After I wrote the previous post, I did a lot of thinking along the lines of, “Who am I to complain?”
For two hours of my morning, and the expected price tag, a competent auto body specialist fixed the window problem, and I moved on with my day.
I returned home and put together a lovely lunch of leftovers, then combined my feet and MetroBus to get to City Greens Farmer’s Market. Biking in full half-past-noon sun in the 103-degree heat index lacked appeal.
With the walk/bus option, I can either use a sun hat or my sunbrella to avoid sunscreen. Around here, many people are happy to use light rail (MetroLink), but either have tons of excuses for not using the bus, or seem to never consider it, which is a shame. Metro upgraded their website and the trip planning feature now links to Google Transit — pretty user friendly.
While I was out and about, I encountered a few things that put my “problems” into perspective, and reminded me to be thankful. Although I don’t practice it daily, I like No Impact Man’s idea of making a gratitude list. Here’s mine for today:
- Circus Flora (St. Louis’ own one-ring circus) — we went last night. The artists display such an amazing combination of athleticism, grace, strength, and beauty. I love watching bodies in motion.
- My legs that carry me when I walk or bicycle for transportation.
- My family.
- Local farmers who work hard (for not much profit).
- Homegrown blackberries, featured in deconstructed pie 🙂
Few things cheer me up more than a farmer’s market visit. I’ve done “deconstructed cobbler” with hot fruit, butter, and spices with cereal sprinkled on top, but I’m curious what that dipper is for your deconstructed pie!
The “dipper” is our standard pie crust recipe (whole wheat pastry flour, butter, touch of salt, ice cold water). Instead of putting it in a pie pan, we baked it flat on a cookie sheet and broke it into pieces. Next time, we’ll cut it into pieces first. You could use cookie cutters for fun shapes. The beauty of the deconstructed pie lies in the fact that the crust stays fresh and crispy, instead of getting soggy after the first day.