Every time she smiles…

When she smiles, I smile. I even smile when I see pictures of her smiling…












When I sing, she sings along with her sweet baby babble, and that fills my heart with happiness….













And when she giggles, I feel JOY….

She’s my Sunshine!

I got my uumph back, and have been SUPER busy the last couple of days checking things off my to-do list and will have pics of my antics soon….although as usual, only AFTER pics and NO before….I must have a sub-conscience need to shield y’all from the horror of my projects while they’re still ugly. Either that or it’s the dementia!

My Hubs will be home Saturday night, whether he’s with or without an elk remains to be seen….

Vivi will be here on Monday, and she cannot wait to spend time with her Niece, I’m pretty sure seeing Avery is the sole reason for the visit!

I don’t blame her….


And then the fence bit me in the ass…

My Hubs left Thursday evening for 10 days on a Elk hunting trip to Colorado….

I miss him when he’s gone, so I planned a TON of busy work for myself to help make the time go by faster. Yesterday I tackled the biggest job….

Painting his big ass 2 story storage building that he built last month….

I thought “It’s a shed, how hard can it be? Roll the walls, brush the trim, DONE”

I’m so dumb….

Problem Numero Uno: Opened the first can of the main color, a color I had carefully picked, comparing multiple paint chips to get the exact color to match the house only to find that it’s the wrong color. It’s way too light…..


I had gotten up at the butt-crack of dawn to start this project, so there I was at 6 in the morning with 2 gallons of paint that doesn’t match my house. I figured I had 2 options; A) wait around until Lowe’s opened at 7 and have them remix the paint, killing a good 2 hours of cool morning temperatures in the process….or, B) Live with the too light color and get to painting before it gets hot outside.

I went with option B….I justified my decision by saying “it’s just a friggin shed” and “we’re gonna repaint it in a couple years when we re-side the house anyway…”

Problem #2: Painting the side of the shed that my Hubs in his infinite wisdom built really close to the dang fence….















Two foot path and I’m three feet wide. You do the math…..


I do the sideways crab shuffle down to about the middle of the shed carrying my paint pan and roller on a 6 foot extension pole, dodging tree limbs I see this:

See that dark blurry spot in the middle? (blurry because my camera wanted to focus on the stupid leaves and not what I wanted it to)  That, my friends is a birds nest. I suffer from ornithophobia, big time. In plain English: I’m deathly afraid of birds….which if you’ve been paying attention, I’ve told y’all before…..

Anyhoo. There I am, firmly wedged between the fence and the side of the shed I’m supposed to be painting staring at my biggest fear….So I make another command decision; I’m not getting any closer, I’m gonna break every law known to the well versed painting masses: I’m painting that sucker with sideways strokes. And diagonal strokes. Whatever it takes to put paint on the thing without getting any closer than absolutely necessary to that nest…..and if I miss a spot too effin’ bad! And that’s when I turned ever so slightly and the chain link caught my shorts and bit the hell outta my butt…..better the fence than a bird….

Too late to save me from dealing with the birds nest, but in time to save me from my fear of heights came Peanut and her Mommy to the rescue!

















Yay! Cuz I had painted all I could without having to climb more than one rung up the Ladder o’ Death….

Peanut’s help came more in the form of moral support….

So while her Mommy painted the high parts, I concentrated on brushing paint into all those grooves in the siding that the roller skipped over, a detail that had me wondering “what the hell was he thinking??” Because if the shed was covered in smooth siding, we’d be done except for painting the trim…..

Brit’s boyfriend showed up and I left it up to them to fight over who was going to climb up on the ladder to paint the high parts on the back of the shed where the ground sloped down making it hard to find a stable footing for the ladder…..as long as it wasn’t me!

The hotter it got and the more time the task of painting took, the more I started muttering to myself “If he complains about the sloppy job, he’s sleeping out here!”

Finally, it was done. All that remained was the little bit of door trim that I had purchased a carefully matched accent color that matched our Mulberry colored front door. This was the fun part, the part I’d looked forward to as it was the only pretty color to be used on this beige and brown paint job. I carefully pried open the lid…..and what did I find????


A quart of Mother Effin’ Mauve paint because apparently the dumbass person who was working the paint counter at Lowe’s the day I bought the paint doesn’t know how to work the God forsaken color-matching-machine-thingy…..I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt and skeptically painted a small swatch of it on the door hoping it would dry to the right color….

It didn’t….

It’s 2:30 in the afternoon, I’m sweaty and covered in beige and brown paint. I’m exhausted, starving and generally pissed off. Driving into town to yell and scream and get thrown in jail doesn’t sound like a rational decision on my part so I grabbed a couple bottles of red and black craft paint and started mixing it in a cup with some of the ugly mauve until I got the lovely Mulberry I was looking for….Cussing like the sailor I married all the while…..


















And so it’s done…..except for the trim on the side with the tree full of scary bird nest. Hubs can paint that himself!

I don’t care if the color matches…..Maybe we’ll make the house match the shed when we put up new siding!

Surprise Honey! I painted your shed so you don’t have to fool with it on your days off!!! Yay me! Critique my work and you can move into it….

At least that accent color matches the front door PERFECTLY….


Here I am, on a soapbox again…

My Husband and I moved to the Black Hills 7 years ago to help start a new business with his best friend. We started with one oil change shop. We now proudly operate 3, plus a car wash….

Business has been good, with steady growth….

That could be in serious jeopardy for our newest and most promising location on Mt Rushmore Road.

The City of Rapid City, in it’s infinite wisdom is trying to put through a “Beautification” initiative by adding a median down Mt Rushmore Road. I personally despise medians in business districts, but can admit they look nice if landscaped properly. I will readily admit that I avoid patronizing businesses that require me to go out of my way to get to them and the really crappy part of this that it will also include an ordinance forbidding U-turns, essentially land locking many of the local businesses along this busy street as customers will be forced to go around the block to get to said businesses. Not to mention the impact on the residential streets surrounding these businesses who will see a dramatic rise in traffic when folks get creative in order to bypass the medians. Streets where the elderly walk their dogs, and children walk to and from school….

I understand that tourism is a huge part of our local economy. Our business benefits just like every other one in town from tourist traffic. That being said, our local customers are our mainstay; customers that may turn to our competitors when it becomes inconvenient to patron our shop on Mt Rushmore Road. Let’s face it, American’s in general are all about convenience. Hence the popularity of drive thru lanes in not only fast food restaurants but pharmacies, dry cleaners, banks etc. We like things to be easy….

So I’m asking all of my local readers to contact the following dimwits who think this is a great idea! Share with them your feelings on this imposed inconvenience as well as your concern on the impact this could have on many of our local small business owners and do it PDQ as they want all input by the end of this month….

Mr. John Van Beek
Ferber Engineering, Rapid City
Ph: (605) 343-3311
Rapid City Planning Office
Patsy Horton, Transportation Planning Coordinator
Ph: (605) 394-4120
Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker
E-mail: mayor@rcgov.org
Phone: (605) 394-4110

Tell them you are opposed to the addition of a median on Mt. Rushmore Road as part of their efforts to make it more appealing to tourists, that you resent having so called improvements done that will only make accessing our local businesses along Mt Rushmore Road extremely inconvenient for the local patrons who are the bread and butter of these businesses.

Tell them to ask themselves this question: Is a more eye appealing street worth the loss of even more small businesses in Rapid City?

Improve the look of Mt Rushmore Road? Certainly. Plant trees, shrubs etc? Absolutely. Mandate a “sprucing up” of some of the older businesses who’s store fronts have become somewhat shabby? By all means. Put in a median, and forbid U-turns in order to access a business?? Bad idea, and bad for the local business owners. Their sales will suffer, that’s a fact whether they choose to acknowledge it or not.

Thanks for your help…


Fried Oreos are healthy right??

Gotta love the county fair…
















Peanut enjoyed her first Fair experience….she was particularly fascinated by the people flying overhead on the zip line….

I told her she is never allowed to do that….

She also enjoyed her supper of corn dog and funnel cake. Those are also considered health food….
















And then Poppa won the Mutha of all Sock Monkeys for her by throwing something or another at a wall of balloons. Zip line was forgotten…
















It was true love!
















Worth every penny…