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October 17, 2017
Little Seedlings from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The little seedlings in the greenhouse are emerging from the soil. This long pot is full of cucumbers. These are salad makings. Tomatoes, lettuce, radicchio, and cabbage. The greens would grow in outside but unless I plant them in the garden, the rabbits will get them, so . . they’ll grow in the greenhouse and...

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October 12, 2017
Jujubes from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Our first little jujube tree is a work horse! It’s still producing. The little tree is now about 3 feet taller than I am. The two new trees we bought last year are also about that same height but they started off much taller. The first little tree was just a bare root starter and...

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October 11, 2017
Another Cat from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Just yesterday Vince came in ranting and raving about all the mice in the shop. He said “That darned, lazy, good for nothing Cat!” There may have been a few other words in there but you get his point. Cat is a lazy cat. Maybe she’s old . . it doesn’t matter. Not much I...

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A Glimpse of Fall from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Around here, we have very little leaf color. We go from dreadful heat to cool, with a few cold days during the middle of winter. I’m not a fan of summer. I know . . why am I living in Texas? What I told Vince from the day we got serious about our relationship was...

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October 9, 2017
Fall Planting from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This fall, there will be no big garden. That doesn’t mean we won’t have something growing.  This weekend I started tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cabbage, radishes and cucumbers. We won’t have a lot of veggies but we should be able to have decent salads. Yes, we can buy lettuce and the like in our grocery stores...

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A Night Bloomer from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Several years ago a friend of a friend gave her a plant. I forgot what she called it but the friend had divided her plant in half and gave my friend a big pot – half her plant. Then I was over my friend’s house watering her plants when they were gone and there was...

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October 7, 2017
They’re Everywhere! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Warning: There’s a “S” related photo below. Not a live (or dead) one but close! Late in the evenings, but before dark, but sometimes barely before dark, I’m out watering. Actually, I’m waiting for all the chickens to go in so I can close up the coops so while I’m waiting, I’m watering. I keep...

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True Colors in Photos from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

When photographing my knitting, I try to take as many photos outside as I can. The lighting in our house is very poor. In the houses where we’ve previously lived, I’ve never had so much trouble with lighting. We’ve changed the lights in two of the bedrooms and that hasn’t made a heck of a...

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October 4, 2017
Praying Mantis from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The praying mantis is such an interesting little creature. I used to find them every now and then at my grandma’s but we have a fairly good population of them around here. There seems to be an abundance of every kind of bug and critter around here but at least the praying mantis is a...

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The Mystery Tree from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I kept thinking about that tree in the little pot and I remembered that I had ordered seeds several years ago for some tree, had planted a few of them and could not remember the name of it. I cannot remember what I did 10 minutes ago but the word “olifera” popped into my head...

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September 30, 2017
A Huge Egg from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday when I was gathering eggs, I had to take a second look when I looked in and saw this egg. Not only is it huge but the surface is ruffly. I cannot imagine what it must have felt like to lay that egg. Truthfully, I have no idea how it feels to lay any...

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What Is This? from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Edit: I found out what it is. It’s called Earth Star Mushroom. If the link doesn’t work, google “earth star mushroom” and click on “images”. Some of them are gorgeous! I found it by googling “blooming mushroom central Texas”. I’ve never seen anything like it and yet some of what I read said they’re common....

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The New Rooster from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’ve never seen anything like this! I mentioned on here yesterday about the rooster I heard crowing. We got those chicks in the last half of April. The Marans were probably 6 weeks old when we got them so they’re now at least 6-1/2 months old. Some things I’ve read say they don’t start crowing...

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September 28, 2017
Farm Life from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This may be hard for some to read and I do apologize because not long ago, this would have been hard for me too but living this life, versus just reading about it changes my perspective.  Life on a farm definitely makes a city girl a bit tougher.  When Vince killed his first deer, a...

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Wet Hens from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Chickens aren’t known for being terribly brilliant but I don’t think they’re as dumb as most people think they are. They know if I walk out of the house with a bowl in my hand, chances are . . they’re going to get a treat and they will come running. They aren’t worried about Rita...

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September 27, 2017
Pesky Chicken from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

We have one little bantam hen. You probably remember and are probably tired of hearing the story but we started out with about 5 bantam chicks. When they were a couple of years old, a bunch of the mamas were sitting on eggs. Bantams LOVE to hatch babies. Dogs came through and killed almost all...

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September 9, 2017
Roadrunner from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Some years we don’t see any roadrunners and some years, they’re everywhere around here. This year, I think we’ve seen more than any other year we’ve been here. Vince had let Speck out and he called me to come see. A young roadrunner had flown down out of a nearby tree and was about 2...

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September 8, 2017
My Afternoon from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It must be old age . . little things seem to take forever and aggravate the heck out of me. Probably from about 2000 to 2014, we had Liberty Mutual Insurance for our houses and cars. They seemed reasonable and from time to time, we’d compare rates but they were always the lowest. There are...

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September 6, 2017
The Spring Garden from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Many of you were wondering about why I’m not planting a garden this spring. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a garden unless it was when we had just moved into a new home or were moving away in the summer. When we left Missouri, Vince left on May 1 and I...

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I Can Still Surprise Him from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

After all these years, I can still surprise Vince and I love it when he gets that look on his face . . like . . “who are you?” Last night we were watching a show on hemp. I understand that there are two sides to every story but that was quite an interesting story....

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