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Rainy days are underrated.

Sure, rain can ruin plans. Rain can make a day dismal. But rain also carries beauty with every drop. Sometimes you just have to look close to see it.

Last week, I wrote about favorite snow day activities.

Then it rained.

And rained.

And I started thinking about rainy day activities and how those can be just as fun as snow day activities. So, in honor of the recent wet weather and the distant approach of spring, here are my top 10 things to do on a rainy day at home:

1. Go for a walk.

No, really. Get your umbrella out, put your rain boots on and take a walk around your neighborhood or a local park.

Jump in a few puddles.

Stop to examine the wildlife.

Notice how different everything appears in the rain and look for the beauty in each tiny splash as the drops hit the ground.

2. Write a letter.

Not an email or Facebook message. An honest to goodness letter – the kind with paper and a pen. And a postage stamp. (Yes, they still make those.)

3. Watch a movie.

Make some popcorn and settle on the sofa with a feel-good flick. If you can’t decide what to watch, try one of these rainy day titles:

■ “The Shawshank Redemption”

■ “The Sound of Music”

■ “Singing in the Rain”

■ “Blue Like Jazz”
■ “The Notebook”4. Indulge in your favorite comfort food.

Is that baking chocolate chip cookies, ordering Chinese take-out or cooking a cherished family recipe? Sometimes a little indulgence – or cheating on your diet – is just what you need to depress the rainy day doldrums.5. Create.

Are you an artist? Musician? Chef? Cook? Crafter? D.I.Y. enthusiast? Do you simply like to make things? It doesn’t matter if you answered yes or no. Take advantage of your time indoors to unleash your imagination and creativity.

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, consult one of your Pinterest boards. 6. Put on some music and clean.

Cleaning isn’t fun. But cleaning – or simply tidying – your living space can help clear your mind and brighten your mood. What better way to brighten up a rainy day than roll up your sleeves and complete some of those household chores you’ve been putting off?

It’ll help you feel better. At least it does for me. 7. Make a mess.

I know I just said to clean, but let’s be honest: making a mess can be more fun. Especially with kids.

Is there an activity your family enjoys that you hesitate to engage in because of the resulting mess?

If you have young children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, maybe this means baking a cake and letting them help. Or dumping a box full of blocks, sitting on the floor and building a tower for the little ones to demolish.8. Have a picnic inside.

Prepare your favorite picnic food, spread a blanket on the living room floor and eat off paper plates and plasticware.

A bonus? Less dishes to wash.9. Reminisce.

Cozy up on the couch with some family photo albums and/or home movies.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, this may be the perfect time to start organizing your photos or even start a scrapbook.10. Make plans.

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Why not start planning your next big family dinner, birthday party, vacation or outing? It will get your mind off the present circumstances and give you something to look forward to.

This list is far from exhaustive. What are your favorite things – your “raindrops on roses” – to do on a rainy day? Email me at with your suggestions and tips.