Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rainy Days and Mondays

Remember that song? By the Carpenters - the brother and sister singing duo. Karen Carpenter had an amazing voice, deep and silky smooth. I loved them - still do. You'll find several songs by the Carpenters on my Ipod.(If I can find them on YouTube, I'll post the video at the end of this blog.)

The line in that song was "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down" and that's a little true for me today. I had a really busy weekend, and this is school vacation week, so I have an extra one or two teens staying here, which adds to the general hectic atmosphere. Then, for some reason, I seem to have caught the head cold that was going around, so I'm thick-headed and sluggish, to boot. (I know what you're thinking, but I AM NOT normally this thick-headed. And shame on you for mocking me when I'm sick. Hallie, this means you.)

Yesterday (Monday) was the day I woke up realizing that I was sick, and today it is rainy. Very rainy. 'Check the basement to see how bad the flooding is' rainy. Maybe even 'Noah, start gathering the animals' kind of rainy. After a week or more of really nice, sunny spring weather, the rain is really welcome. We need it, or so the forest fire guy keeps saying on tv. Anyway, we are not allowed to complain - I think there's a no whining ordinance that applies to spring rain after a particularly difficult winter. Here's the conversation, which you can hear at every country store in rural Maine - the place where the old guys drive their old pickup trucks 'down to th'stoah' for coffee and gossip:

Old Guy #1: (growling) Nice weather. The brook is coming up over the road down by the farm.
Old Guy #2: (also growling) Yup. Nice weather t'be a duck.
Old Guy #3: Now, now. Could be worse. We could be shoveling snow.
Old Guys #1 and #2: (chuckling and nodding) Ayuh. That we could.

(Ayuh, for those of you who don't speak Mainer, translates as "I agree" or, more casually, as "yessir", or "yessirree.")

I think we're all afraid to complain about rain in April. We've been slammed by late winter storms enough times to learn our lesson. Rain is better than snow, and don't anger the gods by bitching about it.

I might mention that today is Alex's first home lacrosse game - the first time I get to see him play this dangerous sport, since his other games were all away games - and I am not looking forward to standing outside, sick, in the pouring rain. But that might seem like complaining, so never mind.

There is some good news, too, of course. The Boston Bruins are now up three games to none in the first round of the playoffs. The New England Revolution (major-league soccer) is doing well at the beginning of their season. There are probably good things to say about the Red Sox or the Celtics, but you'll have to ask somebody else for that info.

I AM looking forward to my first play rehearsal tonight. It will be interesting to see the process from the beginning, and I can't wait to see what Andy is like as a director. I'm so glad it's a comedy. I need some comedy in my life. Thank goodness there's never a lack of things to laugh about.

Even on Rainy Days and Mondays.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Not normally thick-headed?? Of course not. I was merely nodding along cuz I though you said PIG-HEADED.


Andrew Scott Turner said...

I love the Carpenters!

And, to be more accurate, the rainy-day conversation would be more like:

Andy's grandfather: (growling) Nice weatha. The brook is coming up over the rudd down by the fahm. By Jesus

Andy's grandmother: (also growling) Ayuh. Nice weatha if you're a friggin duck

Andy's uncle: Now, now. Could be worse. We could be out theya shovelin' a shitload a'snow.

Andy's cousin: (chuckling and nodding) Ayuh. Pound a snow in one hand, pound a shit in the otha, don't matta. Still gotta git out theya and shovel it

Andy: Oh my God, kill me now.

Mary Ellen said...

Andy! You're scaring people. I toned it down on purpose. We don't want them to know what it's really like here!

Andrew Scott Turner said...

What? Mine WAS toned down, are you kidding me?

claudia said...

Andy, sounds like my relatives here in CA, except they have the CA words and accent!
ME, I get the rainy days and Monday feelings. Right now I kinda of wish we had a rainy day here. It was 82 degrees, Sunday, yesterday about the same and I think today will be even warmer...it's already 70 and it's 7AM. I don't don't heat well at all.
I'm sorry you are sick...I hope it passes quickly!
Have fun at that rehearsal tonight!

Liz said...

I'm very eager to hear more about rehearsal! Every detail!

Staci said...

I love that song!

Becca said...

yes I love Karen Carpenter's voice too.

And lacrosse in the rain? Just washes the blood off faster!

Barb said...

Feel better soon! Ayuh.

jojo said...

Karen Carpenter...the sweetest. I have all their 'recordings.' You are entitled to a few rainy days and Mondays..hope you are feeling beter soon. ;D

Reddirt Woman said...

Love me some Carpenter music.

As to the 'check the basement to see how bad the flooding is"... in Oklahoma we might be saying, "That was a real chunk floater today." Then somebody else would say something like, "Chunk floater, my ass! Over where we live it was a real toad strangler!"

These statements can refer to between 1/2 inch of rain in one day to 6 or 8 inches in 2 hours... depending on whose trying to tell a bigger story about it. Those are the kind of guys you want to show you the fish before you believe the story.

Great post and the 'cod in tha hed' is definitely in Oklahoma, or at least in my corner in Oklahoma.

Go Alex!!!


Dave said...

Being a Canadian, I would love to see Montreal make a series out of the Boston Montreal series.
The Bruins are god and deserve to win, but I would love to see Montreal get close.
Thanks for your kind warm comments as always, and I hope that Wednsday brings some sunshine to your soul



Robin said...

i was thinking about this very song yesterday!

yeah, rainy days and mondays (and any other day) get me down too...

thanks for stopping by - i'm doing - it's a little difficult lately but it helps to stop by here and read one of your posts!

can't wait to hear about the play rehearsals; hope you feel better soon.

katy said...

I hope you feel better soon. Colds are miserable and spring colds seem to be worse.

Vegas Princess said...

Feel better soon!

I miss the rain. I never thought I would but living here and never seeing it makes me miss it a lot.

Proud Mom said...

Dear Mother Nature,
I wonder if you could please refrain from sending any type of rain/snow to fall between the hours of 4:59am and 11:59pm for the next 9 months so that ME's basement doesn't flood and our kids/dogs don't get wet when they're playing outside.
Much obliged,
Proud Mom


Evansmom said...

I also loved the Carpenters. People Magazine had her on the cover after she passed away. I had a bad day at work and stopped on the way home to pick up my ultimate comfort foods - Humpty Dumpty BBQ Chips and Peanut M&Ms. I also purchased the People Magazine. When I was checking out, the clerk commented that I was safe from her fate - I certainly wasn't going to starve myself to death! I was somewhat offended.
Hope you are feeling better. Be well, my friend.

Elenka said...

I've always loved the Carpenters. What a sad story, tho.
Ah, yes the rain....in Maine....I left in it....off to sunny San Antone! It was 95 degrees here today and hardly any humidity. BUT when we get back, it's supposed to be in the upper 70's on Saturday and Sunday!! So hang in there.....I had that mucusy cold a week and a half ago or so...It was really yucky. Hope you feel much better soon, at least by the weekend.
Oh yeah, I went thru that lacross stuff, the last game or so of the season a few years ago was in the cold, cold rain. Did the coaches stop the game or give the players any protection while they sat around in shorts and a tshirt soaking wet???NOOOO!! I thought that was so stupid.
Don't worry..the equipment really protects them quite well.

Shellie said...

I love Karen Carpenter. What a voice. So sad her life was so short. And, we did get snow, about 12" so maybe we need to learn to just shut our traps already. Of course whenever anyone complains around here there's always someone who has to spoil it by reminding us what a "blessing it is to have this moisture." So we won't have a drought all summer. Loved the dialog. I could just see those crusty old guys.

Mrs4444 said...

Love, love, love The Carpenters!!