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Freaky Family Fun, Days Nine and Ten (On The Road Again)

The first half of our adventure was hot.  Very hot.  Triple digit heat hot.  I traveled by air from St. Louis to Portland, Oregon.  My sister and her two teenagers picked me up at the airport, and we traveled by … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun – Day Nine (A Trip to the Farmers’ Market)

One of my favorite things to do when I visit my sister and brother-in-law in Minnesota is to visit the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.  My family and I love to go to farmers’ markets. This has to be one of … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun, Day Eight (A Happy Birthday)

This is the day which prompted our Freaky Family Fun adventure. My brother-in-law’s birthday. Originally, we were all going to go to Oregon to visit my sister and her family who live in Eugene, but my brother-in-law is fighting Cancer … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun, Days Five Through Seven

Minnesota. Land of 10,000 Lakes (or 11,843 lakes to be precise). Home to Mall of America. And lederhosen. On Days Five and Six, DSH and my Oregonian brother-in-law met up with us. Day Seven – We decided that a quick … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun, Day Four

Day Four – Traveled 452 miles from Bismarck, North  Dakota, to our destination in Eagan, Minnesota.  Cruise control worked again! Minnesota Welcome Center, Moorhead, Minnesota. We had no tourist stops on this day – only stops for gas and restroom … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun, Day Three (The Day of Flashing Lights)

Day Three – Traveled 452 miles by car with two stops along the way – one at a National Monument and one at a National Park before arriving at our destination for the evening in Bismarck, North Dakota.  We traveled with … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun, Day Two (A Trip to the Center of the Universe)

Day Two – Traveled 485 miles by car with numerous stops along the way before arriving at our destination for the evening in Billings, Montana.  On this day, we realized that a vital part to the DVD players was missing, and the … Continue reading

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Freaky Family Fun, Day One

My dear sweet niece, Nora, has named our cross-country adventure Freaky Family Fun.  She is 13 and so, so sweet.  She isn’t freaky at all.  She has her 13-year-old moments, mind you, but she still has that innocence of childhood along with … Continue reading

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A Summer Adventure

Mama’s Empty Nest Summer Adventure Lyrics (sung to The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island) Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, A tale of a fun-filled trip, That starts from St. Louis MO Aboard Southwest’s airship. The mate is … Continue reading

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Readin’ – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  It was published in 1985, 27 years ago, but it is eerily prescient to much of what is or could happen in our society today. The story takes us to a … Continue reading

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