Bring on the Clouds

I love the 16 mile drive to work.   I have time to think, plan, pray, whatever needs to be done on the drive.   I watch the fields, the cattle (yes!  we have cattle again!!!)  The growth of the grains has been wonderful this year.   I rejoice at seeing the round bales accumulating in the holding areas.  Our neighbors two areas are almost full and his fields are ready for harvest again.  What a blessing!

In addition to watching along the road,  I’ve seen some of the most spectacular sunsets, complete ground to ground double rainbows and so much more.  Earlier this week,  it was the cloud formations that drew my eyes.   The photos don’t do justice to what God provided for my evening entertainment!

 The fluffy clouds were building up in every shade of blue and white.  Beautiful!   Even more spectacular were the photos from about 5 minutes later.  As the cloud formation built, it started separating out into layers and was transformed into this.   We didn’t receive any rain, but those clouds brought cooler temperatures to preserve the ground moisture from what has already fallen.  We had a little over an inch and a half with our last rain…and almost 3″ from the rainfall before.   The yards are all green and weedy, the fields are lush and full.




How could anyone not appreciate this beauty?  The clouds to the right of the “hole” were the brightest white.   The fluffy white was surrounded by stunning shades of blues all the way into purples.   The white puffy part was so dimensional.   So many layers of clouds.  The photos just don’t capture that part.


  This is a slightly closer view of the same cloud…I was trying to get the layers of white to show you.

It’s views like this that make that drive bearable for me.  Everyday offers something new to see.   I’ve missed getting photos of so much…the snake on the road,  the vultures feasting on ?  didn’t want to think about that.   The cows following the lead heifer in single file going to the tank…and one day, on one 4″ square welded fence section,  there were birds in every hole…no working camera that day.  We’ve seen freshly plowed fields with a hawk about every 5 feet for as far as one could see.  They were of course after a meal.  I’ve been told the plowing turns up all manner of mouse nests, snakes and bugs.

I love being a country girl!

Susan ~ Patchkat



CTS BOM….August blocks!

I’m not done with the Business District from Denise Russart,  but the others are done!

 You’ve already seen my version of Sheryl Till’s Poinsettia flower…

I’ve added JudyL’s pieced block (above the heart block, also from Sheryl Till) and my Christmas Cactus bloom.

I’ve got Denise’s Business District fabrics paired and only one block made so far.  I wanted to check the pattern assembly and it’s really easy to understand her pattern and goes together easily.




Here is the one Business District block that I assembled.   Can’t wait to get the other 11 done.  Mine will all be scrappy as I’m working from my stash.

Thanks ladies for another month of cool patterns!  It’s not too late to start your own sampler quilt….just go to each of our blogs and get started!   The web addys are in the title bar above under Christmas Town Sampler tab.

Susan ~ Patchkat

the birth of a bed….

a raised garden bed that is!   With the cancer,  I cannot bend to work my garden, nor can I get down low enough to the ground to plant, weed, etc.  With raised beds,  I can use a garden cart to sit, push myself along the bed and be able to reach into the center.  I’ve been looking at raised beds for the last 2 years, but they just haven’t happened with everything else happening.

Where I work,  people often move off and leave furniture and stuff…and eventually,  it’s available for anyone to claim.   I found a wooden bed frame…twin size and brought it home.   I have a vision, lol….wish I had snapped a shot to share of the original.

We took a trip to the big box store for additional lumber…here’s Ernie sorting through a bin.  He must’ve looked at every board there at least twice before making a selection.

Then we had to whip out a tape and measure everything.  No,  I don’t understand why it had to be measured since it came from a bin with the measurements marked,  but I’m thinking it’s a guy thing!

Here is the first of the two bed boxes.   They’re 3′ x 6′ x 15″ tall.   The finished wood is the original bed frame,   Ernie just filled in the middles.  Now to order in some top soil and builders sand.   That’s a research job for another day, lol.   I’m so excited to have the beds I’ve dreamed about for so long.   Maybe this time next year we’ll still be harvesting good things to eat!

In one of my magazines,  there is a small greenhouse that starts off with 2 raised beds….can we see where this might be going?????  I love having a handyman husband!   And I love being able to recycle things into needed items  :-)

Susan ~ Patchkat

katz, katz and more lazy katz

This is the height of laziness and a normal scene around our place.

Apache is happy with most any flat surface.  The box is a good place, because as you can see (all the pink areas), she’s still oozing on everything.   Still on powerful antibiotics and steroids.   Simple infection…and they cannot cure it.  She sleeps alot, but is usually one of the first to the food bowl and to be petted.    She’s still going strong, just leaks serum on everything.

Then you get to the bedroom and here’s the view….

Shadow Fire is dead to the World in his normal upside down pose.   Muckley is a little more ladylike.  Tail tucked neatly into paws.

Our bed is the daytime repository of all things sleepy, lol.    It’s not unusual to find 4 or 5 limb bodies draped around the quilt.


Ernie snapped this show of Shadow Fire a few nights back…silly kitty seems to love being upside down.  Even hanging off the chair, he slept.   He’s limp as a dishrag in this pose.

Oh my!  Look!   A kitty in the upright position!!!!   This is the Orange Momma Kat.   This is the

favorite neighborhood watering hole.   Ernie keeps it filled and clean, so the kitties are happy with it.

Susan ~ Patchkat

Down on the Bayou

Don’t know why, but yesterday afternoon,  I had an overwhelming urge to walk the Bayou.  Haven’t walked down there in MONTHS!  Haven’t even wanted to…but I grabbed the camera and walked.   Along the way,  I found lots of raccoon droppings and several piles of bird feathers.   The natives have been restless, lol

Both pecan trees on the Bayou (native trees) are totally barren of nuts.   There are China Berry trees (or something very similar) along the water too….not a single fruit on the lot. The critters will have slim pickin’s for the Winter.   We’ll probably see the squirrels up at the house looking for pecans.  2 of our trees have a scarce crop of nuts.

In the back left of this photo is the upright support for the 2nd bridge that crossed the Bayou in the early 1900s.    The concrete uprights are all that are left on either side of the water.

The water is “tidal” right now, nothing flowing.  As you can see, we have algae islands and clear water.  Haven’t seen any fish or even any turtles in some time.  We so need a good rain to flush the bayou out.

I do love the look of the overgrown jungle under the bridge!   Makes me feel we’re somewhere green and lush.   Would look much better with more water!   What you’re seeing here is dried up mud and the rock area.  Used to be a dam under the bridge and our part of the bayou held about 20 feet of water!   Now it’s silted up and the dam has crumbled….even when it’s running over the remaining rocks, it’s not over 12 feet at the deepest part….right now,  I bet it’s not over 2 feet deep!   SAD.




Cactus will grow anywhere and on anything!   This wad is on what was supposed to be a burn pile.   Unfortunately,  there are telephone poles and railroad ties underneath that make a cozy critter haven.    I’m not sure how many litters of kittens, skunks, coons have been born and sheltered under the cactus.  For now,  they’re all safe, cause it’s way too dry to even think about burning.




 At one time,  the land owners had a water well or a pump down on the Bayou…not sure which.   Do you see the windmill in the tree?   The innards for this water windmill are all gone.  We found part of the fan blades in one of the pastures and the remaining one is still attached.   In the meantime,  I love the tower and would love to move it up to the garden area.  Since it’s anchored in concrete,  I don’t see that happening.   It wouldn’t be cost effective to restore it to functionality…and the Bayou is too low to pump from.

This is a tiny acreage, but I love almost every foot of it….the exception would be the back 40 and the horse pen with all the cactus.  Those areas are useless until the cactus is gone.   I really dislike cactus, lol….bet you can’t tell.    We have picked up old bottles and flushed out bunny rabbits from the cactus areas….so guess even those areas could be considered “cool”.

Anyhow,  that was my walk on the bayou.  Good exercise for me…I need to be walking more.   Felt great to be outside in balmy 82 degree weather….slightly overcast and a little breeze.  Just a teeny, tiny foretaste of Fall!

Susan ~ Patchkat

Kid visit!

 Last weekend saw a quick visit from Lance, Leslie, Kathryn and Kenneth.   We grilled chicken kabobs with those little red, yellow and orange peppers….I could’ve lived off the peppers…they were so sweet and good.  We enjoyed brownies and a cool “Sock it to me” cake that Lance bought…lots of cinnamon-y goodness in that one!!!  

This was the scene Saturday evening.   Took 3 of them to figure out a 2 person Chinese Checker game…lots of strategic planning!!!   I’m not sure who won, lol.   All the grands have grown up playing this game…the fighting over who is to play next prompted Granddad to build more boards…now there are 2, so it’s easier to share.



Kenneth found the box of dinasours…needless to say, they found their way to the living room floor where they terrorized everyone who came near.   We’ve had those for years too….think Reedster was the first to play with them all those years ago.

We enjoyed Church on Sunday morning and then back home for dinner.   We had roast beef with all the trimmings.   Don’t think we even made it to dessert.  

We had a good visit and enjoyed our time with the kids.   All too soon,  the visits must come to an end :-(   and we’re left with the kitties and an empty house.

Susan ~ Patchkat

WHEW!!!! I did it!

Inspired by Judy and Denise’s flowers,  I took the plunge and put my Poinsetta together last night.    I still need to do the machine work on it, but I’m going to wait until all our blocks are done and do all the machine stitching at one time.  That way, maybe I can do al the greens, all the reds, etc….and only have to change colors once for all of them.

The center on my Poinsetta features cuts off of a hand dyed fabric that WWanda, Bad Anita, and I did many years ago in the Neves dye factory!   What fun, what great memories!  Miss you Anita!!!!

Thanks for a gorgeous poinsetta Sheryl!   It’s big, bold and lovely!!!!  And inspite of having to cut it twice (1st time I messed up and cut out freezer paper pieces…duh…needed the Steam-a-Seam Lite) it turned out great.

Thought I was going to cut Business District blocks tonight, but I ran out of steam before I got to the cutting table.   Maybe tomorrow.

Susan ~ Patchkat