Rain In Southern Appalachia

It’s been raining at my house for almost 24 hours-and I’m so thankful. I know some of you have had more than your fair share of wet weather this summer-but not us. I think I can literally hear the earth sucking in the moisture to replenish the waters of the deep.

As I look out the window, I’m drawn towards the feel of the rain drops on my skin. Makes me want to run through the yard barefoot, splash in every puddle, and sing at the top of my lungs. What does rain make you feel like doing?


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    Miss Cindy
    September 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    We sure did need this rain! This rain made the difference in having blueberries and not having blueberries this year.
    Rainy cloudy weather sometimes makes me sad but most of the time it makes me want to get a cup of tea and a book. I love to hear the rain on the roof at night it puts me to sleep like a lullaby.

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    August 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Great photos of the rain. We had over 20 inches here at our home due to Tropical Storm Fay. Love the rain but not flooding..It’s like being a Christian, Sprinkle and Shine not Poor and Blind.

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    August 28, 2008 at 10:20 am

    I hope you did splash barefoot in the puddles!
    We live on the Oregon coast where it rains ALOT, but I love it. Makes me want to curl up by the fire with my knitting. We do take long walks in it quite a bit. What else can you do?!

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    August 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

    I love to run out in it if it hasn’t rained in a while. We had a very wet early summer, then a long dry spell, and now back to wetter weather. I’m glad you’re getting some very needed ‘wet stuff’!

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    Julie O'Neill
    August 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    We hardly get rain where I live too (high desert – about 8 inches a year)…so I have said that next time it’s raining, if at all possible, I plan to go outside and spin and dance in it looking up into the skies in awe.

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    August 27, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Those are BEAUTIFUL pictures!

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    August 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I love to run out in it when we haven’t had it for a while! We had a very wet beginning to summer, then a too long break in it, but it’s been back a lot this last week or so. Our plants needed it! I’m hoping it will keep the oaks from turning brown before the rest of the leaves get their fall color.

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    petra michelle
    August 27, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Tipper! Love this poem about rain which I think is so appropriate to your post and how I feel about the rain.
    It isn’t raining rain to me,
    It’s raining daffodils;
    In every dimpled drop I see
    Wild flowers on the hills.
    The clouds of gray engulf the day
    And overwhelm the town;
    It isn’t raining rain to me,
    It’s raining roses down.
    It isn’t raining rain to me,
    But fields of clover bloom;
    Where any buccaneering bee
    Can find a bed and room.
    A health unto the happy,
    A fig for him who frets!
    It isn’t raining rain to me,
    It’s raining violets.
    Robert Loveman
    Let the rain fall!

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    Mark Salinas
    August 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Very nice! We could use some rain, please send some our way! 🙂

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    Fishing Guy
    August 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Tipper: Funny as it sounds we are also having a rain up here today. I took Jake my dog for a walk around the house in the rain. It is light so he didn’t mind it. I like to fish in the rain and will stay through even a hard rain as long as there is no lightning. The fish sometimes will bite nicely during a rain.
    I love to hear Pap sing that “Sweet Sweet Corn” every time I come and Pauls pickin also is really cool. It almost sounds like a song for a rainy day.

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    August 27, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I love the rain too. Rain always makes me want to make a big pot of soup and cornbread. Blessings, Kathleen

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    August 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Read, read, read…with a big mug of coffee and all the blinds open. I’m happy it is raining where you are. I hope it helps out with the drought. We are keeping an eye on Gustav. Hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. We sometimes get 8 inches of rain in a day in the New Orleans area.

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    Razor Family Farms
    August 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Did you get your soap yet? I mailed everyone’s soap last week and am hoping that all arrive safe and sound.
    Love the pictures! It’s been pouring here and we’ve had some little tornadoes.

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    The Texican
    August 27, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Glad you are getting some rain. We are in the monsoon season here this year. We are getting tropical showers every afternoon. I know how wonderful rain looks after long periods without it. I also enjoyed your post on the beginning of the school year. I may reference your post in an upcoming post I am planning. Have a great “wet” week. Pappy

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    August 27, 2008 at 1:53 am

    My husband and I now live in an arid area–no rain from Mar to Nov. Blue sky, hot day after hot day. Although we are not “spring chickens” anymore, when that first fall rain comes, we run out in it like giddy children, arms outstretched, heads tipped back, laughing in celebration. Never thought I would tire of blue sky days, but I sure look forward to rainclouds.

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    August 27, 2008 at 1:43 am

    I have to smile – I posted rain on my window tonight. Your photo is gorgeous!
    Rain makes me want to curl up in a chair and just watch it fall.

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    August 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Ahhh, sweet rain. Makes me want to take the boy outside and teach him all the mystical, scientific, and magical things about precipitation. And take a really deep breath.

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    August 26, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I love to listen to the rain. And, I love to smell the rain. Sometimes I’m in too much of a hurry to stop and smell the rain. I hate that.
    And, by the way, thanks for listening to me ramble last night. Things are better today. 🙂

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    August 26, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Rain makes me want to curl up in the bed with a good book! blessings, marlene

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    August 26, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I love the rain when it sets in like this. I came home early from work so I could curl up with Shelby, listen to an audio book and stitch down some quilt binding. Two hours later, I woke up. Ahhhhh…the rain is good.

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    August 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    We’ve had a hot and dry summer, too, but last week, we got that luscious rain here. For about a week, off and on, it rained and our temperatures never got out of the 70’s (unheard of for us this time of year). It was heavenly!
    It’s gotten hot again, but our highs are running in the mid-90’s now, compared to the triple digit temperatures we were having before the rains came. It’s pretty pleasant. I’m loving how green everything is. 🙂

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    August 26, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Rain, rain, glorious rain. It has been raining here as well and all I hear are the plants releasing a huge sign of relief. Thank you, Lord!

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    Farm Chick Paula
    August 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Yay! We’ve had rain all day too! I’ve been out in it all day looking for a lost baby chick, so I’m soaked through, but it feels wonderful!!

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    Carolyn A.
    August 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I want to sit in front of your window. That picture is phenomenal! I would do all the things you would do, but I would also turn my face to the sky, spin and let the rain hit me from every angle. I’m one of those people who just has to be out in it, even if it’s just to walk. My friends think I’m crazy, but I don’t care. I love falling rain, leaves and snow. Can’t get enough of any of them. xxoo

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    August 26, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Sleeping! I love to sleep when it’s raining hard. Wish I had a tin roof!

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    August 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Rain makes me want to take a nap.

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    August 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I love rainy days. Sometimes I want to make a big pot of soup and bake bread and sometimes I just want to sit in one of the porch rocking chairs and smell the fresh clean air. Sunny days are wonderful but rainy days nourish the soul.

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    August 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I love to sit by the fire and snuggle up with a good book, hot chocolate and a blanket when it rains.

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    August 26, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I usually want to curl up with a good book when it’s raining. Like you we’ve barely had any rain this summer. I always love the smell of the rain, when it hasn’t rained forever. It reminds me of home. (Seattle)

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    August 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I LOVE the rain, always have. I’ve forever wished for an enclosed outside area where you could shower with the falling rain and soak in the beauty of nature.

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    August 26, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    A warm rain once in a while makes me want to do exactly as you described. I used to love playing and running in the rain when I was a kid (and no longer a kid). Now I live where our annual rainfall is 8 inches. If it rains more than two days in a row, I get cranky.

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