My day has been filled with simple things. I have been pretty busy the last month and today was one of the first days I have had to myself without any real commitments.

I swam with Charmaine this morning and then we relaxed in the sauna. It felt nice not to have to rush anywhere and not to have a real agenda. I went home after the swim and made a good cup of coffee and took a look at a  magazine I had been wanting to read.  I decided to go to Findlay Market (check it out if you have not been!) it is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. When I am there on a weekend I forget I am in Cincinnati and I could easily be at a market somewhere else in the world. I love the melting pot of all the different kinds of  people experiencing the sights, smells, sounds and tastes  the market has to offer. I make my way to my favorite shops and vendors. Treats for the dogs at Pet Wants, ingredients to make my homemade cherry vanilla granola at Madison’s, along with some amazing shitake mushrooms that were picked on Thursday! Ventured on to some of the outside vendors to get leeks, and eggplant, spinach, honey crisp apples and avocados. Decided on some salmon and sushi grade tuna steaks from the fish monger and then over to Gibb’s for yogurt cheese (vidalia onion & garlic/herb)  feta, and some fresh mozzarella, free range brown eggs, and some great black olives.  Can’t go to the market without stopping by Colonel De’s and the fabulous spice selections! They have a smoked cherry salt that is unbelievable, a bourbon sugar and different spice blends that are crazy good and a lot of things with no salt, but they also have a great variety of sea salts and grey salts and a Himalayan pink salt that is one of the purest salts you can get filled with many minerals.   Next stop was for fresh greek yogurt at Dean’s Mediterranean Imports  before my last stop for chicken, ground turkey and goetta (for my mom) at Eckerlin Meats before heading home.

Beautiful day for a drive and I needed to pick my mom up at the nursing home after she visited with my Great Aunt. I took the long way on back roads and cranked up my favorite songs on my  ipod, leaving the sunroof open,  refreshed by the crisp air….simply divine.

I was able to do some cooking this afternoon and one of the things I  made was homemade granola which I had for dinner over some of the fresh greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey and orange zest.  Simple. Then I spent time in the backyard just watching Tristan explore and thinking about how far he has come. I found myself teary when he sat motionless in front of the asian pear bush watching  a butterfly for about 5 minuets. He was not looking to go after it, he was content just watching. Me watching him, watching the butterfly made me realize I need to stop and take time to really look at the world around me. As I go into a busy week, I am bound and determined not to get caught up in the madness of it all and take some time to go slow and take notice of the” butterflies” around me.

I am very grateful for this simple but lovely day!




  1. Tina says:

    I like this post! :o) I definitely need to check out Findley Market! You will have to show me the good stuff to get! I’m trying to get back into cooking, so I’m eager to try new and healthy recipes! next on my list is chili. I’m looking for something with maybe ground turkey and lots of beans! Sweet Tristan! Cooper often will stop and watch squirrels. But usually he tries to go after them. haha

    • dogl2324 says:

      We should plan a day to go to Findlay! The weekends are nuts but all the vendors are there! You can get some fresh, free range, organic ground turkey for chili and tons of healthy foods! Let me know when you are available! Sat or Sundays are best.
      Sweet Cooper is part hound dog!

      • Tina says:

        Definitely! I’ll be out of town the next two weekends, but end of October/early November might work! Looking forward to it!!!

  2. Moody says:

    Sounds like you had a great day there, Lori.
    One of those completely and utterly stressless days you can enjoy to the fullest and cherish for a long time.

    Great to hear about Tristan doing so well now.
    I wish I could meet the furry little miracle one day.

    Have a great week!!

    • dogl2324 says:

      Hi Moody!

      It was totally amazing and I enjoyed the heck out of it! Back to the real world now. I hope you have a great week as well!


  3. Kate E. says:

    Your blog is looking great! So proud of the way you’ve learned to link everything! VERY professional looking 🙂

    This entry made me smile. The early days of Autumn are perfect for relaxation and lazy Sunday afternoons.

    • dogl2324 says:

      Thanks girl! I had a VERY good teacher, so I am lucky that I was shown how to avoid making a mess out of the whole thing! 😉

  4. Lillian says:

    Beautiful day and beautiful post. I especially liked the part about watching the butterflies.

  5. mary nauyoks says:

    So happy you had such a great day. Now, let’s add to your commitments – when are going to open your kitchen and offer cooking lessons?? Have a great week – I cannot make Thursday, I am walking with the family for a Leukemia fundraiser. Keep me posted on when the next dog walk will be. Hugs to you – you are doing super-fantastic.

    • dogl2324 says:

      Thanks love! You tell me what you want to make and I will make it for you. Anything at all…I will figure a way to make it for you! The walk is on Tuesday night at 6:30pm same place if you are free. I think we will avoid the monsoon this week! xoxo

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