Ackerman Lake Murders

I have totally revamped this book. I am creating some back stories on the characters to kind of get to know them and what they are willing to do. I want to push them to the dark side and bring them back to the light. Now, I am redoing a few chapters of this novel I am writing. I decided to change a couple of things from my first draft. I am taking it completely to one place where it should be and not all over the UP. I am keeping it completely in Alger County between Ackerman Lake and Munising.  Also including Chatham, Trenary, Eben Junction, Wetmore, and maybe a few other towns in Alger. Highway 13 and it’s known spookiness I may add or I may create something just for there.

Speaking of Highway 13, I recently learned from Munising residents that there is a strange light down by the airport there. Just like the Paulding light. I am searching for someone to take me there to investigate this further.  I think this is amazing. It too is by an old railroad track.

I did create a kind of cover for the new Ackerman Lake Murders. What do you think?  I made 3 different ones. I will post a poll later on them to see which design to go with.

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Well I have to get back to my class on trigger points. I have to keep making money until I finish this book. Maybe it will make me money! That would be awesome. Until then. May your coffee be stronger than your problems!

 

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring

Yes, it has been raining cats and dogs here in da UP! It really need to get my ark finished. I have been working my little hands off at Our Perch in Munising. They have been too fatigued to write. They need a break from a long day as well. Been on facebook posting though. Short stuff like Hey, I have massage times available.  Which reminds me, here are some photos of my office. Soon I will be in the basement with a sauna. Yeah, try to get me out of that! I think all massages will be conducted within the sauna.

 

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The business card

 

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I made this ad for hot stone massage
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One of the many views of Lake Superior from Our Perch

 

The other thing I have been doing is crocheting. I do a bit here and there to keep from chewing my nails. I decided to make stress balls that look like animals. Not the best as of yet but. If anyone has a better way to make an ear or help me with the eyes, I would be appreciative. Here is some of my latest work!

 

 

 

I have decided I am writing too many stories at once and I can’t remember half the time what is supposed to go where or what idea is suppose to be with what story. I am now going to focus on one at a time. I can still go back to my other stories, but I think it is better served if I just spend time getting one completed.

That’s the latest update from the swamp. I post pictures of the ark when I am done! I shall be around soon saving everyone from the rising waters.

A wee bit of government intrusion today

The U.S. Forest Service like the DNR are jokes. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe we need to stop illegal hunting, we need more land for the animals since people think they own the whole planet, and we need some services they do offer. BUT…..

The government seems to be under the belief they own everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING! They tax us to death in property taxes and when you can’t pay, they take your land. If a corporation wants your land to put a tower on for anything, the government takes it. If the city wants a new highway, the government takes it. Do you see where I am going here? We the citizens really don’t own a damn thing thanks to our useless government.

All this leads me to this article recently published.  Good-bye to cabin life: U.S. government tells owners in U.P. to leave! That is right the good ole U.S. Forest Service is again taking away land from people and telling everyone they can’t use it. Well, if it is public land then we should be able to use it however we see fit. This is like the time when Obama closed our parks including Pictured Rocks. Do you remember the government shutdown in 2013? Our Governor, Rick Snyder, decided it was ok to follow what the feds said and closed the parks. Wrong thing to tell a Yooper! Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures 

The other social nasty I really want to get rid of in our government is the inflation/deficit we face. Inflation keeps rising. When I entered the workforce many, many moons ago, I made $3.35 an hour. This was good. Milk was only 50 cents a gallon. Bread was about the same price. Gas went between 75 cents to around a dollar. In the 70s we had a gas shortage which made us top around $1.75 or so depending upon where you lived. But groceries were cheaper. A can of Spaghettios was 75 cents a can. Back when we could make a homemade pizza for under a buck. Today it is under $5. I really hate that our economy has gotten like this. By all rights minimum wage should be around $18 an hour just to keep up with rising milk costs. Since that is 6 times what I made back in the 80s, our factory workers and professionals should be charging 6 times as much for their wages as well. Most attorneys charge $200 an hour today which is cheap with the realization of inflation vs wages. By all accounts an attorney should charge $1200 an hour.

This little rant is brought to you today by this article I discovered on my browser home page. Escaping poverty requires almost 20 years with nearly nothing going wrong

The biggest problem we face is money. I always loved Star Trek because they didn’t use money. Everyone had their spot on the planet and no one ever mentioned money. Except of course the Ferengi with gold press latinum.

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Found this online. Not sure who made it but I love it.  It is on 45 or more sites.

That is all I got for today. Back to writing and crocheting. I have been working a ton of hours lately. Maybe if I get time, I will post some pics of what I have been making.

 

Goodbye to McDonald’s Playland

Escanaba’s McDonald’s located at 503 North Lincoln Road is getting what they call a facelift. They are tearing out the playland area today as it rains upon the town. Even the weather is upset that McDonald’s won’t have a play area for the kiddos anymore. They are wanting more sitting room but have forgotten the only reason they need the sitting room is for the parents who have small children whose only reason for going to McDonald’s is the play area. It is a sad reality for many today as we watch the workers hauling the play equipment off to the garbage. I feel really bad for all the kids. It is a sad, sad day.

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I did find some uplifting news for you all on Facebook. It is mainly cat related except for the bear. What great news for this bear cub. I wish more people had compassion for other beings on this planet.

10 Healthiest ‘People Foods’ You Should Be Feeding Your Cat

http://honesttopaws.com/cat-possum/?as=5EH1

Hen With Motherly Instincts Sits On An Abandoned Kitten To Keep Him Warm

The Cat Handshake: How To Introduce Yourself To A New Cat

Hiker finds ‘almost lifeless’ baby bear, uses mouth-to-mouth to help save it

I still love watching The Simpson’s and I remember watching the Tracy Ullman show just to catch the latest episode of this zany family. It has been 30 years of watching the same family cartoon!

The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Ago

Some sad news in today and this is the stuff I usually stick on tumblr for conspiracies. There are political articles here too. Nice that Trump gave his salary to the Park Service! Never seen a President do that before. Another first from President Trump that I have never seen in my lifetime. Although, I still say down with Betsy but that is a Michigan thing. Some hate her here and others love her but to me, she knows nothing about education and is not qualified to do this job.

Man calls 911 with vague details of shooting, opens fire on responding deputies in ambush

UPDATE: Jacobs fails to enter plea for second time

Massive explosion, fire at house in New Hampshire just after officers arrived

Snyder signs law shielding records until contract announced

Trump donates first 3 months of salary to Park Service

Betsy DeVos’ latest attack on people with student loans will make your blood boil

More news later folks. I will write to you all again soon. Have a marvelous day!

 

Hmmm I still need to check Facebook

I haven’t been on Facebook in days. I just check the message app and that is it lately. My hands are killing me. I have had several orders for bunnies. Which in the crochet world is a smash hit. I have been donating all my free time to crocheting. I am selling these small amigurumi rabbits for 5 dollars and I am still waiting for other animals to be ordered like the unicorn, elephant, and hopefully some chickens. I set a goal of making 10 of each and then having those sell first. I think if you are crocheting this is a good level goal to set and then when you do sell them, you get a bonus of buying more stuffing and yarn. I still can’t figure out how some people make a living at this but I am learning. I seemed to have found that niche in our area that is lacking. I see blankets, baby clothes, hats, gloves, scarves, cowls, and wash cloths all the time. I have even seen dick warmers. Not kidding you they are made for an erect penis but not for a normal one. I don’t know many guys who walk around with a hard on constantly. This is the one item I really shook my head at. Apparently, she made them as a joke. Which I am not sure she did or not, but ladies, you are aware of shrinkage right? She was marketing them as an everyday dick warmer. She wanted women to buy them for their man. I told all my friends about it and we laughed. We have all lived with men. We know this is not an everyday item and will only work when he is stimulated. Which means he can only use it for about 5 minutes at which time he is working if you get my drift? We all agreed she would have better chances if she made them to the right size and marketed them as ball warmers instead. You see, men will shrink up into something really small and it reminds me of a turtle head retreating into its shell. Plus, I swear most men aren’t much better than a turtle head when not in use. I only mention this since we are all looking for the right market in which to sell our items. What good is this if a man can’t use it because it is made for a time when he is sexually active and not for when he is just at rest. That is not an everyday wear item. It is a great gag gift but it isn’t something anyone will be able to use. This is what brought my attention to amigurumi style dolls and animals. No one is taking the time to really focus on this in my area. I have now created a demand since everyone has children or grandchildren. People have nieces and nephews, cousins, and there are children in this world somewhere. They can buy them from me and send them to their loved one anywhere in the world. I don’t see anything wrong in dick warmers but if I make them, they will be for everyday not for the other time of day if you get it that often.

Anywho, my hands hurt and I am trying to make enough critters for craft shows and steam and gas this September. I take my massage chair with me to all events. It was at events, that I started to really focus on my knitting and crocheting. There are times at events when you have no one to talk to. No one is at your booth and reading a book or crafting is great in making the time fly by when your booth is dead. I am working on getting the right forms to sell retail at the events as well. I know several companies that supply massage therapy products. Massage therapists asked these companies to create products they could sell at the office or events. It makes for a better income. You don’t always have massage clients daily. Cancellations happen as well. This is what leads us to other types of supply and demand products.

I have been reading news stories. I have some that I am going to post here. You all know why! In case this is your first blog post of mine I will tell you, I am writing my status updates for Facebook as a blog post. I am trying to make more use of my blog and Facebook statuses are getting in the way. It is too easy to write a short idea on the status post area. Besides, I really loathe Facebook. Thankfully there is an app for that! (that is a pun joke for those with no sense of humor) Anyway, on with the show, this is it:

Mom didn’t realize there was a hidden danger lurking in this photo she took of her daughter.

The 100-Percent Rule: The Simple Advice That Changed My Life

This king cobra drinking from a water bottle like it’s NBD is going viral

This Dad’s Reaction to His Rainbow Baby Being Born Is Beyond Moving

New iPhone 8 Details Reveal Impressive Advanced Technology

This is why Australia hasn’t had a recession in more than 25 years

I miss Jr being President. I really liked George Bush Jr. He was comical. I miss that, but I also miss the no-nonsense he had in his office. This guy would have been axed, gone, fired, and Bush wouldn’t have cared what the media said. This is wrong on all levels. Trump aide urges defeat of Michigan member of Freedom Caucus

Jeb Bush: ‘Presidential leadership would be helpful’

One thing my Grandma always taught me was to keep up the fight. She always reminded me that she burned her bra so I wouldn’t have to listen to my husband. I didn’t have to live by rules and be personal property to a man. I could be who I wanted and do what I wanted because of her generation. Because of women in past generations, I am free from burdens that they had to endure. But she also told me to fight for anyone who needed my help. Just because it wasn’t my fight right now, didn’t mean it wouldn’t be in the future.  I am reminded daily of my Grandma’s rules in life. She had a code she lived by.  This article about Tina Fey reminded me of that. Grandma still speaks to me from beyond the grave.

Tina Fey Warns College-Educated Women ‘Gains We’ve Made…Are Under Attack’

It was a brutal killing that shocked Afghanistan. Now, the outrage has faded.

Another tid bit from Grandma is this, power corrupts. I don’t care who you are, you get a bit of power and it goes to your head. You think you are invincible. You think you can do anything. This leads to you never wanting to let go of that power. This is why I think we need a better way of electing government officials.

Democrats have a new and surprising weapon on Capitol Hill: Power

Things to add to my prayer lists. Grandma always told me to pray. No matter what religion you are, prayer works. It sets you in the frame of mind you need. Only, I use different words than negative. I use peace, love, healthy, wealthy, safe, alive, and so many more. Today, I hope you join me in praying for more positive ideals like financial freedom, great weather, and peace on Earth. Time to smudge some sage and sing songs of gratitude while remembering to be humble.

Police charge 14-year-old in Facebook Live gang rape

Poisoning at Hotel Pool Kills 1 Child, Injures 11 Others

Grim search resumes in Colombia after deadly flood

20 people murdered at Pakistan shrine: police

I always end my prayers with a “may everything upon this planet become aware and open minded, flooding the Earth with unconditional love and peace to all.”  So be it as so mote it be. Blessed be everyone.  I will write again soon. Peace out!

Today’s News off the Facebook Grid

I see so much on facebook and online.

For the next President, I have some advice. Focus on healthcare and foreign policy.  I would really love it if the next person running for President would give everyone a civics lesson. You see the President isn’t all that powerful or great. Why everyone gets so obsessed with this, I have no idea. The real power is in Congress. The President and Supreme Court are there to balance Congress so they don’t get to uppity. The President really is only in charge of very little. The President is Commander-in-Chief of the Military. The President is the face of the U.S.A in foreign negotiations and treaties. The President is usually the tie breaker when Congress can’t really decide but Congress can over turn anything on 2/3 votes. Congress is really who I look at when voting. I could care less who the President is, but I sure don’t want some dope in on a Congressional seat. The President can suggest budget cuts or increases, but Congress is the one making the budget. I would really love the next candidates for President to go out there and tell Americans what this office really does. I want to see them talk about how they will handle these aspects of the job and not play games. I want to see them to have daily meetings with Congress. I want to see all Americans vote in a Congress that will fulfill anything a President wants to accomplish on the campaign tour. We need our governments to work together meaning State and Federal/National. I believe we should be like Mexico and everyone fulfill their civic duty and when done, no more civic duties for you. This should never be a career. You should be dragged kicking and screaming to the office.

The other piece of advice I have for future Presidents, get this country in line for some technologies we pay for with taxes only. Let me give you an example, Tesla created the first WIFI system. Tesla had been given money from J.P. Morgan (a.k.a Chase banks) and made these towers that emitted electricity freely. All you had to do was build a tower and electricity went to any home without wires.  J.P. Morgan made him take it down because it was free and no one could make money from it. The government wants you to pay for stuff you should never have to pay for. I can see giving a bit of tax dollars to keep the towers maintained but do we need electric companies? Not when we have Tesla! I get we are all a capitalist society but still, let’s do somethings to help our citizens before we start paying a million dollars for a car. I am totally for off grid utilities. I think everyone should have their own well and septic system. I just don’t see why we should have to pay out the nose for services that the government thinks we need like electricity. For centuries people didn’t have electricity and they survived. There are alternatives out there. More and more people are wanting to live more freely and take up less space. To me, this is great for wild life. We have taken too much from other beings. Time we all give back!

Nikola Tesla’s Idea of Wireless Transmission of Electrical Energy is a solution for World Energy Crisis

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In other news, I have read some interesting news articles today. I miss the days of great journalism. Today, I don’t see anyone making the news and showing us what is behind the scenes. Journalists took down Nixon and then somewhere between the 70s and now, they have lost the ability to take on something, some cause, and really expose it. Where are the undercover journalists? Where are the Fox Mulders of news? Where are the nosy SOBs willing to risk it all for the best damn story in the world? They are lost in time and space, I am afraid. Here are some stories for you. Not the best but pretty good by today’s standard of not getting the whole story or as Paul Harvey would have said, “the rest of the story”!

Two girls barred from United flight from Denver for wearing leggings

Social Media Users Slam United on Twitter After They Reportedly Wouldn’t Allow Girls to Wear Leggings on Flight

Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other

24 hours in a Detroit ER: on the frontline of America’s healthcare debate

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage

One dead, 15 hurt after gunfire erupts at Cincinnati club

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case

Verdict turns page in Penn State child molestation scandal

Now unto the Facebook news I discovered today.

Stay Away From Them – This Zodiac Sign is Pure Evil

Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living

Types of opal with photos

Why My Family Doesn’t Allow Sleepovers

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Randy Bish, Editorial Cartoonist

I created more for Foxy as well. I just need to go to the dollar store for some pipe cleaners so I can create his hook and I want to look for some different yarn for his tail. I was thinking the fake fur yarn for it. I have a portion of his arm with the hook already done. I am just exploring options on the tail.

 

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Sewn together without the tail and hook arm

I had to run to the store for more coffee today after running out. Good thing for me I have tea available. My Grandma taught me to let black tea steep for quite a while. It thickens up to be like coffee then. I keep it around for emergencies or for when I really don’t want coffee. I have Earl Grey as well. I really love Earl Grey. I keep bergamot around for when I am out. I add 1 drop to my tea cup and that makes Earl Grey. All you need is black tea and bergamot.

I have to go to the store for cardamom as well. I am out. I want to make cinnamon bread but I need cardamom for it.  I don’t know if any of you use it, but being of Finnish descent, I do.

Back to writing for now. I will write to you all later!