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December 4, 2022
The Day that Got Away from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's snowing lightly outside. We've had several days of snow over the past couple of weeks, but almost no accumulation. I think that might be coming to an end. There's a "winter weather advisory" for our area, and I have an idea the snow will stick this time. Fine with me. I have plenty of food and nowhere to go. Sounds like a sewing day.

Aside from slow stitching, there was no sewing yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I needed to make a run into town for some mushrooms. It ...

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The Day that Got Away from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's snowing lightly outside. We've had several days of snow over the past couple of weeks, but almost no accumulation. I think that might be coming to an end. There's a "winter weather advisory" for our area, and I have an idea the snow will stick this time. Fine with me. I have plenty of food and nowhere to go. Sounds like a sewing day.

Aside from slow stitching, there was no sewing yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I needed to make a run into town for some mushrooms. It ...

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December 3, 2022
Week 50 Photo Challenge: Eyes from Life In Pieces

We ended up taking a week off the challenge due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We were a lot busier that week then we thought we would be, so we just delayed pulling a new card out of the pack till last night. More on that below. 


Here's the card we pulled two weeks ago. 



As usual we all went with different subject matter.

My subject matter came from the sewing room. (Big surprise right?)


Kate: Eye of the Needle


The eyes of my sewing needles in the pin cushion wouldn't be an obvious subject unless you spend a ...

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November 29, 2022
First Snowfall from Cat Patches

It's a chilly morning here, my friends. We've had our first dusting of snow for the season...or maybe it's the second. The days become a blur sometimes. In any case, it snowed overnight, and snow is falling now.


The star magnolia is already putting out next year's buds, and I suppose it is used to our weather after more than 20 years growing in the same place.


It's a confusing morning for Smitty. First, there's the snow. A cat has to stay right next to the house to avoid sitting in this cold ...

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First Snowfall from ... Cat Patches

It's a chilly morning here, my friends. We've had our first dusting of snow for the season...or maybe it's the second. The days become a blur sometimes. In any case, it snowed overnight, and snow is falling now.


The star magnolia is already putting out next year's buds, and I suppose it is used to our weather after more than 20 years growing in the same place.


It's a confusing morning for Smitty. First, there's the snow. A cat has to stay right next to the house to avoid sitting in this cold ...

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November 24, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving! from Cat Patches


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! It's my favorite holiday of the year. I was able to get quite a bit of our dinner done yesterday. Today there will be more, beginning with stuffing the turkey. And, yes, I know there are naysayers out there who will tell you not to stuff your turkey, but we do it anyway. We just check the temperature when everything is done to make sure it is hot enough to be safe. 

But let's back up to yesterday, shall we? Mike and I are endeavoring to get more movement in our lives. To that end ...

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Happy Thanksgiving! from ... Cat Patches


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! It's my favorite holiday of the year. I was able to get quite a bit of our dinner done yesterday. Today there will be more, beginning with stuffing the turkey. And, yes, I know there are naysayers out there who will tell you not to stuff your turkey, but we do it anyway. We just check the temperature when everything is done to make sure it is hot enough to be safe. 

But let's back up to yesterday, shall we? Mike and I are endeavoring to get more movement in our lives. To that end ...

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November 21, 2022
Something Old, Something New from ... Cat Patches

The wind died down yesterday. We've had a bitterly cold east wind blowing for about a week, and so it was nice to be out without getting blown away. The kitties went with me to fill the bird feeders. (The kitties are especially fond of this task.) Smitty was excited to have a human outside with him. Humans are a rare breed this time of year.


Sadie brought her shadow self to the party.


Most of the leaves are gone from our trees now, but a few are still present. This Japanese maple is at the front of the ...

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Something Old, Something New from Cat Patches

The wind died down yesterday. We've had a bitterly cold east wind blowing for about a week, and so it was nice to be out without getting blown away. The kitties went with me to fill the bird feeders. (The kitties are especially fond of this task.) Smitty was excited to have a human outside with him. Humans are a rare breed this time of year.


Sadie brought her shadow self to the party.


Most of the leaves are gone from our trees now, but a few are still present. This Japanese maple is at the front of the ...

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November 19, 2022
Week 49 Photo Challenge: Scissors from Life In Pieces

 We had snow flurries Thursday night. It didn't amount to anything, nothing like the the 6 feet of snow that parts of New York got earlier this week. It's just cold and miserable here.  Thankfully this week's photo challenge covered something that's easy to find inside. 




I use scissors pretty much every day I'm in the sewing room.  So finding the subject matter wasn't a problem, how to photograph them in use was a bit of a dilemma, not enough hands. 


Kate: Thread Cutting


In the end I went for an action shot of ...

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November 12, 2022
Week 48 Photo Challenge: Clean vs. Dirty from Life In Pieces

The cold air finally made it's appearance and I'm already ready for it to go away. We turned the heat on for the first time last night.  It is almost mid-November, so I shouldn't complain, but it's hard not to.  We've had such beautiful weather that the cold was really a shock. 

We pulled a new photo card last week, the first new card since June.  It wasn't the easiest subject for me. 




I've been deep cleaning the house the last couple of weeks, so you would think I'd have ample photo ...

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November 6, 2022
Stitching Stuff: Week 43 of 2022 from Life In Pieces


I'm still adjusting to being retired (which is the current plan, at least for now).  I've embarked on a deep cleaning and decluttering effort, which keeps me busy most mornings. It's amazing what I found hiding in the china cabinet. Why were there two partial boxes of silverware, both sets missing just the the knives? Then I remembered Grad Girls 7th grade science fair project where she was investigating if fingerprints could survive underwater on a knife handle. All my silverware has patterned handles, so we bought two cheap sets for her experiments (plus going without knives ...

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November 5, 2022
Week 46 and 47 Photo Challenge from Life In Pieces

 We started a family photo challenge back in 2021, it too was a victim of my busy schedule over the summer.  Grad Girl asked when she was home in October if we were going to start it up again, she enjoyed participating.  It was one family thing we could do and not be in the same place.  She's not had the easiest time of it the last few weeks, so this seemed like a good time to pick the challenge back up. 

The last photo challenge post was back in June for week 45. We did pull cards for ...

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October 30, 2022
Stitching Stuff: Week 42 of 2022 from Life In Pieces

 


It's been a rough week for me. The company I work for has been undergoing major restructuring over the last year. As part of that process my position was eliminated this week. It wasn't a complete surprise, I've been around long enough to read the tea leaves.  Even so, it hurts a bit and it will take me some time to adjust. My Guy has been really supportive. He's encouraging me to take some time and decide what I really want to do. I can retire, but not sure I'm ready for that. I'm ...

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October 19, 2022
Home Again from ... Cat Patches

We were home just shortly after noon yesterday. The kitties practically blew the doors off the RV in their quest to get outside and hunt up some mousies. Sadie paid particular attention to the azalea. Some strange cat must have been here marking its territory...and by "its" territory, I mean her territory. The noyve of some cats.


We all made a beeline for the greenhouse to see if there was any squirrel digging, and we found NONE!!! Hooray! I think the days of squirrel invaders might actually be over. Smitty gave it two paws up.


Interestingly, I turned the ...

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Home Again from Cat Patches

We were home just shortly after noon yesterday. The kitties practically blew the doors off the RV in their quest to get outside and hunt up some mousies. Sadie paid particular attention to the azalea. Some strange cat must have been here marking its territory...and by "its" territory, I mean her territory. The noyve of some cats.


We all made a beeline for the greenhouse to see if there was any squirrel digging, and we found NONE!!! Hooray! I think the days of squirrel invaders might actually be over. Smitty gave it two paws up.


Interestingly, I turned the ...

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In The Back Yard... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We have had a warm, sunny and beautiful autumn

and the dahlias in the back yard are loving it...

 


This is a 30 foot flower bed chock full of

dinner plate dahlias....yes, they are giant!




We have enjoyed their gorgeous, saturated colors

for several months now...





They love the warm days and cool nights...





These are a riot of color !





The Western Oregon RAINS are coming soon...





If I wait until after it rains...

this flower bed will be wet and slimy

and awful to clean out.





The dahlias are beautiful but...

they gotta go !





Poof !

Just like that ...

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October 18, 2022
Pasco, Washington from ... Cat Patches

We're just about five hours from home this morning. It will be good to be off the road. Yesterday's drive was rather dull with mile after mile of freeway, road construction, and tree-lined roads. We didn't even see very many barns. I was able to capture a few trees with their red leaves.

Here are some more. For the most part, the roads were lined on both sides with evergreens.


We crossed over the Clark Fork River at least a dozen times or more. It's clearly a winding river. I liked the places where the railroad ...

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Pasco, Washington from Cat Patches

We're just about five hours from home this morning. It will be good to be off the road. Yesterday's drive was rather dull with mile after mile of freeway, road construction, and tree-lined roads. We didn't even see very many barns. I was able to capture a few trees with their red leaves.

Here are some more. For the most part, the roads were lined on both sides with evergreens.


We crossed over the Clark Fork River at least a dozen times or more. It's clearly a winding river. I liked the places where the railroad ...

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October 16, 2022
Missoula, Montana from Cat Patches

It was another long day of driving yesterday. We're nearly all the way across the state of Montana now. Happily, we've given ourselves a day of rest before embarking on the last two days of our journey toward home. 

Of course, we couldn't leave yesterday morning until Smitty had finished yet another photo shoot for the upcoming issue of Cosmeowpolitan magazine. When you're the sexiest cat alive, the pawpawrazzi won't give you a minute's peace. Here, he was doing his final "cheesecake" shot.


While he was busy with the photographers, I finished another section ...

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