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November 12, 2022
Second November Finish from Cat Patches

It was a cold and rainy day yesterday...a perfect day for sewing. I spent my whole day stitching either by machine or by hand. First, I stitched up the remaining embroidery inside my hoop. Those green leaves are time-consuming.


Then I moved my hoop to the right for the near-final section. There's just a smidge I couldn't fit at the top of the hoop. The large honey bee in this design will all be done in French knots, so it will be fuzzy.


From there, I headed into the sewing room. My goal was to make eight ...

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Second November Finish from ... Cat Patches

It was a cold and rainy day yesterday...a perfect day for sewing. I spent my whole day stitching either by machine or by hand. First, I stitched up the remaining embroidery inside my hoop. Those green leaves are time-consuming.


Then I moved my hoop to the right for the near-final section. There's just a smidge I couldn't fit at the top of the hoop. The large honey bee in this design will all be done in French knots, so it will be fuzzy.


From there, I headed into the sewing room. My goal was to make eight ...

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November 6, 2022
Catching Up from Cat Patches

There was a flurry of activity yesterday morning. I had some housekeeping chores I needed to do before I could start on my sewing. With so much disorder in the house for these many months, it's been hard to give the place a proper cleaning. Yesterday, I started catching up on that. There's no rush, but one has to start somewhere. It was around noon before I was able to get at my quilting. 

Smitty was on the job again as my purrtective sentry, keeping the stairs clear of intruders.


When I sat down to quilt, I surprised ...

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Catching Up from ... Cat Patches

There was a flurry of activity yesterday morning. I had some housekeeping chores I needed to do before I could start on my sewing. With so much disorder in the house for these many months, it's been hard to give the place a proper cleaning. Yesterday, I started catching up on that. There's no rush, but one has to start somewhere. It was around noon before I was able to get at my quilting. 

Smitty was on the job again as my purrtective sentry, keeping the stairs clear of intruders.


When I sat down to quilt, I surprised ...

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October 30, 2022
All Ahead Slow from Cat Patches

Saturday mornings are lazy mornings here at the Three Cats Ranch. We've been busy with appointments over the past week, and so it was nice to just laze around. It took me until around noon to get myself up and around. After lunch, I resumed quilting a feather motif around the outer border of I Believe in Snowmen. By around 2:30, I had it finished.

The quilting went faster than I thought it would, although it seemed as if the feather took forever. I took a break there and girded my loins for sewing on the binding. I ...

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All Ahead Slow from ... Cat Patches

Saturday mornings are lazy mornings here at the Three Cats Ranch. We've been busy with appointments over the past week, and so it was nice to just laze around. It took me until around noon to get myself up and around. After lunch, I resumed quilting a feather motif around the outer border of I Believe in Snowmen. By around 2:30, I had it finished.

The quilting went faster than I thought it would, although it seemed as if the feather took forever. I took a break there and girded my loins for sewing on the binding. I ...

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October 17, 2022
Stitching and Baking from Cat Patches

It was wise to take a day off from driving. We'll be back on the road this morning with the last 300-plus-mile day of the trip. Tomorrow's journey home will be shorter. 

We all made good use of our day, resting up and puttering around. It seemed like a good day for baking a new dessert. I found a recipe recently for "Chocolate Self-Saucing Cake," and I set about turning it into a dessert for two. Cutting the recipe by half and then baking it in a 6-inch cake pan, it looked like this when it came out ...

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Stitching and Baking from ... Cat Patches

It was wise to take a day off from driving. We'll be back on the road this morning with the last 300-plus-mile day of the trip. Tomorrow's journey home will be shorter. 

We all made good use of our day, resting up and puttering around. It seemed like a good day for baking a new dessert. I found a recipe recently for "Chocolate Self-Saucing Cake," and I set about turning it into a dessert for two. Cutting the recipe by half and then baking it in a 6-inch cake pan, it looked like this when it came out ...

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October 15, 2022
Homeward Bound from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a blustery day yesterday. Fortunately, the wind has died down. Mike was not enjoying the prospect of driving in such windy weather for the first leg of our journey home. We're still sitting in Spearfish, South Dakota, as I'm writing this, but we'll be on our way soon.

Yesterday's activities felt like a prequel to coming home. There was no sight-seeing, and we all engaged in the same things we might have done if we were enjoying a relaxing day in our stationary home. The kitties were relaxing on their ...

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Homeward Bound from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a blustery day yesterday. Fortunately, the wind has died down. Mike was not enjoying the prospect of driving in such windy weather for the first leg of our journey home. We're still sitting in Spearfish, South Dakota, as I'm writing this, but we'll be on our way soon.

Yesterday's activities felt like a prequel to coming home. There was no sight-seeing, and we all engaged in the same things we might have done if we were enjoying a relaxing day in our stationary home. The kitties were relaxing on their ...

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September 12, 2022
Tasty Pasties from ... Cat Patches

It was a gray day yesterday with just a few sun breaks. The temperatures are quite a change from our trek across Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. All the way we've been running our air-conditioning nearly full time. Here in the Great Lakes region, the heat pump is where it's at. We had some "life" errands to take care of yesterday. We needed to do our grocery shopping, and Mike was determined to find a do-it-yourself car wash where he could wash the layers of bug guts off his beloved truck. I'll admit, the collection of bugs ...

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Tasty Pasties from Cat Patches

It was a gray day yesterday with just a few sun breaks. The temperatures are quite a change from our trek across Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. All the way we've been running our air-conditioning nearly full time. Here in the Great Lakes region, the heat pump is where it's at. We had some "life" errands to take care of yesterday. We needed to do our grocery shopping, and Mike was determined to find a do-it-yourself car wash where he could wash the layers of bug guts off his beloved truck. I'll admit, the collection of bugs ...

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September 7, 2022
Ashland, Wisconsin from Cat Patches

It seemed strange typing "Ashland, Wisconsin," as a title of this post. Oregon has an Ashland too...with a Shakespeare Festival and everything! So being in Ashland, Wisconsin, just seems wrong. We decided to have a day to rest up yesterday, but then ended up making the drive to Ashland. I'd read something enticing on Facebook that made us want to go to Wal-Mart. And let me just say that using the word "enticing" in the same sentence with "Wal-Mart" also seems completely wrong. And so it's just call yesterday a day of wrongdoing. Sometimes it's good ...

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Ashland, Wisconsin from ... Cat Patches

It seemed strange typing "Ashland, Wisconsin," as a title of this post. Oregon has an Ashland too...with a Shakespeare Festival and everything! So being in Ashland, Wisconsin, just seems wrong. We decided to have a day to rest up yesterday, but then ended up making the drive to Ashland. I'd read something enticing on Facebook that made us want to go to Wal-Mart. And let me just say that using the word "enticing" in the same sentence with "Wal-Mart" also seems completely wrong. And so it's just call yesterday a day of wrongdoing. Sometimes it's good ...

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August 5, 2022
Winchester Bay, Oregon from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're back from our little beach getaway. All my pictures are edited and uploaded, and so we can get busy catching up. I hope you've had a good week, and that nobody got sick while I was gone. Also, before I go on, thank you to those of you who stopped by to see my art quilt reveal

It was cool and cloudy for our journey to the sea, although the sun came out shortly after we arrived. It was too late to think about hitting the dunes, and so we took a little ...

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Winchester Bay, Oregon from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're back from our little beach getaway. All my pictures are edited and uploaded, and so we can get busy catching up. I hope you've had a good week, and that nobody got sick while I was gone. Also, before I go on, thank you to those of you who stopped by to see my art quilt reveal

It was cool and cloudy for our journey to the sea, although the sun came out shortly after we arrived. It was too late to think about hitting the dunes, and so we took a little ...

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July 31, 2022
Cats and Cooking from Cat Patches

The day was warm yesterday, as it has been all week. Yesterday, however, gave us a delightful downpour, lasting approximately 30 seconds (no exaggeration...or minimization). It rained hard...enough to raise the humidity, but not enough to do much good for growing things. The kitties spent a good part of the day outside. Smitty likes to sit in his corner spot on our deck, under the shade of the Japanese maple tree.



Sadie likes to expose as much of her tummy as possible on the cool deck. Later in the afternoon, both these areas are in the sun, and ...

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Cats and Cooking from ... Cat Patches

The day was warm yesterday, as it has been all week. Yesterday, however, gave us a delightful downpour, lasting approximately 30 seconds (no exaggeration...or minimization). It rained hard...enough to raise the humidity, but not enough to do much good for growing things. The kitties spent a good part of the day outside. Smitty likes to sit in his corner spot on our deck, under the shade of the Japanese maple tree.



Sadie likes to expose as much of her tummy as possible on the cool deck. Later in the afternoon, both these areas are in the sun, and ...

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July 28, 2022
A Quilt is a Thing with Feathers from ... Cat Patches

Apologies to Emily Dickenson. I couldn't resist. I have to write fast this morning. It's going to be a bad day for kitties. They have an early appointment with the vet to get some of their immeowunizations.

Yesterday's sewing consisted almost entirely of quilting the Stitched Inchies 4.0 wall-hanging. It first needed sandwiching.


Smitty was my helper cat for that part of the day.


I had only a vague notion of what to do with this, but I put my needle down at one of the corners, and feathers flew out.


They're birds and birdhouses ...

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A Quilt is a Thing with Feathers from Cat Patches

Apologies to Emily Dickenson. I couldn't resist. I have to write fast this morning. It's going to be a bad day for kitties. They have an early appointment with the vet to get some of their immeowunizations.

Yesterday's sewing consisted almost entirely of quilting the Stitched Inchies 4.0 wall-hanging. It first needed sandwiching.


Smitty was my helper cat for that part of the day.


I had only a vague notion of what to do with this, but I put my needle down at one of the corners, and feathers flew out.


They're birds and birdhouses ...

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