Murdo Girl…the cabin

I know Murdo Girl jumps around a bit..I asked her if she had Attention Deficit Disorder. She told me she couldn’t have it, because she had been vaccinated for it at the Murdo Auditorium. She said she hopes they will put all shots in a sugar cube someday.


We had a bad storm last night. Dad wasn’t home so, Mom, Billy, and I went downstairs to be safer. We built a big fire in the fireplace in case the electricity went off. Mom threw trash and some other stuff in the fire to keep it burning. Well, there was a shotgun shell in there and it went off and blew a hole in the ceiling. I said maybe we’d be safer upstairs with the storm. Billy said that would be stupid, because if there were more shells in the fire and they went off, we wouldn’t know where to stand upstairs to keep from being hit through the floor. I guess he was right. It’s hard to hide from a storm AND shotgun shells.

Once when we had a snowstorm in Murdo, Berferd got caught uptown. He was out in front of Sanderson’s Store. They felt bad for him, so they let him in. The next morning they called Dad to come and get him. Dad came home and said Berferd hadn’t bothered anything but the dog food.  He picked out the most expensive one and  ate it.


Summer is finally here.  Tomorrow, I’m going with Grandma and Grandpa Sanderson to their cabin in the Black Hills. I go with them almost every time they go. I have the most fun when one of the other cousins goes too. The cabin is in the forest and by Box Elder Creek. There is electricity, but we have to haul water from the creek. There is a one holer outhouse and chamber pots for at night. We cook and heat water on a great big cast iron stove.

Well, we got home from the cabin yesterday. It was fun, but not sooo fun. First off, a couple of weeks before we went to the cabin, I wrecked my bike and skinned my knee really bad. Mom said it wasn’t healing like it should. As it happened, Grandma and Grandpa were going to their doctor in Rapid City to have some liver spots taken off. Mom told them to have the doctor look at my knee. Well, I was sitting in the waiting room and Grandma and Grandpa came out from seeing the doctor and guess what? That doctor had burned spots off their faces… BURNED them… I told Grandpa I was NOT going in to see that doctor, but he made me. It turns out that all I have to do is put some salve on it every day.419ecb1b29b7ffbec8f20713ddab5345-1

Then, a couple of days later, Grandpa said we were going to a church in Rapid City on Sunday. We NEVER go to church when we go to the cabin and I didn’t bring a dress. Grandpa said that it doesn’t matter, so we went. I wore a pair of bermuda shorts and held my legs together as much as I could so people would think I had a skirt on. At least, I didn’t have to go to Sunday school. I still have a headache. Grandpa has a buzzer on is speedometer that goes off when he reaches the speed limit. That thing buzzed all the way there and all the way home. I tried to tell him it wouldn’t do that if he just slowed down a little.

When there are other cousins there, we spend one day playing cowboys and Indians in the wooded hills behind the cabin. There are lots of big rocks that we can hide behind and ambush the bad guys. I wish you could hear the sound my cousin Andrea makes when she’s pretending to shoot a gun…Piouw, Piouw, Piouw, with lots of emphasis on the pi. The second day we usually play in the creek below the cabin. We go fishing a lot too.


Well, I’m supposed be in bed, but I can hear my favorite show on TV, so I’m going to sneak out in the hall and watch it for awhile.






8 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…the cabin

  1. nannette l. dominicak hurst March 29, 2016 / 3:18 am

    used to babysit u,you were always real good,your mom & dad were real nice & billy used to come home sometimes while i was still their,he was polite & nice also.remember you were cute & dark hair & very good not like all the kids i babysat for. i think your brother may have been my older sisters age? waiting to here more of your stories ,my younger sister is also reading them & we talked about them on easter at her home.

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    • SeeYa Soon March 29, 2016 / 3:24 am

      Thank you! I’m going to make sure Billy sees your comment. Are you related to Denny?


      • nannette l. dominicak hurst March 30, 2016 / 6:19 am

        yes he is a yr. older then me,dixie the oldest.denny is in cal. & married & retired he has a son

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    • lifelessons March 31, 2016 / 1:38 am

      Hi Nanette. I remember you when you were Nancy! I seem to remember Denny pulling my hair when he sat behind me in class. Perils of sharing the same last initial! Judy Dykstra-Brown

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  2. Karen Lindquist March 29, 2016 / 3:39 am

    Just too cute! Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

      • Carolee Swanson April 1, 2016 / 8:39 am

        Mary, Loving your memories! You probably don’t remember me but you would “my” big brother, Swanny, Fuzz, or Jerry Swanson. He passed in 2008 from cancer. Your stories remind me of all
        the mean brotherly things he did to me. But I still miss him so much.
        Keep them coming!

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      • SeeYa Soon April 1, 2016 / 9:56 am

        Carolee, I’m so sorry for your loss. I do remember you and Fuzz. You lived close to the grade school, near Hwy 16. Thanks for your comments. I enjoy hearing from fellow Murdoites.


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