“Once the rain starts falling it’s hard to tell it to stop…”

Last night it was a mighty storm. I saw the lightning then came the thunder, booming thunder getting closer and closer until it was over my house shaking the rafters. I fell asleep to that rain, but it was gone when I woke up. In its place was a dark, quiet day, the sort you sometimes get after a storm when all the sounds had been used up by the rain. Right now, though, the rain has started again, and I can hear the drops falling steadily on the trees and the deck. It will be around all day into tonight. The sun will be back tomorrow.

The rain makes me want to do little or nothing today, but my mood is neither lethargic nor somber. It is from the quiet and the darkness. Rain muffles all sounds except its own. My room is dark lit only by the computer screen. The window is wide open, and I have heard the progression of the rain. It started with a few small drops but is now the heaviest of rains. I have no gutters on my house so nearest the windows the rain falls in a sheet from the roof. No shopping for plants today, no planting flowers today.

Gracie is asleep in her crate. Fern is asleep on my bed and Maddie is in here with me sleeping on her chair. Animals know how to be cozy on a rainy day.

When I think of Ghana, I remember the smells and colors. My favorite of all is the aroma of wood charcoal burning. In my mind’s eye, I can still see smoke rising from the compounds behind my house when small charcoal burners were lit in the early mornings. My own burner was small and held only a single pan. First the charcoal was started. Thomas cooked for me and he’d squat in front of the burner fanning with a reed fan. When it was time for breakfast, he’d first boil the water for my coffee, my instant coffee, then the eggs and bread were cooked at the same time. The bread was leaned against the side to make toast. The eggs were cooked in groundnut oil, peanut oil, which gave them the best flavor of any eggs. I think breakfast was my favorite meal.

When I bought my first grill for this house, I never bought briquets; instead, I always bought wood charcoal. I used to sit outside on my little farmer’s deck not only to mind the grill but also to smell that charcoal burning and to remember and relive in a small way those mornings in Ghana.


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10 Comments on ““Once the rain starts falling it’s hard to tell it to stop…””

  1. Vintage Spins Says:

    So beautifully written, Kat! I’m glad you were able to reclaim Keep the Coffee on blogger.


  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    No thunder up here last night. Just rain with a lovely cool breeze. This morning the puddles are fringed with yellow pine pollen and the peonies are bowing low from the weight of the water. I walked slowly in the rain this morning. It was so refreshing after the heat of the weekend.

    My unplanned errands for today were to put my impending Peapod order on hold and purchase a new refrigerator. The old fridge is dying. It’s a 1972 Frigidaire Frost Proof Deluxe with the Bronze paint job that shades to darker brown on the edges. A Classic 70’s designer color. It has served well for 40+ years. Because I have a 1900 house with 1920 wiring and 1970 outlets, buying appliances is extra annoying. I can’t just plug them in. They have to be adapted. Ah well, it needed doing and it’s done. A new stove is next. Perhaps I shall just go for something like your charcoal burner. No modern plugs that have to be shoved into old fashioned outlets. 🙂

    Enjoy this fine soft day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The thunder went on for the longest time-it was wonderful. I love thunderstorms!

      First your jeep and now your fridge but it certainly doesn’t owe you anything! I remember the bronze paint phase for appliances. It is right up there with the avocado color.

      My peapod order is due this afternoon.

      I hav yet to get dressed or even brush my teeth. When I finish here, I’ll run upstairs to get ready for the day, as late as it is.

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Those meals are always the best but I can’t eat fried food for breakfast but it would have made a great lunch. I rarely grill any more, I don’t know why I just don’t. Still I love the taste of anything that has been grilled. Well I do grill sausages in the fire place of my kitchen stove but that only happens during winter 🙂

    Suuny and somewhat cool here, fits me perfect and they say it will continue for the rest of the week. It would be nice if we actually could have some sunshine during my vacation this year 🙂 But I guess this is the summer we’ll get, as usual 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Eggs over easy are a popular breakfast food here so fried is common in the morning. I too love grilled foods of all kinds including veggies.

      I have an inside electric grill which I haven’t used in ages as I even grill outside in the winter.

      Still cloudy, damp and cool here but the rain has stopped for now.

      Have a wonderful vacation!!

  4. sprite Says:

    We use wood charcoal, too, in our little tabletop grill, which we set up on at the top of the stairs leading out of our basement to the sidewalk. It makes us feel like real Sesame Street-style city-dwellers whenever we cook out like that because passersby inevitably pause to comment on our barbecue.

    • katry Says:

      We have a similar grill called a hibachi which my parents had, but they used briquets as they start so easily and quickly. The hibachi is a perfect size for a small spot.

      My grill is huge and gas driven though I still have that charcoal grill. It is perfect for different foods when the big grill won’t do.

  5. Birgit Says:

    The title quote is so true, parts of central Europe are flooded and they expect even more rain. Fortunately no problems where I live, we had a nice sunny day.

    • katry Says:

      It has stopped twice and started again each time. It is pouring right now. We would have flooded areas except the soil is just so porous here that all that rain gets sucked up. The problem is some roads flood-no sewers or sewer pipes.

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