You don’t need to be a farmer…

Nov 3, 2011 | 1 comment

Words to Live By

     We picked up our annual copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (western edition) a few weeks ago.  As always, at the heart of the book are the calendar pages that “present sky sightings and astronomical data for the entire year and are what make the book a true almanac, a ‘calendar of the heavens.’ In essence, these pages are unchanged since 1792…”  So says the section titled “How to Use This Almanac.”
     The neat little book will sit on our kitchen table for most of next year – an easy reference for all manner of things.  It explains what the Halcyon Days of December are – about two weeks of calm weather that often follow the blustery winds of autumn’s end.  And it tells us, also, to Beware the Pogonip in December.  Pogonip is a Native American term used to describe the uncommon occurrence of frozen fog.  Breathing it is said to be injurious to the lungs.
     There are also maps, recipes, remedies (both old and new) and regional weather forecasts.  It tells us that for the Pacific Northwest, winter temperatures will be above normal, on average, and next summer will be much warmer and slightly drier than usual.  Hooray!  I hope that turns out to be true.
     But it’s the page called “Best Days for 2012” that I like most.  On a chart showing each month of the year, the best days (based on the moon’s sign) are listed for doing certain activities.  You can learn when it would be best to quit smoking or to begin a diet for either gaining or losing weight.  Days are listed that are best for cutting hay, going camping, pruning to encourage or discourage growth.  When to begin logging, to breed animals, plant aboveground crops and belowground crops are clearly set out.
     I’m happy to say that there is ample information about hatching and raising chickens, too.  Definitely something for everyone – even if you aren’t an “old farmer.”

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    The Almanac is wonderful reading. One year I gave a copy to a landscaper for Christmas and she was thrilled. I think I’ll pick up next year’s for myself today!


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