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February 13, 2018
National Ranching Heritage Museum from ... Cat Patches

When we first learned of the existence of the National Ranching Heritage Museum, it seemed moderately interesting. For sure it was something to do. Admission is free, so what the heck?


Lubbock wasn't one of the places we'd yearned to see in our decades of dreaming about this trip. We only ended up here to make some repairs to the RV. When that happened sooner than we expected, we were already signed up for several days at the RV park. The museum was simply a way to pass the time. As it turns out, it was an unexpected ...

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National Ranching Heritage Museum from Cat Patches

When we first learned of the existence of the National Ranching Heritage Museum, it seemed moderately interesting. For sure it was something to do. Admission is free, so what the heck?


Lubbock wasn't one of the places we'd yearned to see in our decades of dreaming about this trip. We only ended up here to make some repairs to the RV. When that happened sooner than we expected, we were already signed up for several days at the RV park. The museum was simply a way to pass the time. As it turns out, it was an unexpected ...

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February 6, 2018
Fredericksburg, TX from ... Cat Patches

Our drive from Austin to Fredericksburg was just over an hour. Along the way we saw a lot of ranches. As we got closer to Fredericksburg, we started seeing vineyards and wineries. The terrain changed from mostly flat to hilly, and we realized we'd driven into Texas "hill country."

We passed by the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park as well as the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. These aren't the kinds of things that interest us, in general, but we may go back and see them if we have time. There wasn't much to see along the ...

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Fredericksburg, TX from Cat Patches

Our drive from Austin to Fredericksburg was just over an hour. Along the way we saw a lot of ranches. As we got closer to Fredericksburg, we started seeing vineyards and wineries. The terrain changed from mostly flat to hilly, and we realized we'd driven into Texas "hill country."

We passed by the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park as well as the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. These aren't the kinds of things that interest us, in general, but we may go back and see them if we have time. There wasn't much to see along the ...

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January 31, 2018
Cook's Choice from Cat Patches

Did you ever buy hot lunch at school? My mother hated making brown-bag lunches, and so I always had a hot lunch. I even had a little pouch for my lunch money known as a "money mouse." Just now I checked with my friend Google to see if a tutorial for a money mouse existed, and it does not. I guess the internet isn't the answer for all things, after all.

It's probably lost its functionality by now, but here's how the money mouse worked. It was made from three pieces of felt. Here's a very ...

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Cook's Choice from ... Cat Patches

Did you ever buy hot lunch at school? My mother hated making brown-bag lunches, and so I always had a hot lunch. I even had a little pouch for my lunch money known as a "money mouse." Just now I checked with my friend Google to see if a tutorial for a money mouse existed, and it does not. I guess the internet isn't the answer for all things, after all.

It's probably lost its functionality by now, but here's how the money mouse worked. It was made from three pieces of felt. Here's a very ...

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January 30, 2018
Exploring Palmetto Island and Environs from ... Cat Patches

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday. We took advantage of the weather and got out for some hiking and general exploration of the areas around the state park. When we left the kitties, they were in their morning nap modes. They were enjoying the sunshine too. Smitty had taken up residence on the back of one of the chairs.


Sadie was enjoying the sun shining in on their catio.


Our first stop was the Palmetto Nature Trail. It's a short trail winding through the park.


A portion of the trail was boardwalk.


As it turns out, Palmetto Island ...

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Exploring Palmetto Island and Environs from Cat Patches

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday. We took advantage of the weather and got out for some hiking and general exploration of the areas around the state park. When we left the kitties, they were in their morning nap modes. They were enjoying the sunshine too. Smitty had taken up residence on the back of one of the chairs.


Sadie was enjoying the sun shining in on their catio.


Our first stop was the Palmetto Nature Trail. It's a short trail winding through the park.


A portion of the trail was boardwalk.


As it turns out, Palmetto Island ...

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December 22, 2017
Pin It Weekly #226 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I haven't been posting as often as I'd like, but this upset in my already-crazy life has left me rather crumpled. We're all beginning to put things right in the sense that we're finding our places in this new order. More on our recovery from the fire at our son's home later. Let's enjoy a few pins and forget my insane world.


mixed media on found paperRecuerdos del alma. Bringing together media.

I've been especially interested in mixed media work lately. I think it may have to do with some of my "playing" in recent months. There are elements in these that are ...

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November 18, 2017
Cades Cove from ... Cat Patches

We had another beautiful day of weather yesterday. We were both out without jackets for the first time in quite a while. It was a long drive from the east side of the park to the west side, and then another long drive south to Cades Cove. We hadn't been on the road for very long when we noticed dozens of cars pulled off on both sides of the road and people running in all directions...in both lanes of traffic, on the narrow park road. It appeared to be either mass hysteria or mass suicidality. This can ever ...

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Cades Cove from Cat Patches

We had another beautiful day of weather yesterday. We were both out without jackets for the first time in quite a while. It was a long drive from the east side of the park to the west side, and then another long drive south to Cades Cove. We hadn't been on the road for very long when we noticed dozens of cars pulled off on both sides of the road and people running in all directions...in both lanes of traffic, on the narrow park road. It appeared to be either mass hysteria or mass suicidality. This can ever ...

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November 15, 2017
Blue Ridge Parkway from ... Cat Patches

Hey there! Surprisingly, I'm back! We've been on the road for a couple of days, and last night, we left the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of a nearby KOA. The KOA was supposed to be open until the 15th, but it was closed for the season when we arrived. No problem. I checked one of my apps and found a nearby RV park in Hillsville, Virginia, that claimed to be open all year. It was about ten miles down the road, and we found the gates closed when we arrived, along with a sign instructing us to ...

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Blue Ridge Parkway from Cat Patches

Hey there! Surprisingly, I'm back! We've been on the road for a couple of days, and last night, we left the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of a nearby KOA. The KOA was supposed to be open until the 15th, but it was closed for the season when we arrived. No problem. I checked one of my apps and found a nearby RV park in Hillsville, Virginia, that claimed to be open all year. It was about ten miles down the road, and we found the gates closed when we arrived, along with a sign instructing us to ...

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November 8, 2017
Shenandoah National Park: Day One from ... Cat Patches


That quote was on one of the signs we saw yesterday during our first day at the national park. We got very lucky with the weather. There was a small chance of rain, and a small bit of rain was what we got. Mainly, we were happy for a little bit of sunshine and no fog.

Before we left the RV, I finished off the last of Thelma. I think I may have set a new personal land-based speed record on her...six days from start to finish.


Since I had the iron out, I got the next (and last ...

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Shenandoah National Park: Day One from Cat Patches


That quote was on one of the signs we saw yesterday during our first day at the national park. We got very lucky with the weather. There was a small chance of rain, and a small bit of rain was what we got. Mainly, we were happy for a little bit of sunshine and no fog.

Before we left the RV, I finished off the last of Thelma. I think I may have set a new personal land-based speed record on her...six days from start to finish.


Since I had the iron out, I got the next (and last ...

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November 6, 2017
Luray, Virginia from ... Cat Patches

If you thought you were going to get a break from me, then you thought wrong. Here I am...still in Internet Land...still yammering away with my tippy-typing. Geez. I'm here in Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray, Virginia. And if you think I'm kidding with that name, don't. There's an actual statue of Yogi Bear at the entrance to the park. If I'd been thinking, I'd have taken a picture...and I will, just to prove a point. But that will have to wait until later today. So here's ...

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Luray, Virginia from Cat Patches

If you thought you were going to get a break from me, then you thought wrong. Here I am...still in Internet Land...still yammering away with my tippy-typing. Geez. I'm here in Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray, Virginia. And if you think I'm kidding with that name, don't. There's an actual statue of Yogi Bear at the entrance to the park. If I'd been thinking, I'd have taken a picture...and I will, just to prove a point. But that will have to wait until later today. So here's ...

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November 4, 2017
Westover and Berkeley Plantations from ... Cat Patches

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, and we took a drive along Plantation Road to visit Westover. Plantation Road was about 30 minutes from the RV park, and it was a pretty drive.


Along the way we saw signs directing us to about half a dozen different plantations. From my review of the associated websites, I knew that some of them are still private residences, owned by the original families, and that only some were open to the public. At Westover, we were on the honor system as to our $5 admission fee, and we strolled the grounds on ...

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Westover and Berkeley Plantations from Cat Patches

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, and we took a drive along Plantation Road to visit Westover. Plantation Road was about 30 minutes from the RV park, and it was a pretty drive.


Along the way we saw signs directing us to about half a dozen different plantations. From my review of the associated websites, I knew that some of them are still private residences, owned by the original families, and that only some were open to the public. At Westover, we were on the honor system as to our $5 admission fee, and we strolled the grounds on ...

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October 24, 2017
A Day in Baltimore, Maryland from ... Cat Patches

Before I tell you about our day in Baltimore, I want to back up just a little and tell you something about the drive into College Park, Maryland, where we are staying for the next several days. As we were leaving French Creek State Park, I looked out the window of the truck and noticed that the leaves were just beginning to change in Pennsylvania. The weather was gorgeous while we were there...sunny and warm.


We passed a few barns along the way.


And it wasn't very long before we passed into Maryland. Sorry for the blur, Maryland ...

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