Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

Flying kites is an art form. Those who think it’s just for kids, have obviously never tried it either as kids or adults. It’s not some ridiculous staring at a kite up there in the sky until your neck gets stiff and your arms get sore, it’s much more imaginative than that. To them I just want to say, ‘Have some imagination, people!’

Where would the world be without imagination? Would we have gone to the moon? Or achieved all these amazing things like discovering electricity or inventing the Internet? Flying kites sounds banal, but when you try it and feel the exhilaration, you will find that you’re wrong. It’s actually very addicting. Not to the point of being dangerous, though, don’t worry.

There is one downside to it and that is its dependence on the weather. Sometimes here in Australia, it rains for days on end, like this week, and I’m practically unable to do anything with my kite, but stare at it. I’m a little bummed on those days, but I try to keep myself occupied. I’m either making new kites or repairing some old ones, but I also like doing other non-kite related things, like tending to my garden or reading the newspaper and doing crosswords.

Last time it was this rainy I got so frustrated that I started fixing things around the house. First I fixed two squeaky steps on the stairs, and then I spent hours checking our tankless water heater for mechanical faults, because it kept overheating. Finally, I fixed it and I felt very pleased with myself. But these days there’s nothing left to fix around the house, so maybe I’ll try reading a book. I have a lot of them stacked on my shelves but I rarely read them. Maybe today is the day.

My ultimate goal is to participate in The Festival of the Winds. I go see the shows every year but I’ve never been a participant. I think I’ll need to put together a team and make a spectacular kite, but I haven’t found the right idea for it yet, plus, making a gigantic kite and really nailing it takes up a lot of time and you can’t do it alone. Most of my kite flying friends do it recreationally and aren’t really interested in participating in The Festival of the Winds, but it’s fine. On rainy days like this, I have enough time to figure it out!

Perfect Day Today

A day under the blue skies of summer is pure bliss. No wonder we are poised for action the moment the first day of summer comes. And it can’t be too soon. All spring long, you wait for those glorious moments that only kite flying in summer can bring. You guessed my passion! You bask in the sun and take in the surrounding vista, all while sailing your favorite kite. There is never a day that isn’t perfect for such an endeavor. When you have several choices of location, it isn’t hard to find the ideal one that fits your current mood. On this particular day in question that I care to share with you, I had an entire day at my leisure disposal. That is a rare treat. No work commitments, no errands, no family obligations, not even walking the dog. I was ready for a great day of flying kites with friends. We decided to pair the outing with a nice group picnic. I spend the early morning making sandwiches and a batch of ice cold homemade lemonade, which I was going to bring along in my portable cooler along with the lunch fare. I even baked some chocolate chip cookies in keeping with the carefree atmosphere of the upcoming day. They smelled divine.

And a perfect day it was. Hours flew by quickly as we indulged in our favorite pastime. It seemed way too soon that we had to pack it all up and head home. The first chore was to rinse out the messy cooler in my over-sized kitchen sink. Fortunately, I had a convenient Moen pull-down faucet to take care of the job. It was a housewarming gift from mom. It featured Reflex: A technological innovation created based on input from actual pull down faucet users, this feature, the hallmark of the faucet, is made to work the way you do. Featuring exceptional range of motion, the spray wand swivels to optimize maneuverable range. Only pulldown faucets with the Reflex system will retract back to the docked position from any distance without assistance. Compared to other pulldown designs, Reflex also makes the spray head up to 40% easier to unlatch. I also love the spot resistant finish so fingerprints and water spots are not permanent fixtures on your beautiful faucet. When you have big things to rinse like a cooler, it is nice that the faucet has pause buttons that allow the home owner to interrupt the water flow while moving the spout outside the sink. The functionality makes these faucets ideal for watering plants, filling large pots and cleaning up.

Thanks to mom, I took care of the cooler in no time flat and I was off to more important matters: sending photos of my glorious kite flying day out on Instagram and Facebook. I hope to encourage more people to enjoy similar days. Once they see the pics, they will know why I am absolutely hooked.