(Not my photo – just a generic wallpaper!)
It’s been pouring for days now. Wet season has indeed started. How I wish we had Spring, Fall and mild Winter but in this part of the world there’s only dry and wet seasons!
My plants are happy though. And, I don’t need to lug the heavy hose to water the garden twice a day!
Charlie’s bored though 😦
Poor baby! He’s usually patrolling all around the house, chasing off bugs, cats, and leaping by the gate to announce himself to hopefully innocent passersby.
Charlie’s my constant gardening buddy – always beside me as I tinker in the garden. He even snuggles by my feet when I’m busy planting seeds and repotting seedlings.
My gentle giant… the operative word being ‘my’.
I think he’s conflicted about the rain. On one hand, it’s nice and cool for napping. But, on the other hand or more approriately, paw, it just isn’t like him to just be lethargic all day.
That describes me too on these never ending rainy days.
Like Charlie, I can’t decide if I’ll just be happy for my plants or annoyed with cabin fever. I am a veranda dweller. I like having my coffee and tea outside with the gentle filtered sunlight grazing my skin. Staying indoors reminds me of being cooped up in the office for twenty years! I like breathing in freshly processed oxygen from my garden, not the stale air inside the house. Nothing beats fresh air. Not even with a dehumidifier and ionizer indoors.
So, what to do when it rains for days!?
Aside from helping conserve tap water, rainwater is much healthier for plants. It’s rich in vital nutrients like nitrogen and sulphur. Ever notice how plants look so healthy and vibrant after a rainy day? They get the best source of natural nutrients from rain!
So, I keep clean, empty pails (repurposed from the renovation site materials) outside and use the rainwater instead of the hose.
While rainwater’s being collected outside, I try to do stuff in the house that’s better to do when it’s not sweltering hot.
Make ice cream!
Not in the mood for frozen desserts in this wet weather? Well, in this part of the world, the next day can be dry and hot as summer!
I’ve learned the first time I tried using the ice cream maker that at over 90F, the freezing bowl will start to thaw the second it’s out of the freezer. It will not freeze ice cream at all but just keep the custard mix cold and aerated. In this rainy cool weather, the bowl will not thaw as fast!
I love thick, rich, creamy soups. But it’s just not as enjoyable on days when it’s so sunny and warm. I like having steaming soup as Hubby and I sit down for a meal while the pouring rain pelts everything outside, while the cool moist air seeps thru the windows.
For lunch today, I made real mushroom soup with two kinds of mushrooms, olive oil, butter, cream, and freshly picked organic thyme from my garden. Hearty, comforting, yummy!
Other things I want to do but just too lazy to start:
Iron my handwashed, silk Ukay finds.
Best done at night or in cooler days, I really should be ironing today. But, it’s such a chore! Can’t seem to get up and do it.
Read a book.
My iBooks library is bursting with over 800 books and growing! Aaargh. So overwhelming! What is wrong with me? I think it’s a sickness to hoard so many books and not be able to finish one. I get distracted, or fall asleep, then some other title becomes more interesting than the one I should finish. I don’t know why I keep on doing it!
First few titles of some of the categories in my library:
The thing with ebooks in these multi-tasking multi-gigabyte gadgets is that there’s just so many things jammed in a tiny package. One can get so easily distracted by a game, by net surfing, by any of the hundreds of apps! Gone are the days when I just pick up a book and that’s all there is to it. There is world of difference in the tactile experience of taking a book from the shelf, gently turning the over, and leafing through each page. Sometimes I miss that. I even miss the smell of paper! But, I do appreciate not having to carry 800+ books in my purse, not to mention a 13inch laptop and a game console! Practical? Oh yes! But, it puts reading books in the outer realm of my consciousness.
So I do have a lot to do when it pours for days, weeks, even months!
But, I miss the sun… and poor Charlie needs his romp!
Hoping for sunshine soon…
Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
– Susan Ertz