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March 27, 2020
Cats and Stars from ... Cat Patches

My kitty consultants were hard at work yesterday. It seems kitties have very strong opinions about color value. I was working on the next two blocks for the Charm Stars quilt. The stars are made from a combination of light and dark color values as well as neutrals. Sadie was not happy with my choices at all.

You've chosen a lavender, where you really should have chosen a light purrple.



She read over the instructions and looked at the diagram several times. We couldn't agree on the color choices or placement.

Pawsibly you need new glasses, because I ...

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Cats and Stars from Cat Patches

My kitty consultants were hard at work yesterday. It seems kitties have very strong opinions about color value. I was working on the next two blocks for the Charm Stars quilt. The stars are made from a combination of light and dark color values as well as neutrals. Sadie was not happy with my choices at all.

You've chosen a lavender, where you really should have chosen a light purrple.



She read over the instructions and looked at the diagram several times. We couldn't agree on the color choices or placement.

Pawsibly you need new glasses, because I ...

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March 22, 2020
Productive Day from Cat Patches

The weather has been lovely, and I've been blowing my opportunity for yard work by spending my time in the sewing room. But, oh, how I've been itching to get back into the sewing room. The season is young, and so I hope I won't regret this time. We're expecting rain beginning tomorrow and well into the future. Too bad it doesn't knock down those little virus bugs the way it knocks down dust.

So, here's what I did. My goal in 2020 is to finish a quilt top and to quilt one quilt ...

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Productive Day from ... Cat Patches

The weather has been lovely, and I've been blowing my opportunity for yard work by spending my time in the sewing room. But, oh, how I've been itching to get back into the sewing room. The season is young, and so I hope I won't regret this time. We're expecting rain beginning tomorrow and well into the future. Too bad it doesn't knock down those little virus bugs the way it knocks down dust.

So, here's what I did. My goal in 2020 is to finish a quilt top and to quilt one quilt ...

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March 19, 2020
Reaching for Routine from ... Cat Patches

We're home again, and it's good to be here. The world continues to feel weirder and weirder, and so we're both glad we made the decision to come home and shelter in place...although no such order has been issued in Oregon...yet. This morning saw me heading out to the grocery store and to the pharmacy. Also, I needed gas. I found the grocery store much as expected, and I was able to get everything I need.

One of the first things I did when we arrived home was to check the pantry to see what ...

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Reaching for Routine from Cat Patches

We're home again, and it's good to be here. The world continues to feel weirder and weirder, and so we're both glad we made the decision to come home and shelter in place...although no such order has been issued in Oregon...yet. This morning saw me heading out to the grocery store and to the pharmacy. Also, I needed gas. I found the grocery store much as expected, and I was able to get everything I need.

One of the first things I did when we arrived home was to check the pantry to see what ...

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March 17, 2020
Redding, California from ... Cat Patches

When I signed off yesterday, I didn't realize we were going to be well north of our location this morning. Here's what happened. Well...as you know, the weather was just terrible. It was even snowing. We were intrepid Oregonians though. We were going to see those last two gold rush towns if it killed us. And we were really brave, bold, and adventurous...until we got out on the road and realized the snow was coming down a little more threateningly than our stomachs could handle. Within one mile of the RV, we said in unison, "We ...

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Redding, California from Cat Patches

When I signed off yesterday, I didn't realize we were going to be well north of our location this morning. Here's what happened. Well...as you know, the weather was just terrible. It was even snowing. We were intrepid Oregonians though. We were going to see those last two gold rush towns if it killed us. And we were really brave, bold, and adventurous...until we got out on the road and realized the snow was coming down a little more threateningly than our stomachs could handle. Within one mile of the RV, we said in unison, "We ...

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March 16, 2020
Quilt Shop: Quail's Nest Quilt Company, Sonora, California from Cat Patches

When I found the quilt shop in Jamestown permanently closed, we drove to nearby Sonora where I found this one very much open for business.


Here's how it looks, approaching from the parking lot.


Walking through the front door, it looks like this:


To my left was a room where I laid eyes on this panel before seeing anything else. Oh...I think I'm going to like it here.


Below the cat panel was this cute little critter.


This was obviously the room for juvenile fabrics.


To my right was a nice waiting area for husbands. It wasn ...

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Quilt Shop: Quail's Nest Quilt Company, Sonora, California from ... Cat Patches

When I found the quilt shop in Jamestown permanently closed, we drove to nearby Sonora where I found this one very much open for business.


Here's how it looks, approaching from the parking lot.


Walking through the front door, it looks like this:


To my left was a room where I laid eyes on this panel before seeing anything else. Oh...I think I'm going to like it here.


Below the cat panel was this cute little critter.


This was obviously the room for juvenile fabrics.


To my right was a nice waiting area for husbands. It wasn ...

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March 15, 2020
Good Weather for Frogs from Cat Patches

We were expecting the rain to start up early yesterday morning, and so we planned to stay in and relax for the day. Then, the rain held off, and so we decided...no time like the present...and off we went.

We're in this area because of an article I stuffed into my California folder from National Geographic entitled, "Three California Gold-Rush Towns Worth Visiting." The towns of Jamestown, Sonora, and Columbia were the three towns referred to in the title. After driving past the Mark Twain Cabin and learning its significance, we wondered why Angels Camp wasn't ...

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Good Weather for Frogs from ... Cat Patches

We were expecting the rain to start up early yesterday morning, and so we planned to stay in and relax for the day. Then, the rain held off, and so we decided...no time like the present...and off we went.

We're in this area because of an article I stuffed into my California folder from National Geographic entitled, "Three California Gold-Rush Towns Worth Visiting." The towns of Jamestown, Sonora, and Columbia were the three towns referred to in the title. After driving past the Mark Twain Cabin and learning its significance, we wondered why Angels Camp wasn't ...

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March 14, 2020
Angels Camp, California from ... Cat Patches

The past two days have been driving days, and we've covered a lot of mileage since leaving Desert Hot Springs. There was a rather dramatic sunset the last evening we were there as the clouds moved in for more rain.


As we were pulling out of the park on Thursday morning, a roadrunner ran across the road in front of us. I only caught him as he ran under one of the RV's. It's not a great picture, but I wanted you to see him anyway.


They are large birds, nearly as big as a small chicken ...

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Angels Camp, California from Cat Patches

The past two days have been driving days, and we've covered a lot of mileage since leaving Desert Hot Springs. There was a rather dramatic sunset the last evening we were there as the clouds moved in for more rain.


As we were pulling out of the park on Thursday morning, a roadrunner ran across the road in front of us. I only caught him as he ran under one of the RV's. It's not a great picture, but I wanted you to see him anyway.


They are large birds, nearly as big as a small chicken ...

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March 12, 2020
Saint Nina’s Cross from Nina Paley

Today I learned there is a Saint Nina.

 

She even has her own cross – like a Latin cross with the arms angled down. It looks kind of like an airplane.

Naturally I had to make a crucifix based on it. Given the current state of the airline industry, it’s rather timely.

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Whitewater Preserve from Cat Patches

We were really lucky with yesterday's weather. It rained all night and all day after we arrived here in Desert Hot Springs, but we were promised nice weather for Wednesday, and boy, oh, boy. It was near perfect. When we looked outside first thing, we had a beautiful view of the San Jacinto Mountains.


Later, the clouds moved down the mountain, nearly obscuring it.


It was about that time we took off for Whitewater Preserve, about 14 miles away.


As we approached the visitor center, we stopped to admire a beautiful green pool. The sides were lined with rocks ...

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Whitewater Preserve from ... Cat Patches

We were really lucky with yesterday's weather. It rained all night and all day after we arrived here in Desert Hot Springs, but we were promised nice weather for Wednesday, and boy, oh, boy. It was near perfect. When we looked outside first thing, we had a beautiful view of the San Jacinto Mountains.


Later, the clouds moved down the mountain, nearly obscuring it.


It was about that time we took off for Whitewater Preserve, about 14 miles away.


As we approached the visitor center, we stopped to admire a beautiful green pool. The sides were lined with rocks ...

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March 11, 2020
My Favorite Things: Cats, Food, Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Edited to say that a few of you have told me you can't see the pictures, and so I'm reloading them. Not sure what the problem is because I could see them after I posted. On the other hand, when I looked with my phone, I couldn't. Coronavirus, maybe? So...the show must go on. Let's try this again.

It rained most of the day yesterday. I'd complain except that I know these desert habitats really need the moisture. So I'll keep my whining to myself and focus on the things that went right ...

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My Favorite Things: Cats, Food, Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

Edited to say that a few of you have told me you can't see the pictures, and so I'm reloading them. Not sure what the problem is because I could see them after I posted. On the other hand, when I looked with my phone, I couldn't. Coronavirus, maybe? So...the show must go on. Let's try this again.

It rained most of the day yesterday. I'd complain except that I know these desert habitats really need the moisture. So I'll keep my whining to myself and focus on the things that went right ...

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Quilt Shop: The Quilter's Faire, Palm Desert, California from ... Cat Patches

There was no plan to visit a quilt shop in yesterday's wanderings, but with the rain, it seemed like a good idea...to me. While I was in the quilt shop, Mike scoped out YouTube videos looking for the perfect RV toilet paper. The one we're using is not dissolving as it should, and so he was on the hunt for something a little less sturdy. As it turns out Charmin Ultra Soft is the winner in that category. Who knew? And all this focus on toilet paper to tell you that when we went looking for it ...

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