Category: Oostburg Wisconsin

Lake Michigan Poems

cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

“Northern sun” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

October Colors

grey sky
green and
gold leaves

another window
full of clouds
and some blue

pumpkins
in the yard

colors at home
as I read and write

Garden Journal
October 9, 2018
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Yard Work and Creative Notes

Yesterday, I enjoyed working in the yard for a time. Enough time to fill a wheelbarrow with faded perennials and clear the brick and wood paths.

Here and there I am watching PBS programs to learn more about art and life in Wisconsin. We grew up in the Milwaukee area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison a long time ago. Now we are in a small town and rural area, which is where I feel most at home, as much as I appreciate other places.

The Arts Page is hosted by Sandy Maxx. I learned about the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Junior Docent Program. You can visit the museum’s website.

Around the Farm Table is hosted by Inga Witscher. I learned they are now filming Season 7. I watched a recent show and a past show.

So many good shows – travel, cooking, science, history, to name a few. As a writer, I especially love hearing the wide range of words. The vocabulary of different fields. And I like work around the house.

The larger city I best know now is Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for AUTUMN

dore with no need for a moment to
nderstand this beauty
rust and
nderline with words, painting, photo . . . this
oment
ow and always

Found Art
Leaves on a brown tarp – Karl’s trailer
October 2017

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Photo by Karl – October 2011

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for OCTOBER

verture to a
C  ooler season
T  o embrace with
O  pen hearts and
B  rave souls . . .
E  njoying the Fall and
R  eading books!

from October 2012

We stopped at Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin yesterday. They have a large box of pumpkins in the store, and we bought one for a small garden near the back door.

Images: wpclipart

late afternoon

late afternoon
on a warm fall day
people of all ages
at the market
time for supper

Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly – Oostburg, Wisconsin

We bought these flowers at Mentink’s Market in July.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Photos

early Fall
some beginnings
of new colors

and yet with
the dead ash trees
away from the roads

it looks like a later time
other years when
some leaves
have fallen

corn growing tall
in some fields
and the next field
fallow this year

times of rest
and then new beginnings

With thanks to all who did so much tree work this year, from yards to keeping power lines clear.

Karl took this photo in July, of the begonia and ash tree stump. The front yard had a new look this year.

The hosta flowers were especially beautiful this year.

Photos by Karl – July 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger