Category: Grateful Prayers

broccoli for lunch


broccoli for lunch
in bright winter sun
days grow longer


Poem from my February archives:

Spring will return
here and there
and then I’ll say,
“When did this happen?”
Today, though, I rest
in longer light
on evergreens
in a tiny bit of wind

Ellen Grace Olinger

Image: wpclipart




These beautiful carnations are from Piggly Wiggly in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.  This is one of my favorite stores, along with Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin.

I enjoy cooking simple meals with fresh vegetables, and the small country roads.  So grateful for each day.

Ellen Grace Olinger

November 3, 2017

Daily Prompt: Sympathy

Lake Michigan yesterday – Ellen Grace Olinger

I have watched this great lake through many seasons and years; through work, chronic illness, caregiving, grief, new art, fatigue, rest, and ever-growing hope.  This year the water is high, and reaches the seawall.

Wait on the Lord:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

This verse sustained me during a difficult time.

For the prompt Sympathy

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Photo by Karl – 2011

Ellen Grace Olinger

“every photo a prayer”

Primroses are just beginning to flower, once again.

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Ellen Grace Olinger – May 6, 2017

I planted these daffodils after my great-Aunt Merc’s funeral, a long time ago.  Her husband, Bill Schwanke, died when I was very young.  I don’t remember him.  We saw Aunt Merc in Milwaukee a week before her passing, and she enjoyed cookies from Oostburg Bakery.  I represented my mother at different places during the caregiving years.  Then to her home.  She and Aunt Merc were wise and compassionate.  We do our best, one day at a time.  The perennials carry great emotional meaning for me.  Renewal – no matter how long the winter, which is beautiful as well.

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Ellen Grace Olinger – May 6, 2017

The primroses and these daffodils were planted by previous owners.

Ellen Grace Olinger – May 6, 2017

The hosta plants were also planted by previous owners.  I love the birch tree.

Ellen Grace Olinger – May 6, 2017

Thank you!

garden journal
through the seasons
every photo a prayer