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Wisconsin winter

Wisconsin winter
today the calm beauty
I’ve known all my life
classical music
on the radio

We’ve had strong winds, and Lake Michigan waves splashed up into our front yard, tossing some wood that was drifting in the water. We are high enough above the lake, our shoreline was reinforced years ago, and so we are safe. It’s a different scene with the water this high, and no beach.

Karl took this photo on January 11, 2020.

Ellen Grace Olinger

New Year 2020

Garden Journal
January 1, 2020

Moon and Sky – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Lake Michigan – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl

In Loving Memory: Poems for my Parents

My parents both had January birthdays. Many years since their passings, yet I am aware of their love in a simple way. My mother lived many years beyond my father’s death. She volunteered at a nursing home and taught English at a church to people new to our country. My father was a veteran and they were both teachers.

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

My poems were published in Bell’s Letters.

Images: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

January Poems and Photos

Laker in the Mist – January 2012
Photo by Karl

clear blue skies
rest my eyes
icicles melting
and willows already
look gold in the sun

still I cherish
this winter time
and will long for it
some summer days
when the gardens
are overrun

January 2013

conversations
at the family restaurant
hearts on windows

From January 2015: On this day, Karl and I went to Sheboygan’s Family Restaurant and Bethesda Thrift Store. We enjoyed meals there in 2019 too. And we are seeing some hints of Valentine’s Day in some stores! So many nice memories would be lost without the blog.

so cold
yet from
this ground
daffodils
and tulips
will grow
again

January 2015

Lake Michigan – January 2016

Flowers were from Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin – January 2017.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Gardens rest

New Year’s Eve morning
gardens are happy
to be covered with snow

The gardens rest, and grateful for plants and flowers this year.

Garden Journal 2019
Photos by Karl

Creative Notes and Photos

Yesterday we went to Judi’s Place, a family restaurant here in Oostburg, Wisconsin, for breakfast. They had a table for us, and the food and service were excellent as always. I looked around, and remembered sitting in different places over the years – and the conversations and what was happening then. Work, new projects, family history, health, losses and new beginnings. A good meal is a blessing.

Every day new.

I continue to watch a variety of PBS Shows. I began The Ornament of the World. My father taught history, and I often think of him. I watched the new Arts Page, hosted by Sandy Maxx.

Karl took this photo for me on New Year’s Eve 2012. I created a new arrangement from a flower bouquet that was fading.

Cedar tree – January 2017

Flowers from a store – February 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger