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October 16, 2020
A Little Progress from Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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A Little Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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October 14, 2020
Meals for One from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

While I don’t mind being in MO alone, everything is so different without Vince here. We’re a “team” and there are things I do for him and things he does for me and a lot of those things I think we don’t even think about til we’re alone. Vince is the one always wanting the...

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October 13, 2020
The Gingerbread Pans from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Not the gingerbread man . . the gingerbread pans!

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October 12, 2020
Pumpkin Gingerbread from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Here’s the recipe for the pumpkin gingerbread that I mentioned the other day. The post is from 2009, the image there isn’t working but here it is. I’ve been making this recipe for over a decade. I think it’s a good one! I’ll be making it this evening for the movers, who should arrive here...

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October 11, 2020
Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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Busy Day from Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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Autumn Jubilee Cookish from From My Carolina Home

We are cooking today for #AutumnJubilee2020 with a wonderful Oriental inspired recipe that goes together easily and fast.  The whole idea behind Cookish, the new cookbook from Milk Street, is simple ingredients that are just thrown together.


From the publisher – “These recipes, most with six or fewer ingredients (other than oil, salt, and pepper), make it easy to be a great cook — the kind who can walk into a kitchen and throw together dinner in no time. In each of these recipes, big flavors and simple techniques transform pantry staples, common proteins, or centerpiece vegetables into a delicious meal. And ...

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October 6, 2020
Number Three Again from Romany Quilting

I rolled the dice on Monday morning, and it brought up number three again, the Rugby panel, the same as last week.  Not that I really mind, just that I was not expecting it so soon.  During the weekend I had stitched the backing, and layered and pinned it all together, so I was raring to go. After struggling down on the carpet getting a few pins in to secure it, I then picked it all up and finished the job on the glass topped picnic table outside.  So pleasant outside in the warm Spring weather, and much better for ...

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October 4, 2020
Snow in October from Cat Patches

We've never had snow in October...and we don't now. But quilt-wise, anything can happen. I'll say more in a minute. First...here's something we get in abundance in October: Wonderfully woven webs.


We get lots of big garden spiders this time of year, as I imagine most people do. The web above is about 18 inches in diameter. Fortunately, the spider is smaller. Here's another one...a little harder to see with the clematis in the background. 


I've been hoping for a photo of these, but there hasn't been enough moisture for ...

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Snow in October from ... Cat Patches

We've never had snow in October...and we don't now. But quilt-wise, anything can happen. I'll say more in a minute. First...here's something we get in abundance in October: Wonderfully woven webs.


We get lots of big garden spiders this time of year, as I imagine most people do. The web above is about 18 inches in diameter. Fortunately, the spider is smaller. Here's another one...a little harder to see with the clematis in the background. 


I've been hoping for a photo of these, but there hasn't been enough moisture for ...

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October 3, 2020
Losing My Rag from The Quilt Quine

Somehow I managed to get two simple customer quilts done this week. I also kept going with Duolingo German, walking Nessie, and have been ploughing through the snowflake piecing. I also made a couple of decent loaves of bread. 

Somehow I managed to get two simple customer quilts done this week. I also kept going with Duolingo German, walking Nessie, and have been ploughing through the snowflake piecing. I also made a couple of decent loaves of bread. 

The rest of the time has been spent on the phone trying to tell the hospital that nella genuinely HATES cheese. OK ...

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Winchester Bay, Oregon from ... Cat Patches

We're back from our little getaway. We left Tuesday morning with our truck camper and ATV's and a sincere wish for an uneventful trip.


We were badly in need of some relaxation, and we definitely got that. When we arrive at a new place, the kitties always run to the windows to see where we are. Sadie spied some people and some woofies.


Smitty, do you think they can see us in here?


Maybe I should keep a low profile. What do you think?


Come look over here, Sadie. Birds!!!


Yes, indeed. This seagull was very interested in ...

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Winchester Bay, Oregon from Cat Patches

We're back from our little getaway. We left Tuesday morning with our truck camper and ATV's and a sincere wish for an uneventful trip.


We were badly in need of some relaxation, and we definitely got that. When we arrive at a new place, the kitties always run to the windows to see where we are. Sadie spied some people and some woofies.


Smitty, do you think they can see us in here?


Maybe I should keep a low profile. What do you think?


Come look over here, Sadie. Birds!!!


Yes, indeed. This seagull was very interested in ...

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September 30, 2020
Baking And Crafts - The Best! from Quilting My Way

 My love is to bake bread and goodies. So, today was a good day of doing what I love. 

I got moving with getting laundry started - and not forgetting to finish what I started. Then I went outside to the freezer, and tried to decide on supper. I found what I wanted, but was tired of the freezer and all that ice! So, I took everything out to defrost it. Patrick thought I was nuts because he didn't think we could put all the food in the freezers. I grabbed all the coolers we had, filled them. Then I ...

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September 28, 2020
Pear Vinegar from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

With all the pears I was peeling, I didn’t want to toss the peelings and cores. Not so long ago, the chickens would have gotten the scraps but . . no chickens and I just couldn’t throw all those good scraps out. In MO, I didn’t have a container big enough so I weighed it...

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It Was A Good Day Today from Quilting My Way

 Today started out pretty good. I started out with doing laundry - then forgot about it till just now. Guess I need to put some sheets in the dryer before I go to bed. 

I did play games - pretty much most of the day. I also got started on making fudge. 

Checked out who has eaten some already - nope not me! Patrick doesn't waste time when it comes to desserts. I can't seem to keep desserts in the house with him. I'm not complaining since he's started to gain his weight back. I was worried when he ...

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September 27, 2020
A Day's Effort from ... Cat Patches

You might not see much progress, but a whole day's effort was put into one quilt block yesterday. It still isn't finished. The kitties weren't much use in this. They just wanted to go take naps in their Clubhouse.


They always go bounding downstairs when I head into the sewing room. I think, "Oh, the kitties are going to help me sew today! How delightful!" And then they just stand at the door to their clubhouse meowing and yowling and begging to be let in. There are a couple of things to notice about this picture. First ...

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A Day's Effort from Cat Patches

You might not see much progress, but a whole day's effort was put into one quilt block yesterday. It still isn't finished. The kitties weren't much use in this. They just wanted to go take naps in their Clubhouse.


They always go bounding downstairs when I head into the sewing room. I think, "Oh, the kitties are going to help me sew today! How delightful!" And then they just stand at the door to their clubhouse meowing and yowling and begging to be let in. There are a couple of things to notice about this picture. First ...

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September 25, 2020
Cooking and Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Not as much was accomplished yesterday as I'd hoped, but I still have some things to show for my day's activities. I'll admit I took my cues from Sadie. When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found her ensconced in Mike's lap, looking very comfortable.


Matthew called early (for him). He wondered if he could come by to work on his van. Of course! we said. That kind of threw my morning off, although I can't say it was Matthew's fault. Any excuse to slug around, you know. When I got ...

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