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December 20, 2021
A Tiny Finish from Cat Patches

When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found the Stanbro Men (human and feline) sitting comfortably and watching snow fall off the roof. Smitty was strategically positioned to keep his "peets" warm.


Sadie sat with me, keeping my feet warm as I stitched on my quilt binding.


With her expurrt assistance, I turned the third corner.


I have to limit the amount of time I spend holding a needle because it makes my broken thumb sore if I stitch for too long. Sometimes it's fine, but the healing process has been slow where my thumb is ...

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A Tiny Finish from ... Cat Patches

When I went downstairs after writing yesterday's post, I found the Stanbro Men (human and feline) sitting comfortably and watching snow fall off the roof. Smitty was strategically positioned to keep his "peets" warm.


Sadie sat with me, keeping my feet warm as I stitched on my quilt binding.


With her expurrt assistance, I turned the third corner.


I have to limit the amount of time I spend holding a needle because it makes my broken thumb sore if I stitch for too long. Sometimes it's fine, but the healing process has been slow where my thumb is ...

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November 26, 2021
Turkey Coma from Cat Patches

Everything took longer than expected yesterday, and so it was pretty much a no sewing day. I'll make up for it today by giving myself an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing.) When I say it was "pretty much" no sewing, it's because I had time in the morning to take the first stitches on the newest Heartland Barns block.


I put off starting this quilt for many years because I dreaded satin stitching all the leaves. Now I find it's my favorite part of this. They only take a few stitches to cover, and the result is ...

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Turkey Coma from ... Cat Patches

Everything took longer than expected yesterday, and so it was pretty much a no sewing day. I'll make up for it today by giving myself an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing.) When I say it was "pretty much" no sewing, it's because I had time in the morning to take the first stitches on the newest Heartland Barns block.


I put off starting this quilt for many years because I dreaded satin stitching all the leaves. Now I find it's my favorite part of this. They only take a few stitches to cover, and the result is ...

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November 3, 2021
Shiftless from ... Cat Patches

It was a lazy day yesterday. My sewing mojo has left me for the past couple of days. Only time will tell if it is returning to the scene today. It's not like me to not fill most of the day with productivity. Life is short, you know, and it feels as if I have to keep moving sometimes so that I don't run out of time. Some days, I have a hard time dragging myself off the couch where I'm snuggled up under a flannel quilt with my Warmie. So, I guess I'm blaming it ...

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Shiftless from Cat Patches

It was a lazy day yesterday. My sewing mojo has left me for the past couple of days. Only time will tell if it is returning to the scene today. It's not like me to not fill most of the day with productivity. Life is short, you know, and it feels as if I have to keep moving sometimes so that I don't run out of time. Some days, I have a hard time dragging myself off the couch where I'm snuggled up under a flannel quilt with my Warmie. So, I guess I'm blaming it ...

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November 2, 2021
Lots of Cats from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's post revealing the recent challenge quilt was pre-written and pre-posted, and so I didn't actually post anything yesterday. It worked out because the Moderna booster I got on Saturday morning had me feeling pretty crummy all day on Sunday. I only mention this because there was nothing blog-worthy going on...not that anything is ever blog-worthy, but usually I have enough to take a stab at it. Sunday...nada. I spent most of the day sleeping. When I wasn't sleeping, I was sitting with my medicinal cat, working on my Kitty Cat Alphabet.


With Sadie's ...

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Lots of Cats from Cat Patches

Yesterday's post revealing the recent challenge quilt was pre-written and pre-posted, and so I didn't actually post anything yesterday. It worked out because the Moderna booster I got on Saturday morning had me feeling pretty crummy all day on Sunday. I only mention this because there was nothing blog-worthy going on...not that anything is ever blog-worthy, but usually I have enough to take a stab at it. Sunday...nada. I spent most of the day sleeping. When I wasn't sleeping, I was sitting with my medicinal cat, working on my Kitty Cat Alphabet.


With Sadie's ...

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October 19, 2021
We're All in our Places from Cat Patches

There was a pretty pink sunrise this morning. It was a reminder to enjoy it while it lasts because we're expecting a deluge of rain over the next ten days or so.


Smitty was enjoying the view from his kitty pole, where he is master of all he surveys.

Sadie was wrapped up in her flannel quilt, which is her favorite place to be in the morning.


For my slow stitching enjoyment yesterday, I stitched up October's block for the Posies quilt. 


From there, I needed to add the borders, and finish it off.


This is also my ...

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We're All in our Places from ... Cat Patches

There was a pretty pink sunrise this morning. It was a reminder to enjoy it while it lasts because we're expecting a deluge of rain over the next ten days or so.


Smitty was enjoying the view from his kitty pole, where he is master of all he surveys.

Sadie was wrapped up in her flannel quilt, which is her favorite place to be in the morning.


For my slow stitching enjoyment yesterday, I stitched up October's block for the Posies quilt. 


From there, I needed to add the borders, and finish it off.


This is also my ...

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July 10, 2021
A Return, an Update, and a Giveaway from Cat Patches

Okay, so life is returning to what passes for normal here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're back from our five-day getaway at Mayfield Lake in Silver Creek, Washington. We had a very nice and relaxing time. Relaxation is the best part of this particular destination. We spent our days sitting, stitching (that was me), bobbing in the boat, swimming (that was Mike), eating, and napping. We even took a walk. We even visited a quilt shop. Today we'll unpack, and then get back to business.

So let's just see what's been going on, shall we ...

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A Return, an Update, and a Giveaway from ... Cat Patches

Okay, so life is returning to what passes for normal here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're back from our five-day getaway at Mayfield Lake in Silver Creek, Washington. We had a very nice and relaxing time. Relaxation is the best part of this particular destination. We spent our days sitting, stitching (that was me), bobbing in the boat, swimming (that was Mike), eating, and napping. We even took a walk. We even visited a quilt shop. Today we'll unpack, and then get back to business.

So let's just see what's been going on, shall we ...

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January 17, 2021
Settling In from Cat Patches

It was a welcome day of slow yesterday: slow getting up, slow getting dressed, slow getting around, slow stitching.... You get the idea. We'd planned a grocery shopping trip, but then realized that on a Saturday, the place would be extra busy. We just picked up a few items from the produce section for dinner last night, and decided to get the rest on a week day when there would be fewer customers inside the store. That's the theory anyway...and you'll have to admit, it's a genius way to get out of grocery shopping for ...

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Settling In from ... Cat Patches

It was a welcome day of slow yesterday: slow getting up, slow getting dressed, slow getting around, slow stitching.... You get the idea. We'd planned a grocery shopping trip, but then realized that on a Saturday, the place would be extra busy. We just picked up a few items from the produce section for dinner last night, and decided to get the rest on a week day when there would be fewer customers inside the store. That's the theory anyway...and you'll have to admit, it's a genius way to get out of grocery shopping for ...

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September 4, 2020
Cat Calamity from Cat Patches

Well, I hardly know where to start on today's post. So much has happened, it's hard to know whether to start with the good news or the bad news. But since some of you have expressed your concern about Sadie's ears, I guess I'll start there and put an end to the wondering. 

Now here's something: if you're wondering how two people catch a tiny, but very strong, little tortie and load her into a cat carrier, I offer up this image as a warning:


What you see there is the salt and pepper ...

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Cat Calamity from ... Cat Patches

Well, I hardly know where to start on today's post. So much has happened, it's hard to know whether to start with the good news or the bad news. But since some of you have expressed your concern about Sadie's ears, I guess I'll start there and put an end to the wondering. 

Now here's something: if you're wondering how two people catch a tiny, but very strong, little tortie and load her into a cat carrier, I offer up this image as a warning:


What you see there is the salt and pepper ...

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September 3, 2020
Dinner Cruise from ... Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday's post, I'd completely forgotten we planned a dinner cruise on the Willamette River last night. There was so much to do around our place this summer, we didn't get in much boating time. Now, here we sit in September, and time is running out. So, we put a "dinner cruise" on the calendar last week. We even talked about it Tuesday evening. Then Wednesday rolled around, and I'd already forgotten about it.

So, I went about my morning routine as if I had all the time in the world. I finished stitching ...

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Dinner Cruise from Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday's post, I'd completely forgotten we planned a dinner cruise on the Willamette River last night. There was so much to do around our place this summer, we didn't get in much boating time. Now, here we sit in September, and time is running out. So, we put a "dinner cruise" on the calendar last week. We even talked about it Tuesday evening. Then Wednesday rolled around, and I'd already forgotten about it.

So, I went about my morning routine as if I had all the time in the world. I finished stitching ...

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September 1, 2020
Suddenly September from Cat Patches

The year is flying by. We're into the month when fall begins already. Produce production is in full swing, but it came to a screeching halt yesterday with the canning of the last tomatoes. Not the last tomatoes, but the last I'm going to can. I finished off Canning Season 2020 with 4-1/2 pints of tomato salsa and 3 pints of tomato-jalapeno jam.


I've linked to both recipes back there. The salsa is the same recipe I've been making for years. The tomato-jalapeno jam was something new. I think I made it for the first ...

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Suddenly September from ... Cat Patches

The year is flying by. We're into the month when fall begins already. Produce production is in full swing, but it came to a screeching halt yesterday with the canning of the last tomatoes. Not the last tomatoes, but the last I'm going to can. I finished off Canning Season 2020 with 4-1/2 pints of tomato salsa and 3 pints of tomato-jalapeno jam.


I've linked to both recipes back there. The salsa is the same recipe I've been making for years. The tomato-jalapeno jam was something new. I think I made it for the first ...

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