Category: Flowers

“Charity Never Faileth” 1 Corinthians 13

And now




these three;

but the greatest
of these

is charity.

The title of this post is from 1 Corinthians 13: 8.  The above verse is quoted from 1 Corinthians 13:13.  King James Version of the Holy Bible, which is in the Public Domain.   I rearranged the words in this presentation.

Reprinted from a post in December 2009, when we began this site.

Poinsettia, 2015

Photo by Karl, 2014


Yesterday I enjoyed trying some different arrangements with a new bouquet.  I love the colors.

Ellen Grace Olinger

reading poetry

reading poetry
in my small study
as so often
and always

sun begins to shine
on the walls
and the lamp
no longer needed

how wonderful
to be able to read
and so many good
books to read

Good to see books by friends mentioned on their sites.  Blessings for all, and all the ways we create.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photos by Karl, August 2018
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Garden Journal Photos

In 2015, I began taking photos often.  Then a pause, and I began again yesterday.  It was the right time.  These are a few of my favorites.

This photo from April 2015 is of primroses beginning to grow again, through leaves from the previous autumn.  What a hopeful image.

This photo from May 2015 shows fallen forsythia petals on leaves, with some light in the garden.  I realized that poetry helps me to see the photos already present and waiting in the garden.  

Lake Michigan – May 2016

September 2015

December 2017

December 2017

I am grateful to all who make it possible to have flowers from stores in winter.  This photo is from February 2018.  

And since I began this post with primroses beginning to grow, I would like to end with a photo of primroses in bloom by Karl (May 2010).  The old leaves, the new leaves, and the flowers are in one image.

Ellen Grace Olinger

a storm begins

a storm begins
the month

grateful for power
the internet and ability
to visit sites nearby
and around the world

different seasons,
times, days

someone is always
creating, sending hope
trying new ideas
recording a moment
from the day
in some way

and for groceries
we bought yesterday

and a bouquet
of roses and chrysanthemums
keeping watch by the window

Ellen Grace Olinger

poem and photos

on tiny vase
from a thrift store
God’s special gift
for me today

July 2015
January 2016

The little vase with strawberries is one of my treasures from Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Hope and Beauty

After an appointment for me in Sheboygan this past summer, we walked by The Sheboygan River.  Then we went back another day, and Karl took photos.  Today I am learning how to add images with the new Gutenberg editor.

quiet morning
a caregiver rests
in kind and good care

These are different times for me now, and I am so grateful for all the times.  And I love playing with all the colors!

“The Sheboygan: a healing river”

Kiwanis Park

Wildflowers and Butterflies

The resilient images of perennials, more butterflies, and a healing river . . .