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July 5, 2022
The Not So Brave Little Dachshund from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Oscar is so strong . . in body and in spirit. He’s like a little tank and when he decides he’s going to do something . . chances are, he is going to somehow do it. I find it so weird that he has such a strong “can do” attitude, is so bull headed but...

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July 4, 2022
Happy Fourth! from Cat Patches

It's looking like a pretty day for our Fourth of July. Happy Fourth! to my American friends. We have nothing planned at this end. In previous years, we've gone down to the east bank of the Willamette River to watch fireworks over the river. Here's a photo from a previous show:


Erik brings his barbecue and everyone contributes a dish:


And we always eat pretty well at those celebrations. Here's a plate from a few years back.

But those are just some memories of holidays gone by. COVID put the kibosh on those plans for the ...

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Happy Fourth! from ... Cat Patches

It's looking like a pretty day for our Fourth of July. Happy Fourth! to my American friends. We have nothing planned at this end. In previous years, we've gone down to the east bank of the Willamette River to watch fireworks over the river. Here's a photo from a previous show:


Erik brings his barbecue and everyone contributes a dish:


And we always eat pretty well at those celebrations. Here's a plate from a few years back.

But those are just some memories of holidays gone by. COVID put the kibosh on those plans for the ...

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Rita’s Leash from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night Oscar was being so calm and there were more fireworks than there had been the night before and he was in a panic then. At one point, I asked Vince if he could see Oscar. He had been so quiet, I wanted to be sure he hadn’t gone upstairs and gotten into something....

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July 2, 2022
The Guilty Look from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night it sounded like Oscar was chewing on his bed. This is the new bed we gave him a couple of weeks ago. He did chew a bit on one corner and I sprayed it with Bitter Apple Spray and he hasn’t chewed on it since that night. Last night, it sounded like he...

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July 1, 2022
One Heck of a Handful! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I know there are calm dachshunds but we surely didn’t get one. Oscar is the most fun dog I’ve ever had but he zaps my energy. Nothing with him is easy. We go out to walk and he wants to go 90 mph. That’s way past my walking speed! I keep the leash very short...

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June 29, 2022
New Dresses for My Girls from Needle and Foot

We just had three days of summery weather! When it hit 90 degrees, Ray and I once again felt sure we have made the right decision in moving up here! Neither of us like hot weather and love the cooler weather we have in Washington. We are back to cool temps and a breeze today. Perfect!

In between working on quilts that need to be finished, I have been making two dresses for the girls. Before leaving California, my friend Stephanie was clearing out some fabrics she didn’t think she would use. Stephanie is a generous soul and she ...

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Basting day.......... from Exuberant Color


I finished this quilt top at the end of December 2020 and I'm finally getting around to basting and quilting it.  It is about half basted at this point.










My niece is in town for a few days so she came over for a visit and brought me a bouquet from a bridal shower on Sunday.

We masked up so we could have a long visit while she chose some quilts for some of my great-nieces and a great-nephew.  I also gave her a quilt I had used on my guest bed.


These are the quilts that left my ...

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June 28, 2022
Unburdened from Cat Patches

Yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet to finish everything about the great closet-cleaning-out extravaganza we've been engaged in since discovering our plumbing leak back in April. And don't think for one minute that we would have been motivated to do any of this were it not for the plumbing leak. We've been accumulating stuff for decades, despite our insistence that we were going to get on the cleaning-out bandwagon. As it turns out, disasters are good motivators.

So there were more boxes to take to Goodwill, and then we drove across town to take my ...

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Unburdened from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet to finish everything about the great closet-cleaning-out extravaganza we've been engaged in since discovering our plumbing leak back in April. And don't think for one minute that we would have been motivated to do any of this were it not for the plumbing leak. We've been accumulating stuff for decades, despite our insistence that we were going to get on the cleaning-out bandwagon. As it turns out, disasters are good motivators.

So there were more boxes to take to Goodwill, and then we drove across town to take my ...

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June 27, 2022
Dearest Donations from Cat Patches

It was a hot day yesterday. It reached 93°F here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're generally around ten degrees cooler than in the valley, and so you know it was even hotter in the lowlands. We're expecting a little cooler weather today and through the remainder of the week. The kitties spent most of their day cooling their tummy furs on the concrete in the shade of the house.


And this naughty little girl...we had trouble getting her in the house last night. Her curfew has been moved back to earlier in the afternoon now ...

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Dearest Donations from ... Cat Patches

It was a hot day yesterday. It reached 93°F here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're generally around ten degrees cooler than in the valley, and so you know it was even hotter in the lowlands. We're expecting a little cooler weather today and through the remainder of the week. The kitties spent most of their day cooling their tummy furs on the concrete in the shade of the house.


And this naughty little girl...we had trouble getting her in the house last night. Her curfew has been moved back to earlier in the afternoon now ...

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June 22, 2022
The Perfect Little Dachshund (NOT) from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night I was not going to give Oscar another bed. I figured he could spend a couple of days on the hard floor and he would appreciate a comfy bed. At night, he’s in the crate and he has a sheet in there. Vince put the new bed in the area with Oscar and...

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June 21, 2022
Family Photo Dump from Jo's Country Junction

It was a busy, fun, weekend again.  I love summer when schedules aren’t so restricting and we can do things a little more impromptu.

My original intention was to go to my great nephew’s graduation but then didn’t because Kelli didn’t have anyone to watch the kids. Kelli and Kalissa were both supposed to work overnight on Friday night.  So I said I would watch the kids on Saturday.  Then Buck and Karl said they’d come home too so everyone landed here.  At one point Karl and I snuck away long enough to fix the ...

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Oscar’s New Harness from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I think Oscar may be a bit . . crazy or hyperactive or both. It’s hard to find a harness that fits a dachshund. Years ago, a friend, Vicky, gave me one that didn’t fit her dachshund and it fit Speck perfectly. At some point, we got a harness for him from Dachshund Delights. Their...

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June 20, 2022
Let’s Play Ball! from Jo's Country Junction

My June has been filled with ball games.  Carver ended up playing a year earlier than he typically would.  Our town team didn’t have enough boys so they invited the boys who were going to be entering Kindergarten to play.  Typically you have to have completed Kindergarten in order to play.

Surprisingly, Carver has taken to ball and really loves it.  We can see improvement in every single game.

We have a mixed group of boys that play together.  I think they range in age from 4th graders to Carver’s age.  Sadly, even with Carver playing, we still ...

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Last Day of Spring from ... Cat Patches

Summer starts tomorrow. We, here in Oregon, can only hope it's going to replace this terribly wet spring we've had. We're expecting temperatures into the low 90's for next weekend. I sure hope so. When Mike and I looked at the forecast last night, we both said in unison, "We might have to water!" As if that would be so unusual. It would be. 

The kitties started their day yesterday with a four ear salute to all the cat dads for Father's Day.


While they napped, I filled in the first hoop on Calendula Patterdrip ...

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Last Day of Spring from Cat Patches

Summer starts tomorrow. We, here in Oregon, can only hope it's going to replace this terribly wet spring we've had. We're expecting temperatures into the low 90's for next weekend. I sure hope so. When Mike and I looked at the forecast last night, we both said in unison, "We might have to water!" As if that would be so unusual. It would be. 

The kitties started their day yesterday with a four ear salute to all the cat dads for Father's Day.


While they napped, I filled in the first hoop on Calendula Patterdrip ...

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Housework and Hand-Stitching from ... Cat Patches

My title pretty much describes my day. It was another rainy day, but things are looking good for the coming week. It looks like Summer will come on time, even if Spring has been AWOL. Rainy days are good days to sit by the window and sew, and that's exactly what I did. The washing machine was doing all the work while I was finishing off my quilt. 

There was a little sunshine in the morning, and so I took a walk around to check on the peonies. I didn't notice much change, except that one flower was ...

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Housework and Hand-Stitching from Cat Patches

My title pretty much describes my day. It was another rainy day, but things are looking good for the coming week. It looks like Summer will come on time, even if Spring has been AWOL. Rainy days are good days to sit by the window and sew, and that's exactly what I did. The washing machine was doing all the work while I was finishing off my quilt. 

There was a little sunshine in the morning, and so I took a walk around to check on the peonies. I didn't notice much change, except that one flower was ...

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