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October 2016

October is Nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death
more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful
than the month of coming—October than May. Every green thing
loves to die in bright colors.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Fair and warm (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) with showers, cooler (7, 8); fair and mild (9, 10, 11, 12) with more showers and cooler (13, 14). Fair and mild (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) with remnants of tropical storm, heavy rain (22, 23, 24); warm and humid (25, 26, 27, 28) with yet more showers, cooler temperatures (29, 30, 31).

Full Moon: Hunter’s Moon is the name given to October’s Full Moon. Because of the extra light it provided, many Native Americans were able to continue their hunt for food into the early evening. It will occur on Saturday, October 15th. It has also been known the Big Feast Moon because of the bountiful harvests and Fall celebrations going on at this time. The Cree Tribe called it Yellow Leaf Moon and Moon Of Falling Leaves because of the many leaves turning that color at this time and that many of trees will be losing the last of their leaves during the month.

Holidays: Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 10th in 2016 and United Nations Day is celebrated on Monday, the 24th. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins on Sunday, October 2nd and the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins on Tuesday, October 10th, both at sunset. In 2016, Halloween falls on Monday, October 31st. Plan to have youngster’s ‘T&T’ end before dusk and be sure to have older children wear reflective clothing (or costumes!) if they venture out after dark. On the home front, consider giving sensible treats like sugar-less candies and gums or nonfood alternatives like stickers, whistles, toy animals, etc. Be sure to check all treats when the children return from their fun!

The Garden: Shredding leaves, along with lawn clippings, dead plant stalks from the vegetable garden make a fine addition to the compost heap. And try this simply trick: remove all large vines and spent plants from the vegetable garden. Mix 1 can of cola (not diet), 1 cup of dish soap, and ¼ cup of ammonia and add to 20-gallon hose end sprayer and fill to top. Saturate the layer of mulch that’s left on top of the garden’s soil and then say, "Good Night" until the next growing season! The longer your house plants were allowed to remain outside in the fall, the more shock they will go through when they are finally moved indoors. If you haven't brought them in yet, do it now!

J. Gruber’s Thought For Today’s Living

"We are about as happy as we make up our minds to be" 

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