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My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

An October's Day

  I tried not to let thoughts of approaching cold weather interrupt the sunshine and warmth, sights and smells on this gorgeous October day.

The pungent smell of burning leaves, fresh cut firewood and Windex fill the air as the final outside chores are checked off the to-do list .

Beautiful birch branches lay on the lawn as Dave surveys his wood pile.  Is he thinking about how many more trips to the woods he needs to make before the stockpile is enough to get through the winter?

I hope he is also thinking about the project I mentioned to him earlier that involves those birch branches!

Wood neatly stacked in the backyard after it is split.

Pointing the camera up through the maple leaves captures what it must feel like to be a squirrel!

Our maples in the front yard are some of the last in the neighborhood to show off their golden orange and yellows.  

Look at that blue October sky!!

I've added some twinkly lights to a potted shrub in the backyard.

I see Dave didn't forget about the project I mentioned earlier!  Since the Green Bay Packers won today he was in a pretty good mood.  
It's nice getting a little head start on a Christmas decoration!

Hope your October Day was filled with sunshine and wins!

Cathy G


  1. all I can say is GORGEOUS...trees wood everything...love it all!!!!

  2. Cathy ~
    What GORGEOUS pictures. Thank you so much. Our leaves are just starting to turn.
    That is quite a stockpile of wood you have there.
    Nothing like the smell of burning leaves ~ something NOT allowed here.
    Hugs :)

  3. I am a Packers fan, too. I once saw Aaron Rodgers meeting a young lady with Down Syndrome who was a big fan, and his kindness touched my heart. I love watching them! I lost my voice when they won the Super Bowl!
    That is one impressive wood pile! I can only imagine the work that went into it! Your maple trees are beautiful! and I love your red house...what a lovely picture!
    Have a great week,

  4. Good evening Cathy, Isn't it such a good feeling when you get the wood stacked? Your yard is so pretty, I just love the orange maple leaves against a red house...My mister has been hard at work too...well truthfully we both have...gotta get those projects done before the snow flies...Sending greetings from Maine, Julie.

  5. Beautiful Fall pictures and the blue sky was awsome today. Looks like enough wood for Winter to me...that is hard work!
    Enjoyed your post oh...and love the idea of a birch star.

  6. It looks so pretty Cathy. It is such a wonderful time of year. The wood pile is so neat! And necessary to keep you toasty as the cold weather approaches. Gotta keep that hooking hand warm :)

  7. It looks so pretty and it must be nice to have real fall in October. I love that star. I am also very envious of your very nice wood pile.
    It is wonderful and I remember how it was all gone by last year. We still have to get our wood in for the winter.
    It just isn't cold enough yet and won't be for awhile.

  8. Evening Cathy, very impressive wood pile, looks great as does that Maple, so pretty against that blue sky.......I made a star out of birch just like that one year, still love it......Blessings Francine.

  9. Uhmmmmm, love the smell of walking outside, looking at the fall leaves and smelling wood burning fireplaces heating the house before the real heating has to take place. That is a very comforting aroma and defines fall to me as much as autumn leaves and pumpkins.

    Have great evening.


  10. What a satisfying feeling to have the wood all ready for winter. Your pile looks so neat. We had our wood cut in June this year to try to get it cures early for a change and you know what kind of wet summer we had, lol. Mother Nature was laughing at us. It's hard getting ahead sometimes.

    My old bones are afraid of winters now and they creak and crack when it's cold.

    The birch star will be awesome. It's good to start the decorations early. It's not too early to start putting the lights on while the weather is still warm in the afternoon.

    Have a wonderful week.

    What gorgeous Fall photos.

  11. wonderful photos Cathy!
    I think I'm seeing stars!

  12. These are some gorgeous pics of autumn! I'm hoping that's enough wood for winter... that's a lot of back breaking work.... Those branch stars always look so pretty! Now you have me thinking about putting some twinkle lights in our yard... lol!

  13. Everything looks great, Cathy! Love the birch star idea. Sarah

  14. You've captured the autumn spirit perfectly! Splendid photography!!!
    Just what I need to cheer me up after four days of rainy, dreary weather.
    Thank you!

  15. That woodpile is enough to give you the nesting feeling...
    preparing for the grip of cold in the months ahead !
    Lovely pics !

  16. You look like your in the same mode as we are. Love the birch stars. Our colors are beautiful also but we have been over cast for the last few days.

  17. All so cozy and inviting! I'm loving it here right now! The color is spectacular.... and it's only just starting!


  18. Love your fall pictures, Cathy! Your home looks very inviting and the birch star is great...want one! Thanks for sharing your pix.

    Hugs, Linda

  19. what a grand woodpile that is...

  20. pretty autumn pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  21. What beautiful fall colors Cathy! And looks like you have a great helper! Enjoy your evening!

  22. Beaufiful fall pics Cathy! Our leaves are pretty much done and coming down fast. Tell Dave I would like him to make me one of those stars too! lol Can't wait to see what you do with it. Have a wonderful fall day. Hugs, Lori

  23. Cathy,

    So love fall... I just seems to fly by the fastest..then it's cool and dark...sigh.... Love those little acorn coasters in your previous post too... playing some caught up. you are right, blogging is work.. I still love it...but with the way life changed this year, I just don't have the time like I use too.... hugs!
    PS... Are you selling any of those acorns? OLM

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  25. The most perfect woodpile I've ever seen. That birch is so pretty,
    very uplifting post, xx


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