Sunday, July 25, 2010

Those Dog Days of Summer

Add caption 1947 Jimmy, Martha, Mary Post

Summertime! One has to love this time of the year...the days are long, the weather is warmer, the kids are out of school, and vacation is on the horizon. As we get further and further into the summer and the weather heats up from just warm to HOT we try to think of ways to keep ourselves cooled down.  The "Dog Days of Summer" have arrived!  This is usually the hottest, steamiest days of summer.  The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11.

What did you do to keep cool during these Dog Days.  As a child my Dog Days were filled with sprinkler time with my brothers and sisters. We also went to Manchester public pool in L.A. to cool off. Our kids spent their time much the same way either in sprinklers, with hoses, or in blow up pools with friends and/or relatives.  Many times we'd take off for the beach.  We only lived about 5 miles from the ocean so it was easy to drive down there - not as as easy to pack all the stuff, lunch and kids and friends but well worth the effort!

Mary Post Warren
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