clear blue sky

snow melting
from evergreen branches
Easter lily by a sunny window
Poinsettia too
all part of one story

April 15, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

Needlepoint and Easter Lily

Karl took these photos in 2013. I made the needlepoint picture a long time ago, and then had it framed professionally.  The kit was high quality, and the picture is from a painting by Paul Cezanne. We still enjoy the picture in our home.

I began again with needlepoint after I was blogging here for a time. To remember how, I looked at an unfinished piece by my grandmother, Grace, who died a year before I was born. My mother gave me a few of her mother’s handmade aprons. I think my art is from Grace, and my love of language is from my mother. All gifts from God.

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

Poem by Charles A. Waugaman

GARDEN TEA PARTY

Listen to the leaves
of robin song
spill into the rain:

parched dreams expanding
and staining the
long afternoon with

poignant fragrances:
blending past and
hope with vibrant joy.

Charles A. Waugaman
WITHIN The Circle of Seasons
2003, Elin Grace Publishing
All Rights Reserved

The rhododendron photos are courtesy of wpclipart.