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!