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October 23, 2020
Lots of Sewing from Cat Patches

We got through our grocery shopping trip without too much trouble yesterday. I'll never forgive my grocery store...one of those mega marts...for moving the cat food to the far end of the store. It's their way of forcing pet owners to walk through the whole store, presumably picking up non-list items along the way, before they can finish their grocery shopping. Walmart does this too, and that's only one reason I dislike Walmart. Anyway...we didn't need cat food yesterday, and so our mileage was less. And this begs the question...why move the ...

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Lots of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

We got through our grocery shopping trip without too much trouble yesterday. I'll never forgive my grocery store...one of those mega marts...for moving the cat food to the far end of the store. It's their way of forcing pet owners to walk through the whole store, presumably picking up non-list items along the way, before they can finish their grocery shopping. Walmart does this too, and that's only one reason I dislike Walmart. Anyway...we didn't need cat food yesterday, and so our mileage was less. And this begs the question...why move the ...

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October 18, 2020
Obsessive Sewing from ... Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday, "if the day goes as expected," I should have known better. It was the death knell for the day to go as expected. As I published my post, I noticed something unusual on the blog. There was a Photobucket logo on a few of my images. It's a long story about this, but let's just say I didn't feel like paying yet another monthly fee to yet another online service that had been free in the past. Instead, I downloaded any photos from Photobucket onto my hard drive, and then waited to see ...

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Obsessive Sewing from Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday, "if the day goes as expected," I should have known better. It was the death knell for the day to go as expected. As I published my post, I noticed something unusual on the blog. There was a Photobucket logo on a few of my images. It's a long story about this, but let's just say I didn't feel like paying yet another monthly fee to yet another online service that had been free in the past. Instead, I downloaded any photos from Photobucket onto my hard drive, and then waited to see ...

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October 17, 2020
A Little More Progress from ... Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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A Little More Progress from Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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October 16, 2020
A Little Progress from Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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A Little Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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September 25, 2020
Cooking and Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Not as much was accomplished yesterday as I'd hoped, but I still have some things to show for my day's activities. I'll admit I took my cues from Sadie. When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found her ensconced in Mike's lap, looking very comfortable.


Matthew called early (for him). He wondered if he could come by to work on his van. Of course! we said. That kind of threw my morning off, although I can't say it was Matthew's fault. Any excuse to slug around, you know. When I got ...

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Cooking and Quilting from Cat Patches

Not as much was accomplished yesterday as I'd hoped, but I still have some things to show for my day's activities. I'll admit I took my cues from Sadie. When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found her ensconced in Mike's lap, looking very comfortable.


Matthew called early (for him). He wondered if he could come by to work on his van. Of course! we said. That kind of threw my morning off, although I can't say it was Matthew's fault. Any excuse to slug around, you know. When I got ...

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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 6, 2020
Packing It In from Cat Patches

We're on the final stretch before taking off on a short get-away. The weather is going to turn hot while we're away. Erik and Matthew have volunteered to come up and keep the landscape watered. With some new plantings, we really don't want things to burn up while we're gone. This seems as good a time as any to tell you where we're going. We're sticking to some of the less-traveled areas in southern Oregon and northern California, making visits to Crater Lake National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Redwoods National Park. There ...

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Packing It In from ... Cat Patches

We're on the final stretch before taking off on a short get-away. The weather is going to turn hot while we're away. Erik and Matthew have volunteered to come up and keep the landscape watered. With some new plantings, we really don't want things to burn up while we're gone. This seems as good a time as any to tell you where we're going. We're sticking to some of the less-traveled areas in southern Oregon and northern California, making visits to Crater Lake National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Redwoods National Park. There ...

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September 2, 2020
Coloring My World from Cat Patches

We made a quick trip to the grocery store yesterday. Actually, we made several stops, and it's good to have all of that finished. I'll need to make another quick trip later this week once I've planned the food for the beginning of our trip. I keep alluding to the trip. I'll say more about it when it gets closer. But all of that to say I was exhausted by the time we got home. Days of canning topped off with a trip to the grocery store pretty much did me in. The rest of the ...

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Coloring My World from ... Cat Patches

We made a quick trip to the grocery store yesterday. Actually, we made several stops, and it's good to have all of that finished. I'll need to make another quick trip later this week once I've planned the food for the beginning of our trip. I keep alluding to the trip. I'll say more about it when it gets closer. But all of that to say I was exhausted by the time we got home. Days of canning topped off with a trip to the grocery store pretty much did me in. The rest of the ...

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August 30, 2020
Zucchini Zealotry from Cat Patches

 It was a canning day yesterday, but the canning went pretty quickly. When I was finished, I had another six pints of cut green beans. That makes 12 jars of cut green beans, and 6 jars of dilled green beans...a pretty good showing for the bean crop this year.


Earlier, I'd decided I had enough jars of green beans, and so six jars was my limit. There were still a few beans left over, and so I blanched and froze them.


There are still green beans on the vines, but I'll only be picking what we can ...

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Zucchini Zealotry from ... Cat Patches

 It was a canning day yesterday, but the canning went pretty quickly. When I was finished, I had another six pints of cut green beans. That makes 12 jars of cut green beans, and 6 jars of dilled green beans...a pretty good showing for the bean crop this year.


Earlier, I'd decided I had enough jars of green beans, and so six jars was my limit. There were still a few beans left over, and so I blanched and froze them.


There are still green beans on the vines, but I'll only be picking what we can ...

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August 27, 2020
Apple Saucy from Cat Patches

It was another busy kitchen day yesterday, but I get a break today. Today I'm getting a pedicure, followed immediately by a trip to the grocery store. My bliss will be short-lived, I'm afraid. After that, though...sewing, sewing, sewing. I haven't had time to spend in the sewing room lately, and so I'm looking forward to having a few hours this afternoon. I hope. Unless I forgot something. And maybe I did, but I'll worry about that later.

So, I finished up the top panel for I Believe in Snowmen yesterday. This didn't ...

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Apple Saucy from ... Cat Patches

It was another busy kitchen day yesterday, but I get a break today. Today I'm getting a pedicure, followed immediately by a trip to the grocery store. My bliss will be short-lived, I'm afraid. After that, though...sewing, sewing, sewing. I haven't had time to spend in the sewing room lately, and so I'm looking forward to having a few hours this afternoon. I hope. Unless I forgot something. And maybe I did, but I'll worry about that later.

So, I finished up the top panel for I Believe in Snowmen yesterday. This didn't ...

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