Tag: Cedar Grove Wisconsin


The Oostburg Public Library “A Little Library Growing Everyday” is another wonderful library in our area. I love having a library card and being able to borrow books – what a great idea, libraries! Karl took this photo there on July 6, 2019.

We also went to the Cedar Grove Public Library last summer. Karl took these photos on July 7, 2019. I look forward to more visits.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY acrostic poem
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

One of your favorite poems – thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger


I look at my shelves and think, “I love my books.” They are not perfectly organized, rather I make different arrangements here and there. I bought more used books at Goodwill in Sheboygan this week. And we have bought used books at the libraries in Sheboygan, Oostburg, and Cedar Grove. I enjoy reading and learning from different generations and styles of writing. Not necessary to always finish – not taking a test or teaching a class about the content. When my formal education years were complete, I had to learn how to read again, in a simple way.

When I search for used books on Amazon, I often look for books that had been in a library somewhere. I like seeing where the books have been.

And on a general note, how wonderful to have interests that can span a lifetime. I am not a math or science person, though cannot remember learning how to read. During my mother’s last illness, we kept books, newspapers, and magazines in her world. Just their physical presence was a comfort. And I read to her.

Books and blogs – gardens and flowers – so many blessings every day! Vintage art too.

Floral Card is courtesy of Free Vintage Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

more colors

As Spring continues, more colors appear. I love the unique beauty of living more North than when young. Just now, some sun. Before, a grey sky with some blue on the other side of the trees. Many of you would paint the scene so well, a watercolor. Some day I may try.

Yesterday, I saw red tulips in a cemetery and marsh marigolds in bloom. We continue to note the change in the landscape – is treescape a word? – after the storm last year and the ash trees that need to be cut down.

I think of the Spring colors added to the views, and then I think of how the Holiday lights add these colors in late fall and winter. One of my most vivid memories is the drive back North from my mother’s home in the Milwaukee area. From home in one sense, to my soul home here. There were the good emotions of knowing I was useful, and then “North” again. My experience of North. My father’s parents came to this country from Sweden.

We all see the unique beauty of the places we live. I may view a post with many flowers, or go to a garden center in a store here – and then see a few tulips. Both so lovely. All a blessing.

I have learned with our weather by Lake Michigan that a planter from a greenhouse will look very different after one storm. The perennials weather well. And I understand the value of native plants, yet also appreciate that people want to bring something from a previous home to a new home.

Two haiku from my archives:

a sky Georgia O’Keeffe
would paint

painting a new day
with grace and prayer
watercolor sky

Karl took this beautiful photo in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin in late April 2019.

grey morning

grey morning
February settles here
for a time

Yesterday, Karl and I enjoyed a good meal at Sheboygan’s Family Restaurant, then we dropped off a donation at Goodwill. On to Festival Foods and Harbor Freight Tools, also in Sheboygan.

We are so very blessed by Oostburg, Cedar Grove, and other small towns – along with the city of Sheboygan.

January morning

January morning
and the light is new

I move a small plant
from a file cabinet
to the sun on my desk

a new plant
to inspire prayers
for healing

One day we went to the Village Shoe Service store in town. They also sell crafts, cards, soaps, and other items. I bought a plant in a small pitcher with painted flowers, which also benefits cancer care in Sheboygan (need to learn more).

Some other local businesses we also visited over the holidays in our Town of Holland, Sheboygan County:

Country Grove, in Cedar Grove
Judi’s Place, in Oostburg
Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly, in Oostburg
Oostburg Bakery

Next on my list is the library! I so love this general area.

We donated to the Aurora Health Care Foundation, under the Grateful Patient program.

Ellen Grace Olinger