Lifestyle Living in North Holland

How I spend a rainy day

Yesterday we had warm and sunny weather but today it’s been pouring on and off. Days like these make it not so fun to even walk Booker. The sky is overcast. The ground is muddy and littered with debris of crunchy leaves that have gone soggy. Let me tell you, the weather in The Netherlands is 100% unpredictable! So how do we spend a rainy day at home?

Nothing feels better than getting snug on the couch with our little potato. Booker’s favorite place to sleep is the couch. But as soon as we take a seat, she wants independence and finds a quieter corner. We often indulge in hot tea, a good book, or video games.

My current favorite tea is a very strong English black tea. No rainy day is complete without a hot cup of tea! It’s not as strong as I usually take my cup but it’s better than nothing. I usually make my tea milky and hot with no sugar or honey. Having too much sugar has made my bones ache as I got older so I do my best to avoid it when I can.

There have no new Game of Thrones novels, so I’ve decided to backtrack a bit and read what George R. R. Martin wrote before that series. Currently I’m reading Fevre Dream and it’s as magical as GoT!

As for my 3ds, I’m enjoying revisiting Pokémon and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I had started my first playthrough around September and it was my first 3ds game. When I moved, I sold my game and deleted the saved data (I’ve never regretted something more!) but felt a hole in my gaming life without it. I bought it again, this time a European version so that I could play it once more.

And let’s not forget to moisturize! I got this lotion back in California when we went to visit in May. It’s from Cost Plus World Market and smells so much like springtime in SoCal. I grew up around miles and miles of orange groves. Every spring I would drive with the windows down to get that sweet scent into my face. I’ve been searching years for something that captures that faint and nostalgic smell. This does that quite well. Unfortunately the scent doesn’t last too long and this is my only tube…

What do you do on a rainy day?

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  • Reply
    Mel & Suan
    September 29, 2017 at 3:17 am

    We remember it rains a lot in Amsterdam. Or at least we seem to recall it like that.
    And we used to read a lot when we are “stuck” indoors. But we also spent a lot of time outside in the rain too! For unless it is a heavy downpour like we have here in the little red dot, the rain in Amsterdam is nothing compared to that. And so we take in our stride even as it drizzles while we are out in the flower fields, cobbled streets etc…

    • Reply
      September 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      It does rain a lot! It’s raining again today! I do agree, most times the rain isn’t so long and heavy that it’s impossible to go out but we do tend to plan our outings around the rain.

      • Reply
        Mel & Suan
        October 1, 2017 at 3:07 am

        Let the rain not stop you! Bring an umbrella, a raincoat and some warm coats too… and you’ll be fine!

  • Reply
    October 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Nice to see your site. North Holland is a great place to live. I have to admit that the rain never seems like much to the Dutch but it can get to us American’s a bit. Keep writing it helps!

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