The Richmond Register

July 17, 2013

Dog Days are upon us!

Rose Miller
Columnist

RICHMOND —

This is the lazy part of summer for some; however, not so for the serious vegetable gardeners among us.

In my first book, “Tales from the Hills and Hollers of Eastern Kentucky,” I proclaimed that my mom and her children tended a vegetable garden the size of a football field. Now, I know that was my perception as a child, but it really was quite large. The garden and orchard were eventually sold for two house plots.

The 15th of July through the first week of August are commonly called “Dog Days.”  

In generations past, these were the sultry days of summer believed to be evil times when dogs became mad, and other creatures became languid and dangerous to approach.

Folklore has it that these were oppressive days of hot temperatures, which brought on fevers, odd maladies and mental hysteria among the weak-minded.

However, in Kentucky’s mountainous area of my childhood, Mommy would just warn us to be extra careful – just in case there was a morsel of truth on the plate of yesterday’s foreboding.

As for my thoughts on the forewarnings of “Dog Days,” I am in full agreement with one stanza of Robert Browning’s 1841 poem called “Pippa Passes:”

        “The Lark’s on the wing;

         The snail’s on the thron;

         God’s in His heaven –

         All’s right with the world!”

Actually, all may not be right with the world, but this gal has lived long enough to know that a person can choose to have peace among conflict, by rooting themselves in God’s written word.

Remember, there will be a basic health screening from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday in the Tates Creek Baptist Church parking lot, 1255 Boonesboro Road.

The church, in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University nursing program, will be providing a health fair to the people on the north side of the county. However, anyone may attend the clinic free of charge and will not be turned away. Basic health screenings will be provided for children and adults alike.

Kudos goes out to Tates Creek Baptist Church congregation for their love and concern for our community.

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the community is invited to bring their children to the parking lot of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 3085 Lexington Road, for an entire day carnival-style vacation Bible school.

       Your children will hear the wonderful good news of God’s love through Bible-story teaching, but everything will be in keeping with the theme, “Everyone’s Day of Fun.”

       The foods will be in accordance with a carnival atmosphere. There will be popcorn, snow cones, pizza and much more. I am told the real fun thing will be the water-slide. All children are welcome.

        You know, the northern end of the county is a good place to live and visit, thanks to the state park’s swimming pool, miniature golfing, camping grounds, White hall Historic Site and the many wonderful churches to serve that serve the Madison County populace. Why not drive out and partake in our wonderful amenities.

        Another reminder, Madison Christian Church is holding vacation Bible school this week through Thursday night. Check with the church for more information. This is another concerned congregation of people who love the Lord and strive to serve their community with many annual programs, the most famous being the Christmas dinner for the needy.

       Okay! The old saying was sent in by Susan Macafee. It reads: “A green Christmas and a warm, sunshiny day means a full graveyard for the coming year. A cold, snowy Christmas Day means an empty graveyard for the coming year.” Thanks, Susan!

         If you have an old saying, sign or cure, contact me by calling 527-0411 or e-mailing me at karenquinn@roadrunner.com with your nugget of knowledge from yesteryear. All special days, church and community events are welcome as well.

          Until next week, may God bless you and yours.