Birds and weather, Venus returns, tree tips

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

November is winding down. We observe the trees' silhouettes, changing weather, migrating birds, Venus's return to the night sky, and Christmas trees appearing in neighbors' windows. Enjoy more about these topics in today's Companion—plus, some entertaining facts about Mark Twain, in honor of his birthday tomorrow.

Did you know there are a full four weeks from the start of Advent (this past Sunday) till Christmas Day (which falls on a Sunday) this year? We look forward to bringing you joys of the season in the weeks ahead. May they be merry and bright!


Your Almanac Editors

a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long

–e. e. cummings, American poet (1894–1962)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
334th day of the year

Anna Faris (actress) was born on this day in 1976.
Wendie Jo Sperber (actress) died on this day in 2005.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


Mark Twain's Birthday

Interesting Facts About Mark Twain
November 30 is the birthday of Mark Twain, born in 1835. Here are 10 curious facts about his life. 
Balsam Fir Pillows

Balsam Fir Pillows are traditionally given as a sign of friendship, and it’s easy to see why! The pleasant smell of balsam fir will last for years and there are many designs to choose from that will complement your sofa. 
Stormy Weather

Hot + Cold = Blizzard
What happens when all this warm November air meets a cold front? The potential for fierce storms and crazy weather!
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.
Birds and Weather Lore

How Birds Predict Weather
Did you know that bird behavior can help us predict the weather? Closely observe nature and your feathered friends—and you might be surprised by what you learn!
Glass Sun Catchers

Choose from a large selection of designs, colors, and sizes. Made in the USA.
Spot Venus!

Goddess of Love Returns
Look for Venus to hover spectacularly to the left of the crescent Moon on Friday evening, December 2, and to dangle below the Moon the next night, Saturday. And she will continue to shine! Read on …
The 2017 Weather Watcher’s Calendar | Save 50%

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.
Water that Tree!

How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Christmas trees seem to be getting more expensive each year! Here are some tips for buying the perfect Christmas tree, keeping your Christmas tree healthy through the holidays, and reusing your tree afterwards!
Marine Rope Doormats

Virtually impervious to wear and water, easy to clean, keeps garden dirt outside, new colors and larger sizes!