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Poems and Flowers

Karen’s Whimsy

We enjoy buying flower bouquets when we go to a store. As bouquets fade, we create new arrangements.

fog, green leaves
and beach grasses
a blue vase
with red carnations
by the window

Karen’s Whimsy

trimming the stems
of carnations
and giving them
fresh water
October sun

Photo by Karl
Ellen Grace Olinger

afternoon sun

afternoon sun
fills the lamp
on a file cabinet

my study
where I have
read and prayed
through many years

I may read
from a book read
during a difficult time
and now years
have gone by

and I read again
with gratitude
and hope for today
and tomorrow

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small gifts

cup from a thrift store
on my grandmother’s
straw chest
near the window
fills with light

summer sun
thrift store bowl painted
with leaves and fruit

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

The tiny vase was from Bethesda Thrift Shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Storms and Loss of Power

We lost power last night, overnight, and power was restored mid-morning. Otherwise Karl would have set up our generator. This was the second time this summer. We wonder about the many dead ash trees, and have seen work in the general area to remove them. We have lived here a long time, and good to have experience. We have LED lanterns (powered by batteries) and Karl is able to use his cell phone from the second floor. He knows where the cell towers are. So we got updates from the power company. A large area was affected.

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yard work

water
for the begonia

and hosta petals
on the lawn

small vase of daylilies
for the sunroom

goldenrod grows tall
above the windowsill

bees, butterflies, and
hummingbirds visit
by the windows

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July Saturday

July Saturday
grey sky and
orange daylilies

This week, Karl and I went to the Habitat for Humanity store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I bought Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace (2016, Zondervan). A beautiful book for one dollar.

Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

Sheboygan ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores information page at their site.

Some day, I hope to measure some of the cards and prints in my files, from many years.

Then, when we are at a resale store, we can look for frames.

Pictures of frames in this post are from wpclipart.