Hi. My name is Cathi, and I have Barnheart.

If you have ever longed for the country life, especially if the fulfillment of that longing has escaped you thus far, you must read Jenna Woginrich’s “The Happy Homesteader:  Yearning to be a Farmer” post over at Mother Earth News.  Jenna lays out the longing in terms we can all relate to, and even coins the term “Barnheart” to reflect that yearning to live closer to the land.

She followed up the post by writing a book by the name of her new term:  “Barnheart:  The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own,” in which she “records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor,” “as she learns traditional farming skills by trial and error.”*

I hope to read Jenna’s book soon and review it fully for you, but didn’t want to wait before passing on what appears by the writing in the blog post to be a fun and informative book that speaks the language of everyone who is being drawn to the farm – either figuratively or literally.

Check it out and let me know what you think 🙂

* (Quoted from Amazon.com)

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New Books to Review!

Just received “Shoot,” by Julie Golob today, as well as “Girl Hunter,” by Georgia Pellegrini, two books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing.  “Shoot” is “Your guide to shooting and competition,” and contains 248 pages of photos, tips, techniques, and training concepts.

“Girl Hunter” is not just about the hunt, but also about how to prepare the game in delectably delightful dishes.  Subtitled as “Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time,” Pellegrini acknowledges the desire of many these days to know where their food comes from.

Stories of her hunting journey, along with the recipes, add up to over 245 pages of great reading.  Needless to say, although I’m a fast reader, I will not be ready to review either of these next week, but will get to it eventually.  I’m excited about making some of Georgia’s recipes and letting you know how they turn out.

Hope to at least get a recipe reviewed soon, so stay tuned…

Book Review: “Chicks With Guns”

I doubt you will find a book with more beautiful photographs than those contained in Chicks With Guns by Lindsay McCrum – at least not one that displays the exquisite beauty of women and their firearms the way McCrum does in this one-of-a-kind pictorial.

Chicks With Guns is a “coffee table” book, in that it is larger than your average novel, contains beautiful glossy pages, and is definitely suitable for displaying for all your guests to view.

Each page, or set of pages, contains a story column, generally opposite the photograph, that gives a little insight into how guns play a role in the life of the woman featured.

The women in these photos represent all shooting disciplines, come from every socio-economic background and every region of the country, and prefer a wide range of firearms.  They are moms, law enforcement officers, military women, hunters, proponents of self-defense, debutantes, single ladies, socialites, historical re-enactors, all ages, and all races.  You name it.  If it involves women and guns, this book likely expresses it in these magnificent photographs.

My one complaint is that I would like the type to be larger.  It can be difficult for aging eyes to read the small, light text, even with reading glasses, so larger text would be helpful.  I understand, however, that the author most likely wanted the photos to be the dominant feature on the page and the text to be secondary; and if so, that goal was accomplished – though it doesn’t detract from the book, overall.

You can view or purchase Chicks With Guns by clicking here, or forward this page to someone you know that might be in the market to purchase a gift for you in the near future :)It will be a beautiful addition to your collection and something you will enjoy reading, as well.  I purchased the book for myself and will definitely be buying at least one for a friend this year.

And if you own the book, please comment and let us know what you think of it.

Happy Shooting!