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July 27, 2021
Busy Summer from Cat Patches

From year to year, I forget how busy summer is. When it rains all winter, there isn't much to do outside, and I can spend all my time indoors sewing. Summers and gardening can get very, very busy. Just when I tell myself I'm caught up on gardening efforts, the next day comes with a whole new set of tasks. I had breakfast with Sue yesterday morning, and then we went for a short walk. We walked through Barrows Park, a place we've walked before. Although it's been some years since we've been there, things ...

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Busy Summer from ... Cat Patches

From year to year, I forget how busy summer is. When it rains all winter, there isn't much to do outside, and I can spend all my time indoors sewing. Summers and gardening can get very, very busy. Just when I tell myself I'm caught up on gardening efforts, the next day comes with a whole new set of tasks. I had breakfast with Sue yesterday morning, and then we went for a short walk. We walked through Barrows Park, a place we've walked before. Although it's been some years since we've been there, things ...

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June 28, 2021
Another Hot Day from ... Cat Patches

It's good to have air-conditioning. It's rarely hot enough to use it in this part of the world, and so there are many who go without. But, man...these hot days are unheard of in this part of the world. Our temperatures are similar to what they're experiencing in Phoenix, Arizona. I haven't been paying attention to what's causing this weather aberration, and so I inquired of my friend, The Google, just now. The Google knows everything. That's why I keep it around so that I can ask it questions all the time. It ...

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Another Hot Day from Cat Patches

It's good to have air-conditioning. It's rarely hot enough to use it in this part of the world, and so there are many who go without. But, man...these hot days are unheard of in this part of the world. Our temperatures are similar to what they're experiencing in Phoenix, Arizona. I haven't been paying attention to what's causing this weather aberration, and so I inquired of my friend, The Google, just now. The Google knows everything. That's why I keep it around so that I can ask it questions all the time. It ...

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June 2, 2021
All Dressed Up and No Place to Go from Cat Patches

Lucky me...no jury duty yesterday afternoon, and none today. Nevertheless, I remain ready, willing, and able to do my duty for my community. I'll need to call in tonight to see if I have to report tomorrow, but then one week will be finished. (There are no trials scheduled on Fridays.) Yay me...for doing absolutely nothing so far. Still, you've got to admit there's some heroics going on right here in my own living room. A legend in my own mind...that's me.

Also legendary...these cats. It was a hot day yesterday, and ...

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All Dressed Up and No Place to Go from ... Cat Patches

Lucky me...no jury duty yesterday afternoon, and none today. Nevertheless, I remain ready, willing, and able to do my duty for my community. I'll need to call in tonight to see if I have to report tomorrow, but then one week will be finished. (There are no trials scheduled on Fridays.) Yay me...for doing absolutely nothing so far. Still, you've got to admit there's some heroics going on right here in my own living room. A legend in my own mind...that's me.

Also legendary...these cats. It was a hot day yesterday, and ...

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April 28, 2021
Making Headway from Cat Patches

Mike and I had to run an errand in town yesterday morning. It was lunch time when we arrived home. After lunch, I spent a nice day in the sewing room. When we left, Sadie was basking in the morning sunshine.


After lunch, I went straight to work sewing together the center section of the I Believe in Snowmen quilt top. I laid out all the blocks on the floor, and then considered the best strategy for sewing it together. You can see those little 3-star sections are staggered, and so sewing it row by row wasn't going to ...

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Making Headway from ... Cat Patches

Mike and I had to run an errand in town yesterday morning. It was lunch time when we arrived home. After lunch, I spent a nice day in the sewing room. When we left, Sadie was basking in the morning sunshine.


After lunch, I went straight to work sewing together the center section of the I Believe in Snowmen quilt top. I laid out all the blocks on the floor, and then considered the best strategy for sewing it together. You can see those little 3-star sections are staggered, and so sewing it row by row wasn't going to ...

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April 18, 2021
Lots of Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

As I might have mentioned before, the pain level in my shoulder and thumb has decreased substantially. Most days, it's almost as if it never happened. Some days, however, are designated as "pain days," and yesterday was one of them. I'd hoped to do some weeding in the yard, but it would have been a bad decision. Even Mike was telling me to sit down for the day, and so I was able to have a slow day without guilt. By day's end, I was feeling much better, although I'll admit holding a needle for much ...

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Lots of Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

As I might have mentioned before, the pain level in my shoulder and thumb has decreased substantially. Most days, it's almost as if it never happened. Some days, however, are designated as "pain days," and yesterday was one of them. I'd hoped to do some weeding in the yard, but it would have been a bad decision. Even Mike was telling me to sit down for the day, and so I was able to have a slow day without guilt. By day's end, I was feeling much better, although I'll admit holding a needle for much ...

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April 14, 2021
A Little of Everything from Cat Patches

It was a busy and productive day yesterday. I'm happy to say life at the Three Cats Ranch is returning to normal after my bike accident back in December. I need Mike's help with certain things, like lifting heavy objects, but I can do most things independently again. It sure feels good. Hopefully, we'll be seeing the pandemic wind down as well, with more people being vaccinated. But let's all continue to be vigilant, shall we? It's too soon for any super spreader celebrations.

Nevertheless, we can celebrate these small victories in our own backyard ...

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A Little of Everything from ... Cat Patches

It was a busy and productive day yesterday. I'm happy to say life at the Three Cats Ranch is returning to normal after my bike accident back in December. I need Mike's help with certain things, like lifting heavy objects, but I can do most things independently again. It sure feels good. Hopefully, we'll be seeing the pandemic wind down as well, with more people being vaccinated. But let's all continue to be vigilant, shall we? It's too soon for any super spreader celebrations.

Nevertheless, we can celebrate these small victories in our own backyard ...

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April 6, 2021
No Sewing Day from Cat Patches

When I got up yesterday, I knew it would be a long day with lots of driving. I had physical therapy in the morning, and then I drove across town to drop off Big Bertha at the shop for adjustment and maintenance. It's an expensive proposition getting a sewing machine serviced these days. During my drive, I took off from a stop sign...not fast, mind you...and the sewing machine fell flat on its face. I pulled off to the side to have a look and set her upright again. Checking the buttons on the front, I was ...

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No Sewing Day from ... Cat Patches

When I got up yesterday, I knew it would be a long day with lots of driving. I had physical therapy in the morning, and then I drove across town to drop off Big Bertha at the shop for adjustment and maintenance. It's an expensive proposition getting a sewing machine serviced these days. During my drive, I took off from a stop sign...not fast, mind you...and the sewing machine fell flat on its face. I pulled off to the side to have a look and set her upright again. Checking the buttons on the front, I was ...

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March 31, 2021
More Progress on Spring from ... Cat Patches

You might think I'm controlling the weather with that title, but I'm not. If it were up to me, it would be a lot warmer. We had sunshine yesterday, but still frigid temperatures. Nevertheless, I saw the first Rufous hummingbird of the season. We have Anna's hummers year-round, but the Rufous are only around in spring and summer, and then they start heading south in the fall. 

This guy was not at all happy about the cold temperature.


I went out for a little walk around. It's still too cold to see many blooming things, but ...

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More Progress on Spring from Cat Patches

You might think I'm controlling the weather with that title, but I'm not. If it were up to me, it would be a lot warmer. We had sunshine yesterday, but still frigid temperatures. Nevertheless, I saw the first Rufous hummingbird of the season. We have Anna's hummers year-round, but the Rufous are only around in spring and summer, and then they start heading south in the fall. 

This guy was not at all happy about the cold temperature.


I went out for a little walk around. It's still too cold to see many blooming things, but ...

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March 14, 2021
Returning to Life as We Know It from ... Cat Patches

The RV is unpacked, and life at the Three Cats Ranch can resume where we left off. And where we left off was way behind after breaking my shoulder back in December. Mike was a good nurse and a huge help in those first several weeks when I was fairly well incapacitated. Now, there's plenty to do to catch up from where things left off. For one thing, not a lick of housework has taken place in all that time, and so I'll be getting back to that in the next couple of days. 

Today would have been ...

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Returning to Life as We Know It from Cat Patches

The RV is unpacked, and life at the Three Cats Ranch can resume where we left off. And where we left off was way behind after breaking my shoulder back in December. Mike was a good nurse and a huge help in those first several weeks when I was fairly well incapacitated. Now, there's plenty to do to catch up from where things left off. For one thing, not a lick of housework has taken place in all that time, and so I'll be getting back to that in the next couple of days. 

Today would have been ...

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November 24, 2020
Irksome Errands from ... Cat Patches

We did all our running around town yesterday. We delivered packages to the post office, dropped off some donation items at Goodwill, picked up two big bags of birdseed at the feed store, and then went to the human feed store for groceries. My Christmas mask worn a few days early made me a little less grinchy at the grocery store yesterday.


Looking at this picture reminds me that my nose is pretty well healed now. There is just the slightest ridge where the incision was made. I'm told I can massage that in a few weeks to help ...

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Irksome Errands from Cat Patches

We did all our running around town yesterday. We delivered packages to the post office, dropped off some donation items at Goodwill, picked up two big bags of birdseed at the feed store, and then went to the human feed store for groceries. My Christmas mask worn a few days early made me a little less grinchy at the grocery store yesterday.


Looking at this picture reminds me that my nose is pretty well healed now. There is just the slightest ridge where the incision was made. I'm told I can massage that in a few weeks to help ...

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