Weekend Waterview: The Dog Days of Summer


Dog Days:

1. The hot, sultry days of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises in the constellation Canis Major.


2. A period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.


We’re feeling lethargic in the Dog Days of Summer and it’s dog gone hot and dry here.


Our lake level is down 5 feet from full pond and our county has we’ve moved into the severe drought category in North Carolina.


Our lowest step on our dock hasn’t been exposed and out of the water since 2008, the last time we had extreme drought conditions.


Chloe’s trying to understand why she can’t play her favorite game of Paw, Splash, Drink, Repeat  . . .


And wondering where all the water went.


Gracie says, “Lethargy is my middle name and it’s kinda relaxing to sit and listen to the waves lapping against the shore.”




Hope you’re finding ways to survive the dog days of summer. . .


We’re keeping our paws crossed for a good steady rain or a pop up thunderstorm or two. :)


Are you hot and dry too or has it been raining cats and dogs where you are?

Dog Days of Summer

Happy Sunday!

  33 comments for “Weekend Waterview: The Dog Days of Summer

  1. Ellen Stillabower
    August 16, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Sorry to hear you are having a bad drought..we on the other hand are finally drying out!! The rain is good but we had way too much and if you see how dull the flowers and greenery look, I think too much of the nutrients have been washed from the soil. Sometimes there is no happy medium..hopefully, things will turn around. Meanwhile, we are working outside early to avoid the heat, then we head inside to the air condtioning, then when the sun starts going down, back out to the screened in porch!! Have a great Sunday!! From one of your pics, looks like a storm was off in the distance..😍😎😍🌳🌾🌾⛅️☁️💦☔️💨☀️☀️

  2. Michelle
    August 16, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Yes, toooo much rain! Our lake looking good! We are trying to go back to summer storms here in Fl.☔️

  3. Jan
    August 16, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Unfortunately we are praying for rain where I’m at. Leaves are falling from trees it’s so dry, grass is brittle, and we pulled out kayaks around the river yesterday rather than paddle. It is hot (90), it’s humid, and Fall can’t come soon enough for me🍂
    I absolutely loved the Dog Days and the pictures of Chloe & Gracie! If only we knew how to write in dogese!

  4. Kim
    August 16, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I heard on our local news that Lake Lanier here is almost five feet low, too, but it is a huge body of water. It was over 20 feet low a few years ago when we were in a severe drought. It looked awful. Our front yard that we do not water because it would cost a mere fortune is looking bad from lack of rain, but it looks like we have a lot on the way this week. I will send it your way. :)

  5. August 16, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Your pups are so cute! Drought can be so trying…we had record rainfall in the Spring then it dried up and we’ve only had one little shower in almost two months. Sigh, everything is burnt to a crisp and the daily watering of plants is wearing me down. Hurry Fall!

  6. August 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

    We were having severe drought conditions a couple of years ago. We’ve had rain all Summer, with flooding this year. I think we have caught up, but it has taken awhile.

    I love these photos. I always enjoy your lake and pups.

  7. August 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

    such cute shots, it may be hot and sultry, but all i see is refreshing water which i would submerge myself in and breath through a straw until the chill of winter hit :-)

  8. August 16, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I am SO over summer. Done. Finito. We have had 105-107 temps for over a month. Humidity so high you can hardly catch a breath. NO rain for over a month. Our lake levels as low as Chloe’s. All of my plants are burned to a crisp. Even if u water them everyday, they just can’t take the heat. SO. OVER. SUMMER.
    Yearning for crisp cool days…but alas, here in Deep South, we won’t feel that till end of sept. How dare Hobby Lobby put all that fall stuff out already!
    (Your dock looks exactly like ours!!)

  9. August 16, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hot, dry and 90+ degree days for months now here in Oregon! We did have a slight reprieve Friday night…a tiny spit of rain…at least the dust settled a bit. This is unusual for us…for the first time I am actually looking forward to the end of summer!

  10. SevenSprings
    August 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

    The picture of your husband sitting on the dock and gazing wistfully at the lake is just great. The dog is very puzzled. You really do take great photos Mary.
    Here in central Ohio summers can bring anything from tornados, hail and drought with scorching temperatures. At present it is a balmy 80 deg. With a possibly of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Allergies abound!
    I am so not looking forward to winter, but love autumn in all its glory.

  11. Martha
    August 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Our house is on Clear Lake and you’ve probably heard of the fires going on here. Luckily the winds have been in our favor. With everything so dry and with the drought we would love to see some rain.

  12. Debbie
    August 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Hot and dry herein Utah. Seems everyone around us gets a little rain but not my house. Praying for rain for us both.

  13. kathi
    August 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Awww, thank you for sharing Chloe and Gracie. Those girls are just too darn cute! Are they litter mates? We here in GA are extremely dry, however, we are supposed to get some rain this coming week….I will try to push them your way!

  14. Virginia
    August 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks for the adorable Dog Days photos. Here in Northern North Carolina we have had sufficient rain. It is a beautiful day in Hertford on the Perquimans River. We are sailors and have had wonderful weather for enjoyable sails on the River recently. Nothing like watching the water go by from my screened porch. Have a great day.

  15. Sue
    August 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    So enjoyed your photos of your hubby, Chloe and Gracie…pictures worth a thousand words.
    Unfortunately, we are experiencing lots of smoke and fires in Idaho now. Very greatful for the firefighters and all supporting them…

  16. Paula
    August 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Looks so peaceful on the lake, and your pups always make me giggle !

    June and first of July was wet here, but now we surely could use some rain!

    Have a super day

  17. August 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    It’s dog gone hot and dry here in Texas and we haven’t had any rain in weeks. I’m sure hoping we get some soon.
    Your pictures and captions were so adorable, Mary. I hope you’ll receive a rain gift from Mother Nature very soon.
    Happy Sunday!

  18. August 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    It is very hot and humid here for the time being…our trade winds have left us in the wake of Hurricane-turned-Tropical-Storm-Hilda that at the last minute decided to not pass over land (thank G–) but dumped lots of rain on our island…for which I am very grateful…our year-to-date rain gauge is beginning to catch up to what is our usual normal…not quite there yet, but fairly close!

  19. August 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    LOVE the pic of the tail in motion Mary:@) We’re warm and humid but have gotten intermittent good soaking rains, so all is as well as can be in August in Philly!

  20. August 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Talk about a picture is worth a thousand words Mary! Your photos certainly portrayed the sadness and frustration your family is feeling in this time of drought~ I wish I could send some rain your way, we had buckets full all day on the coast yesterday and much the same today~ It’s also been a cool 75 and breezy, definitely not August weather on the Alabama Gulf Coast, but I appreciate every cool breeze and rain drop. I will do a major rain dance for you, seeing your beautiful lake recede is heart breaking…

  21. August 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Just returned from a few days in Santa Fe where it was delightfully cool with the occasional thunderstorm in the late afternoon. Sad to see your lake down. Our early summer rains have helped restore our lake levels. It was a treat to see them from the sky today as we flew into Austin. They have been drastically low for years. In fact, I was doubtful I’d ever see them full again.
    Stay cool!

  22. August 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Hoo Baby! I feel like I am in the Rainmaker movie with Burt and Kathrine…. Been a very long time since California has had rain of any sort of usefulness. I guess we are burning up all over the state. Can’t see the Sierras……… And low lakes, Ugg Uggg UGGGGG! Our lawn is gone, as is most every ones, we covered ours up in 9″ thick chips. And planting, with drip, ceanothos and manzanita and other drought tolerant non thirsty natives. It is Epic. I am now hearing “El Nino” everywhere, let us pray for the weather child or Burt’s magic drum………………..

  23. August 16, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Lake still looks good to me! Hot here in SoCal. More fires that not! In every direction. Temps as high as 106. Unless you consider Palm Springs which is almost 120. And no ran in sight. We will see what El Nino does. But watch the news in Feb. All those areas that burned will be sliding down the hills!! More pictured for the lake!! I feel cooler just looking at them

  24. Melissa Leach
    August 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    My husband, daughter and I had lunch yesterday at the Rusty Rudder on Lake Norman. It’s sad to see the lake so low. I didn’t realize Lake Norman was in a severe drought category. Seeing the LKN makes me believe it!!!

  25. Stephanie
    August 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Totally understand if you can’t give away your location but are you on Lake Norman? We have friends who just moved there. Beautiful place!

    • August 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Stephanie, Yes, we are! It’s prettier when there’s water in the pond :)

      • Stephanie
        August 19, 2015 at 4:32 am

        Very nice! Just love your blog. I have a bichon poodle mix and get a kick out of your doggies too :)

  26. August 18, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Hot, hot, hot and dry, dry, dry….We had one good rain last week, for a short while….I noticed Jordan Lake is down too…We remain on water restrictions since the last big drought many years ago. Hope Chloe can do her Paw, Splash, Drink, repeat soon!…

  27. Tricia
    August 21, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I’m in Eastern Kansas and the lake we go to in Missouri was 21 feet high at the beginning of July. We went at the end of July and it was still 14 feet high and we had to use a John boat to get our stuff to the dock because the water was past the end of the walkway and it was about five feet deep right there! We went again in August and it was down enough to use the walkway. They have been letting it out but it is a Corp of Engineers lake so they monitor it as it goes into another lake that was high also. I have loved this wet summer- we are starting to dry out now and have a few patches of dry grass. But my plants have done so well with the wet spring. I hope you get some rain soon- we have had dry summers the past four or so, so this is a welcome relief. The temperatures are high though and it is very humid so that isn’t fun. Love the dogs on the dock. They are adorable.

  28. Pam Schrantz
    October 6, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Mary, are you and your family safe? My prayers are with the folks of S. Carolina!

    • October 6, 2015 at 4:56 am

      Hi Pam, We’re fine and only received a fraction of the rain that Charleston and Columbia got. Thank you for your concern :)

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