Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Michael Lee West!!!! and Garden Tuesday

I have been a reader for as long as I can remember.  My favorite time of the year was summer vacation.  Not because I actually did any thing vacation like, but because I could read.  Read for as long as I wanted.  No homework or school to get in the way.  That first trip to the library, I would come back with a stack of six or seven books.  They would last a week.  Then back to the library.  Repeat until summer’s end.
I’ve read way more books than I have watched movies.  So authors are my celebrities. They are mystical wonderful creatures with ideas and words floating around in their heads.  They take those ideas and put them on paper and transport me to places I will never see in real life, to characters I will never talk to. 
So, the mere fact that I am able to sit here and write a Happy Birthday post to one of my very favorite authors and know that she will read it, is just amazing to me.   I can remember the very first time Michael Lee West posted a comment on one of my posts.  I ran ecstatic to my husband, “Michael Lee West commented on my post.  Michael Lee West commented on my post.  Michael Lee West knows who I am!”  He looked at me blankly.  I ran upstairs, grabbed my copy of Crazy Ladies, ran down, and shoved it enthusiastically in front of his face.  Even he was impressed.
Sidewalk Shoes Michael Lee West

Sidewalk Shoes Michael Lee West
So, when I was asked to join in her surprise birthday celebration, I didn’t hesitate for a second.  We were told to celebrate with her books, maybe make her a cake, do a tablescape.    Well, we know I don’t bake, and no way am I going to attempt a tablescape – everyone else looks like professional tablescapers – not going to go there, so I celebrate with her books. 
Books are how I first met Michael Lee West.  But now it’s so much more.  I’ve sent well wishes for her sweet little dog, Zap.  I know of Bandwith and Dr. Will.  I’ve had fun decorating her kitchen and watching her garden grow.  I’ve spent time thinking about what color she should paint her doors.
Even though I have never met her, she is my friend.  She has shared her books and her life with me and countless others.  I want to wish her a very, very, very happy birthday. 

The Novel Bakers Lavender Week
"The Novel Bakers" return with Apple Week October 14th through October 20th
This week-long event is hosted by:
Here are the links to everyone participating in Michael Lee West's birthday celebration:
For those of you that are here to link up with Garden Tuesday!  Here is a link for you!
Please join me for Garden Tuesday.


Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great tribute to one of our finest southern writers. I too am pleased to be Michael Lee's friend and felt the same giddiness when she left a comment on my blog. She is a great inspiration to me.

Happy birthday Michael Lee,

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's really sweet Pam! It is neat that through Blogland we've had a chance to "meet" so many great people:@)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Pam, I also love Michael Lee's blog. The renovation adventures and descriptions of life on Rattlebridge Farm are so entertaining. Even though we only know her through blogland I think she would be a fascinating person to meet. Linda

Kitchen Ninja said...

I have never read her books but, thanks to you, I will start now! Which would you recommend I read first? Also, I'm interested in your "Novel Bakers" concept -- sounds fun! said...

I loved hearing about your love of reading and books. I have only read 3 of MLW's books so far and obviously today I am chomping at the bit for more! It is so wonderful when you find and author you truly enjoy and can always count on her books to delight you! Loved the husband story too, I just don't think they understand their blogging wives! I was so awed when I first learned MLW was such a prolific author, I don't know how she does it all! Enjoyed the party today, Happy Birthday to Michael Lee~

a quiet life said...

what a fabulous tribute! i went the shallow way with pics, you spilled your guts! i remember when i commented on her blog over some chocolate mice, THEN I LEARNED IT WAS MLW AFTER THE FACT! O-M-G!

i too ran around the house squealing to my husband, i could not imagine that i had bumped into my favorite author too! plus, she is a wild one and so funny, i couldn't even believe a world like that where i could chat online with an author i had been reading since her fist books came out...

but now you wrote a heart felt message, i just did a cake with wasp on it!

Derek Yarnell said...

Thanks for hosting the "Garden Tuesday" again.

Pam said...

How awesome that your favorite author commented on your post!

I've never read one of her books... that's about to change!

Sarah said...

Lovely tribute! I feel the same heartfelt sentiments about Michael Lee. How blessed we all are to have her as a friend. I've read all but Consuming Passion. Not sure how I've missed adding that one to my bookshelf, but that is about to change. '-)
Happy Birthday, Michael Lee! ~ Sarah

Vickie @ said...

Good mornng, Pam. Thanks for hosting ! After reading all the comments and your story, I can't wait to get some of those books to read! Thanks!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Pam, I enjoyed reading this post. At a tender age, my mother let me check out books from the library: Peyton Place and Dr. X, along with children's classics. What a cute story about your husband and blogging. Thank you for your generous words. I'm proud to call you a friend.

Marjie said...

I've always been a reader, too. Happy Birthday, Michael Lee West.

kitty said...

Pam, I loved your post! I remember that Foodie Friday was the first time I ever linked up to a party. I totally goofed it up and Michael Lee still became a follower of mine. I'm like you, even though we've never met, I still consider her a friend, too. Wouldn't it be wonderful to really meet our blogging friends in person? Happy Birthday, Michael Lee! xo

Pattie T. said...

I feel the same way about summer that you do. I well remember going to the library with my mother, and picking out so many books. I would gather as many as I could carry and then isolate myself in my room reading. Come to think about it, I haven't really changed all that much!

Bonnie said...

Blogging friends are great! You got me choked up. It is true when you know how busy many bloggers are and they take the time to encourage you it does feel nice. She is the real thing and that's why she is honored today. I must begin to read her books too. Honestly, I can't finish reading all the blogs. How does everyone do it ???

Jacqueline said...

It is true, we haven't met but yet we have shared more than we do with many of our family and friends. My kids always ask something and I reply, "It's on my blog, read it!" How fun and a wonderful tribute! Happy Birthday Michael Lee!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Pam, I know many of us feel the same heartfelt sentiments about Michael Lee. She is a very special lady! What a fun party this has been. Happy Birthday MLW! xo