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July 16, 2019
The Old Mesquite Tree from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last week, I was out checking figs . . another story . . and as I walked by the mesquite tree, I thought that limb has never been that low before! I know I walked under it just a couple of days before but it was now almost to the ground. I looked at it...

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July 14, 2019
The End of the Week from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This has been a weird week. Almost every night I go out hunting scorpions. I had hardly seen any . . one or two a week until this week. I killed 38 scorpions, all outside, in one week. We killed . . Vince did it . . a snake in the chicken coop. I got...

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July 13, 2019
Last Night’s Sunset from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I love being able to sit in my chair, knit and see way off in the distance. I looked up and saw the sunset, grabbed my phone and went out to get pictures. This one is looking west. You can see an edge of the roof there. This one was looking a little northwest. You...

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July 12, 2019
Electric Bill from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You don’t have to tell me . . I know I’ve been a crybaby on the blog today. I don’t want to hear bad words! I don’t want to move! OK . . I’m fine . . I’m over it. I really do feel hopeful about getting a little house in MO. After seeing those...

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Snake in the Coop from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Don’t worry – there are no pictures! You’re welcome! This evening I went out to check for eggs. It wasn’t nearly dark but the sun was low. When it’s this hot, I check for eggs four or five times a day. When I looked down in one of the egg boxes, it looked like a...

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July 11, 2019
Building vs. Buying from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

A friend left a comment wondering why we don’t build instead of buy. I figured others might be wondering the same thing so I’ll share our feelings here. First, in all seriousness, I’m not sure our marriage could survive a building project and we have a pretty strong marriage. For Vince, it’s the dollar that...

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July 9, 2019
Rainbow from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Our weather forecast had predicted a chance of rain for yesterday in the late afternoon. Fairly early in the morning, Vince said “I think I hear thunder!” He checked the forecast and it was still saying rain late afternoon, which didn’t happen, but we kept hearing thunder. I left about 9:30 to head to town...

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House Pricing from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The market in AR where we’re looking is crazy. Houses often sell the first day they’re listed. They seem to sell within a few days or sit for years. Trying to find a house in this type of market, from almost 700 miles away . . not easy. Here’s the pricing on a house I...

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July 5, 2019
House Search Update from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Probably one of the worst jobs in the world would be to be our realtor. We finally have one that we can work with. We like her and she’s funny and . . she’s on the ball! The other day, she sent us an email and this is the first part of it. Vince told...

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July 1, 2019
Weather from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday morning, I was up about 5 and could hear thunder in the distance. We didn’t get rain and we are getting pretty desperate for rain. I had been sitting and knitting with Boots yesterday afternoon and I thought I heard thunder again. I walked out and this is what I saw: From the windows...

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June 27, 2019
Keeping the Chickens Cool from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It’s officially HOT in our part of the country. You may remember that last summer was one of the hottest . . probably THE hottest, in the 7 summers we had been here. The summer we moved here, we had 100 days in a row over 100 degrees. Last summer, we didn’t have over 100...

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June 25, 2019
The Cost of Pets from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

If it were up to me, I’d have more pets than we currently have. I’d at least have a dachshund but having pets is so expensive. It’s anywhere from $100 to $150 per month for Rita’s visits to the vet to have her eye pressure checked. We don’t travel much and most of the time,...

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An Evening Video from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night Vince I went out to see the clouds Vince wanted me to see. Any time he calls me out, I grab my phone because I know there’s something interesting to see. While out looking at the clouds, I realized the cicadas were singing . . that’s not the term I would use for...

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Clouds from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince had gone out with Rita and called me to come see the clouds. I guess these are mammatus clouds. I read online that these sometimes are an indication severe weather may be on the way. There is some threatening weather in the area. So far, we just have a lot of lightning and thunder...

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June 23, 2019
House With a View from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

We still don’t know what we’re doing . . staying in Texas or going somewhere else. I know . . we’re crazy. Every single morning while on our trip to Arkansas, we would go out and look at houses. Every single evening we would come home and say “I think staying in Texas is a...

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June 17, 2019
Weather from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Our weather radio isn’t working. I’m not sure if it’s unplugged or the batteries are dead. We’ve talked about it several times . . like 5 or 6 times this spring when the weather has gotten bad, but we haven’t bothered to look at it to see why it isn’t working. Last night, it was...

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June 16, 2019
Spraying for Bugs from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

How exciting! Spraying for bugs!

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June 14, 2019
Peacocks and Guineas from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

My husband is as fickle as I am! We had just about decided it was time to leave Texas. We’ve looked at houses online for hours on end . . really, days on end. Now, we’ve about talked ourselves into staying. For years, I begged for guinea fowl. Vince said NO. He thought I was...

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June 9, 2019
The Blooming Artichokes from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I had to share another picture of the blooming artichokes. They are so gorgeous. The sun was hitting them just right. The one below is with me blocking the sun, creating a shadow. They are so pretty!

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June 6, 2019
Elderberries from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The elderberries are blooming! It’s been barely over a year ago since we planted them and we got a few berries this past year but I’m betting we get lots of berries this year. The blooms are so pretty and there are so many of them. The bushes have put out runners and are everywhere....

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