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[25 Sep 2014|07:41pm]
After The Chapel, I moved on to Thunderhead Falls. It's a waterfall inside an old goldmine shaft.

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[25 Sep 2014|07:19pm]
After Reptile Gardens I drove over to The Chapel in the Hills. It is an exact replica of a Stave church some where in Norway. The original church is 800 years old.

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[23 Sep 2014|08:38pm]
The Reptile Gardens, The Fauna...

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[23 Sep 2014|07:53pm]
After Bear Country USA I went to The Reptile Gardens.
As you can assume they have a LOT of reptiles there. But they also have a lot of beautiful flowers as well. So I will start with the beautiful Flora...

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[22 Sep 2014|12:25am]
My visit to Bear Country USA...

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[21 Sep 2014|09:09am]
Maggie and Mt. Rushmore.....

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[21 Sep 2014|08:22am]
The Badlands of South Dakota...

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[15 Sep 2014|07:08pm]
Photos from vacation, Day 1.....

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UGH............................. [10 Sep 2014|10:14am]
They now have us in a Winter Weather Advisory from Midnight tonight through 6 pm Thursday night.
They say it will start out as rain and switch over to snow late.
Total snow amounts could range from 3-6 inches of wet snow. With locally heavier amounts possible. UGH...........
Looks like Thursday will probaby be spent sitting around the hotel room.
Time to write some postcards maybe. :p
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[07 Sep 2014|08:08pm]
I don't think I have told a lot of people, but I am on vacation now, and traveling.
So there is a good chance I am going to be falling behind here and my emails. YIKES......

I am traveling with my dad and Maggie and we are heading for Custer, SD and the Black Hills. :)

We use to spend almost every Summer family vacation out here. :)
Love the nature. :) And the touristy things. :)

Now for the fun part.....
I just looked at the weather forecast.
Monday: High 80 Low 55
Tuesday: High 69 Low 39 Sct Thunderstorms
Wednesday: High 47 Low 29 Showers
Thursday: High 39 Low 24 Snow Showers.

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I demand a REDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[27 Aug 2014|10:13am]
Minnesota Zoo Part 2 The Bugs and Flora.....

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[27 Aug 2014|10:11am]
A little time at the Minnesota Zoo.....

A couple of baby moose. Four of them were found abandoned/orphaned in Northern Minnesota and brought to the Zoo to be raised.
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[26 Aug 2014|11:01am]
Welcome to the Minnesota State Fair...

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[24 Aug 2014|03:45am]
Here is a pictorial listing of my Fair Foods...

Mini Donuts. It's my tradition to always have this first.
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UGH............................. [12 Aug 2014|08:36pm]
Tomorrow night I am going to a Pat Benatar concert. :)
She is celebrating her 35th anniversary in the business. :)
It's an outdoor concert at the Minnesota Zoo. :)
I am hoping to go up early enough to either walk through the zoo before the concert or I would like to try and go to the IMAX theater there and see Guardians of the Galaxy. I think it would be so cool to see it on an IMAX screen. WOW...

http://youtu.be/MnDijNVpngA


Timing is really off this year for events.
Tomorrow night I am seeing Pat Benatar. Tomorrow is also the day my bank as their picnic for their customers. Now my bank as sold themselves and so this is probably the last year of customer appreciation. :p
September 30 I am going to see Fleetwood Mac. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately, I just learned that my employer is having their Argent Society party that same night. The entertainment this year is Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show.
ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What are my chances of ever seeing either of these two acts ever again????????? :(
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Book Reading..... [11 Aug 2014|04:31am]
I just finished up book No. 23.
I read Hot Six by Janet Evanovich. It's the next book in the Stephanie Plum series, and yet another fun read. :)
Ranger is in some trouble and has skipped on his bail. Stephanie turns down the job of bringing him in. Of course that doesn't stop her from getting completely mixed up in the whole business. Mobsters and all.
Meanwhile the perp she is suppose to be bringing in is NUTS and trying to kill her.
And just to complicate her life a little more, Stephanie's grandma moves in with her after having an arguement with her SIL.
Janet Evanovich has a great way of adding fun/intersting secondary characters to her books. :)

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
13. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
14. Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R. L. Stine
15. Moon River and Me by Andy Williams
16. Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran
17. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
18. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
19. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
20. Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson
21. Death in the Baltic by Cathryn J. Prince
22. High Five by Janet Evanovich
23. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
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Book Reading..... [02 Aug 2014|09:01am]
Got a couple of more books to add to the reading list.

Book No. 21 was Death in the Baltic by Cathryn J. Prince.
It was about the sinking of the German ship, Wilhelm Gustloff.
The ship was filled beyond capacity with injured soldiers and refugees fleeing the advancing Russian army. I think it was estimated around 9000 were on board. It was a cruise ship that was meant to carry 2000 or less passangers and crew members.
Few hundred people surviced making it the worst maritime disaster and in the shadow of the famous/infamous Titanic sinking.

Grade: A-

Book No. 22 was High Five by Janet Evanovich.
It is the fifth book in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series.
Stephanie is not getting much work in the bounty hunting business and decides to help the family find her missing Uncle Fred.
Her old nemesis Ramirez is released from prison and stalks her with the intention of killing her.
Her one bounty pick up is a little person who doesn't want to go and ends up staying at her place.
Great assortment of characters again. :)

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
13. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
14. Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R. L. Stine
15. Moon River and Me by Andy Williams
16. Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran
17. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
18. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
19. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
20. Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson
21. Death in the Baltic by Cathryn J. Prince
22. High Five by Janet Evanovich
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[31 Jul 2014|04:06pm]
[ mood | happy ]

*~*~*~*~*WELCOME BACK BLURTY*~*~*~*~*

I sure hope your disappearance was a temporary one.

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Book Reading..... [11 Jul 2014|03:56pm]
A little behind on book reports. :p

Book No. 19, was Four to Score by Janet Evanovich.
It's the next book in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series, and it was a lot of fun.
Stepanie is hunting a lady who skipped bail on a minor offence. The perp's boy friend starts getting "puzzles" from her to lead him to "love letters" and he gets Stephanie to help figure things out. To help figure out these puzzles Stepahie gets connected to a guy who does drag for the band he is in, and of course Lula is in on all the action as well. This little team is a riot.
Of course things are never easy in Stephanie's life. The case is also given to a personal rival of Stephanie's.
Stephanie's car and appartment get fire bombed. She ends up stay her cop "friend" Morelli. That leads the neighborhood into assuming they are sleeping together and she's pregnant. Well, they are half right.
So not only does Stephanie need to find the perp on the run, but she has to try and figure out which of Morelli's girlfriends is trying to kill her.

Grade: A

Book List 2014:

1. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice
2. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
3. The Garner Files A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
5. Treatment of Choice by Mary King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors
and Stagehands at Ford's Theater by Thomas A. Bogar
8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
9, Hitler's Alpine Headquarters by James Wilson
10. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
11. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
12. Goosebumps Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
13. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
14. Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R. L. Stine
15. Moon River and Me by Andy Williams
16. Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran
17. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
18. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
19. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
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[25 Jun 2014|09:59am]
Not sure when I last updated about the yo-yo.
I have managed to go up a few over the last couple of weeks. I think I need to stop taking vacation time, which in turn gives me permission to "cheat". :p I was back to work this week, but I didn't think I was doing so great on the diet front. Thankfully I proved myself wrong. :)
I managed to go down a little. :)

Today's Weight: 230.0 lbs

Lost for the Week: - 1.6 lbs

Total Lost: - 23.6 lbs
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