Monday, September 23, 2019

T Stands For Watermark Books

Even though this is an exceptionally long post today, I want to explain something about the men's shelter I featured last week for T Tuesday.  There are several homeless shelters that take both genders overnight, but, although some of the men stay only overnight and get a good breakfast, the Union Rescue is geared for men wanting to get clean and sober.  They are allowed to stay up to 30 days at the shelter.

Iris asked about women.  Women typically have more options than men.  First, there is a shelter for women, then there is a shelter for women with children, and finally there is a shelter for abused women (and their children) who are hiding from abusive husbands and boyfriends.  Therefore, women have far more LONG TERM options than men in my city.  Now for today's T post.

Back in June, Sally and I returned to Watermark Books and Cafe. 

I went there for a reason.

I wanted to buy my friend RO! a birthday gift.  Once again, it was too hot to sit outside.  Even the shades on the cafe side were drawn the day we went.

Surprisingly, these flowers were doing quite well.

It appears that the Adirondack chairs that had been outside the last time we came, have been replaced with chairs that appear to be easier to get in and out of.

The first thing we did was order our meals.

Here's their menu in PDF.   I had water and I'm not sure where Sally's water is, but it was nowhere in camera range.

Sally had the As You Like It.  I'm not sure if that was chicken or tuna salad she got with her house salad.

I had the Three Musketeers.  Since I had my choice of three salads, I got (from back to front ccw) quinoa tabouli, orzo salad, and cottage cheese salad.  I really wanted the broccoli and cauliflower salad, but they had already sold out, so that's why I got the cottage cheese. All salads came with their homemade focaccia bread.

I thought you might like to see the yummy ingredients in each of the salads I chose, so I scanned the take-out menu I kept when we were there.

When we had finished our lunches, it was time to shop.  I don't do it often, but this was a special occasion.

In the white container were some magnets that had the Wichita, KS flag on them.  I simply HAD to buy one, even if it wasn't in my budget.

I really wanted the "Drawing Wichita" coloring book, but I knew it would languish and I would never touch it, or color in it, so I passed.  Sally had purchased the hard copy of the Mueller Report so I had already started to read it.

Who knew I would find such a great art inspired section?

Frida and Georgia were well represented in book and other paper products.

Wow, LOVED that mug.  Sadly, it was time to move on.

Did anyone notice the rocking horses?  I only saw them after I posted this online!

I doubt RO would want anything in this, the children's area.

Then I got hung up studying this poster

and the various books on typewriters and typing.

Then it was time to purchase the gift I came for.  It took awhile, and a friendly cashier who pointed me in the right direction, to finally find the planner and stickers I purchased for RO's birthday.

So many choices, so little time!

It's now time for you to share your own drink related post.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and (obviously) not just this year.

31 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

That's a wonderful bookshop / cafe - I could easily spend a day or 2 there! Your food looks good, too, lovely salads and bread. Love the Frida Kahlo mug and books, too. You had a great day out. Happy T Day, Valerie

Meggymay said...

Now this would be a store I could spend hours looking round, so many wonderful things to tempt folk to spend some money. For a special gift purchase it looks an ideal destination.
I really liked the look of your delicious food, it must have been a great day out.
Happy T day wishes Elizabeth.
Yvonne xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

I was really impressed by this trip through Watermark Books, Elizabeth. The meal prices seemed very reasonable to me and the meals looked delicious. I love the idea of choosing several options.

Then, as for the store itself - OMGosh - so many fascinating things. I was most taken with the Frida display (of course) and the typewriter one. Exceptionally long post? Heck no. It was just right.

Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

Sharon Madson said...

Oh, how fun, Elizabeth! Why can't I remember to go visit? I really want to see it in person. Happy T Day!

Mia said...

I LLLLLLLLOVE the great collection of Frida books, and, of course, the mug! Happy T day, Elizabeth.

kathyinozarks said...

I will be back to read your post-I don't know if anyone else is having this problem but blogger will not let me add photos to my post-will try again in a bit Just so ya know Kathy

Divers and Sundry said...

This sounds like my kind of place. Chicken salad, please, and I'd thoroughly enjoy wandering around that book shop :) Happy T Day!

kathyinozarks said...

well I gave it 5 minutes and the photos loaded-that has never happened before. Your salads look so good-I would have enjoyed your plate of food.
what an awesome book shop-enjoyed touring around the shop with you.
Happy T hugs Kathy

My name is Erika. said...

I just love a good bookstore. and at least in NH, there aren't that many left compared to what there was 10 years ago. Thanks so much for taking us for a walk around and even to be able to do a bit of book browsing. And your lunch looks soooo delicious. It is making me hungry. I'd eat those salads and the bread too. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Rita said...

What a great shop!! Looks like a person could spend a long time in there just looking around! :)

CJ Kennedy said...

What a great place. Lunch and a bookstore. The food looks fabulous especially the foccaccia bread. I love bread. I didn't notice the rocking horses until you pointed them out. My eye went straight to the kitties. 😺 Happy T Day

Kate Yetter said...

I love bookstores and yours has a wonderful selection of books. I love all the pictures of the Frida books. It goes perfectly with my post this week.
Your food looks very yummy.
Happy Tea Day,

Jeanie said...

I love cafes in bookstores. This looks like both are terrific. Loved the names on the menus and the selection of books is really terrific. Sounds like a fun day!

Helen said...

Fabulous place to spend a long time!

Iris Flavia said...

Thank you, Elizabeth, for explaining. Yes, we have the white ring for abused women - but I saw a docu where they explained there are many abused men, too. They just are too ashamed to tell. It´s a sad world at times...

Oh, I really hope you didn´t eat my Brother!!! I didn´t even know he has a second life as a salad ;-)

Serious reading you do. Oh, and so much on Frida Kahlo!
Yes, after you mentioned the horses I saw them, too! Crazy how we often see things only later on the PC!

A great concept with real food and shopping.

froebelsternchen said...

A wonderful bookstore ..a dream to spend time in it! And lovely food!
Happy T-Day!

aussie aNNie said...

Looks like a fabulous book shop and I just love to browse in those kind of shops especially if it involves a nice cafe as

RO said...

I suspect they offer up all those neat salads so you still have energy to walk around(lol) My goodness!!! Most people know that if you catch me in a bookstore at 10am, and call back later at 2pm, I will still definitely be there huddled on a comfy chair, or hard at work at a table with frappuccino and lots of books. I'm not kidding, I literally stay in them for hours looking through new books, the clearance area, cookbooks, the nonfiction section, the romance section , and the cool stuff area where you can get books and bookmarks and other things, and because I have a grandbaby who lives in another state, I may actually make it over to the children's section for about 5 minutes or so to see if there's anything she might like and actually read.(lol) I just want to come there and close the place down, and what a cool place to find the beautiful planner you sent me, which is already decorated for Halloween by the way! Sending some hugs your way, and thanks again!!! RO

Nancy said...

Not only is the menu appealing, but also the store is well-stocked with all sorts of interesting merchandise. All things Frida right there in an attractive display. They do very inviting displays. A great visit!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I'm late this week Elizabeth, so I'll be back later to leave comments for everyone.

Sami said...

I could lose myself in that bookshop Elizabeth :)
Love all the Frida goodies and that typewriter poster is beautiful, I can imagine most young people wouldn't know what a typewriter is.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Those look delicious! Especially the orzo one. That bookstore looks awesome too. I love wandering around places like that.

Let's Art Journal said...

What a fabulous place! Your salads look so fresh and I bet that they tasted delicious 😀. I enjoyed looking around the bookshop with you too, such a lovely place to shop! Wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

Cloudia said...

Thank you for this companionable post, and the link up!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Yes! Book shop and cafe - a perfect combination - we used to have one until it shut down! This looks much more than a book shop though and definitely has better food! Happy T day! Chrisxx

Birgit said...

Oh gosh, I wish i had this type of store near me. It looks like a nice time to relax and look around. I can't see the horses at all. The food looks yummy and so cheap!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

What a fun book store! With them also having that cafe, I could end up spending hours in there, browsing the book aisles after having a meal to sustain me. Happy T-Day Elizabeth!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Bookshops have really had to diversify and offer much more than they used to, love the look of Waterman's Elizabeth.. funnily enough I just bought two small rocking horses when we were in Toodyay last week for my grandchildren when they come over at Christmas ☺️

Halle said...

What a wonderful book shop. It's harder and harder to find small shops such as that.
Happy T day!

Lisca said...

What a wonderful book store/gift shop! I could spend a day in there (and a lot of money too if i wasn't careful and self disciplined).
No I hadn't spotted the rocking horse, but I see it now.
Thank you for explaining about the homeless set-up. I didn't think anything of it because in the UK there is a similar system: many different facilities for women, but not much for homeless men.
Your salad looks very yummy. I would have ordered the same one. Especially the quinoa salad looks very inviting.
What a pleasant surprise to find all that Frida and Georgia stuff.
Now tell me, what is an Adirondack chair. I know Adirondack as a Tim Holtz/Ranger brand of alcohol inks, but not chairs.
I'm sorry to be so late in commenting. We've been away camping and there was no wifi on the camping we were in (Only in Reception) and using our phones is not an option with our bad eyesight (It's all too small).
But here I am and I wish you a very happy belated T-Day,

Caty said...

What a so so great book shop Elizabeth !! Nice place to eat and read, love it. Your meal looks really delicious. Wish you hace a very happy T-day. I´m sorry I couldn´t take my tea with you this week, but I had visit from friends till today.
I looove this old write machine, I have one, but not so old as this one. Great books and glasses... from Frida. Thank you very m uch for sharing them with us.
I wish you a very nice Friday, and send biiiig hugss