I got a new rain guage for my birthday. I got one last year too - a pretty verde gris fairy holding a glass tube. I walked by it every morning on my way to the car. I just liked looking at it and I liked being reminded of whether or not I should be watering the plants. And in the fall every time I walked by it I thought to myself, "I'd better bring that inside before it freezes." But, sure enough, one morning the water was frozen and the glass broken.
So now I have a new one - plainer. It's been on the table on the deck since last Thursday and it has three and a half inches of water in it.