A Rainy Day, Hooray!

I realize most people probably prefer a sunny day during the summer, but give me a good rainy day during any season of the year and I’m happy as a kid in a puddle. Today marked the first day of a two-week vacation, and so what better way to celebrate than with heavy rain pounding the windows all day.  (Well, just to clarify, today actually began the final two weeks before I have to set the alarm clock and return to my classroom, but I am sipping from the glass half full.)

So, today’s celebration was filled with the very simplest of shenanigans indeed:

1. Hours of drenching rain that splashed my little corner of the world.

2. Vanishing for a couple of hours into THIS delicious murder mystery by Louise Penny and watching one very happy lemon tree enjoy a shower:

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3. Sketching and watercoloring! A tomato, or, um, a spaceship, depending on your perspective…what can I say, I’m learning.  (It’s fun to play!)

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4. Tuning in to (and subsequently BINGEING) the brilliant A Very English Scandal on Amazon Prime. Give both Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw an Emmy! A Golden Globe! Here’s a review in The Atlantic for your reading pleasure:

Review of A Very English Scandal in The Atlantic

5. Devouring a tomato/spaceship (mozzarella and fresh basil included) whilst catching up with this wee one after being away for a week.

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6. Watching the rain continue to power-wash the world outside and feeling the peace of knowing there’s no place I would rather be.

It’s that simple.    

Revel by the Sea

Sometimes the simple moments that fill a life with joy require fewer words than others. A photo or two can do the trick. Take a peek below into my past couple of days as I savor the tail end of summer vacation by the shore…and enjoy.

An early-morning walk by the sea, where only the fishermen, a couple of boats, and a gigantic sky keep me company.

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With sandy flip flops and salt in my hair, I meander back through sidewalks of flowers and cozy cottages.

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Stop at a farmers market and breathe in even more deep, fresh scents and colors…a revel for the senses.

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Such pockets of beauty and wonder everywhere. All ours for the taking.

Suddenly it feels a bit cooler as throngs of sleepy beachgoers trudge back to cars or cottages, their carts overflowing with umbrellas and chairs, sand pails brimming with shells.  The hot, vast sky turns periwinkle-pink and the sun begins her do-si-do with the moon, who just keeps on pulling tides and making waves, pulling, making.  And though I am quite sleepy myself, I feel her pull me too; bedtime will have to wait.

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