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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published July 17th 2017
Gloom no more
Do you like walking in the rain or would you rather stay cozy indoors? Either way, you can smile on rainy days. With a little creativity, you can fill in spare time without having a gloomy day. Here's ten ideas for sunshine on a rainy day, without even turning to social media.

Be Flexible

Flex your muscles with isometrics. This is exercise made easy. Simply isolate the muscles you want to tone and flex them. If you're really good at this, you'll be able to strengthen your back without having to move any other muscles. If you're having trouble making muscles move, try placing your hand on the muscle in question. Then tell yourself 'this is the muscle I want to work'. Then try again. If that fails, repeat the process, but with an activity that uses that muscle group. Once achieved, you may never want to use weights again.

Photoshoot fantasy character alice wonderland
My fantasy alter-ego, Alice in Wonderland.

Lights, Camera ...

Bored with selfies? How about setting up a photo shoot with things you can collect from around the house? Shoot your 'secret' fantasy self. Grab some toys and themed items and set your shot up. The first thing you need to consider is lighting. Overhead lights could cause reflected light on your subject, so you may need to find a spot with natural lighting on your subject. Next, you need to check your background. Does it suit the subject? If not, you need to locate a suitable backdrop. Shoot from different angles. You could be surprised with wonderful results.

Oil or Water

Painting time. Oil paints are my favourite, but you need somewhere to place them for several days while they're drying. It could then take a long time to finish it off, but it's up to you if you want to spend the time. If you just want a fun pastime over the weekend, acrylics may be the best choice. Acrylics are fast drying and stay where you put them, unlike water colours that can bleed everywhere.

Try splashing colours around, turning your page around and splash some more. After it's dry, try cutting out a section of the finished work. Then, sit back and try to see an image you hadn't intended to create. You could find some hidden meaning.

Pamper Day

Clip, snip, pluck, buff, rip, soak. That's the sound of the spa-at-home day. Wrap on towelling robe and grab a hand-held mirror. Using some strong light on your face, check for stray hairs. Next, cleanse, tone, moisturise. Clip and buff the nails. Try trimming your hair. Waxing could happen, followed by buffing off dead skin all over. Nail varnish in cheery colours. Soak in a tub with tons of Epsom salts plus mint and lavender leaves. Body lotion applied. Afterwards, settle down with your favourite book for good measure.

colour pencils
Rachel's set of pens and pencils.

Addicted to Colour

My favourite colouring books are the series by Millie Marotta, her colouring book adventures. I find the slim lines and small spaces the best for colouring in, plus the subjects more appealing and less abstract than others. Some of the other colouring books for adults are more useful for arts and crafts patterns. Select the colour for the mood you're in and get started.

Wet & Dry

Walking in the rain is wonderful if you prepare for a cosy return to the house. Wearing enough warm gear, splash out through the puddles. Take the children in their brightly-coloured galoshes. The air is fresher when it rains, because dirt in the air gravitates to the rain drops. Take some deep breaths. On return, make sure there's towels, hair dryers, heaters and a good hot shower.

Sweet Charity

On a rainy day, you could take the opportunity to think about those less fortunate than yourself. Donate to a charity you hadn't thought of before. What causes do you favour? Would you like to help save children from trafficking? There are websites where you can donate. Worldwide, a child is trafficked every 26 seconds. Or how about World Vision. Or you could just help out by shopping online at Oxfam.

Wigged Out

If you fancy a new hairdo, slick your hair back from your face. Take a selfie against a neutral background. Print at about half the size of an A4 piece of paper. Next, get your scribble block out. Using the size and shape of your printed face, draw a variety of hairstyles and cut them out. Place around the printout of your face. Different face shapes need different hair shapes. Note which paper wig makes your face look too round or too long etc. Take the preferred end result to your hair salon on your next visit.

Kyodai Mahjongg
Kyodai Mahjongg

Are You Game?

Kyodai Mahjongg is a computer game to stimulate your mental processes. Enter the 'hall of fame' with your fastest times. Or you could use real mahjongg tiles. Memory skills and strategy are the name of the game. Range of pretty tile choices available, including for children. Played in China since the Qing Dynasty.

Me, Me, Me

What has your life been like? What are the highlights? What were the awful moments? Jotting these down, begin collecting information on yourself. Find the essence of who you are. Who have you loved? Keep building the information, until you think you might have enough to get started on your autobiography. The secret with bios is to include your real feelings and experiences, but write them into a story as if you're writing a novel about someone else. Insert blindingly beautiful descriptions and any poetry or songs you've written. You could just discover yourself in a new light.
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Why? Freshen up your outlook on a wet day and make the most of spare time.
When: Any time.
Where: At home, mostly.
Cost: Free
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