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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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April 14, 2018

mid-april weekend plans
posted by soe 1:12 am

First Lilac of the Season

Here are some of the things I think this weekend might include:

  • Do my taxes. By the way, D.C.’s Emancipation Day is Monday, so you don’t have to turn your taxes in until Tuesday. You’re welcome.
  • Buy strawberry plants. (I first typed “pants” instead of “plants” and think that might be just as interesting shopping, but probably harder if I wanted to buy them for myself.) My local nursery opens this weekend, so I’m hopeful if I get there early they’ll still have some.
  • Extricate my bike and get Rudi to inflate the tires to a pressure he feels is adequate. It’s been blocked in since Christmas (and I like my tires with way more give than he feels is appropriate for city riding; we usually compromise at some magic number in between each of our ideals). Luckily, the nearest bikeshare station is just a block away, so this is less of a big deal than it would be otherwise.
  • Think about going down to the Tidal Basin. Last weekend it was just too much to deal with hordes of tourists. But the blossoms have passed peak and the heat from this weekend will finish them off, so it’s now or never for the season.
  • Take a photo of my pea vines. They were about half an inch tall last weekend, but I forgot to document them. I know you’re disappointed.
  • Buy a new wallet. The zipper on my old one broke over Easter weekend, and I’ve put off getting a new one because I haven’t seen the design I like. But one of the cute boutique shops a couple metro stops away that carries that brand is going out of business and having clearance sale, before I resort to the internet.
  • Speaking of the internet, one of my best friends since high school has just published a book of short stories with his writing group. It’s available as an e-book on Amazon. I will be making an exception to my anti-Amazon book buying in order to procure a copy this weekend, and having read an early version of at least one of Danny’s two stories in it, I think you might enjoy it, too. /completelybiasedsalespitch
  • Wash the pile of handknits in the bathroom.
  • Take some books to local Little Free Libraries and some materials back to the library.
  • Purchase beads for my hat and then knit on it. (Knitters, I know I will need to make the hat longer. Would you add more blue yarn before the colorwork or put it below?.
  • Try backing up my phone again. I tried last month, but didn’t realize the cord was dying and that that might have been why it failed.
  • Spend as much time as possible outside (possibly by attending some of the Porch Fest concerts)!!!

How about you? What are you hoping to get up to this weekend?

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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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