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January 26, 2021
It's Snow Problem from Cat Patches

When I see snow, I'm reminded of a bit Garrison Keillor did on A Prairie Home Companion once when he talked about folks in Minnesota in the dead of winter. Snow was piled so high and deep that folks just didn't want to talk about it any more. So, in conversation, he said, "It's no problem," but what the listener heard was "It's snow problem," and yelled "SNOW! Don't talk about it! Aaaarrrrgh!" Still makes me laugh. So, yeah, here one hour from the often-hottest spot in North America...with snow. So, it's snow ...

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It's Snow Problem from ... Cat Patches

When I see snow, I'm reminded of a bit Garrison Keillor did on A Prairie Home Companion once when he talked about folks in Minnesota in the dead of winter. Snow was piled so high and deep that folks just didn't want to talk about it any more. So, in conversation, he said, "It's no problem," but what the listener heard was "It's snow problem," and yelled "SNOW! Don't talk about it! Aaaarrrrgh!" Still makes me laugh. So, yeah, here one hour from the often-hottest spot in North America...with snow. So, it's snow ...

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January 25, 2021
Sunday Stroll from Cat Patches

It was a little chilly here yesterday, but sunny and bright. We decided to get out for a walk around the area neighboring the RV park. It's good that we did because it's raining today. It rained hard most of the night and the wind was blowing. It make sleep difficult, but we were able to sleep in a little later than usual this morning.

For our walk, we headed first to see if we could find where the off-roaders were leaving the park. Apparently, one can take an OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) out into the desert and ...

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Sunday Stroll from ... Cat Patches

It was a little chilly here yesterday, but sunny and bright. We decided to get out for a walk around the area neighboring the RV park. It's good that we did because it's raining today. It rained hard most of the night and the wind was blowing. It make sleep difficult, but we were able to sleep in a little later than usual this morning.

For our walk, we headed first to see if we could find where the off-roaders were leaving the park. Apparently, one can take an OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) out into the desert and ...

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January 24, 2021
Repeat After Me from Cat Patches

The weather was cooler yesterday, but no more rain. The sky looked threatening toward late afternoon, but then the storm clouds passed over without a drop. Fine with us. I know you folks in Southern California got some rain, and that has to be a good thing. We got off to a slow start. We were both tired in the morning for some reason, and so we ended up taking morning naps. It was nearly noon by the time I was dressed and ready to head out on my photography challenge walk.

Before that, though, we got Smitty out for ...

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Repeat After Me from ... Cat Patches

The weather was cooler yesterday, but no more rain. The sky looked threatening toward late afternoon, but then the storm clouds passed over without a drop. Fine with us. I know you folks in Southern California got some rain, and that has to be a good thing. We got off to a slow start. We were both tired in the morning for some reason, and so we ended up taking morning naps. It was nearly noon by the time I was dressed and ready to head out on my photography challenge walk.

Before that, though, we got Smitty out for ...

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January 20, 2021
Something New from ... Cat Patches

Let's just get on with calling it a New Day. Stand up...dust yourselves off...things are going to start getting better. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling better already. Oh wait...did you think I was talking about something happening on the other side of the country? Well, yes, there is that. But I'm also talking about finishing up my slow-stitching piece yesterday.


As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a free pattern from Lynette Anderson. I purchased the button packet when I downloaded the pattern. The buttons don't seem ...

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Something New from Cat Patches

Let's just get on with calling it a New Day. Stand up...dust yourselves off...things are going to start getting better. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling better already. Oh wait...did you think I was talking about something happening on the other side of the country? Well, yes, there is that. But I'm also talking about finishing up my slow-stitching piece yesterday.


As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a free pattern from Lynette Anderson. I purchased the button packet when I downloaded the pattern. The buttons don't seem ...

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January 18, 2021
Scant Planning from Cat Patches

We're into intense relaxation mode here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. Sadie is giving the "relaxation" part of our mode a serious trial. She's figured out where the sun shines in the morning. When it shines on a quilt...even better.


When she isn't in relaxation mode, she's busy baffing at the birds. This bird situation is very mysterious. She can see the birds, but they can't see her through the tinted windows. And so her window baffing has been completely unproductive. This has always worked in the past, and so it's driving ...

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Scant Planning from ... Cat Patches

We're into intense relaxation mode here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. Sadie is giving the "relaxation" part of our mode a serious trial. She's figured out where the sun shines in the morning. When it shines on a quilt...even better.


When she isn't in relaxation mode, she's busy baffing at the birds. This bird situation is very mysterious. She can see the birds, but they can't see her through the tinted windows. And so her window baffing has been completely unproductive. This has always worked in the past, and so it's driving ...

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January 13, 2021
Rainbirds 2021: Day One from Cat Patches

Good morning my friends. We find ourselves at the Valley of the Rogue State Park this morning, just north of Medford, Oregon. It was after dark by the time we arrived at our destination, and so I'm recycling this picture from our last stay here...because there must be pictures.

It was intended to be a short day of driving, and it might have been except for the terrible weather we had all day. We unhappily shared this river of rain with our neighbor to the north in Seattle. It rained hard almost nonstop all the way. And let ...

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Rainbirds 2021: Day One from ... Cat Patches

Good morning my friends. We find ourselves at the Valley of the Rogue State Park this morning, just north of Medford, Oregon. It was after dark by the time we arrived at our destination, and so I'm recycling this picture from our last stay here...because there must be pictures.

It was intended to be a short day of driving, and it might have been except for the terrible weather we had all day. We unhappily shared this river of rain with our neighbor to the north in Seattle. It rained hard almost nonstop all the way. And let ...

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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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January 8, 2021
OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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January 7, 2021
Borderline from ... Cat Patches

There's a finished flimsy ahead in my sewing room. I need just one more border to finish off the Snowflakes quilt; and let me just say, it feels like a victory. It'll probably be the last machine sewing I do for a while. Getting one last finish under my belt before taking a little break will feel pretty good. 

There was no kitty help yesterday. They couldn't tear themselves away from the news reports of yesterday's shenanigans on Capitol Hill. So I was going it alone in the sewing room. I cut and sewed the first ...

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Borderline from Cat Patches

There's a finished flimsy ahead in my sewing room. I need just one more border to finish off the Snowflakes quilt; and let me just say, it feels like a victory. It'll probably be the last machine sewing I do for a while. Getting one last finish under my belt before taking a little break will feel pretty good. 

There was no kitty help yesterday. They couldn't tear themselves away from the news reports of yesterday's shenanigans on Capitol Hill. So I was going it alone in the sewing room. I cut and sewed the first ...

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January 6, 2021
All Together Now from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post is late. I'll just say I've been watching the news with rapt fascination at what's happening in our nation's capital this morning. I was a teenager in the 60's during protests of the Vietnam war, but I've never seen anything to equal what we're witnessing today. That's all I'm going to say about it because politics is not what we're about here. Still, these are historic times. It makes me wish I could be alive 50 years from now to read what will be written about ...

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All Together Now from Cat Patches

This morning's post is late. I'll just say I've been watching the news with rapt fascination at what's happening in our nation's capital this morning. I was a teenager in the 60's during protests of the Vietnam war, but I've never seen anything to equal what we're witnessing today. That's all I'm going to say about it because politics is not what we're about here. Still, these are historic times. It makes me wish I could be alive 50 years from now to read what will be written about ...

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