It has rained off and on all day and although some may have found this depressing, I enjoyed the day. I am fortunate that although the rain was pouring down when I left for an appointment and I needed a taxi, I was able to walk home in between showers. What are some good things to do on a rainy day?
1. Feel gratitude When there was a heavy shower my son and I agreed we are fortunate to have a warm house in good condition.
2. Reminisce with family or friends My son and I said we were glad we were not out camping in this rain. We reminisced about a particular camping trip when he was a young lad and our tent got flooded while we were sleeping. We were at a caravan park and I spent some time drying out his favourite book under the hand dryer in the middle of the night.
A cold wet day is a great time to enjoy a cuppa and something nice to eat with family or friends. Homemade soup and bread is comforting too and I think the smell is more intense than in warmer weather.
3. Plan your garden You may not want to be out in the garden on a wet day but in a day or two when it is not raining but the soil is still damp it could be a good time for planting. Think about seeds you want to plant and check if you have them on hand. If not, make a list of seeds to buy. Perhaps you prefer to buy seedlings or individual plants. Again, now is a good time to make a list rather than trying to make up your mind when you are at the nursery.
4. Read Curl up in bed or on a comfortable armchair with a quilt and read a few chapters of a novel. You may prefer to read poetry or non fiction. Just enjoy the luxury of reading while it rains outdoors.
5. Watch a movie I don't usually watch TV or a DVD during the day but today I indulged. I sat in a recliner with my dog on my lap and a doona over us for warmth. Although I had seen the movie before I really enjoyed it.
6. Write If you enjoy writing, a wet day when you are inside all day is a great time to be creative. Some people prefer to catch up on letter writing or newsy emails to family or friends.
7. Bake or cook I don't enjoy baking much when the weather is hot. Cold wet days just seem meant for baking cakes or biscuits. Cooking up a stew or pot of soup and filling the house with welcoming aromas has to be one of the joys of cold weather.
8. Declutter Now is a great time to sort through your wardrobe and get winter clothes organised. Are there items you no longer like or, sadly, don't fit in? Pack them up and donate them to a charity so someone else can enjoy them.
Now is a good time for sorting and decluttering. If you have a lot of items it may be worth planning a garage sale, perhaps with other family members, friends or neighbours.
9. Go for a walk It probably won't rain all day. In between showers pop out for a quick walk. Wear a weatherproof jacket and take an umbrella in case it starts to pour before you return. I love the smell of gums, pepper trees and pines on a rainy day and enjoy breathing deep. When I return home I appreciate the warmth of the house in contrast to the crisp air outside.
10. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate Although my favourite hot drink is coffee, I do enjoy a hot chocolate on a cold, rainy day. Sometimes I try out a fancy recipe with cinnamon or some other addition to make it extra special. I found one which added a pinch of cayenne pepper which I might try out one day when I am feeling adventurous.
A rainy day doesn't have to be depressing. It can be a productive day or one where you slow down and indulge. Hey, if you are free to do so, you could even spend the whole day curled up in bed surrounded by books and your lap top, with your dog or cat for company. Don't forget your favourite hot beverage.