Here we are. What is referred to as the dog days of summer.
Have you ever wondered why it’s called that? The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.”
The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).
I’m always curious about such things. Some people believe that dogs are laziest during these periods. But then, who could blame them?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11.
I recall growing up that we always had a copy of the latest Farmer’s Almanac. And I remember thumbing through it, wondering what it all meant.
Seems to me that the heat gets intense earlier and earlier in the year. My poor garden was definitely suffering by June. And that seems kind of crazy.
I used to think it was August when the heat would press down on my flowers and veggies and ooze the life out of them.
Makes me want to focus on herbs because they seem to be more durable plants.
Yet I can think of only one time so far this summer that I have gone out and snipped the chives to bring inside and put on my food. I’ve got to remember to do that. Last year I recall that I used chives quite a bit.
The eucalyptus, that I’ve only been growing the last two summers, seems to always look perfect. I haven’t seen any sign of the heat getting to it. However it is partially in the shade some of the day.
I know eucalyptus is currently a very popular trend with decorators. I’ve seen many of the fake plants used in styling.
But really the actual plant is easy to grow. And it’s nice to be able to just snip off some of it and bring it indoors and put it in water. The shape and texture of the leaves are so pretty.
You can see it growing alongside the purple petunias below.
Here’s a clearer photo of the eucalyptus partially covering the chippy angel.
I got up early to start a load of laundry. Soon I will take Charlie in to the groomer. I’ve read that a dog’s coat can keep them cool. But Charlie’s gets so unkempt that to me it looks uncomfortable.
Since I get my own hair cut so short I suppose I figure since it keeps me cooler, the same would go for him.
Now that I’ve had my hair cut so short, I don’t think I’ll ever let it grow any longer. An inch of hair is about all I want these days. It’s easy to take care of and feels so much better than having thick hair against my scalp.
These are the days when I will mostly stay in with the curtains closed, although I have to be able to look out on my patio some of the day because the sight of it brings me such joy.
I look around me and I have all the room I could possibly need. But being able to look out those French doors onto my fenced outdoor space makes the area I live in seem so much larger.
Sometimes I think I’d like to live in an apartment with an elevator on a floor where I could look down on the city. And maybe someday I’ll do that. For now I am content with what I have.
And that’s so very important. Being able to say that you are content with what you have and where you live.