Brilliant star overhead, ID poison oak, lily care

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, August 1, 2017


And from the hot field’s farthest edge
The cricket’s soft refrain
With mellow accent tells the tale
That August’s here again
–Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
213th day of the year

Tempestt Bledsoe (actress) was born on this day in 1973.
Naomi Sims (first African American model on the cover of Ladies Home Journal) died on this day in 2009.

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Brilliant Vega Overhead

Star Vega Shines Bright Overhead on July Nights
Away from city lights in mid-July, one could see as many as 2,500 naked eye stars. But only one star stands out because it’s the only bright star directly overhead—and that’s Vega. This brilliant blue-white star is a favorite of stargazers and astronomers.


How not to rely on the plumber?

Let’s face it: toilets may not be the sexiest appliance in your home but they are one of the most important. Make sure you have the best, the one that eliminates calls to the plumber and stays clean.
Caring for Your Lilies

Lily flowers are valued for their large, very showy, and often fragrant flowers. The six plain or strikingly marked tepals (“petals”) are often trumpet-shaped, sitting atop tall, erect stems.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia! 
Birthstone for August

August Birthstone: Color and Meaning
August’s birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. The largest peridot ever found weighs 319 carats. You can see it in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Birth Flower for August

August Birth Flowers
August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days. 
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.   
Identifying Poison Oak

Poison Oak: Identifying and Treating Poison Oak
Here are ways to identify poison oak as well as some home remedies to treat poison oak rash. 
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Features dramatic images of the Moon!