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July 19, 2021
How to Grow a Cat from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post has to be quick. Mike and I are taking his truck in for some kind of recall service. I don't know what...some things aren't worth asking about. I just do as I'm asked. And then, it must be my day for driving around town because I have to go into downtown Portland (shivers at the thought of it) to see my dermatologist. The last time I saw my dermatologist, things were going along just fine, pandemic aside. (That's a big aside.) But then, I had to get a painful Moh's ...

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How to Grow a Cat from Cat Patches

This morning's post has to be quick. Mike and I are taking his truck in for some kind of recall service. I don't know what...some things aren't worth asking about. I just do as I'm asked. And then, it must be my day for driving around town because I have to go into downtown Portland (shivers at the thought of it) to see my dermatologist. The last time I saw my dermatologist, things were going along just fine, pandemic aside. (That's a big aside.) But then, I had to get a painful Moh's ...

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July 15, 2021
Lemon Yellow Sun from ... Cat Patches

It was my last canning project, at least for now. I spent yesterday morning pitting cherries. When I realized a summer journey next year would mean no canning, I knew I needed more cherries. Yes, more, more, more! If there are cherries next year, they will be for the birds and squirrels. We're hoping for a journey to Alaska. That border with Canada will have to open first, but that's a long ways off. We'll stick in the present for now. 

When I was finished with the cherries, I had four more pints of cherries in syrup ...

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Lemon Yellow Sun from Cat Patches

It was my last canning project, at least for now. I spent yesterday morning pitting cherries. When I realized a summer journey next year would mean no canning, I knew I needed more cherries. Yes, more, more, more! If there are cherries next year, they will be for the birds and squirrels. We're hoping for a journey to Alaska. That border with Canada will have to open first, but that's a long ways off. We'll stick in the present for now. 

When I was finished with the cherries, I had four more pints of cherries in syrup ...

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June 5, 2021
Cool Down from Cat Patches

The past week has seen unseasonably warm temperatures. Generally, we don't see temperatures into the 80's until July and August. Fortunately, it won't continue. The weather has cooled significantly. We aren't expecting rain, but today's high won't get above 60 degrees. It's not great for the vegetable garden, but I think things are far enough along to continue sprouting and growing. Here are some images from yesterday's gardening activities. Let's just start with the flowers, shall we?

First up, the Fairy Princess peony is really putting on a show right now ...

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Cool Down from ... Cat Patches

The past week has seen unseasonably warm temperatures. Generally, we don't see temperatures into the 80's until July and August. Fortunately, it won't continue. The weather has cooled significantly. We aren't expecting rain, but today's high won't get above 60 degrees. It's not great for the vegetable garden, but I think things are far enough along to continue sprouting and growing. Here are some images from yesterday's gardening activities. Let's just start with the flowers, shall we?

First up, the Fairy Princess peony is really putting on a show right now ...

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June 4, 2021
All Ahead Slow from ... Cat Patches

It would be nice to say I spent the day sewing yesterday, but I did not. It was another busy morning of hurrying through my outdoor chores, just so we could go to the grocery store. Do we know how to have a good time, or what? As we were leaving home, I mentioned to Mike that I need to get my flower-pot-watering days and my weed-hoeing days separated, so I don't have to do it all at once. But never mind all that busy-ness. I still managed to fit in my slow-stitching time. The day goes better for ...

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All Ahead Slow from Cat Patches

It would be nice to say I spent the day sewing yesterday, but I did not. It was another busy morning of hurrying through my outdoor chores, just so we could go to the grocery store. Do we know how to have a good time, or what? As we were leaving home, I mentioned to Mike that I need to get my flower-pot-watering days and my weed-hoeing days separated, so I don't have to do it all at once. But never mind all that busy-ness. I still managed to fit in my slow-stitching time. The day goes better for ...

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May 29, 2021
It's A Start from ... Cat Patches

When I finished writing yesterday's post, I made my way downstairs to see the poppies through the dining room window. They are so pretty right now, and there are two planters that look like this one. With so many of the flowers fading, it's nice to see these later bloomers picking up the blooming banner.


It seemed like a good time to check on the peonies. As I walked down the sidewalk, I spied this little red tree squirrel sitting on top of the venting pipe for our rain gutters. Seems like a good way to get stuck ...

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It's A Start from Cat Patches

When I finished writing yesterday's post, I made my way downstairs to see the poppies through the dining room window. They are so pretty right now, and there are two planters that look like this one. With so many of the flowers fading, it's nice to see these later bloomers picking up the blooming banner.


It seemed like a good time to check on the peonies. As I walked down the sidewalk, I spied this little red tree squirrel sitting on top of the venting pipe for our rain gutters. Seems like a good way to get stuck ...

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May 12, 2021
Sunny Day from ... Cat Patches

After my pronouncement that yesterday would be nothing but sewing, I ended up doing just about everything but sewing. There was some sewing, so don't worry. It was such a lovely day, though, and so I took the literal first steps to getting some exercise back into my life. First, I was almost completely sedentary, using broken bones as an excuse. (Honestly...some people are so lazy.) Then, I used the weather as an excuse. Yesterday, I kind of ran out of excuses. Let's hope I can keep it going. 


Before leaving for my walk on the wild ...

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Sunny Day from Cat Patches

After my pronouncement that yesterday would be nothing but sewing, I ended up doing just about everything but sewing. There was some sewing, so don't worry. It was such a lovely day, though, and so I took the literal first steps to getting some exercise back into my life. First, I was almost completely sedentary, using broken bones as an excuse. (Honestly...some people are so lazy.) Then, I used the weather as an excuse. Yesterday, I kind of ran out of excuses. Let's hope I can keep it going. 


Before leaving for my walk on the wild ...

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April 24, 2021
Drift Creek Falls Trail from ... Cat Patches

It's going to be a busy day today. We're getting our second vaccines, and then meeting up with our friends for a wine tasting. Right now I'm just hoping the timing all works out and that we're not delayed getting our vaccines. So I'm here early with today's post. I'm still catching up on what we did during our days at the beach. 

As I've mentioned before, I have manila envelopes containing "bucket list" items for every state in the union. We pulled lots of items when we made our trip around ...

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Drift Creek Falls Trail from Cat Patches

It's going to be a busy day today. We're getting our second vaccines, and then meeting up with our friends for a wine tasting. Right now I'm just hoping the timing all works out and that we're not delayed getting our vaccines. So I'm here early with today's post. I'm still catching up on what we did during our days at the beach. 

As I've mentioned before, I have manila envelopes containing "bucket list" items for every state in the union. We pulled lots of items when we made our trip around ...

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April 13, 2021
Fast and Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

There isn't much to report from yesterday's activities. I had PT in the morning...which I still hate, but I'll admit that it's helping. I'll keep at it. My shoulder is feeling less and less painful, and I can use it and move it most ways that I want to. I still can't raise my arm over my head though, and so I'm hoping I'll get there eventually. Also, I'm avoiding lifting anything heavy these days because that will flare it up.

So, when I got home, I went straight to ...

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Fast and Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

There isn't much to report from yesterday's activities. I had PT in the morning...which I still hate, but I'll admit that it's helping. I'll keep at it. My shoulder is feeling less and less painful, and I can use it and move it most ways that I want to. I still can't raise my arm over my head though, and so I'm hoping I'll get there eventually. Also, I'm avoiding lifting anything heavy these days because that will flare it up.

So, when I got home, I went straight to ...

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April 1, 2021
Hello April from Cat Patches

It's a pretty sunrise for April Fools this morning. Probably best if those sailors stay out of the Suez Canal this morning, don't you think?


It took a while for warmer temperatures to arrive yesterday morning. Sadie was all over it, flattening her tummy against the warm concrete before taking a good dust bath.


Smitty decided to wait until later in the day to take his dust bath. In the morning, there was work to be done helping out in the sewing room. He was there by my side as we cut 80 more 2 x 2-inch squares ...

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Hello April from ... Cat Patches

It's a pretty sunrise for April Fools this morning. Probably best if those sailors stay out of the Suez Canal this morning, don't you think?


It took a while for warmer temperatures to arrive yesterday morning. Sadie was all over it, flattening her tummy against the warm concrete before taking a good dust bath.


Smitty decided to wait until later in the day to take his dust bath. In the morning, there was work to be done helping out in the sewing room. He was there by my side as we cut 80 more 2 x 2-inch squares ...

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March 29, 2021
Bloody Sunday from Cat Patches

Today we awakened to this:


Well, that's annoying. This morning, I have my first physical therapy appointment. It's warming quickly, and so I imagine the snow will be melted before I need to leave. It's a good thing because I'd relish an excuse to cancel and forget the whole thing.

My spate of self-injury continues. Yesterday I managed to slice open a finger with my rotary cutter. No worries. It wasn't a deep cut, but you'd have thought a murder had taken place, given all the blood. It bled and bled and bled. I ...

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Bloody Sunday from ... Cat Patches

Today we awakened to this:


Well, that's annoying. This morning, I have my first physical therapy appointment. It's warming quickly, and so I imagine the snow will be melted before I need to leave. It's a good thing because I'd relish an excuse to cancel and forget the whole thing.

My spate of self-injury continues. Yesterday I managed to slice open a finger with my rotary cutter. No worries. It wasn't a deep cut, but you'd have thought a murder had taken place, given all the blood. It bled and bled and bled. I ...

read more
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