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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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October 5, 2020
So Much Sewing from ... Cat Patches

All the pebbling on the Snow Globes quilt has me sewing all day with not much to show for it. Even my sewing cat Smitty is so bored with the pebbling that he didn't even come around yesterday.

 More pebbling? [Yawn.]


I'm with you, Smitty. Let me know if she starts quilting birds, though.

So that was my day. Around, and around, and around. It might seem tedious, but it's actually pretty relaxing. Still, it is time-consuming, and so there isn't much to show for all that sewing. 


After each block, I take a break and ...

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So Much Sewing from Cat Patches

All the pebbling on the Snow Globes quilt has me sewing all day with not much to show for it. Even my sewing cat Smitty is so bored with the pebbling that he didn't even come around yesterday.

 More pebbling? [Yawn.]


I'm with you, Smitty. Let me know if she starts quilting birds, though.

So that was my day. Around, and around, and around. It might seem tedious, but it's actually pretty relaxing. Still, it is time-consuming, and so there isn't much to show for all that sewing. 


After each block, I take a break and ...

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September 24, 2020
Lots of Sewing from Cat Patches

With rain falling for most of the day, it was very nearly sewing all day long. I was brave and did a little housework too. It allowed me to sew without guilt. The morning's slow stitching had me getting a start on the next plate for Pieces of the Past. 


It's a small piece, and so I expect it won't take long to finish it. When I was ready, I did my housekeeping chore, and then rewarded myself with some slow stitching around the binding for the Bag Ladies. I've turned the second corner now.


And ...

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Lots of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

With rain falling for most of the day, it was very nearly sewing all day long. I was brave and did a little housework too. It allowed me to sew without guilt. The morning's slow stitching had me getting a start on the next plate for Pieces of the Past. 


It's a small piece, and so I expect it won't take long to finish it. When I was ready, I did my housekeeping chore, and then rewarded myself with some slow stitching around the binding for the Bag Ladies. I've turned the second corner now.


And ...

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September 23, 2020
Keeping Calm and Carrying On from Cat Patches

The past couple of weeks have been stressful. There's certainly enough in newspaper headlines to scare anyone. Add in a fire near one's home with an evacuation of several days' length, and you have a level of stress that requires a little recovery time. It was an exhausting effort to stay positive while we were evacuated. After yesterday's grocery shopping trip...pretty easy as those things go...my energy was tapped out, and I took a good long nap. By 2:00, grocery shopping was the only thing accomplished for the day. Eventually, I decided some slow-stitching ...

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Keeping Calm and Carrying On from ... Cat Patches

The past couple of weeks have been stressful. There's certainly enough in newspaper headlines to scare anyone. Add in a fire near one's home with an evacuation of several days' length, and you have a level of stress that requires a little recovery time. It was an exhausting effort to stay positive while we were evacuated. After yesterday's grocery shopping trip...pretty easy as those things go...my energy was tapped out, and I took a good long nap. By 2:00, grocery shopping was the only thing accomplished for the day. Eventually, I decided some slow-stitching ...

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September 19, 2020
Wet World from Cat Patches

Just take a look at this wonderfully wet world.


We got more than an inch of rain in less than 24 hours. I thought there might be more today, but it looks like the chance of that is slim. It's fine though. There's more forecast for later in the week. In the meantime, I have corn to harvest! And some weeds to pull! It's perfect weeding weather.

The kitties are lapping it up (pun totally intended). When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Smitty snuggled into Mike's lap.


Sadie was sitting on me ...

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Wet World from ... Cat Patches

Just take a look at this wonderfully wet world.


We got more than an inch of rain in less than 24 hours. I thought there might be more today, but it looks like the chance of that is slim. It's fine though. There's more forecast for later in the week. In the meantime, I have corn to harvest! And some weeds to pull! It's perfect weeding weather.

The kitties are lapping it up (pun totally intended). When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Smitty snuggled into Mike's lap.


Sadie was sitting on me ...

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September 18, 2020
True Companion from ... Cat Patches

Smitty was my constant companion for all things sewing yesterday. He was there for me while I did my morning slow stitching.


Appalachian Memories is moving along. There's a good bit of vertical distance on this one. Yesterday, I finished stitching the top of the silo.


And that allowed me to move my hoop to encompass what remains of the left side. There is more across the bottom. When I stitch this next bit, however, I'll be close to finishing the block. This is the last block for this quilt, and so the project will be moving to ...

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True Companion from Cat Patches

Smitty was my constant companion for all things sewing yesterday. He was there for me while I did my morning slow stitching.


Appalachian Memories is moving along. There's a good bit of vertical distance on this one. Yesterday, I finished stitching the top of the silo.


And that allowed me to move my hoop to encompass what remains of the left side. There is more across the bottom. When I stitch this next bit, however, I'll be close to finishing the block. This is the last block for this quilt, and so the project will be moving to ...

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September 16, 2020
A Little Routine from ... Cat Patches

It was a little less crazy and lazy yesterday. Some things were actually accomplished. I think today will be even better. Throwing a monkey wrench into yesterday's activities was a short trip to the grocery store. We needed to go to the post office and so we went to the grocery store just to have some fun. When I say "we," I mean both of us. The fifth wheel is parked in such a way that I can't get my Jeep out of the garage, and there is no way on this green earth that I'm driving ...

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A Little Routine from Cat Patches

It was a little less crazy and lazy yesterday. Some things were actually accomplished. I think today will be even better. Throwing a monkey wrench into yesterday's activities was a short trip to the grocery store. We needed to go to the post office and so we went to the grocery store just to have some fun. When I say "we," I mean both of us. The fifth wheel is parked in such a way that I can't get my Jeep out of the garage, and there is no way on this green earth that I'm driving ...

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September 15, 2020
Stuck in Limbo from ... Cat Patches

Here we sit, unable to unpack. The fire near our home is considered 100% contained now, which is very good news. All roads are open. Fire personnel and equipment are gone. We are still at Level 2 evacuation orders, however, and so we don't feel comfortable unpacking until all risk is gone. You'll see in a moment why we're still at Level 2. And all of that to say that it's hard to establish or return to any kind of routine, which means I was pretty much a slug yesterday. I really hate coming to the ...

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Stuck in Limbo from Cat Patches

Here we sit, unable to unpack. The fire near our home is considered 100% contained now, which is very good news. All roads are open. Fire personnel and equipment are gone. We are still at Level 2 evacuation orders, however, and so we don't feel comfortable unpacking until all risk is gone. You'll see in a moment why we're still at Level 2. And all of that to say that it's hard to establish or return to any kind of routine, which means I was pretty much a slug yesterday. I really hate coming to the ...

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September 14, 2020
Welcome Home from ... Cat Patches

We spent the night at the house last night. Power and water are back, and nothing is amiss. We can't even see any fire damage from our home. Even though we can't see it, we are now aware of just how close it burned to our property. There are homes adjacent to our south property line where the fire burned up to the line on the far side (from us) of their property. No homes were lost on our hill, which is something of a miracle and a testament to the hard work put in by the heroic ...

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Welcome Home from Cat Patches

We spent the night at the house last night. Power and water are back, and nothing is amiss. We can't even see any fire damage from our home. Even though we can't see it, we are now aware of just how close it burned to our property. There are homes adjacent to our south property line where the fire burned up to the line on the far side (from us) of their property. No homes were lost on our hill, which is something of a miracle and a testament to the hard work put in by the heroic ...

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Improvement from Cat Patches

Well, things are looking up here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. The latest report from the firefighters noted that the fire was 75% contained. When I checked the page listing power outages last night, I was surprised to find our outage was no longer listed. Hm. Then about five minutes later, an email arrived from one of our closest neighbors noting they had power. This morning, another neighbor reported the same thing. So, that was very encouraging news. We won't know about our house until we check for ourselves, but I would be surprised if our power is ...

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Improvement from ... Cat Patches

Well, things are looking up here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. The latest report from the firefighters noted that the fire was 75% contained. When I checked the page listing power outages last night, I was surprised to find our outage was no longer listed. Hm. Then about five minutes later, an email arrived from one of our closest neighbors noting they had power. This morning, another neighbor reported the same thing. So, that was very encouraging news. We won't know about our house until we check for ourselves, but I would be surprised if our power is ...

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