James Lileks is reporting on serious weather and shopping in Minneapolis:
Throughout the day it rained and stopped – the sun shone, then the skies darkened again and there were torrents, then sweet sentimental spring sunshine again. It’s like living with an alcoholic parent. When it stopped raining I went into Home Depot with the giant Swede; he had to get blinds, I had to get arborvitae. Three arborvitae. They will replace the three that died over the winter. Apparently you have to dig deep and add mulch and fertilizer and soak them with hummingbird tears and shield them from surprising noises. It makes me wonder how the plants ever got going in the first place.