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September 14, 2020
Improvement from Cat Patches

Well, things are looking up here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. The latest report from the firefighters noted that the fire was 75% contained. When I checked the page listing power outages last night, I was surprised to find our outage was no longer listed. Hm. Then about five minutes later, an email arrived from one of our closest neighbors noting they had power. This morning, another neighbor reported the same thing. So, that was very encouraging news. We won't know about our house until we check for ourselves, but I would be surprised if our power is ...

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Improvement from ... Cat Patches

Well, things are looking up here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. The latest report from the firefighters noted that the fire was 75% contained. When I checked the page listing power outages last night, I was surprised to find our outage was no longer listed. Hm. Then about five minutes later, an email arrived from one of our closest neighbors noting they had power. This morning, another neighbor reported the same thing. So, that was very encouraging news. We won't know about our house until we check for ourselves, but I would be surprised if our power is ...

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September 4, 2020
Cat Calamity from ... Cat Patches

Well, I hardly know where to start on today's post. So much has happened, it's hard to know whether to start with the good news or the bad news. But since some of you have expressed your concern about Sadie's ears, I guess I'll start there and put an end to the wondering. 

Now here's something: if you're wondering how two people catch a tiny, but very strong, little tortie and load her into a cat carrier, I offer up this image as a warning:


What you see there is the salt and pepper ...

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Cat Calamity from Cat Patches

Well, I hardly know where to start on today's post. So much has happened, it's hard to know whether to start with the good news or the bad news. But since some of you have expressed your concern about Sadie's ears, I guess I'll start there and put an end to the wondering. 

Now here's something: if you're wondering how two people catch a tiny, but very strong, little tortie and load her into a cat carrier, I offer up this image as a warning:


What you see there is the salt and pepper ...

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August 29, 2020
Produce Production from Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as planned yesterday, but it was so nice to take another day off from canning. As I mentioned, Mike and I made a trip into town. We first stopped off at Working Hands Farm to pick up 40 pounds of tomatoes. They grow the most beautiful tomatoes. Here's one box of 20 pounds. And there's another just like it.


Also, I've harvested about two dozen from our own plants. Our own plants are producing fast and furious now.


The tomatoes are going to get turned into pasta sauce and salsa, and ...

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Produce Production from ... Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as planned yesterday, but it was so nice to take another day off from canning. As I mentioned, Mike and I made a trip into town. We first stopped off at Working Hands Farm to pick up 40 pounds of tomatoes. They grow the most beautiful tomatoes. Here's one box of 20 pounds. And there's another just like it.


Also, I've harvested about two dozen from our own plants. Our own plants are producing fast and furious now.


The tomatoes are going to get turned into pasta sauce and salsa, and ...

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August 20, 2020
A Dozen Chickens from Cat Patches

 Yesterday's grocery shopping trip was quick. Our list was short, and we were home by around 10:15 a.m., which left me lots of time to finish up my quilting for the day. I even did some housework. (Polishes fingernails on shirt.) Time was short because Mike and I still needed to drive into downtown Portland. 

So, I finished up the last of the chicken blocks. Yesterday's addition to the buffet:

Fried Chicken. This one took forever. I was about one-quarter of the way through it when I realized the quilt corner was folded under, and I ...

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A Dozen Chickens from ... Cat Patches

 Yesterday's grocery shopping trip was quick. Our list was short, and we were home by around 10:15 a.m., which left me lots of time to finish up my quilting for the day. I even did some housework. (Polishes fingernails on shirt.) Time was short because Mike and I still needed to drive into downtown Portland. 

So, I finished up the last of the chicken blocks. Yesterday's addition to the buffet:

Fried Chicken. This one took forever. I was about one-quarter of the way through it when I realized the quilt corner was folded under, and I ...

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August 16, 2020
Hot Harvest from ... Cat Patches

We had very warm weather yesterday. Toward the end of the afternoon, the temperature outside was 98°F., which is very hot for our hill. I can only imagine how people in the valley were suffering. We're expecting more hot weather today, but this morning's sunrise was beautiful. I can't recall seeing raking light from the clouds like this before.


While I was out, I walked all the way around the house, passing by Smitty along the way. He loves the warm weather and spends most of his time out on the catio.


Also, I passed by ...

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Hot Harvest from Cat Patches

We had very warm weather yesterday. Toward the end of the afternoon, the temperature outside was 98°F., which is very hot for our hill. I can only imagine how people in the valley were suffering. We're expecting more hot weather today, but this morning's sunrise was beautiful. I can't recall seeing raking light from the clouds like this before.


While I was out, I walked all the way around the house, passing by Smitty along the way. He loves the warm weather and spends most of his time out on the catio.


Also, I passed by ...

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July 25, 2020
Finally Finished on all Fronts from Cat Patches

It was a day for finishing things up. As everyone knows though, nothing is ever really finished. One thing finishes, and another opportunity presents itself. I spent the day on just two things. First, I finished with the last of the cherries. Since beginning, I've picked, pitted, and processed 30 pounds of cherries. I wasn't counting on my neighbor coming through with the pie cherries, and so I ended up processing 10 more pounds than I thought I would in the beginning. When she offered up her cherries, my first thought was to say no. Ours were ready ...

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Finally Finished on all Fronts from ... Cat Patches

It was a day for finishing things up. As everyone knows though, nothing is ever really finished. One thing finishes, and another opportunity presents itself. I spent the day on just two things. First, I finished with the last of the cherries. Since beginning, I've picked, pitted, and processed 30 pounds of cherries. I wasn't counting on my neighbor coming through with the pie cherries, and so I ended up processing 10 more pounds than I thought I would in the beginning. When she offered up her cherries, my first thought was to say no. Ours were ready ...

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July 23, 2020
The Trouble with Kitties from ... Cat Patches

After my morning session of slow-stitching, it was time to gird up my loins to pick yet more cherries. The kitties were supposed to help with this, but what do you suppose they did? Well, Smitty spent all his time feasting on the long blades of grass. He likes the fat, juicy blades best.



He wanted me to remind you that we live in a legal state, so it's all good. Sadie went off to find fame and fortune in the mouse market. 


We picked 8-1/2 pounds of cherries, although I needed 10 pounds. We were kind of ...

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The Trouble with Kitties from Cat Patches

After my morning session of slow-stitching, it was time to gird up my loins to pick yet more cherries. The kitties were supposed to help with this, but what do you suppose they did? Well, Smitty spent all his time feasting on the long blades of grass. He likes the fat, juicy blades best.



He wanted me to remind you that we live in a legal state, so it's all good. Sadie went off to find fame and fortune in the mouse market. 


We picked 8-1/2 pounds of cherries, although I needed 10 pounds. We were kind of ...

read more
July 20, 2020
Canning Season 2020 Begins from Cat Patches


It was a busy day yesterday. Surprisingly, there was still time for sewing. Taking first position on the to-do list for the day was to start working with the cherries. Yesterday's goal was to can some cherries in syrup. I used most of the cherries we'd picked the day before to process eight pints. These are good over ice cream, or else in my recently-rediscovered recipe for skillet cherry cobbler.


It was late in the day by the time I made my way into the sewing room. My current mission is to sew "And On that Farm" into ...

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Canning Season 2020 Begins from ... Cat Patches


It was a busy day yesterday. Surprisingly, there was still time for sewing. Taking first position on the to-do list for the day was to start working with the cherries. Yesterday's goal was to can some cherries in syrup. I used most of the cherries we'd picked the day before to process eight pints. These are good over ice cream, or else in my recently-rediscovered recipe for skillet cherry cobbler.


It was late in the day by the time I made my way into the sewing room. My current mission is to sew "And On that Farm" into ...

read more
July 10, 2020
Getting Ready to Get Ready from ... Cat Patches

Before any packing can occur, two things must happen: grocery shopping and laundry. That's how yesterday was spent. Have you ever noticed, though, that laundry is a great household chore? Now that we have these fangled things called "washing machines" (I'd call them "newfangled," except they aren't new), you can wash clothes and sew at the same time! I'm so glad I was born after the era of washboards and pounding the clothes on rocks by the river. Who's with me?


So anyway...food is bought and put away. Clothes are washed. Today, I really ...

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Getting Ready to Get Ready from Cat Patches

Before any packing can occur, two things must happen: grocery shopping and laundry. That's how yesterday was spent. Have you ever noticed, though, that laundry is a great household chore? Now that we have these fangled things called "washing machines" (I'd call them "newfangled," except they aren't new), you can wash clothes and sew at the same time! I'm so glad I was born after the era of washboards and pounding the clothes on rocks by the river. Who's with me?


So anyway...food is bought and put away. Clothes are washed. Today, I really ...

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July 2, 2020
Looking at Luna from Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as I thought it would yesterday. I've been on the hunt for some new slippers since discovering the sole coming loose on the right toe of mine. It's only a matter of time before I fall flat on my face and knock out my front teeth. We looked while we were grocery shopping on Tuesday, but found pretty slim pickings at our local megamart. Mike was on his way out yesterday morning when I decided to go with him.


You might remember the fancy pet door he created for the catio window ...

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Looking at Luna from ... Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as I thought it would yesterday. I've been on the hunt for some new slippers since discovering the sole coming loose on the right toe of mine. It's only a matter of time before I fall flat on my face and knock out my front teeth. We looked while we were grocery shopping on Tuesday, but found pretty slim pickings at our local megamart. Mike was on his way out yesterday morning when I decided to go with him.


You might remember the fancy pet door he created for the catio window ...

read more