I’m running a sale on Etsy for the next two days and instead of calling it “Christmas in July”, I opted for “Dog Days of Summer” as a tribute to my little Maltese, Nash, who scurries from the studio the minute I sit on my red stool. He does not like hammering! (This photo is from a couple years ago on a particulary bad hair day!)
After posting about the sale various places, I had this thought: “What if the ‘dog days’ aren’t until next month?” (It was late, I was tired…) So I went to Google and found this information on Wikipedia:
“Dog Days” (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. In the southern hemisphere they are usually between January and early March. The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather.
So…as it happens, we really are in the dog days here in Phoenix and will be til mid-October most likely…but, it’s a dry heat! And I hope you’ll stop by Metal Me This and take advantage of the sale sometime today or tomorrow. Brass and copper bead caps and etched metal sheets are on sale.