April 8th, 2019


Greetings from Fairfax County

We had a lovely Sunday in lovely spring weather at several parks in Virginia. Paul and I had plans with Cheryl originally to go see the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms downtown, but the parking reservations were sold out before she got to our house, so we decided that the crowds might be excessive. Meanwhile, Adam and Katherine spent all day Saturday doing homework and were looking for something outdoors to do for a few hours, so we decided to go in separate cars to Riverbend Park to see the bluebells (we were hoping for eagles too, but no one was in the big nest).

From there we all went to Kidwell Farm in Frying Pan Farm Park, which has many piglets, a few lambs and kids, a couple of calves, and the usual bunnies, chickens and ducks, turkeys and peacocks, goats, sheep, and horses. Adam and Katherine had to get back to College Park to finish their work, so they headed that way. The rest of us went to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, one of the best local places to see cherry blossoms. There were many frogs and turtles plus some geese in the ponds there as well as hundreds of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and other spring flowers.

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Cheryl needed to head back to her mom's before we ate dinner, so we had sandwiches while watching Baylor beat Notre Dame in the last seconds for the women's NCAA basketball championship. (I like rooting for women's basketball teams coached by women, though I know Kim Mulkey is controversial to some because of how Brittney Griner says she upheld Baylor's "Christian values" code.) Then we watched this week's Billions, in which Chuck needs a lesson in consent, and Last Week Tonight lambasting the mobile home industry in between innings of the Rockies-Dodgers game.