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You Know You’re From the Boonies When…

I put a call out to some friends to answer this phrase and boy did they deliver. Here is a special list compiled by many spot on responses.

You know you’re from the boonies when…


You know the dedication and patience it takes to snare a gopher.

You have to use your 4×4 just to get out of the driveway.

You can’t text because there is no cell service.

You can see every star in the sky at night.

You have to watch out for skunks and porcupines in your yard.

You get offended when people not from there state that it’s ‘the middle of nowhere,’ because only people from there are allowed to state that.

You get lulled to sleep by coyotes.

Directions to your house include some sort of body of water, a dirt road turn, a deer crossing sign, a coulee, a texas gate count, and vivid descriptions of quonsets, barns, and granaries.

You get excited when a vehicle comes into your yard.

The only people you’ve seen in the last couple weeks is your family.

Saturdays consist of arguing over which 3 channels to watch.

Going to town is a big deal that you dress up for, but you’re only going in for parts and groceries.

You get very suspicious when you don’t recognize a vehicle coming up your road.

You’re the last person in your grade to get rid of dial-up internet.

You drove well before you had a license.

On Halloween your parents drove you to 15 houses, your parents had a visit at each house, and you went home with 2 pillow cases overflowing of chips, pop, chocolate bars, and popcorn balls.

You need drive a car to see your neighbors.

You have experienced the sound of pure silence outdoors.

Neighbors help each other out with tractored snow removal because you’re the “least priority” on the snowplow list.

The power can be out for days a couple of times a year.

You have to explain to people where you live by stating: about BLANK hour(s) North, South, East, or West of BLANK town.

For Christmas someone always gets some sort of gun.

You’ve gone on many long walks filled with great conversations… with yourself.

You did more homework on the bus ride than you did at home.

Weekend entertainment consisted of back road cruisin’.

There’s a gun that permanently lives in your truck.

When you recognize every vehicle and it’s owner that passes by.

You’re on the school bus first and dropped off last.

A handpicked bundle of wildflowers mean more than any store-bought rose.

You get to witness every sunrise and every sunset.

You only get visitors during hunting season.


Country living at it’s finest. Big thanks to all those boonie dwellers and lovers who contributed to this post!

The Cowgirl


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‘Anything But Average’ a Great Read Influenced by Rural Culture

Young Adult Novel 'Anything But Average' by Laureen Muir Heggie.

Being as it’s summer, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying sitting in my backyard, bare feet up, and reading a great book as the cowkids play in the sprinkler.

‘Anything But Average’ is one of those great books.

It’s a young adult novel written by the very talented Laureen Muir Heggie. It’s high school in a small southern Alberta town with LDS (Mormon) culture. Ranching, rodeo, and football pride are sported heavily throughout. It is definitely a book that country rural folk can relate deeply with.

Truth be told, I’m not much of a fiction reader/lover unless it’s a children’s book. But. I know Laureen personally, so I knew her book was going to be a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and even finished it within a few days (so NOT like me)! I think because of the rural culture and lifestyle it portrays within it, it just didn’t feel all that fictional to me. It was a page-turner with plenty of dramatic spikes to grab your attention. I usually get sleepy while reading, but this one I actually found myself staying up late just to see what happens next!

In short, it’s one awesome book that I think you just may love too. It’s a must add to your reading list!

You can buy it on Amazon (affiliate) here:

Happy lazy days of summer y’all!

The Cowgirl

Young Adult Novel 'Anything But Average' by Laureen Muir Heggie.



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