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Things to Do On a Rainy Sunday
updated: Nov 20, 2011, 12:35 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What do local people do on a rainy Sunday besides watch football? I love the sun and feel out of sorts when we get rain, any suggestions or plans?

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 COMMENT 234599P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 12:43 PM

We have a rule in our house. On rainy days we bake cookies!


 COMMENT 234602 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 12:54 PM

A good day to sit by the fire and read a book. Love it!


 JOHN WILEY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 12:59 PM

When living in the Northwest, the solution was to dress warm and dry, then go exploring in the woods. Nothing quite like the smells and sounds of wet forest. We don't seem to do that nearly as much here, because we know a day or two is likely to bring dry weather. When we've done it though, we always come home feeling exhilarated. The creeks are fun, and even around town there seems to be a different mood on the streets because those who are out walking are more likely to be enjoying it. Of course after a brisk adventure, baking those cookies is even more fun and warming. :)


 COMMENT 234609P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 01:24 PM

There's no bad weather, only the wrong clothes for the weather. (Well, tornados excepted, I guess.)


 COMMENT 234610 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 01:27 PM

I like John's idea....if one is properly attired, exploring the great outdoors is a lot of fun. Some of my greatest hikes were in Big Sur during a light rain. I also like to walk at the beach during the rain, but my all time favorite rainy day activity is foraging for Chanterelles. When I hear the rain, I imagine the silence of mushrooms growing...followed by the smell of wild mushroom lasagna cooking in the oven, m-m-m-m-m.
Today, I'm content with Edhat reading!


 COMMENT 234620 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 01:46 PM

cry about people being mean


 COMMENT 234622P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 01:54 PM

This kind of weather always makes me want to make a big pot of homemade soup/stew/chili -- something rib-stickin'.


 COMMENT 234631 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 02:27 PM

Get on a plane and go south to Baja.


 COMMENT 234647 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 03:02 PM

T-Day is just around the corner, its not too early to get started on the prep. I've made a batch of turkey stock in the pressure cooker, the mushroom cream base and crispy shallots for the green bean casserole, and the cranberry sauce. When its not pre-T-Day weekend you can usually find me baking something or making a hearty dish of braised meat, stew of some sort, or soup.


 COMMENT 234652 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 03:25 PM

I like the cookie rule! I made 10 pounds of dog food today and spent time on Edhat. My question is how to convince dogs that they must go out to pee in the rain? After 14 hours my bladder starts to feel for them. How can they wait so long? It is amazing.


 COMMENT 234653 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 03:27 PM

I've got a yummy roast going in the slow cooker. Potato's and carrot's soon to jump in the pot. Smells soooo good at my house. Sour dough bread to follow.....


 COMMENT 234657 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 03:40 PM

channelfog--I had a terrier that hated the rain, he held his urine until he had a mild siezure. I suggest leashing the dogs and walking them with an umbrella. Unfortunately they need to be forced to go out.


 COMMENT 234663P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 03:49 PM

I went to the gym this morning and it was packed. Ater reading this thread I'm hungry for cookies - too bad I don't bake...


 COMMENT 234664 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 03:58 PM

I made gumbo. :)


 COMMENT 234669 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 04:08 PM

Channelfog: I can relate completely. My two dogs point blank refuse to go out in the rain at all, I guess for fear of getting their paws wet or something. The weird thing is that one is an Alaskan Malamute and the other a Siberian Husky--northern breeds built for subzero temperatures and foul weather. I guess living all their lives in SB has turned them into wussies. No Iditarod for THEM next year!


 COMMENT 234682 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 04:44 PM

I like the cookie idea ! great idea!


 THE BARRON agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 04:51 PM

Bring on the homemade cookies!


 COMMENT 234686 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 04:55 PM

Tisherself, I do drag them out, but they often run right back in. I agree though, I have to keep hauling them out periodically. It is funny, they are not swimmers, yet they love the beach in the rain, including strong rain, so we often do that. Properly attired, a stormy, solitary beach walk is magic.


 COMMENT 234688 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 05:00 PM

669, Ours are Chow mix with thick coats too. I agree that life in the land of lotus eaters has made them soft...but at least they are cuddly.


 COMMENT 234690 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 05:01 PM

I love going to the wharf or the harbor on rainy days! We ate lunch at Moby Dick's a few months ago when it was raining to watch the waves.


 COMMENT 234703 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 05:55 PM

@234669 Same story here with my husky. He looks at the door longingly like he's never been out his whole life. Ok, there you go door open goes out a few steps and looks at me like WTF and comes back in. We've done multiple short walks when the weather breaks, so he's been able to make his mark but still refuses to take a dump in the rain. These SB pups are SPOILED. I thought I adopted a working dog, hehehe.


 COMMENT 234704 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 05:56 PM

I spent the weekend at a dog show in Paso Robles. Outside in the cold and rain. But dressed appropriately it wasn't to bad and my hound dogs don't mind the rain at all. I hit a huge downpour coming home over the Cuesta grade. Drove slowly and carefully with precious cargo on board. Once home I made a chicken pot pie which is just about ready to come out of the oven.


 COMMENT 234723 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 08:38 PM

Study at the library for midterms and read a good book. Never thought this chair could be so comfortable...


 COMMENT 234728 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 08:49 PM

Channel fog; can you give me your recipe for homemade dog food?There are times here in Baja we cannot get dog food. I have done rice and wheat mixtures for pregnant dogs, but need more suggestions.


 YVES agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 08:51 PM

Huskies and Malamutes do not like melted snow falling from the sky or under their feet. Your dogs are looking at you that way because they want you to make it about 40 degrees colder. (We had a Malamute mix. She loved going up to Mt. Pinos, but hated going out in the rain.)


 SHORELINE agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-20 10:21 PM

As a family we made hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows, played Monopoly, card games, played Wii Sports and had breakfast for dinner (bacon, eggs, potatoes, and pumpkin pancakes). Before bed we read the next chapter of The Guardian's of Ga Hoole.


 COMMENT 234741 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 06:10 AM

We snuggle indoors,read,write,eat pumpkin pie and ice cream and give thanks for the refreshing and steady rain coming down.


 COMMENT 234744 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 06:22 AM

Make soup, read a book, sit by the fire and, if it's raining hard enough and long enough do STORM PATROL! (i.e. check to see how fast the creeks are flowing, boats getting washed up on beach or other evidence of nature's fury)


 COMMENT 234754 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 07:02 AM

My crazy Corgi LOVES the rain; sure I put a little raincoat on her, but she flies into a rushing gutters or puddles and the raincoat really does not help. Guess I can be glad she likes water/rain.

I usually make hot cocoa w/Schnapps in the morning and then get a soup or stew going on the stove or slow cooker.

I wish I had finished my X-mas cards Sunday.


 COMMENT 234758 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 07:07 AM

Put on your galoshes and your slicker and go out and play in the rain. That's what my mother made me do as a kid (or else I'd drive her crazy cooped up inside the house) and I still feel like a kid when I do that.


 COMMENT 234770 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 07:26 AM

728, We use an organic kibble and make the wet (stew) food.
In a large pot w/ some olive oil saute, and stir regularly:
1 whole head of peeled and minced garlic. (reduces gas, fleas), 5 pounds ground meat (low fat), one hand of oregano, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 48 oz canned tomato, 1 cup brown rice, 1 qt water, 1 tablespoon salt, 4 packages of knox unflavored gelatin (strong nails, they used to break and be painful), 5 pounds fresh or frozen vegetables; we use carrots, celery, bell peppers, squashes, and green beans. The veges go through food processor and are added after the meat and rice have cooked for 45 min. Cover and cook another 15 minutes. Let cool covered, then package and freeze. Great nutrition is the best health care.
PS Never feed a dog onions, as it destroys their red blood cells, and can kill them. (symptom: white gums not pink)


 COMMENT 234774P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 07:29 AM

Besides all the comfy home activities, we have the SB Museum of Natural History, the Art Museum, the Maritime Museum . . .


 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 07:31 AM

Baking is the best, but I limit that now. Went Turkey Day shopping before coming home to a nice hot shower to warm up. Sat in the easy chair by the fireplace while crafting and writing, then baked home made stuffed shells. Capped it off watching BOARDWALK EMPIRE with the cat on my lap. Yeah!


 COMMENT 234827 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 09:48 AM

This one is too obvious - if you're really from SB, you put on a T-shirt, shorts and UGG boots and go shopping on State Street, that great street. Yeah, that was me you saw yesterday!


 COMMENT 234864 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 11:15 AM

XXX827 What? My precious UGGs in the rain? Horrors! I prefer shiny black rubber boots which won't get soaked. One of the best accessories if it's merely wet or what my mom called "misting down" is a (willing!) dog on a fairly long lead. Dogs can smell so many more things than we can - - imagine what it must be like when moisture brings out the delicious scents of pine, euc, oak, cat, rodent, other dogs. One can get a lot of vicarious enjoyment added to one's own.


 COMMENT 234867 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 11:22 AM

Give thanks for the all-too-infrequent rain showers.
Read a book, write a letter, call someone you've not heard from in awhile.
Bake something that will make your home smell yummy and feel warmer.
Cook up something delish that takes time and patience.
Be grateful for the 300+ days of sunshine we get here!
Clean out a closet or the garage or reorganize files.
Put on your raincoat and go for a walk.
Watch the gorgeous clouds up there from the window.


 COMMENT 234968 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-21 05:58 PM

I swam in a meet at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Very rainy=very cold! Not my best idea.


 COMMENT 235246 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-11-22 05:49 PM

ChannelFog...Thank you for sharing the (yummy) food you feed your dogs. I hope I come back as your dog! You sound like a great fur loving person. =)


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