Category: Sheboygan County

Poem and Photos

cold day
yet bright sun
and no wind
we go to Sheboygan
one way and drive home
another way
beloved roads

We went by the Greenwing Drive retention ponds, and I recalled photos by Karl.

Greenwing Drive retention ponds
Sheboygan, Wisconsin – July 2018
Photos by Karl

Bloganuary prompt for January 19, 2022

Write about something mysterious.

M  any
 nspiring
D  ays
W  onderful and
E  ver more
S  ure of my
T  rust in His plan

Acrostic poem for MIDWEST

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

Laker in the Mist – Lake Michigan
January 2012 – Photo by Karl

Snowdrops in the Garden
April 2019 – Photo by Karl

Garden Rose
July 2019 – Photo by Karl

Garden Lilies and Ferns
July 2018 – Photo by Karl

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Winter Basket

As you can see, the basket Karl created with spruce tree branches that were pruned, and decorations from past years, is now outside. The snow today gives the arrangement new life. You can see snow on the wood path Karl built years ago, and gardens where lilies and other plants grow. Our red poinsettia in the house, from Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in town, is still beautiful. Our Christmas cactus has many buds and is on the table with the poinsettia. I think we will rename the cactus – February cactus? Karl took the photo this afternoon.

A quiet Saturday. Karl is an engineer and is working on a project. I have been reading for hours today in my study.

study window
snowflakes fall all day
on the gardens

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.

Photo by Mahajoy Paul on Pexels.com

Bloganuary: January 7, 2022

What makes you laugh?

I look forward to the prompts from The Team at WordPress.com. I smiled when I read this question. And my first thought is the gift of laughter sometimes in places where laughter might not be expected. I remember a family funeral at a nursing home, and everyone was telling stories. And I know laughter in health care settings, and as I follow my treatment plan. So grateful for a sense of humor.

Surely is possible to be serious and laugh at the same time.

We went to stores this week, and people were cheerful, happy to help, and we all enjoyed conversations. Social distance guidelines observed. I wear my thrift store coat, face mask, sun glasses in the car and parking lots (age-related eye issues), and then reading glasses needed in a store. At first, I felt clumsy, and now all is routine. Health first.

Yesterday, I came across these photos by Karl from January and February 2014.

Lake Michigan
Winter 2014
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl

Winter drive

Yesterday, we went to Schwarz Fish Company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin – the Wholesale Location this time. Then a drive to see the decorations and lights in the area. Karl observed that already the days are a little longer. Beautiful to watch the natural light change. All beautiful, whether someone created a grand display of lights, or a simple wreath.

Winter drive
holiday lights in Sheboygan
and small towns