The Cold Moon rises, seed dispersal, plants harmful to pets

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, December 11, 2019


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
–Henry Ford (1863–1947)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
345th day of the year

Gary Dourdan (actor) was born on this day in 1966.
Benton MacKaye (American conservationist) died on this day in 1975.

Weather Calendar
Full Cold Moon Rises

Full Moon for December 2019
December’s full Moon rises on Wednesday, December 11, into Thursday, December 12, 2019. Plus, this month’s full Moon shines during the Geminid meteor showers! The original Old Farmer’s Almanac will reveal everything you need to know about the Full Cold Moon and what makes it special. 
Santa's Key

The perfect solution for homes without a chimney!
Amazing Ways Seeds Spread

The Amazing Ways That Plants Disperse Seeds
In autumn, ever noticed all the seeds scattering? Plants are launching their offspring into the world!  But since plants aren’t mobile, how do they spread their seeds? Discover the amazing ways seeds disperse and plants grow.
Crossbody Purses for Cell Phones by Chala

Top-seller! Available in different nature-inspired designs! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.
Harmful Holiday Plants

Holiday Plants That Are Harmful to Cats and Dogs
We have two new kittens at our house—Fred and Ginger—and they seem to be doubly curious about everything! If you face similar challenges, here is a naughty list from the ASPCA of holiday plants that could be harmful to your cat or dog.
Pewter Key Rings

Handmade in Vermont. Makes a great gift!
Gingerbread Cookies

Really Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People

This recipe for “Really Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People” makes a large batch because, well, anything this good deserves to be made in bulk.

Bold Kitchen Aprons

There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.
Feeling Hungry? Get Your Fiber!

High-Fiber Food: What’s the Big Deal?
Maybe you’ve read that most Americans get less than half the fiber they need for optimal health, and thought, “Oh, boy, they’re going to push more husks, groats, skins, rinds, seeds, stringy and raw stuff at me.”  Well, maybe, but that’s not all.
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 8

Kids love it! Adults can’t put it down!