Tag: Thrift Stores

This afternoon

This afternoon, I am reading Harvesting Fog Poems by Luci Shaw. Her book was published in 2010 by Pinyon Publishing in Montrose, Colorado.

I subscribe to Pinyon Review. Susan Entsminger is Editor.

Last week, I enjoyed creating two more boxes of book donations for Goodwill in Sheboygan, which included poetry journals and art magazines. Perhaps some may read poetry and discover poems that have meaning for them. Or learn more about history from a memoir. Discover a simple gift for someone.

As book stores closed in our area, I was happy to see good collections at thrift stores and other stores. Library sales. The books may travel to another state or country. Be read and shared again. Someone may decide to subscribe to a small press poetry journal. I know I cannot read or reread “everything.”

Next I plan to wash some old clothes, sometimes from thrift stores too, and donate them. Cotton that has been washed many times may become quilt pieces for someone.

You can tell that I am catching up with some simple tasks. One step at a time, and creative work too. Much is in the past now, and I am grateful every day, and look forward as well.

Take good care.

July Saturday

July Saturday
grey sky and
orange daylilies

This week, Karl and I went to the Habitat for Humanity store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I bought Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace (2016, Zondervan). A beautiful book for one dollar.

Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

Sheboygan ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores information page at their site.

Some day, I hope to measure some of the cards and prints in my files, from many years.

Then, when we are at a resale store, we can look for frames.

Pictures of frames in this post are from wpclipart.

May begins with primroses

May begins with a small primrose plant in bloom near the house.

Last year, Karl had to remove a lot of garlic mustard, which is invasive. Those weeds have to be thrown out in bags. Not a compost pile.

I learned more about Garlic Mustard and why it is an “ecological threat” at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Karl also pruned our cotoneasters last year and tiny new bushes are growing again.

And I continue to watch good programs at Milwaukee PBS.

At Poems From Psalms And Nature, I began a new series on the theme of Mercy and Gratitude, which will feature my poems inspired by thrift stores, with links to the store sites.

Photo by Karl – May 2020

books on the shelves

books on the shelves
from many years
new books and old
from thrift stores
and discarded by libraries

looking at the books
as I sit and write
gives me peace
and books by my chair
in my small study

I do not need to teach
from the books, or even
read them on any schedule,
they are my books now
and they give me peace

Ellen Grace Olinger

Inspiration

Ellen Grace Olinger

The blue pitcher
that came with white lilacs and tears –
his beautiful woodwork

by Carol Purington
All Rights Reserved

Carol was inspired by my photo for the (Extra)ordinary WordPress Photo Challenge at this site on October 16, 2015.

Then we created a post, Poem by Carol Purington, on October 31, 2015, at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

The blue pitcher is one of our thrift store treasures.

Previous posts in this series:

Creative Note in Memory: Carol Purington (1949 – 2020)

Books by Carol Purington

Ellen Grace Olinger