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No broken bones to report here and no flip flops either. Unless a shoe or sandle is anchored to my feet, they tend to fly off at the most inconvenient times. Currently, I like Tevas with the multiple, infinitely adjustable, velcro straps. Learned in a rock climbing course to keep my center of gravity properly positioned over my feet so as to not fall off the mountain by not letting my feet get out from under me.
Tai Chi helps with this balance thing, too, As does going barefoot. There are millions of sensors on the bottom of our feet that have helped us be homoerectus and wearing shoes throws that innateness off. Heels are the worst for throwing our alinement off, etc.
I have 2 very well worn croc-type "shoes'. The soles have absolutely NO tread left.
I wear one of them in the house all the time (the pea green ones) and the others when I go shopping or such.
These are black and, I think they are men's--as they are a bit loose and wide on my feet.
They both fit best with thick socks on.
Just a few weeks ago, I came to my HD (shopping) and when i was leaving--I had to walk
a ways the outside of the building which has those wide, yellow lines painted (NO parking). It was also drizzling.
Without any thought--as I took a step--I went down--and as is automatic--on one of my knees.
Because I was wearing heavy, warm pants--i did not rip off my skin too much--but the top layer on my knee got
such a nasty scrape/burn that it took the top layer of my skin off. it is still trying to re-grow. All red...
Simce my "crocs" are smooth on the bottom--and the yellow painted lines were slick--I just went flying.
It happened in a split second! A man from behind cane over and said--"Are you al right"???
I said It's OK--but I will not be able to get up so easily. So he just put his hands under my armpits and lifted me up.
WoW! i an NO featherweight!
in general--I fear like crazy falling--especially landing on my knees--as they are both replaced and I dread what my
happen if I fall too hard. Don't want to think about it!!!
I am very careful even in my own garden--as the concrete floor that extends outside my patio roof can get slick
when it has algae on it. Or a wet spot on my kitchen floor. One just never expects to slip--and then it is too late.I could NEVER garden in my flip-flops!!! I have a collection of old tennis shoes for that job.
Teri, I remember your wrist and the Crocs and I'm sure you do too in this weather. Gita, I know exactly what you mean about painted lines being slick, every-time I see a crosswalk painted with those slash marks I cringe for how many seniors may be injured using them. Some surfaces are just treacherous under different conditions. Our back deck can be like black ice with a very light frost where being wet isn't bad. Then there is always the errant sea gull flying over the stairs, as I had happen in OBX. I wasn't laughing then. Ric
Those new "flip flops" with the contoured orthotic (?) sole plates and the extra instep straps and the treaded soles are nothing like the flat flimsy flip flops. You can tell the difference immediately. Foot is secure feeling.
I have a beginners balance board that we bought after therapy for my ankle. Really fun to try and not to easy to get right. It's a square board with 2 wheels imbedded underneath. Only tilts 2 ways. The ones with the balls underneath can tilt 360 and are much more difficult to manage.
Sounds like an injury discussion thread ;-). Hope you are ok, Gita. I never knew those painted lines were slippery. Must be careful from now on.
Had my ankle surgery 4 days ago to get a ligament reconstructed. Now I am sitting in bed, completely bored. The splint is very heavy, but it will be replaced with a lighter cast next week. So I stay hopeful.
My winter/spring seed planting plan is plant nothing :-(. Oh well. I should be able to walk properly just in time for spring garden work.
The sandals I wear the most are Keen Newport H2, they are rather similar to Judy's Tevas. They are a "sport" sandal, made for every sort of outdoor activity, and man are they rugged!! I muck through all sorts of slop at work, and I never slip or slide when I'm wearing them, and having that bad right ankle (which has been broken FIVE times!), I am really picky about support. I feel completely supported and sturdy in these.
I got 'em 3 years ago at zappos (online), and after I hose 'em off, they look just like brand new. They can get tossed into the washer then just sit out to dry, or if you're like me, just hose your feet down while you're wearing them, and they dry really fast.
They were about $100, but that was money WELL spent as I don't see myself needing to buy another pair... ever. =)
(photo compliments of zappos website, by the way). :)
You can get some good deals at DSW. I think the Khombu sandals I got were $40. A couple of years ago.
Why is it, when I go outside to do a project in the garden I get sidetracked by another thing? I know some of you have this same problem. Today's side track-I started digging out some English ivy. Why oh why did I plant this years ago? I know there is some poison ivy in one area, so I MUST take precautions when I get close.
A frugal suggestion to you--and anyone else that works around plants that may hurt or give you a rash.
Look for an old pair of long-topped socks--like the "tube socks" of yore.
Cut off the foot part and use the top to pull over your arms--ribbed end around your wrist.
This will protect you from Poison Ivy, plants that are sticky/thorny to touch, very dirty plants...etc.
Sally, that sounds like an adorable nicknack, where'd you see it, what gift shop? I love that saying, it sounds very "me" as well. :)
I googled "DSW" a few minutes ago and, well, I've got a Norton Internet Security package that shows the 'status' of search results on google (whether the site is safe to go to or not) ... DSW had a warning next to it... something about "E commerce safety threats". Upon further reading, it seems as though they have been caught selling counterfeit goods under the Prada name. I can't say if they have done so under any other names but... buyer beware!
Happy, the cast will stay on for 2 more weeks. I will wear a post-surgical boot for another 4 weeks after that. Then physical therapy :-(
This was an old injury. I sprained my ankle years ago, but thought nothing of it at the time. Then I started to sprain it again and again, and had quite a few bad falls too when the ankle just suddenly collapsed for no reason what so ever. Finally I decided that I needed to see a doctor. The doctor said the ligament was so stretch that it didn't stabilize me any more. Some arthritis (arthritis!!!) also developed in the area because the ligament was "in shreds" (his words) and other things were rubbing the bones. Lessons learned -- go see a doctor immediately if something is wrong. I know at least 2 people with similar problems and they are not seeing doctors.
Been there--done that. Funny story: (well--not exactly!).
Back in the early 80's, I broke my own leg. NO! I did not take a hammer and beat myself up--
I slipped on ice stepping off a curb (picking my then younger daughter up from Brownies),
I went flying and my left leg went under me and I fell right on top of it...Crunch!
I was the last Mom to pick her up--and there was no one else there. So--I hobbled to my car
and drove home. Glad I had automatic transmission!
Hobbled inside--my hubby was not home. He was out playing handball.
So--I sat on the sofa, my leg elevated on a chair, and waited for 2 hours.
When he walked in--I just said: "You have to take me to the hospital--I just broke my leg...
Luckily--it was NOT the ankle (very complicated to break that one)--it was the fibula bone(??)--
the one on the outside of the leg, just above the ankle.
So, I also spent a couple months in a cast. Of course--knowing me--After a couple weeks, when I got
my "walking cast'--I never slowed down. I was so active, i wore out the bottoms of two times and they had to
re-tape it. After all that, my foot part of the cast looked pretty fat.
I crocheted little toe covers (it was winter) that matched most of my outfits and partied on.
Sally--I wanted to send you a Get Well e-card--but I did not have your e-mail address.
So--I went to Jacquie Lawson and chose one--then copied the URL and will attach it
here as a link. I do not know if that will open the card--but here it is:
Little "toe covers to match my outfits"...you never cease to amaze me, Gita. I sprained my ankle and "shredded" some ligaments. Saw the doctor a year later when I couldn't put my foot down on the floor anymore. He said told me that that kind of damage really needs time to diagnose. Put me in a boot for 4 months. No surgery because I was already past the age where I'd really be putting athletic strain on it. Worked out fine. Only have a problem if I go barefoot or spend too much time in shoes with no arch support. The new flip flop type sandals with all the support now make it possible for me to wear sandals again without getting into trouble.
Roses--I have been dealing with what you describe now for 2 years.
I have had "Plantar Facitis" and need to wear sole inserts in all the shoes I wear.
It started out being diagnosed as a tear in one of the ligaments under the 3rd toe.
My Dr. did all kinds of soft cut-outs to glue under the ball of my foot. Then I did it myself.
I believe that may have healed bu now--but I have not been back to tht dr. for 2 years now.
He said--you can come back on an "as needed" basis. I haven't "needed"...but a follow up
would not hurt.
Hence--I cannot wear flip-flops, flats, or any other "normal" shoe. Have a closet-full of them...
I have inserts that give me arch support and cushioning under the toes in all my shoes--even my "crocs"...
It has gotten better over time--but i do not dare start running around barefoot or anything like that.
Luckily--my usual attire is sweat pants and my slick "crocs"...At work--it is tennis shoes.
Donner, OH MY GOODNESS, I had to read back to realize what I'd missed. BIG get-well hugs for you!!!!!!!! And, tsk tsk tsk, waiting so long! < ;P (yeah, I just had to throw that in there, heehee).
I've broken my own right ankle 5 times, each time in a cast.. the first time it happened I was walking. Yeah, nothing more exciting than walking, across a street, stepped in a pot-hole "just wrong" and went down right in the middle of the street. I was 15 and was on the way to school, and thankfull I was with my cousin, so he ran into the grammar school that was right across the street to call my Mom. The rest of the times that I've broken it were just as idiotic, I won't embarrass myself by telling the details. (hopping back and forth from foot-to-foot in a parking lot trying to keep warm... on a FLAT SURFACE! Come on!!!! At a church retreat, no less! Spent the rest of the retreat in a cast on crutches. HAHAA!!)... anyway... yes, joints can be oh so much fun, huh? < =D
Speedie! Five times!!! Ouch! Do you wear an ankle brace now? I did it for several months before the surgery, and will consider wearing it again. It will give you some support when you work in the garden.
Speaking of books, Sally, my husband just bought me The Hobbit. He wanted me to read the book first so that we could watch Lord of the Rings together.
I do not read fictions very often, but I love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series very much and have converted a few friends into loyal Gabaldon followers. People who enjoy historical novels will like her books.
Cutting for Stone has got very good reviews on amazon. I will check it out. Thank you.
Just found that by going to My Tools, Preferences, DG Picture, I can chose from a couple dosen pictures to appear along the top of the home page. I chose Cardinal for now. Be sure to select, then go al the way down to save it.
Ss, it's Feb 9th. (it's on my calendar in BLACK SHARPIE). ;P
WHEEEEEEE, we're expected to get SNOOWWWW down here today!!! I'm snow excited!!! heeheeheee
The National Weather Service says it's supposed to hit the hardest down my way, south of DC, 'cause it's coming up from the South, so I could potentially get as many as 8" by 1:00 tonight/tomorrow morning. YIPPEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, Winter weather!!!! I shall go do lots of Happy Dancing now. You all have a WONDERFUL day, see ya's later! < =D
WHY do you get so excited about inches and inches of snow????
I know it is beautiful...and peaceful...and very photogenic---BUT--it also means a lot of shoveling--
and many of us would have to do it ourselves--NOT having a hubby to lean on--like MOI!
I eventually get it done--but walking out in the morning to go to work--and being faced with a few
inches of snow and a buried car--is NOT fun!!! Besides--it would make me late for work--if i am working that day...
I don't worry about driving--as I am a careful, patient driver in bad weather--and also because I have
a Subaru Outback. Most reliable! No road rage with me--NEVER!!! Leave that to the looney ones!
susan--that would have been FUNNNNNY if you showed up for the seed swap on the 9th.
You would be the only one...but still have a yummy lunch at Chef Lins.
The fence is great! Thanks for asking, Jan. :) The dogs were very much triggered by sight, and since they can't see me anymore, they don't even bark when I'm out there (unless I'm making a ton of noise right by the fence).
It's a big wall of white vinyl, though, so it desperately needs plants to cover it up. I planted a couple of viburnums, a couple of tall grasses, a hydrangea, and an interesting Japanese conifer. I definitely need some more evergreens to cover that white wall! I'll post pictures when it warms up.
Good news on you peaceful enjoyment of your yard and those poor dogs...glad that has worked out. Bet your cat is happier, too.
Hey, I hope you have left room for those Japanese Maples and hydrangeas I'm overwintering for you! Maybe I should bring them to the seed swap and then you can watch them 'break dormancy'. maybe this cold spell will put them into a deeper sleep...
Hey Ric and Holly do you want yours early, too? Have to consult with sallyg and her van capacity!
Ric and Holly, Suits me, just have to double check with sallyg to make sure ok and there is room.
And, sigh, you have to promise to take pics of them as they were almost leafless when I got them. Yeah, JM's have a tug on my heart!! Wonder how I can fill that spot when I move to Zone 4 in Vermont! How's 'Big Mama' banana doing? Did you plant her outside or is she lounging in the greenhouse?
Our oldest son's family in Oregon is increasing. They have gotten the papers for legal guardianship of Markus. He has been spending weekends with them and comes full-time on the 26th. There is a six month waiting period before the adoption can be finalized. I can hardly wait to meet him. He is 6 yrs old. There are some developmental issues, but they will have him tested. Having gone through this with their oldest son, they feel they can deal with it. They have always felt that their family should be larger. After several miscarriages, God has been opening doors for Markus to join them. And he is already potty trained. Heehee!! Please pray for his adjustment and theirs. My 15yr old grandson is very tall, but his social age is closer to 9 so this will be good for him. And Hope is now 11 and can hardly wait to babysit. We are very blessed.
No real time fame Jan except to say it's overdue as grandsons are growing up so fast. Not easy to 'transplant' a life especially without an economic financial crystal ball. Here, as long as physical holds up, I can support myself but Soc Sec benefits won't cover daily living expenses up there...Oh, and I'm not sure how many round trips my van will make to transport my stuff...which consists of lots of plants! lol, will have to continue my own personal root pruning on this end.
Neat how families grow and extend and fill in isn't it. Blessings to you and yours Jan!
My you guys have been busy - so many new threads to enjoy. True to my MO, I didn't realize how long it has been AGAIN since I've gotten on DG and how much I've missed. I don't think I've touched base since the holiday. I have the coolest thing to share. Finding perfect gifts is tricky, and it is such a great feeling to give or receive one. Mike hit it out of the park with this wonderful concrete turtle that he gave me for Christmas. Most people think I'm not quite right in the head to love this thing more than I ever would jewelry or other traditional feminine treats, but I know you guys will understand LOL.
We put it along the driveway where you drive through the creek. You need to slow down there, so it is a perfect spot - I grin every time I pass it. Can't wait to enhance the location this spring with ferns and chelone - aka TURTLE HEADs - HA HA HA
I'm watching Scruffy again - the cutest little Westie. I've got the TV on as background noise, and a frickin rooster just crowed on it. Woke Scruffy up out of a dead sleep, and has him all agitated. Too funny. Well that didn't last long, he just settled back down in his sleeping spot. He'll be here all week - my friends are in the Napa Valley, doing the wine tour thing. What a great time of year for a vacation like that.
We do understand your excitement over your garden turtle, Terri. My neighbors think I'm looney when I get a new load of "dirt" (topsoil to go over our clay). They women tell me that the "D" that I ask for should be "Diamonds" instead.
Aspen, your turtle is AWESOME!!! Love his cute smiley little face!! I'm with you, that is a wonderful gift, better than jewelry any day! (I'd wonder who that man is and what he did with my Hubby if my DH ever showed up with JEWELRY for me, quite frankly... he knows better! heeheeheee)
Sorry I've been away for a few days too, been workin' my butt off around the house, first getting ready to lay the tile for the bathroom floor (pre-cutting and then "dry fitting") on Friday, then repairing a leaky toilet yesterday (ended up having to replace the flange and part of the pipe beneath it, UGH!!), then today we finally got that tile LAID for real! Marble tile is a PAIN IN THE DUPA, let me just tell you!! Now we just wait for the thin set to dry well, then grout, and we'll have to replace that toilet plumbing like we did the other bathroom (turns out the tile sitting higher than the old linoleum was causing the troubles)... THEN we can finish the bathroom... cabinet, sink, etc.
So, here it is, the "before" and "after"... YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, dirt over diamonds any day!!! I knew this was the one place where I wouldn't get the raised eyebrows and the "are you serious???" look LOL. Speedie - marble is so classic, I love it. Looks like you've done a great job too. Great place for the toilet - you can take a shower and do your bizness at the same time HA HA HA.
Thank you thank you, but I gotta say, 99.9% of the credit and kudos go to DH, I was the gopher... and I occasionally lent my 'eye'; 'yeah, scootch that one about 1/8" toward the tub' (you know, the one with THE TOILET IN IT, HAA!!). Well, where else ya gonna store a toilet for the duration? ;) Lay out an old crappy towel (no pun intended) and pop that toity right on top of it; perfectly out of the way.
Gita!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVEN'T WATCHED THE GAME YET!!!!!!!!!!!!! We record as much football as we can (directv with dvr ROCKS!), then watch at our leisure, zipping past those pesky commercials. (Whee!!). We watched the first game last evening, then plan to watch the Ravens game this evening. Well, at least I know my "pick" won! < =D (Ssshhhh, don't tell DH that I know the outcome already!) We also make our "picks" every week during football season.. ALL games, ALL season long. He beat me by 3 games this season. =(
Now I'll be CHEERING on Ray Lewis all the way through the Superbowl.. I know, I'm a Steelers fan, not supposed to cheer on the Ravens, but who can possibly NOT love Ray Lewis!?!? Not me, that's for sure! =)
I NEVER watch any games either...Las night--as I watched "Roots"--I was checking back
to the game just to see the score.
It is wild at HD when a big game like this is coming up.
For one--there are hardly any customers--the business just dies! Oh, there are the few that need purple lights
and some such--but not many.
However--yesterday I saw a big plant I have never seen before- "Tacca Chantrieri--"Bat Plant".
It looked like a Spath Sensation--leaves just like it--but had these weird, black, whiskered blooms.
Google "Bat Plant--black" and check out the "images" in the upper left corner. WOWSA!!!
Seems we got 6 of them in.-in 10" pots. When I left at 6PM, there was just one left.
To me it was the "ugliest" thing I have ever seen!.
Here is a link to it--you can find more--but this shows the bloom well...
Ok, I made an album on the new Garden Showcase feature. It was pretty easy. The only issue that I had was that for every 4 or 5 photos uploaded, 1 wouldn't go. I had to try some of them multiple times before they took. Maybe just my internet connection.
Might take me awhile even till next summer before I can do one. After the computer crash I still have my saved pictures. Yes, 1,000's of them but I can only pull them up one at a time to look at them. Ric gave me a new laptop for Christmas and a new Photo program to play with.
Sally, thanks for the kind words. I saw luvsgrtdanes album - those morning glories are really pretty. I've had seeds for a few years that I haven't done anything with yet because I wasn't sure where to put them. I'll have to ask Ronnie how she does hers. I bought some deer netting late last fall thinking that I'll attach it between trees that are at the edge of the side lawn and let the morning glories ramble on it. Hopefully the seeds are still viable?
Hey, when you were looking at the different albums, did you have any problems where the picture didn't change but the captions did as you moved forward or backward? Either there is something a little quirky with the new feature or it is just me and maybe a flaky connection. Went back to the showcase feature feedback and saw that they recommend FF - they haven't optimized the other browsers yet - I'm using IE, maybe that is the problem.
You can see it by scrolling thru the "Recently Added". Once it falls off as more albums are added, I'm not sure how you would get to it. Sally posted that question in the showcase feedback section, and I chimed in - neither one of us saw any easy way to get to a specific member's album.
I NEVER watch any games either...Las night--as I watched "Roots"--I was checking back
to the game just to see the score.
I think you need to re-read my post.. we watch ALL the games we can fit in, but we record them, then watch them when we want to LATER, so we can FFW through the commercials. ;) LOVE football, HATE commercials.
And the final score: 28-13 RAVENS. A 21-point shut-out in the second half, WHEEEEEEE!!!!
Speedie and other Ravens fans. In celebration between now and Super Bowl, our local grocery deli dept is having a special on Ravens Cole Slaw It is made with just enough red cabbage added in that, you guessed it, it is purple!
I just finished looking at RosesRRed's garden in the Showcase. Wonderful. Such a green thumb - everything is so lush, and I especially love the roses! I know she started with the blank slate of an expanse of grass at a new home, and what she has been able to accomplish in a few years is incredible. A lot of hours must have gone into the making of it.
Are you all, that have one, keeping your eye on your Clivia?
Mine is really progressing quickly to bloom. This was taken a few days ago--
it is now showing some color.
Will show you--and hope terp is looking...Yoooo--Hooooo..
I think they bloom when they feel like it. It is earlier than usual--one of mine just got impatient...:o)
If I remember--all the ones, except the small one, I gave you bloomed last year.
One of the two I kept is blooming. The other one--still no sign. They are both upstairs now by my window.
They are both multi-stemmed and good size.
Basically--I ignore mine and don't fuss over them any.
The next "crunch" will come when my 6 pots of Amaryllis decide to "wake up".
They have been cut back and top-dressed. Just waiting...
Where, oh where, will I put them??????? Will have to work the re-arrangement magic again.
Frigid here too- This Am at 9, the wind chill was 2*. I am off all week--hours cut.
Will cook something...Work on my seeds...all wonderful, leisurely activities...
Pictures--memories of February 2010! Was it ONLY 2 years ago?????
Speedie, That looks great.
LOL Sally, I had a refreshing day yesterday walking from the parking lot to my job yesterday. DD Jen is training for a Marathon and hates to run on the treadmill so she has been doing her training outside in this frigid weather. One particularly windy day she told me she felt like she was running and running and not going anywhere.
Speedie - the floor turned out great. I absolutely love marble and your pattern layout shows the color variation off to advantage.
I'm with Paul - I like the cold crisp weather, just don't want it to go on and on and will be more than ready for spring. I rarely even wear a coat going from house to car to work building and misc store stops. I keep one with me in case I break down or something, but I hate the bulk and feel the cold air is refreshing. Lucketts has a few inches accumulated from the snow flurries over the last few days - it is snowing lightly right now too. Stay warm everyone, and EMBRACE that fresh cold air when you do have to venture out LOL...
HollyAnn, admit it, she was on her treadmill and the video screen loop was stuck at "Dog Park". LOL!!! (oh, and that "breeze"? A BIG NASA FAN!!) Haaahahahaaa!!!
Just Kidding!!!!! < =D
Thank you for the compliments on the floor, it was a real challenge but a lot of FUN!! And I now have officially and truly earned the name "Groutbag". =) (eg: "Heya, what's for dinner tonight, Groutbag?") < =D
I'm with (and like) Aspen... I HATE bulky outerwear and steer clear of it when at all possible. I had errands to run the other day (it was in the low 20's that day).. had to load up the back of the truck with "clean-out-the-basement-JUNK" for a trip to the dump... so my sweat jacket was the perfect outerwear of choice. =) (I HATE long sleeves of ANY sort as well). Tank top, T-shirt, then sweat jacket UN-zipped with sleeves pushed up. Ready to EMBRACE the REFRESHING air! =)
Link Alert- Today I am noticing some oddball Links in highlighted, underlined text, such as the word now. You may not want to open these as they are probably just ads.
EDIT-- Aha, this just happened on another site so it may be my computer- grrrr uggghhh.
Don't forget that Bill's Caladiums4Less DG 15% discount promo is getting ready to end (31 Jan). I put my order in a few minutes ago. Pretty good deal... (Note the promo code didn't work until the final stages of checkout)
Speaking of lotus, has anybody ever been to the Kensington water gardens?!? I think that is what it is called. I heard about this evening, it apparently has acres of ponds and beautiful lotus blooms in August.
Kenilworth Gardens are locally important today as a part of Washington's Park System, its greater significance lies in its contribution to the botanical study and development of water plants and gardens under the direction of its founder, W.B. Shaw and his daughter, L. Helen Fowler. It continues today as a noted water garden under the National Park Service.
After the Civil War, 37 acres of this land were bought as a farm by W.B. Shaw, a war veteran who had come to Washington to work in the Treasury Department. Shaw pursued his hobby, the growing of water lilies, on the marshy sections of his land. He imported 12 hardy American white lilies, from his native Maine and grew them in an abandoned ice pond. As the lilies thrived, Shaw dug more ponds and began to experiment in hybridization. In 1912, Shaw and his daughter, Helen Shaw Fowler, began to sell their lilies commercially and daily shipped thousands of 63 varieties of hand-picked lilies, to Chicago, Boston and New York. During his lifetime, Shaw was responsible for developing many new varieties of lily, among them the Pink Opal and W.B. Shaw and the Helen Fowler water lily varieties, all still grown commercially today. The "Shaw Gardens" produced lilies available nowhere else in the country in the marsh's 35 different types of soil.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Mrs. Fowler, who ran the business after Mr. Shaw's death in 1921, agreed to permit the public to view the lilies on Sunday mornings during the height of the season. During the 1920s and 30s, visitors numbered as many as 5-6,000 per day. Even though it was one of the largest lily farms in the world, the Shaw property was particularly attractive because it had been left almost entirely in its natural state.
In 1924, Mrs. Fowler was persuaded to permit local residents to attempt to have the ponds brought under public ownership; among the most enthusiastic supporters was Mrs. Calvin Coolidge who, along with President and Mrs. Wilson, was a frequent visitor to the gardens. The extent of the gardens remains essentially unchanged from 1938, the year they ceased operation as a commercial enterprise and became part of the National Park system.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is located in northeast Washington, DC, near the Maryland boundary along the tidal Anacostia River. The entrance to the Aquatic Gardens is just west of I-295 (Kenilworth Avenue), between Quarles and Douglas Sts., on Anacostia Ave. It is open daily from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information call 202/426-6905. The Gardens are not within close proximity to a Metro station.
We really should come down to see them this summer. In our area we have a huge stand of American Water Lotus at one of our Wildlife areas. It is beautiful to see in the summer and the smell is heavenly.
Let's pencil in a group thing for summer. But be aware that the neighborhood looks pretty sketchy, and you will probably not want to eat at any of the fast food places nearby. Could bring picnic or adjourn to College Park/ Greenbelt area for eats.
National Arboretum is very close. Kenilworth by itself would not take a whole afternoon.
The national arboretum is in a terrible area as well. there are designated picnic areas at the national arboretum and their new visitor center will be open next week. They have been in a trailor for a few years now waiting.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Jen, Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope it is a good one.
I actually went by the National Arboretum trying to get home from work today - unintentionally LOL. I work in Southeast DC and live in Northern VA. Normal route is Southeast/Southwest freeway and over 14th street bridge into VA. If there are traffic backups, there are alternate routes - like getting to the beltway right before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and then into VA. However, I didn't LISTEN to the traffic report before I got started, and ended smack in the middle of a huge backup on the Southeast/Southwest freeway. After 40 minutes, I had barely moved. I decided to get off on an unfamiliar exit ramp into DC just to get out of the traffic jam - figuring it would come out somewhere that I would recognize. Well, it turned into New York Avenue and then ?, but at least I was moving. Before I knew it, I was going by the National Arboretum - so that is where it is (not that I could find it again by the long out of the way route I took LOL) I finally came out on the beltway at Route 50, and 1 1/2 hours after I left work, I was back where I started from if I had just gone the beltway route in the first place. Three hour commute, but it was an adventure...
Judy, when I saw Route 50 I jokingly thought I should just keep going to the ocean and skip work tomorrow LOL. Glad I didn't, otherwise I would have been smack in the middle of yet another backup - oh, the joys of Washington DC and surrounding area traffic... Back to the National Arboretum - yes, definitely lets make this a MAG get together - I'm in!
I went to U MD for four years and worked a part time job with travel around that area. I think mostly its about having some familiarity with the major roads, so you know you'll run into something you know. Of course there are areas in any big city where you don't feel comfortable lingering.
One day, aeons ago, (before he got a work truck), DH was doing some (electrical) work in DC on Pennsylvania Ave.. his (personal) truck had broken down and I had to go pick him up. This was before we had cell phones, by the way. So, there I was, driving up and down Penn Ave, making U-turns RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, back and forth, for HOURS... eventually I had to go home to get ready for work (afternoon shift)... and it turned out he'd gotten a ride home with a co-worker but had no way to contact me to let me know. WOW, try to imagine even getting ONTO that section of Pennsylvania Ave now, let alone making U-turns up and down it in front of the White House for hours! Haaahahahaahaaa!!
I pray for all of you who have to work in DC, it's not a treat of a drive! < =/
You got that right!! And they would NEVER believe me!! "But b-b-but, I'm just looking for my Darling Hubby!!! He's really really REALLY tall (as I stand on my tip-toes with my arm above my head), got brown hair, gorgeous hazel eyes, and probably has a shirt pocket full of wirenuts ... have you seen my Sweetie!?!?" < ='/
My commute is definitely a challenge, but there have been some pretty cool things that I've seen that counter balance the headaches..
Driving thru DC at 0530 am, and seeing the Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson memorials/monuments lit up against the surrounding darkness. At that time of the morning, not much traffic there and you can almost feel alone on the road. Most days it just blends in to commuter zombie unawareness, but every once in a while it strikes me as spectacular and inspirational - my own personal show.
Being on Independence Avenue on a beautiful spring late afternoon when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom 10 feet from my travel lane. I open my window to catch the fragrances and the fresh spring air as the cherry blossoms float in the breeze covering my car and wafting thru the window.
Many years ago, I left work at twilight in a snow blizzard. As I approached the capitol, there were lighting bolts flashing about the capitol dome - what an eerie and awesome sight. Have never seen snow and lighting together before or since.
That sounds great Teri, such a nice drive. My uncle was a interstate bus driver (pre GPS) and he taught me how to navigate basically any city, memorize 2-4 streets and your relationship to them and you know where you are. That made NYC a breeze. In DC, he told me to use 17th, Constitution, and to always remember where the GW monument was, that always worked for me. That was till I got to Miami on a trip to the Keys about 20 years ago. The signage was so confusing we ended up circling in a bad part of town, so bad that there was an armed security guard in the local Burger King! He gave me directions and advise to get the "heck" outta' Dodge. It ended being the long way around, but we didn't care, especially since Miami was then the murder capitol of the world at the time. I swear it was worse than being lost in Camden, NJ. LOL Ric