Brian got a last-minute unexpected day off today and we deliberated getting
a few things done around the house, or taking a few hours to have a fun,
relaxing afternoon. No brainer! We had lunch at Al's Cafe, a restaurant in a 1892
building that was once a millinery, offices, an appliance store, and a radio repair
business. When we walked in, the hostess led us upstairs, as the downstairs
area was already packed. We were amazed that we had the whole floor to
ourselves and that the space was so charming and beautiful.
While we were waiting for the waiter to bring our drinks, we walked around,
admiring the vintage books and decor...
Swooning over these windows, curtains, and chandelier...
After a delicious lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches, we walked to
Elgin Books ~ an independent, used bookstore. I could've spent hours in
this store. There was this light-filled room with some tables right next to the
little coffee bar (which, to me, if there could actually be a bonus to a used
bookstore, it's that they have good coffee, too)...
A long hallway with stacks of books...
and nooks and crannies filled with even more books! I am definitely going
back when I have more time.
I had brought in a couple of bags of books for book credit ~ and while the owner
didn't give a lot of credit for the books, we still came home with four new-to-us
books for "free". While walking back to our car, we saw these two hand-painted
murals on the sides of buildings and I thought they were really cool. Couldn't
tell you the meaning or stories behind these murals though. I'll have to do a Google
search and see if I can find anything.
So glad he had the day off and that we were spontaneous.
Have you done anything offhand lately, for which you were grateful for