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March 22, 2020

from my garden to you
posted by soe 1:33 am


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March 21, 2020

social distancing plans
posted by soe 12:05 am

Here are two dozen ways I’m thinking Rudi and I can get through what now looks potentially like another month of social distancing:

  1. Ride our bikes places where other people aren’t. Obviously this will be other people’s plans as well, so we’ll have to think like a Sicilian.

  2. Clean the Burrow. I’ve mentioned it before, but the Burrow has gotten rather untidy, particularly after all of this winter’s travel. Also, it would be great to be able to take conference calls someplace besides my bed. And to work at my desk if I so desired.
  3. Garden. I’m going to go put in my pea supports this weekend on the chance that they tell us we must shelter in place at some point soon. Hopefully that way my garden will be able to limp through until I’m allowed to get back to it.
  4. Learn to make pasta.
  5. Learn to make macarons. (Mum has given me the means to do both.)
  6. Restring my ukulele and figure out how to play “Happy Birthday.”
  7. Buy a plant and keep it alive.
  8. Keep the sourdough starter I was gifted today alive and make bread from it.
  9. Call family and friends every couple of days.
  10. Journal.
  11. Read a lot.
  12. Check out some tv series we’ve always meant to watch, like Parks & Recreation, The Good Place, and Gilmore Girls.
  13. Fix our butcher block.
  14. Go through some of the food we’ve stored for a while. I feel like we maybe have equal parts dried beans and frozen strawberries. I don’t think they should go into the same dish.
  15. Visit the park every day until they tell us not to.
  16. Write letters. Because then maybe people will write back.
  17. Knit something big, but not overly hard.
  18. Learn to knit brioche.
  19. Recatalogue our music, books, and yarn.
  20. Take part in online socializing.
  21. Switch out my winter wardrobe for my summer one.
  22. Assemble material to donate once that’s allowed again.
  23. Get art up on our walls.
  24. Get caught up on book reviews here on the blog. (Hey, a girl can dream, right?)

Okay. That seems like a good start.

What are you hoping to do with all your time at home?

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March 20, 2020

solid, outside for now, and seasonal change
posted by soe 1:44 am


With the world burning down around us, it seems especially important to find the pockets of good in our days. Here are three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Rudi’s mom and her house seem to have weathered the 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Salt Lake City earlier this week and its aftershocks relatively unscathed.

2. While more and more places are closed here in D.C., we are not yet on lockdown the way they are now in California. At midday I walked around the block and stopped at the bank to stock up on quarters for the washing machine. And we’ve been ending each evening up at the park, where we sit until we hear “Taps” wafting through the neighborhood from the Naval Observatory. Lots of other neighbors are doing the same thing, but while the dogs refuse to keep their distance, the people are relatively good about engaging in the social distancing that’s been prescribed to us all. (Rudi and I are hanging out in the gated section of the park, where the dogs aren’t supposed to be, just to be super diligent.)

3. The Vernal Equinox occurred just before midnight our time this evening, which means, despite everything, spring has arrived.

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

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March 19, 2020

mid-march unraveling
posted by soe 1:00 am


I haven’t knit on my sock in a couple of days, but I take it up to the park with me each evening, along with my book, which I have been working on. I’d thought I’d leave A Murderous Relation until later, because it looks distinctly possible that what was once a two-week slog could go on for months. But this week has been more painful than I expected, and time with Veronica and Stoker is comforting, which seems like an odd things to say about a book set in London with main characters pursuing Jack the Ripper.

I should resume listening to The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, but it hasn’t quite captured my interest the way I’d hoped it would. I have downloaded Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman for Rudi and me to listen to together. And I also just added the next Inspector Gamache novel, Cruelest Month, to aptly take me into April.

Unraveling along with As Kat Knits.

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March 18, 2020

felicitations to us all!
posted by soe 1:05 am

Today was a holiday here in our neck of the woods. No, not St. Patrick’s Day, although it was that, too.

Butterfly Door

Today marked the 15th anniversary of this blog’s existence.

That’s right. I’ve been coming here off and on (and, over the past few years, on a daily basis) for a decade and a half, since March 17, 2005, when Rudi gave it to me as a belated birthday gift. This will mark the 3,640th post on the site.

I’ve shared good news and bad, laughter and tears. There have been new family members and deaths. Jobs were lost and found. I’ve shared tourist sites and local finds here in D.C. and on my travels, as well as my thoughts on politics local, national, and international. There have been many books read (and occasionally shared in a timely fashion), fewer knitting projects completed, and plenty of music videos embedded. We’ve done several years of the Virtual Advent Tour, shared more memes than we should count, and, earlier this month, exceeded 800 three beautiful things posts. That’s more than 2,400 beautiful things since I started keeping track.

To my surprise, many of you have been hanging out here nearly as long as I have. Kathy B’s comment this evening marked the 5,460th note you all have left here. When I decided that I was going to start writing here again on a daily basis, I told myself that it didn’t matter if no one commented; I was just going to write for myself. But no one writes in a public place just for themselves, and I’m really pleased that you’ve been willing to keep returning to my little piece of the internet. Thank you. I appreciate your time and interest and comments and general thoughtfulness.

Next year, my blog will be eligible to drive. I don’t think we should let it. But maybe it will be time to let it redecorate some. We’ll see…

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March 17, 2020

top ten books on my spring tbr list
posted by soe 2:04 am

(No, my computer isn’t fixed yet, but washing the dishes gave my old tablet enough time to charge.)

My top ten titles on my spring tbr list:

  1. Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
  2. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  3. Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone
  4. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
  6. The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
  7. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
  8. Mulan by Grace Lin
  9. Orphan Eleven by Gennifer Choldenko
  10. By the Book by Amanda Sellet

How about you? What books are you looking forward to this spring?

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