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February 21, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

Seems this has been another week of not getting a lot accomplished, but still busy all week. Last weekend and into Monday was the Backyard Bird Count. I did have some fun taking some photos and reporting my counts every day for the four day time frame. My Sweet Babboo kept the feeder full so we could see the most species. If you are interested in participating in the next bird count, there is another one coming on May 8th with counts on eBird again. There is also a Backyard Feeder count that goes until April, and you can get ...

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February 6, 2021
Yellow Fabric Arrived from Quilts....etc.

That was faster than what it had been – I didn’t expect my fabric to arrive until next week and here it was yesterday morning – about as fast as it was before covid – it might have helped that no yardage needed to be cut – they say getting the bundles is faster.  I […]

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January 31, 2021
Pretty Reds from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday was a busy day and I managed to work on three projects before the end of the evening.  I started out with more cutting on The Rose Garden – it is coming along pretty well now and I will be taking a break from it now for just a little bit as the new […]

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January 17, 2021
January in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Cold weather and snow days mean there is not much to do outside, but the garden still has growing going on. I have two garden spots to keep plants over the winter. One is in my kitchen, where I have the Thanksgiving cactus, the orchid, and my eight-year-old amaryllis. That is indeed a flower spike you see!

So exciting to have it bloom for the eighth year. It has five leaves, and is about 18 inches tall now.

My plants in the Carolina room on the back of the house are doing well, protected from the most extreme cold and ...

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January 14, 2021
Friends Around the World from Quilts....etc.

Finished!  the binding was finished on Friends Around the World yesterday morning – a bit of hand work was done yesterday as I was watching the impeachment process – I don’t usually sit so much in the daytime!  I washed and dried it none of the signatures bled so that was good and I put […]

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January 10, 2021
How I Spent My Christmas Vacation from Canadian Needle Nana

 I have enjoyed my little unintended hiatus/sabbatical from the internet very much. I thought of taking Christmas week to read more and write some and that time was so enjoyable, it stretched out. I also stitched a bit and enjoyed making the most of our quiet Christmas time together. 

So since last talking to you I did these things.

Ate a lot of cookies! This was definitely the Christmas of the cookies for us as friends and family dropped off an array of yummy treats.

Continued to enjoy this arrangement from the First Wife's family and so grateful ...

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January 9, 2021
Signing Off for a Few from Cat Patches

Okay, well I almost signed off yesterday, but you know how yappy I am, and I just knew something exciting would happen and I'd have to tell y'all about it. And then I'd say something like, "really, now I'm really signing off." And then something else happens, and I have to use more "reallys" in my sentences, and it really just gets to be too much to keep track of. (Speaking to myself: Did I use one "really" in that last post, or two? Or was it three?) And you know I'm too old for ...

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Signing Off for a Few from ... Cat Patches

Okay, well I almost signed off yesterday, but you know how yappy I am, and I just knew something exciting would happen and I'd have to tell y'all about it. And then I'd say something like, "really, now I'm really signing off." And then something else happens, and I have to use more "reallys" in my sentences, and it really just gets to be too much to keep track of. (Speaking to myself: Did I use one "really" in that last post, or two? Or was it three?) And you know I'm too old for ...

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December 28, 2020
Best of 2020 from Cat Patches

It's been a heckuva year, hasn't it? I'm not sure a "best of" post will be adequate to describe all that happened in a single year. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the whole year was such a disaster, beginning with my father's death in January, widespread pandemic-mania a few months on, vacations cut short or canceled altogether, being evacuated from our home because of a wild fire...while on vacation, no less...and finishing up the month of December with a broken shoulder and thumb. Oh yeah...lots of fun. The disaster posts got ...

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Best of 2020 from ... Cat Patches

It's been a heckuva year, hasn't it? I'm not sure a "best of" post will be adequate to describe all that happened in a single year. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the whole year was such a disaster, beginning with my father's death in January, widespread pandemic-mania a few months on, vacations cut short or canceled altogether, being evacuated from our home because of a wild fire...while on vacation, no less...and finishing up the month of December with a broken shoulder and thumb. Oh yeah...lots of fun. The disaster posts got ...

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December 27, 2020
In the Garden, and Scrap Dance Mystery! from From My Carolina Home

It is a bit unusual to have a lot to tell about the garden in the beginning of winter, but we’ve had a few surprises since my last post on the garden. We have a pair of pileated woodpeckers that live in the woods surrounding our home, and we often hear their laughing calls. Occasionally we see one, but I was surprised to see this one hanging from the suet feeder, stuffing his beak.

Last Monday, we had a wonderfully clear evening for the Great Conjunction. I set the camera on a tripod, and attempted to get a good ...

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December 23, 2020
This is Going to be a Game Changer! from Appalachian Quilts

In early March every year, I head out to the high tunnel to start my seeds.  On more than one occasion, there has been snow or sleet falling from the sky dancing off the plastic as if Mother Nature is saying "let me in".  The bulbs are usually blooming and the whole row dances in the breeze while I am making dirt and planting seeds.  I enjoy the quiet solitude of it all.  If you are a gardener, you 'get it'....there's just something about the renewal of Spring.

The purpose of a high tunnel is to extend the ...

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December 20, 2020
December In the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Even in December, there is something going on in the garden. The plants in the sunroom continue to do well, and I am hopeful that they survive the winter. Recently, I uncovered my amaryllis and brought it into the kitchen. I gave it some water, and hope it will wake up soon and produce another gorgeous flower. If it does, it will be the eighth year it has bloomed. It is green on the bulb, surely a good sign.

Dawn on a cold day in December, low clouds reflect the golden, early morning light. I love this time of day ...

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December 2, 2020
Feeling like Cinderella! from Appalachian Quilts

 I do have to admit, as a kid I loved the story Cinderella.  I wonder if that is where my affinity for pumpkins came from.  I doubt it, but I do love me some pumpkins.  I love pumpkin anything - except don't even think about messing up a perfectly good cup of coffee with some flavored creamer.  That's just me.  (Understand that I don't even like for my food to touch on my plate, nor do I like things swirled in with my plain old ice cream, nor do I have any appreciation for my cake to touch ...

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November 27, 2020
Here Comes Christmas from ... Cat Patches

2020 has seemed exceedingly long, while also impossibly short. Here we are just a little over a month from the end of the year, and it seems as if the year has gone by without really being lived. Certainly a lot have died. One can only hope this will all end before we find ourselves at this date next year. I was thinking about all we have to be thankful for in 2020. When I consider where we were last January, I feel a little as if we were in a blissful state of naivete. 

In January we met up ...

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Here Comes Christmas from Cat Patches

2020 has seemed exceedingly long, while also impossibly short. Here we are just a little over a month from the end of the year, and it seems as if the year has gone by without really being lived. Certainly a lot have died. One can only hope this will all end before we find ourselves at this date next year. I was thinking about all we have to be thankful for in 2020. When I consider where we were last January, I feel a little as if we were in a blissful state of naivete. 

In January we met up ...

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November 25, 2020
Scrub A Dub Dub from Appalachian Quilts

Remember Larry Luffa?  He outdid himself this year.  We ended up getting a lot of luffas this year.  A lot of people don't realize that luffas are actually a variation of squash plant you can grow yourself.  Luffas make a great exfoliator for your skin, but did you know they are awesome to use on your pots and pans?  I can't even tell you the last time I have had to buy a scrubby for my pots and pans.  I made a batch of soap once that I really wasn't happy with (had a luffa in it ...

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November 20, 2020
More Progress from Quilts....etc.

It was such a nice day outside yesterday that I didn’t get all of the Country Charmer quilt blocks and sashing put together but I did make headway and only have the bottom two rows of sashing and one row of blocks left to piece and then I will work on putting all the rows […]

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November 17, 2020
Nine Patches from Quilts....etc.

Well I got all the nine patches pressed and on the wall – sewing the rows will now start in between everything else!   I just noticed the second and third row have a green block pretty close so I switched the blue and green around on the 2nd row after this photo was taken. This […]

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November 16, 2020
Nighty night..... from Appalachian Quilts

I love Saturdays - Hubs and I usually find a project together.  He has worked so very hard this week.  I honestly figured he would be too tired to work on anything.  He (and one of our daughters) moved ALL of the asparagus from the 3 raised beds in the chicken run to the garden.  He de-constructed those raised beds AND the compost bins out there.  He made new compost bins closer to the garden, but still close enough to the chicken barn to make that task easier.  He mowed and weed whipped everything for one last time AND he moved ...

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