December 11, 2014

christmas village 2015

This is the Christmas village I love getting out each year. We made these from cardboard and lots of glitter one year  on a forum and had so much fun doing so...they are 4-6 inches scale and  each has ability to be lit with bulb, though I didn't set them up that was this year...  one is modeled after my own house herein Tampico....Can you recognize it?


This is a cloche I made for the buffet...always one of my favorites...



December 5, 2014

Christmas cookies and Jean....

Today was a fun day...asked my dear neighbor, Jean Gerdes , over to make Christmas cookies.  We had lots of laughs, played Christmas music , and decided our Santas looked like they had been in a fight with their swollen eyes.. but know the  grands and neighborhood kids receiving them, will not even notice the lopsided raisins.. Just as we finished, our good friends, Jan and Glenn Dunseth,  came by..just in time to sample some cookies and chat a bit. Sue Burger stopped by as well and was able to deliver some cookies for her grandkids as well....I imagine all this sugar will be putting lots of kids on "sugar highs" tonight and this weekend.  Like I said, it was a fun day!

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