Rain, rain, go away

It was pouring down rain the morning we steamed into Malaga. I had meetings in the morning and had resigned myself to an afternoon stuck on the ship.  Then as we sat in the restaurant having lunch, the sun suddenly broke through and the clouds started drifting away.

Nobody had to ask us twice; we were off the ship in a flash. All up and down the streets of the older part of Malaga is the Andalusian state tree, the beautiful “Jacaranda” with the most amazing purple flowers in abundance.  I had ask a local is it was Ha-caranda (as you would expect in Spain) or Ja-caranda (maybe the word coming into the language from elsewhere).  Ha-caranda it is!

We poked our heads into a pretty little cathedral and on the way out encountered a sweet but spoiled dog as well as some very good street performers playing guitar.

The Picasso Museum was too tempting to miss; he was born in Malaga, so they feel very territorial about him. It was a nice exhibit with some of his very earliest work up through pieces he did near the end of his life.  They also had bookmarks with just the cat from Reclining Nude with a Cat but wouldn’t take a credit card for a purchase under €10 and I didn’t have any more Euros.  So we settled for some Picasso refrigerator magnets from the souvenir shop across from the museum.

We also had to take many photos of the Malaga Ferris Wheel (the Noria de Malaga) as my client collects Ferris wheel photos (no, I don’t know why). It is the largest itinerant Ferris wheel in Europe, as it is technically moveable.

By the time we got back to the ship, the sky was bright blue with just a few wispy white clouds in the distance – a perfect way for a rainy day to end up!

What do you like to do on a rainy day?


40 thoughts on “Rain, rain, go away”

  1. 1973 i got a job working construction and it was outside work where the boss would have us work for 10 minutes getting set up in the rain and then call it a day so that he could pay us for 1/2 days work
    stan was a working man’s boss
    I learned from that experience to really savor and anticipate wonderful days on the days when the rain came
    The whole world kind of crawls in a hole and leaves it to you to take advantage of all the great things out there that others leave alone simply because rain is coming down.
    parks , city shipping where the streets a tight and the shops are tighter, galleries, or crawling in the hot tub with the cover only partially open to act as a rain bonnet while i read and listen to tunes
    i love a rainy day

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  2. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    I am with Wessew–sleeping on a rainy day is satisfying. One of our dogs can be relied on for being a sleep assistant, as well, so you get some canine cuddle time on a rainy day.

    The last few days have been so sunny that I have not been napping. I have been gardening. On Mother’s Day we met at Lake Harriet for an evening picnic and glorious people-watching. There were the usual fashion mistakes. However, the highlight of the day was a shirtless, sunburned old guy in a Scottish kilt, dress shoes and a tummy pack. I have pictures for a blog post! Somewhere the guy had a proud mother.

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    1. The old guy in the kilt is a Twin Cities fixture. He is always at the Irish festival on Harriet Island and the Asian festival at Lake Phalen, and at most of the outdoor music events throughout the summer. Later in the season he’ll be tan rather than sunburned. He usually also wears a lei. I see him all the time, but have never seen him wearing anything other than the kilt.

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  3. I love rainy days….and have always loved lightning. As a child I’d stare out my bedroom window any night of a thunder storm. Kansa has heat lightnng=no rain….I love watching any lightening.

    Now when it rains it doesn’t stop me from doing whatever I had in mind to do but my mind is flexible as is my work. I’ve been self employed for years so unless I had some deadline needing attention I would work as I chose ‘tho that was typically down to my studio at asbout 8…work until I chose breaks and often working into the evening. Work for me was and is therapudic….I love my work even when it Is or was WORK.

    I love the sound of rain on the roof. We have a metal roof so in some of the open ceiling rooms = the rain is like music to me. My studio is log with a cedar shingles roof…and again rain becomes soothing music.

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  4. Long ago our family took June vacations in northern Minnesota. Rain often falls, so we had many days of occupying ourselves while rain drummed on the cabin roof. All my life the sound of rooftop rain makes me yearn for a nice jigsaw puzzle to assemble.

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      1. I guess I’m in the minority here in my view of puzzles. As BiR so wisely said, to each his own. Or, as the french say, Vive la difference!


  5. On this potentially rainy day we are having our carpets cleaned, a management gift for re-upping for another year. So I am putting chairs and light furniture on top of the heavy furniture we do not move.


  6. I do not do anything different really. I like the sound of rain. We used to make a point of picnicking on rainy days in park shelters. A walk in the woods in a good rain coat and hat is fine, was fine that is. On the North Shore used to sit in one of our garages drinking coffee and watching the tourists go by on Hwy 61.
    I cannot think of any one of our trips where the rain interfered with touristing. Not even in Seattle.


  7. It has rained here in the Northwest every day we have been here, which is to be expected. I didn’t like driving to Portland in it. It is nice to watch the rain roll in over Commencement Bay, then roll east over the Cascades.


  8. Depends on the rainy day. Rainy and 40 degrees? Sleep is always good, but it’s not always wise (if I nap too much, I won’t be able to sleep at night). Reading is fine. Browsing the library or a bookstore are good rainy day activities. Cleaning and paperwork are not my idea of fun, but a rainy day is a good day to get those necessary activities out of the way. Babysitting the twins on a cold, rainy day = not fun.

    Other rainy days (i.e. a bit warmer than 40), in between showers, I sometimes like to go take pictures. The light is fantastic on cloudy days. Last fall, I went to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden/the Quaking Bog on a drippy day. The tamaracks were in full, glorious, golden color and for some reason there weren’t many people out, so it was quiet and peaceful. It was a special time that would have been not so special if it had been sunny and 70. Another time last fall, I was walking by Minnehaha Creek, hoping that the predicted rain would hold off for a bit. Just as I told myself that I would turn around when I reached a certain point, the heavens opened and the deluge came. I managed to keep the camera dry, but not myself. I was absolutely drenched.

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  9. A la ljb, if it’s not a nasty cold rain, I like walking in it – the woods if possible. And when Joel was a toddler, he and Husband would go out in the rain and play kick-the-ball (a primitive form of soccer).

    If it’s really coming down and kinda cold, then I’d rather be in somewhere with a hot drink and a book or good conversation, preferably in front of a (real) fireplace. Or on a train.


  10. The thought of rain on the roof puts me in mind of my first apartment, which was small and right on Cedar Avenue, where Midwest Mountaineering is now. The apartment had two skylights, so not only was the pattering of rain insistent and enveloping, but the light was also more subdued than on sunny days. Whatever puttering I might have been doing is inconsequential, but what I remember was the music that accompanied those days and that rain— sometimes Bert Jansch and Mississippi John Hurt, sometimes Debussy and Chopin’s Nocturnes.

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  11. OT: Yesterday my daughter, Liam and I had a delightful brunch with Renee and her husband. Afterward Molly, Liam and I went to my apartment. While the adults planned the move to Michigan, Liam read a book about the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. The book moved him so much he kept sharing facts from it. (“Did you know 20,000 people died in that tsunami?”)

    Here was a kid of seven who:
    read a book instead of watching TV or playing games;
    only commented when no adult was speaking;
    was so moved by information about this tragedy that he had to share his feelings with his favorite adults.

    Pardon a proud grampy for thinking the world can use more kids like that, kids who read and whose hearts are touched by reports of human suffering in far away places.

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  12. Years ago…when daughter was probably 7 or 8 and we were up here staying in one of the cabins during a rainy day…we put on our swim suits and showered in the warm pouring rain. It is a memeory I’d forgotten about ‘tho it comes up when we talk of memories from the many summer weeks spent here.

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    1. When I was a kid, we deemed a warm rainy day perfect for going swimming, and we often did. On cold rainy days we preferred indoor activities such as reading or coloring in a coloring book. I have such wonderful memories from the rainy afternoons at the boarding school. Now that I think about it, I have many wonderful memories from the boarding school, period.

      On a day like today, I’m grateful for the rain. My friend for whom I’m chicken and cat sitting at the moment, purchased a whole bunch of seedlings before she left for a two week road trip (poor planning), and I’m trying to keep them alive til she returns at the end of this week. My reward, one egg every other day, seems to be all the five hens can muster between them.

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      1. I think we have a couple more days of rain in the forecast, so that should make it easier to keep those seedlings alive.I planted a bunch of stuff out on Sunday and was happy to have a nice spell of rain today to make them happy.


  13. It’s been pouring down (I’ve never know whether to use “pouring” or “poring”) here today. Great for the grass and the flowers. I can’t say how relieved I am that yesterday was clear and sunny because all three of my kids and an assortment of young grandchildren spent hours emptying and demolishing an old fenced-in storage area by the lake. Steve also installed a railing going down to the dock since I’ve been too afraid to even go on it. The ice had pushed the top boulder a full foot above the second one, and even after looking everywhere, I can’t find my balance anymore. To get to my dock, I’ve had to sit on each step, then scoot down to the next one. My kids are at an age where they worry about me falling and breaking a hip. Am I really that old????

    The kids filled two truckloads of junk, including a big barbecue and ten old dock sections. They hung gorgeous plants and replaced rotten dock boards. They then set about cutting down small trees and trimming tons of branches off others to open up a better view. For the first time, I have an extra twenty feet of lake view.

    I’ve tended towards feeling irrelevant to my large family in recent years, but after Mother’s Day, their caring with sweat equity banishes such thoughts. I feel very good, and very grateful today!

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  14. Turns out that gardening in the rain is fun until the lightning and thunder starts, then it gets a little creepy! Then you move into the garage with your plants and pots and soil. And of course by the time you’re done you decide to go ahead w/ hanging up all the pots in the rain so by the time you come inside you’re so filthy you have to go straight to the bathroom to strip off and then shower!

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  15. Way way off topic. I have purchased the domain name 25ththe45th. Totally political encouraging the removal of Trump via the 25th Amendment of the Constitution. I need help developing the website. I will be writing about Presidents Washington through Trump and how each was accused of being insane while in office. But highlighting Trump”s mental incapacity to serve.

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