I'm done with my meeting in Chicago and now I can visit with family. Now, you understand what that means, right? There are 9 siblings, so that is a fair amount of visiting.
Brother Rob is a master woodworker and restorer of antique furniture. Nan is an artist who is rediscovering the joys of watercolor. I'm visiting Rob's studio later and will post pictures.
They took me to Lulu's for lunch in Evanston. Great place with a wide variety of Asian dishes. Also this cooling and delightful ginger lemonade.
We also went to a delightful old bookstore that is going out of business, Bookman's Alley. Well, yes, it IS in an alley and filled to the rafters with used books, collector's editions, antiques, old falling apart books, junk and, oh, did I say? books. The quite old gentleman who has run it for decades sits behind his overflowing desk like some ancient pasha and receives his customers. Everyone who comes in bemoans the fact that he is closing, but he seems fairly resigned to it.
The good news is that all books are 50% off and he is selling fixtures and other cool objects. Naturally, I had to acquire something that would fit into my suitcase. That would be inside the extra suitcase I had to use to hold the Brooklyn Flea Market finds.
This great book holder is handmade and has the nicest curved arms to hold the book in. And this is what is inside the book. Fun.In addition, Rob gave me this amazing book with an interesting binding. I've been researching that interesting library stamp. There was definitely an abbey in Bergholz in 1715, but that's about all I could find.