Yesterday, I took Jeff's CitiBike key and set off on an adventure around Manhattan.
Have I been going a bit stir crazy (is that the way to describe it?) here in Midtown? Yes. I have to admit it. So grateful for everything we have, but it''s okay to still admit a bit of an antsy feeling after remaining in an apartment or within a ten block walk radius for so long :)
I was on a mission yesterday to get to the Union Square Greenmarket, and find some goodies...namely flowers....while supporting small, local businesses instead of a big grocery store chain.
Me + bike + Manhattan streets = NO, so I decided to go along the perimeter of the city, on the bike path, down the west side, around the tip, and up the east side, only biking on a few streets as I moved across East Something-or-other Street to get a bit closer to the market before docking.
Well it almost worked.
I got off the bike path a bit too early and ended up having quite the tour of the Lower East Side. Streets I had never heard of, seeing a completely different part of the city, thankful for not much traffic as I tried to navigate the streets....
Eventually I got to Union Square!
And wow the market was hopping. I didn't expect so many vendors to be there during covid, but they were-- and doing a good job of enforcing distancing, signs for customers not to touch the items, and contactless pay. Good job!
I found some apple cider donuts for Jeff from a local NY farm, blueberries from Milford, NJ (minutes from my parents!), and a beautiful hand-picked bouquet of flowers from another NJ farm.
Always loved seeing people on those cute old-fashioned-looking bikes with flowers bursting out of the bike basket. I attempted to recreate....Maybe not as cute with a CitiBike, but a success nonetheless!
Why am I writing all of this to you today? To ask you a question:
What are you doing to bring a bit of sunshine into your life today?
For me, that rather 'small' change of pace and finding locally grown flowers brought me such JOY.
It doesn't have to be a 'big' change/purchase/adventure/etc. Something as simple as a bouquet of flowers made me smile, brightened my day, and continues to give me a dose of happy each time I look at it.
It's the little things.
What are some ways you find sunshine in your day?