Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Tuesday Tidbits - Rainy Days and a New (To Me) Vehicle

Good morning! It's a beautiful, rainy, spring morning here in southwest Missouri! I don't think the rain is supposed to last long, and it's not going to amount to much, but we'll take whatever we get. We sure need it!

On mornings like this I am reminded of my dear friends, Susan, Peter, Jed, Bill, and Lisa. Most of these friends have been companions since childhood and I've revisited them nearly every spring for decades. Which friend (or friends) on which day depends entirely upon the weather. 

When I was a child I hated the rain. Then my mother introduced me to Susan Amantha Cottonwood. After meeting Susan, I learned to appreciate the rain and the joy that it can bring. On warm and rainy, puddle-jumping days, I still like to revisit Susan.

Now, understand, that my friend, Peter, has been around since way before I was born, but, when my children were little, someone thought to bring Peter to life in an animated short. Even today, if it's one of those cool, rainy, let's-settle-in-for-the-day kind of days, then that's when I like to visit my dear friend, Peter, and his artist friend, Beatrix

On the stormiest of days of all, when the wind blows wildly hard, with thunder rolling and lightening flashing, that's when I like to revisit Jed, Bill, and Lisa. They're my friends from The Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish. I used to reread that book every spring as a kid. Then, when my children were little, on the day of the first bad thunderstorm of the season, we would stop what we were doing and read the whole book from cover to cover in one fell swoop! Oh, how we looked forward to, and enjoyed, that annual event! Even now, I still enjoy doing that on occasion! 

Well, here we are, I've been so wrapped up in writing about that rain that I didn't even realize that the rain has stopped and sun is shining. I didn't think that it was going to amount to much. But that's okay...I enjoyed revisiting my rainy day friends anyway! 😊What's the weather like where you're at today?

Yesterday I got a new vehicle. (It's new-to-me anyway). Over a year ago the Lord prompted me to put back part of my income tax refund to go towards a new vehicle and I'm glad that I listened. 

My car (my dad's '98 Taurus) has been a great car, but it's old and is starting to have issues. Dad bought it used back in 2005 and he drove it until he passed away in 2016. I've been driving it ever since with very little having to be done to it, other than basic maintance. There have been a few bigger things here and there, but, nothing major. Even though the car still runs great, there is evidence that it's days are numbered and, being that it's mileage is just shy of 300,000 miles, I can't complain. 

Anyway, the Lord opened the door and I have new-to-me, older, but very well-maintained, vehicle with low mileage...a 2002 Chevy Venture and it is in excellent shape. Thankfully, I was able to pay cash for it outright. The best part is, I bought the van from my mechanic. He knows the vehicle inside and out and he is the one that will be maintaining it!

Well, that's all for today. You have a great Tuesday and I'll be with you again soon!

Until next time,

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  1. Being able to pay cash for it outright it THE BEST! Congrats! PS: I love rain though we have one dog that gets scared when it storms. I love that the sun started shinning once you were done. That's cool.

    1. Thanks, Ivy! I agree! Being able to pay cash IS the best! I love the rain, too...now...and look forward to more rainy days ahead. Thank you so much for stopping in and leaving a comment! It means a lot! Blessings! <3

  2. What a FUN post - thank you! How you introduced your friends really tickled me and, now, at almost 76 y.o., I want to read those books! I think I will pursue getting the Parrish book first. Sounds great (and perhaps my memory will be tickled that I may have read it as a child.)
    I am glad you got some rain. We live in central coastal CA and are reveling in sunshine after 75 inches of rain this season.
    Congrats on the new vehicle! It sounds as if the Lord blessed the whole purchase.
    Have a great week. Conni

    1. Thanks, Conni! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yes, you will have to find KEY TO THE TREASURE online or at the library, but SUSAN AND THE RAIN you can read right here on my blog.

      Here is the link: https://www.rebeccashearthandhome.com/2012/03/susan-and-rain-by-madye-lee-chastain.html

      And here is the link to watch the PETER RABBIT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sld2Cjcf_Pw

      Enjoy! And thank you so much for dropping in and leaving a comment! You made my day!

      Blessings! <3

  3. Hello, I enjoyed your post, I had many childhood, favorites to read. The Key To The Treasure was a favorite of mine. I reread it several times over the years. Last year I saw a copy at a thrift store, I did not buy it but it brought back wonderful memories to me. I love Ms.Potter, and Peter. I have not met Susan yet.
    I am glad you got a great new car, and that you were able to pay cash. What a great thing to be able to do.
    I came over by way of Laura, at Harvest Lane Cottage. I have read her blog for many years. But unless I am mistaken. I used to read HEARTH and Home on yahoo groups, you wrote. You once commented on your Dad and his early solar heating with sheets of black tin and a window fan A couple of those digest posts are still floating in my saved files I believe.
    I has a blog for several years but mostly left it behind due to extreme circumstances. Now with a shift of leaving fb behind, I have been reading through my reading list page and found several friends still to read..
    Many blessings to you..

    1. Hello, Annie! So glad you found your way here via Laura's blog and, yes! I remember sharing about Dad's solar set up many years ago on Yahoo Groups! It's amazing that you still have some of those posts floating around in your saved files. I would love to see them! That was so long ago. I'm sure glad we've reconnected here and hope we can stay in touch. Have a wonderful week ahead and may many blessings be yours!

  4. The children's books look so neat! I am so happy to hear you have a newer vehicle! It looks beautiful! What a blessing! God bless you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mrs. White! I hope that all is well with you! Happy Spring and many blessings to you and yours!


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