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“Farmers’ Almanac Winter Forecast  Pete Geiger, the editor of The Farmers’ Almanac, takes a look at what his publication is calling for from Mother Nature this winter.”

We enjoy watching the familiar faces of sunflowers follow the path of the sun, but below the surface, they may also be busy at work removing toxins from the soil through a process called phytoremediation:  phyto - plant, remediation - restoring balance, according to an article by Sherie Blumenthal in this year’s Farmers’ Almanac.

Not only are individuals and cities, including New Orleans, successfully using phytoremediation, but also the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who began testing it at waste sites in the early 1990s. 

Farmers' Almanac predicts a "bitterly cold" winter

AP, Aug. 25, 2013

LEWISTON, Maine–The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac’s secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.

Modern scientists don’t put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.

Last year, the forecast called for cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. It started just the opposite but ended up that way.

Caleb Weatherbee, the publication’s elusive prognosticator, said he was off by only a couple of days on two of the season’s biggest storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before spring’s arrival that buried parts of New England.

Readers who put stock in the almanac’s forecasts may do well to stock up on long johns, especially if they’re lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac says.

Said Duncan: “It really looks like the Super Bowl may be the Storm Bowl.”

The Maine-based Farmers’ Almanac, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, which will be published next month, features a mix of corny jokes, gardening tips, nostalgia and home remedies, like feeding carrots to dogs to help with bad breath and using mashed bananas to soothe dry, cracked skin in the winter.


Wrapping up our posts on almanac diaries, here’s a 1799 Farmer’s Almanac that was used by an actual farmer, who made notes throughout about his or her cows, possibly as part of the management of a community herd.  It also has a little crocheted loop attached to the top, which I imagine was used to hang it from a nail or a hook in a house or barn, somewhere it would have been easily accessible.

See all the almanacs we’ve posted under #almanacs on our Tumblr.

What did you think of these almanacs? Would you like to see more of this type of stuff, or do you have an idea for another short series? Let us know!

The farmer’s almanac, calculated on a new and improved plan, for the year of our Lord … / by Robert B. Thomas. Boston : Printed in the Apollo Press … by Belknap and Hall, [1792?-1846?]. Rare AY81.F3 O6  (1799) no.7

Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Night chills.  Our vaporous breath hangs like wisteria in wind.  The moon rises.  Happy howling, followers!

∵☪∴New Moon in Aries this Saturday, April 18th at 11:57am∵☪∴
As with every New and Full Moon, it’s the 3 days before and after that the energy can really be harnessed and directed. The New Moon is a time for seed-planting. Intention-setting. Manifestation in motion. •↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•↣↢•
In the Farmer’s Almanac, it is explained that seeds were planted under the dark canopy of sky at the New Moon and crops were harvested under the brilliant luminosity of the Full Moon. The coolest part, I dare say, is that we have these energetic opportunities celestially provided to us every 2 weeks. The lunar cycle is 28 days long. We are CONSTANTLY supported by the Universe in our endeavors to shift, release, make new, be reborn. ❥❥❥ This Aries New Moon is especially charged with the power of rebirth ❥❥❥ Fresh beginnings. Astrologers point out that, as the first sign of the Zodiac, a New Moon in Aries is doubly potent in its ability to foster a new start. Think of it as hitting the “reset” button. Not erasing anything that has been, no no, simply rebooting. Amplifying the intentions and desires that already swim, unbounded, within your Spirit. Anchoring in your sacred relationship with Self and, through courage and curiosity, cultivating an energy of authentic expression and clarity. The New Moon supports introspection, quietness and grounding, whilst the Full Moon is naturally a more energetic, amplified time. My favorite New Moon rituals to magnify my intentions and fertilize the soil of abundance in this space of natural stillness include :: ☾Journaling my seeds of intention (as I always say, in color and texture and detail! Manifest!) ☾ Lighting some incense ☾ Burning sage ☾ Constructing a crystal grid ☾ Grounding in meditation ☾ Laying in Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) with a quartz wand on my third eye ☾ Warm sesame oil rubbed onto the soles of my feet ☾ Time spent in nature beneath the sun, earthing, solar charing to amplify and sustain my energy through the Dark Phase of Moonless nights. ☾
Sending you all a big, juicy heart hug. May this New Moon support you in all of your Self-Loving, dream-manifesting, celestially-charged endeavors. Namaste ➳♡➳

Birthdays 4.24

Beer Birthdays

  • Alan J. Wax (1949)
  • Bob Skilnik (1950)
  • Jeremy Cowan (1969)
  • Suzanne Woods (1978)

Five Favorite Birthdays

  • Cedric the Entertainer; comedian, actor (1964)
  • Willem de Kooning; artist (1924)
  • Richard Donner; film director (1930)
  • Michael O'Keefe; actor (1955)
  • Robert Bailey Thomas; Farmer’s Almanac founder (1766)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Bell; jazz bassist (1922)
  • Eric Bogosian; actor (1953)
  • Edmund Cartwright; power loom inventor (1743)
  • Jean Crotti; Swiss artist (1878)
  • Vincent de Paul; religious leader (1581)
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier; fashion designer (1952)
  • John Gaunt; statistician, demographics founder (1620)
  • Sue Grafton; writer (1940)
  • Johnny Griffin; jazz saxophonist (1928)
  • Jill Ireland; actor (1936)
  • Stanley Kauffmann; film director, critic (1916)
  • Shirley MacLaine; actor (1934)
  • John Russell Pope; architect (1874)
  • Captain Sensible; pop singer (1955)
  • Barbra Streisand; singer, actor (1942)
  • Anthony Trollope; English writer (1815)
  • Robert Penn Warren; writer (1905)
  • William of Orange; Dutch politician (1533)

Buying precious metals is also the dumbest thing you can do if you’re preparing for doomsday.

Gold and silver aren’t going to buy you shit in a post-apocalyptic barter economy where people are caving in skulls for food. You want a pig farm’s worth of spam, bottles of water, tools, piles of ammo, and survival guides.

You want to trade things people want to possess, not purchasing power for buying things from a store that’s been picked clean by looters. 

Even “luxury goods” like books are a better investment if you’re looking at total societal collapse. If I had shelter and a knife, I’d rather trade my sack of potatoes for a copy of twilight than a twinkly rock, portable entertainment with no power requirements is pretty valuable. 

I would buy a whole shelf of Farmer’s Almanacs if I were a doomsday prepper. It’s a useful book that can tell you about weather patterns, planting seeds, finding food, recipes, and has nuggets of wisdom and some light entertainment writing. Not exactly everything you could want out of a book, but a bunch of stuff good to have without your usual support network that a person might be willing to trade for. 

Learned something new from a Farmer’s almanac.
I learned that Noxzema was invented in Ocean City, MD.
My mom told me her uncle worked in one of the factories (in Baltimore) when she was younger and gave her some every month.

  • Shonda Rhimes:for this season finale Meredith's *spins wheel* beloved cousin will *rolls dice* fall off a cliff while *throws dart* riding a bike and she *consults a ouija board* turns out to be pregnant and she *checks farmers almanac* bleeds out on the table while singing Enya

Minneapolis, MN

Kate Tarker’s plays include sad Thunderbodies, sad An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico, and sad Laura and the Sea. Her work has sadly been produced or developed various sad places. She has received various sad residencies and fellowships. She has mentored younger sad playwrights at sad institutions of higher learning. She went to sad school. She is stuck in Picasso’s blue period.

The starter shelf.
This is where I’ve begun growing my seeds for the balcony while it’s still too cold to put them outside.
As you can see, there are already plenty pots and even some seedlings that have already sprouted!
I marked the forecasted last frost date based on the farmers almanac and have been starting my seeds the suggested time beforehand.
In Toronto the forecasted last frost date is May 8, although some days it doesn’t feel like this cold weather will ever truly leave us…

The Vampire Diaries:  06x18 – I Never Could Love Like That

Warning: May Contain Spoilers!

With their humanity turned off, Stefan and Caroline begin wreaking havoc at Whitmore, leaving Damon to come up with a risky plan involving Lily. After rushing to help Jo treat victims of Stefan and Caroline’s latest killing spree, Elena discovers Jo is pregnant, prompting her to reevaluate her own life as a vampire. Meanwhile, when Sarah boldly turns the tables on an unsuspecting Enzo, he is forced to open up about his tragic past. Lastly, at Scull Bar, a twisted round of karaoke leaves Tyler and Matt in a dangerous situation.

Favorite Quote: “Well, lucky you. If you’re not a one woman farmer’s almanac.”– Damon


  • Evil duo karaoke
  • Enzo taking her to the boarding house
  • Enzo knowing Lily
  • Delena bath time
  • Family breakfast
  • Enzo’s flashback to 1903
  • Caroline rocking it out
  • Jo sharing the happy news with Elena
  • Tyler being a quicker hand
  • Stefan being back to himself
  • Matt being ever loyal to himself
  • Elena wanting to host a shower
  • Delena moment


  • Damon being all weird about the cure
  • Stefan and a pointy bloody knife
  • Stefan’s new hostages
  • Lily not really being to the point
  • Enzo tied up – in an inconvenient place
  • Caroline trivia
  • Awkward moment there between Jo and Elena
  • Caroline playing flip the coin
  • Matt refusing blood
  • Sarah thinking about immortality
  • Jo having some bad news


  • How is Jeremy still alive if his hunter gene is magic and he’s died a hundred times?
  • What is going on between Liv and Tyler?
  • Where are they?
  • Who is Sarah’s dad?
  • Who finished the crossword?
  • Who the hell is Kai?
  • Why does a vampire need health insurance?
  • Malachi or Kai – really?
  • What is with the guy at the bar?
  • If he hit the guy will that activate it?
  • How is it possible for Alaric to alive in the city limits?
  • Is Kai and Jo from the same coven family?
  • If the bear has the magic and is back in the present, then what?
  • Jo and Liv, what’s going on there?
  • What is Stefan talking about? Yes, who the hell are you?
  • Who did Bonnie bring back with her?

Body/Injury Count:

  • Booze – spilled
  • Chris – something delicious
  • Bartender – minded to death
  • Enzo – vervained  
  • Matt – staked


  • All the episode names have connections to 1994
  • Elena is becoming a doctor
  • Elena knows her blood
  • Alaric is a vampire and is teaching a paranormal class
  • Caroline dropped out of college  
  • Elena is the boarder lurker
  • Alaric hates being a vampire
  • They are in 1994!
  • Enzo is a neck person
  • Bonnie hates pancakes
  • That birthday party was the moment
  • Tripp is a Fell and a hunter
  • Bonnie talks in her sleep
  • Stefan and Elena have been broken up for 2 years
  • Bonnie is the key
  • Damon sent Lexi flowers for trying to burn her
  • Zach had to invite Damon in
  • Zach has a girlfriend and liked to make blueberry pancakes
  • Stefan has been carpenter, ambulance drive, migrant worker, soldier, student, and now mechanic  
  • The founder’s council was restarted in 1994
  • Sarah is Gail’s daughter
  • Elena likes heroes but someone needs the hair
  • Jo can’t be compelled because she’s a witch
  • Enzo died of consumption
  • Alaric is now human
  • 6771 days of May 9th–1994 for Kai and counting
  • Jo, Liv and Luke all knew Grams
  • Jo and Kai are twins
  • Elena was only 2 years old in 1994
  • Bonnie knows how to hot wire a car
  • Stefan has been watching the real Sarah all her life
  • Bonnie likes torturing Jeremy – hehe
  • Damon knows the sound of his baby – the Camaro
  • Liz is the first person Stefan has witness slowing dying
  • Sarah is a photographer
  • Damon and Stefan’s mother died around the same date as the accident
  • Damon didn’t go to his mother’s funeral then showed up drunk to a disappointed Stefan
  • The other prison world is November 1st–1903
  • Damon and Stefan’s mother is a ripper
  • Enzo’s maker is Lily


  • Season 5 DVD out now
  • Nominated for PCA – winners

Next Episode: April 23rd–2015 (Because)