A brief respite from the orange stash

Last Sunday morning I got the chance to take a long walk on the farm. The day was overcast and a cold mist was falling, but I felt an urgent need to stretch my legs and take a tree bath while performing some mental cleansing.

The fall colors are starting to fade and the stark beauty of winter is beginning to reveal itself. IMG_4725





I meandered along a ridge line that I haven’t followed in years. A different perspective is always a good thing.


A dear friend of mine has a life goal to live near a babbling brook. Along with my tree bath, this sound helps center the mind, don’t you think? Cindy and I used to walk across this creek twice a day  every day in the summer when we brought the cows out of the pasture and into the barn for milking.

This tree is a great reminder that wounds can heal and the scars left behind can make us  more interesting.


Can you tell that I’m in a contemplative mood? After my walk, I decided to cleanse my orange and brown hued seasonal sewing pallet with something a bit lighter. I made a mini quilt from my thrift shop cross-stitch finds. During a recent antique store stroll I found an old, lonely, single dinner napkin that matched both the texture of the cross stitch and the right non-orange blue color I needed. I think I love it. I apparently needed a little bluebird/oriole bird-bath action too!


I finished my walk with a little selfie practice!


If you are feeling the Day of the Dead vibe today, check out this GBD pattern!



14 thoughts on “A brief respite from the orange stash

  1. Gray Barn Designs says:

    Sandy, thanks for the stroll down memory lane! Mini quilts are a great way to re-purpose textile finds AND they make great Christmas gifts! I’m going to get started.

  2. tierneycreates says:

    Yep that is what is happening in Central Oregon too – the leaves have all fallen (bye-bye pretty leaves) and now bare branches and stark later Fall look/pre-Winter! Plus the temperature has seriously fallen. I love the tree with the reminder that: “wounds can heal and the scars left behind can make us more interesting.” Great skull pixel quilt and love the selfie!

  3. piecefulwendy says:

    While I didn’t grow up on a farm, I grew up in a very, very small Midwest village. I was the “townie” and my cousin was the farm girl. We spent many hours walking in her family’s pasture, by the creek, etc. Your post brings back memories, and definitely those soothing thoughts while taking a tree bath. Cute selfie, too!

  4. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Sandy! Great perspective and mind cleansing walk about in your post. That video of the babbling brook – aww, so soothing. I could almost feel the mist on my face, standing and looking over the trees at the silo. Quiet just washes over you – you’re recentered now aren’t you? {{Hugs}} Love the tree and the selfie! Happy Happy Friday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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