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Cheesehead Chatter: Don't let the rain get you down

"Rain, rain, go away."

I've heard that phrase a couple times today, as I sit writing this column on a dark, stormy Monday. Though the gloomy weather is by no means giving me the energy I so desire on this Monday, I don't usually mind a little rain or a thunderstorm.

I know when we think of summer, we generally think of the sunny skies, warm temperatures and clear water that make living in lake country so enjoyable. But to be honest, I've never been a hot weather person. I usually say 75 degrees is about my max temperature. It's nice enough for shorts and a T-shirt but not so hot that you sweat just by walking out the door. Anything above that is generally too hot for me.

I guess you can say I'm a Midwesterner through and through. Sure, winter gets long and snow gets annoying by March, but the white landscape is so pretty, and most days I don't mind getting all bundled up for the cold.

But maybe I'm digressing here. I probably shouldn't be writing about snow in June. I might anger Mother Nature.

So I'll get back to the rain. I know most lake country residents prefer the sun - and I do most days too - but spending a rainy day inside every now and then doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Last summer I wrote a column about getting a library card and delving into some classic literature that I felt I had been missing out on. I'm happy to report that I'm still going strong on that initiative. When the weather is warm, I like to sit out on my patio with a book and soak up the sun. Well, as much sun as my pale Irish skin can take before burning, anyway.

But since the short summer we've had so far has been pretty darn hot - well above my 75-degree limit - I've had a hard time sitting outside for very long without overheating. But when I go inside, I almost feel bad for not taking advantage of the warm weather. It's a real dilemma.

But dark, rainy weather provides the perfect reading atmosphere, in my opinion. Maybe I'll venture out to a coffee shop and drink a hot cup of joe while watching the rain fall and enjoying my book. Or maybe I'll just stay home with my book and curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea or a glass of wine. The sound of the falling rain is soothing, and I enjoy having a little bit of background noise.

So while the rain can be a nuisance at times - just like snow - you won't hear me complaining about it often. Most likely, I'll be holed up somewhere cozy with a good book, transporting myself to some other time and place for a little while.