Tag: Bethesda Thrift Store

Cold Monday

Early March, and it seems normal that it is very cold today, though warming later this week (we’ll see). Wisconsin winters. Karl and I went to the Oostburg Public Library, and then to Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly. Another year, I bought a winter coat for ten dollars at Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan. The coat is too big, and perfect to wear with winter clothes.

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

Ellen Grace Olinger

poem and photos

on tiny vase
from a thrift store
God’s special gift
for me today

July 2015
January 2016

The little vase with strawberries is one of my treasures from Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan.

Ellen Grace Olinger

flowers and poems


Gathering of flowers, evergreens, and poems

family tablecloths
passed on to me
they look like
the art I select
for my blogs

Photo is by Karl (2014).  The pitcher and plate are family gifts, and the placemat is from Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

warmth and textures
of colorful handmade
afghans and blankets
from Bethesda

I wonder about the people
who made them
stitch-by-stitch . . .
and why they let them go

perhaps a move from
one home to another
and/or a ministry of love
like prayer shawls

a passing to another Place
perhaps . . .

knowing their art
will warm another
and needing no credit

imagine buying such a gift
for a few dollars
and on sale too

anniversary-2xEllen Grace Olinger
December 20, 2015