Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party 2015

I'm Patrica and this is where I share all the happenings on Dogwood Lane. That's PATRICA just one i. I know it's different but that's how it is and most of my friends are used to it by now. I'm retired now but most recently I managed the local newspaper. These days I happily pursue my passions of quilting, gardening, cooking, reading and dreaming. I'm learning about photography, volunteering with the Flying Doctors and keeping up with our far flung and growing family.The family keeps growing which keeps me and my husband Chris traveling up and down the state of California checking in with a college student grandson in the north, a new born granddaughter in the south and various other grands in between.

I do like to meet new people and it's always fun to find some new bloggers so I've joined the Grow Your Blog party hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full once again.

2 Bags Full 
I found out by joining the GYB festivities last year that this is the perfect opportunity to get to know each other better and find some new friends.

I'm coming up on my third blog anniversary in February and I'm so glad I decided to jump into this whole blogging thing after thinking about it for at least three years before taking the plunge. I've learned a lot since I started about writing, photography and computers and I've gotten to 'know' so many nice people in cyber space. I've even met a couple of my blog readers in person and that's been the nicest thing of all.



 I originally thought I would just be talking about quilting.



 But then we got a puppy and named her River.



I just had to share the antics of my rooster Silent Bob and his ladies.


River grew up and I wanted to chronicle the trials and triumphs of our puppy raising.


Then there's our attempts at organic vegetable gardening, still a work in progress.




 If you like to cook as much as I do you know how you love to trade recipes and show off your success and sometimes lament your failures. Yes, sometimes that recipe just does not turn out as expected.




Blogging  has turned out to be so much more than a quilt journal, it's a journal of my life and I'm happy to share what I learn with you. At the top of my page you'll see tabs to click where you can find recipes, my quilts and even some tutorials. Please come back again and stop a while on Dogwood Lane. Be sure to leave a comment and if you have a blog leave your address so that I can visit you too. 

Until next time,






51 comments:

  1. wandered in from the blog hop I think im staying!

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  2. I enjoyed pictures of the rooster and his ladies. And your garden. When we lived in Maine I did some gardening. There are so many farmers markets around me here in PA. I generally support them now. But sometimes it is nice to get in the dirt and watch your efforts blooms and bear fruit.

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    1. No farmer's markets here in fact not much goes on in our little piece of the country so I have to make my own fun. Hope to see you here again. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hello - so nice to meet you and visit your delightful blog - love reading about your puppy, gardening and chickens. I am a new follower.
    Have a lovely day,
    Blessings, Erin

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    1. Thanks for following Erin. I'm a transplanted So Cal girl myself so your beach garden speaks to me for sure. Family still has a place at Laguna which we have enjoyed now for more than 50 years. I look forward to further acquaintance.

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    1. Thanks Connie, isn't the GYB party fun? So nice to meet new folks.

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  5. I too always enjoy my visits to your blog and am glad we have become blogging friends. Have fun with the hop!

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    1. So glad we met last year and looking forward to making new friends.

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  6. I found you through GYB. Gorgeous pictures! We moved to the country 10 years ago and I quilt, can, and cook too. I am adding your blog to my blogroll, so I can see what you are up to. River is adorable!

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    1. Tanya, I have good friends who live in Boulder how far are you from there? Sounds like we love the same things so we should get along great! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. You certainly live in a little patch of paradise! I love your beautiful River too. Our dog is a lab/shepherd mix. She was rescued form a hoarder who severely neglected her. The German shepherd part of her is the gratitude, intelligence and protectiveness I see every single day.
    I'm a fellow GYB-er!

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    1. Now that my kids are grown my dogs fill the love gap. My constant companions. River never lets me get far from her sight, it's comical really. Hope to hear from you again and thanks so much for visiting.

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    1. I know, those ears just kill me too! Glad to meet you isn't the GYB party fun?

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  9. You are a lady after my own heart. River and Silent Bob are gorgeous. We had snow this morning so my girls stuck their head out of the coup and went right back in. I'm following you, I'm afraid I might miss somethin.

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    1. Oh Tonia I only wish we had snow or rain or something! This drought is a curse upon the land. The fruit trees are budding in January you know that it won't end well! Thanks for following see you again soon.

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  10. hi i am a quilter from Ga. Visiting from Viciki's blog and following you

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    1. Hi to you Barbara, my family origins are in the South, Maryland and Virginia. Bet we like a lot of the same good eats! Hope to see you again soon.

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  11. Been following your blog for a while. Always enjoy reading new post. I also live in California. I am an hour out of Bakersfield in the mountains. http://michelleslittlepieceofheaven.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hey Michelle, always nice to hear from you. I didn't realize that you were in Bakerfsield though. Isn't this weather crazy? It's about all we can think about.I think your frugal challenge is going great keep up the good work!

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  12. Hi Patricia, hope you are enjoying the hop, I know I am

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    1. HI Terry, isn't the GYB party interesting and fun? Glad to hear from you.

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  13. Hi, Patrica! I'm visiting from the GYB party and enjoyed reading about your blog. I'm a new follower. We have some of the same interests, hope you'll stop by my site. Have a great week!!

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    1. It's so much fun to connect with folks who have the same interests and perhaps get to learn new things and see new places. I look forward to learning more. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Just stopping by Patrica to say I'm so glad to have found your blog a few years ago as I enjoy reading all your informative and fun postings from Dogwood Lane!

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    1. Thanks so much Angie I feel the same. The sewing room reno continues but it's slow going I tell ya. I've had some health stuff get in the way this week and that's taking up my time, (groan).

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  15. I so enjoyed your fun post, and took a look at other posts you have created, too. I am really interested in your organic garden. It looks like something I would be very interested in. I think River is VERY photogenic. She is a really beautiful specimen, too. I really enjoyed visiting your blog. It was a genuine breath of fresh air.

    http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2015/01/grow-your-blog-blog-hop-event.html

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    1. The garden is dormant now but we persevere with our plans for the future. The growing season in the mountains is very short but I do my best. My son who lives down the road is a certified Master Organic Gardener and gives me lots of good tips. River is a rare blue mutation German Shepherd which accounts for her light eyes and grey color. Makes her un-show worthy and so perfect for us! Thanks for stopping and I hope to see you here again.

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  16. Hi Patrica, I'm visiting you from the GYB event and I like your blog and I joined your through google friend connect. I do hope that you will visit my blog because we have some of the same interests. I have a giveaway too that you might like.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. Hello Julie, nice to meet ya! The GYB party is the best way ever to find new folks and see new blogs. Thanks for stopping by and I'm hopping over.

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  17. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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    1. Happy to meet you Sue and I'm glad you found Dogwood Lane. I know what you mean about time to look around - so many great blog to visit. I'll be stopping by your too.

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  18. Hi Patrica, I'm already a follower and enjoy my visits with you so much! Have fun on the GYB hop!!

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    1. Hi back at ya Linda, thanks for being a follower it's great hearing from you. Hope you'll leave some comments again because I love the conversation with my readers.

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  19. Your blog looks like a fun place to visit. Looking forward to it.

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    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by. DO visit again as the winter gives way to sping things pick up around here for sure but there's always somethings going on.

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  20. Nice to meet you. I'm visiting via GYB from St. John's, NL Canada.

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    1. Wow, Glad you stopped by from the north country. Quite a contrast I'm sure from drought stricken California! I've always wanted to visit Canada - it's on my list - the list is l o n g . Hope to see you here again.

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  21. Hello, Patrica - glad to have met you via GYB. You must be in NoCal because it doesn't look like that anywhere near me in SoCal. Love your quilt you shared - what a cute quilt! Look forward to reading more of your blog. Do stop by for my GYB giveaway. I'm a new follower.

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    1. You're so right I am in NoCal close to Lake Tahoe but I am a SoCal transplant! Where in SoCal are you? Two of my kids still live down south, one in LA and one in San Diego. Thanks for following and I hope to become better acquainted.

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  22. River is so beautiful! We just last week welcomed a white German Shepherd (3 yr old rescue named Kumo) granddog. He lives with our son & d-i-l in BC so we won't see him until we fly out next fall. Can't wait!! Thank you so much for inviting us over to have a visit with you.

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    1. I know how hard it is to have kids who live far away - why can't those kids move closer?? Glad you found your way to Dogwood Lane hope I see you here again.

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  23. Visiting via the GYB party. Pleased to find your interesting blog, going to have a look around.

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    1. Hello Sheryl and welcome to Dogwood Lane Farm so happy you made your way here and hope to see you here again. The hens are always ready to entertain and of course River and Shadow love company!

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  24. Hi Patrica, I enjoyed getting a glimpse into your life! I'm wondering what yummy things are in your canning jars? This year I canned salsa, dilled green tomatoes and tomato sauce. Canning is a lot of work but come January I love opening those jars. Enjoy the blog party! Susan

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    1. Hi back at ya Susan, I can stuff from my garden mostly fruit and jams and jellies. Produce is frozen or dried. I make a ridiculous amount of applesauce in the Fall and we LOVE eating that all year long. I just hopped over to your place and love your stash busting red squares I think you should keep going.

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  25. Hi Patrica, such an interesting post! It is fun to have a lot of interests. River is so cute! I haven't yet done any canning, although I have had plans and equipment for years, LOL! Just another thing I want to explore in the coming years. Visiting from GYB, it is taking a while to see everyone.

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    1. Hello Carole, I've been a follower of yours on Bloglovin for a while and I'm glad to see you here at my place. This GYB party is such a help to connect with bloggers with like interests. I've been canning since I was youngster when I helped my Aunt Sissy in her farm kitchen. I don't so any pressure canning, too scary for me but I love to freeze and dry my produce from my garden. It's good to have things we want to do, stuff to try and ideas to keep us occupied don't you think?

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  26. I was just browsing through your blogging after coming here from the Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party and I came across this post. How I missed visiting your blog during the Grow Your Blog Event I'm not quite sure as I tried to visit everyone. But I'm sure glad I found you now. I'll be following you on bloglovin.

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