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A Sig Blessing

Most of us prefer to curse technology when it doesn’t work, but rarely do we bless it or even acknowledge when it does work.  I am guilty of muttering unkind words at my PCwhen it doesn’t respond fast enough, does something unpredictable or can’t read my mind. (I know…my son-in-law reminds me often that I should have gotten a MAC)

Today however, I feel compelled to recognize that my PC is a blessing.  Honest.

Besides being a faithful holder of thoughts and memories, editor of words, organizer of numbers, rehearsal partner for choir, fact checker and researcher, worthy opponent in word games, supplier of youtube entertainment – this week my computer has helped me:

  • See photos of Karen’s brand new grandson just hours after he arrived!  He is tiny, amazing and a miracle! (Karen will be writing about him shortly).
  • Find a friend that I thought I had lost
  • Keep track of my daughter’s adventures through her new blog
  • Be amazed at my other daughters’ tireless blogging and amazing viewership
  • Sync my ipod touch
  • Debrief last Sunday’s concert
  • Contemplate buying a new CD (have decided to wait)
  • Check the weather in Vancouver, Borneo, Edmonton, Calgary, Oxford, Sudbury and Maui. (decided I’d rather be in Maui)
  • Learn about healthy food choices
  • Make better grocery shopping choices
  • Connect with many friends
  • Work from home when I wasn’t feeling well
  • Crop and post a better profile picture (I experienced a remarkably good hair day – see below)
  • Track my blessings

This is just  a partial list.  I will now give my PC the rest of the weekend off – and just in time.  According to my PC’s clock it’s 11:50.

Well done PC, I appreciate you.

– A Sig Blessing

It’s been a few weeks since Mother’s Day and I’ve been savoring the sweetness of the day (and the gifts received) ever since.  I was blessed this year to have three out of four children home.  This was big since one of them usually resides off the continent.  The fourth phoned and sent a lovely card along with a thoughtful gift.  I have also gained a son-in-law within the last two years and so I really had four out of five.  Although the  son-in-law is not mine by birth, he is already deeply attached to my heart because of the way he loves my daughter.  He also fixes my computer when called upon.  He doesn’t charge his usual fee – I just pay him with cheesecake or chocolate chip pancakes.

I was also blessed because my mom-in-law of 31 years joined us for the day.  At 87, it’s pretty wonderful to see her guiding her granddaughter through a knitting project.  Apparently children who have recently graduated with a Masters in Science want to add knitting to their resume. Who knew?

I was a little sad that my Mom and Dad weren’t able to make it. My Mom’s health has been kind of rocky lately and she wasn’t feeling well enough to join us.  I ended up driving out to her place the following week and going to the Mall with her where we enjoyed sushi and shopping.

Back to Mother’s Day at my house.  When the kids were younger and the budget tighter, my gifts would usually include something I could plant in my flower bed.  Gradually things have changed.  Last year on Mother’s Day my husband announced that he thought I should visit the daughter in England that we hadn’t seen in 18 months.  That was an all-star gift and hard to top.

This year that daughter was home.  She presented me with a chunk of yummy soap from Lush in a little pouch that she crafted for me with her new knitting skills.  The older daughter and her husband had walked the length and breadth of Metrotown to find me a rectangular cake plate.  I had lost one a few years ago and the one they gave me was much nicer than the original.  Our youngest son gave me a recent book by Brennan Manning that is patiently waiting for me on my nightstand.

The son who couldn’t make it home wants me to spend a significant amount of money on sushi.  He knows me well.  I will save it for when he comes home and he can guide me through one of those all-you-can-eat menus.

After last year’s gift and how hectic life had been, I thought my husband was going to present me with geraniums, which would have been fine.  I had spotted some bedding plants in the backyard and thought he would bring them in when the gift giving began.  Instead, he sensed my disappointment that my Mom couldn’t make it and gave me my gift before lunch.

I was dumbfounded…in his hands he held an iPod touch.  I couldn’t speak, it was way too much.  Honestly, I was expecting geraniums. One of the daughters said “I think he likes you Mom”.  The mother-in-law said “Well, hug the boy”. Which I did, and added a kiss.

He knew I had mentioned something about organizing my schedules with one gadget and decided he would help by getting me this sweet little toy. Thankfully, the wonderful son-in-law was there and offered to help me set it up and patiently showed me how to use it.  We downloaded all the music from my computer and before I knew it I had another addiction to deal with.

I’ve only downloaded a couple of apps, I bought a snazzy cover and now I can whip out my iPod touch whenever people suggest a meeting.  Most of all, I love walking to the music.  Somehow the “genius” option can organize my 80+ CD’s and put together playlists I wouldn’t have thought of.  This evening I walked through Memorial Park in the rain and listened to Chanticleer‘s version of  “Loch Lommond” and Libera’sAbide with Me” .  My heart was full.  I may have even conducted a few bars.

Just as I approached our house the fanfare that precedes  John Rutter’s All Creatures of our God and King” came on and that’s when I knew I had to record these blessings.

Clearly conspicuously blessed.

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