It’s Definitely The Dog Days of Summer and The Mystery Vine

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It’s Definitely The Dog Days of Summer and The Mystery Vine

Our Dog River sweating it out on the back patio!
Our Dog River sweating it out on the back patio!

Happy Sunday Evening Ya’ll, 

Wow it’s been a long two-week hiatus but a festive whirlwind of birthday celebrations so I’m not going to complain no way it’s been fun!    So exciting news our patio is done out back it has been an all summer long project so I can’t wait to blog about the before and after and all that…I am so looking forward to it.

But today I have to confess the heat of the dog days of summer is just getting me down lately.  It’s just too hot and humid here in North Carolina but I have been committed to getting my walking done everyday so you should just see the looks the dog gives me when I start walking in the living room…he’s like seriously?  LOL!  The chickens are so tired of the heat so I have been feeding them cold watermelon, grapes, and even pineapple just about any cold scraps we have in the house.   We also mist the woods where they are tucked in and they don’t like the misting but they always take dust baths when we are done.

The bees have been fanning on the front of the hives and our dog River doesn’t stay outside too long these days.  We are all done that’s it…yeah fall sounds great about now.   My husband told me that this Tuesday night is going to be the first night in the last 60 days where the temperatures are going to dip under 70 and that it was some sort of record so that is noteworthy.  It’s funny because I remember saying last year during the summer that it was so wet and this year I have been saying it’s so hot.  At least once summer is over we don’t remember much more than that!

The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).  (

Why do we call them the Dog Days of Summer anyway?  I found out at National Geographic News that the dog days of summer is more about the alignment of stars than my dog sweating it out on the patio….but it’s a great picture anyway to read more click here.

So this week I am going to be cooking up some of my pepper mustard which many of my friends enjoy as Christmas gifts and we have not made it for the last two years. Tonight we are going out to a very special birthday dinner kind of a farm to table event at a local restaurant which I will be sharing about soon.

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Check out our mystery vine out back

Also check out this mystery vine does anyone have a guess on what it could be?  The Viking thinks it’s a tromboncino squash but I am hoping for a pumpkin, butternut or some other surprise but no matter what I hope it’s tasty eating.  Definitely comment if you have a guess!  We also our going to get out in the garden some this week and start planting some of our fall crops.  Fall in Coastal North Carolina is one of my favorite seasons and since we can garden during three seasons in our gardening zone 8b it is pretty exciting!

I wish you all a beautiful week until next time!  Blog posts to come on my birthday dinner and our DIY:  Patio so stay tuned!


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4 thoughts on “It’s Definitely The Dog Days of Summer and The Mystery Vine

  1. From what I can see the new patio looks mighty good!! Better job than would be done here!! Been hot and humid here in southern Ontario too, the fans have been going all day every day. Tonight is the first night in a long while I won’t be running the fan on the furnace to pull cooler air around the place. Going down to 11C-13C tonight(How’s your math on the conversion??) I will be leaving the windows open to cool the house down as much as I can before the next round of heat. It’s been very dry here and the darn squirrels have stolen a few of my tomatoes.. 🙁 Stay cool there!!

    1. Christine I am the world’s worst mathematician LOL! That is awesome that you are getting cool air as long as it’s not too cool too soon right? I have been thinking about you lately for some reason. I know my blog has been slow but it will pick up again as we travel less and then I will start blogging about all the stuff we did all summer ha ha! Thank you for visiting I value your readership more than you know!

  2. Karen, the patio is looking great! I can’t wait to see more photos of the DIY. During all of these scorching-hot days, I keep telling myself “It’s better than driving through 8″ of snow and freezing my face off every time I go outside.” That will happen all too soon!

    1. Thank you Julie! I agree I would much rather be hot and muggy then be out in the freezing cold…the patio has turned out nice…I was really hoping for a beautiful weekend to take photos but it looks like we are going to get a hurricane LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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