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August 18, 2022
Fishhook Creek Trail from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends! It's the last time I'll be writing to you from Idaho. This morning we'll head out for the Montana state line, stopping next in Dillon, Montana. We'll be there to see Bannack State Park, one of Montana's ghost towns. I don't know about you, but I loves me a good ghost town. Just now, I looked to see if there are any quilt shops there, and there are! I have a feeling I'm going to like this place.

For our final day in Stanley, we left the kitties snuggling ...

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Fishhook Creek Trail from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends! It's the last time I'll be writing to you from Idaho. This morning we'll head out for the Montana state line, stopping next in Dillon, Montana. We'll be there to see Bannack State Park, one of Montana's ghost towns. I don't know about you, but I loves me a good ghost town. Just now, I looked to see if there are any quilt shops there, and there are! I have a feeling I'm going to like this place.

For our final day in Stanley, we left the kitties snuggling ...

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August 15, 2022
La Grande, Oregon from Cat Patches

We're off...like a dirty shirt! (That's a Mike-ism. His family made that up. Nobody said they were comedians.) As I'm writing this, we're spending our first night of the trip at our old standby RV park in La Grande, Oregon, Grand Hot Springs RV Resort. We've stayed here often enough that I've lost count. It seems as if it's under new management and with a new name every time we check in. The quality is always the same, however. Nice level spots, and a good day's drive from home. This is ...

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La Grande, Oregon from ... Cat Patches

We're off...like a dirty shirt! (That's a Mike-ism. His family made that up. Nobody said they were comedians.) As I'm writing this, we're spending our first night of the trip at our old standby RV park in La Grande, Oregon, Grand Hot Springs RV Resort. We've stayed here often enough that I've lost count. It seems as if it's under new management and with a new name every time we check in. The quality is always the same, however. Nice level spots, and a good day's drive from home. This is ...

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August 6, 2022
Catching Up and a Quilt Shop from Cat Patches

Only a fool would try to catch up just now. There is so much to do to get ready for our upcoming big trip it's hard to hold it in my head all at once. Mike really has the lion's share of the work, making sure the RV is ship shape. "Ship shape" seems the wrong term for this..."road worthy" might be better. He noticed a strange wear pattern on one of the tires recently. He thought it was a problem with the trailer suspension, but then realized there was a broken spring. He insists it will ...

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Catching Up and a Quilt Shop from ... Cat Patches

Only a fool would try to catch up just now. There is so much to do to get ready for our upcoming big trip it's hard to hold it in my head all at once. Mike really has the lion's share of the work, making sure the RV is ship shape. "Ship shape" seems the wrong term for this..."road worthy" might be better. He noticed a strange wear pattern on one of the tires recently. He thought it was a problem with the trailer suspension, but then realized there was a broken spring. He insists it will ...

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July 25, 2022
Time Traveling: Hurricane Ridge/Washington Lavender Farm from ... Cat Patches

It was a lazy morning for me yesterday. After breakfast, I spent some time on my slow-stitching. Sometimes, it makes me sleepy in the way reading a book can cause me to nod off. Eventually, I slid down on the couch for a morning nap. It was late by the time I woke up, and I briefly considered not doing my workout. When I get into arguments with myself about whether or not to exercise, I realize I'm on a slippery slope to quitting altogether, and so I forced myself to do it. It meant I didn't get ...

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Time Traveling: Hurricane Ridge/Washington Lavender Farm from Cat Patches

It was a lazy morning for me yesterday. After breakfast, I spent some time on my slow-stitching. Sometimes, it makes me sleepy in the way reading a book can cause me to nod off. Eventually, I slid down on the couch for a morning nap. It was late by the time I woke up, and I briefly considered not doing my workout. When I get into arguments with myself about whether or not to exercise, I realize I'm on a slippery slope to quitting altogether, and so I forced myself to do it. It meant I didn't get ...

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July 15, 2022
Ready for Hand-Stitching from ... Cat Patches

My morning was busy yesterday. Of course, no day can get off to a good start without some slow-stitching. I stitched up the next section in my hoop.


I think that "Eeek" there is to remind me that I'm close to finishing this piece. All that remains now is to stitch to the upper right corner in the image below, and this one will be finished.


I'm happy to be nearing a finish since I was pretty sure this might be a life sentence of stitching, but there you go. Little by little, they get done. But in ...

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Ready for Hand-Stitching from Cat Patches

My morning was busy yesterday. Of course, no day can get off to a good start without some slow-stitching. I stitched up the next section in my hoop.


I think that "Eeek" there is to remind me that I'm close to finishing this piece. All that remains now is to stitch to the upper right corner in the image below, and this one will be finished.


I'm happy to be nearing a finish since I was pretty sure this might be a life sentence of stitching, but there you go. Little by little, they get done. But in ...

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July 12, 2022
A Walk on a Warm Day from ... Cat Patches

It was an early start yesterday morning. My friend Sue and I were scheduled to meet up for a walk at Chehalem Ridge Nature Park. I'd read about it only just recently, and wanted to check it out. GPS got me only part of the way there, but the numbers on the addresses were going in the right direction, and so I just kept driving. Eventually the road turned to dirt, which was a little scary. Just a little further on, I came to this sign:


And that was a welcome sight since I wasn't at all sure ...

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A Walk on a Warm Day from Cat Patches

It was an early start yesterday morning. My friend Sue and I were scheduled to meet up for a walk at Chehalem Ridge Nature Park. I'd read about it only just recently, and wanted to check it out. GPS got me only part of the way there, but the numbers on the addresses were going in the right direction, and so I just kept driving. Eventually the road turned to dirt, which was a little scary. Just a little further on, I came to this sign:


And that was a welcome sight since I wasn't at all sure ...

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June 23, 2022
Seen On My Walk from Cat Patches

We are so happy for some lasting sunshine! The Garden Treasures peony opened in celebration yesterday.


You can see it on the far left in the image below, but I wanted to show you the whole peony bed, which is heavy with big pompom flowers now. Too bad Rosy Prospects, second from the right, can't get with the program. I'm feeling more optimistic about it this year though. Several of its buds have opened with at least some flower petals. It has earned itself at least a year's reprieve after being sentenced to the burn pile.


On ...

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Seen On My Walk from ... Cat Patches

We are so happy for some lasting sunshine! The Garden Treasures peony opened in celebration yesterday.


You can see it on the far left in the image below, but I wanted to show you the whole peony bed, which is heavy with big pompom flowers now. Too bad Rosy Prospects, second from the right, can't get with the program. I'm feeling more optimistic about it this year though. Several of its buds have opened with at least some flower petals. It has earned itself at least a year's reprieve after being sentenced to the burn pile.


On ...

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June 12, 2022
Flight Path from Cat Patches

It took me a long time to get going yesterday morning. The gray and rainy weather kills motivation. Even though I was slow getting started, I managed to get most things done that I wanted to. It was time to take the first stitches on my newest embroidery project: A Joyful Journey. I'm barely started with January's block.


I might have stitched some more, but it was getting late in the morning by then, and I still wanted to do my exercise routine. For the most part, I've been sticking with my routine pretty well, but I ...

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Flight Path from ... Cat Patches

It took me a long time to get going yesterday morning. The gray and rainy weather kills motivation. Even though I was slow getting started, I managed to get most things done that I wanted to. It was time to take the first stitches on my newest embroidery project: A Joyful Journey. I'm barely started with January's block.


I might have stitched some more, but it was getting late in the morning by then, and I still wanted to do my exercise routine. For the most part, I've been sticking with my routine pretty well, but I ...

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May 15, 2022
Fringe Benefits from Cat Patches

The day started out wet, gray, and dark yesterday, but then turned fairly nice in the afternoon. It was even a little bit warm. It didn't really matter to me. I'd already set my sites on sewing, and I was ready to finish off the last fringe on the tablecloth for the Taco block. The first step was to sew on the borders.


And then, I settled into a comfy chair to stitch on the fringe. What a painus in the anus, but it is done! And this is the last fringy fringe I'll have to do ...

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Fringe Benefits from ... Cat Patches

The day started out wet, gray, and dark yesterday, but then turned fairly nice in the afternoon. It was even a little bit warm. It didn't really matter to me. I'd already set my sites on sewing, and I was ready to finish off the last fringe on the tablecloth for the Taco block. The first step was to sew on the borders.


And then, I settled into a comfy chair to stitch on the fringe. What a painus in the anus, but it is done! And this is the last fringy fringe I'll have to do ...

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May 2, 2022
A Pause on Paws from Cat Patches

Each day, my activity level increases a little bit. It was good to take a couple of lazy days. I spent some time on my slow-stitching in the morning, and stitched what I could of the first pitcher. It's nice using some different colors again.

May 1st was the day I set for myself to get some kind of exercise into my routine once again. Ever since breaking my shoulder in December of 2020, I've been pretty sedentary. For a while it was okay to blame my broken shoulder, but those days have passed. The shoulder is about ...

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A Pause on Paws from ... Cat Patches

Each day, my activity level increases a little bit. It was good to take a couple of lazy days. I spent some time on my slow-stitching in the morning, and stitched what I could of the first pitcher. It's nice using some different colors again.

May 1st was the day I set for myself to get some kind of exercise into my routine once again. Ever since breaking my shoulder in December of 2020, I've been pretty sedentary. For a while it was okay to blame my broken shoulder, but those days have passed. The shoulder is about ...

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