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March 15, 2019


3.14=cherry, anticipation, and welcome
posted by soe 2:00 am

If it’s Thursday, it’s time to reflect back on three beautiful things from the past week:

1. Rudi brought home cherry pie for Pi Day.

2. A college friend who has returned home to the Philippines and I exchange snail mail on an annual basis. He wrote this week to ask if my address was still the same, so I know his missive is on the way and that I should practice deciphering cryptic hieroglyphics in order to be able to read his scrawl.

3. I was in a neighborhood I don’t tend to frequent during the day and stopped in at a stationer/chocolatier, since they were open. The owner invited me to sample one of her handmade brigadeiros (sort of a Brazilian truffle) to encourage me to stop back. (It was walnut and was divine. And I will.)

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

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March 8, 2019


above and beyond, peak bloom, and assist
posted by soe 1:16 am

Aglow<

Three beautiful things from this past week:

1. The librarian at the info desk was so patient with an older woman who’d recently added a Kindle to her life. He answered her questions (including, “Is it a phone?”), let her use his computer to access Amazon, and even read her the Captcha on the login.

2. The National Park Service announced their first stab at the dates for the peak cherry blossom season. They refine it based on the upcoming weather, but right now it’s set for the very beginning of April.

3. The bikeshare dock by the metro station nearest my book club had one of the system’s e-assist bikes, which I greatly appreciated, since the road to the library was cold and uphill and I was a little later than I’d hoped to be.

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

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March 1, 2019


i thought of you, no procrastination, and restocked
posted by soe 1:51 am

Garden Flowers

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to reflect back on three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The librarian who runs my Twitter book group and I had a nice chat and she mentioned a volunteer program she’s starting that she’d like me to take part in.

2. I took a road trip yesterday to a garden center out in the ‘burbs to buy a grow lamp and came home with pea packets and lily of the valley rhizomes, which I took to the garden this afternoon and planted. (I did a little plot tidying while I was there and discovered the bulbs I planted last year seem to be doing well!)

3. A huge box arrived this afternoon, filled with the eight-plus pounds of tea we consume in a year, purchased earlier this week during my New York tea supplier’s annual sale. I just emptied the last leaves from the 2018 purchases into my tins at the start of the week, so its delivery was particularly timely.

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

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February 22, 2019


launch, outstanding, spring!, and blitz torte
posted by soe 1:23 am

Three beautiful things from the week after my birthday:

Jasper Fforde at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

1. I headed up to Politics and Prose on Monday for the American launch of Jasper Fforde’s new book, Early Riser. He was hilarious, as always, warning us that while all his previous books had taken approximately 120 days to write this one had taken 600. “Unfortunately, it is not six times better than my previous books.”

Awarded

2. Rudi learned Sunday night that he’d been honored at his bicycle club’s annual meeting (which he’d had to miss because of his ski coaching obligations) with the Peter LeGrand Good Shepherd Award for being an outstanding ride leader. Apparently he was nominated by 14 members of the club for his weekly spring/summer ride and for being both fair and “a hardass.” (He leads a popular multi-level ride through northwest D.C. and nearby Maryland during the tail end of the evening rush hour, so he sets and enforces really strict rules about how participants should behave on the road.)

Winter Crocuses

3. I was so caught up in the daffodil watch that I didn’t notice we’d had some other bulbs bloom in the neighborhood this week. (Heading to Georgetown this weekend to check out Book Hill…)

First D.C. Crocus Sighting

And a bonus, just because:

4. My (belated) birthday cake turned out great (I added a drop of food coloring to the filling to make it pink to play up the Valentine’s connection):

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

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February 15, 2019


45, dmv, and y
posted by soe 2:45 am

Donut Mess Around with My Birthday

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Today was a lovely birthday. Thank you to everyone who weighed in on how I should spend it and who wished me well! I spent the afternoon at the Library of Congress, walked several miles outside in pleasant weather, and ate a lot of delicious food. I heard from lots of loved ones and received some pretty spectacular gifts, including books and jewelry and clothing and music and food!

Birthday Cones

2. I needed a new driver’s license and the updated homeland security rules meant I had to go into the DMV in person to get one this time. I was in and out in less than an hour and had a pleasant chat with the woman helping me. I know lots of people have a tough time with their DMV, but I always find them expedient and courteous.

Birthday Cookies, Made with Love

3. We headed to the movies on Tuesday and caught The Lego Movie 2, which was sweet.

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

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February 8, 2019


riding, flowering, and tucked in
posted by soe 1:15 am

Hellebore

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The weather was spring gorgeous earlier in the week, so I went for a midday bike ride up the river a bit. I stopped along the C&O Canal, where mallards were swimming amidst the cattails (which are the same as bulrushes. Go figure!) where the canal has become overgrown in the offseason.

2. The hellebore in my neighbor’s yard is blooming.

3. I woke up last night sandwiched between Rudi and Corey, who usually prefers not to cuddle while sleeping, but who is branching out.

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

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