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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Break Out the Beach Chairs

I hope your July 4th Holiday weekend was safe and comfortable. It has been interesting to watch the US weather map. Torrid heat in the south and west, wild weather in the Midwest  and bone chilling cold in parts of the Northeast. I spent a few days at my cottage last week. Since we had 24 days of rain during June, I settled in with a stack of books.
 
Sunday I jumped out of bed because the light was so bright at camp that I was shocked to see it. The day was picture perfect. On my lake a couple children’s camps put on a firework display that is as good as any in the state. It rained on  Saturday, so it was held Sunday evening. We loaded onto a pontoon boat to watch the show. It was just awesome. But, we brought hot coffee and blankets because before it was  all over,  the temps were upper  40s. There was a touch of fall in the air. Heck, we are still waiting for summer!
 
What was particularly nice last night was the brightness of the moon  The July Full Moon arrives at 5:21am on July 7th (tomorrow).  It is known as the The Full Buck Moon.  July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time.  Whatever you call this moon, break out the beach chairs and binoculars and enjoy the moment. It will be a  beauty. .

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.