wednesday--farmers market, biblical rain and other stories
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
good morning folks. yesterday was eventful and varied. back to routine today.
did leslie in the morning because i had to leave around 10 to spend some time with my folks. eventful drive up there because when i checked my ans. machine en route there was a message from mom saying they had car trouble at the gas station and were waiting on a tow truck. several fruitless attempts to call and finally figured out all was well and they were on their way home. visited for awhile and then we were off to the farmers market. this market has been in south bend since the ice age, and is one of very few traditions that still survives in the area. they have a wonderful old style lunch counter where they serve simple, fresh, homemade food on market days. my folks had never been there, so the plan was to have lunch and then bomb around the market (not a lot going on there on tues.--saturday is the big market day). the lunch counter was very busy (as always) but we found three stools and had our lunch. dad and i had the special--ham and bean soup, cole slaw and cornbread. one of my all time favorite winter meals. everything was excellent--feather light cornbread, yummy slaw and legit homemade navy bean soup. followed my usual practice of leaving about 1/3 of the meal on my plate at a restaurant. mom had homemade chicken salad and potato salad and hers was very good too. it came with a big slab of beefsteak tomato on the side, which she loved. they had pie and dad is a pie fiend, and amazingly the flavors of the day were pumpkin and mincemeat--which is his absolute favorite. so mom and i split a piece of homemade pumpkin--no whipped cream. pieces were a normal size so half a slice was just perfect. full of ginger and spices--lovely. when i turned to ask dad how his pie was--it was already gone. guess that answered my question.
as we were sitting there, two young men (one about 20, the other about 30 i would guess) came in. the younger man looked to be about 500 pounds, the older man maybe about 400. each of them ordered a big cinnamon roll, and THEN lunch, which was a philly cheese steak and fries. i am so glad i belong to spark people and have read some blogs written by people with obesity problems like this--it made me feel differently about these men. i couldn't think of a way to engage them--they were engrossed in their own conversation and we only made brief eye contact. but since the market lunch counter may be a more frequent destination for me, i will see what will happen in the future. i would just like to make them aware that spark people is here. don't know if they would be interested or not.
anyway--after lunch we walked briefly around the market and then it was time to head home in the deluge the weather delivered. it was kind enough to time it so that each time we had to walk to or from the car there was a lull, but overall we had epic rain through the afternoon and then even harder rain last night.
still warm this morning and no rain, so its off to the park again! guessing that friday i will be stuck in the house so i have to grab this opportunity and go. think i will download week 4 of the series for friday. i kind of repeated week three since my routine got all messed up last week.
have a great wednesday!