Friday Favorites: Rainy Day edition

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It’s raining buckets in the mountains today or as Duane says, “It’s pouring the rain.” My question is: why the definite article? It seems perfectly appropriate to simply say, “It’s pouring rain.” Isn’t there another phrase that goes something like, “A happy marriage=the woman is always right.” I like that. ; )

So, it’s pouring rain.

That means we’re stuck inside all day. I don’t mind. Summer rain in Asheville also means that it’s 68° outside in the middle of July. Yes….

It’s been a while since I’ve taken on Friday Favorites, so it seems perfectly appropriate to bring it back on a rainy Friday, while the kids watch a movie.
The Rainy Day edition will include (obviously) my favorite things to do/eat/read/etc. whilst stuck inside. Enjoy!
books, reads

So, Frederick Buechner’s book, Telling Secrets is a soul-haunting memoir. It’s a book about telling the story of his life (duh, that’s why it’s a memoir), even though he was encouraged to keep his story a secret as a child. It’s a call for all of us to acknowledge our stories (with others) in light of the GREAT STORY,  not to keep them to ourselves.

“What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are . . . because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing.”

I told you it was soul-haunting.

Shauna Niequist’s book Bread and Wine is a much lighter read, but no less thought-provoking. The subtitle is A Love Letter to Life Around the Table. She reflects on the transforming effects of sharing meals around the table with the people in your life. I read a chapter a night before I go to bed; they’re short.

music, playlist

Even though it’s summer, Anne Street’s Autumn Days playlist on Spotify is perfect for a rainy day.  (Check out her cinemagraphs, too.) Most of the songs are slow and plodding and even a little bit gritty. You’ll want to sit in a dimly lit room and journal with a glass of wine (only in my dreams).

A few standouts on the list: Dustin Tebbutt, The Paper Kites, and Daughter.

One of my favorite songs right now (not on the playlist) is I am a Ghost. A-mazing.

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Photo by cynthiagroseclose.com

Rainy days make me want to bake. I’m going to make THIS gallette today. I’ve never made a gallette. I’m pretty sure it’s pie with a fancy French title to make us Americans feel more sophisticated.  Either way, it’s going to be G O O D.

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 We are currently enjoying a summer movie marathon. The kids are watching Megamind. Have you ever seen it? Not sure it makes the favorite list, but the first 30 minutes is sheer comedic genius.

Happy Friday.

What are your favorite things to do on a rainy day? 

  • Dottie Edwards

    I love rainy days. Makes me slow down and sit on my porch. I love to listen to how rain affects the day and yesterday I heard the birds singing loud and clear. They love rainy days too! It also makes pulling weeds easier and my garden soaks it in to then help my flowers burst into a color applause. Thanks for the post. I think I need to read your favs and listen to some of those tunes! Have a great rainy saturday.

  • Julie Davis

    Dottie- I love the sound of the rain, too. It’s so peaceful. I’m sure your flowers are happy!

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