Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy-Ever-After Advice

What do you do if your hero and heroine need some good ol' fashioned relationship advice? Since I write a lot of cowboy books I turn to my favorite source for cowfolk advice. Thought it would be fun to share some snippets from...

Just One Fool Thing after Another
A Cowfolks' Guide to Romance by Gladiola Montana and Texas Bix Bender.

Attention without intention is flirtation.
To bring somebody into your life, take a step into theirs.
The ranch is work from sun to sun, but loves work is never done.
If your mind's set to ride a buckin' bronc, you'd better be prepared for the bruises.
When you fall into somebody's arms, you're fallin' into their hands as well.
A heart that ain't been broke thinks it's okay to go round breakin' others.
There's no cure for lovesickness, and nobody really wants one.

A man can build a house but it takes a woman to make it a home.

If you wanta stay single look for a perfect mate.
It may be more romantic to be the first love, but it's better to be the last.
When a woman makes up her mind you can always be sure she's gonna do exactly what she says—or not.
Women flirt to be appreciated; men mean it.

A woman wanted by men but disliked by women is nothin' but trouble.

The only time a woman can change a man is when he's a baby.

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight it out.

When you're pickin' flowers everybody gets along. When it's time to muck the stalls is when you find out how true your love is.

Stolen kisses require an accomplice.

When you can't keep anything from 'em, you love 'em.

Big problems will pull you together. It's the little things that tear you apart.

Your turn! Share some of the advice friends or family have given you on personal relationships and marriage—was it good advice or poppycock?

Marin Thomas
The Bull Rider's Secret July 2011
A Rodeo Man's Promise (Dec 2011)
Arizona Cowboy (Feb 2012)


linda s said...

Too funny pictures. Loved the blog. I have to go looking for classic books like this one. I didn't pay much heed to advice while I was growing up. It was a middle child thing.
Bullrider's Secret should be here thsi week.

Pamela Stone said...

Love it. My grandmother always told me that when I'm choosing a mate I should always look at his father, or mother if you are choosing a wife.

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Linda
I'm a middle child, too :-) Thanks for piking up a copy of The Bull Rider's Secret, I hope you like it!

Pamela, I got that same advice, too! My father in law passed away over ten years ago but even now I can see characteristics in my husband that he'd possessed--all good things :-)

Linda Warren said...


My mom gave me similar advice. When I got engaged, she said make sure you want to look at that face across the breakfast table for the rest of your life.

This isn't advice, but a phrase I heard recently here in Texas. Hitched but not churched. It means a couple is living together, but not married. LOL


Sara said...

Fun advice and fun photos...