Thursday, August 01, 2013
Dog Days of summer
I use that term a lot - I must have picked it up from my folks - this morning it was the first thing I thought of - Ah, August 1 - we're entering the dog days. At least by my own definition.
So I looked it up - It refers to the sultry days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Commonly July and August since they are the warmest. In the Southern Hemisphere it, would be January and February.
Wikipedia: Dog Days
In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days ran from July 24th through August 24th, or, alternatively, from July 23 through August 23rd. In many European cultures (German, French, Italian) this period is still said to be the time of the Dog Days.
The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. These are the days of the year with the least rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere.
I guess it's my European ancestry, because when I think of the Dog Days of summer, I'm thinking July 24 through August 24 and in these parts where I live, to the end of August.
And without sounding like a broken record, I like the first day of a new month, new year, new weeks - I like new beginnings. I get all excited when it is the beginning of a new month. And this was BEFORE we were paid monthly, so I even like it better now.
I just feel all energetic, and hopeful - never knowing what a new month will bring. Besides the disgustingly HOT WEATHER the dog days of summer bring, it is a mark for me, that my favorite time of the year is not far off. I LOVE AUTUMN. (I prefer to say Autumn to Fall)
photo credit; http://mail.colonial.net/~hkaiter/starweb/FOV1-000313C2/FOV1-000313D3/sarahcanousmager-mioner.htm
photo credit; http://www.savedbydogs.com
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