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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 28, 2020
Cheery for Cherries from ... Cat Patches

All this talk of cherries ripening had me going. I got a bee in my bonnet first thing yesterday to try adapting my mother's cherry cobbler recipe into a dessert for two. Her cherry cobbler was probably my favorite dessert growing up, and I was smart enough to get her recipe before she passed away in 1997. It made enough cobbler to feed a small army. It was baked in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I made it just once for a potluck, and it was as delicious as I remembered it. But sheesh...such a big ...

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Cheery for Cherries from Cat Patches

All this talk of cherries ripening had me going. I got a bee in my bonnet first thing yesterday to try adapting my mother's cherry cobbler recipe into a dessert for two. Her cherry cobbler was probably my favorite dessert growing up, and I was smart enough to get her recipe before she passed away in 1997. It made enough cobbler to feed a small army. It was baked in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I made it just once for a potluck, and it was as delicious as I remembered it. But sheesh...such a big ...

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June 20, 2020
One More Mask from Cat Patches

Summer's here! Summer solstice will reach our part of the world at 2:43 p.m. today, and we are so ready. We have a couple of dinners planned with family already, and a couple of camping trips to see us through the season. Now we're outfitted with masks, and we're ready to get on board.


Most of the day was spent in the kitchen yesterday. We knew it was going to be a warm day, and our plan was to eat our dinner outside. So I made up some gazpacho. This is my own recipe, and ...

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One More Mask from ... Cat Patches

Summer's here! Summer solstice will reach our part of the world at 2:43 p.m. today, and we are so ready. We have a couple of dinners planned with family already, and a couple of camping trips to see us through the season. Now we're outfitted with masks, and we're ready to get on board.


Most of the day was spent in the kitchen yesterday. We knew it was going to be a warm day, and our plan was to eat our dinner outside. So I made up some gazpacho. This is my own recipe, and ...

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June 9, 2020
Purple Has Its Day from Cat Patches

We're in the middle of a couple of weeks of rain. It looks as if summer will come in looking an awful lot like spring. It didn't stop the new clematis from unfurling its petals, however. I'm hoping the temperatures will warm a little and it will decide to open up all the way.



In the herb garden, I finally had enough sage blossoms to give the sage blossom vinegar a try. I'd picked as many as I could find a few days ago, and they were chilling in the fridge. Yesterday, I picked around twice ...

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Purple Has Its Day from ... Cat Patches

We're in the middle of a couple of weeks of rain. It looks as if summer will come in looking an awful lot like spring. It didn't stop the new clematis from unfurling its petals, however. I'm hoping the temperatures will warm a little and it will decide to open up all the way.



In the herb garden, I finally had enough sage blossoms to give the sage blossom vinegar a try. I'd picked as many as I could find a few days ago, and they were chilling in the fridge. Yesterday, I picked around twice ...

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May 31, 2020
Raindrops on Roses from Cat Patches

It rained a good part of the day yesterday. It would have been a good day to catch up on housework, but I didn't. Today, I simply must do some...not that I want to...and it's another gray day in any case. 


It seems there was time for a little of everything else, however. My fondest desire for the day was to finish off the snowflake embroidery. I first needed to finish the outside line of silver stitching.


When that was finished, I needed to sew on the beads.


Oh, but it still wasn't finished. I ...

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Raindrops on Roses from ... Cat Patches

It rained a good part of the day yesterday. It would have been a good day to catch up on housework, but I didn't. Today, I simply must do some...not that I want to...and it's another gray day in any case. 


It seems there was time for a little of everything else, however. My fondest desire for the day was to finish off the snowflake embroidery. I first needed to finish the outside line of silver stitching.


When that was finished, I needed to sew on the beads.


Oh, but it still wasn't finished. I ...

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May 23, 2020
New Blogger Format from Cat Patches

Today I'm typing on the new Blogger platform for the first time. I'm just hoping I can figure it all out. It seems everything works the same as before, but I'm mad they got rid of the spell checker icon. That actually happened some time ago, and one wonders why. In any case, this format looks tidier to my eyes, but I don't notice anything new beyond its appearance. Let's just hope everything works as it should. The new format appeared on my dashboard several weeks ago, and I reverted to the old dashboard. Then ...

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New Blogger Format from ... Cat Patches

Today I'm typing on the new Blogger platform for the first time. I'm just hoping I can figure it all out. It seems everything works the same as before, but I'm mad they got rid of the spell checker icon. That actually happened some time ago, and one wonders why. In any case, this format looks tidier to my eyes, but I don't notice anything new beyond its appearance. Let's just hope everything works as it should. The new format appeared on my dashboard several weeks ago, and I reverted to the old dashboard. Then ...

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