Good Morning!

Thursday, Nov 20

At least, it’s still morning here in Spokane–I realize a lot of you are about ready to sit down to lunch. 🙂

It’s a sunny day, and after several weeks of almost continual rain, I’m glad and grateful. I plan to take a brisk walk around my pasture after I finish here, and just enjoy breathing. As you reformed smokers and non-smokers will know, breathing clean, delicious AIR is a true pleasure. It lifts my spirits and my energy level, and certainly reminds me why I quit, and why I want to STAY quit.

I’m told it snowed in Toronto after I left. I thought about staying an extra day to shop and unwind, but I’m glad I didn’t–for many reasons. I want to dive into writing my new book, and of course to be nearby in case Buck takes a turn for the worse. Right now, he’s doing okay, but it’s a day-to-day, even hour-to-hour thing.

Bernice only has a few more days before she can get her stitches out and stop being a conehead. She’ll take her last anti-biotic tonight, and the swelling in her little face has gone down. Poor baby. With all that hair, it’s sometimes hard to spot a problem, but Mary Ann, aka Old Eagle Eye, caught it right away. Sadie is perking along, her normal overweight beagle self, and the cats, Cha Cha and Jitterbug, are both healthy as ever.

Since giving up smoking, I’ve rediscovered books and music. Writing all day, and therefore looking at words, I’d developed a habit of listening to books on my iPod, just to rest my eyes. Now, I’m back to actual reading, because I need to be more occupied, and it’s great. Recently, I’ve enjoyed John Grogan’s (he of “Marley and Me” fame) “The Longest Trip Home”, though it did make me cry, and numerous novels I probably would have missed otherwise.

Don’t ask me what I think of TV these days! There hasn’t been anything good on since HBO ran “John Adams”. I liked “Ghost Whisperer”, until the plot took a recent totally depressing twist and spoiled it for me. (OK, you didn’t ask, but I told you anyway. 🙂

Make it a good day. I’ll be back tomorrow, but heaven knows when I’ll be coherent again.

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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