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June 21, 2017
Simple Things from ... Cat Patches

It's been busy at the Three Cats Ranch ever since we got home. There's a lot to catch up on, and just plain plenty to do. Summer is always that way, and having Mike home has added things to the to-do list. It's all fun stuff, don't get me wrong. Still, we're both striving to establish some kind of new normal in our now both-retired lives, and it continues to be a work in progress.

Business aside, I found time to finish up the scrub jay pattern yesterday. I had yet to highlight the major ...

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Simple Things from Cat Patches

It's been busy at the Three Cats Ranch ever since we got home. There's a lot to catch up on, and just plain plenty to do. Summer is always that way, and having Mike home has added things to the to-do list. It's all fun stuff, don't get me wrong. Still, we're both striving to establish some kind of new normal in our now both-retired lives, and it continues to be a work in progress.

Business aside, I found time to finish up the scrub jay pattern yesterday. I had yet to highlight the major ...

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June 20, 2017
A Sunny Day from ... Cat Patches

You have no idea how happy we are to see the sun. It has been a long wet spring...one of the wettest on record. When we left to head south back in early May, we hoped the wet weather would be over by the time we returned. Since we've been back, it has rained nearly every day. Mike was only able to finish mowing the field yesterday.

It was a perfect day to start our regular Monday walks. Matthew has asked to come along as much as he's available, and we were happy to have him. We ...

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A Sunny Day from Cat Patches

You have no idea how happy we are to see the sun. It has been a long wet spring...one of the wettest on record. When we left to head south back in early May, we hoped the wet weather would be over by the time we returned. Since we've been back, it has rained nearly every day. Mike was only able to finish mowing the field yesterday.

It was a perfect day to start our regular Monday walks. Matthew has asked to come along as much as he's available, and we were happy to have him. We ...

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June 19, 2017
Food, Fathers, Family, and Fun from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice day yesterday. We headed down to Erik and Mae's house for a Fathers Day Eggs Benedict brunch. Here's a shot of the cooks in action:


Erik toasted the English muffins and warmed up the Canadian bacon. Mae poached the eggs, and I made the Hollandaise. We had it all done surprisingly quickly. After breakfast, we took a little walk around Erik and Mae's garden. Their vegetables and herbs are looking really good.


On the opposite side of the yard they've planted this flower garden and seating area. Doesn't this look ...

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Food, Fathers, Family, and Fun from Cat Patches

We had such a nice day yesterday. We headed down to Erik and Mae's house for a Fathers Day Eggs Benedict brunch. Here's a shot of the cooks in action:


Erik toasted the English muffins and warmed up the Canadian bacon. Mae poached the eggs, and I made the Hollandaise. We had it all done surprisingly quickly. After breakfast, we took a little walk around Erik and Mae's garden. Their vegetables and herbs are looking really good.


On the opposite side of the yard they've planted this flower garden and seating area. Doesn't this look ...

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June 15, 2017
No Fluff from ... Cat Patches

We're heading off to have breakfast with Matthew this morning, and so I don't have much time to write. Besides...I don't really have much to tell you, but I do have pictures. You'd be disappointed if there were no pictures, wouldn't you? We were supposed to go walking with Matthew too, but our crappy weather continues. I've always said that summer doesn't really arrive in this part of the world until after the 4th of July, and I take no pleasure in being proven right year after miserable weather year. So anyway ...

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No Fluff from Cat Patches

We're heading off to have breakfast with Matthew this morning, and so I don't have much time to write. Besides...I don't really have much to tell you, but I do have pictures. You'd be disappointed if there were no pictures, wouldn't you? We were supposed to go walking with Matthew too, but our crappy weather continues. I've always said that summer doesn't really arrive in this part of the world until after the 4th of July, and I take no pleasure in being proven right year after miserable weather year. So anyway ...

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June 12, 2017
Everything in a Day from ... Cat Patches

There was much to do yesterday with all the produce from the Farmers Market. After spending some time stitching on Buelah, I got straight to work on the canning. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce needed to cook for a while. It pretty much makes itself. All you need to do is mix it up and then give it some time.


It cooks, lid on, for about 20 minutes, and then it's allowed to cook down until it's reduced by about half. That took about half an hour more. The Spicy Dilled Carrot Spears are a raw pack...only ...

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Everything in a Day from Cat Patches

There was much to do yesterday with all the produce from the Farmers Market. After spending some time stitching on Buelah, I got straight to work on the canning. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce needed to cook for a while. It pretty much makes itself. All you need to do is mix it up and then give it some time.


It cooks, lid on, for about 20 minutes, and then it's allowed to cook down until it's reduced by about half. That took about half an hour more. The Spicy Dilled Carrot Spears are a raw pack...only ...

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June 11, 2017
Rainy Day at the Farmers Market from ... Cat Patches

We were intrepid gatherers yesterday. Earlier in the week, we'd arranged to go to the Farmers Market with Erik and Mae. It was the first time we'd seen them since we got home. Then, the rain went from good to bad...pretty typical for Oregon...and we gave them every opportunity to back out. They were steadfast, and so we donned our rain gear and off we went.

It was a nice day at the market. The rain kept the crowds down. We're still kind of in the season of greens, and we get plenty of that ...

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Rainy Day at the Farmers Market from Cat Patches

We were intrepid gatherers yesterday. Earlier in the week, we'd arranged to go to the Farmers Market with Erik and Mae. It was the first time we'd seen them since we got home. Then, the rain went from good to bad...pretty typical for Oregon...and we gave them every opportunity to back out. They were steadfast, and so we donned our rain gear and off we went.

It was a nice day at the market. The rain kept the crowds down. We're still kind of in the season of greens, and we get plenty of that ...

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June 5, 2017
Cabrillo Point Light Station from ... Cat Patches

As I'm writing this post, we've moved on to Crescent City, California. Today we will drive a little over 300 miles to arrive home at the Three Cats Ranch. We've only been gone for 3 1/2 weeks, but it seems like longer. We've packed a lot of sight-seeing into this trip. In my last post, I mentioned that the internet was flaky at our last stop in Fort Bragg. As it turned out, that was the last chance I had to be online until now, and so I'm about three posts behind telling you ...

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Cabrillo Point Light Station from Cat Patches

As I'm writing this post, we've moved on to Crescent City, California. Today we will drive a little over 300 miles to arrive home at the Three Cats Ranch. We've only been gone for 3 1/2 weeks, but it seems like longer. We've packed a lot of sight-seeing into this trip. In my last post, I mentioned that the internet was flaky at our last stop in Fort Bragg. As it turned out, that was the last chance I had to be online until now, and so I'm about three posts behind telling you ...

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June 1, 2017
Point Reyes National Seashore from ... Cat Patches

We had the luckiest day of weather for our visit to Point Reyes National Seashore. We were able to see the beautiful view of the shoreline and the lighthouse under sunshine and blue skies...a rarity in these parts at this time of the year, we're told.

Along the way we saw lots of barns. This one is just outside the campground.


It was a half hour drive to get to the Point Reyes National Seashore, and there were ranches all along the way.


Once inside the park, there were several that were designated "historic," and one with a ...

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Point Reyes National Seashore from Cat Patches

We had the luckiest day of weather for our visit to Point Reyes National Seashore. We were able to see the beautiful view of the shoreline and the lighthouse under sunshine and blue skies...a rarity in these parts at this time of the year, we're told.

Along the way we saw lots of barns. This one is just outside the campground.


It was a half hour drive to get to the Point Reyes National Seashore, and there were ranches all along the way.


Once inside the park, there were several that were designated "historic," and one with a ...

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May 31, 2017
Petaluma, California from ... Cat Patches

We left Greenfield, CA yesterday morning and made our way toward Petaluma. As we drove out of town, we could see where the marine layer ended and the sunshine began.


It was about a three-hour drive through some of the most harrowing traffic we've seen this trip. The interstates in California are in very bad shape...shamefully so, I'd say...although California isn't the only place in our nation with terrible roads. What makes California so harrowing is the crazy driving. If you're going less than 80 mph, you are in the way. So sorry. And ...

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Petaluma, California from Cat Patches

We left Greenfield, CA yesterday morning and made our way toward Petaluma. As we drove out of town, we could see where the marine layer ended and the sunshine began.


It was about a three-hour drive through some of the most harrowing traffic we've seen this trip. The interstates in California are in very bad shape...shamefully so, I'd say...although California isn't the only place in our nation with terrible roads. What makes California so harrowing is the crazy driving. If you're going less than 80 mph, you are in the way. So sorry. And ...

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May 29, 2017
Big Rocks and Blooming Things from ... Cat Patches

We had no idea what a treat we were in for when we left the RV yesterday to go hiking in Pinnacles National Park.


There are no roads through the park, and so there are entrances on both sides. We happened to be on the west side of the park, and so we used that entrance. The visitor center is at the east entrance, which is only significant because I wasn't able to get a shot glass at the "contact center" where we went in. Boo Hoo. However, I did pick up the much coveted refrigerator magnet, and so ...

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Big Rocks and Blooming Things from Cat Patches

We had no idea what a treat we were in for when we left the RV yesterday to go hiking in Pinnacles National Park.


There are no roads through the park, and so there are entrances on both sides. We happened to be on the west side of the park, and so we used that entrance. The visitor center is at the east entrance, which is only significant because I wasn't able to get a shot glass at the "contact center" where we went in. Boo Hoo. However, I did pick up the much coveted refrigerator magnet, and so ...

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