Independence Day, fireflies, thunderstorms

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 4, 2017


A moon-flooded prairie; a straying 
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying 
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming 
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming 
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July

–James N. Matthews(1852–1910)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
185th day of the year

Geraldo Rivera (journalist) was born on this day in 1943.
Steve McNair (football player) died on this day in 2009.

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!

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Independence Day History

Independence Day (USA): Fourth of July
What is the real meaning behind the Fourth of July? Get Independence Day (U.S.) dates, a brief history of this all-important American holiday, and some fun facts.
Red Rooster Decor

These popular roosters have become instant classics. Fine detail and embossed texture on the feathers, wattle, and comb is enhanced by the hand-painted finish. Made with thick metal and outdoor-safe finishes. Measures 14 inches high.
Thunderstorm Facts and Folklore

Nature’s Fireworks: Thunderstorm Facts and Lore
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that today’s 4th of July festivities will bring fireworks in the sky … from thunderstorms! In honor of nature’s fireworks, we are taking a look at some thunder lore and how thunder is born!
Dragonfly Hose Guard | SAVE 33%

Beautiful and functional! Made of aluminum for years of rust-free use.  
Plants to Repel Mosquitoes

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes and Other Insects
Which plants repel mosquitoes and other insects in the backyard and garden? See our list to find out.
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

Buy the Almanac for Kids, Volume 7, and GET VOLUMES 6 AND 5 FOR FREE! 
How Long to a Sunburn?

UV Index Chart: Time to Burn
The UV Index chart tells you how quickly you will burn your skin without protection so that you can apply sunscreen as often as needed.
Extra-Handy Lazy Susan

Top seller! Spins effortlessly, won’t tip, and holds a lot! Handcrafted in America by a 150-year-old basket company. Constructed with tough Appalachian white ash and brass nails. 
Why Do Fireflies Glow?

Fireflies: Why Do Fireflies Glow?
Fireflies, or lightning bugs, have been captivating humans for centuries with their beautiful lights on summer nights. What makes fireflies glow the way they do?
Large Matchboxes

Matchboxes in 10 dazzling designs. Each box contains approximately 50 large wooden matches with color-coordinated tips. Matchboxes measure a generous 4.4 inches by 2.5 inches.