Category: Gratitude

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

we walk

we walk
around a large store
on a chilly day

fragrance of Spring
perennials and
Easter lilies

We were at Menards in Sheboygan. We bought a lily that is just beginning to bloom. Now it lives by a window, and I gave it some water. The Christmas poinsettia from Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly is still lovely, and seems to be growing. We will take pictures for the blog on a sunny day, as the lily blooms. Good to bring it home in good shape. All the lilies and other plants looked nice. Some hardy Spring perennials were outside.

This is another photo by Karl from Mauthe Lake in Fond du Lac County yesterday. Still wearing my winter coat and walked outside there a short time! We see a few people on our walks outside. Yesterday, we also saw some people at the park and ash trees that needed to be cut down. Lots of work in progress. New road work too, just beginning.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poems for Lent, Mercy, and Easter

L  ove
E  verlasting
N  ot
 emporary

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5: 4 (KJV)

M  ay
E  veryone who can
R  emember and
C  onsider
Y  our children in need

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)

E  ternally
A  dored
S  avior
T  ruly
E  ternally
R  isen

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

Matthew 28: 6a (KJV)

Acrostics are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

“give us this day”

healthy food
and more exercise
as the weather
is more like Spring

blood pressure monitor
on my desk and
mail from Medicare
on the kitchen table

Spring appointments
on my calendar
and grateful for care
both kind and good

poetry in the mail too
and a shelf of memoirs
from thrift stores to read
food for the soul

Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6: 11 (KJV)

Peaceful gratitude – Ellen Grace Olinger

“Sun petals” image is courtesy of wpclipart.

Rainy day

After we voted in a Wisconsin election, we went to Goodwill in Sheboygan. Karl dropped off a donation. I bought a few memoirs, and enjoy learning about history this way. Then to Walmart for some groceries, and a simple lunch at our kitchen table. We shop at many places in our area. Grey rainy day, and beautiful.

Images: AntiqueClipart.com

Gratitude

Yesterday, Karl and I went to Deer Place Plaza in Kohler, Wisconsin. I have been going to the Great Clips there for years, and am happy with my new short Spring hair cut. This was a spontaneous decision. The young person who cut my hair asked if I wanted it shorter, and I said, “Yes, if you have the time.” So helpful. Great Clips is also taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. We like these opportunities, and the way stores post images with names of those who donate on the wall. There are many stores at Deer Place Plaza. We also went to Target, and then a short walk on the way home.

We support the Aurora Health Care Foundation in our area. I learned that March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. I am indeed a Grateful Patient. My nurse practitioner, doctors and all who help me make a difference.

So many people serve in so many ways, including volunteer work and all the ways people are encouraged through sharing creative work with our blogs and websites. It is wonderful to see how poets and artists also create books and other work for sale. I have been able to buy a few books, cards, and prints over the years. Here and there, as I can. Wonderful. More good content than I could ever read or view – I trust the Mystery! Sometimes a book is on my shelf for a long time, and then the day I read – exactly the words that bless and are needed that day. Times when I have been unwell, rereading works well: the Psalms, Jan Karon, Luci Shaw, many authors.

I still remember when I began getting to know this area, a long time ago. On Mondays, after helping my mother on Sundays in the Milwaukee area, I’d go to the library and a grocery store. People whom I do not know were kind, and then I’d learn the country roads home. I wondered sometimes if my concern for family showed on my face. I must have looked tired. And people were simply working in a kind and professional way. I honor all.

I belong here, with our blogs, and our community in a simple way.

learning more
about native plants
I too thrive best
where I belong

Ellen Grace Olinger

This is another photo by Karl from last Sunday:
Along The Sheboygan River.