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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Snowballs

The weeknight crowd at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 415 S. Lake Avenue gets a sort of lava lamp movie along with their coffee and, um, light balls. The film is shown on the exterior wall of Borders, which has its own Seattle's Best shop inside. So I think they've got the caffeine covered out there on the ol' plaza.

I'd like to have those in my back yard. The light balls, not the lava lamps. Outdoor heaters, too, except aren't they big polluters? No matter. I tend to get cold when the temperature dips below 75 degrees, so no heater can help me. It's best to go inside and have my coffee by the fire.
Just the typical thoughts a girl has on a wintry day in June.

P.S. I posted photos of last weekend's al fresco art exhibit to Overdog.

12 comments:

Cafe Observer said...

So what about the coffee?? You know we dogs can't go without our cup de Joe.

Dina said...

Those balls are weird. Jerusalem is having a light festival this week. Maybe I'll post the light cubes just for you to compare (and contrast).

Stay warm, Petrea.

J.J. in L.A. said...

A wintry day in June is right! I freeze at 75 too, so I'm hating this weather...but I love that Borders!

Shell Sherree said...

Hm, I quite like those light balls too, Petrea. They're huge, aren't they! It's funny sitting here shivering on our winter evening and reading about YOU having a wintry time on the other side of the world.

altadenahiker said...

That's funny. A friend of mine just said that when she moved here, fresh from Arizona, everyone laughed because she considered 70 degrees "sweater weather."

Isn't it?

Susan C said...

What a surreal experience!

And I think those light balls would look smashing in your back yard.

toast said...

Whoa, now that's an unusual choice for outdoor lighting. Do the light balls get very warm? They look so bright that I'd just assume they generate heat as well...

I wish I could send some of the Texas heat your way! It's boiling here!

Petrea said...

Poor Cafe, of course that's the first question. We had ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery next door (no wonder I was cold!). The ice cream was excellent.

I know your fans would love to see a light festival, Dina. No one gets around Jerusalem like you do.

J.J! Sistah! I'm glad I'm not the only one. And though I tend to prefer the independent stores, that's a good Borders. Good service, decent sales, and it's nice to have coffee right there even if just to smell it.

How cold does it get in Brisbane, Shell?

Hiker, they laughed at me when I moved here from Chicago and said the same thing.

Thank you, Susan. I'm inspired by the light balls. And you'll be proud of me: a neighbor gave me some plants and I potted them right away. Now I have three flowering plants out back. It's a start.

They weren't hot to the touch, toast. Just warm. Too bad, they might have obviated the need for those stinky heaters.

Ms M said...

I like the light balls. At our local coffee shop, they have light globes hanging from tree branches along the deck.

Shell Sherree said...

Hubby and I both feel the cold, so lucky we do live in Brisbane. It could be worse!!! Our winters are considered mild and rather idyllic - average max is 10 celsius [50F], average min is 21C [70F], and usually fine, clear and sunny. But we have the odd cold snap and it snapped last week! Was 0 celsius one night [32F]. Yeesh. I looked like I was wearing our bed around the house.

Shell Sherree said...

Oops, sorry! Make that: average min is 10 celsius [50F], average max is 21C [70F].

Petrea said...

Shell, sounds like you live in a slightly warmer climate than ours on average, but similar.