"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"
Wendell Phillips (1811 -1884)
Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Remnants of tropical storm, heavy rain (1, 2) with storms, cooler (3, 4, 5). Hot, humid (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) with more storms in the southern part of the region 12, 13, 14). Hot and humid again (15,16,17,18,19). Remnants of tropical storm, heavy rain, severe storms (20,
21, 22) turning hot and humid (23, 24, 25, 26). Scattered showers 27, 28) ending the month hot and humid again (29, 30, 31).
Full Moon: July’s Full Moon occurs on Tuesday, July 19th. It has most often been referred to by many Native American tribes as Thunder Moon because of the large number of thunderstorms, some quite severe, that would hit many regions during this month. However, other tribes in other regions of The United States, called it Buck Moon
due the rapid growth of antlers on young bucks during the month, Ripe Corn Moon because of the appearance of young corn on the stalks, or Hay Moon since hay tended to ripen as well.
Special Notes: Get ready for the Dog Days of Summer which start on Sunday, July 3rd continuing into August.
Holidays: This year’s Fourth of July celebration falls on Monday, July 4th! On this most famous day in United States History, in 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying, "these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, free and independent states".
Hopefully, you have already ‘tried out’ the old grill this season well-before the big cookout day. Nobody wants any surprises so it was wise to have already checked out the major components and made sure that they are functioning properly and replaced anything that looked questionable. And you remembered to fill up the propane tank or
picked up plenty of charcoal and charcoal lighter fluid. Time now to enjoy!
The Garden: During the coming dry weather, continue to keep the gardens and lawn adequately watered. Remember, a deep, thorough soaking once a week is more beneficial than a daily light sprinkling. Allow roses to rest in July and August. Do not fertilize, but continue spraying, and give them a light pruning in July to encourage new
fall growth. Repot houseplants that have been kept outdoors if roots start to crowd their containers. If you have to divide plants, give them a chance to recover from the disruption to their root system by keeping them in the shade for at least a week. Always remember that when working outside in hot sun for any prolonged period of time, be sure to take salt
tablets, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade.
J. Gruber’s Thought For Today’s Living
"Be fair in your criticism of others, but even more so in that of yourself"
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