Friday’s Fave Five

Once again another week has flown by, and we’re pausing with Susanne and friends at Living to Tell the Story to remember some of the good things that have happened.

1. Dry ice “experiments.” We had gotten some dry ice to use at our family Halloween party, but had quite a bit left. Jim texted Jason and Mittu a link about some other things they could do with dry ice. They invited us over on Saturday to do some of those dry ice activities with Timothy. As it happened, when Jason went to get the dry ice out of the freezer–the bags were empty. The dry ice had turned back into a gas, I guess because their freezer wasn’t as cold as dry ice needs to stay solid. Since we were set up and planning to play with it, Jason set out to find some more, having to go to four stores before he found any. But Timothy had such fun mixing up water with food coloring or dish soap and dropping dry ice in, then using different utensils on it. We found that if you squeeze dry ice with tongs, it makes a screeching sound. And Jim and Jason got curious about what would happen if you put water and dry ice in a water bottle with the lid on. Short answer: it explodes loudly. (There’s a sheriff’s deputy living in Jason’s neighborhood, and we were a little afraid he would come over to investigate the noises we were making on the back deck. He didn’t, thankfully.) Near the end of the activities, Timothy proclaimed, “I love science!” ๐Ÿ™‚ Then Mittu made stir-fry for us, and we played a couple of rousing hands of Uno.

2. Voting. I’m thankful we have that privilege in this country.

3. Veteran’s Day in the USA today. I am abundantly thankful for those who have served our country, often in unseen ways, at great sacrifice to their families.

4. Getting an hour back. I don’t really like changing the time back and forth, nor the early darkness. But I do like that extra hour once a year from “falling back.”

5. Apple cider. We usually just have this a couple of times a year, but Jim and I discovered we both like having an alternative hot drink. Neither of us likes hot tea, but we usually want more warm drinks in cold weather than coffee.

I hope you’ve had a good week as well!

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. It has been quite a week! I too am thankful for the privilege of being able to vote. I’m glad the dry ice experiment didn’t arouse any suspicion! I imagine Timothy really enjoyed that. Have a lovely weekend, my friend.

  2. getting to vote is a true blessing even when the candidates of our choice don’t get elected.
    How fun for you all to watch Timothy play and explore the dry ice.
    and how fun to then have a meal together and play games. I love it.
    family time is a true blessing.
    I’m thankful for the veterans in my family and who serve our country.
    I just bought some apple cider which we enjoy ice cold…..we don’t get it every week…just twice (once in October and once in November) but i needed it today for my Autumn Chicken Stew for our dinner with our oldest girl tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚ it makes the house smell so good!!

  3. We love science too! Extra kudos for Jason going out to find more dry ice.
    The privilege of voting is truly a blessing.
    If we happen to be in a pub, I will ask for apple cider. It is one of my favorites.
    Have a great weekend! And we will all celebrate our veterans.

  4. It seems you had a lot of fun together with Timothy and parents ! For me it’s normal to vote it’s not a privilege it exists as long as I can think in Europe. The only thing which disturbed me that in some countries a woman was not allowed to vote until 1971 (!!!) crazy. Today of course it doesn’t exist anymore.

    • I think of voting as a privilege because not every country allows voting. And some only go through the motions, but it’s a sham, with the ones in power controlling the outcome. I don’t always like the choices we have in voting, but I am grateful I don’t live in a dictatorship.

  5. I love cider! It’s been so pricey here I haven’t bought any this year. Keep waiting to find a deal on some, but I’m guessing at this point that’s not happening? Ha ha on Timothy and the science fun! I like that kind of science too! When you get into organic chemistry and physics, unfortunately my enthusiasm wanes ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a fun way to engage Timothy in the sciences! There’s a local restaurant that puts a piece of dry ice in the neck of a bottle for each table, instead of a candle.

    Apple cider is a great fall alternative drink. I have friends that like neither coffee nor tea, so cider and cocoa are it for their hot drink options.

  7. Democracy and the chance to vote for gov’t really are huge blessings. We have Remembrance Day on November 11th in Canada to remember all those who have sacrificed and do sacrifice to keep us free. So grateful for these men and women. Wow, Timothy looks like he’s been on a growth spurt. How fun that you all do that kind of stuff with him.

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