Mercury retrograde begins, Leonids peak, sore throat recipes

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, November 16, 2018


In the cloud-grey mornings
I heard the herons flying;
And when I came into my garden,
My silken outer-garment
Trailed over withered leaves.
A dried leaf crumbles at a touch,
But I have seen many Autumns
With herons blowing like smoke
Across the sky.

–Amy Lowell (1874–1925)

Friday, November 16, 2018
320th day of the year

Lisa Bonet (actress) was born on this day in 1967.
Northern Dancer (racehorse) died on this day in 1990.

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Thanksgiving Cleaning

Thanksgiving Cleaning with Vinegar, Lemons, and Salt
It’s time to clean the house for Thanksgiving, so find out how to use the natural ingredients of vinegar, lemons, and salt in homemade cleaners to clean your home naturally!


No pipes to freeze.

With no water and drains required, there are no pipes to freeze during the cold winter months. Learn more about Incinolet and change the way you think about toilets.
Leonid Showers Peak This Weekend

Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is the Quadrantids on January 3–4! See viewing details—plus, the full 2020 Meteor Shower Calendar covering the dates of all the principal meteor showers.
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Composting In Situ

In-Garden Composting
When you’re cutting back the yard and garden, make use of all that extra organic matter! Try “in situ composting” or “in-garden composting.”
Farmers' Market Cotton Tote Bag

SAVE 30%! This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA. 
Mercury Retrograde Begins

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s retrograde motion will start again on February 17, 2020! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde.
Almanac Retro Advertising Thermometer

Vintage design! Made of metal in the USA. Mercury-free, too. 
Sore Throat Remedies

5 Natural Sore Throat Remedies
Here are five simple natural sore throat remedies to help ease the discomfort! Let us know how they work for you!
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac

Includes a free hole for hanging up in your outhouse! String not included.