Friday’s Fave Five

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

The first Friday of 2018! We’re almost a week into the new year already. Monday, when my oldest son left to go back to his home, seems so long ago already! Taking the Christmas decorations down isn’t a favorite per se, but, though I miss them, it’s nice to have things back in order and change gears to start making plans for the new year. I love putting up the brand new  calendars. Here are some of the best parts of the last week.

1. Wonderful family time. I don’t think we’ve ever had a bad visit, but this time just seemed especially good. Jason only had Christmas Day off, but everyone else was off more, and we had some fun outings as well as some quiet times just hanging out at home together. As I walked past the hallway while my oldest son was here, I heard him and my youngest son talking together in their rooms, and thought, “Just like old times!”

2. A bowling outing. Saturday we visited a really neat new-to-us old bowling alley in downtown Knoxville. My husband had been there for someone’s retirement party and suggested we try it. Instead of one big, open room, there were smaller spaces with four lanes each and nice couches with pillows.

It was in a really cool old building downtown. And they served really good food, a waitress taking orders and then bringing it out to the lanes.

I don’t think I’d go there at night – they emphasize alcohol and go “adults only” at 9 p.m. But on a Saturday morning it was just families. Afterward we walked around downtown a bit and ended up at a dessert/coffee place.

3. Chocolate Pretzel pie and more games! Jeremy had made this pie for us once before, so it was requested again this visit.

4. Lollipop cough drops. We ended the time together with half the family catching colds. Timothy was particularly pitiful. I remarked one night that it was too bad kids couldn’t use cough drops, but they’d probably try to crunch them instead of letting them dissolve, and it would probably be a choking hazard. Then either Jim or I remembered that they used to make cough drops for kids on lollipop sticks. I hadn’t seen them in years, but then I hadn’t looked for them in years either, and I didn’t know if they still made them. Jason went to the store, and they do still make them! Mittu said they helped immediately. He’s doing better now with just a bit of a lingering cough.

5. Warmth. We’ve had temperatures in the teens and single digits this week, so I have especially loved central heat, a snug house, sweaters, throw blankets, and coffee to keep warm.

I hope your New Year is getting off to a good start as well! And if not, well, we have 360 days to make it better.


12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. That’s an interesting decor for the bowling alley. It looks like it would be a fun place–during the day
    The hanging out time is the best, isn’t it? I’m glad you had so much time with your boys.
    Thanks for the tip on cough drop lollipops. I’d never heard of them.
    Happy New Year to you!

  2. That’s a luxury bowling alley!
    It’s so nice to hear those conversations our grown kids have with one another, just chatting away like old times. It makes me feel like I did something right;)
    The pretzel pie looks decadent and delicious. And thanks for the tip on the cough drop lollipops.

  3. What a neat looking bowling alley! I predict many more really good family gatherings in the years to come with Timothy getting older. Love the lollipop cough drops too — what a good idea! I know what you mean about appreciating the warmth. I’ve thought of people in the “old days” these past few weeks as we’ve hovered around zero. So grateful to live now!

  4. Sounds like a lovely week, Barbara. I like the way the bowling alley was divided up. It would be a lot less noisy and distracting. A great way to spend time together as a family. The chocolate pretzel pie sounds really good. Would you consider sharing the recipe? Or maybe we could all just come for a visit and Jason could make it for us. lol Have a wonderful weekend.

    • I don’t mind at all! It’s at: The one who made it is my son Jeremy who lives in RI, so he might not be here, but you’re welcome to visit any time! I’ve used just the basic pretzel crust there for a couple of other dishes that call for a graham cracker crust, and it worked great. I am not a big pretzel fan normally, but the chocolate and salty combination works well.

  5. That bowling alley looks really neat. Chocolate pretzel pie sounds delicious. Salty sweet is a fave combination around here. My daughter got the telestration game too. I didn’t play it though because it was just too late for me when they pulled it out. Next time. Sharing colds at the holidays is no fun. Glad everyone is starting to feel better.

  6. Oh that bowling alley looks like a place i would LOVE!! So,homey looking!

    Yay for yummy desserts, coffee and warm blankets.

    i noticed you wrote 2017 instead of 2018😜

    Happy New Year Barbara and stay warm this weekend!

  7. Sounds like a good week apart from the coughs and colds. The bowling alley looks a great place to go especially with smaller spaces. I always find them such noisy places. Happy New Year.

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