There are plenty of options for a rainy July day in New Hampshire. It’s sunny most of the month, so when the rain patters on the roof you have some rare indoor time to fill. One could use this time for some house cleaning or for a trip to the grocery store. Hubby chose to use his rainy day making a few indoor repairs. Quick trips out to the shed for tools meant he got a little wet.
There are some fun things you can do as well. Here’s a sampling:
Check your bookshelf for a book to read or a jigsaw puzzle to assemble. If the day turns cool, it might be the time to bake something. I already had strawberry-rhubarb crumble in the fridge, so no baking for me.
Instead, I decided to get crafty. Last year, I’d picked up some miniature unpainted birdhouses from Michael’s. This seemed the perfect time to pretty them up. I already had a stash of leftover oil paints from a paint-by-number kit. Remember those? That gave me a variety of colors to use on the tiny houses.
Here’s my first attempt, using some red fabric to cover the roof and adding some heart-shaped flowers. I’ll spray this with a sealant and hope it holds up for a summer outside if I put it in a sheltered area.
The second one ended up with a birch bark theme. It was a sheet of bark that I found in the woods last year. I’m such a packrat, but now I had a use for it.
I was surprised at how easy it was to cut the bark with ordinary scissors. My glue gun worked fine for securing the bark to the walls of the faux birdhouse. Do you think it looks OK with a white roof or should I paint that?
These are going into my planting areas to add a little color in a few spots too shady for most plants. I’ll tuck in some moss and a little fern for a fairy garden. That’s a huge gardening trend the last few years. I haven’t seen any fairies but maybe the availability of houses will attract some.
You can read more about fairy gardening online. Perhaps your grandchildren would like to create one the next time they visit. They could make little houses out of bark, collect stones for a path, make a little fence out of twigs. It’s great fun for kids or even grown-ups. Don’t wait for a rainy day.