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June 20, 2021
Stitching Stuff: Week 25 of 2021 from Life In Pieces


Happy first day of summer to all who live in the Northern Hemisphere.  I broke out the capris and sandals last weekend.  Our temps went from the low 70s to the mid 90s seemingly overnight. The summer temps are likely here to stay now.  

Work continues to be a challenge.  Both My Guy and I are completely swamped, we had two nights this week we didn't leave work till almost 8 PM.  We both work in the same organization, but different research groups. Not sure why the work load has jumped up so much, but it's been pretty ...

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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 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 9, 2021
Family Names on a Signature Quilt - Part 3 from Ann Quilts

Well, well, well.  The story continues.  The backstory for this post can be found in two previous posts:

Flexner Family Names on a Signature Quilt
...in which researching names on a 1910 quilt traced the relationship between those people and my ancestors.

Family Names on a Signature Quilt - Part 2
...in which I was contacted by relatives of the people whose names are on the quilt, and they confirmed that whole new (to me) branch of my family.  The discussion left many more unanswered questions of the exact ties between the two branches.

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And now for Part 3.  This chapter ...

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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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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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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 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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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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June 3, 2021
Country Roads from ... Cat Patches

It was a beautiful hot day for a drive through the country. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we needed to pick up a wine shipment. We decided to make a day of it by visiting Adelman's Peony Gardens. The gardens did not disappoint. I have a bunch of peony pictures to show, as you might guess. But first, there were a few things to do at home.


I planted the last of the cucumber seeds. They'd been soaking two days in wet paper towels, but none of them were sprouted. Still, I went ahead and planted ...

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Country Roads from Cat Patches

It was a beautiful hot day for a drive through the country. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we needed to pick up a wine shipment. We decided to make a day of it by visiting Adelman's Peony Gardens. The gardens did not disappoint. I have a bunch of peony pictures to show, as you might guess. But first, there were a few things to do at home.


I planted the last of the cucumber seeds. They'd been soaking two days in wet paper towels, but none of them were sprouted. Still, I went ahead and planted ...

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June 1, 2021
Little Green Sprouts from Cat Patches

Everything is going to move fast this morning. It's my first day of jury duty. In our county, we call in a day ahead to see if we're going to need to report the next day. (The orientation session was canceled, thank goodness.) When I called in yesterday, I received a rather cryptic message: There were two check-in times for jurors with numbers lower than mine. When they got to my group, it said to report at 1:00 p.m., but that I should call at 11:45 a.m. to see if I'm still needed ...

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Little Green Sprouts from ... Cat Patches

Everything is going to move fast this morning. It's my first day of jury duty. In our county, we call in a day ahead to see if we're going to need to report the next day. (The orientation session was canceled, thank goodness.) When I called in yesterday, I received a rather cryptic message: There were two check-in times for jurors with numbers lower than mine. When they got to my group, it said to report at 1:00 p.m., but that I should call at 11:45 a.m. to see if I'm still needed ...

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May 30, 2021
Pretty Peonies from Cat Patches

If I had to sum up yesterday's comings and goings with just one phrase it would be "Hurry Up!" It was my own fault. Earlier in the week, we were already in the process of planning dinner with two friends when Erik texted me to ask if I wanted to go to the farmer's market on Saturday. Well...I can't say no to that, even though I knew it would put me in a time crunch. It's so much fun going with them. I get a little glimpse into their lives when I can see what ...

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