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.