November 18, 2014


In memory of Carole Hymer...

The Rose Beyond The Wall
A rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall...
One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side
Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted - the rose blooms there-
its beauty even greater now, nurtured by
God's own loving care

November 17, 2014

November 4, 2014

A drive through Franklin Grove Illinois..........fall time splendor. photos by Cindy Boyenga

  Photos by Jodie  Lahman

Photo by  Richard Hamilton Smith 

November 3, 2014

October 23, 2014

best friends and moms

I have always liked this photo taken by Bob Popp on their visit to Illinois around 1989.Pictured are   Kathy Popp and her mother Mertyl Stark., mom and myself.   Kathy and I became good friends when we  both entered nurses training at KSB School of nursing in 1963  We were also  bridesmaids in each others weddings and  attended several of each others  children's weddings as well. This has not been always possible to do as  she and Bob live in Florida and distance a problem for frequent visits. One this particular day we both had our moms with us. What is so remarkable , each mom lived 100 years and Mertyl  just celebrated yet another year !   Kathy and I used to laugh at ourselves when we would  call  each other up on New Years Day...reporting how we  went to bed early and our moms stayed up past midnight to watch the ball drop and listen to Guy Lombardo's Old Lang Syne.   What a blessing to have our moms for so many years...and also to pick up the phone and chat as it were yesterday we last saw each other.  What does Old lang syne mean?  I looked it up and found that The title of the Scottish tune translates to “times gone  by and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten.   That says it all!  

I didn't know I even still had this! ...a real throwback from Lee Center Elementary School cheerleading days. That would be...1958-59 I believe. The old school house still stands but has deteriorated so much, hard to imagine things can change so. We had such great times as kids yelling out them cheers!

Red & white fight fight, red & white fight fight,

Who fight? We fight! Red & white fight fight!!

~~~~~~~~~~Lee Center Terriors~~~~~~~~~

October 16, 2014

  Helen made these pies,  using Donice's  recipe for apple pie. I have to admit...these pies are my favorite!

September 8, 2014

from Cindy to Nursing friends...

I want to share this with my many wonderful nurse friends .It was my greatest pleasure to have worked with such wonderful people! When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that we have worked with over the years, I know of them don’t remember us , But I do know that we give a little piece of ourselves to each of them and they to us...and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is our career in nursing.
"When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours." ~Author Unknown
In the words of Dr ES Murphy~ "Keep up the good work!" Photo taken at KSB  Pediatrics Dept 1980

August 19, 2014

Adeline Pomeroy..One of Lee Center's finest.


     One of the gals on FB was posting photos of her glads she planted this year, and it brought back memories of the most lovely lady that lived in my home town of  Lee Center, Illinois .... Mrs Pomeroy. She lived in Sonny and Bonnie Fisher 's home and had an acre of land in which she  would raise glads for local brought them to church on Sundays. I always loved this photo of her and the good memories of playing cards with her  . I posted this on FB for those from Lee er to see.. She is  loved and well remembered by so many.

In 1893 Mr. Pomeroy was united in marriage to Miss Adaline D. Thornton. Mrs. Pomeroy engaged in teaching in Lee county for several years previous to her marriage. She and her husband have six children: Philip E., who was born July 30, 1894; Richard T., whose birth occurred May 11, 3896; Helen L., born September 24, 1897; Edith E., December 27, 1901; Vernon S., December 6, 1903; and Floyd S., July 8, 1905. 

Janice White Grandma Pomeroy. Loved that lady she always would give me a glad when I collected paper money. Had her flowers wedding too
  • Cindy Boyenga I almost planted glads , remembering her this spring...maybe next year..and take some to church.
  •  Karen Wellman Roth She was one sweet lady. She had a silver dollar plant that fascinated me. Always enjoyed being with Grandma Pomeroy 
  • Shirley J Morgan I remember going to see her beautiful glads in bloom. What a nice lady! 
  •  Janice White Hey Shirley! I do that all the time
  •  Jeanette Keegan What a lovely story!
  • Sharon Schnell I can still remember Mrs. Pomery's glads!
  • Helen Page She was a very tiny lady; so sweet. I remember going to her to "buy" flowers for Moms birthday; I doubt I had even a nickel; probably cashed in a pop bottle at Hills garage. She gave me a lovely bouquet of glads.
  • Lela Kraber i remember her beautiful flowers also
  •  Cindy Boyenga ..I also remember the gorgeous flowers,  the smell of cookies baking,   her beautiful home that  looked so warm and inviting. However, most of all, I remember how her eyes and lines in her face would crinkle into the most wonderful smile ! 

    July 26, 2014

    Salsa recipe..good!

    8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained2-1/2 cups onion, chopped1-1/2 cups green pepper, chopped3 - 5 jalapenos, chopped6 cloves garlic2 teaspoons cumin2 teaspoons ground black pepper1/8 cup canning salt1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped1/3 cup sugar1 cup 5% apple cider vinegar2 cups (16 oz.) tomato sauce2 cups (16 oz.) tomato paste Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Pour into hot pint jars, seal and process in a boiling water canning bath for 15 minutes. Makes about 6 pints

    July 23, 2014

    How I came to start making pineapple from zucchini...

    When living in Ashton Il., we had the best neighbors! One I often remember fondly, was Mildred "Choppy" Linscott.  One year she got a new Kitchen aide mixer/blender/meat grinder ..A deluxe mixer of it's time. As she was showing it to me and the new terry towel covers she had made for her appliances, we decided to try our hand at making pineapple from zucchini. She promised me she was told by her cousin.."No one  will never know the difference!".  A gardening friend gladly  presented her with all the zucchini she wanted, and she brought home about 20 or so "torpedoes"  . They were huge, but Choppy said those were the best ones for making pineapple.  We proceeded to cut , peel , blenderize and then drain  all the zucchini. . We ended up with about 3 buckets full of shredded up zucchini. ! Now those of you that knew Choppy will appreciate this next part. She had a way of using her hands when she would talk, waving them around ( knife and all) you can appreciate my nerves while we were cutting up all this zucchini and me ducking some very  busy hands....ha!   Anyway..we ended up with about 40 jars or so of "crushed pineapple"...and now you  know why so many  family and friends of Choppy's... got a delicious pineapple flange cake delivered  to your home .those next couple years. We also gave some to mom and brought some home for us to use...Today as I make some more of this,( yes, I finally ran out)  I smile and remember my dear friend. She was one in a million and a wonderful friend..

    ZUCCHINI PINEAPPLE4 quarts zucchini, grated or diced ( crushed or tidbits)
    1 1/2 cups bottled lemon juice (standardized acidity)
    1 can ( 46 oz. ) unsweetened pineapple juice
    3 cups sugar
    Remove peel from zucchini and seeds. Coarsely grate or cube zucchini into small cubes.
    Mix all ingredients thoroughly and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Fill clean hot jars with hot zucchini mixture leaving 1/2 inch head space. Adjust lids and process 15 minutes for half pints or pint jars. ( Do not put in jars larger than pints. )Remove jars and allow to cool completely. Test seal and store in a cool dry place.
    you can use it to make upside down pineapple cake, breads and other recipes calling for pineapple.


    July 17, 2014

    A trip tp the Zoo ~ July 2014

    It was a beautiful day for a day for taking Sean on a trip to Niabi Zoo.  It is located  @ Coal Valley near Moline. There are 900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. It also includes children's petting zoo,   carousel, playground and train rides. The weather was perfect, in the mid 70's  . Sean  seemed to enjoy  the day and was the perfect gentleman, opening doors and saying thank you .It is always so much  fun taking him places ! The first photo was funny...thinking maybe I should leave them there???There was a lot to see, but here are just a few of the photos we took.

    On our way out, we stopped to cool off.