New Sundays

These past few Sundays have been about getting on my bicycle and finding a lunch treat…

I’m fortunate enough to live close enough to an outstanding bike path in one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world! The East Bay Bike Path is a rails to trails path that runs 15 miles between the gorgeous town of Bristol RI, to Rhode Island’s capitol city Providence — Along the way, are incredible views and venues to enjoy.

For three of the past four weeks I’ve ventured out onto the path for a bike ride. I’ve enjoyed visiting downtown Bristol and had an ice cream lunch 1st at Grey’s ice-cream annex and yesterday at the Daily Scoop where I tried for the first time chocolate espresso crunch.  After that delightful adventure I stopped at the SchoolYard Farmer’s Market at Hope and Main!  Where I was able to pick up some local honey and onions.  Last week’s ride took me to East Providence and a delightful smoothie at Edible Arrangements in Warren.

There is something wonderful about a bike ride, being unplugged and outdoors at a pace where all the senses are evoked; the sounds of birds chirping, waves crashing on the rocks, seeing baby rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and osprey, smelling the fragrant flowers along the path, feeling the cool breeze on your skin and then the taste of the promised lunch treat. This is one New Thing that I’m going to try and keep up with as long as time and the weather permit.

Do yourself a favor get on your bike be a kid again and find an adventure!

G

1 New and 1 Old Thing

After a crazy weekend it was good getting back to “normal”.

Not that I have any concept of what normal is – I guess I mean a routine – Not a routine (life is too crazy) … Okay the start of a new week! Maybe not the start that would’ve been Monday (sigh).

Never mind. Today started with an old thing Yoga – I used to be quite diligent about practicing and I got away from it – Not sure why? My shoulder has been bothering me and yoga seemed to have helped me with a similar issue in the past so I’ve returned. I use the yoga studio app on my iPhone. Today I decided to do the thirty minute beginner flexibility routine, it tuned out to be thirty minutes of inflexibility! Why do I do this stop doing something that I enjoy and benefits me then lose most of what I gained and start again!

It felt good to be doing something positive, although I’m sure my disgust at how much  flexibility I’d  lost didn’t help the spiritual part of the yoga practice… Hopefully I can maintain the little momentum I gained today and make it part of my regime – I can certainly benefit from it!

The new thing was nothing earth shattering it was a new sandwich combination from the Bee Hive in Bristol, a delicious butternut squash sandwich! If you’re ever in the area I recommend the food and the cafe.  What made the lunch extra special was sharing time with a dear friend. One of the “Things” I’m becoming aware of on this mini quest of mine is what’s important,  like appreciating Yoga and old friendships, which make new discoveries like a good sandwich all the more enjoyable!

Now 57 new things left to discover, but remember don’t give up something you enjoy doing and if you’ve drifted from it get back to it! Then go to lunch with an old friend somewhere new or try something new!

Gin