Okay, so we have all heard the phrase “the dog days of Summer” but what does it mean and are we there yet?

Here’s what I found:

“In the summer, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.”

With record heat and drought this summer, I think it’s safe to say we have arrived. SO: It’s time to get creative about making the most of our fair city. Have you experienced Barton Springs at 6 AM or 9 PM? I played a luxurious game of scrabble beside the Springs the other night with a good friend and, between dips, felt cool to the bone. And let’s not forget the spillway first thing in the morning. I go there with my dog, Libby, who is always up for a swim. Where do you go?