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So, we remember….

It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since that fateful day of September 11, 2001, a day those of us old enough to remember will never forget.

I am sure if you are reading this you remember exactly what you were doing and where you were when you heard of the attack on the first tower in New York City. I certainly do.

I have heard it said it is our generation’s Pearl Harbor. While there is no comparison between the two, other than both were horrific attacks on the United States, they are certainly both dates in our history we should NEVER forget.

History? What is history?

I did an internet search for the definition of history. History defined for kids says, “History is the human story of the past.” History defined by historians says, “History is a study of changes over time, covering all aspects of human society. A dictionary definition says, “History is a record, or account, of past events, developments, etc. that purports to be true…”.

It seems that recently there has been a huge effort in this country to change history to suit various agendas. It would seem to my uneducated mind that if there was a civil war here in this country, regardless of the reasons for it, or the outcome, that destroying statues, flags, books or accounts of that war is simply wrong. It will not change what happened, it will only change the current thinking of millions who have not been given the HISTORY, or the purported truth, which in most cases, IS the truth, or at least a variation of it. Just because you don’t agree with what took place a couple decades, or a couple centuries ago, does not mean that it didn’t occur. So, please, let’s not try to CHANGE history!!

I could go on, and on, I suppose, but I won’t. I just want everyone to remember the sacrifices of many, for the good of the rest of us, and to keep things in perspective. Forget your own agenda, be kind, and be thankful to God above that you have the life that you have. So very many have it SO much worse.

I am now off my soapbox.

A considerable time has passed since I last posted here, but henceforth I will be more consistent. I may post about something that pleases, or displeases, me. Or, I may post about something that has happened in my life, be it major or a minor occurrence. My post may just be my thoughts on something, and you don’t have to like it. I do ask that you be respectful and nice. Another possibility is that I will post about my latest birding adventures, card making, jewelry, quilting, or some other endeavor as it pleases me. There seem to be few rules in blogging, and it is my blog, so it will be my ramblings and no one else’s.

It has been a strange, busy, not-so-busy, boring, fulfilling, and unreal couple of years.

In 2019, I was appointed to a state office in the lowa Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for the year 2020.

This involved being very active in the affairs of the Grand Chapter, along with my Grand Family of Mom, Dad and 15 siblings. I call it my grand family because, over the time we have served the order, we have grown to become as a family. I have enjoyed the journey with them, and have mixed feelings about the end of our terms of office. At the same time I will be relieved to have finished the responsibilities of office, I will be saddened to be unable to get together regularly (sometimes every weekend) with my Grand Family. That said, we will still see one another, just less frequently. The bonds that have formed since our elections/appointments will remain. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to serve and be a part of the Kruzer (our family name) family. We were to have served for a year, but with the pandemic and the cancellation of much that was to have happened in ‘our year’, our year became two. For most of a year of that time we did nothing beyond Zoom meetings to stay informed of what was happening, or not happening.

My Kruzer family

I read a lot….sometimes 5 books a week. Most of my reading was not educational, uplifting, spiritual or anything other than pure entertainment. Reading replaced television for entertainment. I have learned a few things through my perusal of fictional accounts of various situations. Most of it simply added to my store of trivia. That’s OK. I survived the pandemic by maintaining my sanity and did not get physically ill. There were adjustments to most aspects of life, and I did lose a family member to Covid cardiac complications, my brother-in-law, who died last December. Life the past couple of years was no bed of roses. I suspect it wasn’t for most of you reading this, either. It could have been worse.

Coffee and a Book, sometimes all day long!

I despaired of what was on television, so stopped watching it. I should have cancelled my DISH account, but didn’t. Now it is FOOTBALL season again, so I will tune in to games I wish to see. Today I will watch with interest as the University of Iowa and Iowa State University take the field in an in-state rivalry we call the CY-HAWK series. It will be televised on ABC as both teams are ranked in the top ten collegiate teams in the country. While there are avid, or rabid, fans on both sides, I am simply an Iowan who would like to see both schools do well and maintain their rankings, in a clean, well-played game. ‘Nuff said. I truly hope the fans on both sides will be respectful toward those on the opposite side of the field.

Cy-Hawk Rivalry

Lastly for this post, I have continued to travel in a limited fashion and photograph whatever strikes my fancy. Most often, it is birds that strike my fancy. The past few weeks I have been going through my archives to find images for the 2022 calendar. One of my supportive birdy friends suggested I used bird’s nests as the theme for 2022. I considered her suggestion and acted upon it when I realized I had more than enough images to do a complete calendar of bird nests. This is the result.

Front cover

If you would be interested in purchasing a calendar, please leave a comment or send an email (click on the ‘contact me’ button at right)

Back cover

That’s all for today. Just remember.

6 thoughts on “So, we remember….”

  1. I wish someone would propose that 9-11 become a national holiday of remembrance. If not, the younger generations will forget it.

    I totally agree with you about our history. History is history & it should not be erased just to suit certain people.

    I also agree with you about TV. I quit watching the fictional news in December. I’m sick of all the lies & made-up stories.

    My husband and I have been watching Gunsmoke! It’s actually very well written and acted. I didn’t remember it being so well-done when it first came out in the 1950s. (It was on from 1955-1975).

    We seldom watch NFL games, just college. Their kneeling during our Anthem created a total disrespect for the NFL.

    I used to read a lot (in the 1970s) but now I spend most of my time making cards. I used to read Georgette Heyer. Her books took place in late 1800s or early 1900s. I loved the pictures she painted with her words & her stories were light romance-history.

    Aren’t you making cards anymore?

    Karen in Florida

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  2. I was delighted to see that you had blogged again. I so enjoyed reading your post today and hope you continue your “ramblings”. I love them! I can’t remember if I told you my mother was an Eastern Star and my father was a Mason. I have two rings and two pins that belonged to her and I don’t know what to do with them. My sister has my father’s Masonic ring I think. If you have any advice, I’d appreciate it. I know with my P.E.O. pin I can either be buried with it or turn it back over to International P.E.O.

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    1. Hey Karen, I just sort of lost interest in blogging, but now I am back in the game. Glad to see you hung in there! As for your mother’s OES jewelry, you can gift to another Eastern Star member, perhaps someone she knew, former chapter member, daughter of another member of your mother’s chapter who is also a member. I don’t know of an official rule on that, but will ask my Worthy Grand Matron tonight.

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  3. Welcome back – in whatever form you choose! 🙂 Love the picture of you and your Grand Family! Looking forward to more bird pictures and tales of your travels!! AND – really looking forward to seeing you next weekend!! 🙂

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