Category: Winter

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

Bloganuary prompt: January 10, 2022

What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

This is a quote from Ann Voskamp from my post, Grateful, on November 28, 2019, along with my thoughts.

 “Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life – eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters by Ann Voskamp (2012, Zondervan; author copyright). The quote is from page 31. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny.  It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days.  I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before.  Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life.

And today’s question from The Team at WordPress.com: What are 5 things you’re grateful for today? Since it is very cold today, my first thoughts are: our home, power, water and food, warmth, lights. And I can blog – which leads to health, vision, computer and internet, Karl’s help, WordPress.com and community.

I do not take anything for granted.

Once you begin with gratitude, the list grows . . .

As I wrote yesterday, teamwork.

Given the weather, I also think of Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” And many other good works.

yesterday afternoon
for a short time
sunny and cold
the evergreen
branches in wind
inspired thoughts
of Spring
and then the day
grew grey as it
ended and Winter
here for awhile
with gratitude

Ellen Grace Olinger

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