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October 15, 2018
The House I Saw Yesterday from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

So disappointing! Not sure if I was disappointed because it’s my only hope of finding something while I’m here or so disappointed just to see the price on something that needs that much updating. To each his own, I guess. The house has been for sale since June, 2017. Vince kept saying “If it’s been...

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October 14, 2018
The New Mantle from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Someone Chad knows had a Kentucky Coffee tree that was down. Not sure if they cut it or how it ended up down but they knew Chad used wood asked Chad if he wanted it. As he began cutting it up, he and Nicole loved the grain and color so they decided to make a...

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Y’all Talked Me Into It! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

There’s this one little house right near Chad. It has a basement. It has a garage. I don’t think it has a fireplace . . wait . . I think it does! I kinda know the people . . not as in “know” them personally but someone in the family worked with Vince when we...

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October 12, 2018
One Possible House from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’m not going to share photos because it isn’t my house but I’m going to tell you about it. It’s funny because when we were looking at houses in late 2006, this house was on the market and it was the one I liked 2nd best. We bought the one I liked the best and...

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October 10, 2018
Making Ice Cream from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Remember my Cuisinart ice cream maker that my friend got me for my birthday? Mine is 1.5 quart. You can get 2 quart, and other sizes but the 1.5 quart makes enough for the four of us (Chad’s family and me) or it makes enough for Vince and I to have ice cream twice. I...

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The House Hunt from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’m having a hard time believing that Vince didn’t agree to buying a house in MO, knowing that by the time he got done telling me what he wants and doesn’t want, and the price he’s willing to pay .. he’s certain it will be impossible to find. There’s one here that’s kind of a...

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October 4, 2018
The Big Fig Tree from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Every year, our big fig tree stops producing figs around the first of August and takes a break, then by the first part of September, it’s covered in baby figs. They will get ripe before the first frost but after a frost, the leaves all turn brown and fall off and there are hundreds and...

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The Wood Pile from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince went out yesterday and cut some small trees for his mushrooms. I think he said these have to sit for about three weeks before he can put the mushroom plugs into them. I believe he also told me that for ever one inch in diameter, the log will produce mushrooms for that many years....

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October 3, 2018
The Mean Mama Hen from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Monday I noticed the mean mama hen had been off her nest most of the day so I went back to the house, got a bright flashlight and “candled” the eggs. Holding a bright light to the egg shell allows you to see if there’s anything in there. One egg had what looked like a...

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Growing Mushrooms in Logs from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Fort hose of you who have never seen mushroom growing in logs, here’s a site with a bit of info. It all seems very interesting. I so hope Vince is able to have a good mushroom experience.

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October 2, 2018
Nothing Goes To Waste from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Only half the pomegranates got juiced. I stopped so I could get a chicken smoked and get the dog food made. We have one tree that produces white pomegranates. The outsides are kinda pink, compared to the deep red of the other pomegranates but the arils are white. I think the white ones are much...

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September 30, 2018
Which Came First? from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Which came first? Breakfast or the eggs? Thursday we went to town and I took all the eggs I had to a friend, thinking the chickens would lay more because we hadn’t checked for eggs yet. There was a time when I was getting two dozen eggs per day. During the hottest part of the...

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September 25, 2018
So Many Mushrooms from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince has not started any of his mushrooms yet but it’s that time of year when, after a little rain, mushrooms have popped up everywhere. They’re non-edible but they are interesting. We have these almost every year but I love the purple mushrooms. These are interesting. There’s almost like a little spider web down in...

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September 19, 2018
A New Fridge from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Several years ago when I began doing some fermenting, we bought a new fridge . . a full size fridge/freezer to be the “fermenting fridge”. Last week, Vince suggested we get another new fridge. His argument was that his mushroom plugs and spores were coming and they need to stay in the fridge til planted....

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September 13, 2018
Giant Mushroom from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This may surprise some of you but Vince doesn’t talk much. Maybe it’s because I never stop talking but we can drive all the way to Abilene and except for him saying yes, no, I don’t know . . to things I ask him, he hardly talks. I really make an effort to not talk...

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September 7, 2018
In the Fig Tree from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday look who I found in the fig tree. He had to really look just to find a couple of ripe figs and those two may be the end of the figs for this year. This will give you some indication as to how big that tree is. He’s standing up and it towers over...

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A Very Grumpy Hen from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I have five broody hens and thankfully only one of them gets really angry and vocal when I try to check for eggs under her. I’ve given her 7 eggs to sit on. They’re marked so every day I check under her and take out the ones that aren’t marked. If I left her alone,...

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September 6, 2018
Loving The Rain from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

We are getting more rain. I think it started Monday evening and while it hasn’t rained non-stop, it’s rained a bit every day. I will probably never complain about rain again. After living here, even though I’ve been back and forth to the shop to unload and re-load the freeze dryer, and bring the food...

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September 5, 2018
A Bit of Rain from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

In the past few days, we’ve had about 1.5″ of rain and looks like we could get a bit more. The rosemary is loving the rain. My little tomatoes are happy too. The poor chickens had been just hanging out close to the coop and not wandering around but with the cooler temps and rain,...

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September 4, 2018
Texas is Cool! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This rarely happens. Last night I asked Vince if it was still supposed to storm during the night. I use a very loose interpretation of the word “storm”. Very light thunder way off in the distance is enough to send Rita over the edge and the whole house is up for two hours til she...

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