Well if you are just stopping by, I am on the tail end of a 31 day series on Making My Home a Haven. This week I am focused on creating comfort in the home.
All last night and throughout the day today, it rained and rained, and rained some more. You think we’d be ready for the rain in Washington by October 22nd, but sometimes the combination of rain, wind, and gray skies, just need some brightening up. Since fall is just getting started and winter is on the way, it is up to me to keep my family comfortable whatever the weather.
My most favorite rainy day activity is quilting! I bet you would never have guessed that!
However, there are a few other things here and there throughout my house that make rainy days much more bearable.
Books, books, books, and more books.
I am a book junkie and I have a hard time NOT buying more books.
I have the first two Ken Follett books in this series (notice how I said have, not I’ve read…). This fall and winter, I would like to get through the two books I have and purchase this one when it comes out in paperback. I really like Ken Follett novels because it is fun to picture the historical settings while reading!
My son just finished reading this one…and I am just beginning it:
I am intrigued with this book and have it in my Amazon wishlist:
…and my son likes the analytical puzzle magazines, so I grab those at the store every once and a while. By no means am I good at crossword puzzles, but they definitely keep me occupied.
I have a seemingly endless supply of herbal teas to sip on. Often it is nice to just sit back and have a cuppa. My current favorites for fall:
Harney & Sons:
Peppermint; African Autumn; Pumpkin Spice; and, Chamomile Herbal
Wild Sweet Orange; Rest; and, Calm
(I also really love to have Tazo Refresh (not pictured) stashed away for a quick pick-me-up on a gloomy day)
Soups, Stews, Curries, and Casseroles
My fella added that a rainy day comforts list can’t be complete without including stew (but in our house, anything whipped up in a Dutch oven is perfect for a rainy day). There are some great recipes in these cookbooks:
This cookbook has some of my favorite go-to recipes…my copy is well-loved!
***And I’ve also been reminded that there is no more perfect meal on a rainy day than a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.
…of course, I have a rainy day wishlist of things that I would like to buy someday.
I have a Pendleton saddle blanket that I absolutely love…but I am smitten with this one, and might buy it for a Christmas present for my fella! I think that he would love the colors in this one. This is the Pendleton Parfleche Saddle Blanket in olive.
These are the things that my family loves on a rainy day. They all make staying inside and watching puddles form much more enjoyable. Add in watching football or Netflix (and some of the family likes to play video games), and it rounds out our rainy season!
What are your rainy day routines? Do you have things that make rainy days more tolerable?
P.S. My son said that the only thing missing from this list is a requirement for a bottomless stack of quilting magazines…he knows me so well!