Rainy days can be depressing, but I have one thing that will bring a smile to my face on those days. My rainy day duck gauge is one of my favorite little items.
I found this in a gift shop of a theme park I visit yearly. I loved it immediately and bought it, then later regretted not buying more for friends. It was just too cute and I knew they'd love to have one too. I hoped I'd find another store that carried them, but never did.
My little duck (who needs a name, but I'm still thinking) sits on my outdoor coffee table. He's always at attention, holding the gauge to do his job when the rains begin. He's 8" tall and is wearing dark blue rain boots and a yellow rain hat with blue trim.
The duck is made of wood and is carved nicely. In the beginning, he/she was painted in spring colors, but the weather has taken a toll on the paint. If I ever find another one, I will give it several coats of polyurethane before it goes outdoors. In the meantime, this one is just fine. The colors may be fading, but he's as cute as ever.
I've seen rain gauges of all kinds, but this is my favorite so far.