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August 24, 2022
Billings, Montana from Cat Patches

Good afternoon, my friends! We've been without internet for the past three days. Phew! It's good to be back in civilization. My pulse was getting weak and thready...and I know that's a bad thing because I saw it on TV. We have a lot of catching up to do, time-traveling-wise. We've been to two state parks and two quilt shops since last we talked. So, let's just back up to when we left...where were we? Let's see...oh, yes...Dillon, Montana. We haven't traveled far since then...less than 300 miles ...

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Billings, Montana from ... Cat Patches

Good afternoon, my friends! We've been without internet for the past three days. Phew! It's good to be back in civilization. My pulse was getting weak and thready...and I know that's a bad thing because I saw it on TV. We have a lot of catching up to do, time-traveling-wise. We've been to two state parks and two quilt shops since last we talked. So, let's just back up to when we left...where were we? Let's see...oh, yes...Dillon, Montana. We haven't traveled far since then...less than 300 miles ...

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August 21, 2022
A Day of Rest from ... Cat Patches

When I planned this trip, I put into action a vow I'd made on our previous sight-seeing trip. We need time to recuperate after days of driving and sight-seeing, and so I endeavored to schedule some down time at each stop. Yesterday was an unplanned day, aside from grocery shopping. I thought we might be visiting a quilt shop here in Dillon, but it turns out that both stores are permanently closed. We headed out early for our beloved Egg McMuffins. As it turns out, the McDonald's was in the same parking lot with the local Safeway store ...

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A Day of Rest from Cat Patches

When I planned this trip, I put into action a vow I'd made on our previous sight-seeing trip. We need time to recuperate after days of driving and sight-seeing, and so I endeavored to schedule some down time at each stop. Yesterday was an unplanned day, aside from grocery shopping. I thought we might be visiting a quilt shop here in Dillon, but it turns out that both stores are permanently closed. We headed out early for our beloved Egg McMuffins. As it turns out, the McDonald's was in the same parking lot with the local Safeway store ...

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August 11, 2022
Unfinished Business from ... Cat Patches

A few things have happened ahead of schedule, while some things are in wait-and-see mode. As for me, I'm trying to turn off the parts of my brain that have a lot of practice thinking up things to worry about. Toward the end of the day yesterday, I realized I hadn't taken a single picture of anything for today's post. That always prompts me to take a walk around the house, where there's always some good blog fodder.

Let's just start with the echinacea that are having their moment as stars of the garden. The ...

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Unfinished Business from Cat Patches

A few things have happened ahead of schedule, while some things are in wait-and-see mode. As for me, I'm trying to turn off the parts of my brain that have a lot of practice thinking up things to worry about. Toward the end of the day yesterday, I realized I hadn't taken a single picture of anything for today's post. That always prompts me to take a walk around the house, where there's always some good blog fodder.

Let's just start with the echinacea that are having their moment as stars of the garden. The ...

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August 10, 2022
A New Day from Cat Patches

Today I'm determined to turn the page on the basement problem and focus on our upcoming trip. Slowly, I've been able to turn my bad attitude around with some cutesy animal photos I found on Facebook. This one...

and later, this one.


Our contractor has promised us he'll send a crew tomorrow to move our furniture back into the house. Also, Erik and Matthew have stepped up and offered to help on Friday if our lying contractor is still lying. It could go either way, but I'm telling myself the contractor wouldn't lie to us ...

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A New Day from ... Cat Patches

Today I'm determined to turn the page on the basement problem and focus on our upcoming trip. Slowly, I've been able to turn my bad attitude around with some cutesy animal photos I found on Facebook. This one...

and later, this one.


Our contractor has promised us he'll send a crew tomorrow to move our furniture back into the house. Also, Erik and Matthew have stepped up and offered to help on Friday if our lying contractor is still lying. It could go either way, but I'm telling myself the contractor wouldn't lie to us ...

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August 1, 2022
"Animal Kingdom" Reveal: Fox Trot from Cat Patches

The prompt, "Animal Kingdom," was my submission. I wanted to make a quilt from this original photograph taken by my friend from high school, Carol Galloway. This is Carol's original photo. 


Before I go on, I should say that Carol and I have known one another since the late 60's. She and I sat beside one another in our school band. We both played clarinet. We lost track of one another for many years, but then caught up again on Facebook. As it turns out, Carol is a very talented wildlife photographer. I'd be happy to even ...

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"Animal Kingdom" Reveal: Fox Trot from ... Cat Patches

The prompt, "Animal Kingdom," was my submission. I wanted to make a quilt from this original photograph taken by my friend from high school, Carol Galloway. This is Carol's original photo. 


Before I go on, I should say that Carol and I have known one another since the late 60's. She and I sat beside one another in our school band. We both played clarinet. We lost track of one another for many years, but then caught up again on Facebook. As it turns out, Carol is a very talented wildlife photographer. I'd be happy to even ...

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July 29, 2022
Miracle at the Three Cats Ranch from ... Cat Patches

It was a cat-tastrophe of a day...if you're a cat. Their day started with them being hauled off to the vet for their immeownizations.


Smitty got his shots. Annoyingly, they told me Sadie was overdue for her annual physical, and they would not give her shots until she was up to date. In nearly 50 years of cat ownership, I've never heard of that before. (I really dislike our vet, but our choices are few unless we want to drive farther.) So all of that to say that we loaded up Sadie and traumatized our little scaredy ...

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Miracle at the Three Cats Ranch from Cat Patches

It was a cat-tastrophe of a day...if you're a cat. Their day started with them being hauled off to the vet for their immeownizations.


Smitty got his shots. Annoyingly, they told me Sadie was overdue for her annual physical, and they would not give her shots until she was up to date. In nearly 50 years of cat ownership, I've never heard of that before. (I really dislike our vet, but our choices are few unless we want to drive farther.) So all of that to say that we loaded up Sadie and traumatized our little scaredy ...

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June 9, 2022
A Walk on the Wild Side from ... Cat Patches

My first task of the day yesterday was to finish hand-stitching the binding for my challenge quilt. Here's how it looks from the back. I just bought that fabric when we were last down in Southern California. How did I know I would need it for this quilt? I must be clairvoyant!


And here's the last tease I'll give you before the reveal on August 1st. Feel free to put it out of your mind until then.


It was much too nice a day to spend inside doing my workout routine on a treadmill. I decided yesterday ...

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A Walk on the Wild Side from Cat Patches

My first task of the day yesterday was to finish hand-stitching the binding for my challenge quilt. Here's how it looks from the back. I just bought that fabric when we were last down in Southern California. How did I know I would need it for this quilt? I must be clairvoyant!


And here's the last tease I'll give you before the reveal on August 1st. Feel free to put it out of your mind until then.


It was much too nice a day to spend inside doing my workout routine on a treadmill. I decided yesterday ...

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June 8, 2022
Nearing a Finish from Cat Patches

Sadie had to give up her lap time this morning so that I could write this post. I hope y'all are appurreciative of her sacrifice.

The morning was pretty nice yesterday. Mike and I got out together and filled two buckets with weeds. It was nice to get that job done, and we had fun doing it together. Mainly, we joked about how hard it is to get up off the ground once seated there. We ended up scooching around the garden on our rear-ends to avoid having to stand up.

After lunch, it was time to get started ...

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Nearing a Finish from ... Cat Patches

Sadie had to give up her lap time this morning so that I could write this post. I hope y'all are appurreciative of her sacrifice.

The morning was pretty nice yesterday. Mike and I got out together and filled two buckets with weeds. It was nice to get that job done, and we had fun doing it together. Mainly, we joked about how hard it is to get up off the ground once seated there. We ended up scooching around the garden on our rear-ends to avoid having to stand up.

After lunch, it was time to get started ...

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June 7, 2022
Sunny Skies from Cat Patches

It's a pretty sunrise this morning. The Three Cats Ranch is above the clouds this morning. It always makes us feel pretty smug when the sun is shining here, and the valley is still enveloped in fog.


When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found Smitty snoozed out on Mike's lap. The cat knows how to get comfortable.


It was time for me to take the first stitches on the cat and cactus. I'm calling this piece Tucson Tabby since I picked up the free pattern at a quilt shop in Tucson. I spent ...

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Sunny Skies from ... Cat Patches

It's a pretty sunrise this morning. The Three Cats Ranch is above the clouds this morning. It always makes us feel pretty smug when the sun is shining here, and the valley is still enveloped in fog.


When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found Smitty snoozed out on Mike's lap. The cat knows how to get comfortable.


It was time for me to take the first stitches on the cat and cactus. I'm calling this piece Tucson Tabby since I picked up the free pattern at a quilt shop in Tucson. I spent ...

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June 6, 2022
A Day for Rainbows from Cat Patches

If I'd been paying attention, I might have seen a rainbow outside yesterday. It wasn't meant to be, though. I spent the day in the sewing room, working on rainbow projects in there. I'm happy to say June's contribution to my two rainbow projects is complete. My morning stitching effort was devoted to stitching June's Books and Roses block.


It was time to get dressed and start my day by then. When I came downstairs to get started on whatever was at the top of my list, I noticed the sun was shining. It actually ...

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A Day for Rainbows from ... Cat Patches

If I'd been paying attention, I might have seen a rainbow outside yesterday. It wasn't meant to be, though. I spent the day in the sewing room, working on rainbow projects in there. I'm happy to say June's contribution to my two rainbow projects is complete. My morning stitching effort was devoted to stitching June's Books and Roses block.


It was time to get dressed and start my day by then. When I came downstairs to get started on whatever was at the top of my list, I noticed the sun was shining. It actually ...

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