Category: Community

Errands and Ash Trees

Yesterday, we went to a few places and noted work on ash tree removal in our area. Good to see, so the dying and dead trees do not fall on power lines, roads, and properties. We saw crocuses in bloom. Soon there will be more green in the landscape. I love when the trees first begin to have leaves, and later tiny rows of corn growing perfectly in many fields. The landscape will heal from the loss of the trees, because of the Emerald Ash Borer.

WordPrompt: Green

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Bloganuary prompt for January 29, 2022

How are you changing the world?

My first thought is about small things that add together, and truly make a difference. Some of my small poems to share today.

small green plant
in the sunroom
Earth Day

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970, by Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, USA.  You can learn more here.

small flowers
near the kitchen windows
first hummingbird

summer sun
thrift store bowl painted
with leaves and fruit

colder weather
time for my favorite coat
from a thrift store

new space
on a few shelves
donated books

used books
new for me
light on old
and new leaves
of a house plant

soon the garden
will begin in small ways
snowdrops

Ellen Grace Olinger

books at stores

books at stores
that sell many things
we need – food, water,
house supplies –
and food for the soul
cheerful cards
plants and flowers
warm places to shop
walk and say hello
support local businesses
in our Sheboygan County
where we are home

I still miss bookstores that existed in years gone by. And then I found books in thrift stores, grocery stores, and of course libraries. Blogs and books, online and print, all a blessing. Karl and I went to a few stores this week. Spring flowers and plants are starting to appear. Next time, I will have to look and see where they are grown.

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Jan Karon

Karl and I went to Menards in Sheboygan yesterday. I love seeing books for sale at different places, and was happy to see Jan Karon among the many authors. Her novels are wonderful.

Jan Karon’s book, Bathed In Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series is a book I plan to read a little today (Author Copyright 2018; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York).

“Ash Tree Management”

When I visited the Town of Holland Sheboygan County – Wisconsin site yesterday, I saw they have “Information about Ash Tree Management in the Town of Holland.”

They link to ROOTS “Restoration of Our Trees – Sheboygan.”

My poem, Seasons, is from October 24, 2019.

SEASONS

once the tree grew tall
before the Emerald Ash Borer
and then a storm

hosta plants
grew green again
around the stump
in Spring

they grew large
and flowered well
so blessed by rain
and a red begonia planter

now there is an
orange pumpkin
on the ash tree stump

and hosta leaves are gold
in the brilliant morning sun

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First Christmas Letter

Karl and I sponsor a child with Compassion International. He is four years old and lives with his family in Mexico. We received a form to write a Christmas letter, to add to our gift online. This week we wrote a short note, to say Merry Christmas to the child and his family. Translation takes time, and then the delivery of letters.

We also correspond through email at Compassion International. We have worked with them for years, and have also sponsored children in Kenya and Peru. It is also possible to help without being a sponsor. Their commitment is to make sure every child in their program receives a Christmas gift, whether or not they have a sponsor.

I am also thinking a lot about veterans, including my father and others in our families.

errands

we forgot
the shopping list
and between
the two of us
remembered
almost everything

new growth
on blue spruce trees
Walmart parking lot