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May 27, 2021
Morning Rush from ... Cat Patches

It would be nice if that title, "Morning Rush," referred to the rush of excitement one feels at the beginning of a day. But no. I'm referring to the fact that we need to rush off to the grocery store this morning. I foolishly scheduled my first pedicure in a full year for noon today. It's the second time in a week I've scheduled something at noon. Note to self: Stop doing that this instant! It wrecks the whole day. There's not enough time left in the afternoon to accomplish much, nor is there time to ...

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Morning Rush from Cat Patches

It would be nice if that title, "Morning Rush," referred to the rush of excitement one feels at the beginning of a day. But no. I'm referring to the fact that we need to rush off to the grocery store this morning. I foolishly scheduled my first pedicure in a full year for noon today. It's the second time in a week I've scheduled something at noon. Note to self: Stop doing that this instant! It wrecks the whole day. There's not enough time left in the afternoon to accomplish much, nor is there time to ...

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May 26, 2021
Mystery Sewing from Cat Patches

It was a day for laundry and nothing but sewing. I'm well along on my challenge piece now, and it's really coming along beautifully. The reveal isn't until August 1st, and so I'm afraid a peek is all you're going to get for now. Believe me...it's at least as hard for me to have to keep a secret. 

With not much on the agenda, I took some extra time with my morning slow-stitching. All the leaves in this section are stitched now, and I'm making my way through the tree trunk. I ...

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Mystery Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was a day for laundry and nothing but sewing. I'm well along on my challenge piece now, and it's really coming along beautifully. The reveal isn't until August 1st, and so I'm afraid a peek is all you're going to get for now. Believe me...it's at least as hard for me to have to keep a secret. 

With not much on the agenda, I took some extra time with my morning slow-stitching. All the leaves in this section are stitched now, and I'm making my way through the tree trunk. I ...

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May 25, 2021
Grey Day from Cat Patches

Certainly I shouldn't complain about the weather when we had such a lovely day at the beach. But I love complaining about the weather. Like all Oregonians, I can't resist complaining about the weather, no matter what. When it rains, we whine...it's so wet...so depressing...so cold! We're expecting much better weather and very warm temps next week. Then, count on it: We'll be whining that it's too hot! We, here in Oregon, are mostly boring. Heck, we even have a city named Boring. We never do anything as exciting as Broadway ...

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Grey Day from ... Cat Patches

Certainly I shouldn't complain about the weather when we had such a lovely day at the beach. But I love complaining about the weather. Like all Oregonians, I can't resist complaining about the weather, no matter what. When it rains, we whine...it's so wet...so depressing...so cold! We're expecting much better weather and very warm temps next week. Then, count on it: We'll be whining that it's too hot! We, here in Oregon, are mostly boring. Heck, we even have a city named Boring. We never do anything as exciting as Broadway ...

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May 1, 2021
The Reveal: Flights of Fancy from Cat Patches

Color Theory was the prompt for the latest Endeavourers art quilt challenge. It's a rather broad topic, and I went all different directions with it. I searched for inspiration on Pinterest, and something triggered a memory of a mixed flight of finches we kept some many years ago. This was pre-digital camera days, and so I didn't have any pictures of our birds. However, I was able to find all the images I needed on Creative Commons, where images are available for use free of charge with proper attribution. Any images used from the site have been attributed ...

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The Reveal: Flights of Fancy from ... Cat Patches

Color Theory was the prompt for the latest Endeavourers art quilt challenge. It's a rather broad topic, and I went all different directions with it. I searched for inspiration on Pinterest, and something triggered a memory of a mixed flight of finches we kept some many years ago. This was pre-digital camera days, and so I didn't have any pictures of our birds. However, I was able to find all the images I needed on Creative Commons, where images are available for use free of charge with proper attribution. Any images used from the site have been attributed ...

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April 30, 2021
Gardening Hard from Cat Patches

Yesterday was one of the warmer days we've seen this spring. Mike and I had to do our grocery shopping first. We got there early and were home by 10:30 a.m. Another cup of coffee, and we were off to do our worst in the garden.

First, we were confronted by this rat bastard. I gave him (or her) an extra shake of my fist before we went to work doing other things.


Our goal for the day was to weed and tame the culinary herb garden. This garden has been in the ground for around 15 ...

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Gardening Hard from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday was one of the warmer days we've seen this spring. Mike and I had to do our grocery shopping first. We got there early and were home by 10:30 a.m. Another cup of coffee, and we were off to do our worst in the garden.

First, we were confronted by this rat bastard. I gave him (or her) an extra shake of my fist before we went to work doing other things.


Our goal for the day was to weed and tame the culinary herb garden. This garden has been in the ground for around 15 ...

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March 27, 2021
Hairrands from ... Cat Patches

Yeah...I just made up a word. "Hairrands" is when you get your hair cut and permed, and then run some errands before you head for home. Those Webster's people have nothing on me. So my hair is done, and I made a couple of stops. One stop I've been meaning to make since seeing an article while we were still traveling. I have certain "Google alerts" set up so that I see articles from all over the world on certain topics. Lo and behold, one of my quilting alerts was from my home town of Newberg about ...

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Hairrands from Cat Patches

Yeah...I just made up a word. "Hairrands" is when you get your hair cut and permed, and then run some errands before you head for home. Those Webster's people have nothing on me. So my hair is done, and I made a couple of stops. One stop I've been meaning to make since seeing an article while we were still traveling. I have certain "Google alerts" set up so that I see articles from all over the world on certain topics. Lo and behold, one of my quilting alerts was from my home town of Newberg about ...

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March 26, 2021
Nearing a Finish from ... Cat Patches

We were home from the grocery store before 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Heck, on any other day, I'd still be sitting on the couch in my PJ's, and so it was like it never happened...except now, we have food! Cool! Okay, so that gave me plenty of time to get started on my newest embroidery project. These are the first stitches on the first block for Heartland Barns.


When I considered starting this project, I worried those satin-stitched leaves might be tedious or that they might make my thumb hurt. Actually, they're just fine, and ...

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Nearing a Finish from Cat Patches

We were home from the grocery store before 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Heck, on any other day, I'd still be sitting on the couch in my PJ's, and so it was like it never happened...except now, we have food! Cool! Okay, so that gave me plenty of time to get started on my newest embroidery project. These are the first stitches on the first block for Heartland Barns.


When I considered starting this project, I worried those satin-stitched leaves might be tedious or that they might make my thumb hurt. Actually, they're just fine, and ...

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March 25, 2021
Lots of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

As I've mentioned, my shoulder is healing as well as can be expected. Nevertheless, I have some pain days. Yesterday was one of them. It's probably from the weeding I did the day before, but sometimes there are pain days with no explanation. Either way, yesterday was one of those. Fortunately, I remembered some numbing patches (they're infused with lidocaine) from a surgery some years ago. I slapped one of those babies on, and within 20 minutes, it was feeling better. I should be able to take my rightful spot as Queen of the World by tomorrow ...

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Lots of Sewing from Cat Patches

As I've mentioned, my shoulder is healing as well as can be expected. Nevertheless, I have some pain days. Yesterday was one of them. It's probably from the weeding I did the day before, but sometimes there are pain days with no explanation. Either way, yesterday was one of those. Fortunately, I remembered some numbing patches (they're infused with lidocaine) from a surgery some years ago. I slapped one of those babies on, and within 20 minutes, it was feeling better. I should be able to take my rightful spot as Queen of the World by tomorrow ...

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March 24, 2021
A Day of Sunshine from Cat Patches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we had a single day of sunshine this week. This morning, we're back to our usual Oregon gloom. When I came upstairs to write this post, Smitty was looking hopefully out the window, but I'm afraid his hunting plans for the day might be short-lived.


Before we got to work on our weeding, I stitched up this section of the latest Dancing Chickens block.


All that's left now are these few words, and then the running stitch around the perimeter of the block. 


It should be easy enough to finish ...

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A Day of Sunshine from ... Cat Patches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we had a single day of sunshine this week. This morning, we're back to our usual Oregon gloom. When I came upstairs to write this post, Smitty was looking hopefully out the window, but I'm afraid his hunting plans for the day might be short-lived.


Before we got to work on our weeding, I stitched up this section of the latest Dancing Chickens block.


All that's left now are these few words, and then the running stitch around the perimeter of the block. 


It should be easy enough to finish ...

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March 23, 2021
Shoulder to the Wheel from ... Cat Patches

The news from yesterday's doctor visit to recheck my shoulder was as good as can be expected under the circumstances. X-rays showed new bone growth, and it's settled: no surgery. The doctor prescribed physical therapy and a return visit in six months. Now I'm set up for the first PT appointment next Monday. I really hate PT for so many reasons, but it's probably the best chance I have of regaining strength and full range of motion. So, I'll set my jaw, gird up my loins and go...but I won't be happy about ...

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Shoulder to the Wheel from Cat Patches

The news from yesterday's doctor visit to recheck my shoulder was as good as can be expected under the circumstances. X-rays showed new bone growth, and it's settled: no surgery. The doctor prescribed physical therapy and a return visit in six months. Now I'm set up for the first PT appointment next Monday. I really hate PT for so many reasons, but it's probably the best chance I have of regaining strength and full range of motion. So, I'll set my jaw, gird up my loins and go...but I won't be happy about ...

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