I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and the right of the poor.
Psalm 140: 12
Themes of mercy, faith, love, kindness, hope . . .
Snowdrops are beginning to fade. They lasted a long time this year. Small flowers, strong and resilient.
Green perennial plants are growing. The green is so beautiful, and we can wait for the flowers: daffodils, primroses, daylilies, hosta. Each their own schedule.
Listen To The Green by Luci Shaw is a book by my computer. My copy is the third printing; October 1978 (Harold Shaw Publishers; Wheaton, Illinois). Copyright 1971 by Luci Shaw. I still remember being so inspired by the thought of listening to a color.
Lake Michigan waves were powerful last night. Lake levels are at record highs. Karl said not to be surprised if the wood deck is washed away. It is still there today. Not afraid – our home is secure – higher up from the water and reinforced with rocks by a previous owner. We’ll add more protection too, along with neighbors. Such an unusual time, though, in many ways.
Today the water is a brown color, because the sand was stirred up by the waves. Reflections of clouds too.
So good to work in the kitchen, wash my hands often, and take care every day.
Tomorrow is May.
Grateful for snowdrops and the healing beauty of the gardens.
Yesterday, I began a simple new series at Poems From Psalms And Nature.
I plan to share a verse or two from the Psalms, with a picture, one post at a time.
From Artistic Plants and Flowers, courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler.
Easter And Spring Poetry is a small site where I am creating some posts for Lent and Easter 2020. Some of your favorite poems are shared again. Last year, I posted there from February to May 2019. I will see what poems I have written since then that may be good to reprint in a new way as well. And perhaps even some new poems!
forms part of a cross
on the wood wall
my faith completes
LENT acrostic poem
These are photos from wpclipart, a good education resource.
Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.
One day this winter, Karl and I went to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This has been on our list for some time. We enjoyed our visit and the people working there were so helpful.
Another visit to Mead Public Library in Sheboygan is also on our list.
And our Oostburg Public Library “A Little Library Growing Everyday.”
A note of gratitude: as I think over the years, my heart is touched by the kindness of people as I have grown older and experienced some health challenges. Some poems from my archives reflect this theme.
autumn in the air
open doors for me
at the library
the caregiver finds time
“autumn leaves” was the Daily Haiku for August 14, 2019.
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
seems I only
for a moment
how good their work
how beautiful their art
Tulips from a store – February 9, 2016
April 7, 2017
May 2, 2016
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)
Notes, poems, and photos are by Ellen Grace Olinger.
Years ago, when I helped with my mother’s care, I was always alert to what might be on the floor, to guard against falls. She used a walker, and was trained by therapists and so careful. After her passing, I would continue to pick up a piece of paper in a store or parking lot, thinking of her. I would tell this story to others who observed.
We watch for opportunities to take someone’s cart from the parking lot to the store, if that seems appropriate and helpful. Karl and I shop together.
Now it is best to allow myself to be helped, and I am so grateful for the kindness and service at the stores and restaurants where we go.
We drive home on all the roads we know so well. Some might look a little bleak now. Karl wonders about new construction and keeps an eye on things. Being comfortable in a new place took time for me, and while I know sometimes over decades I needed to change, this time I am grateful I was able to stay. And feel at home. So I know I see some things differently now, than a new person might see.
It can take time for some in our lives to accept changes, as we age and/or health needs change. When the caregiver needs to retire in the sense of physical work, but always cares. I stay close to home now.
Yesterday in a parking lot, I saw a garbage can tipped over. And I knew their staff would take care of it right away. Time for me to go home. Rest, complete a post with one of Karl’s photos.
Ellen Grace Olinger
Christmas Eve morning
many cars on the street
we say in the store
this is the place to be
Grateful for our many years here, a simple day of rest and joy.
Grateful for all the local businesses in our general area and all they add to our community. For all who help others – the kind words, the door held open by someone I do not know, the caregivers and those who need the care, the art, gardens, friends with WordPress. The cooks and those who serve in the wonderful restaurants. So many people.
I want to say thank you.