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Meditation: Peace

I watch or read the news. And many hours of the day I read, pray, create, look for beauty. A lot of time with blogs. Simple work at home. There are snowdrops in the garden. Earlier this year, Karl did a lot of work in the yard, on warm days. There is new space for daylilies and hosta to grow.

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Photos and Clipart

May 2016 – new peonies and daylilies grow near forsythia.

The peony drawing is from wpclipart.

July 2011 – Photo of daylilies by Karl.

Peonies – wpclipart

Good research time for interesting and beautiful images for my new series at Poems From Psalms And Nature – a verse or two and a picture, one post at a time. And I have rediscovered images from our archives. Today’s post there was from Psalm 4.

Ellen Grace Olinger

February sunroom

We are seeing many plants and flowers on display in stores. It is very cold here, and we buy a few groceries and walk around. We stopped at Caan’s in Sheboygan, to see what plants they are beginning to grow in their large greenhouse. I noted the geraniums. Our poinsettia from there is still beautiful, and we remember when they were growing the poinsettias as well. We bought a Christmas cactus on sale for half-price, that is just beginning to bloom. We are also visiting thrift stores.

At Walmart in Sheboygan, we bought a small tulip planter that is just beginning to form flowers. And fresh flowers there and at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg. So a lily blooms in the house, along with carnations.

Cold days, with ice floating in Lake Michigan. And Spring in the stores.

the day is young
and no hurry
for Spring
with our
February sunroom

new ideas

There is the feeling of some success in an area where we have some experience. Though usually we discover there is so much more to learn. So we stay humble, interested, growing.

I said to Karl that with the variety of arts and crafts shows I am watching, that information I am absorbing now may bear fruit later, even years later.

Today though I began a journal where I am drawing pictures that could become blog posts, quilts, paintings. A collage. Thought I’d begin with materials already in the house.

Mornings have one kind of energy, and afternoons another, for me. Many ways to use the time well.

When I was young, I took a sewing class. I painted, did needlework, and knit scarves. Good to learn again, and again.

Image: wpclipart

warmth on a cold day

warmth on a cold day
sweaters and blankets
from thrift stores

warmth on a cold day
books and poetry journals
on shelves and a new book
on the kitchen table
from yesterday’s mail

One of the nice aspects of blogging is that I’ve learned of books by poets that are not always sold in stores – and we only have a few bookstores in our area. I also have ordered books recommended by notes and reviews in poetry print journals. Time Of Singing and WestWard Quarterly are two examples. Both journals have published poems from my blogs, and I am grateful. All works together.

I no longer review books, yet am grateful every day for the books on my shelves and by my chair. It is nice to have interests – blogs and books – that I know can stay with me through the years. When I have not been able to read, my heart has been full.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Orange Flower Border is by Margaret Armstrong
and courtesy of Reusable Art.

light

old garage
in morning light
view from kitchen window

today

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

from my archives

Image: wpclipart