1. July already. The dog days of summer. Do you know the origin of that expression? It doesn't really have too much to do with dogs. It centers on a bit of Greek mythology as do so many astronomical expressions. The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. So now you know. Have a great summer and stay cool.
2. I was finally, FINALLY, getting to the point where the last of the wood from the May 2018 storm was cut, split and stacked. Then the other morning I awakened to another mess in my back yard. Back to square one!! There were so many years when I scrambled around scouting out sources of firewood so I would have to buy any and now I'm up to my eyeballs in the stuff. When all is said and done I'll have three years worth stockpiled at which time I will be very nearly 80. Seems like a good time to put my wood-burning days behind me and convert my wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. I'm all set up for gas for our new whole house generator so it won't be difficult.