This beautiful Mandevilla was our Summer 2019 plant by the door. We bought it at The Home Depot in Kohler, Wisconsin. Photo by Karl.
at the kitchen table
about the news
then we each work
on other things
Mandevilla Plant was from The Home Depot in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Photo by Karl – July 2019
The Mandevilla Plant is from The Home Depot in Kohler, Wisconsin.
July 18, 2019
Photos by Karl
Recently, Karl and I went to Walmart in Sheboygan. We walked through the new expanded books area – very nice. Yesterday, we went to Harbor Freight Tools in Sheboygan, and drove around a little to admire June gardens. We stopped at Woodlake Market in Kohler. I had not been there for a time, and was happy to see books for sale there as well.
Photo by Karl – July 2018
Today we have rain. The sky and Lake Michigan are the same grey color. Yesterday, we walked around a few stores, as we had different errands. At The Home Depot in Kohler, the display of plants is beautiful. They have some outside, though not overnight. We enjoy how the Spring plants in stores add their beauty and fragrance in general. Sometimes we see someone we know. This is my idea of a social life. I enjoy solitude for my art, and then being a part of community in a low-key way. Not parties, or being over-tired the next day, or after a visit. A new way for health, and going well. Being sure to walk is a part of this, and Karl keeps an eye on the weather. I am grateful for friends and art with our blogs. So much in common, with friends everywhere.
Sometimes things take time, one small step, one post, at a time. New ways of being and living, to support health and work, can be learned – and then a natural part of life. I am grateful for all who help me be well, and I follow the instructions from my Care Team.
Some poems and photos from our archives:
on the way
God’s gift of nature
to color the gardens
Daffodils – photo by Karl, May 2011
Red tulip and daylily leaves – May 2015
and then quiet . . .
raindrops on branches
with tiny leaves
bird songs begin
Primroses – Photo by Karl, May 2010
in the backyard
never too old
to find this new
Ellen Grace Olinger
Yesterday, Karl and I went to Deer Place Plaza in Kohler, Wisconsin. I have been going to the Great Clips there for years, and am happy with my new short Spring hair cut. This was a spontaneous decision. The young person who cut my hair asked if I wanted it shorter, and I said, “Yes, if you have the time.” So helpful. Great Clips is also taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. We like these opportunities, and the way stores post images with names of those who donate on the wall. There are many stores at Deer Place Plaza. We also went to Target, and then a short walk on the way home.
We support the Aurora Health Care Foundation in our area. I learned that March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. I am indeed a Grateful Patient. My nurse practitioner, doctors and all who help me make a difference.
So many people serve in so many ways, including volunteer work and all the ways people are encouraged through sharing creative work with our blogs and websites. It is wonderful to see how poets and artists also create books and other work for sale. I have been able to buy a few books, cards, and prints over the years. Here and there, as I can. Wonderful. More good content than I could ever read or view – I trust the Mystery! Sometimes a book is on my shelf for a long time, and then the day I read – exactly the words that bless and are needed that day. Times when I have been unwell, rereading works well: the Psalms, Jan Karon, Luci Shaw, many authors.
I still remember when I began getting to know this area, a long time ago. On Mondays, after helping my mother on Sundays in the Milwaukee area, I’d go to the library and a grocery store. People whom I do not know were kind, and then I’d learn the country roads home. I wondered sometimes if my concern for family showed on my face. I must have looked tired. And people were simply working in a kind and professional way. I honor all.
I belong here, with our blogs, and our community in a simple way.
about native plants
I too thrive best
where I belong
Ellen Grace Olinger
This is another photo by Karl from last Sunday:
Along The Sheboygan River.