Perfect gardens

 Dear internet,

Not much to report today. People’s yards look amazing. There are no more overgrown yards, no weeds, lots of mulch and nice plants. Maybe this happens every spring, but with no where to go but home and to the store, people are beautifying their houses. I half-expect to see Christmas decorations going up. Don’t know whether that would be cozy or weird to see twirling Santa Clauses and tinsel in April, but I understand the impulse towards doing whatever it takes to feel gezellig when we are actually all quite alone.

I get lots of home-improvement magazines in the mail and it’s a little surreal to read the March and April issues when things were so different. On the other hand, it’s very soothing to read about paint choices and floral arrangements. A portal to another time where coronavirus wasn’t on everyone’s mind.

I wonder what the magazines will look like in six months. I hope they just keep going with their regular publishing schedule because we all need an escape.



US Botanic Garden
Not a gardener, but a garden-enthusiast

By the way the photo above, and in the previous post, Places in DC 1, is the United States Botanic Garden in DC.

i love u dc tourists

Dear Internet,

i don’t get the tourist hate. i love ’em.

-tweens on a trip to the city, 20 dollar bill burning a hole in their pocket, you keep those pretzel carts and dollar dollar ice cold bottle of water people  in business

–  whole family driving the minivan (or RV) to dc and parking on the mall. they have a sense of optimism about the availability of parking that we should all have. but if anyone deserves a street parking space, it’s those folks who drove all the way from illinois.*

– foreign tourists who go NUTS for the squirrels and the squirrels who go NUTS for them

they all have the perspicasity to climb the steps of the lincoln memorial which i absolutely do not and i thank them for it because otherwise who knows, it might have gotten torn down to make way for another shake shack YUCK.

I miss all the tourists and wish for their speedy return.

yours sincerely,


*I used to never drive to the Mall because I was like, there is no parking. BUT now there is! At least when I go ( well, when I went) with il Bambino.

related: I think it’s a travesty that the National Parks Service is charging to park on the Mall.

Ithink it should be free like the olden days. The NPS says, use public transit but Metro costs like 20 dollars for a family of four. So it’s like making the Smithsonian cost money when it should be free.