Saturday, as promised by the forecasters at Accuweather.com, the remnants of TS Miriam sat over the D-FW metroplex and dumped rain on us for over 20 hours. Actually, as I watched it come almost straight down from the sky, it did remind me of the rainy days I had seen as a child at Clark AFB, near Angeles City on "the big island" (Luzon) in the Philippines: warm, soaking and consistent, enough to put some water in the ditches and arroyos without creating white-water rapids or causing flooding concerns.
Just the perfect kind of day for a bowl of hearty soup, with some salad and bread on the side. Homemade soup is dirt-simple to make (in most cases) and cost-efficient; I once heard someone from a large family describe his mother's welcoming attitude for when his siblings brought friends home for dinner: "Just put another bowl on the table and throw some water in the soup." A good soup recipe will stretch quite a bit before it loses its taste and ability to fill you up.