Summer in Pandemic Times

Whether you have been isolated at home or working on the front lines, COVID-19 has been causing all of us to deal with a stressful year.  We are weary and worried and we are wondering when life will go back to being more like our “real lives.”

If you’ve missed your regular summer activities because of closures and cancellations, you know the feeling of being in limbo.  Of waiting for the world to start back up.  Most of us are experiencing some level of depression and loneliness.  Family members are seen less frequently and attending a wedding or a funeral has become a life or death decision.  

Social media is full of factoids that may or may not be actual facts.  Posts can be political or divisive and just add to our stress levels.  

So, how can you enjoy the last week or two of summer vacation?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Embrace your inner child.  Remember running through a sprinkler?  That’s still fun.  So is playing in the mud.
  • Remember nature?  Immerse yourself in it.  Collect rocks because they are pretty or unique or you want to paint them.  Press flowers or 4 leaf clovers.  
  • Use your backyard as a park.  Set up your tent and camp out for a day or a a weekend.  Spread out a blanket and have a picnic.  
  • Give your mind a vacation.   Turn off your phone.  Seriously.  Anything electronic that has a screen, just turn them off for a couple of hours.  Read fiction.  Clean the garage.  Organize your life.  Look at old photo albums.  Be artistic and creative.  Work up to more frequent and longer breaks.
  • Find your sports equipment.  Bikes.  Balls.  Cross trainers.  Ride around the block.  Walk.  Run.  Toss the ball in the air or with your kids or companion.  You know, embrace your inner child.
  • Stay in touch.  Use the video chat on your phone to talk to people.  It really gives you a meaningful way to connect with people so much more than texting or calling.   And send letters and cards.  Send flowers or gift baskets.  Let everyone you know who is isolated that you are thinking of them and miss them.
  • Be random and spontaneous.  Do a web search and pick the 5th fun idea to do this summer!
  • Plan ahead for next summer.  We are betting everyone will pack in all the activities they missed this year and then some!  Travelling, sports, concerts, plays, parties, weddings, and all the social interactions!

We hope you enjoy the rest of this summer as much as possible.  It’s important to focus on positive actions and thoughts.  

 

And use local businesses who practice safe COVID-19 measures like we do.  Check out our COVID-19 policy here.  


Five Things to Do This Summer in the DC Area

Free Things to Do This Summer in the DMV

Watch the 4th of July Fireworks at the National Mall

This year’s Washington DC Fourth of July Celebration events will start at 11:45 am (ET) and end at 9
:30 pm.

The National Independence Day Parade starts at 11:45 am on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW.  Marching bands, floats, military units, giant balloons and more will set the tone for a very patriotic, flag-waving extravaganza.

A Capitol Fourth Concert starts at 8 pm (ET) on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, but gates open at 3 pm.  co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra.  Performers this year include John Stamos, Vanessa Williams, Sesame Street and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Fireworks Display begins at 9:07 pm (ET) over the National Mall.  They are launched from West Potomac Park and will be visible for miles.  They will be cancelled in case of bad weather or high winds.  Recommended transportation is the Metro to stations near the mall.

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Watch an Outdoor Movie

So many options this summer for free outdoor movies where you get to enjoy the fresh air, outdoors and summer nights.

Georgetown Sunset Cinema shows movies on the Potomac River every Tuesday at sunset.  July 9 – August 6.

NoMa Summer Screen features movies and food trucks on North Massachusetts Avenue.  Wednesdays from June 5 – August 21.

Union Market Drive-In Movie is free for walk-ups.   July 5 and September 6.

And so many more!   More info>>

Attend the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

This  free family friendly festival celebrates cultures around the world.  Delicious foods, local beets, music and family activities. From June 29 -30.  

More Info>>

Listen to Jazz at the National Gallery of Arts Sculpture Garden

Every Friday from 5 – 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

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Enjoy a Friday Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks 

Watch the evening parades on Friday nights, usually starting at 8:45 pm from May to late August.  

More Info>>

 

We hope you find all the fun this summer.  Celebrate!


Match Your Feelings to Our Bouquets

When your emotions are strong and you want to share how you feel with someone special, we have so many options for you online.  And if you don’t find just the right flowers, give us a call at 703-442.-8203.  We have floral advisers who can walk you through a custom design request.  It’s fast and easy!

Happy

Sometimes your heart is so full of happiness you feel like you are going to burst if you don’t share the feeling immediately.  Happiness is one of our favorite reasons for sending flowers.

Happy Flowers

Happy Hearts Bouquet | Starting at $57.95

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In Love

Being in love is a beautiful thing.  Expressing that with a breathtaking bouquet of luxurious flowers is usually always a smart choice.

Beauty | Luxurious Bouquet of 36 Premium Roses | Starting at $175

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Sad or Empathetic

When life becomes sad because of a loss, oftentimes we aren’t sure how to support our loved ones and friends.   Being there in person is best, of course.  But when you can’t because of obligation or distance, show your heart is there with flowers, plants or gift baskets.

For more sympathy flowers & gifts click here.

Celebratory

Life is full of milestones to celebrate.  Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, parties, holidays… The list is long.  And we highly recommend congratulating everyone.  Making every event special with flowers on the tables.  Gifting everyone who reached a big goal.  Embrace life and and share!

Celebration Flowers

That Winning Smile | Starting at $92.95

For more celebration flowers click here.

We know there are infinite combinations of feelings on the human emotional spectrum.  But we are confident that we have the right flowers to match your unique mix of feelings.   Flowers are a physical, beautifully visual representation of what you feel like sharing.

Check out our floral designs on our website 24/7.  We have one of the largest inventories in the DC Metro areas and a nationwide network of florists so you can send flowers to almost anyone!

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