Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pioneer Woman's Black Heels and Tractor Wheels.

Lesa recommended this blog as an inspiration of all that blogs can be, and I was stunned at the quality and scope of the posts. Ree Drummond shares her life, her family and her kitchen with, I don't know, thousands of followers. She's an entertaining writer, a talented photographer, the homeschooling mother of four beautiful kids, a cook book author and wife of a spunky cowboy she calls Marlboro Man.

I'll be frank and confess to being green with envy. No, I am happy with my hubby and my own kids, thanks very much, but she is so witty and lovely and warm and
productive! There ought to be a law against such cleverness. No matter what your tastes, there is bound to be something here to interest you. The blog is divided into sections and just chock full of fun stuff to read and look at. She hosts some generous giveaways, too.

This is all very nice, but the reason I am posting about her here is that she seems to have written a novella by gathering up all the posts detailing how she met and married Marlboro Man. It's compelling stuff, like a Harlequin/ Mills and Boons, only from real life. I just couldn't stop reading. I spent an entire day, from school drop off to school pick up glued to my laptop. Actually, Columbia Pictures thinks it's pretty good, too, and bought the movie rights to it.

I recommended
Black Heels and Tractor Wheels to my cousin, who, despite having young children and a real need to get her sleep, stayed up until 3 am reading it. I am just sorry about the time difference, and will be more careful about when I get people started reading it.

I say go over and have a look, but not if it's bed time at your house.

Am I the only one who had never heard of her?


  1. Yep, could give a blogger a complex for sure. ;o)

    I started the novella last fall during lunch at work-- not a good idea--- I was two segments into it when I glanced at the clock--Yikes!
    I need to go back and finish it.

    There was one phrase that jarred me completely out of the tale--- her 'tingling hiney'-- still icks to think of it. Hope that doesn't make the movie-- Can you imagine the Ree character telling friends in the movie: he makes my hiney tingle!

    Do love Ree's blog though! I usually read the cooking, home/garden and confessions section. I baked a recipe from one of her contributors last night to take to work-- fabulous Filipino Date Nut Butter Bars. Yummy!

    And I entered Ree's kitchen aid mixer giveaway--- 33,000 entries at the time--- Wow!!!!

  2. +JMJ+

    I discovered the Pioneer Woman and her hilarious novella last year. If she had written it as "fiction" and tried to sell it to an editor, I think she would have had a best-seller on her hands!

    But I think she's happy with her new cookbook . . . =)

  3. I have a friend who is hooked on her blog. I have visited it, but haven't stayed there long enough to read it. Will have to take another look. Thanks!

    P.S. The new background looks lovely! It is new, right?

  4. Yes, it is a new background, Kim-- thanks for noticing. My co-blogger gave a big thumbs up from 'Down Under' so it is a keeper-- until the next makeover. ;o)


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