Week notes are operating on summer time. This one decided to show up.
We’re dog sitting for a couple weeks and I said something to Ellie I think after a hot walk about the dog days of summer. Michelle asked what that even meant. I had no idea either.
So today I learned⸻(waves hands) on the internet⸻that the dog days of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) are the 20 days before and after the alignment of Sirius, a.k.a. Dog Star, the brightest star in our night sky, with our sun, the brightest star in our day sky.
Sirius is a part of the constellation Canis Major, a very big dog.
There you go.
This is all not to be confused with Dogstar, the band in which Keanu Reeves played bass.
As far as the meaning people often assign to the “dog days of summer”, yes it has been hot. We had a streak of brutal highs a couple weeks ago that made even evening walks tough. We were lucky in that it still made it to the low 60s and upper 50s every night, but after a week the house just starts soaking it into its bones.
The last several days have been super nice and we’ve had very chilly nights. It’s been a good reset before this week as the heat returns.
You know it’s hot when the filtered water sitting at room temperature in your kitchen seems warm.
A’s first dolmas. He absolutely loved them!
He was a big fan of raw ginger one day recently as well. The kid has fun with his taste buds.
I should make another list of the things he’s tried. It’s basically all of them.
There’s so much else, but it’s summer. 🥃