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Sirius Condition

August 19, 2010

Between siestas

Taking this week off for vacation I expected it to be warm. Okay, hot … but over 100° each day?! Because of the heat we’ve only been able to work on our current outdoor landscaping project early in the morning, or after the sun dips behind Mt. Rubidoux … between 8am and sundown we’re hiding out indoors, making like Frito and Inky. By that I mean that we’re laying very low, sleeping even, as they do … for hours! Talk about the Dog Days of Summer …


Summer’s ‘Dog Days’ are the hottest, stickiest days of the year and are usually between early July and early September. ‘Dog Days’ also sometimes refers to a time of stagnation, a period lacking progress. Further, people think the overheated, lazy-hazy feeling of ‘Dog Days’ bears a relation to the lay-about behavior of domesticated pooches. All of these meanings have been applicable to us this week: it’s been horridly hot, our project’s progress has been hampered, and we’ve certainly been in siesta mode daily … Where’d all this doggie business come from? It was the Romans of ancient times who originated the Dog Days concept. They believed that the Dog Star, Sirius, was the cause of this lackadaisical heat-effect, brought about when the canine star got too close to the sun; and that during this period wine would go sour, and people and dogs would go mad … to get Sirius to ease up, the Romans would kill a brown dog as an appeasement sacrifice. Yikes! I’m not so heat-crazed that Frito should feel threatened but I can see where the Romans were coming from, this heat can make you a bit nutty… So, as soon as the sun hides itself again, it’s back outside. Our project’s still got a ways to go and the week’s almost up!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    August 20, 2010 1:05 am

    Soooooooo cute!!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 20, 2010 1:17 am

      Soooooo sleepy! Hi, Mary

  2. August 20, 2010 5:15 pm

    Reuben, what is the story with that chair??? It’s looking awfully lotus-like to me!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 21, 2010 4:59 am

      Well, it is Asian-inspired, but twisted by the cowhide sling … I traded an upholstered vintage slipper chair for it and think it’s awesome!

  3. August 20, 2010 11:59 pm

    I love that face!
    Congrats on the anniversary, I really enjoy your blog, it’s inspiring, informative,entertaining and the dogs are the cherry on top.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 21, 2010 12:05 am

      Thanks for the great compliment, Yolie, and thanks for your blog!

  4. sharon permalink
    August 21, 2010 3:18 pm

    I think your chair is awesome, too. But your dogs look so perfect on it, I’m not sure anyone else should ever sit there.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      August 21, 2010 3:37 pm

      Funny, the poochies feel the same way! Nice to read you, Sharon

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