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May 18, 2018


forty-five, flowers, and fixed
posted by soe 1:37 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

Two Cones Are Better Than One

1. Rudi celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday. We both took the day off from work and spent the day together, eating out, visiting an art gallery, and dodging raindrops. I made a strawberry shortcake to conclude the day.

Birthday Boy

2. One of my fellow gardeners was clearing her plot of early crops when I stopped in to plant on Sunday. She stopped by before leaving to ask if I wanted a bouquet of Johnny Jump Ups, since otherwise she was going to have to compost them.

Rudi & Jeremiah

3. I look down at my knitting to realize there is a dropped stitch half a dozen rows down laddering its way away from the needles. I pull out a crochet hook and zig-zag the yarn back up where it belongs. How cool is it to know how to fix a hole like that?!

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

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May 11, 2018


just enough rain, costumed, and home stretch
posted by soe 1:17 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. It began dripping as I left the library earlier tonight, but didn’t ever turn into a full-on rain. It was enough, though, to give me a few of a faint rainbow off to the east.

2. I don’t know if these folks are dressed for Free Comic Book Day or Embassy Day or just Wear an Unusual Outfit Day, but here they are walking down Mass Ave. in Dupont Circle:

Costumes

3. I got the heel turned okay on my socks, which, after the trouble I had with my Posey socks, did have me worried. Luckily, my formula for three-color striped socks holds fine (as opposed to the four colors of Posey) and I’m heading down the foot.

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

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May 4, 2018


growing, above, and al fresco
posted by soe 1:18 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

Tomato seedlings

1. I planted tomato seeds a couple weeks ago. This week four little seedlings appeared in the container by my office window.

2. I won tickets to an author event with Marcia Gay Harden that took place on the rooftop of one of the recent additions to the cityscape. The views looking down on the city were impressive. (Also, it was totally upper middle-class yuppie, but the rooftop, filled with its communal reading nooks, fire pit, barbecue space, garden room, and seating areas, really was quite amazing.) It’s always so amazing to see how much green there is!

3. The weather has been hot during the daytime this week, but I’ve been able to spend the nights outdoors, sitting outside an assortment of cafes and restaurants. (I’ve also made sure to get outside at lunchtime to soak up some Vitamin D.)

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

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April 27, 2018


fancy people on wheels, contrast, & spring weather
posted by soe 1:54 am

Fairy Village

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Over the weekend I saw three different people in fancy dress traveling on non-motorized wheeled vehicles — a fellow all in red (velvet hat, blazer, and white polka dotted pants) on a skateboard, a man in a kaftan and kufi on a bicycle walking his standard poodle, and a young woman in a sparkly embroidered salwar kameez and dupatta piloting her scooter down a hill near the Capitol.

2. The salmon dogwoods against a cloudy backdrop.

3. A gorgeous sunny afternoon after several days of clouds and rain.

How about you? What was beautiful in your world recently?

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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 13, 2018


america’s pastime, lethal ladies, and hopscotch
posted by soe 1:25 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

April Baseball

1. Tonight, a gorgeous spring evening, was my first baseball game of the year.

2. I watched Step over the weekend and it was a truly delightful documentary about a step team at an all girls’ leadership school in Baltimore. I was so caught up in the outcome, I forgot periodically it was real life, and I liked it so much I gave Rudi a play-by-play of it when he came home. If you like uplifting sports movies or empowering women’s films, I highly recommend you check this one out!

3. This video:

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

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