What is Canada Day?, maple cake, 4th of July forecast

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, June 29, 2018


Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall
Robert Louis Stevenson(1850–94)

Friday, June 29, 2018
180th day of the year

Kimberlin Brown (actress) was born on this day in 1961.
Joel Siegel (film critic) died on this day in 2007.

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What is Canada Day (Sunday)?

Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday, celebrated each year on July 1.
Oversized Wooden Matches

Each gorgeous matchbox contains approximately 50 wooden matches with color-coordinated tips. New designs and old favorites available.
4th July Forecast!

4th of July Weather Forecast 2018
This year, America celebrates its 242nd birthday! Read our 4th of July forecast to find out what kind of weather to expect in your area for the holiday and the weekend prior.
Hummingbird Crossing Metal Sign

Hang inside or outside!
Growing Beets: Easy and Fast!

Our Growing Guide to Beets covers planting, growing, and harvesting. A staple in our garden, beets grow easily and you won’t have to wait long until harvest time. They can be harvested from about the size of a golf ball to the size of a tennis ball. And the greens are edible, too!
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.
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How to Grow Cukes Demo!

How to Grow Cucumbers from Sowing to Harvest
Cool and crunchy cucumbers, fresh from the garden, are in a league of their own. Cucumbers grown in the greenhouse require slightly different care than those grown outdoors. In this short video, we show you how to grow both outdoor and greenhouse varieties—and share our nifty idea for making a fantastic cucumber frame to grow them up for easy picking.
Glass Sun Catchers

Lots of colors and designs to choose from!
Canadian Maple Cake!

Maple-Walnut Layer Cake with Easy Maple Frosting

This towering cake is a real old-fashioned treat, as delicious as it is charming.

Try the Weed Spinner!

All you need is a drill and weeds and their roots are gone in one quick spin! The action is fun, fast, and satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Expect your neighbors to get curious and want to try the Weed Spinner, too. This back-saving drill bit was invented by retired school teacher Vern Ader and we thank him.