Leaf cleanup, smiling Moon, Victorian etiquette

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, October 16, 2017

autumn leaf reflection

The trees are in their autumn beauty, 
The woodland paths are dry, 
Under the October twilight the water 
Mirrors a still sky
–William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

Monday, October 16, 2017
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Remove Excess Leaves. Here's Why.

Fall Leaves: Cleaning up the Lawn, Home, and Garden
While fall cleanup may not be much fun, we choose to see the task as a trade-off for the beautiful colors of the season. In case you’re having trouble finding the motivation to clean up your yard this year, here are a few important ways that a thorough fall cleanup can benefit your yard, home, and garden.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar

Scenic photographs, country musings, fun facts, humor, and advice. Plus best days to fish, plant, set eggs, harvest crops, and cut hay.

Wake Up Early Tomorrow!

The Smiling Moon, Venus, Mars on October 17
Maybe you’ve already seen it. Low in the east, just before dawn—say at 6:15 or so—is the brightest “star” in the heavens. It’s been hovering there for months, generating UFO reports. It’s the Morning Star, Venus. Yes, really and truly, Venus is single-handedly responsible for more UFO sightings than any other object.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Features dramatic images of the Moon!


Everything Halloween

Halloween 2019
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get started? Here’s a brief history—it may surprise you! 
The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Boxed Daily Calendar

Gardeners will be delighted with this nicely illustrated and gift-boxed page-a-day calendar!

Warm Up With Soup

German Potato Soup

With vegetables, noodles, and bacon, this German potato soup is a wonderfully simple and hearty meal on a cool night!

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. 


How Manners Have Changed

Victorian Era Etiquette and Manners
There were countless rules of social manners and etiquette during the Victorian Era, though they now may seem a bit old-fashioned.