I finally figured out what the saying “dogs days of summer” means.
It means the dogs are living like royalty! They have a 24/7 fresh water baby pool, nice mowed lawn to lay on, a splash pad on demand, shade from the trees to keep them cool, butterflies and grasshoppers to chase, an air conditioned house for tv time, and extra food at dinner because of all the activity. So really August is all about the dog!
Starting In August I spend many mornings going out to the garden right before sunrise to hunt the large bumble bees, you know those large bumblers that are yellow and black, and super cute. I usually will find them sleeping either on the sunflower heads, or on the leaves of the sunflowers.
This year I have only seen Bob and Brenda the bumblers a few times, they appeared in early spring, staying thru May and early June, then off they went. I’m thinking they may have gone on a bumbler vacation as they did not return again.
I am looking for them, so I can take their annual portrait, I am a collector of sunflower photos, and want to include Bob and Brenda in as many photos as I can get of the two of them enjoying just being a bee!
Today I found many pollinators, and a few bees, however Bob and Brenda must be in another flower patch in the area.
However I did find a few nice sunflowers for my virtual collection, as they don’t require any water, and I can enjoy them all year.
I will keep everyone updated as the summer lingers on, if Bob and Brenda every circle back and get their 2022 portrait taken!
The big news is this weekend I am getting ready to start canning a few things.
Because the Palisade Peaches and green chilis that are now ready in my area, I am going to put up 12 jars of Peach salsa.
While the salsa jars are boiling, I am going to seal-a meal my whole Olathe Sweet Corn. I was fortunate enough this weekend to attend the Olathe Sweet Corn festival, and I got my hands on about 2 dozen ears of fresh picked corn.
Somewhere during all this kitchen canning and freezing I need to find time to mow the lawn, so the dogs can enjoy the fresh cut grass, and I also need to clean the baby pool, so their water is kept crystal clear !
Enjoy these dogs days, as we all know it doesn’t last forever, only in our hearts.