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Daily Calendar for Monday, May 13, 2024

Question of the Day

I’m putting up an eight-foot cedar fence to shelter a brick patio area from the north winds. What can I grow on its shady side?
We assume you’re looking for a climbing vine, as opposed to a ground cover or shrub, although you could certainly use all three. To climb the cedar poles, your best bet might be winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei radicans), which can extend up to 12 feet and is a hardy evergreen vine for Zone 5 (and even somewhat north of that). It shows a glossy, variegated leaf and thrives in partial or full shade and ordinary soil. It’s a member of the bittersweet family, but it displays a pale pink fruit and greenish white flowers. If you want something more fragrant, you might try a shade-loving clematis vine. Unlike the large-flowered clematis plants that love sun, β€˜Sweet Autumn’ clematis is well adapted for shade and known for its autumn fragrance and small white flowers. It likes rich, well-drained soil. Prune it back for winter; you’ll want new growth in the spring. As for shrubs and ground covers, there’s no end to the shade-loving varieties.

Advice of the Day

Reputation is a large bubble that bursts when you try to blow it up yourself.

Home Hint of the Day

Put a coat of boiled linseed oil on window sash and sills before puttying. Putty on dry wood will lose its strength because the oil will be sucked out of the putty and into the wood.

Word of the Day

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale.
Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph
Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph
Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph
Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph
Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

Puzzle of the Day

Why did the spider buy a car?
Because he wanted to take it out for a spin!


  • Sir Ronald Ross (bacteriologist) –
  • Joe Louis (boxer) –
  • Ritchie Valens (singer) –
  • Stevie Wonder (musician) –
  • Darius Rucker (musician) –
  • Barry Zito (baseball player) –
  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden –
  • Robert Pattinson (actor) –
  • Debby Ryan (actress) –


  • Cyrus Hall McCormick (inventor) –
  • Gary Cooper (actor) –
  • Derek Boogaard (hockey player) –
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers (psychologist) –
  • Doris Day (singer & actress) –


  • Apple trees in bloom, R.I.–
  • Velcro trademark was registered in the United States–
  • Pope John Paul II was shot–
  • A New Brunswick earthquake measured 3.9 on the Richter scale–


  • Sandstorm in New Jersey–
  • Grissom Air Force Base near Peru, Indiana, reported wind gusts of 136 miles per hour in a heavy thunderstorm–

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