Some Facts About August
August 1, 2017 6:36am CST
Today is Swiss National Day and it's a holiday here. Most people is already vacationing, the next 15 days will be particularly quiet and peaceful. Talking about August, the flowers of the month are the gladiolus and poppy. The birthstones are also two: The Peridot, a green stone, that is believed to instill power and the Spinel, a bright red stone, that is said to protect the owner from harm and sadness. In the USA August is the month that has the highest birth rate; in the UK it is September. In Sweden August is the month for eating crayfish. Our Ikea store will host the delicious annual Crayfish Buffet. Today is hot and we have a warning for a heat wave that should last until Sunday. Is it hot, cool or average in your area? The photo is last year "Ikea Crayfish Buffet.
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It's still rainy season here. The month of August in this country is known as the month of suffering and poverty. Don't know exactly what the history is but I think it has something to do with agriculture. It's the lean month with very little harvest.
the weather bureau recently made an announcement that the rainy season is here now; however, it is still so hot during daytime. nice buffet of crayfish, if that is one of our viands/dishes here, i can eat a plateful with just a scoop of that seafood.
• Genova, Italy
August: the eighth (8th) month of the year. One time It had 30 days. After, the Emperor Augustus (hence, its name "August") added one day, subtracting by February. July and August, in fact are the only adjacent months by the year with 31 days. For me, a month that I hope will pass quickly. Too hot, temperature-record! I'm almost forced to go to the beach every day, even unwillingly! In the evening, always I have my shower with lukewarm water, and after, rinse in the cold. This because I want to take away the heat from my body, accumulated during the day.
Thank you for the story of the month of August. We are under a heat wave, I showered three times yesterday to try to cool down. Tomorrow I am going to spend some time in the mall, where there is the air conditioning. I hope that August will finish quickly.
• Genova, Italy
@LadyDuck Yes, this year, that's terrible! In Firenze today is foreseen a temperature about 50 ° C! Here a Genova, however, it is not much better. My dear friend Angelo would gift to me an air conditioner, but I did not want it! It is noisy, absorbs energy and then, when the heat ceases, it becomes cumbersome and unused item.
• United States
@LadyDuck yeah prying open something so small, requiring tenacity and skill is too much for me also, which is why I gave up on those small tea neck clams, same problem: opening them little suckers ! What is the salmon smoked with hickory or mesquite ?
@enlightenedpsych2 To open the clams is not a problem, place them in a pan, heat a couple of minutes and they all open. I cannot understand your question, the salmon can be hot or cold smoked, if you use hickory wood is "hickory smoked", if you use mesquite is "mesquite smoked", but here in Europe those two woods are not used, salmon is smoked using cherry, walnut or apple wood. The best is the Scottish smoked salmon.
A belated happy National Day to you!I was absent here with power cut yesterday.I learn a lot about August from your post.Here we have Crayfish festival and there are many people that binge on Crayfish,though I don't care for it.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
Good to know. Happy Swiss Day to you, though I know it was yesterday. For Wisconsin it's usually the hottest month of the year and the most humid. They call it the dog days of summer. So far it's living up to the heat factor.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
@LadyDuck Right when I was getting comfortable with the idea that August was going to be hot, we get some cool days. My granddaughter said her temp in Texas was 110 F and I know the west coast is in the triple digits too. This weather we're having is really different for every one. We're also on our second day of pouring rain.
• East Tawas, Michigan
I've had crab and lobster, but don't know how crayfish tastes. It is nice here in Michigan, temperatures are moderate, around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with a cooling down ahead. August is a busy month for us, yet we will enjoy every minute of it:)