“Here comes the rain again . . . .”
So began the song of the same name by the Eurythmics back in 1983. I always loved that song and still do. There was just something mesmerizing about the voice and style of Annie Lennox that set the song apart at the time.
What brought it to mind is that we are expected to receive a good bit of rain over the next few days, three to four inches in our neck of the woods they are saying. That can be a lot all at one time here in the Midwest. The last time it rained on a Saturday night a few weeks ago we had a two-and-a-half-hour power outage that started before the rain even arrived. I think the power lines grew overly anxious just hearing about it, somewhat highly strung as they are.
Supposedly, the baseline for converting inches of rain to snow is that one inch of rain equals about ten inches of snow, subject to vary with the amount of moisture, temperature, etc.
Simply using the general baseline as our guide though, that means that if it were cold enough to support snow, it being early January after all, that we could receive up to forty inches of snow instead. Yikes! That would certainly shut things down for a while. Personally, with apologies to the snow bunnies in the crowd, I will take the rain at this point.
Back in the day and maybe before many readers were born, Karen Carpenter sang about how “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down!” A beautiful song, as so many were by The Carpenters.
B. J. Thomas sang a different, more upbeat tune than the others. Butch Cassidy fans please feel free to sing along —
“Raindrops keep falling on my head,
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red,
Crying’s not for me,
‘Cause, I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining,
Because I’m free,
Nothing’s worrying me.”
So then, how do you feel about rainy days? Love ’em? Or not so much, perhaps? Please take a moment to share your thoughts about rainy days!
Here in the backwoods with my story friend Little Red Bear, we always try to look for the good to be found in any situation, rainy days notwithstanding. Excluding torrential downpours, floods, and hurricanes, of course, of which I have seen my share over the years. We are merely talking about your run-of-the-mill, overcast, grey skies, rainy days here today.
You know the sort. The cozy by the fireplace, pull-up-a-blanket and take a nap on the couch kind of days.
For me, everything just seems to go at a more relaxed pace when the clouds darken and heaven’s sprinkler is turned on for gentle and refreshing rains. The pit-pat-pit on the windowsill. The “splack” sound of raindrops falling on dry autumn leaves still lingering on the ground. (Little Red Bear is a master with a fishing pole in his paws, but just try to get him to stand still long enough to put a leaf rake into them.) A cup of tea or hot cocoa and a good book. Conversations with friends and family. Many folks seem to be more at ease and open on a rainy day, like the rain sort of smooths out the wrinkles and sharp edges. Have you noticed that, too?
On a particularly good day, maybe even a batch of cookies or brownies baking in the oven. I can almost smell the chocolate chips now, just thinking about it!
For those who would enjoy a nostalgic break while munching on a cookie at this point, or for those maybe new to Annie Lennox and the song mentioned above, here ya go. Newbies can have a cookie, too. We’re all-inclusive here.
A rainy day inspired this fun little piece whilst reading about Harry Potter and his friends a few years ago . . . .
“The Muggle in a Puddle”
Walking home I encountered a Muggle.
The wee Muggle seemed stuck in a Puddle.
Working quickly I soon had him outed.
Then running on he turned back and shouted-
“Thanks, mate, for the break but I am rather late.
So sorry for the bother and trouble!”
“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”
Having nothing to do with rainy days directly, but still sort of in a “Saving For A Rainy Day” kind of way, this wonderful quote has been variously attributed to Abraham Lincoln, James Dobson, Danny Thomas, and others. My feeling is that if any of them did not actually say it, each certainly could have.
Such a lovely sentiment and meaning, applying not only to children but also the spirit of bending over and lending a helping hand to anyone struggling or in need. Stuck in one of life’s puddles, perhaps.
And isn’t that what we are all truly here for, to help each other?
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.” — Philippians 2:4
Thank you always for visiting and spending part of your day with us here! What can you do today to reach out and help ease another’s burden?
Lend an umbrella, perhaps? — Jim (and Red!) 🤠 🐻
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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
“The only thing I shall want for a rainy day will be my umbrella.” – Agatha Christie
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“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.” – Rachel Carson
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