After what seems like a long time without rain, it finally came pouring down on us yesterday. Rain comes and with it permission to stay indoors and do nothing. As much as I love going outdoors, rainy days are some of the best days for me. Outside it smells of wet sidewalks, and wood smoke from neighboring fire places. Lying in bed listening to the sound of raindrops on the roof got me thinking about my favorite things to do on a rainy day. The following is my recipe for a delightful rainy day.
1. Watch a good film
One of my favorite films to watch on rainy days is the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The tragic rain scenes involving Marianne make for a cozy and emotional watch. The English scenery allows me to imagine that I am in rainy England, instead of Southern California. Watch a movie that let’s your imagination explore rainy streets in another place.
2. A cup of tea or hot cocoa
I particularly enjoy a cup of english breakfast tea with a dash of milk and sugar (to go with my english movie), or a nice cup of hot cocoa.
3. A cozy blanket to wrap in
Nothing says rainy day like getting cocooned in a warm blanket.
4. Soup and bread
All soups definitely work for a rainy day but my personal favorites include split pea, New England clam chowder, and potato leek soup. And of course, this cozy meal isn’t complete without a nice piece of bread.
As a girl with an English grandmother I am often caught knitting on the couch and a rainy day is the perfect excuse to knit something cozy. Rainy days are great days to tackle projects such as knitting.