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October 11, 2019
Playing Catch-Up from ... Cat Patches

The morning was busy yesterday, and when I got home, I needed a nap. It often happens when I'm out running around. When I get home, I just want to lie on the couch and cover my head with a quilt. Sleep generally follows.

Breakfast with Erik and Mae was first on my list. It was a small celebration of his birthday on Wednesday. Along the way, I needed gasoline. After I left him, I stopped off at the liquor store...to be fair, it's something we needed before we left on our trip to Colorado. And after ...

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Playing Catch-Up from Cat Patches

The morning was busy yesterday, and when I got home, I needed a nap. It often happens when I'm out running around. When I get home, I just want to lie on the couch and cover my head with a quilt. Sleep generally follows.

Breakfast with Erik and Mae was first on my list. It was a small celebration of his birthday on Wednesday. Along the way, I needed gasoline. After I left him, I stopped off at the liquor store...to be fair, it's something we needed before we left on our trip to Colorado. And after ...

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October 7, 2019
A Kitchen Day from ... Cat Patches

It was overly optimistic to think anything was going to happen in the sewing room yesterday. I spent the day in the kitchen. That's not a complaint...I enjoy cooking, and everything ended up taking longer than I thought it would. Things might have happened faster had I not gotten it into my head that I needed to start the day with a canning project. On the other hand, I really wanted those CSA carrots out of my vegetable crisper, and so I went ahead with this Carrot Relish.


Really, I was looking for a new way to use ...

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A Kitchen Day from Cat Patches

It was overly optimistic to think anything was going to happen in the sewing room yesterday. I spent the day in the kitchen. That's not a complaint...I enjoy cooking, and everything ended up taking longer than I thought it would. Things might have happened faster had I not gotten it into my head that I needed to start the day with a canning project. On the other hand, I really wanted those CSA carrots out of my vegetable crisper, and so I went ahead with this Carrot Relish.


Really, I was looking for a new way to use ...

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October 6, 2019
Final Four from ... Cat Patches

It was another of those days where I was busy all day, but not in a way that encourages much picture-taking. My first task was to get cooking on the Spicy Plum Barbecue Sauce. This was made with the plums I picked from our tree. Before leaving home on our trip to Colorado, I picked and pitted the plums, and then froze them for future use. After thawing them in the refrigerator, they were added to the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and no one will be the wiser that the plums were first frozen.


It's really ...

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Final Four from Cat Patches

It was another of those days where I was busy all day, but not in a way that encourages much picture-taking. My first task was to get cooking on the Spicy Plum Barbecue Sauce. This was made with the plums I picked from our tree. Before leaving home on our trip to Colorado, I picked and pitted the plums, and then froze them for future use. After thawing them in the refrigerator, they were added to the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and no one will be the wiser that the plums were first frozen.


It's really ...

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October 5, 2019
Productively Unproductive from ... Cat Patches

For everything I did yesterday, I don't have a lot to show for it. Today will be much the same, I'm afraid. I had a nice breakfast with Sue. When Mike and I were adhering to the Cooking Light Diet, the diet introduced us to Avocado Toast. And now...it seems Avocado Toast is a dish of great popularity. One of the restaurants we frequent for breakfast is the nearby Biscuits. The last time I was at Biscuits, they had one menu choice of Avocado Toast. Now, they've expanded their menu to include four different variations on ...

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Productively Unproductive from Cat Patches

For everything I did yesterday, I don't have a lot to show for it. Today will be much the same, I'm afraid. I had a nice breakfast with Sue. When Mike and I were adhering to the Cooking Light Diet, the diet introduced us to Avocado Toast. And now...it seems Avocado Toast is a dish of great popularity. One of the restaurants we frequent for breakfast is the nearby Biscuits. The last time I was at Biscuits, they had one menu choice of Avocado Toast. Now, they've expanded their menu to include four different variations on ...

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October 2, 2019
Back to Basics from ... Cat Patches

It was an easy-going day yesterday. I had a few chores on my list, but mostly I relaxed and did what I wanted. First thing in the morning, I finished the first of three of the "I Believe in Snowmen" blocks. I told you these stitch up fast.


There are still two more to stitch before I move on to the next block for Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. Yesterday, I finished off the applique portion of Block 4, and now this one is ready for hand embroidery.


Finally, I gulped hard and started making the Dresden blades for the ...

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Back to Basics from Cat Patches

It was an easy-going day yesterday. I had a few chores on my list, but mostly I relaxed and did what I wanted. First thing in the morning, I finished the first of three of the "I Believe in Snowmen" blocks. I told you these stitch up fast.


There are still two more to stitch before I move on to the next block for Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. Yesterday, I finished off the applique portion of Block 4, and now this one is ready for hand embroidery.


Finally, I gulped hard and started making the Dresden blades for the ...

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August 28, 2019
Stars in my Eyes from ... Cat Patches

It took all day, but I managed to get my 16 stars for the Sundress quilt finished. Remember these?


They've been turned into these.


Also, while I was making these, I re-wrote the lyrics to that Johnny Cash song. See if this sounds familiar:

You sew sixteen stars, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the fab-er-ic store

It could be a hit, don't you think?

So, I tried at least three times to get the stars ...

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Stars in my Eyes from Cat Patches

It took all day, but I managed to get my 16 stars for the Sundress quilt finished. Remember these?


They've been turned into these.


Also, while I was making these, I re-wrote the lyrics to that Johnny Cash song. See if this sounds familiar:

You sew sixteen stars, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the fab-er-ic store

It could be a hit, don't you think?

So, I tried at least three times to get the stars ...

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August 19, 2019
Presently Processing Peaches from ... Cat Patches

Awesome Alliteration. It was a busy weekend for both of us. Aside from all the heavy lifting and shoveling dirt, the kitchen turned into a peach processing plant. (It's my day for awesome alliteration.) Yesterday's yield was 7 half-pints of Peach Chutney.


I can't remember where the peach chutney recipe came from, but this is the recipe I'm using:

Peach Chutney
Makes 7-8 half pints

Ingredients:

2 quarts sliced, peeled pitted peaches (about 10 large)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire ...

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Presently Processing Peaches from Cat Patches

Awesome Alliteration. It was a busy weekend for both of us. Aside from all the heavy lifting and shoveling dirt, the kitchen turned into a peach processing plant. (It's my day for awesome alliteration.) Yesterday's yield was 7 half-pints of Peach Chutney.


I can't remember where the peach chutney recipe came from, but this is the recipe I'm using:

Peach Chutney
Makes 7-8 half pints

Ingredients:

2 quarts sliced, peeled pitted peaches (about 10 large)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire ...

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August 18, 2019
Tired Feet from ... Cat Patches

It was a day spent on my feet yesterday. Sue and I were out early for our Friday morning walk. We walked out by my house this time, and we met up at a rental hall down in the valley. The Laurel Community Center, pictured below, was built in 1923. For a while, it was the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. The building has gone through many permutations in its life, but we just refer to it as the "Dance Studio." It's also earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.


We ...

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Tired Feet from Cat Patches

It was a day spent on my feet yesterday. Sue and I were out early for our Friday morning walk. We walked out by my house this time, and we met up at a rental hall down in the valley. The Laurel Community Center, pictured below, was built in 1923. For a while, it was the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. The building has gone through many permutations in its life, but we just refer to it as the "Dance Studio." It's also earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.


We ...

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August 8, 2019
A Big Finish from ... Cat Patches

It was after 2:00 p.m. when I was able to get back to my sewing yesterday. It will probably be something like that today. I don't have to head out quite as early, but early enough. After my eye appointment, I have a number of errands to run in town.

As for yesterday, I surprised myself by stitching the rest of the way around the Quiltemala quilt, and now that puppy is finished.


The pattern can be found in this book:


I've made several quilts from the same book, and there is another one sitting on ...

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A Big Finish from Cat Patches

It was after 2:00 p.m. when I was able to get back to my sewing yesterday. It will probably be something like that today. I don't have to head out quite as early, but early enough. After my eye appointment, I have a number of errands to run in town.

As for yesterday, I surprised myself by stitching the rest of the way around the Quiltemala quilt, and now that puppy is finished.


The pattern can be found in this book:


I've made several quilts from the same book, and there is another one sitting on ...

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August 5, 2019
Cat Days of Summer from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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Cat Days of Summer from Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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