Rainy Day Projects

The weather here turned rainy, windy, cold, and nasty.   It’s been rainy pretty hard for almost a day.  Pretty soon I’ll need another new roof.

I didn’t even want to go out in it so this is a shot from my 4th story balcony.

I forgot about this fireplace on this balcony.  I need to sit outside and use it once the rain clears up but before it gets too hot out to take advantage of it.

Note to self:  Bring something from Here

…Out to Here

What’s a good rainy day project?

Getting your tax paperwork organized and ready to mail to the accountant.

And what’s a good thing to eat when it’s rainy and miserable out?

Warm and hearty food…

Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies

Or Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup

Or warm and comforting breads or cakes…

Vegan GF Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Or a warm Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

Ready in 5 minutes

From my earlier Challenge Post about Zodiac signs and if you think your sign fits you, and how much stock you do or don’t put into them, it was fun to read your perspectives on astrology, horoscopes, your sign, and also whether you believe in things like Full Moon phenomenon.   Thanks for the fun comments.


1. Best thing you’ve ate or done so far this weekend?

Being done with another day of work is definitely a good thing.  I’ve been working so much lately.  Just checking each day off my list as being another day being “done” with work is a good feeling.  Item #2 has been in full force which has been facilitating Item #1.

2. Have you gotten started on your taxes yet? Do you expect that you’ll have to pay in? Get a refund? Or pretty much even?

I have structured things so that I hope I am even.  But one never quite knows until all the numbers are ran.  Fingers crossed I don’t have to pay in!

I don’t even care (or want) a big refund.  Some people count on having a big refund which is great for them, but I’d rather have access to my money all year, rather than the government holding it, and then giving me my money back in the form of a refund each spring.

However, for some people, it’s a sort of forced “savings” plan.  The IRS holds your money, then gives it back to you in one lump sum, and it feels like you just hit the lottery.  Which hey, whatever works.

I have had years where I’ve had to pay in a ridiculous sum.   To the point that I literally didn’t know what I was going to do and was pawning and ebay’ing my life away.  Thankfully, this hopefully shouldn’t be one of those years.

3. What do you like to do on rainy days?

Right along with going to the gynecologist, going to the dentist, and getting my tax paperwork in order, I’d like to watch paint dry or listen to nails on a chalkboard on rainy days.  Kidding.

Not really much changes for me, I still actually squeezed in a 20 minute run during a break in the rain.

I worked, got housework done…

…and made sure this little one had plenty of paper and crayons and indoor things to do.

Enjoy your weekend!  What are you up to?

58 comments on “Rainy Day Projects”

  1. Wow, you forgot about that fireplace?!?!? Hoooowwww?? I would be out there all the time, especially with that view!!! Can I come over? I’ll take full advantage of it for you! ;) Hope the rain clears up for you soon!


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  3. oh i LOVE that bread and its moistness!!! i love to read blogs, watch tv and CHILL on rainy days like today!! and walk my dog too :D..best thing i ate.. i made these vegan choco chip carrot cake muffins that i will post the recipe tomorrow on and they wERE THE BOMB!

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  5. My hubby just suggested that we come visit so you and Scott can have some company in front of that fireplace. ;)

    Taxes are not done yet…still waiting for some of the paperwork to come in. I do expect a refund, though.

    And no, I do not like rainy days. I find them depressing. Although I must admit that after all the snow we’ve gotten, I’ll gladly take some rain…..

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  7. Caribbean coconut rice, a glass of vino and a balcony, sounds like heaven. What a cool home you have to have a balcony with a fireplace, love it! Looking forward to your future cookbook, your recipes are just the best.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  8. I’ll hopefully be able to gather the rest of my tax shiz together tomorrow to get to my CPA. No refund ’round these here parts! ;)

  9. For a second there, I was convinced that it was downpouring outside and that I NEEDED to make that caribbean coconut rice and have banana bread for dessert. Now I’m back to the real world, and can’t wait until my almond flour gets here (via online order) so that I can make that banana bread ;)
    I love rainy days for baking and having a lazy day…that said, I would prefer they stay away, but every so often is okay :P

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  11. I love rainy days! We aren’t having any rain on the East Coast, though, just snow, sadly. I will trade you for a rainy day in California with palm trees anytime. :) OH hoe I love palm trees…

  12. Thanks for your comment on my blog!! I actually have been following your blog since I had my babies! your totally an inspiration to me!
    Its rainy here today to. But since the babies are sick we pretty much are having a day in to. Getting lots of housework done to ;)
    My husband is an accountant.. good thing–> makes doing our taxes easy.. bad thing–> I don’t see him very much till april 15..
    Besst thing I ate was your banana oat cake this morning!! LOVED IT!! I will be making that more often ;)

  13. Thank heavens the Australia tax time isn’t for a little while longer yet! *shudder* I reckon I’ll need to bake about five of your peanut butter breads to get through it this year ;)

    Best thing I’ve eaten this week? The vegan mango snack balls I’ve yet to post about :)

  14. On rainy days, I try to do a little bit of productive stuff…and a little bit of relaxing stuff.
    I did my taxes a couple weeks ago—and I paid out bigtime. Like $11K….but I expected it, and had it set aside (collecting interest). I did a lot of contract work last year, and I knew it was coming, so it sounds awful, but like you, I’d rather hang on to my own money and earn interest than let the government have it early.
    We’re in the middle of a blizzard…so I haven’t done much this weekend except work. Totally ok with that, just lookin’ forward to spring!

  15. I like to sleep on rainy days. :) Clouds = natural curtains for daytime sleeping, lol.

    “I don’t even care (or want) a big refund. Some people count on having a big refund which is great for them, but I’d rather have access to my money all year, rather than the government holding it, and then giving me my money back in the form of a refund each spring.”

    SO TRUE! Interest-free refund at that. :evil:

    I want a flat tax. :D

  16. Hope the weather gets better for you! I love rainy days when I get to spend them inside being lazy and relaxing.

  17. Ok, so all of these recipes look amazing!! Especially that caribbean coconut rice-YUM! I can’t wait to try it:) I Love love LOVE your blog btw! Can’t wait to read more:) XOXO

  18. rainy day = carbs galorrrreeee

    Then again I kind of do that every day ;) haha.
    My food hasn’t been super creative thus far as I’m staying at a family friend’s house… I’ve actually been demolishing their fruit salads and carrot bags. Delicious, but not entirely weather appropriate ;)

    that banana bread looks bommmmbb though!

  19. Random note: I was in San Diego yesterday morning for a couple hours for my connecting flight back home from San Fran. I mentally said “HELLO!” to you :P

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