The official start of summer was today at 6:51a.m.EDT. I don’t know about you, but time seems to be going by so quickly I’m afraid if I blink the summer will be gone.
Back in the day the summer solstice was celebrated by dancing around bonfires. Alas, here in California bonfires aren’t ecologically safe. But I don’t mind too much: so many friends our age have been injured this year just walking down the street I’d hate to think of a bunch of us dancing around a bonfire. Oh, it’s an ugly thought!
Maybe instead you want to make like an Egyptian and get up in time to see the constellation Sirius rise when the sun does on the solstice. That also coincided with the annual flooding of the Nile, one of those useless facts I picked up along the way.
For those of you who live in grey-sky climates, like our home city of Rochester, NY, well, sun’s out–finally! It’s time to get out the summer sunglasses. I found the ones in the photo up in Sonoma, CA.
We’re in a holding pattern this summer–some houseguests and then, before you know it, the end of September will be here and so will the first of our year end trips. But I don’t want to rush through these dog days (literally) of summer.
Speaking of dog days: the term used to refer to the warmest months of summer (July/August) but with climate change, almost any summer day could be a dog day, and some spring and fall days, too. Nothing to do but to chill a big pitcher of herbal iced tea and sip on it while reading a really great book. That’s my plan, too!
Speaking of Dog Days: