Friday the 13th!, pumpkin carving, fall shrubs

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, October 13, 2017

migrating birds south

Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,
Or past some river's mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.

–Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)

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Fun Facts and Folklore about "13"

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is Friday, November 13, 2020. Why is this day often associated with bad luck? What is the meaning of Friday the 13th and how did this superstition even begin? Find out—and enjoy fun freaky facts!
Dragonfly Wooden Night Lights

These highly intricate and detailed night lights were carved with a laser. The craftsmanship is outstanding. Each shade consists of 4 pieces of wood held together with interlocking finger joints. The best part is that the shade hides the bulb, even when viewed from the side. Made in the USA.
Fall Shrubs and Trees

Fall Garden: Shrubs and Trees for Fall
Get those beloved colors of autumn right in your own yard with a beautiful fall garden.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Trinket Box

This small, clever box was designed to resemble a footed hope chest. It’s great for storing keepsakes, jewelry, and found treasures. It is made entirely out of wood—without any nails, screws, or glue!  The box’s lid features an etched copy of an illustration from the Almanac. The image is a wood engraving depicting spring and has been part of our cover since 1851.
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How to Carve Your Pumpkin

Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many imaginative ways to create something special.
Almanac Hummingbird Thermometer

Retro design resembles a vintage advertising thermometer. Made in the USA.
Cooking A Pumpkin

How to Cook a Pumpkin
Here’s how to cook pumpkin the simplest way—plus a selection of delicious pumpkin recipes, from our Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie to pumpkin spice pancakes!
Chalk-Style Wooden Box Sign

A colorful accent for any country-themed kitchen.
Apple Cider Risotto

Carrot Risotto

Our Carrot Risotto With Apple Cider is a colorful, cheesy side dish that goes with everything! If different-color carrots are available, use them!

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.