I know you are like me if you didn't live in the storm
ravaged states, you watched with horror as
Superstorm Sandy raged its way up the east coast.
I decided to set a table this week in honor of
those who suffered from the storm, realizing that
it was much more than New York City that was
hit, but focusing my table on New York.
New York, the Big Apple.
My husband and I had almost made plans to go
there in a couple of weeks. I have friends who live there and Pat
did a beautiful post on it at Mille Fiori Favoriti.
She focused on what we can all learn from
this and how we can prepare. Visit her blog and read it.
While I live in a place that doesn't have to worry about
hurricanes, we do have to worry about major earthquakes.
Have you ever wondered about losing all of your beautiful
things in a storm or an earthquake?
Yet, certainly none of that is worth losing a life
and we do need to be prepared.
I love how I caught the light off this spoon and it made me
think of the Broadway musical Annie -
"The sun will come out tomorrow!"
Haven't you been proud of most of those who have been
hit and how they have been helping each other?
Truly, if we help each other, the sun will come out.
New York, the Big Apple.
These big apples came from my tree.
And I always think of red when I think of New York,
maybe because I have been there so many times
We are Americans and we hurt when others hurt.
In our hardest times we can shine.
I just so happened to have volunteered to go help
at the Lindon cannery this last week before the storm
had hit. I belong to
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints
nicknamed almost 200 years ago
I bet you have heard more about us in the news this
The Church teaches us to be prepared with
water, food, fuel, and an emergency supply
of money just for cases like this or unemployment,
a change in health, or whatever might come unexpectedly.
Click on this link to find out more about storing food
for an emergency.
Part of what I can do is to help at the cannery so that others
who don't have the means to feed themselves can get
food. The Church also sends money, clothes,
medical supplies and food in cases of disaster like
this. It seemed fitting to be helping on something like
this during this week.
We were canning pork and beans this day. My job
was to stand there and watch a machine punch a blob
of ground bacon mixed with beans into a can. If the
bacon blobs stuck together so that one can didn't
get it, you had to make sure the next person put a
little blob in the can. I would sing to myself and count
the cans, anything to keep from being bored. The
machine only missed one in about 100 (I know, I counted!)
It also made me think of hubby's grandmother who worked
until she was in her 80s in a cannery in Idaho. I don't think I
could do something like this day after day, week after week.
But as I sat there, I felt wonderful because I knew that
this food would go to help those in need. I specifically thought
of those who had been affected by the storm.
After, we were
allowed to buy some salsa and peaches that others had canned.
The peaches were "seconds" as some had little bits of pits
left in. I have worked at the cannery for years, doing peaches,
chili, apples and dry goods.
In my next post I am going to make a wonderful
Peach Raspberry Crisp that I made using the
Think of ways you can help,
organizations you can donate
to, etc. If we all do something, it will lift the lives of many.
They may have disappeared from the front of the news,
but they still are in great need.
I will be posting this with