Favorite Activities for the Dog Days of Summer

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We are in the Dog Days of Summer!

I used to think the Dog Days were the days of August that were too hot to do anything but be lazy–like a dog. But, the Dog Days actually include almost all of July and go into September in the northern hemisphere. And it’s not just the heat of the summer that makes them Dog Days. The term comes from thousands of years ago when the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians thought Sirius (the Dog Star), which is part of the constellation Canis Major, added to the heat of the sun because it rises with the sun during that part of summer.

Whatever the background, the Dog Days now have certain activities associated with them, like lazing in a hammock; eating ice cream, watermelon, sweet corn on the cob; sipping lemonade; swimming; etc.

When I was a teenager, one of my favorite summer activities was reading long historical fiction books while sitting in the porch swing on our front porch. Now, I sit in air conditioning and eat ice cream or frozen yogurt.

For more information about the history of Dog Days, check out this website.

What are your favorite things to do when the days are long and hot?

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