I wore a down jacket yesterday.  It’s May.  I am not happy with the weather. 

Ordinarily, I love a good rainy day.  I love the opportunity to watch it fall outside my window as I sip my morning coffee.  I love the sound of it hitting the window panes at night.  I love the low rumble of thunder.

But after a long winter, I’m ready for sunshine and 80 degrees.  I’m ready to wear tank tops and flip-flops on a regular basis.  I’m ready to put wool sweaters away.  I’m ready to plant my garden, dig in the dirt and pull the weeds that are, as I write, winding and twisting their way around every inch of my yard.

It’s enough to make you crazy unless you have some darned good ways to kill rainy day boredom.  We gave it our best shot over the past two days, and here are our

Top 5 Best Rainy Day Activities.

Build a blanket fort in the middle of the living room.  The bigger, the better.  Use every clean sheet you can find, every pillow you’ve ever owned, and piles and piles of blankets and quilts.  Arrange the sheets strategically over all of the dining room chairs.  Hold them in place with wooden clothespins.  Once all openings have been covered, drag the pillows and blankets inside.  Make a nest.  Add stacks and stacks of good books, a flashlight and snacks, and you will have the perfect getaway in which to hide from the gloom.

Watch old movies.  New movies work, but they lack a certain quality—what is it?  Oh, yes… quality.  I’m not biased or anything, but show me any actors today who can sing, act, and dance like Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Our choice this weekend was, of course, Singin’ in the Rain.  Just try to stop yourself from humming along.

 Bake.  Cold, dreary weather outside begs for warm, tasty treats on the inside.   Our favorites are chocolate chip muffins and homemade peanut butter cookies.  (Be sure to take whatever you make into the tent.  Everything tastes better in a blanket fort.)

Get messy.  Paint, color, cut, paste, and create.  There is no better time to sit down with a fresh sheet of paper and let your imagination go wild.  Harper Lee loves watercolors while I prefer acrylics and oil pastels.  Isaac likes it all… mixed together… with more on his body than the actual paper.

Peacock by Harper Lee

Rhinoceros by Isaac

Play games.  Cards are good.  So are Checkers.  Our new favorite is Apples to Apples.  It doesn’t really matter what it is, whether it’s charades or tic-tac-toe, as long as you are playing WITH them.

The forecast looks like it’s going to be the same for the next couple of days, so the the art table is not going to be cleaned up just yet, and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula is next on our movie list.  We’re hoping to see the sun again by Thursday.  Until then, I’m writing by flashlight in the fort.  

Our Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

1 egg

1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Beat egg until foamy. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten, in crisscross pattern, with tines of fork.

Bake 10 min. or until lightly browned.

Cool on baking sheets 1 min.

Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Happy Rainy Day!