Friday, November 17, 2017

My Favorite Holiday - And Giveaway!


By Chloe Ellefson, Historic Sites Curator

From the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

by Kathleen Ernst






Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday.

I often focus on the bad stuff. You've heard me complain about problems with my megalomaniac boss, Ralph Petty. He's director at the historic site where I work, and does his best to make my job a lot less fun than it should be.

I've had family challenges. My mom and I don't always see eye-to-eye. My attempt to improve relations by visiting Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum last Christmas was only moderately successful. And my sister Kari kept a big secret from me a year or so back, when we were touring all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites.

Most recently I've had to deal with the discovery of human remains in a friend's cellar, a hypercritical colleague, and the threat to close a beloved historic site, Pendarvis, in Mineral Point, WI. Sadly, that wasn't even the first body I've stumbled over.

But Thanksgiving reminds me to focus on all the wonderful things going on. I do love my job as collections curator at Old World Wisconsin. I've got great friends. And things are going pretty darn well with my guy, Police Officer Roelke McKenna. We're very different people, and we've had some rough patches along the way, so that's huge.

This Thanksgiving Roelke and I are inviting our family and friends to his old farmhouse for a big, festive meal. It will be the first time we've had a chance to host a holiday. I can hardly wait.

I wish you all the most peaceful of holidays, and hope you have as many blessings to count as I do.

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Giveaway! Share what you're thankful for this season in a comment below, and you'll be eligible to win the Chloe Ellefson mystery of your choice. Please leave email (such as sue.smith <at> gmail.com) so I can contact the winner. Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, November 19.

To learn more about the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series, see Kathleen's website or follow her on her Facebook Author Page.



34 comments:

  1. I have my first grandchild. He is so precious and we are thankful for him

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  2. I am thankful for my husband, my daughters, son in laws, grandchildren and cats. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  3. I’m thankful for my family and friends.
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  4. Our Thanksgiving has changed recently.
    We now go to our (almost) daughter in laws for dinner.
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  5. I am thankful for my girls and my grandkids. For my silly cats that make my life a bit happier. For my Dad, who taught me to read and to love mysteries!
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  6. Number 1 is always family. My husband, my daughter, her husband, and two grandsons, and my son. Bobwiesmann at gmail dot com

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  7. I am thankful for a husband and daughter I love and who love me. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  8. My blood relatives left a lot to be desired. My married family and close friends are my family now. I am thankful they are my family now.
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  9. I'm thankful for every day, because I have a great hubby of 54 yrs., a family of 5 children who have blossomed out with grandkids and great grandkids. I'm thankful that I'm a reader and love history, as the Chloe books bring out so much unknown to me information with every new book. CaliCattatoutlookdotcom

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  10. I am thankful for wonderful, generous authors. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I am thankful most of all for my family. My husband and my two boys are the best part of my life! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  12. I am thankful for my sweet husband, three hounds, and tabby. They make life so good.
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  13. Mary Lynette MillerNovember 17, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    I'm thankful for family and friends and don't forget kitties.

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  14. I am very thankful that we have three grandchildren, two of whom are adopted and that the youngest who has a some very serious medical conditions, is now in a country where she can get good treatment and the best doctors to help extend her life. I am very thankful for my husband who has done his best to have raised our adopted son with all of his problems and who has gotten all of us through some very stressful and scary times. It's all about family for us.
    Congratulations on your release. That is so exciting.
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    Cynthia

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  15. I'm thankful for my family and my two new granddaughters. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  16. I am always thankful for my wonderful family! Everyone will be here at the inlaws this year, so it is good!
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  17. I'm thankful for healthy family & friends. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I'm thankful that God gave me a love for books and reading..my escape into another life and place. Thankful for all the authors who love to write for us...terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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  19. I'm thankful for my awesome family and friends as well as our good health. Also for online book friends I can discuss cozy mysteries with since there aren't many real life friends that read them ;) barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I'm most thankful for my salvation and for my family. Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  21. I'm thankful for my Sister, she's my best friend and all our pets.
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  22. I'm thankful for family and friends.

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  23. I'm thankful for my family and friends, especially my husband! ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I'm thankful for my boyfriend. He loves me exactly the way I need to be loved and it makes my heart complete.

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  25. I am always thankful for loved ones.

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  26. I am thankful for my family. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I am thankful for family, friends, and good books! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  28. Most thankful for grand daughter born two weeks ago, and for clear scans 9 months post-cancer treatment. bmhschoir [at] att [dot] net

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  29. I'm thankful for family & friends who make life wonderful. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I am thankful for my husband and children. They are always here for me and are willing to help me when I am not totally up to par. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I'm thankful for my family, especially my husband. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. I am thankful and eternally grateful for my amazing husband!

    I know that a lot of women love their husbands and are thankful for them. I must say though that I don’t think they have one near as thoughtful and loving as my sweet guy – but that’s just my opinion.

    We have been married 34 glorious years. In all that time, although it seems impossible, our love has only gotten stronger and bonded us together in ways that nothing could come between us. We have celebrated many high points and smiled and thanked God for them. However, we have also had many sad and tragic times from the normal interruptions in life like job changes to the earth shattering loss of our only child when she was only 17 in which we also thanked God for the time we had with her and for giving us each other to lean on during those hard times.

    During my health issues & surgeries and even the care of Mom during the years of Alzheimer and cancer, my husband has been my rock – always there for me. There is no chore or request that he hasn’t undertaken with a smile and willing heart always putting his needs last. He even took early retirement to help me in the full time care of Mom foregoing vacations and luxury times for several years.

    To say that I am thankful for this man seems to be a very severe understatement – but thankful I definitely am. Thankful that I can proudly say I love him with all my heart and give thanks for him each and every day that he’s in my life praying for many more years to do so!

    On top of my amazing husband, I am thankful this year that the move is over. Last year we decided it was now or never to move to our dream location in the Ozark Mountains. We found the property, builder (can we talk having trust - to build a home hundreds of miles away and trusting someone you just met with your $ to do what you tried to explain to him) and started the process of packing not only all our years of collecting but all the things we had inherited from loved ones that had passed on. The packing had to go slow but steady due to my health issue but finally got it all done. Then came the loading of trucks (way too much for just one) and unloading at the new home after a long trip up. Oh my goodness then there’s all those thousands of boxes staring at you waiting to be unloaded. Well, it’s all done (which was way more work than we could have imagined) and now we can sit back and enjoy. We are both extremely thankful it’s over! Now we can sit back and enjoy our new home with thankful hearts that we did it and it’s every bit as much as we wanted and hoped it would be. Love it here!

    So as you can see, I’m very thankful this year. I also thank you for the chance to win a Chloe Ellefson mystery!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  33. Congratulations to Sandy Giden! Her name came out of the hat as Giveaway winner. Thanks to all who shared their gratitudes. Wishing you all a most peaceful Thanksgiving!

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