Monday, March 30, 2015

Breakfast and a Bookstore

With our weekend being Friday and Saturday, Sunday was actually the first official day of Spring Break. We talked about a short getaway, and I do love to travel, but sometimes it is nice to just stay at home.
Staycations are an opportunity to connect with friends during the week without being rushed, 
and still have time at home to do all the things I want to do.
Yesterday morning I enjoyed a simple, but delicious South Indian breakfast with my friend, Samantha.  This branch of the Udupi restaurants isn't the nicest one, but you can't beat the price of an Indian breakfast.
 
 
 Afterwards, we headed over to a secondhand bookstore that I had heard about but never been to. Apparently it is Samantha's secret getaway to relax and read in peace and quiet for at least a couple of hours every week.
The book store has a very inconspicious entry but the interior is absolutely delightful.  Quotes are found in the stairwell that leads down to the basement which is filled to the brim with books. 
 
 
 
Such a lovely, cozy, inviting atmosphere.
And of course, I came away with three wonderful little books.
I've already read A Short Guide to a Happy Life -- it really is short, but speaks a simple truth. I believe living a simple life and practicing daily random acts of kindness will most certainly result in a happy life.
Have a wonderful day!

34 comments:

Debby said...

Lunch looks yummy. I love that book store. I love going to a bookstore that you can sit and read. You can't find many of those anymore.
Staycations sometimes are the best. Sometimes, not, hah.

Claudia said...

What a great day! Vegetarian food and a good bookstore - sounds like a little slice of heaven to me!

xo
Claudia

Kate said...

I agree; sometimes a staycation is much more relaxing. Your first day sounds lovely. What a wonderful bookstore! I could spend a whole week there :-)

Home Meadows said...

Hi Tammy, I hope you enjoy a nice spring break. It looks like you are off to a great start meeting a friend and browsing through an inviting bookstore. Have a great day! Heather

Betsy said...

That bookstore looks amazing! I so enjoy browsing through old books and finding new, (to me) treasures. I hope you're enjoying your staycation very much. It sure looks like you are my friend.
Blessings,
Betsy

Terra said...

Indian food and a bookstore, two of my favorite things. The book store seems almost secretive or hidden away, so doubly nice to discover it. I want to read the Quindlan book, it sounds like one I could give as a gift.

linda said...

It sounds like a perfect day Tammy, I enjoy staying home too it's so less stressful than hustling and bustling about, what a great bookstore I could spend hours in a place like that. :) xx

Primroses Attic said...

Tammy the bookstore looks wonderful.
Rosezeeta

Kit said...

I just love that photo of your cat. Your books I will have to look into, they sound wonderful. I love random acts of kindness. Don't they make you feel great? :) Kit

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You know I'd be stuck in that stairwell for hours! ha! Sounds like a perfect day!! Just as you deserve. blessings ~ tanna

Amy at love made my home said...

It sounds like a good way to spend some time with your friend! xx

podso said...

I can see why your friend would frequent that bookshop. What a cozy place to read and peruse the books on the shelves. You found some good ones. I hope you enjoy your stay-cation.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such a cozy book shop and one where leaving would be hard. Colorful and inviting. Sure wouldn't know from the entrance though.

Gracie Saylor said...

So glad your staycation is off to a good start, Tammy! My husband and I had a new/used bookstore in upstate NY for five years and I have a great fondness for such well run and charming places like you visited.
If you could see all the books that follow me home...oh my :-) Random acts of kindness are wonderful and I hope I can get better at performing them...thanks for the reminder. xx

Lorrie said...

What a lovely day out. We stayed at home for spring break, too, (my husband kept working) but I enjoyed puttering at home and in the garden.
That looks like a wonderful little bookstore and you came away with some gems. Hope you enjoy the remainder of your break.

Pradeepa said...

Nice breakfast and bookstore. Our break is almost over and school starts tomorrow :(

Grammy Braxton said...

Bookstores are my favorite thing right up there with cross stitch shops. I have so many books on my Kindle, I promised myself I would read them before buying more. HA! We have a great used book store in the next town and I took back several paperbacks and ended up with $35 in credit so of course I had to spend it. That book store looks fantastic. I love on the sayings on the way.
Hugs,
Sharon

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Lovely breakfast and that bookstore is a hidden treasure I bet. Great quotes and I only wish more young people would read, read and read some more.
You are wise as we just got back from a lovely 6-day vacation in Arizona but you pay the price for it when coming home. So much to do!
Hugs,
Mariette

Teresa Kasner said...

What a wonderful bookstore and I enjoyed all the quotes.. and you got three great books! A great start to your staycation. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Anna said...

The perfect morning...
Anna

Anne Schueler said...

What a wonderful looking bookstore! I would have spent hours and hours there :)

Take care
Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

Createology said...

I completely agree about the Staycations and I could use one myself. Looks like a wonderful day with your friend enjoying "The Simple Life". Blessings Dear...

Tanya said...

LOVE the handwritten quotes on the wall of the delightful bookstore. See what great things I miss by going missing on the blog reading! The breakfast looks wonderful, and reminds me of the Native American (Navajo) fry bread. Happy Tuesday, Tammy...still reading

Melanie said...

That is my kind of weekend morning! Nothing better than breakfast with a friend and then going to a used bookstore. Wish I could've joined you!

Dee said...

Looks like Jingles is enjoying spring break!

Glad you could have a nice relaxing day out.

I'll be doing that tomorrow.

zana said...

Sounds like a great day! Beautifu bookstore, very cosy.

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

I do love a secondhand bookstore! Tammy, if you part your hair down the middle and gather it into 2 symmetrical bundles, secured with a band, these are bunches! If you divide each "bunch" into 3 and weave them together, these are "plaits" - I think you might call them "braids"? In Scotland they are "pleats". In England, a "pigtail" is a plait/braid. Two nations divided by a common language!

Little Treasures said...

I love libraries! I just can't control myself when I am at one, and no matter how much I try to borrow books as fast as I can - I always manage to lose myself for a couple of hours :)

Acorn to Oak said...

Looks like a fun day! I love bookstores! I love the pic of your kitty. Kitty looks so happy! :-)

Mereknits said...

It looks like a wonderful store to visit. Love that you are staying home and just doing things you love.
Hugs,
Meredith

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh, I am making naan bread as we speak, for the first time..I'm excited. My daughter and her husband cook a lot of Indian food as they have Indian friends.
What a great bookstore and I love the quotes! You got some good ones!

Becca said...

I love bookstores like that! Enjoy your spring break!

barbara judge said...

Wish I were there with you to scan through al those books waiting to find a home. I'm a bookaholic too. Hope you found some good ones. -- barbara

Yarni Gras! said...

i love the photo of Jingles...and the quote of Dr. Seuss...he is my fav!!!

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