Monday March 17 2014

LIVING AND LOVING IT: Four reasons I am happy about the rain

Four reasons I am happy about the rain


By Carol Beyanga

I have confirmed it. Human beings are the hardest creatures to please. Like me, you must have heard people complain about the heat and curse the sun, a few days ago. They wanted the rain to pour. And then it did. And now they are complaining. Like Dolly Parton said, “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” And I am glad the rain has come. I am of course, not oblivious to the hitches that it comes with, but I plan to be grateful and not complain, so here is why I am thankful.

No more dust
The dust that chokes us on the drive to school is no more. It was irritating me to no end. I always wondered how people who lived along that road were coping. The road our house is on hardly has any motor activity. In fact, it is only our car or those of our visitors that use it, as we are the only residents on that stretch. Just a few boda bodas pass daily.
Nonetheless, every three days, we had to dust the cupboards, tables and other such places. I always wondered where the dust came from and spent a few good minutes wondering how others with dustier places manage to live there. Now, I can spend some weeks not worrying about it.

Fresh beans, here we come
We can now start working on the garden. Already, the neighbour’s piece of land is sprouting some healthy looking beans. We might have started late, but not too late. So we all need to get digging and planting to get maximum returns. Here is to saving money from the market shopping budget!

Sleep, glorious sleep
This reason might sound silly, but I can assure you there is no sleep as deep and enjoyable as that when the rain is hitting the roof in the middle of the night. It is so much harder to get out of bed when it is pouring, not just because it is cold but because rain just aids sleep in the most beautiful way.
My prayer is that it shall rain between midnight and 4am, especially on weekends, so that I can sleep in, but not past 7am on Saturdays as many a bride and groom will be distraught.

Reducing the water bill
The last two water bills have almost made our hearts go through our mouths! The bills for January and February have been triple what we usually pay. And no, it is not the utility company’s fault.
Let’s just say someone somewhere has been robbing us of the precious liquid. Now that we have put some gutters in order to harvest some rain, it (and very close monitoring) should help us have a better-looking bill at the end of March. Let’s enjoy the rain people!