Popularly believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies” – Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.
We are having said “dog days” here in St. Louis and many other parts of the midwest and south. Today it hit 105 degrees, and it was something like the 6 or 7 day where the temp was over 100. Languid is the perfect word to describe the feeling around here.
We really can’t complain too much–especially if the heat wave breaks soon. We had a mild summer up until the recent hot spell. But after several days of severe heat and the need to be inside most of the time, the kids are going crazy. Just when you think it might feel ok outside (like at night), you open the door and are greeted by a humid stickiness that makes you run to the car as fast as you can to get the AC going.
Despite the hot weather, we have been busy with a number of things. The grandparents were here from Texas for the last 5 days. The kids were happy to have some time with them, and we enjoyed seeing them too. On Friday, we split up our group and Mark, Granddaddy, and Calvin went to the Science Center while Grandmommy, Evangeline, Nevin, Charis, and I headed to the Magic House. With the temps this high, our wonderful free zoo was out of the question!
To beat the heat, we took the older kids to the bargain theater on Saturday while Charis stayed with Grandmommy and Granddaddy. It was nice for me to enjoy a movie with Evangeline without Charis crawling all over me. We saw Nancy Drew while Mark and the boys saw Spider Man 3.
I know Nancy Drew got some bad reviews, but I really liked it. I thought it was true to the overall feeling of the books. The books never claimed to be “high fiction.” They are just plain fun mysteries geared toward girls 7 – 12 years old. The movie didn’t have that bratty teeneybopper movie feel that you get from so many of the Teen Disney shows. It was much more wholesome. That’s probably why it got bad reviews!
We also went to a “meet & greet” cookout at a local park Monday night for the new 3rd grade teacher at the kids’ new school. While I didn’t enjoy the aforementioned heat, it was nice to meet a few school families since we are new to the school, too.
As always, we’re in the midst of transition at our house. The older children are getting ready to head to their new school in a little more than 10 days. Charis will be returning to her pre-school from last year right after Labor Day. Mark and I are looking for ways to improve our vocational situation, which involves some swapping around of responsibilities and a certain level of stress. If you think of it, please pray for us that we would treat each other kindly as we deal with cabin fever from the heat wave and all the transitions of life.