My computer would not cooperate over the weekend.
I lost ALL of my files, documents, and photos.
Even though I had anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-everything software.
I quickly learned what was really important to me.
Family photos. My journal.
Did I have back up? Yes. But the last time I backed anything up was a year ago.
So, essentially, I lost a year of....stuff.
I had a good, ugly cry. It lasted a couple of minutes.
I came to my senses and realized what I was really grateful for.
My taxes were done and printed. Not filed, but printed.
My 21 year old son is computer savvy. He downloaded a data recovery program and was able to retrieve most, but not all of my photos and documents.
My documents? The first 20 pages of my journal were salvaged. Not the rest. It was scrambled...corrupted. I realized that the "missing" or "corrupted" pages were really a documentation of the crappy parts of last year: My mother-in-law's diagnosis, struggle, and death from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). How my oldest son just up and left our home three days after her diagnosis. No explanation. No answers. Did I really need that reminder?
I have often said that I NEVER wanted a repeat of last year again. It was probably a good thing that those pages from my journal are gone. I embraced the new year, looking forward, being grateful for the lessons and the strength that I gathered from my experiences.
The new year began with my son returning home. Yes, the tech savvy kid who tried to salvage my stuff on the computer. What would I have done without him? I'm grateful for every day that he is here. I know that he is safe and that he is okay.
The anniversary of my mother-in-law's death is approaching. It has been difficult adjusting to the changes of her being gone, but what have I learned?
To appreciate life.
To remember and say, "I love you" on a daily basis.
To appreciate being able to walk, brush my own teeth, dress myself, and breathe.
To appreciate being able to do something for someone else and the joy that results from it.
You know what else I loved about last year?
The world of blogging. I get to share what I love, what I do, with friends from all over. Old friends, new friends, and online friends. It amazes me the wealth of information that I have learned from folks all over the world. I love to leave comments and read the comments that are left on my blog. I love being able to help someone across the U.S. make a successful loaf of bread or a light, buttery roll.
I love kitchen gadgets.
Gadgets that serve more than one purpose. Gadgets that don't take up a whole lot of space. Gadgets that are inexpensive.
See this pastry brush on the left?
It's worse than my toothbrush...it needed replacing!
I searched high and low to find the PERFECT pastry brush...and here it is! A Lurch Silicone Pastry Brush. I tried to find one that had bristles that were just right...not too long and....flippy.
I needed a sturdy brush that I could dip into shortening or butter to brush my loaf pans.
There is a bonus...it is made from silicone and is heat resistant up to a ridiculous temperature. I used it in hot bacon grease to grease my muffin tins for corn muffins. Yum!
Do you want one? I know you do!
Wait....I want to add something else to the giveaway...
How do you win?
Leave a comment telling me what you are grateful for and invite a friend to subscribe/follow my blog. (Comment + I have invited....Sarah L.) You don't have to invite a friend, but the more, the merrier!
If you are referred by a friend to my blog, please subscribe and include your friend's name. (Comment + I was referred by Amanda J.)
If you are chosen by Random.org, you AND your subscribed friend listed on the comment will each receive both of these great gadgets. You can leave one comment per day. Wow....every day, you can invite someone new!
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at midnight Tuesday, February 23.