Some books are just relaxing to read and that’s the case with Living a Country Year: Wit and Wisdom from the Good Old Days by Jerry Apps. The book is 12 chapters longs — one for each month of the year.
Each chapter begins with a interesting, and usually refreshing, story from Apps’ childhood days as the son of a Wisconsin farmer. He reminisces about the family pony, ice fishing, polio, and the two-week long ‘potato vacation’ he received each fall from school. The chapters also include a couple pages of quotes, snippets and vignettes one might find inside an Old Farmer’s Almanac — and a country recipe.
At just over 200 pages, it’s a perfect weekend read — especially as the colder weather triggers memories of those good old days.
Rated: 5 out of 5. I intentionally chose to not disclose much about the contents of the book because I did not want to spoil the reader’s first experience with the text. But some of the old quotes are priceless. Here is one:
No work is so important as to prevent a day’s fishing through the ice.