Dog Days of Summer

As we head out of summer, I thought it would be fun to share a what I just learned about the “Dog Days of Summer” which officially come to an end this week.  This time frame coincides with the morning rise of the Dog Star, Sirius. Long ago people thought that the “combined heat” of Sirius and the Sun caused summer’s roasting temperatures. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, other than the Sun. Under the right conditions, it can even be seen with the naked eye during the day. Sirius is one star in a group of stars that form the constellation Canis Major, meaning “Greater Dog.” It’s no surprise, then, that the nickname of this big, bold star is Dog Star. To find Canis Major: Imagine a straight line through Orion’s belt. Move your eyes left (south) until you come to a very bright star—that’s Sirius, the nose of the dog. Look further south to find a triangle of stars that marks the dog’s hindquarters. I hope you enjoy a little late summer stargazing! And I hope you know I’m here if you need me for any of your real estate questions or needs!

DIY Tip for the Week
The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. Replace them by turning off the main water supply, unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of water to the spout, removing the old washer, and dropping in the new one.

Real Estate Tip of the Week
Speaking of water supplies, one of the biggest causes of home damage is water. Knowing how to TURN IT OFF, is something every homeowner should know. Find your water shutoff valve, which will be located where a water main enters your house, and ensure that every adult in your household knows where it is and how to close it. You may even want to put a little oil on the valve stem to make sure it’ll work when you need it to. I found a great quick guide to water shut off from the good folks at The Spruce. Read it here.

Words of Wisdom
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. Henry James

August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor. Henry Rollins

My ideal summer day was reading on the porch. Harold E. Varmus

Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity. Henry Rollins

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you. Langston Hughes

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