My Weekend and Happy Birthday, Sally

Monday, May 21

It was great!  And today is my sister Sally’s birthday.  Happy, happy, sweetheart.  I love you.
My niece Kelly arrived on Friday night–she’s going to special classes in pursuit of an advanced degree–and we had a lovely visit at my place.  Kelly is my brother’s eldest daughter, and one of the most interesting people I know.  Every time she visits, I learn new things from her.  DNA is a remarkable thing–we discovered that we both order recorded college classes from the Teaching Company, among other things. 
Since Jenni is away on vacation, it’s been my task to take Bernice to the barn twice a day, during the week as well as on Saturday and Sunday.  This is quite an adventure.  I bring my Nook, and you’d think I could sit and read while she explores, wouldn’t you?  But alas, she likes to get up on the hay bales and I, being afraid she’ll either jump and hurt herself when she spots a mouse running across the floor or fall down between the hay and the wall, have to stand there ready to lunge.  🙂  It’s fun, though, because she so loves the outing.  We both come back covered in hay.
After the morning barn visit, I went out to do some shopping–Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s, and Target–came home and took Bernice to the barn again, for round 2.
I used to love shopping, but now it wears me out a bit.  Relaxed in the evening, reading my Nook and later listening to “A Natural Woman”, Carole King’s autobiography.  I’ve always loved her music, especially “You’ve Got a Friend”, but knew next to nothing about her actual life.  I find people endlessly fascinating, don’t you?  I always learn something from them, and discover things we have in common, too.  Much as I love music, I have zero talent in that department, but I love to listen.
Sunday brought another trip to the barn, first thing, and then it was off to meet up with niece Kelly, her mom, Pat, and grandmother, Glenna, at the Flour Mill, an institution in Spokane.  We had lunch at the Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian place–a brand new experience for me.  We had a wonderful time and the food was very good.  The visiting and catching up was even better.  We parted with hugs.  While at the Flour Mill, I also visited the bead store and got some great beads to take to CREATE and use in the polymer clay mosaics I’ll be making there. 
Believe it or not, there was still shopping to do, so I went on to Walmart after lunch.  By the time I got home, I was pretty much worn out, but you guessed it, there was a Yorkie waiting to go back to the barn.  🙂
Our sunny weather has passed for a while–we’re getting rain, but I’m sure it’s much needed and I will not complain.  (Much.)  I was planning to write on the new book, “Big Sky River”, today, but the best-laid plans of mice and men and romance novelists–got to read-through the galleys of “An Outlaw’s Christmas” instead.  It’s a rush job, which is my own fault, because I was behind on my work for so long.
It seems some people are turned off by my talking about God on this blog.  I’m sorry to lose even one reader, but what can you do?  I gotta be me, and the me I am believes in God.  Big-time.
Have a wonderful day.

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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