According to the Almanac, “the term Dog Days traditionally refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat.” I believe that we are definitely in the middle of that time period. Only, I think it started early, somewhere in March this year. But my husband and I have plans to keep our sanity with a little “staycation”.
It is doubtful that anyone’s vacation plans are normal this year, but what about 2020 is normal? I hear that RV’s are in short supply this summer because these “hotel rooms on wheels” offer people the ability to drive wherever, sleep in a single bed, and prepare meals all while remaining socially distant. We have looked into renting one, and while we won’t be on the road in a motorhome this time, we haven’t ruled it out for our next vacation.
We started a “Staycation” on Wednesday and will end it Tuesday of next week, so when this is published, we will be enjoying activities in our area. I am excited about it. Part of that excitement is that my husband made the list of events--that shows you how ready he is for some time off work! My husband usually travels a lot for his job but hasn’t been any where since March. I think he’s going a little stir crazy (but aren’t we all?).
Our staycation activities will include: some golfing (which I haven’t done in 15 years…watch out worms!), a sunset dinner cruise, a day at Universal Studios in Orlando, and hopefully a trip to Shy Wolf Sanctuary—an animal sanctuary and (people) education center located in Naples, FL. We are on the waiting list for that one and hoping to see these canines during these “dog days”. Fingers crossed. As for our dogs, Rosy and Bella, a staycation means that we have more leisure (pool) time with them and they don’t have to be boarded. Double win!
As for my cross stitch projects, I’m hoping to do some major work on my “Rub-A-Dub-Dub Penguins” WIP. I have set a new goal to finish it by the end of August. This means the Tardis and my Christmas wreath projects have been set aside for now. I plan to have my “Pretend it’s Friday” work framed in August and hang it up just outside my home office. I have decided to make that my cross stitch wall.
How is your summer, 2020 going? Share your plans--big or little! I may steal your idea for our next vacation! We are half way through these Dog Days of Summer, and almost three quarters through 2020. I don’t like to wish my life away, so I will take my mental health break and enjoy my staycation.
Have a great week and check back next week—I may have some pictures from our Staycation.
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