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August 25, 2020
Apples Away from Cat Patches

It was a busy day as usual, but also a day to catch up on some little bits of sewing I had stacked around the sewing room. For one thing, I took a center seam in the middle of one of my first shapeless face masks. I wore it when I got my haircut last week, and it was so freaking big on my face, it almost fell off a couple of times. Since it's one I'm not fond of, it's one that works for getting color on my hair, etc. I don't care if it ...

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Apples Away from ... Cat Patches

It was a busy day as usual, but also a day to catch up on some little bits of sewing I had stacked around the sewing room. For one thing, I took a center seam in the middle of one of my first shapeless face masks. I wore it when I got my haircut last week, and it was so freaking big on my face, it almost fell off a couple of times. Since it's one I'm not fond of, it's one that works for getting color on my hair, etc. I don't care if it ...

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August 24, 2020
The Pressure is On from Cat Patches

With the produce coming fast and furious from the garden right now, my days have been busy, and mostly spent in the kitchen. Yesterday, I used my pressure canner for the first time in about 10 years. I know this because the last time I had the pressure gauge calibrated was in 2009. So...I'm very good at math...I think that would make it something on the order of 11 years, if you want to get all technical about it.

As I mentioned last week, we took the pressure gauge to our local extension office last week. I ...

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The Pressure is On from ... Cat Patches

With the produce coming fast and furious from the garden right now, my days have been busy, and mostly spent in the kitchen. Yesterday, I used my pressure canner for the first time in about 10 years. I know this because the last time I had the pressure gauge calibrated was in 2009. So...I'm very good at math...I think that would make it something on the order of 11 years, if you want to get all technical about it.

As I mentioned last week, we took the pressure gauge to our local extension office last week. I ...

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August 14, 2020
A Slow Day from Cat Patches

Our morning appointments went smoothly yesterday. We each gave up four(!) vials of blood. After that, we decided that our blood loss warranted a lunch out. We found an outdoor dining area and enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. After that, we headed for home and a rather lackluster afternoon. We had our afternoon cups of espresso and then we both took naps. It was mid-afternoon by then, and it seemed too late to start anything, and yet too early not to. It seemed like a good day to catch up on a little housework and then settle myself for ...

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A Slow Day from ... Cat Patches

Our morning appointments went smoothly yesterday. We each gave up four(!) vials of blood. After that, we decided that our blood loss warranted a lunch out. We found an outdoor dining area and enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. After that, we headed for home and a rather lackluster afternoon. We had our afternoon cups of espresso and then we both took naps. It was mid-afternoon by then, and it seemed too late to start anything, and yet too early not to. It seemed like a good day to catch up on a little housework and then settle myself for ...

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August 13, 2020
Foolish Formatting from ... Cat Patches

Well, I have to start out today's post with an apology. When I took the pictures off my camera just now, I was waiting for the appearance of a cute picture of Mike and Smitty watching TikTok videos together. Only then I realized I'd formatted my memory card after I'd taken the picture. Duh. I usually format the card every time I take pictures off the camera. I've had problems with the card becoming corrupted if the pictures are simply "deleted," and so I'm in the habit of formatting. So I did my slow stitching ...

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Foolish Formatting from Cat Patches

Well, I have to start out today's post with an apology. When I took the pictures off my camera just now, I was waiting for the appearance of a cute picture of Mike and Smitty watching TikTok videos together. Only then I realized I'd formatted my memory card after I'd taken the picture. Duh. I usually format the card every time I take pictures off the camera. I've had problems with the card becoming corrupted if the pictures are simply "deleted," and so I'm in the habit of formatting. So I did my slow stitching ...

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August 3, 2020
Busy Bee from ... Cat Patches

We're winding down to the last day before we take off on a short camping trip to the beach. Originally, we were making this trip to have dinner at a restaurant we like in Cannon Beach, called EVOO. We made the reservations when things were looking up, virus-wise. Then we got nervous about indoor venues and canceled our reservations. No matter. No reason not to make the trip anyway. Camping is naturally socially distant, and we were able to get a reservation at one of the Oregon state parks. So we're going.


And that brings me to the ...

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Busy Bee from Cat Patches

We're winding down to the last day before we take off on a short camping trip to the beach. Originally, we were making this trip to have dinner at a restaurant we like in Cannon Beach, called EVOO. We made the reservations when things were looking up, virus-wise. Then we got nervous about indoor venues and canceled our reservations. No matter. No reason not to make the trip anyway. Camping is naturally socially distant, and we were able to get a reservation at one of the Oregon state parks. So we're going.


And that brings me to the ...

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August 2, 2020
Bind On from Cat Patches

It was another busy day here yesterday. There was a little of everything to do, I think. I started out by processing the beets. My yield was 5 pints of pretty pickled beets.



That's probably enough to see us through the year, but I'll probably make more before I'm finished. 

After that, I went to work on my slow-stitching. When I finished for the morning, I decided I'd stitched enough to move my hoop to the next position.


I was a little worn out stitching all those straight lines for the barn, and so I decided ...

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Bind On from ... Cat Patches

It was another busy day here yesterday. There was a little of everything to do, I think. I started out by processing the beets. My yield was 5 pints of pretty pickled beets.



That's probably enough to see us through the year, but I'll probably make more before I'm finished. 

After that, I went to work on my slow-stitching. When I finished for the morning, I decided I'd stitched enough to move my hoop to the next position.


I was a little worn out stitching all those straight lines for the barn, and so I decided ...

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July 30, 2020
Dead Zone from ... Cat Patches

If my writing seems lackluster today, it's because I'm sorely lacking in luster. My night of sleep ended sometime during the 3:00 hour. I'd go back to bed, but I have an appointment for a pedicure this morning, and so any napping will need to wait. Usually, I have no trouble sleeping, but occasionally, I wake up too early and can't turn off my mind from the coming day's activities. Oh well. Before I came upstairs to write this post, I tucked Sadie in like the little baby she is. She loves snuggling in ...

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Dead Zone from Cat Patches

If my writing seems lackluster today, it's because I'm sorely lacking in luster. My night of sleep ended sometime during the 3:00 hour. I'd go back to bed, but I have an appointment for a pedicure this morning, and so any napping will need to wait. Usually, I have no trouble sleeping, but occasionally, I wake up too early and can't turn off my mind from the coming day's activities. Oh well. Before I came upstairs to write this post, I tucked Sadie in like the little baby she is. She loves snuggling in ...

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July 21, 2020
Hot Stuff from Cat Patches

Yesterday, we turned on the air-conditioner for the first time this summer. It's always a question whether it will work when we turn it on the first time. So far, so good. It's the original air-conditioner that was here when we moved in 18 years ago. There's no telling how long it was here before us. We turned it on when we left to go grocery shopping. When we came home, the house was cool and comfy. Mike thought to close the vents in the basement, and that kept the sewing room from turning into a deep ...

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Hot Stuff from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday, we turned on the air-conditioner for the first time this summer. It's always a question whether it will work when we turn it on the first time. So far, so good. It's the original air-conditioner that was here when we moved in 18 years ago. There's no telling how long it was here before us. We turned it on when we left to go grocery shopping. When we came home, the house was cool and comfy. Mike thought to close the vents in the basement, and that kept the sewing room from turning into a deep ...

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July 4, 2020
Happy Fourth! from Cat Patches

It's hard to feel very celebratory on this, our American Independence Day. Recently I read a book by David McCullough, entitled 1776, all about the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The challenges and near-miraculous victory of the colonists was very inspiring. Our country is in dire straits right now, and the pandemic is only one item on our list of woes. Still, I continue to feel optimistic that there are better days ahead. And so when I went looking for an image to mark the day, I settled on this one with the superimposed ...

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Happy Fourth! from ... Cat Patches

It's hard to feel very celebratory on this, our American Independence Day. Recently I read a book by David McCullough, entitled 1776, all about the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The challenges and near-miraculous victory of the colonists was very inspiring. Our country is in dire straits right now, and the pandemic is only one item on our list of woes. Still, I continue to feel optimistic that there are better days ahead. And so when I went looking for an image to mark the day, I settled on this one with the superimposed ...

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June 28, 2020
Cheery for Cherries from Cat Patches

All this talk of cherries ripening had me going. I got a bee in my bonnet first thing yesterday to try adapting my mother's cherry cobbler recipe into a dessert for two. Her cherry cobbler was probably my favorite dessert growing up, and I was smart enough to get her recipe before she passed away in 1997. It made enough cobbler to feed a small army. It was baked in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I made it just once for a potluck, and it was as delicious as I remembered it. But sheesh...such a big ...

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Cheery for Cherries from ... Cat Patches

All this talk of cherries ripening had me going. I got a bee in my bonnet first thing yesterday to try adapting my mother's cherry cobbler recipe into a dessert for two. Her cherry cobbler was probably my favorite dessert growing up, and I was smart enough to get her recipe before she passed away in 1997. It made enough cobbler to feed a small army. It was baked in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I made it just once for a potluck, and it was as delicious as I remembered it. But sheesh...such a big ...

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