For The Daily Post challenge, Transition: two photos and two short poems



family dinner
memories span decades
in minutes




one month ends
another begins
evergreen branches
frame the night sky


Ellen Grace Olinger
garden journal
November 27, 2015

Decorations At Night

christmas_light_loopOur journey was different this year, and also beautiful.

This poem is from 2011

Decorations At Night

driving back North
after Thanksgiving

delightful decorations
on streetlights
through towns

lighted shape of an anchor
in the Port Washington harbor

Christmas lights
on a plow
in a field

home from the city
once again

The pictures are courtesy of wpclipart.


The Art Of Good Care

Quiet memories of my parents and other loved ones this Thanksgiving day.

Karl and I were in the Milwaukee area recently and drove on roads I had not seen for some time.  Yet these roads and streets were part of my weekly routine for years, when I had the privilege of helping with my mother’s care.  I can picture the holiday lights in the old neighborhood.

I was flooded in a good way with all the memories, especially from the caregiving years.  For the rest of my life, which is in God’s hands too, I am blessed.  There is beauty during these times.  Grace, love, and mercy.  It was actually hard to return to everyday life.  Blogs helped me a lot.

Caregiving is an art – though not always seen by the world as other efforts are.  It was not easy to begin again “in the world.”  Now I begin to see God’s plan a little more, and I trust.  Hope and trust.  Always imperfection, and accepting that.  Always room to grow.

Caregivers have to take care of themselves as well.  I could hear my mother’s voice after she died, “I want you to take care of yourself.”  I say no more often, make sure to get the rest I need.  Learning about the amount of rest I need made a great difference in my overall sense of well-being.  I often wrote about this in my early years with the blog.

Grateful for this day, and happy in a quiet way.  When memories revisit, I sit quietly and reflect and pray.  Then, that is enough, and I do something practical.  I cook, do dishes, rearrange flowers, etc.  Try for some balance.  Always the Psalms.

groceries for Mom
fresh flowers
always on the list

Haven was produced in 1998 by Gary and Amy Shreve WixtromI posted a Customer Review at Amazon, which is really a short thank you note.

The Sky


I sat and watched the clouds for a time.  Then I searched my archives and saw how many of my poems are inspired by the sky.


November Wisconsin countryside
Bare trees elegant against the sky
Colors in the landscape muted now.
October’s glory is gone
And love grows eternally.

Published in SMILE (Fall/Winter 2008 – 2009).
Joyce M. Johnson, Editor/Publisher.
(This excellent bold print journal is now out of print.)


afternoon light
blue-grey skies
and water

give them a stage
to shine


seagulls and clouds
fill the sky

December sun
from the south
shines on
a Psalm

short days
stars brighten
winter sky

star_2Images: wpclipart.  I also discovered that wpclipart has many gingerbread pictures.  Here are a few!