April 22, 2014

All new potting soil and containers ready for the patio garden. We planted  some onions, radishes and lettuce in the corner planter , which we will later add pepper plants

April 10, 2014

In Lee Center IL. , the folks home no longer stands, but I bet there are thousands of violets beginning to emerge in the back fields behind the house. . One year for Mothers day, my brother Howard, dug up a wild violet plant in the woods and p...resented it to mom as his Mothers day gift to her....that was probably about 70 years you can imagine how they flourished! I now even have them coming up in my own yard each Spring from the flower transplants given to me by mom .  Mom and I inadvertently must had dug up some of Howie's violets I have been enjoying seeing them here now as well... I will think of both mom an Howie this spring as my own violets emerge.

March 5, 2014

Lent is a special time of
prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works
in preparation of the celebration of Easter.
May you find the days ahead  blessed in all things.

February 27, 2014

1970 Nieces & Nephew with Aunties


I came across this photo from my blog taken many years ago at Grandmas House. (probably around 1970?) in this photo...Sue, Debbie, Joanie have since passed on and are in Heaven. Karen and I look so young! also pictured are our neices and nephew..Diane and David, Darlene, Christine, Kathy and Jill. no one else was allowed into the party room that day..Grandma made the turkey piñata and I am sur...e my sisters remember the talking parrot who never missed out on a party.. right??? They often go to Voris and Helen's "garage" now...but back was grandmas old basement...which was always a fun place for kids and their aunts. What blessing these kids have been to Aunt Karen and myself....we .love you all bunches!


February 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Steve!

43 years ago  , we welcomed our handsome little guy into this world.  "Bo" a nickname given him while at Krieder Services  Day care program in Dixon , Il.  enjoyed being with his family at Casa Willis  Group Home and then this weekend with  us at home. Steve presently is enrolled at Self help Enterprises . He   is such a fun  guy and  loves  his family dearly .   Some of Steve's  favorite activities are listening to music, watching Tv, attending church,  and going on family outings.  Steve has reached many important milestones in his lifetime and we are so proud of him. Having Down's Syndrome is a hard road for  learning new skills,  and he has always shown us his amazing patience and determination.
We love our   young man and hope he has a great birthday!

Happy Birthday Steve!

January 11, 2014

Our chruch Christmas

I took my camera and got snap happy today!  Here are a few of the members I managed to catch up with today....and some of the décor ect..

The Green River Ordnance Plant
Kari Politsch
Amboy High School, Amboy Great numbers of men and women contributed to the war effort on the homefront during World War II. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the War Department began searching for an inland site for an ordnance plant, one that would be safe from attack. Six farms were purchased just northwest of Amboy, Illinois. Construction of the ordnance plant commenced and was completed within weeks. The plant was operated under a contract with the Stewart-Warner Corporation, and it became a self-contained community. By March 19, 1942, preparatory work had begun. The federal government purchased farmland, homes, and trucks from farmers. The trucks shipped railroad supplies to build an entire railroad system. New roads were also constructed. Completion of the plant included nine wells and a sewage system. Long metal buildings were built for manufacturing explosive devices, and explosion-proof, earth-covered storage bunkers contributed to safety. Almost eight thousand workers aided in construction. On December 10, 1942, munitions production began. Police patrolled the perimeter on horseback, and a chain-link fence encircled the plant for security. Various skills and physical characteristics were required for workers, and mandatory training programs were provided. These factors helped the Green River Ordnance Plant run smoothly. For instance, physically fit guards, drivers, and factory workers were in demand. Courses in safety, operation, inspection, and first aid were provided.
Ordnance Plant Poster The government expected everyone to participate in the war effort. Handbills like this one often played on an individual's sense of duty to the soldiers at the front.

Truck drivers were very valuable people. They transported highly explosive bombs. Caution was a major factor when attempting this. Awards were given to those who went a full year without an accident. Out of one hundred drivers, only four received the safety award. Accidents were a tremendous part of what authorities and surrounding families feared most. Although there were no tragedies that took a great number of lives, mishaps did occur. One of these unfortunate cases involved a woman working on an assembly line. She was in charge of adding the powder to a certain type of grenade. When she inadvertantly dropped it, her whole stomach and back were blown up. The person before her on the assembly line had failed to place the pin in the grenade. According to most sources, however, working conditions were satisfactory. Pay was better than most other jobs, and employees were generally compatible. Only those who did not favor working energetically were displeased. This ordnance plant consisted of seven lines and six groups. The lines contained bombs, shells, bazookas, rifle grenades, detonators, and seventy-five-millimeter projectiles. The groups ranged in number from ten to sixty. They held anything from gunpowder to live ammunition. Sources say that certain chemicals caused strange effects when absorbed, such as turning hair green. Depending on the department in which an employee worked, hours fluctuated. Security guards and factory laborers worked nights and days, while truck drivers operated every day of the week except Saturday. As a whole, everyone accepted and agreed with these hours. This extremely busy plant not only made weapons; it became a city within a city. The property included its own hospital, fire department, garage, repair shops, office buildings, warehouses, and dormitories. Everything that was needed for daily life was provided. The workers even had their own newspaper. The Green River Ordnance Plant employed some 4,500 workers. In order to apply for a job, they were forced to join a union. In most cases, men and women began work the same day they applied. Even though dormitories were provided, living space was sparse. Because gasoline was so expensive, employees could not always commute to work individually, and workers were bussed in from a fifty-mile radius. Those employees who lived nearby often housed those who did not. Some families had up to four extra people in their home. The ordnance plant closed down in late 1945 as the war came to an end. A year later, more than four thousand acres of farmland and buildings were for sale. Today the land is an industrial park. The open areas are again farmland, there is an expanding landfill, and the bunkers are used by a private company to store explosives. The remaining land includes salvage yards, warehouses, and chemical storage facilities. Neighbors fear pollution from present uses and from the World-War-II disposal site located on the land. The Green River Ordnance Plant most definitely assisted war efforts. Without its speedy construction and large-scale production, our soldiers battling in World War II would have been provided with considerably less ammunition and explosives. The plant's slogan "safety, quality, and quantity" certainly applied. Everything the plant furnished was critical to the war effort.�[From "The Green River Ordnance Plant," Meanderings; The Green Riverite, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, 1942; student historian's interview with Lester Kellen, Jan. 14, 1995.]

January 4, 2014

Illinois winter ...

Winter can go away anytime now.
Winter can go away anytime now. ( January 2014 Tuesday will be  -24 and wind chill great than   -52  !!)snowing and windy tonight

December 7, 2013

Every year when we were young, mom would traditionally put cookies she made, and hung them on the Christmas tree. This year, I decided to make a kitchen cookie tree as I know the kiddies will enjoy it as they come visit. . Karen and I a...lways enjoyed the Santa cookies best, right Karen??? Mom added almond flavoring to the icing, which made them taste even better. Apparently ,our pet "old Pal" did as one Christmas morning we got up to find the cookies on the lower branches of the tree were missing. Here is my tree..thanks to a wonderful mom that taught me to make her cookies! BTW I just made 8 dozen frosted holly cookies as shown...they will be for sale at the Lee County home extension annual cookie sale this Friday in Dixopn Il. 


November 26, 2013

Jim Corcoran November 25, 2013 , now living with the Lord.

...RIP Jim, we all shall miss you.

Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone will stay that way,...

I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I, too, will miss.
But not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, I’ve savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief,
Lift up you hearts and share with me,
God wanted me now,
He set me free. ~Author Unknown

November 24, 2013

In Memory of June Dallam RN

In memory of June Dallam RN
When you enter a profession as a" young aspiring nurse wanna be"...there is usually a person in your life that has inspired your dream. Mine was a nurse and close family friend...June Dallam RN from Lee Center il. She had a sharp intelligence and wit along with her RN degree, and compassion accompanied her in to her patient's rooms. , all of which she shared through her retirement years . When working with June at KSB Hospital over the years , I always knew what a fine nurse she was...she was highly respected by her peers and patients. I was saddened to hear of her passing this am and send my deepest condolences to her l sons, Garth and Gale, and their families. Rest you rest in peace dear will be missed a by all, including your church family and friends in
 Lee Center  Il. 

 The Heart Of A Nurse

  Nurses are compassionate and caring,
With love in their hearts for all.
Forever extending a heart of mercy,
Always there when there is call.
Endless hours they stand on their feet,
Wondering, “Did I do my best
To help this patient get through this illness,
Ease their pain so they can rest?”
In their hearts you hear God’s whisper
Through a nurse he sends his love.
Ever sensitive, kind and caring,
Souls as pure as a snow white dove.
Angel, yes, she tends to be,
For her presence comforts me.
Concern for the sick shows on her face,
Her gentle touch, my fears erase.

—Pauline Hamblin

AMBOY – June Dallam, 87, of Amboy, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Franklin Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was many things to all who knew her – a devoted daughter, farm wife, mother, a career nurse, and a good friend.
June Eleanor Dallam was born Feb. 28, 1926, to George and Eda (Sandburg) King of Amboy. She married Raymond Dallam on June 15, 1946. They were married for 50 years, and farmed together on the family farm near Lee Center. In addition to farming and raising two sons, June was proud to be a nurse at KSB Hospital in Dixon for 42 years.
June attended grade school and high school in Lee Center. Her future husband attended the same school, and their 50-year marriage began with a wink in the library. They both loved dancing and danced often, including celebrating their 50th anniversary with a dance.
After graduating from high school, June attended Henrotin School of Nursing in Chicago as a nurse cadet, preparing to aid in the World War II effort. She maintained lifelong relationships with her fellow classmates and enjoyed meeting with them regularly. She was known as Grandma June, not only to her own grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to all she met. June was also an active member of the Congregational Church of Christ in Lee Center, serving in a variety of roles.
Survivors include two sons, Garth (Linda) Dallam and Gail (Jan) Dallam, both of Amboy; and one sister, Carol Breitwiser of Santa Monica, Calif. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her four grandchildren, Christi Dallam of Oak Park, Katie (Andy) Pratt of Dixon, Stacey (Nick) Dinges of Sublette, and Brian (Angie) Dallam of Amboy. Six great-grandchildren, Ethan and Natalie Pratt, Emma and Jacob Dinges, and Owen and Michael Dallam brought much joy to her recent years


November 23, 2013

Bread/Cinnamon Rolls

Bread/Cinnamon Rolls


12 oz. Boiling Water (1 1/2 lb..)(3 c.)
1 1/2 oz. Sugar (3T.)
1 1/2 oz. Lard (3T.)
12 oz. Cold Milk
1 oz. Dry Yeast (2 T)
2 eggs beaten
Mix the first three ingredients together, mix the eggs and milk together, add milk mixture to hot mixture now it should feel not hot or too warm, sprinkle yeast on top.
Mix and rest 10 minutes until foamy (not foaming? your yeast maybe old)

Put in mixer
2 1/2 lbs Flour (7c.)
1 oz. Salt

Add the wet mixture above to the dry and mix 10 min. Let rest 1-2 hours, punch down, roll out, and shape into two loafs.
or roll out into a 18 x 11 rectangle top spread with 1/4 c. soft butter, sift, 1 c. powdered sugar, 1/4 c. brown sugar and 2 T. cinnamon, jellyroll and cut 1 inch wide with dental floss, to make cinnamon rolls
Rest for 2 hours or refrigerate over night.
Bake at
350 until golden 35 min. Makes 2 loaves of bread or 1 loaf and 1 9X11 pan of cinnamon rolls.

November 19, 2013

tissue box covers

I am working on some more tissue box covers, (like Dawn made for me a couple years back...)I did for  a "Holiday Blessings" baskets that we will be giving to 14 shut ins and elderly from our church. adding things like fruit and cookies, lotions,  devotional book, calenders, etc..   Now I need to cut out 16 more for Steve's group home..thought the kids there would like one for the bedside dressers.

November 13, 2013

Veterans Day Assembly, Tampico Illinois

We had the privilege On Veterans Day to attend a veteran's tribute  at the TMS.  The program featured  a flag ceremony and presentation of the colors., the TMS leading us in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem. Mrs Fry, our school's Principal. introduced readings by the 4th grade class and the school children sang the Armed forces medley, asking those that served to stand. Next she introduced  the guest speaker, William Albract.
U.S. Army Capt. William “Bill” Albracht joined an “elite group”   was bestowed 3  Silver Stars(    the third-highest award for gallantry in combat) after his actions helped save the lives of 150 soldiers and allies during the Vietnam War.
Here is the story as described by the quad cities times...

Just 21 years old then, Albracht — one of the youngest Army Special Forces captains — arrived at a remote outpost in South Vietnam known as Fire-Base Kate on Oct. 28, 1969. That same day, North Vietnamese forces attacked the base.
“Against great odds and while being greatly outnumbered by the North Vietnamese, Capt. Albracht led
his soldiers through the first wave of attacks,” Smith said, adding that Albracht and his men were outnumbered 40-1. “It was not looking good for the home team.”
While under enemy fire, Albracht carried a wounded soldier to safety and then risked his life again by directing medical evacuation helicopters.
“At one point, he exposed himself to enemy fire to wave off approaching Medevac helicopters — who were vulnerable to B-40 rockets — while attempting to land,” Smith said.
Later wounded himself, Albracht refused treatment and evacuation “so he could lead the fight.”
Days later with supplies running low, he executed orders to evacuate the remaining 150 U.S. soldiers and South Vietnamese soldiers. On Nov. 1, 1969, he led the group through darkness into the dense jungle to link up with another unit five kilometers away.
“For six hours, Albracht and his men persevered, plowing through the jungle with the North Vietnamese in hot pursuit,” Smith said.
Finally near a wide-open clearing, he “sensed a military force was present but was unsure the other side was occupied by the friendly ‘Mike-Force’ or a North Vietnamese ambush. Albracht then walked alone through the clearing to find the friendly ‘Mike-Force’ was on the other side.” He then led his soldiers “stealthily through more enemy lines” to safety.
What a remarkable man and I have to say, the school children were memorized as they heard him speak of his experiences in Viet Nam and how  it related it to their own personal life experiences. Thank you for your service and for coming to Tampico, Mr. Albracht . Incidentally,  Albracht’s “self-sacrificing nature” made him the only soldier to survive the siege and not receive an award for valor at that time.. He said Albracht was to receive it in a ceremony soon after the action, but when a helicopter arrived to pick him up to take him to the ceremony, he had learned of four wounded soldiers who need to be taken to a field hospital. He asked the pilots to take them there first, missing the ceremony.
Here are some photos of the ceremony at TMS   .
Nice job kids!

Grandparents Day visit ( and close family friends)

Practicing songs for the Christmas Program in Dec. and practice for  cheerleading in Nov.