Eclipse Sunday, myths and superstitions, DIY potting soil, better mac and cheese
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Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 18, 2019
Suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?
Kevin Costner (actor) was born on this day in 1955. Glenn Frey (musician; founding member of The Eagles) died on this day in 2016.
Eclipse Myths and Superstitions
Lunar Eclipse 2019: Myths and Superstitions about the Blood Moon
With the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” eclipse on January 20, 2019—the last total lunar eclipse until 2021—let’s revisit the ancient stories and superstitions about this celestial phenomenon! For centuries, a “total eclipse of the Moon” has inspired mythology, folklore, songs, and even movies. (Watch out for the werewolves!)
Researchers have announced a radical new technique that not only fights potentially deadly belly fat, but also leads to slimmer waists, improved organ function, and perhaps even a longer, healthier life.
When it seems like winter will never lose its icy grip, the dainty crocus pushes through the snow to put on a show of colorful revival. Plant this perennial flower in the fall for an early spring delight! Here’s how to plant, grow, and care for crocuses in your garden!
A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes.