Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

August 17th, 2016 Country Decor, Summer

When you use the term “the dog days of summer,” you’re actually quoting the classics.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used the term to describe the hottest time of the year, a period in late July close to the day when the star Sirius – AKA the “dog star” – would appear to rise just before the sun.

“If you go back even as far as Homer, The Iliad, it’s referring to Sirius as Orion’s dog rising, and it describes the star as being associated with war and disaster,” author and astronomer Jay B. Holberg told National Geographic last year. Continue Reading

7 Simple Tips For Enjoying A Summer Holiday At Home

May 18th, 2016 Summer

Years ago, if you told someone you were planning a “staycation,” they wouldn’t have known what you were talking about.

Now the term is everywhere –even the Oxford Dictionary of English. In fact, these days there’s no shame in enjoying a holiday at home.

Here are a few simple tips for getting just as much enjoyment from a stay-home holiday this summer as you would from a trip to the beach, the woods, or the big city. Continue Reading