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January 19, 2022
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve from Cat Patches

When I last wrote, we were hoping to visit the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in La Jolla, California. The weather was looking iffy, and so I asked everyone to cross their fingers and hope for the best. And YOU GUYS CAME THROUGH!

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve from ... Cat Patches

When I last wrote, we were hoping to visit the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in La Jolla, California. The weather was looking iffy, and so I asked everyone to cross their fingers and hope for the best. And YOU GUYS CAME THROUGH!

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January 17, 2022
Every Blooming Thing in the RV Park from ... Cat Patches

The kitties switched places for their morning naps yesterday. Smitty stretched out on his window hammock.


Sadie decided the catio was the place to be.


Inside, I was busy putting together an Orange Upside-down Cake. We had dinner with friends last night, and I brought dessert. This was made from some oranges from their trees, but I purchased the one blood orange at the grocery store. 


I was a little worried about this when I flipped the pan upside-down and removed it. There was quite a bit of orange juice from the blood oranges, and I worried the cake would ...

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Every Blooming Thing in the RV Park from Cat Patches

The kitties switched places for their morning naps yesterday. Smitty stretched out on his window hammock.


Sadie decided the catio was the place to be.


Inside, I was busy putting together an Orange Upside-down Cake. We had dinner with friends last night, and I brought dessert. This was made from some oranges from their trees, but I purchased the one blood orange at the grocery store. 


I was a little worried about this when I flipped the pan upside-down and removed it. There was quite a bit of orange juice from the blood oranges, and I worried the cake would ...

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January 16, 2022
Photo Challenge Week 29: A Long Exposure from Life In Pieces

Winter is definitely here. It snowed here today, just enough to coat the grass.  It was windy and cold. It's definitely not weather you want to be out and about doing photography in. Unfortunately this week's prompt works really well with natural subjects.  




Long exposures are common when you want to capture any low light activity or if you want slow the flow of water.  I really didn't want to spend any time outside, so I struggled to figure out what would make a cool picture. Then I found something in one of the cabinets I was ...

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January 11, 2022
Escondido, California from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends! We're back in civilization...as long as you're talking about the internet. I can't speak for the rest of the world, but I'm taking notes, and I'll report back on my findings in a day or two. For now, I can upload pictures reliably again, so I'm a happy camper AND a happy blogger. 

We had only about 40 miles to drive yesterday, and so we stayed at Lake Skinner until around noon. We couldn't check into this new park until 1:00 p.m., and our timing was ...

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Escondido, California from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends! We're back in civilization...as long as you're talking about the internet. I can't speak for the rest of the world, but I'm taking notes, and I'll report back on my findings in a day or two. For now, I can upload pictures reliably again, so I'm a happy camper AND a happy blogger. 

We had only about 40 miles to drive yesterday, and so we stayed at Lake Skinner until around noon. We couldn't check into this new park until 1:00 p.m., and our timing was ...

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January 10, 2022
New Day, New Place from Cat Patches

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning. If there weren't already many good reasons to have cats, then having them around to make sure I always see the sunrise in the morning is reason enough. If it weren't for them, I might have missed this beauty this morning:


Looking through the back window, it looked like this:


Inside the RV, it looks like this:


Their work is done. Time to rest.


Our friends left for home yesterday. We will move along today. Mike and our friend, Rick, sat at the table talking about "Man and his RV" stuff ...

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New Day, New Place from ... Cat Patches

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning. If there weren't already many good reasons to have cats, then having them around to make sure I always see the sunrise in the morning is reason enough. If it weren't for them, I might have missed this beauty this morning:


Looking through the back window, it looked like this:


Inside the RV, it looks like this:


Their work is done. Time to rest.


Our friends left for home yesterday. We will move along today. Mike and our friend, Rick, sat at the table talking about "Man and his RV" stuff ...

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January 8, 2022
Photo Challenge Week 28: Something at Night from Life In Pieces

A little late posting again this week.  Everyone had their photos last night, but we were all so tired by the time we got home, no one wanted to get on their computers and deal with sending me photos. By the time we all got moving this morning, it was time to head out for the Scientist in Training's birthday celebration with friends.  So I just didn't get a post up before we left.  


So here's week 28:



We all had a similar theme this week. All the photos were taken around town.  

Kate:  The Tower at ...

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January 6, 2022
Mostly Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

It was another day of slow here. The morning was spent slow-stitching, in the usual way. I filled my hoop again.


When I moved my hoop, I was able to encompass the last of it.


We were a little more lively after that. Mike and I went for a short bike ride. His ride was longer. He rode back to the RV with me when I'd had enough, and then he rode a little more. I'm still riding with a significant amount of fear, and so I keep my outings short. Also, it makes my arm hurt a ...

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Mostly Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

It was another day of slow here. The morning was spent slow-stitching, in the usual way. I filled my hoop again.


When I moved my hoop, I was able to encompass the last of it.


We were a little more lively after that. Mike and I went for a short bike ride. His ride was longer. He rode back to the RV with me when I'd had enough, and then he rode a little more. I'm still riding with a significant amount of fear, and so I keep my outings short. Also, it makes my arm hurt a ...

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January 5, 2022
Slowing Down from ... Cat Patches

Last night, Mike and I were talking about what an ordeal it was getting ourselves here to this first destination. We dealt with bad weather and snow on the other end, and then scary bad traffic at this end. It's nice to be staying put for the week in this pretty setting. I'm still mad at them for charging us extra for the kitties, but it is a nice campground. And when you look at this pretty girl, doesn't it seem like they should be paying us for the privilege of having our fabulous felines here?

Sadie ...

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Slowing Down from Cat Patches

Last night, Mike and I were talking about what an ordeal it was getting ourselves here to this first destination. We dealt with bad weather and snow on the other end, and then scary bad traffic at this end. It's nice to be staying put for the week in this pretty setting. I'm still mad at them for charging us extra for the kitties, but it is a nice campground. And when you look at this pretty girl, doesn't it seem like they should be paying us for the privilege of having our fabulous felines here?

Sadie ...

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January 4, 2022
Lake Skinner Recreation Area from ... Cat Patches

We only drove about 200 miles yesterday, but it seemed like way more. We avoided going through Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, and that whole constellation of cities near Los Angeles, but we still had to get south through the Riverside area. Good grief...the drivers here are absolutely crazy.

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Lake Skinner Recreation Area from Cat Patches

We only drove about 200 miles yesterday, but it seemed like way more. We avoided going through Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, and that whole constellation of cities near Los Angeles, but we still had to get south through the Riverside area. Good grief...the drivers here are absolutely crazy.

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January 2, 2022
Day One Flies By from ... Cat Patches

What a wonderful way to start the year with a visit to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge with a dear friend from high school. We knew it would be a long day, and so we left the kitties in good stead with a final dispensing of kitty treats. Sadie was in her element because the morning sun was shining in on her hammock. She gets so toasty lying there, I worry she will spontaneously combust.


Smitty likes the sunshine too, but yesterday, he thought he'd get under the cover of the Stars & Stripes quilt. He thinks of himself as ...

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Day One Flies By from Cat Patches

What a wonderful way to start the year with a visit to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge with a dear friend from high school. We knew it would be a long day, and so we left the kitties in good stead with a final dispensing of kitty treats. Sadie was in her element because the morning sun was shining in on her hammock. She gets so toasty lying there, I worry she will spontaneously combust.


Smitty likes the sunshine too, but yesterday, he thought he'd get under the cover of the Stars & Stripes quilt. He thinks of himself as ...

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Photo Challenge: Sushi and Something From a Video Frame from Life In Pieces

The weekly photo challenge post is going up just a little late today.  Someone didn't get their photo for this week taken till after dinner tonight. I'm still in catch up mode as far as the posting the challenge photos. This post covers weeks 26 and 27, which will bring us up to date.    

Week 26 was unexpected. 



Both My Guy and the Scientist in Training are pretty big fans of sushi. Me, not so much.  Consequently it's not a dining option we explore very frequently.  We were in Oklahoma City for Christmas and had lots of ...

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January 1, 2022
Delhi, California from ... Cat Patches

Welcome to 2022, my friends! I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get online this morning. I started this post yesterday evening, and wasn't able to upload any pictures. This morning, all the yahoos (and their automatic weapons fired off at midnight) are still in bed, and so they aren't hogging all the bandwidth. Not that I would ever hog bandwidth...just sayin'. And this gives me an opportunity to say our internet access could get a little dicey over the next week or so. Tomorrow we'll be heading to a small park ...

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