You know the dog days of summer. Those steamy, hot days where it feels like summer might drag on forever. While the ancient Romans established the dog days as the period pretty much between 10 July and 10 August (having nothing to do with actual dogs, of course, but rather Sirius, the “dog star”), I think many of us think of the term mostly during August. August has always seemed like the hottest month, the heaviest-feeling month in the summer, and as such might be my least favorite month.
Not this year! We’ve had a spectacular August and are now on our second spell of cool weather. Cool enough to not need the air conditioning at all. (In fact, we wouldn’t need even the fans we use if our danged living room had opening windows in it! Curse those big ol’ fixed slabs of glass!)
Cool enough for positively delightful sleeping. (Lows the last couple of nights have actually been down in the 50s. Ahhh….)
And rain. We’ve had a bit of rain! Now I understand that for many folks, rain may not seem like something to cheer about, but we live in the high desert (a fact that’s easy to overlook since everything is lush and green thanks to an almost universal “secondary water” sprinkler systems) and have the dubious distinction of being the second driest state in the nation. So rain is a very good thing!
The cooler weather has given a delightful hint of fall to come. And fall brings all kinds of fun things.
First, school starts. And Avila is joining the crowd by starting in at the Happy Panda two days a week. We all went to a pre-school open house on Saturday and she had an absolute blast checking everything out. Guess we’ll be learning some basic Mandarin as well, just so we can help reinforce what she’s learning.
Then, on Saturday the 6th, our Rec Center’s annual Dog-a-pool-ooza will be happening. Yankee looks forward to this every year! (Oh, okay, maybe it’s David who looks forward to it; Yankee doesn’t seem to have a very good sense of the calendar.) Yankee does have a blast, though, and we’re hoping to take Avila this year too. A good time to be had by all!!
Tomatoes are going crazy, peaches are ripening on the tree, apples are starting to show the first blushes of color….
So, what’s going on in your corner of the world as the summer winds down?