It’s rainy in California this week!! We had a great thunderstorm a few days ago, and we should be getting another one next weekend. This is so exciting!
One of the things that really, really, REALLY make me happy is a rainy day. Something in my internal wiring must be backwards or topsy turvy, because I swear I have the opposite of SAD (seasonal affective disorder, where people get depressed if they go too long without a sunny day). I get depressed without a RAINY day! And cloudy days without rain??? TORTURE!
So here’s the skinny. I live in California. California is currently facing an extreme drought.
And I mean an EXTREME drought. According to the Geophysical Research Papers, California hasn’t seen a drought this bad in well over 1200 years. Neighborhoods next to me are actually running out of water and having to move out of their homes. Entire wells are just going dry. Whole communities are relying on water rations from the state and from humanitarian groups that are delivering bottled water to portion out to families living in shelters.
So needless to say, rain in California is precious and few these days. And for a rain loving gal like myself, this is just.. well.. depressing.
When I moved to California this time last year, it took well over half a year before I saw even a single rain drop. I kid you not. All of this is to say, when gray clouds roll in overhead, I go into a kind of “savor the moment” mode.
With that first drop from the sky, I chuck all plans for the day, get snuggled up into a comfy sweater, open all the windows in the house, put on some Billie Holiday, make a pot of my home roasted coffee and settle down in my overstuffed armchair with a good book. It’s MAGIC. (Now do you see why this rainy week has gotten me all a-flutter??)
One of my favorite parts of book reading / rain watching on rainy days is the cascade of water off the eaves of rooftops and the dripping rivulets off trees and plants. I always try to position myself by a window with the best view of drips and splashes – whether I’m in a coffee shop, a book store or at home.
So when I discovered rain chains not too long ago, I decided I simply NEEDED to put one by every downspout within view of a window. To be able to capture and harness the trickling splashes of fresh rain water on a gorgeous chain instead of having it dump unceremoniously from a gaudy downspout.. uhhh, can we say yes please?!
Even though I’ve gotten a bit of good natured flack for hanging up rain chains in the midst of a state-wide drought of Biblical proportions, I’ve got no shame. Am I obsessed? Why yes. Yes I am. 😉
A Little More About Rain Chains
As I’ve posted before, rain chains originated hundreds of years ago in Japan, where they are known as kusari-doi (literally “chain-gutter”) and where they are still widely used on homes and temples.
Rain chains are essentially alternatives to a typical tube-style downspout. Their purpose is largely decorative, to make a water feature out of a home’s rain gutter system – rain chains guide water from the roof gutter to the ground as a decorative alternative to a downspout.
Rain chains generally terminate into a catch basin tray, a downspout splash block, or a basin to collect the water. (Rain barrels, container water gardens and rock beds are also becoming increasingly popular as rain gutter / rain chain reservoirs.)
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