Because I have to let the words out of my head or I can’t sleep, I write a humor column about my life as a cowboy’s wife. Just like more suburban women, I am charged with feeding, comforting, and breaking up fights between our children. Unlike my more urban counterparts, I deal with vastly larger quantities of dirt and horse manure. Also, I occasionally must run outside to chase livestock out of the front yard in my nightgown.
My column covers topics such as giving the entire family haircuts in the kitchen and spending our family “vacation” at a remote cow camp.
Here’s what readers are saying:
“The images that your writing have created in my mind are cracking my husband and I up!”
“I can see myself in your shoes as you write.”
Here’s what nationally syndicated columnist and author Suzette Standring says about my work:
“You are a writer to be reckoned with. Readers need to hear from you!”
My column was originally titled “Desolate Ranch Wife.” It was carried by several publications, including Arizona Real Country, Arizona Horse Connection, Nevada Rancher Magazine, and the Wickenburg Sun. Last year, equine industry leader Western Horseman picked up my column for exclusive use on its website. The virtual move came with a new name, Real Life Ranch Wife. New installments appear monthly.
Here is a sample column. I hope you read it and laugh, but I’d totally settle for a chuckle or even just a smile. As Will Rogers said, “Everything is funny, as long as it is happening to somebody else.”