Colder than last year, best cooking apple, sunspots
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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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
Nell Carter (actress & singer) was born on this day in 1948. Eddie Money (singer) died on this day in 2019.
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.
Spring is the time for planting and enjoying your backyard. Even after a thoughtful cleanup in the fall there are still leaves and trimmings which need attention. Echo trimmers and blowers are here to make that last activity easier so you can focus on planting those flowers.
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.
Homemade Shampoos, Toothpaste, & Deodorant
Explore our recipes for homemade toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, and more. Our DIY toiletry recipes are basic, relying on pantry ingredients, nothing fancy. They’re safe, natural, fun, and easy on the wallet!