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June 19, 2021
Sight-seeing and Relaxation from ... Cat Patches

For a short trip, we packed a lot in. We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the area we visited near Palouse Falls State Park in Eastern Washington this past week. We arrived home yesterday to find the grass and weeds taller, but everything otherwise in ship shape. The kitties were glad to see us, and we were home early enough to let them out for a good run and hunting expedition. As you might guess, I have a lot of pictures to show you, and so there's no time to waste with pleasantries. (By the way...how ...

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Sight-seeing and Relaxation from Cat Patches

For a short trip, we packed a lot in. We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the area we visited near Palouse Falls State Park in Eastern Washington this past week. We arrived home yesterday to find the grass and weeds taller, but everything otherwise in ship shape. The kitties were glad to see us, and we were home early enough to let them out for a good run and hunting expedition. As you might guess, I have a lot of pictures to show you, and so there's no time to waste with pleasantries. (By the way...how ...

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June 16, 2021
June in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

The floral show continues in June with daylilies and more coming along. I am delighted with these snapdragons, so many pretty colors and such a profusion of blooms.

Medium pink above, and the lighter pink below are side by side. The yellow ones behind are coming into bloom too.

Of course, I love the purity of the white ones.

On the veranda, I need to cut this geranium back and root the cuttings, but it is blooming so well I have been reluctant to do this yet.

In another pot, the purple pansies are still showing their happy faces.

The ...

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June 13, 2021
A Slow Day from ... Cat Patches

It rained for most of the day yesterday. It makes me fear for things in the vegetable garden. We planted our first garden in many years last summer. Prior to that our last garden had been in 2012. The long gap was due to a gardening season like this one, when it rained and rained and rained right after we'd planted our seeds. 

In 2012, absolutely nothing came up. It's a lot of work to plant a vegetable garden, especially one the size of ours. So we gave up on gardening for many years until last year when ...

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A Slow Day from Cat Patches

It rained for most of the day yesterday. It makes me fear for things in the vegetable garden. We planted our first garden in many years last summer. Prior to that our last garden had been in 2012. The long gap was due to a gardening season like this one, when it rained and rained and rained right after we'd planted our seeds. 

In 2012, absolutely nothing came up. It's a lot of work to plant a vegetable garden, especially one the size of ours. So we gave up on gardening for many years until last year when ...

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Sunday Chat and Critter Watch from From My Carolina Home

Someone was sitting nicely, paws folded on our front door mat the other day. The mat says ‘wipe your paws’ but I’m not sure he did so. Still, cuteness abounds and peanut butter sandwiches needed to be made and offered.

This week, I made my Summer Squash Casserole, with a slight change. After mashing the squash, I drained the water again to reduce the liquid in the dish. This worked really well, and the result was a creamier filling and less water at the bottom. It barely lasted two meals. It is a great side dish, but could also ...

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June 11, 2021
On the Border from Cat Patches

Quilting on the farm quilt is coming to an end. I believe I'll get it finished today. Finishing off the quilting will be the day's top priority, although I have some other non-sewing things on my list as well. Yesterday I quilted in some clouds in the sky and some ripples in the hillside background.


As I've been doing the top-stitching, I've been trying to clip all the jump stitches and thread tails. I took the quilt off the machine at this point and then ran my hands over the top looking for any I'd ...

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On the Border from ... Cat Patches

Quilting on the farm quilt is coming to an end. I believe I'll get it finished today. Finishing off the quilting will be the day's top priority, although I have some other non-sewing things on my list as well. Yesterday I quilted in some clouds in the sky and some ripples in the hillside background.


As I've been doing the top-stitching, I've been trying to clip all the jump stitches and thread tails. I took the quilt off the machine at this point and then ran my hands over the top looking for any I'd ...

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June 10, 2021
Working Hard Today from Quilting My Way

 This morning we went to moms. Patrick bought her some bark, dirt, and flowers for her yard. We split up. Mom and I worked in the front yard and Patrick worked in the back on the deck. He hooked up the drip system for the plants. While Patrick was doing that, mom and I were getting the weeds out of the front garden area. Mom also wanted to plant her Lily in that area as well. It's really got a lot of odds and ends in there. The funny part was mom huffing just as much as I was ...

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June 9, 2021
Divine Swine from ... Cat Patches

We were up and out early yesterday to finish up our grocery shopping. We have a short camping trip planned for next week. Most of the food for that is already made, and so I'm hopeful we can get by for another week or two without having to make another major trip. When we got home and had things put way, we set free the cats, and I took a walk around to check in on the blooming things. 

The Fairy Princess peony continues to thrill and delight. It puts on more flowers every day.


Also, the rose bush ...

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Divine Swine from Cat Patches

We were up and out early yesterday to finish up our grocery shopping. We have a short camping trip planned for next week. Most of the food for that is already made, and so I'm hopeful we can get by for another week or two without having to make another major trip. When we got home and had things put way, we set free the cats, and I took a walk around to check in on the blooming things. 

The Fairy Princess peony continues to thrill and delight. It puts on more flowers every day.


Also, the rose bush ...

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A Slow Day from Quilts....etc.

I should have gotten back to work on the Drunkard’s Path but I didn’t instead I did more reading and had a dentist appointment which seemed like a waste of time as they messed my crown up and now I have to go back in on Thursday for them to put the permanent one on.  […]

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June 8, 2021
Moooving Along from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot more to do outside yesterday than expected. I went into the garden to hoe weeds, only to discover several of the sunflowers had fallen over in the recent rains. They were not damaged, but I took some time to stake them up as insurance. When I'd finished with those garden chores, it seemed like a good time to pick the flowers from the sage plant. I picked as many as I could find and then took them inside for a run around the salad spinner. 



Usually I do this with chive blossoms, but the sage ...

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Moooving Along from Cat Patches

There was a lot more to do outside yesterday than expected. I went into the garden to hoe weeds, only to discover several of the sunflowers had fallen over in the recent rains. They were not damaged, but I took some time to stake them up as insurance. When I'd finished with those garden chores, it seemed like a good time to pick the flowers from the sage plant. I picked as many as I could find and then took them inside for a run around the salad spinner. 



Usually I do this with chive blossoms, but the sage ...

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June 7, 2021
Love Letters, Progress from Quilts....etc.

The purple block will be block number 6 in this quilt  named Love Letters (from the book called “A Cold Wind Blows” by Barb Adams and Alma Allen– I need 9 blocks total so one month if I decide I don’t like the color or don’t have enough I will skip that one and work […]

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June 6, 2021
Sew Fourth and Sew On from ... Cat Patches

When I said we weren't expecting rain yesterday, I spoke about five minutes too soon. Since I'm trying to get my hoeing days and my watering days separated, I had in mind to water the flower pots. But then I went downstairs to find it raining. Okay...so hoeing it is then. It was just a brief shower, and by the time I had my gardening duds on, it was finished. There was more rain later in the day, but it was dry while I was hoeing.

Okay, so I've been surprised at the lackluster performance of ...

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Sew Fourth and Sew On from Cat Patches

When I said we weren't expecting rain yesterday, I spoke about five minutes too soon. Since I'm trying to get my hoeing days and my watering days separated, I had in mind to water the flower pots. But then I went downstairs to find it raining. Okay...so hoeing it is then. It was just a brief shower, and by the time I had my gardening duds on, it was finished. There was more rain later in the day, but it was dry while I was hoeing.

Okay, so I've been surprised at the lackluster performance of ...

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Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

Seems like the number of activities has increased exponentially lately. Maybe it is just the contrast from the past year of staying home. We are playing pickleball a couple of times a week now, and doing more with friends as well. Two trips to Atlanta to deal with issues with my mother in law’s home didn’t help. We also made a quick trip to Virginia with one of our car clubs, and I’ll have a post on that for you soon. It was a fun time of dodging raindrops while we motored along past pastoral scenes of ...

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Garden and Applique from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday I got all the applique templates ready for the purple Love Letters block and hope to get started with the fabric at some point today The square is ready for work – the vase is just sitting there for now I hadn’t started the glue basting. A little quilting on Country Charmer –– linking […]

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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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