The Dog Days of Summer


In July, we consider ourselves in the “Dog Days of Summer”. It is a common expression used to describe hot and muggy days,  when the temperatures start to rise. Most people believe the phrase stems from the fact that dogs tend to be lazy and pant more during the hottest days of summer.

However, the origin comes from ancient astrology. The phrase, “The Dog Days of Summer”  is associated with the star Sirius, which is part of the constellation The Greater Dog. During these days in the summer, Sirius occupies the same region of the sky as the Sun.  Since Sirius shines with great intensity, the ancient Romans believed it omitted heat, like the Sun.

In Minnesota we want to take advantage of the hot days during our short summer season.  Nonetheless, we need to be smart when we are enjoying the summer sun and heat. Below are some tips to help beat the heat:

·  Wear a hat to shade your face
·  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
·  Drink plenty of water
·  Wear sunscreen
·  Wear a light cotton long sleeve shirt to protect your skin from the sun

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Happy Fourth of July from Copperfield Hill

flag-clip-art-american-flag-clip-art---clipart-best-23ykfyifThe Fourth of July –  also known as Independence Day, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941.  However, the history of celebrating independence goes back to the 1700’s and the American Revolution.  The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2nd, 1776.  Two days later, on July 4th, delegates from the original 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, this historic document and the birth of American independence has been celebrated ever since.  Celebrations that include readings of the Declaration of Independence, fireworks, parades, concerts, picnics and family gatherings all mark the day America declared it’s independence as a nation united.

We hope you enjoy this day with family and friends.

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