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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

5 Things to Do on A Rainy Day.

me, hoofing to Hermes in the rain - always a good day.

Reasons to be cheerful on a rainy day:


1. Seduce someone: I bet it was raining on that fateful  day that Lady Chatterley, bored rigid by the tedium of needlepoint,  decided to  add to the  hunky gamekeeper's less onerous tasks.



2. Become a cineaste: there is nothing like that naughty playing hooky thrill of settling into a plushy red cinema seat in the mid- afternoon.



3. Find an illicit smokeasy and puff a stogie in good company.
( I can't say where mine is but to you good fellow, I tip my hat)


4. Unwind and reread your  favourite chapter from  three books.



5. If you like to cook then please do head towards the kitchen and knock up a piquant amuse bouche.  I, however, consider cooking an act of subjugation, so who wants to  join me for a flirty cocktail?


Anymore? I have a lot of days like these to fill.

60 comments:

  1. I hate cooking! I'll take the cocktail. Did you buy anything at Hermes?

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  2. I'll take the flirty cocktail...and the less onerous task.

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    1. Excellent choices GSL!

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    2. Wait for me! Lemme just find my other maribu slipper . . .I have the whole Special Task for the Gameskeeper down to a science.

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    3. I have the maribu slipper which I knew you'd want to retrieve.

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    4. Hilarious exchange!
      GSL - how are your surviving over there? Should I command the St Bernard to head to yours?

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    5. Yes but first top off the collar keg.

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  3. I love to cook when I don't "have" to cook, but I have to cook everyday.
    I'll be over for cocktails when this blasted head cold leaves me. We are doing a rain dance here so plenty of time to recuperate and select the perfect libation.

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    1. Julie, do you really? I live salads, toast and yoghurt just to avoid cooking!

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  4. I like a matinee. Since no cocktails these days - I will come cook for you! Rainy day activities? Hmmm - pedicure while eating peeled grapes? Knitting fido a special scarf? Writing a memoir of past love affairs...

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  5. I like to ride out my impatience with my own writing, and get ahead on my blog posting. Can only happen when I am surprisingly prevented from doing everything else:).

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  6. Send some of that rain our way, will you? We've been dry as a bone. I promise to whip up a good cocktail if you do.

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  7. I remember heading to the pictures on a rainy day...when I was working. Hope my old boss is not reading this...

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    1. WMM - I can't tell you often I've thought about your Cornish hens!

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  8. You had me at hunky gamekeeper and now I can't think of anything else!

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  9. It's raining here as well, so I'm thinking of combining cooking and cocktail. Cheers!

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  10. I will keep these rainy day suggestions on our next rainy day here in sunny Phoenix, Arizona!
    So glad you decided to continue blogging! Cheers...having a bubbly!

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    1. Oh Oliva, I bet you don't get too many of them

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  11. Put on boots grabbed the brolly and walked several kilometres. Got the cobwebs out and feel energized. Yesterday I spent the better part of the day reading so I needed to get out and about.

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  12. Love the cinema in the afternoon and a few bubbles after. Although I do love to read and cook, so many good things to do on a rainy afternoon.

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    1. Hostess - I've noticed that bad weather holds no fear for you, I loathe going out when it's raining.
      Magnolia - yes , we just get too many of them

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  13. Reading and the cocktail, please! Perfect rainy afternoon ideas.

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  14. It was freezing here today, -22C, and far to cold to step outside. I spent the afternoon making soup and reading recipes in my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. Planning to make chocolate chip cookies next... Now I'm wondering if you got anything at Hermes!

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    1. Louse - your weather is atrocious just now, I don't think I could stick my beak out of the door in such cold.

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  15. i'll take 1 & 2. sounds like a perfect day to me...rain or shine. :)

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  16. I can't read just one chapter from a book! It has to be the whole book. And if it's a series, I have to start at the beginning and finish the lot. Compulsive much? oh yeah....

    But I will also happily sit with fine needlework, no gatekeepers in danger from me.

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  17. Love your skirt!

    I like baking on a rainy day. Reading, snoozing, knitting ... but there is a lot to be said for stomping off in wellies and a raincoat!

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    1. That's a coat, I rarely wear it, I've vowed to let it see the light of day more.

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    2. Well in that case it is fabulous! Definitely one for cheering up a rainy day.

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  18. I love that seducing someone is number 1
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  19. I remember reading Lady Chatterley when I was v. young, and it was banned in Aus. Not that that stopped us - it circulated through our teen networks like nobody's business! Can't remember if it was raining....

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  20. Marzipan Piglet8 January 2014 10:11

    My sisters and I occasionally dream up the perfect library for such times, there must be a fireplace, squashy chairs and a well stocked drinks cabinet would not go amiss. Dogs are to be allowed. The reality is more likely to be jumping in muddy puddles with the mini-pigs.

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  21. Hey...Cooking is Art!...haha...

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  22. Tell me about it! Today is ok but when it rains in the winter I get so antsy. I like to sauna but they haven't gotten the art of a proper steam bath house here. I just pop into a gallery and console myself that London has great galleries so I must make the best of the climate although I am glad we dont get the polar vortex!!

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  23. Rain, rain? Hmm, that wet stuff. I recall it, from when I was last in Scotland...ad nauseam. Here, we're in the dry season, so it's sunny day after sunny day. The only storms we have are political ones, and there's a big one heading our way on Monday. I think I'll stay in and drink cocktails...Between the sheets.

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  24. For us this week through rain and cold...watch football. No, not that pussy sport where they kick that round ball back and forth. But the manly sport where the guys bellies are as big as their asses and they smack into each other for a few seconds then rest.

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  25. I love #4! Same as Julie I love to cook when I don't have to cook. I hate the day to day cooking but I so love the feast and party cooking... Could spend a whole day in my kitchen without regretting any second of it... And I love to think that I am good at it ;-)

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  26. If anyone knows rainy days I suppose it must be you. I love to cook so that is likely where you will find me when it's wet and dreary.

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  27. I have always been a rainy day girl.....love your suggestions! Here you can get a cocktail at the movies and settle into a recliner. No wonder there are more people snoring at the movies these days!

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    1. Trudye, I'd be asleep in 15 minutes if I drank before watching a film.

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  28. My favorite rainy day ritual is to linger in bed with quilts pulled up to my nose. I'll take a cocktail in any weather.

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  29. Light a fire in the fireplace / alternatively several candles. Drink hot beverages - with our without alcohol. Re-read favourite book or investigate a new one - one that won't let you go! If it's not too cold or windy, put on a raincoat, boots and hood and go for a wander in the woods with the rain trickling through the leaves (not many days qualify, but when they do it's lovely). Indulge in nesting fever: re-arrange a corner, a drawer, a closet. Wear furry slippers and an extra sweater, long underwear, cashmere robe, whatever it takes to stay snuggly warm. For that matter, stay in bed under the covers with a book and a cup of hot tea. Write with a fountain pen in a new journal. Play with coloured ink and patterned paper. Knit, crochet or embroider something old fashioned. Make some PJs for your teddy bear. Do a cross word / sudoku or other puzzle. Play with make up, hair styles, dress up box. Watch videos all day and eat homemade popcorn. Paint your nails. Play solitaire the old fashioned way. Get a stack of magazines and some scissors and cut out the pictures and articles you like, put them into a notebook. Re-read old love letters; tie them up in ribbons if not already. Write a letter to someone you would normally email or phone. Read Alison's 'puttery treats' filed under housework for heaven's sake! on www.brocantehome.net
    http://www.brocantehome.net/category/housekeeping-2/puttery-treats/ When I was growing up in Oklahoma we had wild rainstorms with loads of thunder and lightning that frightened me until my Dad showed me how cool it was to wrap up in a blanket and sit in a chair on the front porch and watch it all happening. I miss that sort of rain sometimes. Other kinds are good for sleeping through if you can't find anything more interesting to do.

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    1. Shelley - this is your forte, I bow to you.

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  30. I find the dampness disagreeable and messy. I would go thru the list in this order: #3 with the flirty cocktail of #5 followed by #1 then, if there is still time,#4.

    Excepting the 'polar vortex' (my new favorite phrase) that we are attempting to endure here, I always prefer a sunny day at any temp to a warm rainy day.
    A cold rainy day is not even to be mentioned.

    Vanessa

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    1. V - I know, 'polar vortex' is now hanging on everyones lips! It looks awful over there.

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  31. argh! i want that book. signed and all.....
    as for rainy days.... don't know, i'm kind of fond of them- if im stuck at wokr, might as well be lousy weather for the rest of humanity as well.

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    1. Yemamaya - it's a beautiful edition isn't it, no doubt at a rather lovely price too.

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  32. Rain is a distant memory for me, we've had a record-breaking dry winter in SF. But I seem to remember liking to sit in front of a window with a warming beverage when it's wet out. I like to just watch the bad weather and daydream.

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    1. Lambchops - do you remember the lovely 'lamb chops"? I'm a terrible day dreamer, this must be why.

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  33. Here's another one, Tabs: check your e-mail. :))

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    1. Rose - just got it! Will email you today!

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  34. Flirty cocktail it is … i have the same opinion of kitchen work.

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  35. I'll happily join you for the fruity cocktail…but have to add that I absolutely adore the cosiness of being inside, with a rug and a cat with a good book, (that would be the book for me not the cat!) when I can hear the rain pelting down on the roof above. Of course, this only really works with a corrugated metal roof…has to be the real mccoy or just isn't the same…current house has terracotta tiles so the cosiness is missed…sob….

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  36. Love your blog. Just love it.

    Best,

    A

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  37. I don't mind the rain too much, which is a good thing considering where I live. (Western Oregon). It's what makes this area green - my favorite color! I could easily be enticed to a warmer green winter getaway though........like Hawaii. :-)

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  38. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I MISS ABOUT LIVING IN CA IS , THAT IT DOES NOT RAIN ENOUGH !!! ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR ! MISS THE SCENT, THE FEEL AND THE EXCUSE IT GIVES TO DO SOMETHING DIFFRENT OR `NOT`. LIKE YOUR BLOG !!

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  39. Cooking: Something I do to please others.

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  40. Am still chuckling over your Lady Chatterly suggestion and will follow up with the cocktail recommendation!!!

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