Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcoming 2018 with Friday's Fave Five

My first official post of the new year, and what a better way to begin than with Friday's Fave Five.  This is a meme hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.  Every Friday, Susanne invites us to be purposeful in taking notice of the good things that happened during the week.  So here goes.

1)  Welcoming the new year . . . I can't remember the last time Dan and I stayed up until midnight on New Year's Eve. We typically celebrate east coast style and call it good at 10 p.m. This year we watched a movie on Netflix -- Our Souls at Night, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It was lovely and funny and real.

2)  New Year's Day . . .  Keeping with tradition, we celebrated the holidays with my family at my dad and stepmom's house. It has become one of my favorite traditions. We all bring a dish, squeeze in around the table, and it's one of the few times of the year that I see all of my family together. As many come as can make it, and it's a great way to kick off the new year.

3)  Not such a great way to start the year . . . I was sick for two days as in I-wish-I-was-dead sick. But, there's a bright side! That is in how good I feel today! And in that I have an awesome husband who takes over and cares for the house and for me when I get that sick. I'm still sipping on flat ginger ale, but I do feel worlds better.

4)  Time with friends . . . On Tuesday night, we went to dinner with some friends (okay, I'm pretty sure this is what led to #3, but we'll set that aside for now).  The 'girls' and I have been best buds for years. It's the first time we've been out with our spouses/significant other. So much fun!

5)  A good book . . . I finished a book, on the cusp on the New Year, so I'm counting it for 2017.  I read 30 books in 2017, which is awesome for  me.  The one I just finished is All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick. I really enjoy this author, and this book really hit the mark for me. Historical fiction, a story that is relevant for my life right now, and so beautifully written.

How was your week?


Mari said...

It seems to be the season for sickness. I know of many around here who have it too. Glad you are improving!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. It's no fun to be sick.

Cherdecor said...

A great Five in which to begin the new year! I wish I could read books. Alan bought me one of those magnifying sheets to lay over a page but it doesn't work too well for me. I have double vision too so I read with one eye and not for long. I wish I knew what your book was about.

I am so glad that when you were at the intersection of live or die, you made it through and lived. Many people around here are sick. I am staying away from them. Maybe I will come out with the groundhog in February. Glad you are much better!

Willow said...

Congrats on getting so many books read in 2017! (Hmmm, maybe I should keep track of the books I read in 2018...)
I know those illnesses where you are worried you're to going to die and then you're worried you're going to live :) I'm glad you are feeling better now.
Happy New Year!

Faith said...

My husband Dave and i watched that movie when it first came out on Netflix and we LOVED it!!! Of course they are two of our fave actors as well.

so thankful you aremon the mend and that your flu only lasted two days!

I love getting together with friends and family over the holidays....sounds like you had a great time minus getting ill.

Happy weekend!

( i read 39 books in 2017... my goal was 40... i do book reviews on my blog if you are ever interested)

Barbara H. said...

So glad you got to be with your family and later some friends! Sad you got sick, though, but glad you're feeling better. We stayed up NYE and turned on the TV long enough to see the ball drop, and my d-i-l had made a nice dinner and dessert, but that's about ll the celebrating we did. I loved it, though. I love reading, too! Happy New Year!

bettyl-NZ said...

You have awesome things to be thankful for, as we all do--if we just stop to look around.

Wendy said...

Sorry to hear you were sick. Hope you're feeling much better now. Sounds like a great way to start the New Year. (The celebrations etc not the getting sick! lol)

Mereknits said...

Glad you are feeling better Karen, many happy wishes to you in 2018!

Susanne said...

I love your family's New Year's Day tradition. It sounds like a really nice time. Sorry you got sick like that. That is no fun but good to hear you are feeling great now. I love Jane Kirkpatrick but haven't read of book of hers in a couple years. Putting this on my library list.

Melinda said...

I hope you are feeling a lot better by now.
Sorry you had a rough start.

M : )

Dianna said...

I love it that you and your husband stayed up to welcome in the New Year. Here at our house, I stayed up and hubby went to bed at 10:00. I said, "You may as well stay up because we will get awake at midnight when people start shooting their guns and putting off fireworks!" (We live in the country, what can I say?) He said he'd take his chances. I stayed up and don't you know not a single shot was fired nor one single firework put off! HAHA!

Good for you on reading 30 books in 2017! That is great! I want to look up the book you read by Jean Kirkpatrick. I do enjoy her books as well.

I'm so sorry that you were so sick but glad to know you are doing better.