Colder than last year, best cooking apple, sunspots

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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If we would enjoy ourselves, we must take the world as it is; mix it up and a thousand spots of sunshine, a cloud here and there, a bright sky, a storm today, calm tomorrow, the chill-piercing winds of autumn, and the bland, reviving air of summer.
–The 1854 Old Farmer's Almanac


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
256th day of the year

Ben Savage (actor) was born on this day in 1980.
Frank Vincent (actor) died on this day in 2017.

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Cold Than Last Year

Winter Outlook 2017–2018: Colder Than Last Year
Overall, the long range winter forecast for 2017–2018 shows generally colder temperatures than last winter for the U.S. and Canada but not colder than a typical winter, based on historical averages. As I write these words, there are no sunspots on the visible portion of the Sun, and solar activity is very quiet; this traditionally meant a cooling influence. So why isn’t it colder than average? Other weather factors are at play.


Rakes Are So 20th-Century!

Fall is the season for apple-picking and harvesting Mother Nature’s other bounty, canning and….picking up all those fallen leaves. We’re here to make that last activity easier so you can focus on the apple-picking.
Sunspot and Solar Cycle Update

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares, and Solar Activity
We have long believed that solar activity can influence weather here on Earth. We are now in Solar Cycle 24, which has seen very low solar activity thus far. Learn more about solar activity—specifically solar flares and sunspots—and why it matters.
Vintage Cast Iron Sun

This Vintage Cast Iron Sun measures almost a foot across and is made using traditional sand-casting techniques. The weather-resistant finish allows it to also be enjoyed outdoors. 
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Starting a School Garden

How to Start a School Garden
When kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to plan a school garden. Children who grow vegetables, eat vegetables. Here’s our advice on how to start a school garden—plus, a list of great garden plants.
Best Apples for Cooking

Best Apples for Baking: Apple Pie, Applesauce, Cider
Not all apples are ideal for cooking! Below is a chart with some of the best apples for baking—from apple pies to applesauce.
Colorful Kitchen Aprons

Made for the home chef. These aprons are 100% cotton for easy care and have timeless prints. Impress your guests at dinner parties!
Easy Bath and Body Care Recipes

Recipes for Homemade Toiletries: Soaps, Shampoos, and More
Explore our easy recipes for soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and other toiletries. Our bath and body recipes are very basic, relying on pantry ingredients, nothing fancy. They’re easy, fun, cheap, and natural!
In the Garden Handcare Caddy

A silver-toned caddy holding our popular foaming hand soap and rich hand lotion together in one place, whether in the bath or the kitchen. Very elegant, very convenient.