10 Rainy Day Pleasures by Joan Reeves

Romeo and Judy Anne by Joan Reeves, color cover

Judy Anne’s love affair may be the biggest scandal her little Texas town has ever seen.

August has been hotter than usual here on the Texas Gulf Coast with many triple-digit temperature days. Many counties in Texas are now in drought conditions again and burn bans abound.

So it was with surprise and anticipation when we awoke to rain. The temperature has dropped to 78 degrees Fahrenheit–a welcome change from the 101 it was yesterday when we took a day-trip to San Antonio.

I was sitting on the couch, watching Showrunners, a documentary on Netflix, and staring out the window at the rain showering my roses when I thought how pleasant a rainy day can be. In fact, I thought of several things that are great for rainy days but not so good on other days.

10 Rainy Day Pleasures

1. Make soup. Hot weather isn’t conducive to making or eating soup. Give me a rainy day, and I’m in the mood for a pot of vegetable soup using vegetables from the garden (usually courtesy of my sister-in-law) or from a nearby farmer’s market. To go with the soup, I make a skillet of cornbread. From scratch naturally. We had this for lunch, and it was delicious.

2. Clean out a closet. I don’t know why, but rainy weather is my favorite time to clean out closets and cupboards.

3. Watch TV. I truly love laying on the couch in front of the television. There’s just something so decadent about doing this in the middle of the day.

4. Take a nap. The sound of gentle rain on the roof is the perfect background music for a nap.

5. Listen to music. Really listening without doing anything else. A cup of tea or a glass of wine isn’t required, but it’s nice accompaniment to good music.

6. Converse. Life is so busy that it’s easy to get out of the habit of having real conversations. Even when we get together with friends and family, it’s often in a noisy restaurant. Take a rainy day to have a real conversation.

7. Visit a museum. In the summer, most people are busy with outdoor activities. The rare rainy day is a good time to take part in indoor activities.

8. Go for a walk. If it’s not thundering and lightning and the rain is gentle rather than a downpour, put on rain boots and a slicker, grab an umbrella, and go for a walk. It’s really a lot of fun.

9. Go to the movies. When was the last time you went to a theater and saw a good movie? Call a friend and head to the local cineplex. Watching a film on the big screen and nibbling on popcorn is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

10. Read a good book. I love to curl up with a good book on a rainy day. May I recommend one of mine? Romeo and Judy Anne has a great scene set in a rain storm.

Romeo and Judy Anne is available at Amazon and these other ebook sellers: All Romance Ebooks * iBooks * Kobo * Nook.

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Post Script

(Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Visit her Amazon Author Page and sign up for her Wordplay, her email mailing list.)

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About Joan Reeves

Joan Reeves is a NY Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. She is multi-published in print, ebooks, and audio books. Sign up for Joan's email list: http://eepurl.com/Yk61n and visit her on her blog http://SlingWords.blogspot.com.
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21 Responses to 10 Rainy Day Pleasures by Joan Reeves

  1. jbiggar2013 says:

    Board games and puzzles. I like drawing my family around the dining room table on a rainy day and just spend time together, so rare these days 🙂
    Jacquie Biggar

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  2. stephaniequeen says:

    Thanks for the post and the reminder about rainy days, Joan.
    I love to watch old movies and cook or bake something decadent and delicious! Rainy days are often days to indulge oneself. It’s raining here today–right now. I think I’ll check the guide for some old movies…

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  3. susanrhughes says:

    Oh how l long for a nap … I can’t remember the last time I had the opportunity.

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  4. Carol says:

    Joan, all of the above are fabulous rainy day pleasures! Sounds like you have a plan. Enjoy! 🙂

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  5. Jo Grafford says:

    Reblogged this on Jo Grafford and commented:
    Awesome Ways to Spend a Rainy Day — a la Joan Reeves style!

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  6. Jo Grafford says:

    Confession time! I spent the last two days lounging on the couch with a quilt and cuddly cat in front of the TV. Sadly, I can’t remember the last time I did so, and it took a summer flu bug to make me slow down.

    Fabulous ideas, Joan. I think we all need to schedule in a little more time to chillax, and what’s a more perfect time than a rainy day? Instead of putting us behind on gazillions of projects, I suspect these good-for-the-soul escapes would actually make us more productive.

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  7. Joan Reeves says:

    You’re right. Most of us keep plodding along without taking time to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures.

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  8. Up here in Canada, we have been dealing with the same hot humid days for the past ten days. On Thursday, we got a dousing of rain. It was such a relief. 🙂

    I love rainy days, especially in the summertime. It breaks up the humidity and if there isn’t massive thunder and lightning, I’m in heaven.

    My favorite things to do when it’s raining include:

    Baking

    Reading

    Writing

    Snuggling on the love-seat and watching television/movies with MR N

    I also love to go for a walk right after a rain. The smells are incredible and trees/flowers are so beautiful.

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