Category: Art From Wisconsin

fresh water

fresh water
for the lily
Good Friday

I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined unto me,
and heard my cry.

Psalm 40: 1 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photos Today

Clouds and Lake Michigan

Daffodils grow faster by the house.

Tree stump

Daylily plants are just beginning to grow.

April 18, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

Rain Photos

Daylilies – Photo by Karl, July 2011

Hosta – August 2016

Karl’s kayak by the house – August 2016

Wood path – October 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Wednesday afternoon

Still raining, though I can see the Lake Michigan horizon now. I corrected my post from this morning: we were at The Home Depot yesterday (not Target), as Karl needed a part for a tool. We have been to Target too, recently. We appreciate all our local businesses. Recently we were at Rupp’s in Sheboygan for lunch. Neighbors gave us a gift card to thank Karl for his help with a tree.

Karl is working on the fallen trees in the yard. Here’s a photo he took last Sunday. Professional landscapers and neighbors will help. His family had a cottage on the beach, further South, when he was growing up. I first knew Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, with my family. Then in Chicago too.

And a photo of our yard last Sunday:

This is all to be expected in Wisconsin in April. The fragrance of the new Easter lily is blessing our home.


Today we have rain. The sky and Lake Michigan are the same grey color. Yesterday, we walked around a few stores, as we had different errands. At The Home Depot in Kohler, the display of plants is beautiful. They have some outside, though not overnight. We enjoy how the Spring plants in stores add their beauty and fragrance in general. Sometimes we see someone we know. This is my idea of a social life. I enjoy solitude for my art, and then being a part of community in a low-key way. Not parties, or being over-tired the next day, or after a visit. A new way for health, and going well. Being sure to walk is a part of this, and Karl keeps an eye on the weather. I am grateful for friends and art with our blogs. So much in common, with friends everywhere.

Sometimes things take time, one small step, one post, at a time. New ways of being and living, to support health and work, can be learned – and then a natural part of life. I am grateful for all who help me be well, and I follow the instructions from my Care Team.

Some poems and photos from our archives:

warmer weather
on the way
God’s gift of nature
getting ready
to color the gardens

Daffodils – photo by Karl, May 2011

Red tulip and daylily leaves – May 2015

and then quiet . . .
raindrops on branches
with tiny leaves
bird songs begin

Primroses – Photo by Karl, May 2010

in the backyard
birds back
and singing
never too old
to find this new

Image: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lily Photos

One year, we bought an Easter Lily that had lived in a store for awhile. The shape showed how it reached for light. A nice memory, to bring the plant home, and watch it bloom.

April 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger