Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue

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In 1990, we heard the wilderness call to us, and, God help us, we answered. Of course, we had no business trying to run a full-time ranch with no experience. People tried to tell us that "The Simple Life" wasn't so simple, but we weren't listening. If you're over 50, or in a job rut, or looking for adventure (or all of the above), and you yearn for a tranquil country hideaway, please read this cautionary tale first.

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In 1990, we heard the wilderness call to us, and, God help us, we answered. Of course, we had no business trying to run a full-time ranch with no experience. People tried to tell us that "The Simple Life" wasn't so simple, but we weren't listening. If you're over 50, or in a job rut, or looking for adventure (or all of the above), and you yearn for a tranquil country hideaway, please read this cautionary tale first.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780978705404
  • Publisher: Cloud Lake Publications
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     11
Acknowledgements     19
Land     21
Martha Stewart Doesn't Live Here     31
Water     39
Cows     45
What Cowboys Do     51
The Earth Mother Experience     59
A Country Fourth of July     67
The Great Mattress Caper     71
Good Neighbors     75
A Cowboy Wedding     83
Letter from Zenia     87
Baby Holds Out     93
A Feast of Thanksgiving     97
Baby Comes Through     103
We Dig In (And Also, Out)     107
Growing     115
Letter from Zenia     121
Folks     127
Mountain Women     137
Letter from Zenia     145
Dust Never Sleeps     155
Country Roads     161
The Teacher     165
Snazzy and the Amazing Pig Hunt     169
Hills of Gold     177
Cowgirl Alone     187
Letter from Zenia     199
Another Letter from Zenia     205
Leaving     209
Paradise Lost     217
Ranch Poetry     221
About the Author     227
Order Form     231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    Reality Check

    Mary Lynn Archibald¿s life has changed twice dramatically due to a newspaper. First, she met her husband Carl through an ad in the paper. Her memoir Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse, and No Clue was written about the second change. While traveling, a small ad for acreage caught Carl¿s eye. An hour later, the couple fell in love with Twin Creeks Ranch. Carl and Mary Lynn soon discovered their perfect weekend getaway also belonged to several cows and two old barn cats. The previous owners also wanted to give them the dog but Carl was against that. Soon, the couple¿s weekend retreat turned into a full time job. However, both Carl and Mary Lynn still had obligations four hours away. Carl and Mary Lynn threw themselves into fixing up the place. They started remodeling, planting vegetables and herbs, caring for the animals, and keeping the water supply going. They soon learned that the simple life is not quite simple. Gone were the dreams for long walks and days spent reading by the lake. Mary Lynn Archibald¿s memoir Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse, and No Clue is a quick read about the not so simple life. It is a mix of letters, diary entries, short stories, and pictures. It is a hilarious look at a couple¿s dream and the reality that came along with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Highly recommended

    Have you ever thought life would be simpler if you just chucked your 9-to-5 job and bought a few acres in the country? Whether the thought is fleeting or you¿re in the midst of a full-blown mid-life crisis, you have to read this book first, before you do anything you might regret. Carl and Mary Lynn bought Twin Creeks Ranch with the idea of puttering around the farm and relaxing as they approached their golden years. But what they didn¿t anticipate was just how much work they had unwittingly signed on for. Oh, and of course, the cows. They had bought a ranch. Accidental Cowgirl shares the good, the bad, and the ugly times from their twelve years as ranch owners. Mary Lynn Archibald writes with humor as she shares the many trials they faced, battling the leaky roof and the endless plumbing problems. She also shares the warmth and community of living on the side of a mountain with others who are managing to survive in sometimes harsh conditions. You can feel the love she and Carl have for their land, the cows, and the lifestyle they wholeheartedly embraced. In the time they owned Twin Creeks Ranch, they discovered hidden reservoirs of talent and a strong will to overcome anything life handed them. The author shares her fears of living alone at the ranch, the excitement of new life when calves are born, and the sadness of death. And ultimately, she shares the pain of finally letting go. Rarely do I find a book so enjoyable that I savor it in small nibbles, like fine chocolate. Accidental Cowgirl is such a book. Mary Lynn Archibald brings this mountain alive, and by the time you finish reading her incredible story, you¿ll find you¿re reluctant to ever leave Twin Creeks Ranch. Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    Cow-a-bunga!

    Warning! This book is witty, funny, occasionally sad, but always interesting. It is not recommended for bedtime reading because 'a' it¿s hard to put down and 'b' it causes enough laughter to make sleep difficult to come by. The book made me want to tromp around the ranch. It sounds beautiful. It made me want to meet the locals. They sound fascinating, totally unlike the professional suburbanites that I interact with every day. It made me want to know more about the author¿s life story. What is covered in the book is fascinating. Most of all the book made me want more pages to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is a funny and honest cautionary tale. Mary Lynn Archibald's endearing and hilarious memoir takes you to the country and shows you the bucolic life with all its warts and wonders. A wonderful book.

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