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Friday, May 11, 2007

Gauging The Rain!

























Mona said to let the rain come tumblin' down on Poetry Friday!


Before I even knew the word, I had taken these shots this afternoon! I was so excited to literally christen my new rain gauge!


I have always been fascinated by rain. When my sister and I were about 6 and 9, we used to hang clear plastic bags out our windows and shut them so we could collect the rain. Then, we'd see whose bag got the most. Our older sister, who was about 15, must have thought we were weird little kids! (She'd be right!) She gave each of us a bonafide raingauge this past Easter as you can see. I bet I beat my sister this time!

Even though we're "all growed up", I still sometimes get the urge to hang a plastic bag out of my window!


I find the sound of rain on the roof soothing, just as I do the sound of waves lapping up on a shore. The sustained steady rhythm lulls me to sleep.



let the rain kiss you
and nature will take its course
quenching your desires
(A Maggie and Mona type poem! I can't make them sizzling hot like you babes, though!)



















Mother of Invention,looking for some clear bags and doing my Rain Dance!

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27 Comments:

Blogger steve said...

Some folks pray for rain
Some folks prayers come true
Some days you belookin' for Rain
Some days the Rain comes a lookin' for you

Hey Ma, look what David @ Dsquared taught me to do!
And yes, I wrote this poem!

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Richard said...

Still no rain up here, although the temperature has dropped 4 or 5 degrees C (not F) since this morning.

Didn’t get the rain expected yesterday. Might come today. Wonder if it will start before I head off for Montreal?

I’ve always wanted a little weather station. I notice Canadian Tire sells one - though I am not sure how I would justify to Sofia that we really need to know wind speed, temperature, pressure and precipitation fallen (even calculates wind chill for you).

As I recall my youth, whenever I set about to try and measure the rain fall, there just be a pittance in the jar. I wonder why my enthusiasm and a decent downpour never coincided?

I don't suppose you are a fan of Junkhouse's Praying For the Rain

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Anonymous chase said...

Well it recently stop raining. I do love the rain and especially after a rain a rainbow appears.

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Barbara said...

There is something so soothing and refreshing about a good rain. It really helps the pollen level also.

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Pauline said...

oh but I like that little haiku - it doesn't need to sizzle when it convinces as it does.

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Steve:Hey, I love the poem and your new skill! Maybe I should try it!

Richard: They said we're in for a hotter and drier summer. We really need rain and the farmers are praying for more.

I used to phone the weather tape to get an update about 5 times a day when I was 9. I also did a project on the different cloud types which fascinated me too.

I think the weather station is cool. Think of what that would teach your kids. If you're a station that reports in to a radio or internet, wouldn't the equipment be at least partially paid for?

Chase: Yes, that does always seem magical!

Barbara: I love when the sun shines after a rain and all the drops sparkle! I didn't really think about keeping pollen down..what a bonus!

Pauline:Thanks Pauline, and you do know Haikus!

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Lynn said...

nice pics. cool rain gauge.
we need rain.
I really don't want to water

Friday, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger LynClay said...

I'm with you M.O.I., I love the sound of rain on the roof and it's so soothing and a wonderful sound to sleep by. I can picture little girls hanging those plastic bags out the window to catch the rain! I love your photos and poem, very inspiring!
I just tagged 7 people in my blog to list 7 facts about theirselves and the details are in my blog if you would like to participate! :)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

 
Blogger twilite said...

Hi MOI! We've been getting incessant rain here in the tropics. Thunder and lightening crashed my laptop...huh?!

Like your pics. Difficult to catch these when I'm living in apartment (9th level).

Saturday, May 12, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynn: Watering is a big project here! It takes a long time. We're getting some Tues. and Wed.

Lynclay: I wish we had real photos of that!! We were really funny kids. I'll do your 7 things meme this week sometime.

Twilite:

Sunday, May 13, 2007

 
Blogger TopChamp said...

That's a great story... makes me want to hang bags out of my windows and see how much fun it is!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

 
Blogger GrizzBabe said...

That's a really COOL photo of rain on the hood of a car. That is a car, right?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Oops! Forgot you,Twilite!: You're having torrential rains? Monsoons?
You'd love my yard!

Topchamp: Doesn't just?!!

Grizz: Actually it's a tin roof! Not my pic, though!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Love you thundery pics...(and the way you caught the bird in the second one! :-) )this was a very refreshing post. I can just imagine you and your sister hanging out the window, trying to catch the most rain! :-D

I used to sleep in a caravan in the garden, along with my two sisters, due to lack of space in the house. When it rained, it was like a waterfall on the house, and the wind screeched the bamboos against the walls... one always knew the weather in a caravan! :-)

We're getting a lot of rain this week as well... must be the storm before the calm...

btw - Steve - like your poem!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Oh, and yours of course, MOI!!!

(I thought I'd already said it :-S)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: Thanks! The bird in the pic reminded me of the bird you caught in the video at the end!

What exactly is a caravan? Like our house trailers here? Was it permanent of just for good weather and when you had company? The rain sounds so neat on a metal roof. It pings!

Monday, May 14, 2007

 
Blogger Old Lady said...

Send some my way!

Monday, May 14, 2007

 
Anonymous colleen said...

Is that the same red winged black bird?

Monday, May 14, 2007

 
Anonymous David said...

Rain -

I love the sound of you from my shelter;
But, loathe you when upon my head you pelter.

Steve - what kind of html monster have I created?http://dsquared22.com/blog/

Monday, May 14, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Old Lady: I'll try but here they're calling for a hotter and drier summer!

Colleen: Ha! Think it was a regular blackbird,

Monday, May 14, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

David: You squeezed yours in just before I pressed comment button! You should be doing poetry Fridays!

And yes, I think Steve's elated at his new skill, I haven't even tried yet! Of course, this would be an additional monster to all that he is already!!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

 
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Bags out the window! I should try that!

Loved the photos! I love rain, it just makes the day slower and easier to breathe in.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

 
Blogger brooksba said...

Summer rain is the best. A soft rain that drips on the windows and cools the warm night air. Ah, that is something to look forward to in summer.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

 
Blogger mystic rose said...

rain.. , lovely just watching the rain, something magical and joy giving about it. and its all encapsuled in your poem.

I have to read maggie and mona now.. :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Mona: Slower! That's absolutely it! You just take it all in slo mo!

Brooksba: Yes, better than the bitter cold stuff that goes through your bones.

Mystic: I love when it's still raining and the sun comes out!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Yes, I guess a caravan's what you call a trailer (no motor on it). Ours was three (tiny)bedroomed and a living room, where my sisters and myself used to hold regular 'discos'. The house wasn't really big enough for all of us (4 kids), so we had a 30 foot 'trailer' in the back garden as a semi-permenent feature. My brother stayed in the house, and the three of us girls lived/slept in the caravan. It was freezing in the winter!

The thing I used to like best was that the living room had a giant window, and my dad put up a bird table opposite it... I'd sit for hours naming the birds(literally giving them names, not identifying them! :-) ). There was 'Sunny' and 'Smiley' and... :-D

Sunday, May 20, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa:
That actually sounds like fun. It probably bonded you closely to your sisters. You could just pile the blankies on in winter. What heating did it have? That's so funny you naming the birds! Not surprising at all!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

 

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