Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer…? Where did that saying come from? I’ve always considered it the hottest time during the summer months. Not real sure what that had to do with dogs, but… What about you?

Well, I did a little digging and found out where the saying originated…well, according to Google anyway.

It coincides with the year’s rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Older folks believed that the combined rising of the sun and of the Dog Star produced more heat and thereby caused midsummer’s extreme steaminess. While it is 2nd in brightness to the sun, this notion is not actually true, though. Sirius does not influence the weather in that way. But, for ancient Egyptians, Sirius did appear just before the Nile’s flood season so they used this event as an indicator to be on the look out for floods!

Sirius is a part of a group of stars that form the constellation Canis Major, meaning “Greater Dog”. So, not a surprise that this star is also known as Dog Star.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Dog Days of Summer are traditionally 40 days long – July 3 until August 11.

So, while the heat and humidity we experience during the Dog Days of Summer has nothing to do with Dog Star…it’s still dang hot!

A Day in the Life of…Chickens

I’ve wanted chickens for a while now. Not real sure why. I thought it would be neat to have them and have fresh eggs. (Not interested in fresh fried chicken!)

Well, my husband did some research and found a chicken breed he liked and ordered some. Via mail. Mail? I never knew chickens would ship via the US Postal Service!! When they arrived at the Post Office, off I go to collect the little boogers. They were all in 2 red and white boxes that were taped together. Chirping away. I sign for them and the lady wishes me good luck with them. It’s our first rodeo with chickens so I appreciate all the well wishes I can get!

They sit up front with me on the ride home chirping away. I chat with them the whole way home. By the way…chickens have their own special scent. Sigh.

We arrive home safely. I enlist the help of my daughter and the little girl she babysits to remove the chicks from their boxes and place them in their new home (a big ol’ rubbermaid bin). We were expecting about 16 or 17 chicks. We got 23! All made it through shipping just fine. But 23!?!

We have done pretty well with them…no casualties thank God. My husband is in the final stages of completing their Chicken Coop. So thankful since they have been on my back porch for a couple of weeks now. Did I mention that chickens have their own special scent??

Burlap Crosses

Welcome!

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GINGER HEARTS IS A TRIBUTE TO MY SWEET LITTLE FAMILY.  I AM EXCITED FOR YOU TO JOIN ME IN THIS JOURNEY! 

I AM VENTURING OUTSIDE OF MY BOX A BIT AND EMBRACING SOME CREATIVE JUICES! I AM FASHIONING BEAUTIFUL (AND CUSTOMIZABLE) BURLAP CROSSES USING VINTAGE JEWELRY AND EVEN FLORAL ACCENTS IN SOME. BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PINS, BARETTS, SCARVES, AND HATS ARE AVAILABLE.

I AM THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO INCLUDE SOME FABULOUS SKIN CARE PRODUCTS, TOO – ALYWILLOW. I WAS INTRODUCED TO ALYWILLOW IN 2017 AND FELL COMPLETELY IN LOVE! MADE ENTIRELY FROM PLANTS WITH BIO-AVAILABLE NUTRIENTS FROM THE FIRST TIME YOU USE IT! I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO GO THROUGH ALYWILLOW’S INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM SO I CAN OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THESE PRODUCTS TOO! LET ME BE YOUR PERSONAL ASSISTANT IS LEARNING HOW YOU CAN BE CHEMICAL-FREE TOO!