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It's not a job you want to take on without a sense of humor. Oops--it's not a job at all. It's an all-encompassing life, being a country woman on the ranch or farm, and with wit and equanimity like Gwen Petersen's, it can be survived. In fact, with Petersen's help, it can be drop-dead hilarious. A much-loved cowgirl scribe in rare form, Petersen eases us through the rigors ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 15th 2010 by Voyageur Press (MN) (first published August 15th 2007)
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Not quite what I thought it was (real tips on how to be a country woman). It was more an attempt at humor than an attempt to impart knowledge. It was funny in parts but I found myself loosing interest and skimming through most of the book. As long as you go into it expecting just a funny diatribe on how "city" folks are so ignorant of "country" ones then you'll enjoy it. I imagine if you were a "country woman" you might find something to bond with in this story, but having never driven a tractor ...more
Gloria Reid Kandle
She is a friend , character, and humorist who I admire greatly. She kept the Toot Snoot and Hoot comedy show going for many years and it gave a lot of fun times to the people.
How to shovel manure is told with a wry humor that can only be achieved when based on the unvarnished truth. Anyone who has ever lived on a functioning family farm will relate. Anyone who has not, should gain a new respect for the people who do. Not a side-splitting view of the country (however, that might be because I have been there-done that), but a heartwarming version of the life style for a vanishing way of life. Every young person should read this, if for no other reason than to gain an a ...more
I really loved this book. The style seems a bit wacky- funny stories, recipes thrown in at random... but somehow it really captures the essence of setting your knees in wet poo and having hay in your hair.

Really reminds me more of the Farmer's Almanac than reading a 'regular' book.
I adored this book! It is 100% accurate and portrays how legitimate country women view life on a regular basis. Also, her witty banter was hilarious. I love this author - you can clearly see that she has experienced rural farm life at its fullest.
Mary Rohrbeck
rather unusual book -- only read about half of it because I felt like I had the gist of it by then and it seemed repetitious after that. Maybe it was the book or maybe it was the mood I was in -- I don't know.
I enjoyed the poems, especially "the elk with the saddle and bridle", but I found most of the essays to be not so funny and pretty dated in respect to how ranches and farms are run now.
thanks for this good-humored and down-to-earth book...than and i had a few laughs each night we read aloud :)
Not quite as "hands on" as I'd hoped, but kinda fun to read. Can't wait to try the sourdough pancake recipe.
It's pretty funny that I could relate to a lot of what Petersen said.
Randy Cauthen
Will come in handy for Academic Senate meetings.
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