Date archive for March, 2017
Hilda Honeycutt Camellia and Daisy Gardenia
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 19th, 2017
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Two New Plants: Daisy Gardenia and Hilda Honeycutt Camellia

On the north side of the front porch, I built a small planter area last year, but left it plantless.  This year, I finally got around to figuring out what to plant there.  The challenge is finding plants More...

National Postal Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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Najwa Earns Her Detective Badge at Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt

Nduku on several occasions said she wanted to sign Najwa up for the girl scouts.  Coincidentally, at the National Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Family Day, they were having a events More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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Weathering the Mid-March Ice Storm

Just a week away from the official start of spring, and we experience an ice storm.  Go figure. Girards Saybrook Glory Azaleas Rhododendron Doublefile More...

Washington Gas
By David Gaines On Monday, March 13th, 2017
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What’s a Couple of Nights Sleeping in the Cold?

Several years ago when Najwa first started attending DC Prep, at the end of each day the students did an end of day reflection.  It was a moment for each to share with their classmates what they learned, More...

Panama Orange Tree - Calamondin
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 12th, 2017
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Using Ice Cubes to Water the Panama Orange (Calamondin) Tree

Last March I ordered a different kind of plant than the typical flowering bush.  Though we get some brutally cold winter temperatures, I ordered a tropical plant — Panama Orange Tree (Calamondin). For More...

Serotina Belgica Honeysuckle Vine
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 12th, 2017
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Serotina Belgica Honeysuckle Vine Making a Comeback

When I first got the Serotina Belgica Honeysuckle Vine last April, it came as a twig, maybe 12 inches long with only a few leaves.  But I prefer to pay the $20 than a quarter of that for a pack of seeds More...

Najwa at the Heurich House Museum aka Brewmaster's Castle in Dupont Circle
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 11th, 2017
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Photo Scavenger Hunt in Dupont Circle’s Brewmaster’s Castle

It was a cold day today, but Najwa and I didn’t feel like sitting around the house.  So, we set off in search of something to do.  We almost changed our minds, though, when we got the Metro with More...

Ann Magnolia Tulip Tree
By David Gaines On Friday, March 10th, 2017
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Winter Is Coming

When one thinks of March weather, one thinks of the spring.  And for the past week, it wasn’t so bad.  But the temperature has dropped significantly, enough so that there was snow today.  And it More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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Time To Focus on Trapezius

When I first started pushing weight, and even now, Nduku underestimates that I actually have some muscles.  It’s not because I’m strong; it’s because men tend to have a stronger frame More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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Working All The Various Parts of the Pectoral Major Muscle

As I started to read more about pushing weight, just when I think I understand it, I find out how much more there is to learn.  For the rookies like me, the chest muscle is the pectoral major and minor More...

By David Gaines On Monday, March 6th, 2017
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Setting a 1RM Goal For the Pectoral Muscles

What really got me into lifting weights had nothing to do with a desire to actually lift weights.  Or look more muscular [I still have a long way to go for that]. Or get in better shape.  It had more More...

Persian Lilac
By David Gaines On Monday, March 6th, 2017
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Persian Lilac Making a Comeback

It was nearly a year ago that I planted the Persian Lilac on the side of the house in the potter that every plant before it had died in.  At one point I pruned it pretty extensively, and it seemed to recover More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 4th, 2017
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Recommitting To Last Year’s Accident Goal of Getting In Shape

Last year I had an epiphany.  Nothing serious, nothing I didn’t already know, but something finally clicked.  It’s a simple concept — when you exercise, you lose weight. I started the year More...

ligustrum japonicum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 4th, 2017
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Review/Preview of Plant Life Around the Abode

Just when the weather was acting like it was time to put away our winter clothes, today was a reminder that it’s still winter.  And with the drop in temperature, with a howling wind to go with it, More...



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