Small pleasures can be pretty great
I just have had an industrious morning of the sort that a retired person might have: shopping for food (and with an eye to future one-pot meals, picking up things like fresh fennel, red cabbage, bell peppers, scallions, lemons, lamb flank and lamb shoulder steaks and pork shops and the like), then going to Staples for a couple of reams of paper; then to Whole Foods for more cooking goodies (a smaller (i.e., one-pint) bottle of olive oil to receive Enzo’s Lemon Olive Oil, a gallon of which I will order, good mushrooms, peeled garlic, sheep- and goat-milk feta, and lamb sausage (Mergeza and Istanbul) for one-pot meals); then to Wild Bird Haven for 10 lbs bird seed (“eating like bird” turns out to mean “being a total glutton”); then to Ocean Sushi for a nice bunch of sushi along with seaweed salad and pickled things (including daikon radish), along with some sake; then home to a bunch of packages inluding a 25-lb kettlebell for some exercises to combat sciatica (here and here). One of the causes listed is too much sitting, and that does match my own habits.
Now I’m back home and feeling for the moment that life is pretty good. And a one-pot meal tonight. 🙂