To explain the meaning of the statement of the ‘Dog Days of Summer” — The Old Farmers Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with (at sunrise) the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The days are associated with very hot weather. Sirius is the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. I know so little about the stars but I learned this long, long ago from my maternal grandfather, William Hobson Thomas. He didn’t use the fancy terms naming the constellations, my curiosity lead me to find that out in high school, but he did tell my brother and I about the Dog star. I could probably do a Google search, but this will have to do.
Our corn is more than knee-high (by the Fourth of July) which is always a good sign. The weeds are growing rapidly also!
Thank-you everyone for the gentle comments about our story on the back page of the Delta County Independent. It was a lovely surprise when Pat Sunderland called and asked if she could do a feature about us.
Anyway, here is hoping that everyone has a great Fourth of July!
Terry and Linda
Fuzzy and Boomer
Sam the cat and Monkey the cat who never goes outside