The Hidden Almanac for
Monday November 11th, 2013
Episode 26
Previous episode: 2013-11-08
Next episode: 2013-11-13


Is is the birthday of Reagan Gennault, the Spice Wars took a break, and it is the Feast Day of St. Museline. In the garden, time to clean out those birdhouses.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord. Today is November 11th, 2013.

Today is the birthday of Reagan Gennault, noted entomologist. He travelled the world describing new species of lice. Among these were chewing owl lice, burrowing lion lice, and what he described as “The King Louse” – thumb-sized dragon lice. His studies did not bring him widespread fame or fortune, but there is a bronze bust in the foyer of the Royal Society for Insect Studies in his honor.

And it was on this day in 1544 that the Spice Wars were called on account of weather, at least until the following spring. The heavy snowfall that had ended the Battle of Lantern Run did not stop for many days. Troyzantine forces retreated to their fortified city-state, while Prince Sergei III was forced to find a place for his army to spend the winter. They eventually settled on the hunting property of the Lord Olmsbury, near the village of Hearthrung.

Despite wealthy supporters back home, Prince Sergei had difficulty feeding his men. In a letter to his brother, he wrote, “I fear that we will be eating our boots by New Years, if aid does not arrive.”

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Museline, patron of small rodents with large eyes. Legend has it that she led mice out of the grain stores in her native highlands, and led them into the stores of her clan’s enemies. It is generally agreed that this was not terribly saintly, but the Fourth Century was a rough time. Icons of Saint Museline placed in grain silos are said to repel rodents.

In the garden, this is a good time to clean out bird houses and remove old nests to discourage parasites. Make sure the birds are gone first. Watch for wasps, which will occasionally build nests inside birdhouses. Also check for nest sharks. Most of these should have migrated south by now, but occasional stragglers will be lurking under old bird nests, and may bite. It’s always advisable to wear gloves for this garden chore.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for November 11th, 2013. Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013, Ursula Vernon.