Rainy Days and Fridays

mountain, rainy, weather, Clingman's dome, Marie Bittinger, TennesseeCall me crazy (many do) but I like rainy days.  There is something comforting about the sound of rain drumming on the roof, and sometimes a rainy day provides me with a much needed excuse to take some time off.  I love settling into my comfy chair next to the fire place on a chilly, rainy day and reading a good book.  Or taking a mug of hot tea to my desk and writing.

Rainy Day Benefits

A gentle soaking rain rejuvenates and nourishes my garden, the grass, the trees… it cleans the air and refreshes everything.  Rainfall replenishes the water tables so our wells don’t dry up.  Only a couple of years ago many of my friends and neighbors experienced the distress of a dry well; having to buy water in jugs and bottles, or lug jugs to someone who still had water for filling.  Experiencing that really makes you appreciate the luxury of nudging a faucet and having a ready supply of fresh water.  Rain does that for us.

I’ll admit that sometimes rain will mess up planned activities; but that’s life.  It happens.  Have a back-up plan.  Or plan ahead.  Just last week I swapped a couple of days: I scheduled Saturday as lumber stacking day and Friday as a work-in-the-shop day.  Friday was a nice day, rain was expected on Saturday, so I switched those two; stacking lumber on Friday and working in the shop on Saturday.  It worked out great!

Storms with torrential rains and high winds can be damaging, lightning can be scary, but a gentle rain is – I think – soothing, inspiring, refreshing.


Fridays have always been one of my favorite days.  I suppose this was born in my school years and reinforced while I worked Monday through Friday and had weekends off.  Friday is a day of expectation; we’re not out yet, but we’re really close!  Then FREEDOM!  Saturday and Sunday are ours to do with as we please.  The weekend is great, but Friday is the teaser, the part that gets the anticipation worked up.

It’s odd how this became so ingrained that it carried through even when I worked a job with rotating days off.  My “weekends” floated through each week, as did everyone’s: it was a prerequisite of employment there.  Tuesday may have been my last work day before my two days off, but I did not feel the excitement of Friday.

Best of All

The best of all things is a rainy weekend, especially a Sunday afternoon.  A great time to nap, or read, or watch an old movie with loved ones.  Rain can be enjoyed in so many ways.  How do you make use of a rainy day?

7 thoughts on “Rainy Days and Fridays”

  1. Great post, Allan! I’m a big fan of rainy days as well. My favorite spot to write on rainy days is the screened porch attached to the barn behind my house, because it has a clear roof and the relentless drumming or lazy drizzle sounds really add rhythm to my writing.

  2. Oh man do I agree with you here. What I would do for a little rain in my life. It’s been coursing through late summer high-90s around here. The day I spent in the shop yesterday, while fun, was a scorcher.

    At least the lumber is stacked better and I can get to my workbench easier now. Can’t wait for that first rainy day to come my way.

    1. I am sometimes tempted to gripe about our frequent rains here in the Smoky Mountains, but then I think about all the people who have gone without rainfall for so long, bite my tongue and count it as a blessing. Sounds like you’re all set: I’ll put the big fan on the roof and point it in your direction 🙂

      1. I never hesitate to complain about the 100+ days we get here June-Sept, sometimes for up to weeks at a stretch. Somewhere, probably in a disused lavatory in a London suburb or maybe Seattle, there’s a person hating me for my sunlit days. I’d trade it in an instant. Thanks for the fan blast, we sure could use it 🙂

  3. Like you said rain is so comforting! Also it, for me, is a good mood lifter. It’s kind of magical, mystical, peaceful thing. I love rain!!!

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