Cherry Saturday 7-22-2017

Did you know that the Dog Days of Summer* run from July 3 to August 11?  
And that July 22 is exactly midway between those two dates?  
Which makes today the Hump Day of the Dog Days of Summer.

Just something to think about.

*”The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.”  (From Wikipedia, of course.)

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30 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 7-22-2017

  1. This feels like the best Cherry Saturday! It just makes me smile.

    I wonder what we have for our southern hemisphere winter. It is a very cloudy 20 degrees Celsius here today and I just can’t seem to get warm. The joy of living in a sub-tropical zone!

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  2. I’m waiting to find out if I got an apartment I applied to. If so (fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed) I will have the pleasure of moving during the dog days of summer. Into an air condition-less building, but hey, it’s old and beautiful and in a great location. Fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed…

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  3. July in South Texas. Going to a dinner/event outside this evening. I’m already hot thinking about it.

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  4. I often forget that I don’t really do summer well, I’m not good with heat, my favorite thing is a sunny day with me sitting in the shade, with a book. I exercise in the gym. But my garden is wonderfully fully of daisies, lilies, and raspberries.

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  5. Have you noticed how the weather keeps getting more extreme? For the first three weeks of July, our average high temp – the average, mind you – was 98 degrees F. The temp at my house is generally two to four degrees warmer than the official high across town, so our average high has been at least 100 degrees. Fortunately, we had record snow falls last winter (there’s that extreme again) so we have plenty of water and my garden is blooming splendidly.

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    1. I figured it was when I rolled over into the Last Demographic. You know, “65 and older.”
      Come on down. It’s actually a huge relief. I haven’t worn make-up for years.

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      1. I took my granddaughter to a specialist yesterday and the doctor asked if I was her mother (I’m 72 she’s 16) it was like being carded at 25.

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  6. This year has been the best summer of the 11 I have spent in Michigan. It has been sunny nearly every day. It rains at night. The temps have been primarily in the 80’s with a few days dipping down into 70’s for highs and maybe 3 that had highs in the 90’s. My only complaint is how institutions – restaurants, my workplace, church, stores, etc. – all feel the need to set the air conditioner to be at -20F. Okay, so they really set it for about 65F, but still, I’m dressed for 85F. I hate that I need to wear long pants and bring a sweater just to not freeze indoors when we have such beautiful weather outside. They could all save money & waste less energy by setting the indoor temp to 75 or so. It is low enough to be cool and will riot the place of the humidity and no one needs to layer up or shiver.

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    1. I warn everone going to the States about your insanely cold air-conditioning. I’m sure it’s unhealthy, apart from the energy drain.

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  7. Monsoon season has arrived in southern Arizona, so I’ve been dealing with the rain all week. Only had to drive to work in it once, but that set me back a good ten minutes on my commute. Visibility was practically nonexistent because of the sheets of rain. Still, the temperatures haven’t been much above 100 since the rain started, which is a huge improvement over the 115 it was before…

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  8. 22/7 is Pi Approximation Day if you write dates day/month/year, so we had things that were sort of pie-like for dinner. We celebrate Pi(e) Day, 3/14, very aggressively – round foods, plus All The Pie – so another chance to do that was welcome.

    It was also, in a small town in Massachusetts, Pirate Day, and I was in charge of a chalk mural. I sketched in a background (ocean, ship, beach, palm trees) and people came and went all afternoon drawing in whatever took their fancy. There was a volcano, a mermaid, several sharks, several more fish… it was lovely.

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  9. It’s not fair: I’ve been reloading this page ever since it died on me when I first went here from Newsify first thing yesterday, and it’s only just manifested (on Sunday evening). I think the server must be prejudiced against Europeans.

    We’re having an unnaturally good summer in Britain. It’s been a bit cool the past few days, but rain is rare, and it’s mostly sunny. It didn’t used to be like that when I was young, except in storybooks. I’m enjoying it, of course, but it would be even better with a garden. My balcony is so jam-packed there’s only just room for me to get on there to water everything.

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    1. Is this something I should ask Mollie about?
      We moved the blog, so that might be a factor, but I know nothing about these things.

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      1. It seems to be working fine now. Maybe my iPad was stubbornly reloading from its cache – although I’d had several pages of Argh open, and was trying each of them twice. Let’s hope it was a gremlin. I’ll shout if anything else weird happens.

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  10. My poor doggies think it’s the Dog Days whenever it goes over 25 C (77 F) — they were spoiled by Hokkaido winter. I always associated Dog Days with August and puppies who just lie in the shade, too tired to do more than roll their eyes in my direction. I think there was also the Dog Star involved, but for some reason, I thought they were only about 10 days. (-: I feel much better now that I can categorize the recent hot spell as part of Dog Days.

    Next animal event: when the dragonflies come out, autumn is on its way.

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    1. Hi Miki, My daughter, Shauna was an E S L teacher in Hokkaido in the 1980s, she had a wonderful time there and made friends who came to her wedding ten years later. She was learning the Tea Ceremony from them. She was very happy there.

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      1. Oooh, Margaret’s daughter Shauna must have been one of the pioneers! I started working in Hokkaido in 1992, I think it was. (-: Very small town called Takinoue, but she may have heard of it. It’s a gorgeous island, and the people are very kind and warm-hearted.

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  11. Hi Jenny. I have a Sheltie who insists on sunbathing even when the temperature oozes past 95 degrees. She stretches out in a hot patch of sun, even though she has a fur coat, which says a lot about my Sheltie’s intellect or lack thereof.

    This summer is my Summer of Crusie. A friend of mine told me to read one of your books, and now I can’t get enough of your work. I’m living in terror that I’ll finish reading all of your books, soon. Which means I’ll have to start begging you for a new one. Expect the begging to begin sometime in mid-August.

    Until then, I’m delighted to have found your blog. Sending grateful hugs for your wonderful books. I love them all!

    🙂 Lynn

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  12. I am a happy clam. The cold front came through last night and instead of being 88-90 and unbearably humid, it is now in the low 70’s and dry. Lovely!

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