It’s a tradition that I write an annual DOG DAYS column. It began when I was editor of the employee newsletter at the Independent-Mail.  Decades later, I’m still at it. My husband and I are moving during these hottest, most miserable weeks of the year. Don’t misunderstand. We are MIGHTY thankful. It’s just poetic justice!

As a reminder: Dog Days, (not for the faint of heart) are defined as the hot, sultry period between mid-July and September, a time of stagnation or lessened activity which arises because the Dog star (Sirius) rises and sets with the sun. THIS year, we have a SOLAR ECLIPSE on top of the DOG!

But what is this about LESSENED ACTIVITY?

We have had a multitude of workers finishing our house, among them a hearty crew of landscape pavers preparing our driveway. In this unbearable, relentless heat, they have been faithful and diligent in finishing the job on deadline. By working with such JOY, it makes us appreciate them all the more.

Consider the millions of employees working in the DOG DAY heat. No lessened activity for them. Farmers are among these hardworking souls. How do they do it?  We can gain a lot of insight from their own words.

Advice from An Old Farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense. (Author unknown).



~From the desk of Becky Morlok~

Copyright © 2017 ~ The C3 Connection. All rights reserved.

In loving memory of our sweet granddog, Miles.

(2007 – 2017)

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