“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

I love the sound of rain and today is a good day for a lover of rain. When I woke up, the first sound I heard was rain drops falling on the roof so I stayed in bed a bit longer and listened. Gracie gave me a look but she was too comfortable in bed beside me to move and quickly settled back to sleep. I stayed in bed and read a while but the thought of a fresh cup of coffee and the biscotti I bought yesterday were too enticing so I got up and went downstairs, put the coffee on and went outside to get the papers. The leaves are plastered to my driveway and the street. Pine needles cover the lawn, but the rain is welcomed as it has been so dry.

Yesterday Gracie and I went for one errand then we took a ride down cape. She kept her head out the window surveying the world as we passed. I saw some color, mostly bright red. The ocean was quiet. I stopped at one store and bought a few things, odd things like measuring cups, a scoop and some chutney.

I remember my grammar school classroom on rainy days. The lights hung down from the high ceiling, and in the darkness of the day the room always seemed a bit shadowy despite the banks of windows on the back and one side wall. Rain subdued us. There was none of the shuffling of feet or the rustling of papers. I’d lose myself in the rain, and the sound of the nun’s voice would get further and further away until I didn’t hear it anymore. I’d watch the drops of rain pelt the window and find one drop to watch as it rolled down the window getting smaller and smaller until it finally disappeared then I’d find another drop to watch. I was a long way from school on rainy days.

Today is a stay home day. I have no reason to go anywhere. My bed is already made so I have done all my household chores leaving the rest of the day for reading and maybe napping in the late afternoon. A dark, rainy day seems to lend itself to a nap. I’ll stay in my around the house comfy clothes and slippers. Today sounds perfect.

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12 Comments on ““Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.””

  1. im6 Says:

    It’s Joni’s 70th birthday!

    • im6 Says:

      Here’s the entire 30 minute TV show the above clip is from:

    • katry Says:

      I wish I had known. I’d like to do birthdays more than death. She is, you know, my favorite of all!

      It is so difficult to believe she is 70 but then I can’t be as old as I am either.

    • katry Says:

      Chelsea Morning is my favorite song. I had the album with me in Ghana and wore out the cassette. It had to be rewound by hand with my Bic pen. I always envisioned the oranges in the bowl green like the small, sweet Ghanaian oranges. In all her songs the imagery is so intense, so vibrant. I remember The Midway and how, ” You stood out like a ruby in a Black man’s ear. ” Magnificent!

    • Birgit Says:

      Lovely concert. Thanks for the link, im6.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The day started sunny but suddenly it poured down really heavily. Thunder too so I was quite happy that I already had walked back from the neighbor factory where I worked today 🙂

    I remember my old class room just the same 🙂 It always looked a bit shadowy on days like this and I too had a tendency to follow raindrops down the window 🙂

    But by this time of year we were looking forward to when the first of December was coming and our teacher would startvreading a chapter or two from a good book every morning. The lights were out and we had all a tiny candle om our desks. We always ate a gingerbread or two, drank Julmust and listened to her. I think that memory is the one I like the most 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It’s still raining here even now. The day is just so dark. Gracie has decided she’d prefer to be inside, not in the rain.

      I guess the lessons just weren’t as exciting as watching raindrops fall.

      That sounds like great fun. I had a teacher who read to us but we didn’t have gingerbread or drinks. I didn’t care as I just loved to hear the book being read. I’d put my arms on my desk and rest my head on my arms to listen.

      Enjoy the evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s just dark and drippy up here though it is very warm for November.

    I took Rocky to play with all his friends and I came home to do absolutely nothing except a bit of photography. I got hijacked on the internet superhighway. 😀 I have to stop at the post office on the way to retrieving Rocky. Kitchen light has arrived. Yay!

    My grammar school had the same huge windows and lights but I don’t recall it being shadowy on rainy days. The old part of the high school also had those windows and lights. I recall some of those rooms being as soporific as the poppy field before Oz. 🙂

    Got another mouse overnight. There are others, I’m sure.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I was surprised at how warm it is when I went to get the paper. I guess I should be thankful as the cold is coming.

      On rainy days I would sometimes catch myself falling asleep in school lulled by the dimness of the day and the rain. The nun would have had a fit so I forced myself awake.

      I figure you have lots of mice. Where there is one, there are many I was once told. I doubt as many of the brazen beasts as I had. They ran on the bookcase while I watched them from my bed. Luckily, I haven’t seen signs of any so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed.

      Have a lovely lazy day!

  4. greg mpls Says:

  5. greg mpls Says:

    rain and joni….not your favorite version, i know,
    but joni just the same

    • katry Says:

      Any Joni version is among my favorites.

      As soon as she sings the first few words, I am enthralled by her voice.

      Thanks, Greg!

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