Free Day?????

Tuesday, Feb 24

I have no outside appointments today. Sadie doesn’t have water therapy. I am stubbornly reserving this day to WRITE.

Even though my to-do list (I am the ultimate listmaker) is as long as–forgive the cliche–my arm. Calls to make. Things to gather before my flight to LA on Thursday. How many outfits to take along, and which ones? I am a human DOING, more than a human being.

And Sadie is a dog doing–doing great things! She’s lost a total of 6 pounds–huge when you start out at 44 pounds. 🙂 She’s really slimming down, and seems to feel better every day. When I get back from California, I will start walking her on the days she doesn’t have a “swimming lesson”–since people in the neighborhood allow big dogs to run loose, this is not entirely safe, so I’ll be taking another human being along, to help me protect her. And, anyhow, most of these big dogs are just friendly doofuses. NOT walking Sadie, I’ve decided, is a much greater risk–and it won’t hurt me any, either. Would you believe on Wednesday she starts accupuncture??? It is performed by a veterinarian, and can be combined with her swimming work, right there at the facility. According to her trainer–and I truly trust this amazing woman–accupuncture will ease any remaining pain or stiffness and balance her system, so she doesn’t get so hungry. Anything for my sweet Sadie, one of the best friends I’ve ever had.

And anything for Buck. I’m going to ask this veterinarian to pay him a visit. Chances are, he could benefit from accupuncture, too. This week, the doctor will be treating, among others, a llama and a pet goat. 🙂

Other news: I will be visiting Austin, Texas in April to look at property. While staying with my daughter, I will also check out Southern California real estate. If I can possibly help it, I’m not enduring another Spokane winter. Worst case scenario: I will become a snowbird.

I see that New Orleans is geared up for Fat Tuesday. What resilient people those Louisiannans are! Of course Fat Tuesday is the last day before the beginning of Lent, leading up to Easter. It has been years since I gave anything up for Lent, but I’m doing it this year.

It’s time to get back to basics, isn’t it? In a lot of ways. A quality life is really about values.

And “Dylan” comes out today! YES!!!

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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