Mercury retrograde, stollen, La Niña winter

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Alpine star

Life is mostly froth and bubble;
Two things stand like stone:
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own
.

–Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–70)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
339th day of the year


Strom Thurmond (politician) was born on this day in 1902.
Nelson Mandela (political activist) died on this day in 2013.


 
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Last Mercury Retrograde!

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2019
Mercury enters retrograde motion on October 31, 2019! (That’s right—Halloween!) Find out what that means for you and see when Mercury will be in retrograde motion for the rest of 2019. Plus, we’ll explain the meaning of Mercury Retrograde and how it may influence your life.
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Barn Christmas Ornament

This tiny country barn is totally adorable! Features amazing detail.
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$12.95
 
La Niña is Here. What It Means.

How Will La Niña Affect Winter Weather?
According to early reporting, it looks like we’re in for another La Niña! What does that mean? How will La Niña affect your winter?
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Local Farmers' Market Tote

Save 30% while supplies last! Features long and short handles for convenience. Plus, a two-sided design and small interior pocket.
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$6.97
 
Something Different!

Christmas Cactus
Christmas cacti are a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they produce colorful, tubular flowers in pink or lilac colors. These beautiful flowers, their long bloom time, and easy care requirements make them a wonderful plant. We’ll bet someone in your family has a Christmas cactus!
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Birdbath/Feeder Stake

Rich and vibrant colors are accented with pearl to give an iridescent hue to this elegantly crafted art glass bowl. This attractive art piece can be used as a birdbath or a bird feeder with the stable 3-pronged base. 
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$28.99
 
Old-Fashioned Stollen

Christmas Stollen

A lovely version of an old favorite. Decorate with whole candied cherries, and use other candied fruit pieces to make leaves and stems.

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Ladybug Tooth Fairy Box

Makes a great gift for a young family. Made in Vermont from 100% lead-free pewter.
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$29.97
 
About Wood Stoves

A Brief History of the Woodstove
A woodstove could once be found in nearly every American home, but today, more efficient means of heating have taken over. Here’s a brief history of a centuries-old device, the wood-burning stove!
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Star Wreath Hanger

Looks great paired with a traditional evergreen wreath or dried flower arrangement. Made in the USA.
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$12.97