Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rain on the roof

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Thunderstorms-and-lightning There's nothing like a rip-roaring good thunderstorm in the middle of the night.  I prefer them under the cover of darkness.  It makes a better light show.  I prefer low-rumbling thunder over the CRACK right over heard, make-your-heart-stop kind, too.

With one thing and another, I didn't get around to writing my blog post until this morning.  So when I heard the rumble of thunder my first thought was, "Crap.  I won't be able to fire up the computer."  My mother lost one of her computers in a thunderstorm thanks to a power surge, so I tend to scramble and unplug them all (yeah, we have four and usually they're all plugged in--including the laptop).

But this morning, I decided to just lie in bed and listen to the rain on the roof.  That's one of the most pleasant sounds on Earth.  Of course, I prefer a gentle rain, not rain accompanied with hail that beats on the house, car, and poor defenseless plants.  We lost a chunk of our "crops" last summer thanks to rain.  Mr. Rubber Tree, who lives on our deck outside during the summer months, took quite a beating and still has the scars to prove it.

Rain on the roof But this morning I pulled the covers up to my chin and closed my eyes and just listened to the rain for a full sixty minutes.  One of life's little pleasures.

What little pleasure of life do you enjoy?

17 comments:

Dru said...

I love seeing the sun rise.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

The monsoons have just broken over Bombay, and my guilty pleasure is sitting and watching the rain last against my plants.

Rural View said...

I like listening to the rain on the roof too, but my biggest "little" pleasure is when we go to my husband's home state of Maine and sit on the rocks watching the surf. An hour of that beautiful ocean ebb and flow puts all of life into perspective and relaxes my tense muscles.

Shutterbug said...

Reading in a quiet house while it rains outside. And of course the dogs are curled up next to me. It's easier to get the rain and the dogs than it is to get the quiet house.

Lorna Barrett said...

Oh, Rural View, Maine is one of my favorite places on Earth.

Rayna, never been to India--but I LOVE the food!

Dru, my office faces the west--don't usually get to see a sunrise, and we have arborvitae in the back yard which blocks out the sunsets. :(

Shutterbug, as soon as I sit down, there's usually a cat on my lap. Makes it awkward when you're trying to eat.

Allison said...

When we lived with my grandmother in El Paso back in the 70's, we'd all pile in her room at night and watch the thunderstorms out her big sliding glass door. The light shows were incredible, and every time I see lightning, I think of her and those cozy times.

PamelaSueJames said...

I like watching a gentle snow fall on a winter night.

Mare F said...

I love to listen to the rain. I was just on my couch with my booty from the library book sale listening to the raindrops pelt the windows. I also like to lie in bed, under the comforter in the winter, and listen to the wind howl about the house outside.

holdenj said...

Woke up to rain and thunder yesterday! If only work didn't interfere, would have been the perfect day to read!

Jan said...

We had a rare rain here this morning. I love the sound on the roof too, and the all the birds waking up an chirping in the mornings.....

Melissa Emerald said...

We don't get many rain storms here in Southern California and thunder is rare. When a storm is predicted, I usually run to the store to get my guilty pleasures: ingredients for beer cheese soup and chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmm

jbstanley said...

I LOVE a summer thunderstorm. I et so excited about them that my kids aren't afraid of storms. We sit out on the porch swing and just watch it coming down.

This stems from growing up on the water and watching the storm fronts move in. Nothing will humble you like seeing a wall of black clouds and lightning coming over the churning water of Long Island sound.

Lorna Barrett said...

JB--that's why I love being at our cottage on a rainy day. We look north to Sodus Point and watch the storm come across the lake. Soon the point is gone, then the islands, and then . . . POOF! We're in a cloud. And then watch as everything reappears in reverse. After 30+ years you'd think I'd grow tired of the sight.

Debra said...

I love "interesting" weather. For ex.,when it rains,stops,sun comes out and then hail,etc.
I love being indoors on a raw,sleety day and I have soup bubbling in the crockpot and bread rising in a warm place in the kitchen.
I was born at the beach (AC) so I love it there. When I was a kid,we used to go for the day in the winter,walk on the beach and stop for a bowl of clam chowder soup. Funny how all of my stories seem to include food.

signlady217 said...

We had an interesting "storm" one day this winter. It rained, then snowed, then the sun came out, then it rained again, and then it was sunny. And this all happened in about 20 minutes! Weird!

One of my little pleasures in life is hugs from all my "babies", whatever age they are! This includes nieces and nephews, former students, babies and children from church; just lots and lots of hugs!

Rural View said...

Lorna, If you love Maine, you should stay at the Riverside Motel in Ogunquit. It's our favorite place, overlooking Perkins Cove. You hear the lobster boatmen getting ready in the morning, see the fishing tours come in in the afternoon, lovely eating places, and the sound of the surf. Then you can walk the Marginal Way - we got married there beside the imitation lighthouse halfway along the path.

Lorna Barrett said...

Rural View, I peeked at their web site. Looks nice! I'd love to go. Now, how to schedule it in with two books to deliver this summer. *Sigh*