Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thoughts on 9/11

Today was meant to be a somber day--although I don't really understand why the tenth anniversary is any more significant than the first or the seventh.  It was a tragic event, the bombing of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. We should remember it and especially those who rose as heroes to deal with the crisis and its aftermath.  We should also learn from it and bring the human race to a higher plain.  Since that does not appear to have come close to happening in the past ten years, I do consider it a very somber day indeed.

I don't know if this was planned, but the VT air guard was flying overhead at 8:45 this morning.  Was it a tribute or was it an emergency?  I found it quite disconcerting but when I turned on the television we were all observing a moment of silence (except of course in my sky).

I spent the day in  garden related pursuits.  I tidied up around all the garden beds.  I picked green beans and Italian peppers.  I canned three jars of pickled peppers, froze three bags of green beans, froze two bags of tomato sauce and froze a large bag of peppers.  I dried my winter's supply of rosemary and Greek oregano and packaged that up.

I suppose, and the thought did occur to me at some point, with all the hand wringing and terror alerts that accompanied the news coverage over the past week or so I should really have canned everything.  Frozen food will not be of any help if the electric grid is shut down.

But I am choosing not to live with fears like that.  It's not that I have my head completely in the sand.  I know bad things can and do happen.  I try to be prudent.  But for every day that I can, I will pluck what is good about life just like I plucked green beans off their vine today.

For my lunch today, I tossed red peppers and cherry tomatoes with fresh oregano and olive oil, roasted this in the oven, sprinkled blue cheese on the roasted vegetables and served it on lightly toasted Italian bread.  I don't usually have wine with lunch, but this called for a chilled glass.  Yeah, that's how I want life to be.


  1. What a fabulous lunch you had! I am considering taking up cooking (my husband does it currently).

    I'm remembering today without turning on the news coverage. The only place I can make a difference is in my own life, and I'm trying to do that.

  2. Lovely post. I think you spent the day in a perfect way. You are inspiring me to do more cooking, canning and drying of food also. In a past life, I did that every year. It is nice to have the time to rediscover how we wish to live life.

    I didn't turn on coverage today either. I am choosing to remember that life changes quickly. We only have today. It is to be lived fully.

  3. The preceeding week has wrung me dry. Like you, I had such hopes that we would grow as humans but it hasn't really happened. This day 10 years ago was unbearable and the converage this week was about all I could stand. That scar will always remain on our souls.
    Arkansas Patti

  4. This sounds right to me. Commerate, remember,sure,but spend your time exercising your freedom to do as you choose. And you can't beat dining from your own gadren patch.

  5. Good for you. Glad we are kindred spirits, as well as both grammas!


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