name of the vegetable at each end of the rows they planted. Actually, before planting each year, they all made a map of the garden to decide what to plant where. Apparently you need to mix it up each year. Who knew? Not a city girl like me!

  4. Jim
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link


    Yee-ha Girl!
    Keeping up with your blog now! CONGRATULATIONS on your new book release today (you are such an overacheiver!!)

    Your Pal,
    Jim (aka: “Cowboy Jim” from Cowboy Christmas by Flint’s stage during NFR 2011)

    P.S. Only 100 days to NFR!
    P.P.S.S. Missed seing you there last year!

  5. Becky Strobaugh
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Spaghetti Squash is actually quite good. Whatever pasta sauce you use goes well with it. :wink:

  6. Carol Miller White
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Linda, I have Big Sky Wedding on hold for me at the local Barnes and Noble. I am leaving in an hour to go buy it. So excited! :)

  7. Lois Rotella
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    :-D that is so funny Linda. I don’t know the difference either. I would probably do the same thing. I ordered my book hope to get it today or tomorrow.

  8. marilyn hurst
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    OOPS! well at least you discovered it wasn’t a gourd and now can harvest the remaining Squash for the table.

  9. Diana E
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Got it, Yipee!!!!!!

    • Joanie gonsalves
        · August 27th, 2013 at 5:34 pm · Link

      Lucky one

  10. Sherry Wallace
      · August 27th, 2013 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Hahaha, sounds like something I would do. In fact I did…somebody gave me a bag of what I thought was zucchini squash, which I love! Turns out they were cucumbers, which I don’t like! The whole bag of them are still in the pasture – the horses won’t touch em, nor will raccoons, squirrels, possum…? Oh well, I appreciated the thought.

  11. Juanita Rice
      · August 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm · Link

    And I just got back from purchasing “…Wedding”!!

    The squash story is too funny!!

  12. Ida C
      · August 27th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I love that comment and would like to borrow it. “have to be smarter than the squash”!!! Have a wonderful day Linda, you certainly made mine!

  13. Norma Stanforth
      · August 27th, 2013 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Congratulation Linda, that the “Big Sky Wedding” is out, hope you great success in big sales! Don’t let the squash get the best of you Linda! Hope you all have a great day and God bless you!
    As always your friend,
    Norma :)

  14. carole
      · August 27th, 2013 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I had a good laugh for I would of done the same…can’t go looking for books yet but will over the weekend! I’m looking for your book and a few others! Happy Tuesday!

  15. Crystal
      · August 27th, 2013 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Linda, I literally LOL when reading that!!! I’m so excited about the book but i thought it was gonna be Sept 1st!!!!!! Is it out early?? No complaints here!!! I just finished Only Forever and although it didn’t have a cowboy in it I Loved it!!!! Congrats to the winners last week and Good Luck to all this week : ))))

  16. Joyce M.
      · August 27th, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Link

    For the first time my husband is trying to grow gourds.

  17. Shirley
      · August 27th, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Just bought my copy today.

  18. Ruby Norwood
      · August 27th, 2013 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Linda, you are so funny!! I have got to use that sometime. I did go by Barnes & Noble today and got me some good reed…
    “Big Sky Wedding”

  19. Darlene Tomel Sigala
      · August 27th, 2013 at 6:23 pm · Link

    I was at the book rack first thing this morning for my copy. I started it but had to run to the Fair but back home now and will be reading again shortly. I am so happy.
    Darlene :wink:

  20. judy
      · August 27th, 2013 at 10:47 pm · Link

    I AM SO GLAD BIG SKY WEDDING IS OUT. Just as soon as I get to a store I will get it. Hope you are having a good day.

  21. Emily
      · August 27th, 2013 at 10:51 pm · Link

    I can relate! You made me smile. :lol:

    By the way, love the new book! :-D

  22. pat
      · August 27th, 2013 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Did not get to go to town till this afternoon, Went straight to the book section. OH NO. I COULDN’T FIND THE NEW RELEASES! DID WALMART DO AWAY WITH SOMETHING ELSE I NEED!!! Just about to through myself on the floor and have a 3 year old kicking and screaming fit when I noticed I was in the wrong isle! When I left the store I had your book, and two other new releases. After all I needed a reward for being so afraid I would have to drive all the way across town to get Big Sky Wedding. Growing older is a barrel of laughs. God Bless and Angels watch over you.

  23. Pat
      · August 28th, 2013 at 8:36 am · Link

    Had Big Sky Wedding waiting for my Kindle when I got up yesterday. I started reading around 10 a.m. and couldn’t put it down. Finished before bedtime! It was really good. I’m glad that Brylee got such a great guy. Can we “assume” that you will let us know what’s up with Landry Sutton? And what about the mysterious Ria? Will those questions be answered in the next Big Sky? Love all your books, Linda. Keep writing.
    Pat Poynor

  24. MIchele J
      · August 28th, 2013 at 8:45 am · Link

    LOL! You are too funny! I got my book yesterday and had to show everyone!! Thank you again! And good luck with that squash!

  25. Becky Johnson
      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:49 am · Link

    My Mom used to say ” they’re small, I better take two”! Made me laugh, thanks for the memory. Love your sense of humor! Hitting Wal-Mart today hope your latest is there waiting for me!

  26. Andrea Lammly
      · August 28th, 2013 at 2:44 pm · Link

    My Mom always liked spaghetti squash with butter, salt and pepper on it. Others like it with pasta sauce; me, not a fan.

    My friends sister is an artist and she somehow hollows out and dries the gourds and then paints them. She sells lots of them every year at our annual craft fair.

    I’m betting Brylee’s bracelet will be as beautiful as Casey’s necklace!

    Happy day friends!

  27. Lyn Morrissette
      · August 28th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    I love them with spaghetti sauce.

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