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On The Road Again

My parents just left, camper in tow. 

It was a short visit as they want to be in Wyoming for Father’s Day to see the Quigley Shootout.   After that, they’re heading to Wall Drug, on to Mt. Rushmore and then for a stay in Duluth, MN.  After their Minnesota visit, they’ll head back to Florida.  It’s going to be very quiet around here as they took our daughter with them!  She’s 11, a perfect age for a trip like this. 

I will fly down to Florida July 21st and stay for a week.  I’ll enjoy the beach, visit my sister on the island, fish and hit the pool.  We’ll fly back together (Lauren and I) July 28th.  This is the first time our family has taken separate vacations, if you don’t include my yoga jaunts.  In the meantime, the guys are also planning a fishing trip to some catfish lake in Oklahoma.  I’ll pass on that and enjoy my time here alone, piddling in the garden, taking care of the animals and immersing myself in yoga.DSC00774

 

The Gulf of Mexico.  A five minute walk from my parents home in Florida.

 

 

 We’re hoping to find our son some sort of employment during this break.  So far, not much luck.  Places don’t hire 16 year olds like they used to.  He’s already purchased a vehicle with his life savings, but cannot drive it until he can pay his own insurance.  Which in turn, will require him getting a job.  The job should’ve came before the car, but we like to do stuff backwards over here.  In his spare time (which is all of his time) he’s tossing the college discus that I just bought him for $75, fishing, and sleeping his life away.  I never got to be very lazy growing up, so I’m really taking advantage of it now!

Happy trails to mom, dad and Lauren!  Have a safe and exciting journey.


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Will To Murder

glensheenAwhile back, I posted about a book my mom gave me to read called Will to MurderIt’s a true story that took place at the Glensheen mansion in Duluth, MN. 

 I’m just about to finish it, finally!  If you like murder mysteries (true ones especially) this is a must read.  This has got to be one of the most detailed books I’ve read in quite awhile.  I’m hoping to have it finished this weekend so I can mail it to my grandma (who resides in Duluth, MN) when I take all of my e-bay packages to the post office on Monday! 

There’s no end to what the main character in this book will do to get what she wants!


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Glorious Glensheen

My mom and my dad are both from Duluth, Minnesota.  We still have a ton of relatives there, so I’ve been there a bunch of times.  The latest was just two years ago.  Duluth is a pretty town, on Lake Superior.  It’s up high on a hill and the water views are really pretty.  It’s also really cold.  I remember going down by the water one time in July, the wind was blowing and I was wishing I had ear muffs!  

Duluth is also home to a stately mansion, or castle I should say.  I’ve been there several times over the years.  I remember the first time I went there.  I thought that the home of the caretaker (on the left) was fabulous, and I still do!  I also thought I could live happily ever after in the carriage house (on the right)!  Then, you see the entire house!  It was built in 1908 and I’m not sure of the square footage, but let’s just say it’s gargantuous!glensheen-21

This house is owned by the University of Minnesota and has been open for tours for quite some time.  Some bad stuff went down at Glensheen in 1977.  Bad stuff meaning a couple of murders.  No one will talk about any of the “bad stuff” on the tour.  Certain floors have always been closed for viewing.  The grounds are lovely featuring massive gardens, a small river and what was once an extremely awesome boathouse for the day.  A book has been written about the killings at Glensheen

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My mom finished the book on her trip here and just handed it to me.  I’m supposed to send it to my grandma (who lives in Duluth) when I’m done.  Oh, the pressure of having to finish a book.  This is why I cannot use the library!  Rumor has it, the tour guides are starting to include more details of the secret stuff when you visit.  Guess I’ll find out next time I go to Duluth.  If you’re interested in what my mom said is a great murder/mystery, the book is called Will to Murder.

I just finished another really good book,  Not Fade Away.  True story.  Sometimes, the hardback books you can find at Deals for $1 are totally worth it!  I have an obsession with death.  Not so much with murder mysteries, but with dying in a graceful fashion.  That’s an entire day’s worth of blogging, for another time!

P.S. If you like cold blooded murder stories, I just finished one of those as well.  Check out Tragedy in Tin Can Holler.  Yikes!  Chilling, totally.  For the record, I’m still reading Into the Wild and A New Earth as well.