Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of SUMMER are HERE!

Catherine Garner June 27, 2017 0
Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of SUMMER are HERE!


Please NOTE that this great classic summertime song starts up automatically.  If this is annoying or you are in a public place, you can stop it by turning your device’s sound off, or you can lower the volume by moving the above sound bar to the right, or you can press the Play/PAUSE button on the recording’s bar above.  Start it up again when you are in the right environment and mood for this cheery music. ENJOY!

                                

Around the world, SUMMER is mostly known as the time for “fun in the sun”, outdoor sports, vacations, holidays, festivities, and relaxation. To our farmers and gardeners, it is also a time of harvesting early crops and the time to plant the Fall/Winter crops.  In case you are curious about these days that we call SUMMER, here is a little scientific information about this season.

Summer Solstice is the solar event that defines the first day of Summer. The timing of the solstice is not based on a specific calendar date and time. It depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. This is the time at which the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky and the southernmost point in the Southern hemisphere.  At noon of the first day of Summer, the sun appears at its highest altitude above the horizon.

In the U.S., the 2017 SUMMER season officially begins with the Summer Solstice at the end of June -depending on the time zones listed below; and ends with the Fall Equinox on September 22nd 9:54 P.M. EDT.

EDT: Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 A.M.
CDT: Tuesday, June 20, 11:24 P.M.
MDT: Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 P.M.
PDT: Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 P.M.

This date marks the longest day of the year.  After this date, the days start getting “shorter”. That is the daylight hours start to decrease. Use the handy Farmers’ Almanac’s Sunrise – Sunset Calculator to determine how many hours of sunlight you get in your location.

In other parts of the world, the Summer period varies. For example, in Great Britain, the Summer season is from the middle of May to the middle of August.  In the Southern hemisphere, Summer begins around December 22.  June 21 is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

Wherever you live, SUMMER is the period of the year that is the hottest, has more sunlight hours, and falls between the Spring and Autumn seasons. Summer is a season of growth and that comes alive with butterflies, birds, wild flowers, bees, and insects. In this season, we landscape our lawns and spruce up our homes with both indoor and outdoor projects.

With the Summer sun comes a higher level of energy and inspiration for all sorts of play and work activities. So, it’s a great time to get some of those DIY projects done. Paint your house, landscape your backyard, finish that deck, or build the much needed fence.  So many possibilities!

                                                  

Then, just RELAX in your lawn chair or hammock.  Celebrate those summer improvements with an ice-cold glass of lemonade.  Close your eyes and SMILE big about your accomplishments!


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