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November 24, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving! from Cat Patches


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! It's my favorite holiday of the year. I was able to get quite a bit of our dinner done yesterday. Today there will be more, beginning with stuffing the turkey. And, yes, I know there are naysayers out there who will tell you not to stuff your turkey, but we do it anyway. We just check the temperature when everything is done to make sure it is hot enough to be safe. 

But let's back up to yesterday, shall we? Mike and I are endeavoring to get more movement in our lives. To that end ...

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Happy Thanksgiving! from ... Cat Patches


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! It's my favorite holiday of the year. I was able to get quite a bit of our dinner done yesterday. Today there will be more, beginning with stuffing the turkey. And, yes, I know there are naysayers out there who will tell you not to stuff your turkey, but we do it anyway. We just check the temperature when everything is done to make sure it is hot enough to be safe. 

But let's back up to yesterday, shall we? Mike and I are endeavoring to get more movement in our lives. To that end ...

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November 21, 2022
Something Old, Something New from Cat Patches

The wind died down yesterday. We've had a bitterly cold east wind blowing for about a week, and so it was nice to be out without getting blown away. The kitties went with me to fill the bird feeders. (The kitties are especially fond of this task.) Smitty was excited to have a human outside with him. Humans are a rare breed this time of year.


Sadie brought her shadow self to the party.


Most of the leaves are gone from our trees now, but a few are still present. This Japanese maple is at the front of the ...

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Something Old, Something New from ... Cat Patches

The wind died down yesterday. We've had a bitterly cold east wind blowing for about a week, and so it was nice to be out without getting blown away. The kitties went with me to fill the bird feeders. (The kitties are especially fond of this task.) Smitty was excited to have a human outside with him. Humans are a rare breed this time of year.


Sadie brought her shadow self to the party.


Most of the leaves are gone from our trees now, but a few are still present. This Japanese maple is at the front of the ...

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October 18, 2022
Pasco, Washington from ... Cat Patches

We're just about five hours from home this morning. It will be good to be off the road. Yesterday's drive was rather dull with mile after mile of freeway, road construction, and tree-lined roads. We didn't even see very many barns. I was able to capture a few trees with their red leaves.

Here are some more. For the most part, the roads were lined on both sides with evergreens.


We crossed over the Clark Fork River at least a dozen times or more. It's clearly a winding river. I liked the places where the railroad ...

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Pasco, Washington from Cat Patches

We're just about five hours from home this morning. It will be good to be off the road. Yesterday's drive was rather dull with mile after mile of freeway, road construction, and tree-lined roads. We didn't even see very many barns. I was able to capture a few trees with their red leaves.

Here are some more. For the most part, the roads were lined on both sides with evergreens.


We crossed over the Clark Fork River at least a dozen times or more. It's clearly a winding river. I liked the places where the railroad ...

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October 16, 2022
Missoula, Montana from Cat Patches

It was another long day of driving yesterday. We're nearly all the way across the state of Montana now. Happily, we've given ourselves a day of rest before embarking on the last two days of our journey toward home. 

Of course, we couldn't leave yesterday morning until Smitty had finished yet another photo shoot for the upcoming issue of Cosmeowpolitan magazine. When you're the sexiest cat alive, the pawpawrazzi won't give you a minute's peace. Here, he was doing his final "cheesecake" shot.


While he was busy with the photographers, I finished another section ...

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Missoula, Montana from ... Cat Patches

It was another long day of driving yesterday. We're nearly all the way across the state of Montana now. Happily, we've given ourselves a day of rest before embarking on the last two days of our journey toward home. 

Of course, we couldn't leave yesterday morning until Smitty had finished yet another photo shoot for the upcoming issue of Cosmeowpolitan magazine. When you're the sexiest cat alive, the pawpawrazzi won't give you a minute's peace. Here, he was doing his final "cheesecake" shot.


While he was busy with the photographers, I finished another section ...

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October 13, 2022
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway from ... Cat Patches

The day started out rainy and gray, but turned into a nice afternoon. We were undecided whether to take the scenic drive, and when the weather improved, we decided to head out. The morning was relaxing. I spent some time on my slow-stitching.


When I stitched that far, I decided to move my hoop. I'm having trouble with the Sticky Fabri-Solvy on this particular piece. Sometimes it doesn't stick very well, and it wants to curl up and stick to itself. I moved the hoop to capture the corner, so that it stays down until I can finish ...

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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway from Cat Patches

The day started out rainy and gray, but turned into a nice afternoon. We were undecided whether to take the scenic drive, and when the weather improved, we decided to head out. The morning was relaxing. I spent some time on my slow-stitching.


When I stitched that far, I decided to move my hoop. I'm having trouble with the Sticky Fabri-Solvy on this particular piece. Sometimes it doesn't stick very well, and it wants to curl up and stick to itself. I moved the hoop to capture the corner, so that it stays down until I can finish ...

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October 12, 2022
Spearfish, South Dakota from Cat Patches

Welcome to South Dakota! We've reached our final planned sight-seeing destination. From here, we'll be high-tailing it toward home...not for a couple of days, though. There's still a little bit of work to do before we can wrap up our "Great Lakes 2022" trip. (That's the label I gave it in my photo folder.) 

We spent a leisurely morning before leaving Chadron State Park. Smitty got out for a final walk and one last snack of Negrasska.

When he was safely back inside, Mike and I went out for a walk. It had clouded over ...

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Spearfish, South Dakota from ... Cat Patches

Welcome to South Dakota! We've reached our final planned sight-seeing destination. From here, we'll be high-tailing it toward home...not for a couple of days, though. There's still a little bit of work to do before we can wrap up our "Great Lakes 2022" trip. (That's the label I gave it in my photo folder.) 

We spent a leisurely morning before leaving Chadron State Park. Smitty got out for a final walk and one last snack of Negrasska.

When he was safely back inside, Mike and I went out for a walk. It had clouded over ...

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October 10, 2022
Chadron, Nebraska from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We've moved on to northwest Nebraska now, and we're camped in a nice site at Chadron State Park. 


We were surprised to find ourselves in an ADA Accessible site when we arrived. Certainly I didn't intend to do that when I made the reservation back in May. It's a big wide concrete pad. Looking at it, it appears brand new...as if it has never been used! And that made me suspicious. So I checked the park's website, where there is a picture of the site. Sure enough...the picture on ...

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Chadron, Nebraska from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We've moved on to northwest Nebraska now, and we're camped in a nice site at Chadron State Park. 


We were surprised to find ourselves in an ADA Accessible site when we arrived. Certainly I didn't intend to do that when I made the reservation back in May. It's a big wide concrete pad. Looking at it, it appears brand new...as if it has never been used! And that made me suspicious. So I checked the park's website, where there is a picture of the site. Sure enough...the picture on ...

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October 9, 2022
North Platte, Nebraska from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We beat feet out of Beatrice yesterday morning in order to make the 250-mile drive to North Platte, Nebraska. Our mission was to see the Bailey Yard, and it was to close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. No problem, we thought. We could wait and see it Sunday morning. Well, no, actually. It doesn't open until noon on Sundays, and we need to be on our way sooner than that. We had just one night here in North Platte. So, we left plenty early and drove safely. 

Of course, we started seeing barns ...

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North Platte, Nebraska from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We beat feet out of Beatrice yesterday morning in order to make the 250-mile drive to North Platte, Nebraska. Our mission was to see the Bailey Yard, and it was to close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. No problem, we thought. We could wait and see it Sunday morning. Well, no, actually. It doesn't open until noon on Sundays, and we need to be on our way sooner than that. We had just one night here in North Platte. So, we left plenty early and drove safely. 

Of course, we started seeing barns ...

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October 4, 2022
Omaha, Nebraska from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're another state closer to home as I write this. We drove from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River on yesterday's trek. 


It was one of the longer days of driving, made longer when we were nearing our destination and found the interstate closed in the direction we wanted to go. No problem. We went north to turn around and head south on the road we wanted, but found that access closed off too. It meant driving farther north, just to come farther south. The only good thing about this story is that ...

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Omaha, Nebraska from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're another state closer to home as I write this. We drove from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River on yesterday's trek. 


It was one of the longer days of driving, made longer when we were nearing our destination and found the interstate closed in the direction we wanted to go. No problem. We went north to turn around and head south on the road we wanted, but found that access closed off too. It meant driving farther north, just to come farther south. The only good thing about this story is that ...

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October 2, 2022
Dubuque, Iowa from Cat Patches

We passed into Iowa yesterday afternoon, and we find ourselves in the Mississippi River port city of Dubuque. I don't think either of us has ever been to Dubuque before, although I used to have family in Des Moines. I'm also aware of having extended family in the state, although I'd be hard pressed to tell you where they live...Ames, I think. The Wise family...maybe you know them.


We're in a very pretty place here. There was a pretty sunrise to start off my day. This is how it looks when the sun rises ...

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Dubuque, Iowa from ... Cat Patches

We passed into Iowa yesterday afternoon, and we find ourselves in the Mississippi River port city of Dubuque. I don't think either of us has ever been to Dubuque before, although I used to have family in Des Moines. I'm also aware of having extended family in the state, although I'd be hard pressed to tell you where they live...Ames, I think. The Wise family...maybe you know them.


We're in a very pretty place here. There was a pretty sunrise to start off my day. This is how it looks when the sun rises ...

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