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January 1, 2021
Some Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve celebration at the Three Cats Ranch. We did what we do even when neither of us has a broken arm...went to bed early and slept through any fireworks. Speaking of going to bed, I slept in the bed for the second time since this all happened. Oh yes, and let’s mark this dubious distinction of the 4-week anniversary of my accident. I’m doing better than I thought I would be at this point...less pain, sleeping in a bed (twice!), and back to sewing with a few limitations ...

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Some Sewing from Cat Patches

It was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve celebration at the Three Cats Ranch. We did what we do even when neither of us has a broken arm...went to bed early and slept through any fireworks. Speaking of going to bed, I slept in the bed for the second time since this all happened. Oh yes, and let’s mark this dubious distinction of the 4-week anniversary of my accident. I’m doing better than I thought I would be at this point...less pain, sleeping in a bed (twice!), and back to sewing with a few limitations ...

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December 31, 2020
2020: The Year in Review from ... Cat Patches

There were so many unfinished projects on my list at the end of 2019, I vowed to make 2020 the "year of the finished project." In order to focus on finishing, I worked out a little disciplinary approach for myself. At any given time, I'm usually working on five embroidered quilt projects and five pieced projects. When I've run through the list of pieced projects, I give myself a "quilter's choice," but it still has to be something I can finish within the month I start it. If a spot opened up on either list, I let ...

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2020: The Year in Review from Cat Patches

There were so many unfinished projects on my list at the end of 2019, I vowed to make 2020 the "year of the finished project." In order to focus on finishing, I worked out a little disciplinary approach for myself. At any given time, I'm usually working on five embroidered quilt projects and five pieced projects. When I've run through the list of pieced projects, I give myself a "quilter's choice," but it still has to be something I can finish within the month I start it. If a spot opened up on either list, I let ...

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December 29, 2020
Turning a Corner from ... Cat Patches

Is it just me, or are the days kind of going by in a blur? I’m still spending a good portion of my day sitting and resting. Nearly everything I do requires a “recovery” period these days. Getting showered and dressed is the most difficult part of the day, and so I have to sit for a while until I’ve recovered enough to plod ahead with the next thing. Still, things are looking up. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this already, but it feels as if I’ve turned a corner. The shoulder is still ...

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Turning a Corner from Cat Patches

Is it just me, or are the days kind of going by in a blur? I’m still spending a good portion of my day sitting and resting. Nearly everything I do requires a “recovery” period these days. Getting showered and dressed is the most difficult part of the day, and so I have to sit for a while until I’ve recovered enough to plod ahead with the next thing. Still, things are looking up. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this already, but it feels as if I’ve turned a corner. The shoulder is still ...

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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
Sleepy Day from ... Cat Patches

It was another day of mostly sleeping yesterday. This time around, I had trouble getting to sleep last night. For one thing, I tried sleeping in the bed for the first time in more than three weeks. Smitty was so happy to have his snuggle buddy back...so happy...no really...so, so...way too happy...to have his snuggle buddy back. It made sleeping difficult with him purring in my ears, tickling me with his whiskers, and generally head-butting any part of my body he could come into contact with. After about four hours of that, I retired to ...

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Sleepy Day from Cat Patches

It was another day of mostly sleeping yesterday. This time around, I had trouble getting to sleep last night. For one thing, I tried sleeping in the bed for the first time in more than three weeks. Smitty was so happy to have his snuggle buddy back...so happy...no really...so, so...way too happy...to have his snuggle buddy back. It made sleeping difficult with him purring in my ears, tickling me with his whiskers, and generally head-butting any part of my body he could come into contact with. After about four hours of that, I retired to ...

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December 24, 2020
Above the Clouds from Cat Patches

We actually had to set an alarm this morning in order to get to my doctor’s appointment on time. We stopped off first at x-ray for two more views of the shoulder. When the doctor looked at them, he pronounced the shoulder healing, with formation of new bone evident, and everything appears stable. So, no surgery is recommended at this point. That’s just fine with me. I notice my arm being a little more useful every day, although progress is very slow. It’ll probably be at least a couple of months before I’m back to something ...

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Above the Clouds from ... Cat Patches

We actually had to set an alarm this morning in order to get to my doctor’s appointment on time. We stopped off first at x-ray for two more views of the shoulder. When the doctor looked at them, he pronounced the shoulder healing, with formation of new bone evident, and everything appears stable. So, no surgery is recommended at this point. That’s just fine with me. I notice my arm being a little more useful every day, although progress is very slow. It’ll probably be at least a couple of months before I’m back to something ...

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December 22, 2020
Kitty Kisses from ... Cat Patches

We got an early start today, finishing up the last grocery shopping we needed to do before Christmas. I believe we have enough food to get us through the weekend now. It’s hard to keep track when one isn’t doing the cooking. A little while ago, Mike came in just slightly panicked because he wants to barbecue some steaks tonight, and we hadn’t started the marinade for them. No problem, but I know the feeling. So I shouted ingredients and locations from my chair in the living room, and we got ‘er done. It’s been good ...

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Kitty Kisses from Cat Patches

We got an early start today, finishing up the last grocery shopping we needed to do before Christmas. I believe we have enough food to get us through the weekend now. It’s hard to keep track when one isn’t doing the cooking. A little while ago, Mike came in just slightly panicked because he wants to barbecue some steaks tonight, and we hadn’t started the marinade for them. No problem, but I know the feeling. So I shouted ingredients and locations from my chair in the living room, and we got ‘er done. It’s been good ...

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December 21, 2020
Sleeper Sunday from Cat Patches

We must both have been tired yesterday because we both slept most of the day. We thought we might have trouble getting to sleep last night, but we both slept all night. Maybe the stress from all the recent changes in household responsibilities finally caught up with us, and we needed a day of rest. Whatever caused it, I’m glad we have the freedom to take a day off when we want to.

Smitty was the healing cat on duty yesterday.


Together, we stitched some more on Pieces of the Past. I broke yesterday’s progress into two stitching ...

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Sleeper Sunday from ... Cat Patches

We must both have been tired yesterday because we both slept most of the day. We thought we might have trouble getting to sleep last night, but we both slept all night. Maybe the stress from all the recent changes in household responsibilities finally caught up with us, and we needed a day of rest. Whatever caused it, I’m glad we have the freedom to take a day off when we want to.

Smitty was the healing cat on duty yesterday.


Together, we stitched some more on Pieces of the Past. I broke yesterday’s progress into two stitching ...

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December 20, 2020
A Little Stitching from ... Cat Patches

We got out and ran some errands yesterday. Ordinarily I wouldn’t tag along on these kinds of outings, but now they are a welcome change of scenery. When we got home, we were chilled and damp and it seemed like a good day for a Spanish coffee. Mike makes a really good Spanish coffee.


Today might be a good day for hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. What do you think? Smitty likes the idea. It’s just more lap time for him. Laps are an excellent vantage point for surveying one’s domain.


It was kind of late in ...

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A Little Stitching from Cat Patches

We got out and ran some errands yesterday. Ordinarily I wouldn’t tag along on these kinds of outings, but now they are a welcome change of scenery. When we got home, we were chilled and damp and it seemed like a good day for a Spanish coffee. Mike makes a really good Spanish coffee.


Today might be a good day for hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. What do you think? Smitty likes the idea. It’s just more lap time for him. Laps are an excellent vantage point for surveying one’s domain.


It was kind of late in ...

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December 19, 2020
Kitties and Stitches from ... Cat Patches

I’m afraid my blog posts are going to be same old, same old for a while. Cats...stitching...what we had for dinner last night. My shoulder actually feels pretty good this morning. That is to say, I don’t believe I’ve moaned even once since I got up. Still, I doubt I can style my hair, which is aggravating.


Sadie sat with me while I finished filling my embroidery hoop yesterday. As I mentioned to my other social media friends, the kitties would like their new designation to be changed from “helpers” to “healers.” I believe that ...

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Kitties and Stitches from Cat Patches

I’m afraid my blog posts are going to be same old, same old for a while. Cats...stitching...what we had for dinner last night. My shoulder actually feels pretty good this morning. That is to say, I don’t believe I’ve moaned even once since I got up. Still, I doubt I can style my hair, which is aggravating.


Sadie sat with me while I finished filling my embroidery hoop yesterday. As I mentioned to my other social media friends, the kitties would like their new designation to be changed from “helpers” to “healers.” I believe that ...

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