“Raindrops keep falling on my head…” Who was the singer behind this song? As yes, B. J. Thomas… But the song wasn’t for a rainy day, and neither did it mean that it was raining. It just felt quite appropriate for my post today. I also remember the nursery rhyme that I used to sing as a child. “Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…” I used to believe that the song would actually tell the rain to go away and come back on another day. Boy, was I wrong! I used to believe that people who sang in off-key notes would cause rain to fall, too! I wonder where my naivety came from.
Okay, enough about my childhood gullibility. It was just a long and rainy Sunday night that prompted the liquidity of my thoughts and I wondered, if the rainy weather is going to keep us all indoors and imprisoned at home, what would we do? What is there to do?
Well, for one, my parents decided to have a wonderfully warm and cozy steamboat dinner that night. Why not, right? A steaming hot pot of chicken and cabbage soup, accompanied by the fire from a gas tank, powered through the pot to cook the various ingredients; from poulty to seafood, vegetables to noodles.
We had squid, straw mushrooms, fish balls, button mushrooms, tofu, scallops, chicken, prawns, and oyster mushrooms. We also had noodles, beef slices, eggs, and some green leafy vegetables. What was missing was the fried tofu skin. But still, it was a hefty meal, no doubt eaten at your own pace, with spicy chilli dips and diced garlic. It was the perfect meal for a rainy day.
Alternatively, you can have your own stakeout at home by setting up the scene.
Try for a plush and comfortable armchair, a fleece blanket (one that you can get from an airplane), some snacks, and a good book. For your snacks, you can have muffins, cupcakes, biscuits plus a hot steaming mug of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Anything to cozy up the room. Curl up on your armchair and read the hours away. Snooze if you feel like doing so because the atmosphere is so calm and cooling that you just want to be as snug as a bug in a rug.
You don’t have to read, though, if that’s not your interest or hobby. You can sketch or paint. You can catch up on your knitting or cross-stitching projects. Or, you can just prop a pillow on your carpet, and lie down with your eyes closed. Listen to the gentle pitter-patter of the raindrops on the roof. Hark, the strong howling winds outside your window.
Oh, and don’t forget to put some music on, too. Jazzy numbers, light romantic tunes, or anything instrumental can help to enhance the mood as well. Are you feeling comfortable yet?