Saturday, August 23, 2008

summer breeze

yesterday I met up with gem, a friend who I came to know through this wonderful world of blogging. she moved to cleveland from chitown - trading living on the edge of one great lake for living on the edge of another great lake.

we had a lovely morning together. after checking out her charming apartment and meeting her cats we went on a brief wander in her neighborhood. earlier this month she and her husband moved to the shaker square neighborhood which as they are discovering is a great place to live as it has everything - including easy access to two train lines running to downtown cleveland.

since our time was limited our explorations were confined to just walking down larchmere - the expressed purpose was to have 'a cuppa.' I was interested in turning gem on to 'cafe limbo,' one of my favorite places to meet friends for lunch or brunch or just a cup of tea. obviously I haven't been there in a while; imagine my surprise when we walked in only to discover that cafe limbo is no longer! in fact, cafe limbo has been closed for a year. the new cafe has only been open for a brief time (which explains why we were the only people there beside the guy waiting on us). the official grand opening is scheduled for early september - think the place is now called vine and bean - although as of yet no vine as they have yet to get their liquor license, but are hopeful that come time for their grand opening they will. according the the young man who waited on us, cafe limbo closed because one day the chef just walked out! odd. very odd.

after our cuppa, we wandered down the street to pop in at loganberry books. I wanted to find another copy of this. loganberry has got to be one of the most attractive bookshops I've every been in - that is saying a lot for I have been in more bookshops than one can count! after my experience with cafe limbo I was a little afraid as to what I might discover. time has a way of marching on and it's probably been a year since I last visited. I'm happy to report all is alive and well. in fact the shop has a brand new bookshop cat - really still a kitten. his name is otis (seen in top photo) - I take the arrival of otis at loganberry's as a very good sign and a wonderful addition to their staff. the other day on the bookmouse I had a post about independent bookstores. since I didn't have any photos of loganberry books I failed to mention them. well I'm singing their praises now; I've even added the loganberry book blog to the bookmouse's blog roll. like the shop the blog is a lovely place to wander about in...

since I put up photos of otis, the bookstore cat and one of gem's cats I might as well add a photo of the other sweet cat I met yesterday afternoon. (oh, if you are interested in that funny collar that otis is wearing, you can read all about it on the loganberry book blog) boy was yesterday packed both with visiting several friends and playing with a lovely assortment of cats and dogs! jake the cat (below) is a real lovebug and makes a wonderful addition to cyn's household - and he's even color coordinated with cyn's dog jessica!

here entering the last week of august, the dog days of august have finally arrived to the north coast. yesterday it was hot and humid and today promises to be a repeat. whine. whine. but time has a way of marching on, before we know it the leaves will start to change, they will be falling.

since I'm fantasizing about cool breezes, here's a song that never fails to bring relief on a hot summer day - seals and croft's 1970s classic summer breeze.

9 comments:

jenclair said...

What a nice way to spend the day! A cuppa', a great book store, and cats!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Loganberry Books - what a wonderful name and what a gorgeous looking bookstore - so much nicer than the big chains!

Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

intact said...

i had a wonderful time, kimy! thank you thank you!

tut-tut said...

That looks like my kind of bookstore . . . very tired after taking one half of a dyeing workshop. I now have great respect for color.

Bob Dylan said...

what a cat day. cats and books and new friends, a good day.

Reya Mellicker said...

I wish we had a bookstore like that on Capitol Hill!

One of my favorite local bookstores, Ohlssons, closed shop recently. In its place they're opening another restaurant. So so sad.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Independent bookstores and bookstore cats are two of the wonders of the worlds, especially big cities. One of the saving graces of San Francisco is that we have so many of both.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

jen & av - it was a lovely day.

gem (intact) - I did too! we will have to do it again soon!

tut - sounds like a great workshop... I've toyed with the idea of dyeing fabric for quilting, but.....

bob - and seeing some old friends I haven't seen in a long time!

reya -is Yes! bookstore still in georgetown? I always enjoyed that bookshop.... it's surprising there isn't a good bookshop in your neighborhood, it seems to have so many types of shops and stores...

junk - not surprising sf has lots of bookstores with cats...it is the epicenter of wondrous things

Squirrel said...

I want to visit this bookstore. There was a nice one in San Diego--Crow something ...I wonder if it still exists?