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July 30, 2021
Time Flies from Cat Patches

The day kind of got away from me yesterday. I had big plans to finish sewing together the blocks for Ella's Flower Garden, but then it was after 4:00 p.m., and where did the time go? Well, it's not as if I wasn't doing anything, but I was still surprised at how fast the day flew by.

My first stop yesterday was to check on the zucchini and cucumbers. I've realized that cucumbers are every bit as sneaky as zucchini in that they hide in plain sight, and you can't see them until ...

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Time Flies from ... Cat Patches

The day kind of got away from me yesterday. I had big plans to finish sewing together the blocks for Ella's Flower Garden, but then it was after 4:00 p.m., and where did the time go? Well, it's not as if I wasn't doing anything, but I was still surprised at how fast the day flew by.

My first stop yesterday was to check on the zucchini and cucumbers. I've realized that cucumbers are every bit as sneaky as zucchini in that they hide in plain sight, and you can't see them until ...

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July 29, 2021
It's Dead, Jim from Cat Patches

Probably I shouldn't say something like that since I just had a blood draw yesterday. Not to worry...I still have some blood left in my body, and only a tiny bruise on my arm. No, when I sat down to my desktop computer this morning, it said in "computer" font: BOOTMGR MISSING. No problem, I thought...I'll just call the system administrator to take care of this. He took one look at it and said, "Oh...that isn't good." It seems my hard drive died overnight. Honestly, the cats did not do it. Fortunately, everything is ...

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It's Dead, Jim from ... Cat Patches

Probably I shouldn't say something like that since I just had a blood draw yesterday. Not to worry...I still have some blood left in my body, and only a tiny bruise on my arm. No, when I sat down to my desktop computer this morning, it said in "computer" font: BOOTMGR MISSING. No problem, I thought...I'll just call the system administrator to take care of this. He took one look at it and said, "Oh...that isn't good." It seems my hard drive died overnight. Honestly, the cats did not do it. Fortunately, everything is ...

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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 26, 2021
More Big Dreams from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday morning's agenda. Since there was much to accomplish, while still leaving time for quilting, I was out early to water the annuals. While I was out, I noticed some new reasons to get excited. The echinacea are really taking off now. It's one of my favorite flowers.


The bees love it too.


I have three colors, and I notice the third color is starting to open. I wasn't sure it had survived the winter.


In the greenhouse, the first tomatoes are beginning to ripen. I'm hoping to get plenty for ...

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More Big Dreams from Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday morning's agenda. Since there was much to accomplish, while still leaving time for quilting, I was out early to water the annuals. While I was out, I noticed some new reasons to get excited. The echinacea are really taking off now. It's one of my favorite flowers.


The bees love it too.


I have three colors, and I notice the third color is starting to open. I wasn't sure it had survived the winter.


In the greenhouse, the first tomatoes are beginning to ripen. I'm hoping to get plenty for ...

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July 24, 2021
Busy Morning from ... Cat Patches

My gardening chores took longer than expected yesterday, and that left only a little time for quilting in the afternoon. I'd walked past our rose bush many times, which had several suckers that needed clipping. Also, a wild blackberry growing among some junipers. Both of these tasks required gloves to remove them, and so it was easier to just keep walking by. Yesterday, I couldn't stand it any more, and so I had to take care of all of that as I walked toward the vegetable garden. When I reached the vegetable garden, I found plenty of weeds ...

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Busy Morning from Cat Patches

My gardening chores took longer than expected yesterday, and that left only a little time for quilting in the afternoon. I'd walked past our rose bush many times, which had several suckers that needed clipping. Also, a wild blackberry growing among some junipers. Both of these tasks required gloves to remove them, and so it was easier to just keep walking by. Yesterday, I couldn't stand it any more, and so I had to take care of all of that as I walked toward the vegetable garden. When I reached the vegetable garden, I found plenty of weeds ...

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July 23, 2021
Diem Interruptus from ... Cat Patches

The window washer guy was here yesterday, which meant the day was kind of disorganized. I had things to do, but many of them involved being close to a window. I was trying to stay out of the way, and so the flow was a little messy. It is nice to have clean windows. The kitties are enjoying two levels of morning sunbathing. Smitty takes the high road, Sadie takes the low road. 


And yes, those are cat toys on the floor. Sadie likes her cat toys. She gets many of them out at night, and we often hear her ...

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Diem Interruptus from Cat Patches

The window washer guy was here yesterday, which meant the day was kind of disorganized. I had things to do, but many of them involved being close to a window. I was trying to stay out of the way, and so the flow was a little messy. It is nice to have clean windows. The kitties are enjoying two levels of morning sunbathing. Smitty takes the high road, Sadie takes the low road. 


And yes, those are cat toys on the floor. Sadie likes her cat toys. She gets many of them out at night, and we often hear her ...

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July 22, 2021
Stitching and Quilting from Cat Patches

Before we left to go ride bikes yesterday, I was able to finish up the stitching for the final Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block. This one is called "Pleasures of a Peaceful Life."


Here are all the blocks I have for this quilt:


If I sew it together as the pattern shows it, I would set the blocks 4 across and 3 down, as you see them here. It makes sense since the blocks are long and narrow. The quilt will end up square, essentially. The pattern cover shows it with a border using the same off-white background fabric ...

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Stitching and Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Before we left to go ride bikes yesterday, I was able to finish up the stitching for the final Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block. This one is called "Pleasures of a Peaceful Life."


Here are all the blocks I have for this quilt:


If I sew it together as the pattern shows it, I would set the blocks 4 across and 3 down, as you see them here. It makes sense since the blocks are long and narrow. The quilt will end up square, essentially. The pattern cover shows it with a border using the same off-white background fabric ...

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July 21, 2021
A More Productive Day from Cat Patches

We had to make up for our slug day from the day before by doing something more productive yesterday. It was a busy day from start to finish. Today will be busy too, but in a different way. My own day started with a trip to the garden. I could see that more sunflowers and wildflowers were blooming, and so I took pictures of every blooming thing. This first one is the Red Lemon Bicolor Sunflower.

The Ring of Fire sunflower (one of my favorites) is blooming now too. My image was blurry, and so I stole this one off ...

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A More Productive Day from ... Cat Patches

We had to make up for our slug day from the day before by doing something more productive yesterday. It was a busy day from start to finish. Today will be busy too, but in a different way. My own day started with a trip to the garden. I could see that more sunflowers and wildflowers were blooming, and so I took pictures of every blooming thing. This first one is the Red Lemon Bicolor Sunflower.

The Ring of Fire sunflower (one of my favorites) is blooming now too. My image was blurry, and so I stole this one off ...

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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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July 12, 2021
Beary Close to a Finish from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday found me with a long list of to-do's, the most time-consuming of which was to do laundry. Laundry is actually not such a bad job. It's more of an interruption than anything else, but yesterday's pile was impressive. That's what happens when you skip a week for a camping trip. So I had laundry in the background for the whole day. Also, I had two canning projects on my list, but I really, really, really wanted to finish up the quilting on the bear quilt. That was first on my list after breakfast.

Just the ...

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Beary Close to a Finish from Cat Patches

Yesterday found me with a long list of to-do's, the most time-consuming of which was to do laundry. Laundry is actually not such a bad job. It's more of an interruption than anything else, but yesterday's pile was impressive. That's what happens when you skip a week for a camping trip. So I had laundry in the background for the whole day. Also, I had two canning projects on my list, but I really, really, really wanted to finish up the quilting on the bear quilt. That was first on my list after breakfast.

Just the ...

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