“For after all the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain.”

Miserable is the first adjective which comes to mind in describing today. The rain is constant, and the wind is strong enough to blow the bird feeders back and forth, even the heaviest, the squirrel buster feeder, is swaying. Gracie hasn’t been outside since last night. She never even bothered to stick her head out the door as the rain is loud enough for her to know it’s pouring. Just in case she needs to rush, I’ve left the back door open.

My den is dark. I had the light on earlier when I was reading the papers but I turned if off when I finished. I like the darkness and the sense of being surrounded by rain. Fern and Gracie are with me but both are asleep. Fern is on the back pillow of the couch and Gracie is stretch across it. Every now and then I hear Gracie sigh, but mostly I just hear the rain.

Even when I was a little kid, I loved the sound of the rain. I remember one vacation in Maine when we were all stuck inside on a rainy day. We played games and listened to the radio, but I could take all that closeness only so long so I grabbed my book and headed to the car. Lying on my stomach and reading, I was comfy and dry and could hear the rain on the metal roof and against the windows. I don’t remember how long I stayed there, but I do remember it was one of the best afternoons.

Summer rain is my favorite. When it gently falls, I sit outside on the deck under the umbrella and read. All around me is rain, but I stay dry, and I listen as the rain make its music. I hear it on the deck, and I hear it when it drips off the umbrella.

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10 Comments on ““For after all the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had all kinds of weather today, rain, snow, hail and sunshine 🙂 🙂 But from now on they say we’ll get stedier weather with below freezing temperatures and sun. Well the odd snowfall will also be here but after all it is winter.

    I do like the sound of rain especially when it hits tin roofs. I rented a cottage for many years and it had a tin roof, I loved lying on the bed, reading with the window open so I could hear that sound 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      We had rain almost the whole day, but it has been really warm. The cold, though, is on its way.

      I love the sound of rain on a tin roof. My house in African had one, and the sound of the rain was wonderful.

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    There must be a rain God as my body is as tuned in as yours when it comes to loving the sound rain makes. I enjoyed reading this post today because I too venture outside in good weather to hear the rain drops banging on the rooftop, gutters, and trees. I sat an entire afternoon in our house up in Buffalo doing nothing but listening to the rain on the attached aluminum roof that held together the outdoor screened porch. It was an inspiration. I just can forget that one experience with rain as a child of 11 years. Thanks!

    • Kat Says:

      It is so wonderful to be surrounded by rain and not get wet.

      I loved that afternoon in the car. I was around 10 or 11 as well. The rain aas the only sound. Being alone for so long was a joy after being cramped in the house. I haven’t forgotten it either.

  3. Bill S. Says:

    Up here in New Hampshire we had all snow, 5 inches, and the roads were pretty slick. It’s a winter wonderland, something we haven’t seen since the freak storm in October.

    As for the music, I think the “I think it’s going to rain today” is a Randy Newman piece. The first, and in my opinion best version I have heard is by Judy Collins on the Marat/Sade album.

    • Kat Says:

      I figured you’d get the snow. I watched the weather last night and saw the rain band and the snow band. The further north, the more snow.

      Because I have played the Judy version before, I decided to go with this one. My favorite might be Nina Simone. She displaced Judy after I heard her sing this song. I played it here a while back.

  4. Bob Says:

    After the big rain system moved eastward up the Atlantic coast to New England, the sun came out with warm temperatures. That only lasted for a day because last night we experienced a “Blue Norther”. The cold weather that has been locked up in Canada this winter came roaring down through the central US with high wind gusts bringing almost freezing temperatures to North Texas this morning.

    A steady soaking rain can be very peaceful especially when sitting in a darkened room listening to the sound of the raindrops. It can become a form of meditation. The only thing better is to be under the covers making love to your significant other to the sound of the rain. At my age that is just a sweet memory. Of course they now have little pills to help, but who has the money, the time or the energy.

    • Kat Says:

      That cold weather from Canada is going to be working its way down to us within the next few days. It has been stalled a while just waiting its chance.

      I love a darkened room when its raining.

  5. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Oh dear, I wonder if I’ll ever catch up. We haven’t had rain in a very long time. I love children’s songs about rain…
    You know what I’ve been busy with…
    Still Waving,

    • katry Says:

      Take your time, it’s not going aywhere.

      We have had a lot fo rain, but only two snow showers with no accumulation. We’ve been lucky.

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