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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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July 16, 2021
Sonora Sparkle from ... Cat Patches

The window washer guy didn't show yesterday. The best laid plans sometimes don't make it onto the calendar. No worries. We were here the whole day anyway, and we'll just try it again in a week. It'll be another excuse to spend the whole day sewing. But I didn't spend the whole day sewing. I took a little walk out to the vegetable garden. Some of the sunflowers are having trouble standing on their own, and so we got some sturdier garden stakes while we were grocery shopping earlier in the week. I've been ...

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Sonora Sparkle from Cat Patches

The window washer guy didn't show yesterday. The best laid plans sometimes don't make it onto the calendar. No worries. We were here the whole day anyway, and we'll just try it again in a week. It'll be another excuse to spend the whole day sewing. But I didn't spend the whole day sewing. I took a little walk out to the vegetable garden. Some of the sunflowers are having trouble standing on their own, and so we got some sturdier garden stakes while we were grocery shopping earlier in the week. I've been ...

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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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May 15, 2021
Snafu from Cat Patches

Some of you might be aware of a big snafu on Google/Blogger yesterday. I've heard of posts being removed as malware, and that's only the beginning. By my investigation, all Blogger blogs were blocked as unsafe sites. My friend Cheryl wrote to me in a near-panic since it happened just after she switched her email feed over to a new service. As it turns out, that had nothing to do with it...thank goodness...and everything appears to be set right again. At least I hope so. This is one of those times where I'm afraid ...

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Snafu from ... Cat Patches

Some of you might be aware of a big snafu on Google/Blogger yesterday. I've heard of posts being removed as malware, and that's only the beginning. By my investigation, all Blogger blogs were blocked as unsafe sites. My friend Cheryl wrote to me in a near-panic since it happened just after she switched her email feed over to a new service. As it turns out, that had nothing to do with it...thank goodness...and everything appears to be set right again. At least I hope so. This is one of those times where I'm afraid ...

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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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March 12, 2021
Happy to be Home from ... Cat Patches

Our drive yesterday ended up being shorter than expected. We'd worried about getting over the mountain passes. We had the option of driving north to the Columbia Gorge where we could get around the mountains, or we could drive over the mountains via the Santiam Pass. We checked traffic cams over the most worrisome passes, and the roads looked clear. Snow had fallen a few inches overnight in Bend, and that had us a little worried, but we figured it was worth the risk to shorten our trip by almost half.

Before heading out from the RV park, this ...

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Happy to be Home from Cat Patches

Our drive yesterday ended up being shorter than expected. We'd worried about getting over the mountain passes. We had the option of driving north to the Columbia Gorge where we could get around the mountains, or we could drive over the mountains via the Santiam Pass. We checked traffic cams over the most worrisome passes, and the roads looked clear. Snow had fallen a few inches overnight in Bend, and that had us a little worried, but we figured it was worth the risk to shorten our trip by almost half.

Before heading out from the RV park, this ...

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January 24, 2021
Repeat After Me from ... Cat Patches

The weather was cooler yesterday, but no more rain. The sky looked threatening toward late afternoon, but then the storm clouds passed over without a drop. Fine with us. I know you folks in Southern California got some rain, and that has to be a good thing. We got off to a slow start. We were both tired in the morning for some reason, and so we ended up taking morning naps. It was nearly noon by the time I was dressed and ready to head out on my photography challenge walk.

Before that, though, we got Smitty out for ...

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Repeat After Me from Cat Patches

The weather was cooler yesterday, but no more rain. The sky looked threatening toward late afternoon, but then the storm clouds passed over without a drop. Fine with us. I know you folks in Southern California got some rain, and that has to be a good thing. We got off to a slow start. We were both tired in the morning for some reason, and so we ended up taking morning naps. It was nearly noon by the time I was dressed and ready to head out on my photography challenge walk.

Before that, though, we got Smitty out for ...

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November 21, 2020
A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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October 4, 2020
Snow in October from Cat Patches

We've never had snow in October...and we don't now. But quilt-wise, anything can happen. I'll say more in a minute. First...here's something we get in abundance in October: Wonderfully woven webs.


We get lots of big garden spiders this time of year, as I imagine most people do. The web above is about 18 inches in diameter. Fortunately, the spider is smaller. Here's another one...a little harder to see with the clematis in the background. 


I've been hoping for a photo of these, but there hasn't been enough moisture for ...

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Snow in October from ... Cat Patches

We've never had snow in October...and we don't now. But quilt-wise, anything can happen. I'll say more in a minute. First...here's something we get in abundance in October: Wonderfully woven webs.


We get lots of big garden spiders this time of year, as I imagine most people do. The web above is about 18 inches in diameter. Fortunately, the spider is smaller. Here's another one...a little harder to see with the clematis in the background. 


I've been hoping for a photo of these, but there hasn't been enough moisture for ...

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October 3, 2020
Winchester Bay, Oregon from Cat Patches

We're back from our little getaway. We left Tuesday morning with our truck camper and ATV's and a sincere wish for an uneventful trip.


We were badly in need of some relaxation, and we definitely got that. When we arrive at a new place, the kitties always run to the windows to see where we are. Sadie spied some people and some woofies.


Smitty, do you think they can see us in here?


Maybe I should keep a low profile. What do you think?


Come look over here, Sadie. Birds!!!


Yes, indeed. This seagull was very interested in ...

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Winchester Bay, Oregon from ... Cat Patches

We're back from our little getaway. We left Tuesday morning with our truck camper and ATV's and a sincere wish for an uneventful trip.


We were badly in need of some relaxation, and we definitely got that. When we arrive at a new place, the kitties always run to the windows to see where we are. Sadie spied some people and some woofies.


Smitty, do you think they can see us in here?


Maybe I should keep a low profile. What do you think?


Come look over here, Sadie. Birds!!!


Yes, indeed. This seagull was very interested in ...

read more
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