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April showers

A soft and rainy day
A soft and rainy day

On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard.  I like it when it rains hard.  It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.

~ Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

How the trees looked yesterday
How the trees looked yesterday

Early this morning I woke up to an April showers day.  It’s the kind of day that’s good for catching up on my cooking, and preparing the vegetables I bought for the week so they’ll be ready to go when it’s time to use them.  My fairly new Sunday habit of getting the food ready for the week has resulted in less waste of food and time.

Tulip blooming at sunset
Tulip blooming at sunset

I also made a big pot of red beans and rice.  We could probably live on that for most of the week so I may have to freeze some of it.  We’ll see how much gets eaten at dinner.  M will be making cornbread to go with it, and Mere is making something she calls Buffalo Cauliflower.  It will be a delicious dinner.

This sunset is imitating the colors on the back of our home here in Ohio
This sunset is imitating the colors on the back of our home here in Ohio

Other than cooking and doing a little packing, it’s been a quiet day.  I found some time to sit and read for a while, although I did more listening to the rain than reading.  The cats and Bo the Dog have been lazing around, too.  It’s a good day for that.  They’ve been getting on so well that I wouldn’t be surprised to find them all cuddled up together.

Goodnight sun
Goodnight sun (yesterday’s sunset)

Thanks so much for stopping by the Bogs on this rainy day.  Dinner will be served soon.  Help yourself to some rice and beans, cornbread, and the Buffalo Cauliflower.  There’s plenty of room at the table.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.   🙂

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

23 thoughts on “April showers

  1. What a perfect, relaxing Sunday Robin. The sunset is just beautiful. It occured to me that Izzy and Bella may, or may not, move home with you. Do you plan on taking them with you? Enjoy your dinner, it sounds delicious. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. 🙂 Yes, Izzy and Bella are making the trip to the Eastern Shore with us. They are not going to like the long car ride (it’s about 9 hours, including stops for gas and such). I have a feeling M and I are not going to like the long car ride with them. There is going to be a lot of yeowing going on.

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    1. Thank you, Rosie. 🙂 Buffalo Cauliflower is cauliflower cut into florets, then dipped in a flour and water mixture (my daughter-in-law likes rice flower), and baked at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes (on a baking sheet spritzed with oil). Take it out of the oven, brush your favorite Buffalo Wing sauce on all sides, and then put it back in the oven for 5 minutes to get it crispy again. You can serve it with ranch or bleu cheese dressing or with more wing sauce. I think any barbecue sauce and most hot sauces would work just as well.

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    1. You should feel virtuous, Lynn. My poor garden beds are in a very sad state right now. The good news is that my daughter-in-law has already started working on them. 🙂

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  2. What could be better than red beans and rice and cornbread? But what is Buffalo Cauliflower? I want to know the secret. I love that quote from Mark Haddon. That was a book I really enjoyed. By the way, what are you reading? 🙂

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    1. I really enjoyed that book, too, Cathy. I’m currently reading “Breaking Trail” about a woman mountain climber. I don’t usually read memoirs, but thought this one looked interesting.

      See above for the Buffalo Cauliflower explanation (the recipe is in my response to Rosie). 🙂

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  3. Thank you Robin, don’t mind if I do…Just drinking my second cup of coffee. so the rice ‘b beans etc will go down a treat.. 🙂 .. Loved viewing the purple haze of sunset… simply a gorgeous colour …I’ve taken a deep refreshing breath, so now I shall away to begin my day…. happy trails to you and yours…xPenx.

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  4. Gosh, I want to know what Buffalo cauliflower is, too! Pray tell. It sounds like this was a perfect rainy April day. You’ve made it sound magical instead of too damp.

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