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July 3, 2022
Sew All Day Saturday from Cat Patches

It isn't true that I sewed all day. I did some other things in the morning, but when I moved into the sewing room to finish off the New Mexico Kitchen block, it only seemed as if I'd been sewing all day. There was a lot of machine top-stitching and hand sewing to do to finish it off. Even then, it still needed trimming and borders. By day's end, it was finished. And that is the last one.  

Now it will move to the list of quilt blocks that need to be sewn into finished quilt tops ...

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Sew All Day Saturday from ... Cat Patches

It isn't true that I sewed all day. I did some other things in the morning, but when I moved into the sewing room to finish off the New Mexico Kitchen block, it only seemed as if I'd been sewing all day. There was a lot of machine top-stitching and hand sewing to do to finish it off. Even then, it still needed trimming and borders. By day's end, it was finished. And that is the last one.  

Now it will move to the list of quilt blocks that need to be sewn into finished quilt tops ...

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July 1, 2022
Jumpin' Jehoshaphat: It's July! from Cat Patches

This year seems to be flying by, but then I suppose I say that every time the calendar flips to a new month. It was a busy day yesterday, and I don't have a lot to show for it. We had grocery shopping to do, and we ran some other errands. When we got back home, I had some things to do in the yard, including watering the flower pots. I didn't make it into the sewing room until nearly 3:00 p.m. Fortunately, I had plenty of assistance. Smitty helped me with thread choices.


Sadie set ...

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Jumpin' Jehoshaphat: It's July! from ... Cat Patches

This year seems to be flying by, but then I suppose I say that every time the calendar flips to a new month. It was a busy day yesterday, and I don't have a lot to show for it. We had grocery shopping to do, and we ran some other errands. When we got back home, I had some things to do in the yard, including watering the flower pots. I didn't make it into the sewing room until nearly 3:00 p.m. Fortunately, I had plenty of assistance. Smitty helped me with thread choices.


Sadie set ...

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June 30, 2022
Moving Slow from Cat Patches

If Tuesday was a lazy morning, Wednesday's could be described as slow. I managed to accomplish everything I wanted to yesterday, but I was moving through the day at a snail's pace. Sometimes I have to remind myself there's no time deadline for anything. Today I'll be dragging my feet again because it's a grocery shopping day. Also, I need to water the flower pots, and so it will be afternoon before I can get any sewing done.

On the slow-stitching front, I've nearly reached the top of Calendula Patterdrip's broom straws. Yesterday ...

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Moving Slow from ... Cat Patches

If Tuesday was a lazy morning, Wednesday's could be described as slow. I managed to accomplish everything I wanted to yesterday, but I was moving through the day at a snail's pace. Sometimes I have to remind myself there's no time deadline for anything. Today I'll be dragging my feet again because it's a grocery shopping day. Also, I need to water the flower pots, and so it will be afternoon before I can get any sewing done.

On the slow-stitching front, I've nearly reached the top of Calendula Patterdrip's broom straws. Yesterday ...

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June 29, 2022
Lazy Morning from Cat Patches

The sun was shining when I wrote yesterday's post. About the time I went downstairs, the clouds and gloom moved in. It's quite a change from the two previous warm days, but a break from the air-conditioner was nice. It made all of us super lazy. Even the kitties went back to bed for morning naps.


The cloud cover made the light so bright, Sadie had to cover her eyes.


When we all woke up and got going, the kitties and I took a walk around the yard. The sage plant has burst into flower. There's enough ...

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Lazy Morning from ... Cat Patches

The sun was shining when I wrote yesterday's post. About the time I went downstairs, the clouds and gloom moved in. It's quite a change from the two previous warm days, but a break from the air-conditioner was nice. It made all of us super lazy. Even the kitties went back to bed for morning naps.


The cloud cover made the light so bright, Sadie had to cover her eyes.


When we all woke up and got going, the kitties and I took a walk around the yard. The sage plant has burst into flower. There's enough ...

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June 28, 2022
Unburdened from Cat Patches

Yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet to finish everything about the great closet-cleaning-out extravaganza we've been engaged in since discovering our plumbing leak back in April. And don't think for one minute that we would have been motivated to do any of this were it not for the plumbing leak. We've been accumulating stuff for decades, despite our insistence that we were going to get on the cleaning-out bandwagon. As it turns out, disasters are good motivators.

So there were more boxes to take to Goodwill, and then we drove across town to take my ...

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Unburdened from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet to finish everything about the great closet-cleaning-out extravaganza we've been engaged in since discovering our plumbing leak back in April. And don't think for one minute that we would have been motivated to do any of this were it not for the plumbing leak. We've been accumulating stuff for decades, despite our insistence that we were going to get on the cleaning-out bandwagon. As it turns out, disasters are good motivators.

So there were more boxes to take to Goodwill, and then we drove across town to take my ...

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June 27, 2022
Dearest Donations from Cat Patches

It was a hot day yesterday. It reached 93°F here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're generally around ten degrees cooler than in the valley, and so you know it was even hotter in the lowlands. We're expecting a little cooler weather today and through the remainder of the week. The kitties spent most of their day cooling their tummy furs on the concrete in the shade of the house.


And this naughty little girl...we had trouble getting her in the house last night. Her curfew has been moved back to earlier in the afternoon now ...

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Dearest Donations from ... Cat Patches

It was a hot day yesterday. It reached 93°F here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're generally around ten degrees cooler than in the valley, and so you know it was even hotter in the lowlands. We're expecting a little cooler weather today and through the remainder of the week. The kitties spent most of their day cooling their tummy furs on the concrete in the shade of the house.


And this naughty little girl...we had trouble getting her in the house last night. Her curfew has been moved back to earlier in the afternoon now ...

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June 26, 2022
Summery Saturday from Cat Patches

The weather is heating up at the Three Cats Ranch. I believe yesterday might have been the warmest day of the year so far, and today will be even warmer. A year ago, we were trapped under a heat dome, and the days were *very* warm...record-setting heat. Just yesterday, I read in our local newspaper that nothing like that is anticipated for this string of warm days. After so much rain, we're reluctant to complain about the sunshine.

Sadie knows what to do. She hides out under the dwarf Japanese maple tree outside our living room windows. We ...

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Summery Saturday from ... Cat Patches

The weather is heating up at the Three Cats Ranch. I believe yesterday might have been the warmest day of the year so far, and today will be even warmer. A year ago, we were trapped under a heat dome, and the days were *very* warm...record-setting heat. Just yesterday, I read in our local newspaper that nothing like that is anticipated for this string of warm days. After so much rain, we're reluctant to complain about the sunshine.

Sadie knows what to do. She hides out under the dwarf Japanese maple tree outside our living room windows. We ...

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June 25, 2022
Another Run-Around Day from Cat Patches

Yesterday morning brought high hopes I'd have another quilt ready for binding, but it didn't work out that way. We ended up running all over town again. I had a letter to mail...my contribution to the embroidery quilt collaboration. Also, it was the last weekend of the month, which meant a product I use daily was half price. I always take advantage of that sale. And as long as we were out, I suggested to Mike that we pick out carpet for the downstairs. And, of course, a trip like that generally de-evolves into running every possible ...

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Another Run-Around Day from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday morning brought high hopes I'd have another quilt ready for binding, but it didn't work out that way. We ended up running all over town again. I had a letter to mail...my contribution to the embroidery quilt collaboration. Also, it was the last weekend of the month, which meant a product I use daily was half price. I always take advantage of that sale. And as long as we were out, I suggested to Mike that we pick out carpet for the downstairs. And, of course, a trip like that generally de-evolves into running every possible ...

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June 23, 2022
Seen On My Walk from ... Cat Patches

We are so happy for some lasting sunshine! The Garden Treasures peony opened in celebration yesterday.


You can see it on the far left in the image below, but I wanted to show you the whole peony bed, which is heavy with big pompom flowers now. Too bad Rosy Prospects, second from the right, can't get with the program. I'm feeling more optimistic about it this year though. Several of its buds have opened with at least some flower petals. It has earned itself at least a year's reprieve after being sentenced to the burn pile.


On ...

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Seen On My Walk from Cat Patches

We are so happy for some lasting sunshine! The Garden Treasures peony opened in celebration yesterday.


You can see it on the far left in the image below, but I wanted to show you the whole peony bed, which is heavy with big pompom flowers now. Too bad Rosy Prospects, second from the right, can't get with the program. I'm feeling more optimistic about it this year though. Several of its buds have opened with at least some flower petals. It has earned itself at least a year's reprieve after being sentenced to the burn pile.


On ...

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June 22, 2022
Top Down Day from Cat Patches

It was such a beautiful day for our first day of summer, and we're expecting nice weather for at least the next week. I have salads and sandwiches planned for our dinners over the next several days. We have eating-out-on-the-patio days to make up for after such a wet, cold, and dark spring...or what purported to be spring. We're still thinking spring passed us by this year.

I was settling in for a day of quilting when Mike suggested we have lunch in town. Really, he just wanted to drive his Corvette with the top down...something ...

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Top Down Day from ... Cat Patches

It was such a beautiful day for our first day of summer, and we're expecting nice weather for at least the next week. I have salads and sandwiches planned for our dinners over the next several days. We have eating-out-on-the-patio days to make up for after such a wet, cold, and dark spring...or what purported to be spring. We're still thinking spring passed us by this year.

I was settling in for a day of quilting when Mike suggested we have lunch in town. Really, he just wanted to drive his Corvette with the top down...something ...

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