Turkeys in the Trees

Wednesday, Nov 25

They’re out there, windy and cool as it is, trying to snug down in the inadequate branches of tiny trees along my driveway. This morning, I watched with a smile as one HUGE turkey bounced precariously on a low branch, while another, below on the ground, jumped and jumped, trying to catch one of the few remaining leaves. It was almost as though they were working in concert, except that turkeys, whatever their good points, are not smart. They’ve been known to drown by turning their heads up in the rain.

In case you’re worried, these turkeys are obviously not starving. Some of them must weigh 25 pounds, or even more. Feeding them would be false kindness–plus, I had an uncle who fed wild turkeys, and they became so plentiful that they would peck at his front door at feeding time! No sir, I learned my lesson trying to feed birds in Arizona. The pigeons came and muscled out the small birds and every roof in the neighborhood had crap on it. Fortunately, these patient and good-natured folks understood about the crazy writer lady at the end of the road and still liked me.

I’m so close to finishing the book! Another chapter done yesterday, and it’s a good one. I love sharing the storyworld with my characters. Roaming around Blue River, Texas, tracking rustlers and all the rest. It’s a writer’s life for me.

Also, before I head for Blue River, I have a new art product to mention–it’s called Liquid Pencil. Graphite that can be mixed with water or medium and applied with a brush. LOVE IT. Produces a great “grunge” effect, which is what we’re going for on Suzi Blu’s Petit Academy. I’m proud to say some of my art work has been posted there, now that I know how to upload photos, and I’m loving the classes I’m in.

And so, for today, adieu.

I’ll be right here, counting my blessings.

Dogs on the kitchen dog-bed.
Horses in the barn.
Cats roaming wherever they darned well please. 🙂
And turkeys in the trees.

Who could ask for anything more?

Not this cowgirl.

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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