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July 9, 2020
A Finished Quilt from Cat Patches

It was kind of a busy day yesterday. I spent the morning in the garden. As I was taking my walk around, I found these two on squirrel watch in their catio.



My first stop was to check the fruit trees. I've been watching the cherries like a hawk...or a raccoon...or a squirrel. I'm not sure who's responsible for cleaning the tree, whether it's the mammals or the birds. Either way, they are still there. Kind of amazing. We're going to be gone next week, and I've worried about these ripening while ...

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A Finished Quilt from ... Cat Patches

It was kind of a busy day yesterday. I spent the morning in the garden. As I was taking my walk around, I found these two on squirrel watch in their catio.



My first stop was to check the fruit trees. I've been watching the cherries like a hawk...or a raccoon...or a squirrel. I'm not sure who's responsible for cleaning the tree, whether it's the mammals or the birds. Either way, they are still there. Kind of amazing. We're going to be gone next week, and I've worried about these ripening while ...

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July 6, 2020
A Finished Feline from ... Cat Patches

It took quite a while to blast myself off the couch yesterday. I woke up so tired yesterday morning. After writing my post, I did some slow-stitching. Slow-stitching can make me sleepy in the same way reading a boring book can, and I could hardly keep my eyes opened to finish off the last bit of floss. When that was done, I slid down and took a morning nap. It was nearly noon before I got going.


The first order of business was to get out for a walk with Smitty. He's been doing really well staying beside us ...

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A Finished Feline from Cat Patches

It took quite a while to blast myself off the couch yesterday. I woke up so tired yesterday morning. After writing my post, I did some slow-stitching. Slow-stitching can make me sleepy in the same way reading a boring book can, and I could hardly keep my eyes opened to finish off the last bit of floss. When that was done, I slid down and took a morning nap. It was nearly noon before I got going.


The first order of business was to get out for a walk with Smitty. He's been doing really well staying beside us ...

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July 5, 2020
Ready to Relax from Cat Patches

The past several days have been busy, busy, busy. It's true, I always keep busy with something, but it seems less harried when one is deciding for oneself what comes next, as opposed to acting out of necessity. We had a very nice celebration for our Fourth, and it was wonderful seeing Erik and Mae. Matthew was off camping, and so the four of us enjoyed a small gathering. For yesterday's part of the preparations I made a favorite salad of mine, Sweet Potato Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing. I was terrible about taking pictures yesterday, and so ...

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Ready to Relax from ... Cat Patches

The past several days have been busy, busy, busy. It's true, I always keep busy with something, but it seems less harried when one is deciding for oneself what comes next, as opposed to acting out of necessity. We had a very nice celebration for our Fourth, and it was wonderful seeing Erik and Mae. Matthew was off camping, and so the four of us enjoyed a small gathering. For yesterday's part of the preparations I made a favorite salad of mine, Sweet Potato Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing. I was terrible about taking pictures yesterday, and so ...

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July 4, 2020
Happy Fourth! from ... Cat Patches

It's hard to feel very celebratory on this, our American Independence Day. Recently I read a book by David McCullough, entitled 1776, all about the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The challenges and near-miraculous victory of the colonists was very inspiring. Our country is in dire straits right now, and the pandemic is only one item on our list of woes. Still, I continue to feel optimistic that there are better days ahead. And so when I went looking for an image to mark the day, I settled on this one with the superimposed ...

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Happy Fourth! from Cat Patches

It's hard to feel very celebratory on this, our American Independence Day. Recently I read a book by David McCullough, entitled 1776, all about the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The challenges and near-miraculous victory of the colonists was very inspiring. Our country is in dire straits right now, and the pandemic is only one item on our list of woes. Still, I continue to feel optimistic that there are better days ahead. And so when I went looking for an image to mark the day, I settled on this one with the superimposed ...

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July 1, 2020
July Already from ... Cat Patches

Does it feel as if the year hasn't really gotten off the ground yet? Sheesh...this will literally be a year for the history books. Of course, they all are. I've found myself interested in the times 100 years ago, which were so similar to where we find ourselves today. I read The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry,. It started out a little dry, discussing the state of medical schools and medical education at the time. When I got past the beginning, though, and started reading about the times and the flu itself, it was fascinating. So ...

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July Already from Cat Patches

Does it feel as if the year hasn't really gotten off the ground yet? Sheesh...this will literally be a year for the history books. Of course, they all are. I've found myself interested in the times 100 years ago, which were so similar to where we find ourselves today. I read The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry,. It started out a little dry, discussing the state of medical schools and medical education at the time. When I got past the beginning, though, and started reading about the times and the flu itself, it was fascinating. So ...

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June 30, 2020
Following the Flowers from ... Cat Patches

There wasn't much time for sewing yesterday. I spent a little extra time on the hand quilting, and then I spent quite a bit of time outside in the garden. Sunday was supposed to bring rain, and then didn't. So the watering and weeding was off by a day. I needed to do some catch-up on things, and so the bulk of my time was spent there. Here's what's going on in the garden right now.


First, I'm getting so excited for the cherries. Fingers crossed we get to harvest some this year. 


The first ...

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Following the Flowers from Cat Patches

There wasn't much time for sewing yesterday. I spent a little extra time on the hand quilting, and then I spent quite a bit of time outside in the garden. Sunday was supposed to bring rain, and then didn't. So the watering and weeding was off by a day. I needed to do some catch-up on things, and so the bulk of my time was spent there. Here's what's going on in the garden right now.


First, I'm getting so excited for the cherries. Fingers crossed we get to harvest some this year. 


The first ...

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June 27, 2020
Outdoor Weather from ... Cat Patches

It's coolish this morning, and we're expecting some rain by tomorrow. Yesterday's weather was perfect, however, and so most of the day was spent outside. Let's take a little tour, shall we? I haven't shown you what's going on in the vegetable garden for a while. These are some of the green beans.



I planted three seeds around the bottoms of the poles. Most came up...certainly enough to feed our little family. Assuming we get some beans to harvest, I'll cook them up fresh or can them as straight green beans. I ...

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Outdoor Weather from Cat Patches

It's coolish this morning, and we're expecting some rain by tomorrow. Yesterday's weather was perfect, however, and so most of the day was spent outside. Let's take a little tour, shall we? I haven't shown you what's going on in the vegetable garden for a while. These are some of the green beans.



I planted three seeds around the bottoms of the poles. Most came up...certainly enough to feed our little family. Assuming we get some beans to harvest, I'll cook them up fresh or can them as straight green beans. I ...

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June 26, 2020
A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

It was a mostly sewing day yesterday, and I surprised myself by finishing up the Fancy Cats quilt top. The first step was to sew the component parts into rows.



And then to sew the rows together into the quilt center.


It was about that time Inspector Smitty showed up. He was only partly interested in the quilt. Mainly, he was wondering what happened to the open-door policy. I'd been sewing for a while, and so it seemed like a good time to take a break and see what was happening outside.


The first thing I noticed were these ...

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A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

It was a mostly sewing day yesterday, and I surprised myself by finishing up the Fancy Cats quilt top. The first step was to sew the component parts into rows.



And then to sew the rows together into the quilt center.


It was about that time Inspector Smitty showed up. He was only partly interested in the quilt. Mainly, he was wondering what happened to the open-door policy. I'd been sewing for a while, and so it seemed like a good time to take a break and see what was happening outside.


The first thing I noticed were these ...

read more
June 24, 2020
Fancy Cats from ... Cat Patches

Our weather was hot yesterday. It was nice to hang out in a cool basement sewing room. Earlier in the morning, I was out watering the flower pots. It's my habit to take a walk around the house to see what's blooming. Lucky me...my cat and his shadow self usually follow along.


There still isn't much blooming, but the hydrangeas continue on their quest to be the stars of the garden. The daylilies and echinacea are giving it a good try too.



Around the far side of the house, we met up with our other little ...

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Fancy Cats from Cat Patches

Our weather was hot yesterday. It was nice to hang out in a cool basement sewing room. Earlier in the morning, I was out watering the flower pots. It's my habit to take a walk around the house to see what's blooming. Lucky me...my cat and his shadow self usually follow along.


There still isn't much blooming, but the hydrangeas continue on their quest to be the stars of the garden. The daylilies and echinacea are giving it a good try too.



Around the far side of the house, we met up with our other little ...

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June 23, 2020
Some Warm Weather from ... Cat Patches

Our day is supposed to be a hot one. It was lovely yesterday. I was able to do some catching up in the yard, hoeing the vegetable garden, and pulling a few weeds. I filled the bird feeders, but didn't do any watering to speak of. I'll need to do that this morning before it gets too hot.


My first stop in the garden yesterday was to check on the peony. It was still in the shade and wasn't quite open. Still, I had high hopes for a big reveal later in the day.


On the opposite ...

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Some Warm Weather from Cat Patches

Our day is supposed to be a hot one. It was lovely yesterday. I was able to do some catching up in the yard, hoeing the vegetable garden, and pulling a few weeds. I filled the bird feeders, but didn't do any watering to speak of. I'll need to do that this morning before it gets too hot.


My first stop in the garden yesterday was to check on the peony. It was still in the shade and wasn't quite open. Still, I had high hopes for a big reveal later in the day.


On the opposite ...

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