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December 5, 2022
Finished, but Not Finished from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It snowed most of the day yesterday. I spent some time with my slow-stitching in the morning, and then headed up to the quilting machine. When I sat down to commence quilting, this was the view out my window.


Ordinarily, I'd make myself start with the challenge piece...which is the most, um, challenging, and therefore the least desirable. Yesterday, I really wanted to finish the quilting on Trashy Triangles. I had first to make my way around the inner border. When I was this close to finishing, I ran out of bobbin thread. Of ...

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Finished, but Not Finished from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It snowed most of the day yesterday. I spent some time with my slow-stitching in the morning, and then headed up to the quilting machine. When I sat down to commence quilting, this was the view out my window.


Ordinarily, I'd make myself start with the challenge piece...which is the most, um, challenging, and therefore the least desirable. Yesterday, I really wanted to finish the quilting on Trashy Triangles. I had first to make my way around the inner border. When I was this close to finishing, I ran out of bobbin thread. Of ...

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December 4, 2022
The Day that Got Away from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's snowing lightly outside. We've had several days of snow over the past couple of weeks, but almost no accumulation. I think that might be coming to an end. There's a "winter weather advisory" for our area, and I have an idea the snow will stick this time. Fine with me. I have plenty of food and nowhere to go. Sounds like a sewing day.

Aside from slow stitching, there was no sewing yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I needed to make a run into town for some mushrooms. It ...

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The Day that Got Away from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's snowing lightly outside. We've had several days of snow over the past couple of weeks, but almost no accumulation. I think that might be coming to an end. There's a "winter weather advisory" for our area, and I have an idea the snow will stick this time. Fine with me. I have plenty of food and nowhere to go. Sounds like a sewing day.

Aside from slow stitching, there was no sewing yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I needed to make a run into town for some mushrooms. It ...

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Progress on Three Projects from Cat Patches

Good morning my friends. As I considered the title for this post, I thought I might be able to put my high school French classes to work and come up with a new word...something like "troisgress" or "troisjects." But, yeah. It doesn't really work. I give myself an "A" for effort though. 

It's a pretty morning here. I'm going to get out for a walk today. I'll head down to the lowlands where I'm unlikely to slip on ice. I need to head into town to get some mushrooms for tonight's dinner. With ...

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Progress on Three Projects from ... Cat Patches

Good morning my friends. As I considered the title for this post, I thought I might be able to put my high school French classes to work and come up with a new word...something like "troisgress" or "troisjects." But, yeah. It doesn't really work. I give myself an "A" for effort though. 

It's a pretty morning here. I'm going to get out for a walk today. I'll head down to the lowlands where I'm unlikely to slip on ice. I need to head into town to get some mushrooms for tonight's dinner. With ...

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December 2, 2022
Two Starts from Cat Patches

It was a slow morning yesterday. It seems they've all been slow this week. We're expecting the "baseboard guys" to come today, and so we'll need to speed things up a little or risk answering the door in our pajamas. There wasn't much on yesterday's agenda, and so I'm not at all sure what took me so long getting into the sewing room. If you read yesterday's post, then you know I admitted to dragging my feet about getting started on the newest challenge piece. The prompt this time is "Portrait." And I ...

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Two Starts from ... Cat Patches

It was a slow morning yesterday. It seems they've all been slow this week. We're expecting the "baseboard guys" to come today, and so we'll need to speed things up a little or risk answering the door in our pajamas. There wasn't much on yesterday's agenda, and so I'm not at all sure what took me so long getting into the sewing room. If you read yesterday's post, then you know I admitted to dragging my feet about getting started on the newest challenge piece. The prompt this time is "Portrait." And I ...

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Getting Started from Cat Patches

Happy December, my friends! Is it just me, or was November excruciatingly long? Maybe it was because we'd only just arrived home from a trip at the beginning of the month. Or maybe it was hassling with contractors that made the month seem so long. By the way, remember when I told you they would be here to finish the baseboards about two weeks ago? Would it surprise you to know the baseboard are still not finished? The story was that they hadn't come in at Lowe's. They even had someone at Lowe's call us to ...

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Getting Started from ... Cat Patches

Happy December, my friends! Is it just me, or was November excruciatingly long? Maybe it was because we'd only just arrived home from a trip at the beginning of the month. Or maybe it was hassling with contractors that made the month seem so long. By the way, remember when I told you they would be here to finish the baseboards about two weeks ago? Would it surprise you to know the baseboard are still not finished? The story was that they hadn't come in at Lowe's. They even had someone at Lowe's call us to ...

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November 30, 2022
Bits and Pieces from ... Cat Patches

The day was off-kilter yesterday. Our morning routines were shot when we had to round up Sadie and take her to the vet. (Sadie is doing fine, by the way. She did lose another tooth, however, poor little thing.) The only one who had a good morning was Smitty. He was just glad it wasn't him going to the vet.


I hadn't slept well the night before. When I returned home from the vet, Mike left to get a haircut, and I tried to nap then. No dice. And then, I tried napping again after lunch, and still ...

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Bits and Pieces from Cat Patches

The day was off-kilter yesterday. Our morning routines were shot when we had to round up Sadie and take her to the vet. (Sadie is doing fine, by the way. She did lose another tooth, however, poor little thing.) The only one who had a good morning was Smitty. He was just glad it wasn't him going to the vet.


I hadn't slept well the night before. When I returned home from the vet, Mike left to get a haircut, and I tried to nap then. No dice. And then, I tried napping again after lunch, and still ...

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November 29, 2022
First Snowfall from Cat Patches

It's a chilly morning here, my friends. We've had our first dusting of snow for the season...or maybe it's the second. The days become a blur sometimes. In any case, it snowed overnight, and snow is falling now.


The star magnolia is already putting out next year's buds, and I suppose it is used to our weather after more than 20 years growing in the same place.


It's a confusing morning for Smitty. First, there's the snow. A cat has to stay right next to the house to avoid sitting in this cold ...

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First Snowfall from ... Cat Patches

It's a chilly morning here, my friends. We've had our first dusting of snow for the season...or maybe it's the second. The days become a blur sometimes. In any case, it snowed overnight, and snow is falling now.


The star magnolia is already putting out next year's buds, and I suppose it is used to our weather after more than 20 years growing in the same place.


It's a confusing morning for Smitty. First, there's the snow. A cat has to stay right next to the house to avoid sitting in this cold ...

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November 28, 2022
Garden Fusion from Cat Patches

It's an unexpected sunny morning at the Three Cats Ranch. I'm writing fast, and then making breakfast fast, and then getting out for a walk...fast...because at this time of year, the only sure weather-related thing is that the weather will change. We're expecting rain and snow this week, and so this bit of blue sky and sunshine is unexpected. 

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in the sewing room. I was surprised to be able to get both Whimsical Garden quilt blocks ready for top-stitching. Smitty was disappointed to learn we wouldn't be doing much ...

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Garden Fusion from ... Cat Patches

It's an unexpected sunny morning at the Three Cats Ranch. I'm writing fast, and then making breakfast fast, and then getting out for a walk...fast...because at this time of year, the only sure weather-related thing is that the weather will change. We're expecting rain and snow this week, and so this bit of blue sky and sunshine is unexpected. 

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in the sewing room. I was surprised to be able to get both Whimsical Garden quilt blocks ready for top-stitching. Smitty was disappointed to learn we wouldn't be doing much ...

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November 27, 2022
Cutting Up from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's a wet Sunday here. We're expecting rain and some snow in the coming week. We may not see the sun again before April. Actually, it only feels that way sometimes. Ordinarily, we go south after Christmas, but we're staying home this year. We only just took a two-month trip this fall, and with fuel prices so high, it seems like a good winter to stay home. That's fine with me. I'm looking forward to lots and lots of sewing this winter.

There was yet another open slot on my list ...

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Cutting Up from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's a wet Sunday here. We're expecting rain and some snow in the coming week. We may not see the sun again before April. Actually, it only feels that way sometimes. Ordinarily, we go south after Christmas, but we're staying home this year. We only just took a two-month trip this fall, and with fuel prices so high, it seems like a good winter to stay home. That's fine with me. I'm looking forward to lots and lots of sewing this winter.

There was yet another open slot on my list ...

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November 26, 2022
Decking the Halls from Cat Patches

For whatever reason, I was tired yesterday. Yes, I'd been cooking for two days, but I can't recall feeling so worn out by it in the past. Maybe it's just age creeping up on me. Also, I haven't cooked the whole dinner in a couple of years, so see above about age creeping up on me. I had to make a short trip into town, but otherwise, I spent the day doing some slow stitching and just a little bit of sewing.

On the sewing front, I finished the third of five sections for the Purrfectly ...

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Decking the Halls from ... Cat Patches

For whatever reason, I was tired yesterday. Yes, I'd been cooking for two days, but I can't recall feeling so worn out by it in the past. Maybe it's just age creeping up on me. Also, I haven't cooked the whole dinner in a couple of years, so see above about age creeping up on me. I had to make a short trip into town, but otherwise, I spent the day doing some slow stitching and just a little bit of sewing.

On the sewing front, I finished the third of five sections for the Purrfectly ...

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