Living in Southern California, we're usually blessed with warm rays of sunshine and powder blue skies. But on occassion, we do get those unusual drizzles and torrential downpours. And on days like this, it always pays to be well-prepared to avoid the rainy day blues.
Here are some quick and easy tips to to get you past those rainy days without a hitch:
Keep a small, durable umbrella in your car at all times. By doing so, you'll always be prepared for any unexpected rainfall. The best time to purchase an umbrella is when it's actually not raining so you have a wide variety to choose from. Locally, you'll find great umbrella bargains at , , , and .
These Boots Were Made For Walking
Some people might find it hard to justify owning rain boots when living in the Southland, but keeping your feet dry can make a world of difference. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have a good pair of waterproof shoes for those damp days. Like umbrellas, your best bet for finding a good pair of rainy day shoes is at any of our local department stores like , or . You can also find an even wider selection through online shoe retailers like Piperlime.com, Zappos.com, 6pm.com and Endless.com.
Enjoy a Night In
Harsh storms frequently cause complications on our local roads and freeways. If possible, do your best to limit your travel plans and wait out the storm in the safety and comfort of your own home. This is a great opportunity to cook your favorite rainy-day meal, play your most entertaining rainy-day games, catch up on shows you've got stored away on your Tivo or try a that you've always wanted to do.
If you're seeking a fun but warm and safe outing, drop by the or and grab a book you've been meaning to read. The libraries also offer a great selection of movies and music that can keep your day indoors entertaining.
Feel The Heat
Rainy weather generally brings along colder temperatures so make sure your home is nice and toasty to keep you warm. If you're home isn't equipped with a fireplace or central heating, then opt for layers of clothing and extra blankets. If that's still not cutting it, try an area heater. Check out , or for inexpensive portable heaters that are both safe and energy efficient.
Take a Moment to Count Your Blessings for the Rain
Fight off your rainy day blues by focusing on the positive. Beyond providing us with the precious resource of water, rain showers water your plants, wash your car, and give you an excuse to avoid your morning jog so that you don't have to.
Keep a Spare Pair
If your schedule requires you to brave the wet weather, be sure to keep a spare pair of socks or clothes at your disposal. Whether this means keeping an extra pair of socks in your car or a pair of pants in your locker at work, a dry set of clothes can be a lifesaver if the rain gets the best of you.
Make the Best of It
Here in Cerritos and Artesia, we have the luxury of living just a few hours from the mountains where rain often means snow. With the end of the winter season upon us, it is important to take advantage of every snow day. If you have yet to visit the nearby powdery peaks, use the Southern California Snow Report and take this wet week as an excuse to hit the snow!