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IMG_6484A mid-afternoon errand took me into La Grange, first to the post office, then Trader Joe’s, where they were holding some flowers for me to use in an arrangement for our garden club’s luncheon. Once those stops were made, I crossed over the tracks and my car just did what it often does, it veered left (when I should have been heading due south). I heard that a new florist had opened, and, well . . .

. . . this is what I found.

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Bloom3 is a unique florist with unusual flowers as well as garden inspired objects,

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and through this door, which looks like the original door to what must have been a safe, was another long table and chairs. Such an atmospheric space can be used for small gathering, planting workshops, and, I suppose, wherever one’s imagination might wander. I can imagine a garden club making arrangements, or a group of youngsters learning how to transplant violets, or even a small bridal shower. ¬†What a fabulous place to bloom.

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It rained before we set out to visit the open gardens for the Garden Conservancy. It wasn’t a heavy downpour or violent storm the likes of which visited us, repeatedly, this summer, it just a gentle rain. It must have been welcomed by the gardeners early that morning. Although the ground was wet, the plants were gleeful. They glistened in the sunlight, clinging pearls of water on the tropical leaves.

Isn’t it amazing how a tiny drop of water can magnify the beauty of a leaf or petal after a rain?

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Cafe Calbay

We live in an area filled with some of the best restaurants imaginable of every culture and taste and price range, yet, sometimes an old-fashioned diner is just what we want. Saturday was one such day. Tom said “Do you want to go to Calbay’s?” . “Why, yes, honeybunch, said I, ” and then let’s go the Riverside library.”

So off we went, boots and gloves and scarfs employed, for bacon and eggs, a cheese omelette and hash browns, at a little diner across from the railroad tracks in La Grange called Cafe Calbay. $7.97 can buy a good deal of food there, and, you know, it just feels like home. Sometimes, one needs just a bit of cholesterol and a mug with hot coffee, its steam swirling up to tickle your nose, and served by a waitress, holding two coffee pots in one hand, ready to pour .

“Leaded or unleaded, hon?” .

No wonder that cookbook of famous restaurants on Route 66 was so appealing at the library a little later.

Do you have a favorite diner or restaurant where you go for some good old plain “cookin'”?

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