Category: Oostburg Wisconsin

Photos Today

Clouds and Lake Michigan

Daffodils grow faster by the house.

Tree stump

Daylily plants are just beginning to grow.

April 18, 2019

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

Creek at Veterans Park

On March 23, 2019, our walk around Veterans Park in Oostburg, Wisconsin inspired this poem:

snow melt in town
some piles of snow
in the park
creek running clear
and can see the stones
at the bottom
blue sky background
for the trees

Yesterday, although a cold day, we went to the park again. We walked a short time, and Karl took photos of the creek.

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

Blue Vase

Photo by Karl – 2014

Peonies – early July 2018

In August 2012, I bought these flowers at Festival Foods in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  The photo is by Karl. Wonderful how beauty can last in another way with blog posts.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Neighborhood Walk and Creative Note

Today, Karl and I walked around the neighborhood. A day for old shoes and warm clothes. I will be wearing my winter coat for awhile. We saw robins, heard red-winged blackbirds, saw and heard cranes in the sky, fallen trees from last year’s storm with clean-up in good progress. Some perennials are beginning – we think they are skunk cabbage. Marsh marigolds will follow. We also saw deer. Some seem young – maybe a year old?

Sadly, we are seeing the death of many ash trees in our area, due to the Emerald Ash Borer. We noted this in different parks last year. There are far too many affected trees in the park forests to be removed. Yet the landscape remains beautiful, as the forests and neighborhoods change.

As a Creative Note, The Arts Page – Milwaukee PBS, hosted by Sandy Maxx, is an interesting program. I learn about artists and art that are new for me. So much courage and creativity, each unique. A lot of sustained work over time, which inspires. I have read many books about creativity and writing.

Photo by Karl
May 2014

morning clouds

morning clouds
and reflection
of a lamp in the window

the kind of day
when I think

I’m grateful
for a walk at the park
yesterday

and the colors
of vegetables and fruits

books and blogs to read


the weather
always changes
in time

and is brighter now
as I write

Photo of plums from Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in town, and tiles from the Habitat for Humanity store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin – August 2017. The tiles are on a shelf by my computer.

These days we are enjoying lots of fresh asparagus.

Ellen Grace Olinger