Friday, July 16, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

We still need rain.  A brown yard is not attractive.  I begin to worry about the woods that surround us.   And the weathermen say we are headed into a 10 day heat wave.  Thus the reference to the dog days of summer.   But what are the dog days of summer.    Thanks to Wikipedia I learned that The Old Farmers Almanac lists the traditional timing of the dog days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major.   Ancient belief suggests that the Dog Star was somehow responsible for the hot weather.   Who's responsible for the rain?   I think daily prayers for rain are in order.

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