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March 19, 2019
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve from ... Cat Patches

It wasn't a sure thing that I could post today. We are staying at a really terrible KOA in Acton, California. We have no cell service and a slow internet connection. Sometimes it makes writing a blog post with pictures downright painful.

There are no really good choices for RV parks in this area. When we visited last year, we stayed in a park in Lancaster. It was bad enough that we added it to our blacklist of RV parks; meaning, we'll never stay there again. This KOA has been so bad that I think we've finally ...

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve from Cat Patches

It wasn't a sure thing that I could post today. We are staying at a really terrible KOA in Acton, California. We have no cell service and a slow internet connection. Sometimes it makes writing a blog post with pictures downright painful.

There are no really good choices for RV parks in this area. When we visited last year, we stayed in a park in Lancaster. It was bad enough that we added it to our blacklist of RV parks; meaning, we'll never stay there again. This KOA has been so bad that I think we've finally ...

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March 17, 2019
Coalinga, California from Cat Patches

It was another long day of driving yesterday. We went 340 miles. We wanted a shorter day, but there weren't many places to stay along the way that didn't involve deviating from our path by quite a bit. Coalinga seemed the best choice. We're in a part of the state dominated by agriculture, and so it's unusually remote by California standards.

Before leaving Redding yesterday morning, I snapped this shot of the mountains. We could see this from our spot.


Over my head was this tree. It's hard to tell if these are flowers, or ...

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Coalinga, California from ... Cat Patches

It was another long day of driving yesterday. We went 340 miles. We wanted a shorter day, but there weren't many places to stay along the way that didn't involve deviating from our path by quite a bit. Coalinga seemed the best choice. We're in a part of the state dominated by agriculture, and so it's unusually remote by California standards.

Before leaving Redding yesterday morning, I snapped this shot of the mountains. We could see this from our spot.


Over my head was this tree. It's hard to tell if these are flowers, or ...

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March 16, 2019
Redding, California from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, friends! We had a long day of driving yesterday...370 miles to reach Redding, California. We're staying at a park we've stayed in before when heading south. It's pretty nice...right off the freeway, and so a little bit noisy, but not enough to keep us awake. We were pooped pups when we arrived, having spent the last couple of days making lots of trips in and out packing food and personal belongings. But all that is pretty well forgotten when we awaken on the first day of a trip.

So let's just see ...

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Redding, California from Cat Patches

Good morning, friends! We had a long day of driving yesterday...370 miles to reach Redding, California. We're staying at a park we've stayed in before when heading south. It's pretty nice...right off the freeway, and so a little bit noisy, but not enough to keep us awake. We were pooped pups when we arrived, having spent the last couple of days making lots of trips in and out packing food and personal belongings. But all that is pretty well forgotten when we awaken on the first day of a trip.

So let's just see ...

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March 11, 2019
Just Kitting Around from ... Cat Patches

It was a slow day yesterday. A day for catching up and planning ahead. My housework was caught up for about five minutes, and then I spent the day thinking about our upcoming trip. Lists have been made and kits are put together for my take-along projects.

First, however, I did some more work on the bunny garden. The bunny doesn't have his tummy yet, but he'll get it today. Where the carrot is missing at the bottom, there will be a carrot button.


You might remember this little pack of buttons. The snail will go farther up ...

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Just Kitting Around from Cat Patches

It was a slow day yesterday. A day for catching up and planning ahead. My housework was caught up for about five minutes, and then I spent the day thinking about our upcoming trip. Lists have been made and kits are put together for my take-along projects.

First, however, I did some more work on the bunny garden. The bunny doesn't have his tummy yet, but he'll get it today. Where the carrot is missing at the bottom, there will be a carrot button.


You might remember this little pack of buttons. The snail will go farther up ...

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Virginia Adventures from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I had to travel down to Norfolk, Virginia, for a business meeting. I drove down on Monday to make the meeting on Tuesday. Monday evening I went for a walk down by the waterfront. 
There are many of these painted mermaids down there outside businesses. 
I snapped a few photos while I was wandering around looking for a place to eat dinner. 
Annapolis had a collection of birds downtown, so this kind of art installation is something I've seen before. 
There was even this little one at a breakfast place rendered in miniature as a trophy.

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March 9, 2019
Snow in Florida from ... Cat Patches

Actually, I'm not aware of any snow in Florida. But my quilting adventures of yesterday took me to Florida, despite the weather outside. This was my view for most of the day yesterday.


As for Florida, I'm quilting the flamingos created from a photograph I took while we were visiting Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park near Crystal River, Florida last year. Our friends Dick and Karen toured this place with us, and it was a fabulous visit.


After hunting for weeks to find visible manatees, we were finally able to see them here. We'd seen plenty in ...

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Snow in Florida from Cat Patches

Actually, I'm not aware of any snow in Florida. But my quilting adventures of yesterday took me to Florida, despite the weather outside. This was my view for most of the day yesterday.


As for Florida, I'm quilting the flamingos created from a photograph I took while we were visiting Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park near Crystal River, Florida last year. Our friends Dick and Karen toured this place with us, and it was a fabulous visit.


After hunting for weeks to find visible manatees, we were finally able to see them here. We'd seen plenty in ...

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March 4, 2019
Travel, Art and a DrEAMi! from Quilting & Learning

This week I traveled to Montreal by train to see some great art, eat wonderful food and spend some quality time with my daughter.


Kent Monkman
Shame and Prejudice
A Story of Resilience

On Thursday, we saw Kent Monkman's exhibit, Shame and Prejudice - A Story of Resilience, at the McCord Museum. Kent Monkman is an amazing First Nation artist and storyteller. His work is funny, sad, colourful, provocative and socially relevant. I went through the exhibit twice - first by myself and then with my daughter, who answered my questions. It was great to be able to discuss this exhibit ...

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February 27, 2019
The Raulston Arboretum, Part 2 from From My Carolina Home

Returning to the JC Raulston Arboretum, there is so much more to see.  Day lilies are prevalent in NC, and they had a number of beautiful specimens in bloom in August.  My home garden day lilies are earlier bloomers.  At least the ones I have left, LOL, after digging up a bunch and giving them away.

NC Raulston Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This gorgeous orange is a canna.

NC Raulston Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

One of the main purposes of this arboretum is to be a research facility for plants for the state.  There are many beds of flowers being grown specifically for sale.

NC Raulston Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Beds of different varieties of the same genus ...

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February 25, 2019
Sew Many Stitches from ... Cat Patches

We were pretty lucky weather-wise with our trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon, this past weekend. We threaded the needle between snow storms. Snow flakes were falling as we pulled out from home, but the temperature was above freezing. Snow fell while we were gone, but the roads were clear on our drive home. We were expecting snow last night, and it did not disappoint. This is the view from my office window this morning.


Backing up to Friday afternoon, we were most curious about this heavy wooden cutting board added to the RV since our last trip. I'll say ...

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Sew Many Stitches from Cat Patches

We were pretty lucky weather-wise with our trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon, this past weekend. We threaded the needle between snow storms. Snow flakes were falling as we pulled out from home, but the temperature was above freezing. Snow fell while we were gone, but the roads were clear on our drive home. We were expecting snow last night, and it did not disappoint. This is the view from my office window this morning.


Backing up to Friday afternoon, we were most curious about this heavy wooden cutting board added to the RV since our last trip. I'll say ...

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Visiting the Raulston Arboretum from From My Carolina Home

While I still work on secret sewing, I thought I would finally show you the gardens I visited in Raleigh.  The JC Raulston Arboretum is maintained by NC State University as a study area for plants and trees that would do well in our area of the country.  They describe themselves as a ‘living laboratory’ providing education to its students and the general public.

Raulston Arboretum At FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There are lovely paved pathways through flowering beds of color and texture.  We visited in August so there were many things in bloom.

NC Raulston Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This is one of the weeping trees, a study of the growth habits ...

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Another Dotted Rays from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started another Dotted Rays early in the year. I've been working on it during those times while I'm waiting, or riding in the car. These little bits of time are rarely wasted.
This one is pretty small as it uses less than 150 grams of sport and DK weight yarn. More of a shawlette than a shawl. The solid is a DK from Knit Picks. The multi is a Knit Picks sport weight yarn I dyed last June.
As usual, I decided a nice wet-blocking would open it up and give it some character.
See, it just ...

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February 5, 2019
Too Quiet? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Have you missed me? I know that I entitled my last post "Keeping It Quiet", but you might have noticed that I have been very quiet over the last few weeks-- too quiet! The truth is that we have been gone, cruising the Pacific and enjoying the sunshine of the Hawaiian islands. Our flight back to the east coast was anything but quiet; flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta on Saturday was one rowdy

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Too Quiet? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Have you missed me? I know that I entitled my last post "Keeping It Quiet", but you might have noticed that I have been very quiet over the last few weeks-- too quiet! The truth is that we have been gone, cruising the Pacific and enjoying the sunshine of the Hawaiian islands. Our flight back to the east coast was anything but quiet; flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta on Saturday was one rowdy

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February 3, 2019
A Day for Stitching both Fast and Slow from ... Cat Patches

While I hadn't intended to spend the entire day sewing yesterday, I did anyway. Shoot. Missed getting my housework done a-GAIN! The first order of the day was to stitch the second inchy for the National Embroidery Month stitch-along. I realized that I'd colored the yellow flower center with the pink pencil, and so I satin-stitched over that. You won't tell, will you?


And then I got to work on the remainder of the Appalachian Memories quilt block. When I finished up for the day, only this little bit was left to stitch. It was tempting to ...

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