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April 20, 2018

experience, on the cover, and baubles
posted by soe 1:42 am

Redbud Flowers

When I walked out of the house this morning, the redbud on the corner was practically iridescent against the storm grey sky. I didn’t do a great job of capturing its grandness (although you can see the rest of my efforts on Flickr), but this is the best of the bunch. And here are three more beautiful things I wanted to share from my past week:

1. We flooded in the torrential rains of Sunday night, but I had thought that might be the case and had prepared by moving the things I thought likeliest to be damaged. I got up at one point to check, discovered the incursion, and moved everything else (that had been inconvenient to move if we weren’t going to get wet) and by morning merely had to dispose of sodden newspaper and launder sopping wet towels.

2. Danny texted to say his writing group’s collection of short stories was available on Amazon. There really is nothing quite like seeing one of your dearest people’s name on a book cover. (I know I’ve mentioned it before. I’ll probably mention it again. If any of you publish a book, I’ll share it, too.)

3. While I did not find a wallet last weekend, I did buy jewelry — bracelets — at the boutique that’s going out of business next month. One is fun, with Art Deco-style cats, and the other pretty, with colorful glass and pounded silver made by a couple in North Carolina, according to the store’s owner.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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April 19, 2018

posted by soe 1:28 am

April Reading & Knitting

I am stalled on several knitting projects, having not yet bought the beads I need to move on with the hat and having found a fatal flaw in the green stripey socks that will require ripping back to before the heel flap. So here I show you the knitting project I’ve already done the ripping on that’s ready to move forward. I bought some grey yarn to make heels from, so now I can get knitting on my Posey socks once more.

I spent the weekend reading Obsidio, so that’s one 600+-page book down and now I can finish Strange the Dreamer, which will let me check off the second one on my list. Both Sing, Unburied, Sing and We Were Eight Years in Power are both overdue, so I need to wrap them both up and get them back to the library. I’ve enjoyed listening to Norse Mythology, but it’s going to expire from my Overdrive app before I finish it, so I’ll need to wait to conclude my audiobook experience, but Crocodile on the Sandbank, Flat Broke with Two Goats, and The Bear and the Nightingale are all checked out to me for faunal listening. Finally, I’m reading my friend’s book, Kidnapped! Abductions in Space, Time, and Fantasy by Danny Atwood et al, on my laptop because that’s what you do when loved ones publish ebooks. I don’t particularly love short story collections and find they work best for me if I space the stories out with a couple days in between them, so that’s what I’m doing. So far, I’m liking it and recommend it if you do like short stories, particularly in the fantasy/sci fi vein.

Head over to As Kat Knits to read what else people are reading and knitting.

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April 18, 2018

chilling at the park
posted by soe 1:34 am

Spring Sunset

I really wanted to come up with a clever title for this post, but all I keep coming back to is “Summer Loving” from Grease and “Saturday in the Park” and “Aquarius” from Hair, and none of these quite work. The muses enjoy a good joke, though, so I’m sure now that I’ve typed this out, they’ll hand me the perfect title and I’ll have to delete this whole paragraph. Or not, if you’re actually reading it.

Anyway, as days get warmer and sunsets get later, one of our favorite things to do in the evenings is walk up to the park near our apartment to enjoy the last beams of sun and watch the stars emerge. There’s a playground and a basketball/badminton court on the far side of the park, but usually you can’t hear much from them on the park benches where we sit, but you can watch the dogs play and people throw around balls and frisbees for them (and for themselves).

Starting later in the month, they’re going to run a volleyball game there one night a week, and I’ve signed up to play. It’s been a while since I played on grass, and I’m not really sure how they’re going to orient the net so that we don’t constantly have to chase the ball down into the street, but I’m sure someone else has given this some thought. I’ve played volleyball in an urban park in the middle of a busy divided state highway before, so I have confidence we can make it work.

They’ve also posted the four-movie lineup for this summer, which will include A League of Their Own and either an Indiana Jones or Star Wars movie (I recall Harrison Ford, but not which franchise). I think Rudi and I were saying we’d seen them all, which alleviates the imperative to get there right at the start of the film, which can be problematic for us for the movies at the beginning and end of the season.

It’s a nice park to live near in the middle of the city and we’re lucky to have access to it.

(And, nope, still got nothing on the park lyric front…)

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April 17, 2018

floral library visit
posted by soe 1:12 am

Monumental Tulips

One of the things Rudi and I did on Sunday was to ride our bikes down to the Mall to see the tail end of the cherry blossoms, which I’ll share with you later in the week. Before we headed home, though, we decided to go check out the Floral Library, which is home to a gorgeous collection of tulips (and other flowers).

Flowers on the Mall


Located adjacent to the Tidal Basin, the garden was established in 1969 by Lady Bird Johnson, who did a lot of sprucing up of D.C. open spaces (and who is honored on the far side of the Potomac with her own memorial space) and includes approximately 10,000 bulbs in 93 beds tended by the National Park Service (who do a lovely job every year).


Flower Library

While the gardeners clearly take great pride with categorizing the bulbs in each bed, sometimes one sneaks in where it clearly wasn’t intended. Some people might think those are mistakes, but I like to think they’re allowing that flower to stand out in the crowd.

Standing out in a Crowd

We were so wet and cold, though, that we didn’t stay probably as long as we would have liked. But we were glad to have seen them once again!

One of These Things

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April 16, 2018

scenes from the garden: mid-april
posted by soe 1:37 am

I made it to the garden center on their opening day in time to snap up four strawberry plants and a couple packets of seeds, and later in the evening, headed down to the garden to do some planting and see what was growing:





As you can see, my broccoli (which I planted last fall as a seedling) is growing florets, my tallest peas are as tall as my fingers, the strawberries I already had in my plot developed flowers, and my greens are finally growing.

Also, I am delighted to report that my fears that I had somehow killed a hardy woodland flower were unfounded and that I arrived to violets all over the periphery of my plot, which is where I wanted them.


I harvested a bouquet of them for the top of my fridge, but left plenty for our pollinators because it’s good to share. I also picked sorrel, some spring onion, and a branch of rosemary.

Mid-April Garden

It’s nice to see it starting to come together.

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April 15, 2018

posted by soe 1:43 am


This cherry tree is across from the coffee house where I stopped this afternoon. I hope my hat turns out half as pretty…

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