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January 14, 2021
Corning, California from Cat Patches

It was a much better day of driving yesterday, and we reached our stopping point earlier in the day. It turned out to be a good thing because after we were all set up, we realized there was a problem with our electrical connection. It kept popping a "ground fault," and we ended up moving to a different spot. 

Backing up to the beginning of the day, it was very nice to see the sun after so much rain the day before. We got kind of turned around leaving the campground. It seemed as if we were heading north. Somehow ...

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Corning, California from ... Cat Patches

It was a much better day of driving yesterday, and we reached our stopping point earlier in the day. It turned out to be a good thing because after we were all set up, we realized there was a problem with our electrical connection. It kept popping a "ground fault," and we ended up moving to a different spot. 

Backing up to the beginning of the day, it was very nice to see the sun after so much rain the day before. We got kind of turned around leaving the campground. It seemed as if we were heading north. Somehow ...

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January 13, 2021
Rainbirds 2021: Day One from Cat Patches

Good morning my friends. We find ourselves at the Valley of the Rogue State Park this morning, just north of Medford, Oregon. It was after dark by the time we arrived at our destination, and so I'm recycling this picture from our last stay here...because there must be pictures.

It was intended to be a short day of driving, and it might have been except for the terrible weather we had all day. We unhappily shared this river of rain with our neighbor to the north in Seattle. It rained hard almost nonstop all the way. And let ...

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Rainbirds 2021: Day One from ... Cat Patches

Good morning my friends. We find ourselves at the Valley of the Rogue State Park this morning, just north of Medford, Oregon. It was after dark by the time we arrived at our destination, and so I'm recycling this picture from our last stay here...because there must be pictures.

It was intended to be a short day of driving, and it might have been except for the terrible weather we had all day. We unhappily shared this river of rain with our neighbor to the north in Seattle. It rained hard almost nonstop all the way. And let ...

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January 9, 2021
Signing Off for a Few from Cat Patches

Okay, well I almost signed off yesterday, but you know how yappy I am, and I just knew something exciting would happen and I'd have to tell y'all about it. And then I'd say something like, "really, now I'm really signing off." And then something else happens, and I have to use more "reallys" in my sentences, and it really just gets to be too much to keep track of. (Speaking to myself: Did I use one "really" in that last post, or two? Or was it three?) And you know I'm too old for ...

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Signing Off for a Few from ... Cat Patches

Okay, well I almost signed off yesterday, but you know how yappy I am, and I just knew something exciting would happen and I'd have to tell y'all about it. And then I'd say something like, "really, now I'm really signing off." And then something else happens, and I have to use more "reallys" in my sentences, and it really just gets to be too much to keep track of. (Speaking to myself: Did I use one "really" in that last post, or two? Or was it three?) And you know I'm too old for ...

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January 8, 2021
OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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January 6, 2021
All Together Now from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post is late. I'll just say I've been watching the news with rapt fascination at what's happening in our nation's capital this morning. I was a teenager in the 60's during protests of the Vietnam war, but I've never seen anything to equal what we're witnessing today. That's all I'm going to say about it because politics is not what we're about here. Still, these are historic times. It makes me wish I could be alive 50 years from now to read what will be written about ...

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All Together Now from Cat Patches

This morning's post is late. I'll just say I've been watching the news with rapt fascination at what's happening in our nation's capital this morning. I was a teenager in the 60's during protests of the Vietnam war, but I've never seen anything to equal what we're witnessing today. That's all I'm going to say about it because politics is not what we're about here. Still, these are historic times. It makes me wish I could be alive 50 years from now to read what will be written about ...

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Flimsy in the Making from ... Cat Patches

It's been a lazy morning here at the Three Cats Ranch. I was up early, but then ended up napping on the couch for a while. The couch is the only place in the house where I can lie on my side comfortably. I can lie on my left side, using the back of the couch as a backstop to lean against, and then I can rest my broken arm in the "crevice" formed between my body and the couch. It feels luxurious when one's positions of comfort are limited. 

So I'm late with my blog post ...

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Flimsy in the Making from Cat Patches

It's been a lazy morning here at the Three Cats Ranch. I was up early, but then ended up napping on the couch for a while. The couch is the only place in the house where I can lie on my side comfortably. I can lie on my left side, using the back of the couch as a backstop to lean against, and then I can rest my broken arm in the "crevice" formed between my body and the couch. It feels luxurious when one's positions of comfort are limited. 

So I'm late with my blog post ...

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January 4, 2021
Let Sleeping Cats Lie from Cat Patches

The past couple of weeks have been exhausting for kitties. Smitty spent most of his day yesterday in his clubhouse. Sadie was on duty as the medicinal cat/pain management kitty. As you can see, she's completely worn out from all the extra work she's taken on.


It was a pretty decent day of weather yesterday, and so when she was rested up enough, she went outside to rustle up a mouse for Smitty. She catches 'em. He eats 'em. They should probably go into business together. There are lots of small furry mammals running around the neighborhood ...

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Let Sleeping Cats Lie from ... Cat Patches

The past couple of weeks have been exhausting for kitties. Smitty spent most of his day yesterday in his clubhouse. Sadie was on duty as the medicinal cat/pain management kitty. As you can see, she's completely worn out from all the extra work she's taken on.


It was a pretty decent day of weather yesterday, and so when she was rested up enough, she went outside to rustle up a mouse for Smitty. She catches 'em. He eats 'em. They should probably go into business together. There are lots of small furry mammals running around the neighborhood ...

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January 3, 2021
Something New from Cat Patches

There was a time last night when I thought we might wash away. Oh my goodness...rain and wind, and what a storm! It made sleeping difficult. But here we are, still alive, and ready to start the first full week of the new year. Let's make it a good year, okay?

For starters, I made another pieced snowflake for the Snowflakes quilt.

The trimming was difficult. I have a new blade in my rotary cutter, but cutting through four layers where the seams come together was difficult. My arm was hurting after doing the trimming, and so I ...

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Something New from ... Cat Patches

There was a time last night when I thought we might wash away. Oh my goodness...rain and wind, and what a storm! It made sleeping difficult. But here we are, still alive, and ready to start the first full week of the new year. Let's make it a good year, okay?

For starters, I made another pieced snowflake for the Snowflakes quilt.

The trimming was difficult. I have a new blade in my rotary cutter, but cutting through four layers where the seams come together was difficult. My arm was hurting after doing the trimming, and so I ...

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January 2, 2021
All Ahead Slow from Cat Patches

Without intending to, I took the day off from machine stitching yesterday. It occurs to me that it’s probably just as well to alternate ways to make my arm hurt these days. I was no worse for wear after spending most of Thursday at the sewing machine. I was careful and took breaks throughout the day. Still, when slow stitching beckoned yesterday. I didn’t resist the call. 

The fifth of nine platter/plate blocks for Pieces of the Past is finished now. I'll never be able to look at this block without remembering I stitched nearly the ...

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All Ahead Slow from ... Cat Patches

Without intending to, I took the day off from machine stitching yesterday. It occurs to me that it’s probably just as well to alternate ways to make my arm hurt these days. I was no worse for wear after spending most of Thursday at the sewing machine. I was careful and took breaks throughout the day. Still, when slow stitching beckoned yesterday. I didn’t resist the call. 

The fifth of nine platter/plate blocks for Pieces of the Past is finished now. I'll never be able to look at this block without remembering I stitched nearly the ...

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January 1, 2021
Some Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve celebration at the Three Cats Ranch. We did what we do even when neither of us has a broken arm...went to bed early and slept through any fireworks. Speaking of going to bed, I slept in the bed for the second time since this all happened. Oh yes, and let’s mark this dubious distinction of the 4-week anniversary of my accident. I’m doing better than I thought I would be at this point...less pain, sleeping in a bed (twice!), and back to sewing with a few limitations ...

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Some Sewing from Cat Patches

It was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve celebration at the Three Cats Ranch. We did what we do even when neither of us has a broken arm...went to bed early and slept through any fireworks. Speaking of going to bed, I slept in the bed for the second time since this all happened. Oh yes, and let’s mark this dubious distinction of the 4-week anniversary of my accident. I’m doing better than I thought I would be at this point...less pain, sleeping in a bed (twice!), and back to sewing with a few limitations ...

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