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October 22, 2020
Surprise Visit from Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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Surprise Visit from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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October 21, 2020
Autumn Landscape from Cat Patches

 As I came upstairs to write this post, I noticed the moody sunrise sky.


The sky looked like this yesterday morning as the sun came up. Eventually, the clouds burned off, and we had a nice sunny day. It was a little on the chilly side until around noon. I had in mind to do some yard work, but I wanted to wait for it to warm up a little. 

The day started with a Halloween mask using these two fabrics:


Sadie was glad I'd seen the light...or maybe I'd seen the dark. It's hard to ...

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Autumn Landscape from ... Cat Patches

 As I came upstairs to write this post, I noticed the moody sunrise sky.


The sky looked like this yesterday morning as the sun came up. Eventually, the clouds burned off, and we had a nice sunny day. It was a little on the chilly side until around noon. I had in mind to do some yard work, but I wanted to wait for it to warm up a little. 

The day started with a Halloween mask using these two fabrics:


Sadie was glad I'd seen the light...or maybe I'd seen the dark. It's hard to ...

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October 20, 2020
Low Energy from Cat Patches

It's surprising how one outing away from the house saps my energy for most everything else during the day. I'll admit I've spent an inordinate amount of time over the past 24 hours trying to figure out what I could bake with the new brown sugar substitute I found. So far, I haven't come up with anything that was diet-friendly, but I'm still searching. 

There was time for some slow-stitching when I got home, and my piece is moving along. The only other sewing I did yesterday was to make four new masks. Of course ...

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Low Energy from ... Cat Patches

It's surprising how one outing away from the house saps my energy for most everything else during the day. I'll admit I've spent an inordinate amount of time over the past 24 hours trying to figure out what I could bake with the new brown sugar substitute I found. So far, I haven't come up with anything that was diet-friendly, but I'm still searching. 

There was time for some slow-stitching when I got home, and my piece is moving along. The only other sewing I did yesterday was to make four new masks. Of course ...

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October 17, 2020
A Little More Progress from ... Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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A Little More Progress from Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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October 16, 2020
A Little Progress from Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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A Little Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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October 14, 2020
Needling from Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to find Smitty crashed on Mike's lap. His photo shoot from the day before totally wiped him out.


He loves his fans, but honestly, his celebrity is exhausting sometimes.

As I mentioned, I had an appointment with my dermatologist yesterday. He biopsied two little spots I pointed out to him. One was on my nose. And just let me tell you that anything that requires a needle prick to the nose is very painful. I'm afraid that one is going to require more when the results are received, but ...

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Needling from ... Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to find Smitty crashed on Mike's lap. His photo shoot from the day before totally wiped him out.


He loves his fans, but honestly, his celebrity is exhausting sometimes.

As I mentioned, I had an appointment with my dermatologist yesterday. He biopsied two little spots I pointed out to him. One was on my nose. And just let me tell you that anything that requires a needle prick to the nose is very painful. I'm afraid that one is going to require more when the results are received, but ...

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October 13, 2020
Sitting and Stitching from ... Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, as it will for the next few days. It was a perfect day for slow-stitching. First up, I finished the section of the embroidery hoop I was working on. 


Now I've moved the hoop north to encompass the watermelon. I think this would have been better stitched during the summer. With such wet weather, the idea of watermelon just makes me sad for the long winter that's coming.


Not to worry though. I just snuggled up under the Snow Globes quilt and went to work stitching the binding. Now I've ...

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Sitting and Stitching from Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, as it will for the next few days. It was a perfect day for slow-stitching. First up, I finished the section of the embroidery hoop I was working on. 


Now I've moved the hoop north to encompass the watermelon. I think this would have been better stitched during the summer. With such wet weather, the idea of watermelon just makes me sad for the long winter that's coming.


Not to worry though. I just snuggled up under the Snow Globes quilt and went to work stitching the binding. Now I've ...

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October 11, 2020
Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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Busy Day from Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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October 10, 2020
End of the Lines from Cat Patches

It took all day long yesterday, but the quilting on Snow Globes is complete. It's going to be a busy day today, but I'm going to endeavor to budget my time so that I can get the binding sewn on by machine. That always ends up taking longer than expected, so no promises. 

Of course, I could not have accomplished this without the steadfast assistance of my quilting buddy. He was there to the bitter end, encouraging me every step of the way. 


He offered his helping paws even when I didn't know I needed them.


He ...

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End of the Lines from ... Cat Patches

It took all day long yesterday, but the quilting on Snow Globes is complete. It's going to be a busy day today, but I'm going to endeavor to budget my time so that I can get the binding sewn on by machine. That always ends up taking longer than expected, so no promises. 

Of course, I could not have accomplished this without the steadfast assistance of my quilting buddy. He was there to the bitter end, encouraging me every step of the way. 


He offered his helping paws even when I didn't know I needed them.


He ...

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October 6, 2020
Thread Magic from ... Cat Patches

Have you ever noticed how a can of non-stick cooking spray will last way past the point when there seems to be nothing left in the can? Sometimes I can shake the can, sure there is nothing left inside, and yet...it continues to produce spray for another several days. I call it the "magic" part of the can. That's kind of how I feel about my spool of thread right now. As I'm sewing, I keep checking it to see how much is left. It seems to have less thread each time I look, but it keeps ...

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Thread Magic from Cat Patches

Have you ever noticed how a can of non-stick cooking spray will last way past the point when there seems to be nothing left in the can? Sometimes I can shake the can, sure there is nothing left inside, and yet...it continues to produce spray for another several days. I call it the "magic" part of the can. That's kind of how I feel about my spool of thread right now. As I'm sewing, I keep checking it to see how much is left. It seems to have less thread each time I look, but it keeps ...

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