For good measure, the book includes poems and recipes that will transport you to a country state of mind--whether you hail from the cityâ€™s busiest streets or the ranchâ€™s quietest gravel roads. Equal parts handy how-to advice, rural humor, philosophy, and fond farm nostalgia, How to Shovel Manure and Other Life Lessons for the Country Woman is all good.
Itâ€™s not a job you want to take on without a sense of humor. Oops--itâ€™s not a job at all. Itâ€™s an all-encompassing life, being a country woman on the ranch or farm, and with wit and equanimity like Gwen Petersenâ€™s, it can be survived. In fact, with Petersenâ€™s help, it can be drop-dead hilarious. A much-loved cowgirl scribe in rare form, Petersen eases us through the rigors of country living, from raising chickens to shoveling manure to cooking Rocky Mountain oysters. Youâ€™d think midwifing a calf was no laughing matter--until Gwen steps in with her expert advice. She has wise counsel for sharing the yard with a gaggle of ill-tempered geese; step-by-step instructions for harvesting pig manure; and sound advice for staying cool through haying season and coping with the chaos of Christmas on the ranch or farm.
Gwen Petersen earlier enlightened us on the joys of shoveling manure. Now, in this delightful new collection of pithy and hilarious essays, she explains how her philosophy of life comes with a good dose of horse sense. Hereâ€™s advice on how to fall off a horse with style, dressing to avoid embarrassing your equine friend, 1,001 uses for bag balm, perfecting the care and feeding of veterinarians and farriers, cattle drives and brandings, and falling in love all over again (with a horse, that is). Petersenâ€™s words are as amusing as they are instructive, and whether youâ€™re a horse lover or simply someone in need of a down-to-earth laugh, this is a book you wonâ€™t want to miss.
Summer McGranahan boards the stage at Rimrock, Montana along with three women who are traveling together. Summer is on her way to Broken Horn, Montana where she is to take possession of her inheritance, the Broken Horn Inn. During the journey the stagecoach is held up by three bandits. But not finding anything of value on the stage, the bandits decide to rape the women. That is until Summer pulls out her concealed .38 pistol and shoots one of them. But one of the other ladies gives her a hand with a hidden derringer. Soon the would be robbers, at least the ones still alive, are trussed up and headed for the hoosgow... and Summer heads for new adventures in Broken Horn...