BEATING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER 2019
The 2019 summer heat waves and drought stretched the traditional 40-day “Dog Days of summer” well into late October here in the Chattanooga Valley. During the days of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, when people used the night sky to track the seasons, Sirius, the Dog Star, appeared at the time of the expected onset of the hottest season of the solar year.
After two previous summers with reasonable summer temperatures and rainfall, we were challenged to beat the prolonged Dog Days at St Francis Cottage. Here’s the countdown on how we survived:
Took a stroll across the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge
Chilled with our favorite (and only) dog
Savored the sweet fragrance of ginger lilies as they bloomed in August-September
Tried coconut milk soup for the first time at our favorite Thai Restaurant – so delicious!
Discovered that the “girls” have begun laying!
Stopped to observe a butterfly on a late-blooming zinnia
Stopped to admire the Spider Lilies as they bloomed in mid-September
Ran into old and new friends at a downtown concert, rocked out at a Woodstock commemorative concert, and spent a few Saturday nights at Riverside nights
|Wallace, Morris Thuku (Kenya), Nancy, & a student from |
Tennessee Institute of Information Technology(TIIT)-THUKU School (KENYA)
|"The Pool" playing at Songbirds North Stage|
Hosted a “Women of Hutton Legal – Tour of the World Lock-In Party” at St Francis Cottage with the best co-workers ever!
| Nancy, Caren, Brenda, Sue, Gabby, Taylor, Megan, Sydney,|
(Janette was not able to attend due to illness)
Visited with the most amazing SFC guests!!
|Visiting family playing Corn Hole|
FAMILY FIRST DAYS
Fall 2019 brought “first days” for all our family members, which we found fun and amusing!
Grandsons Jayvin and Jersey at their first day of a moms-out program:
|E-man & Big Guy|
Granddaughters Grace and Amelia on their first days of 5th and 3rd grade at their French Immersion School in Canada:
|Grace & Amelia|
Son-in-law Phil’s first day in his new office building in downtown Winnipeg:
|(Not sure what the Spritz truck is all about)|
Daughter Hannah eating a carrot on her way to her first day as a music teacher at the Freedom International School:
Our son, Michael, starting law school in August.
NOVEMBER EVENTS IN CHATTANOOGA
Friday, Nov. 1 – Saturday, Nov. 2
Free – Chattanooga Riverpark
Saturday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 3
Free – Ross’s Landing Downtown Chattanooga
Saturday, Nov. 2 to Nov 30 – 11:15 am
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Saturday, Nov 9 – 6pm-9pm
First TN Pavilion downtown Chattanooga
Saturday, Nov 23
50th Anniversary of “Abbey Road”
The Signal - 6:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 24
First TN Pavilion - Chattanooga Market
Saturday, December 7
Southside Chattanooga - Free