Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Icy Morning

We woke up to the sound of my cell phone ringing, and the automated voice on the other end said, "Due to weather conditions, school is not in session today."

When I went out to my Jeep, I could see why. There was a good half-inch of pure ice covering my vehicle. And of course, it was on the roads, too!

I'm not kidding when I say it took me a good 20 minutes to get all the ice off my poor red Jeep. I was using my ice scraper as a hammer, pounding on the thick slabs to get them to loosen up. After a combination of a defroster on full blast and my hammering abilities, I finally managed to get it so I could see out the windows.

Started reading an autobiography last night of Gene Tierney. She is one of my favorite classic film actresses. She starred in one of my all-time favorite films, Laura, as well as The Ghost and Mrs. Muhr.

Classic Hollywood holds a special place in my heart. I grew up watching the Silver Screen Classics on PBS, and I've never stopped loving these old films.

In fact, today would be the perfect day to stay home with my kids, grab a cup of hot chocolate and a frosted sugar cookie, and pop in a classic movie like Christmas in Connecticut. Maybe tonight... :-)


  1. WE are in the 50s here in the DC area. Isn't it crazy? But I'm glad not to have any snow!

  2. In Denver we have snow, snow, snow! I love classic movies too. My absolute favorite at Christmas is the 1951 A Christmas Carol, with Alistair Sim. I've also got some classic Marx Brothers films -- STILL funny :)

  3. It's near 80 here today. But those are some of the happiest words in the world :)

  4. I've always been fascinated by the life of Gene Tierney. She was so beautiful, yet had such a tragedy. I'm sure you know about this, but maybe your other readers don't.

    While pregnant, she felt compelled to support the troops at the canteen. And one of her "biggest fans" came in, shook her hand, and said, "I have the German measles, but I just couldn't pass up this chance to see you in person!" Sure enough, Gene's baby was born with defects.

    Sometimes truth is stranger, and more movingly sad, than fiction, huh?

  5. Betty - Yes, I did know that - and she was forced to put her daughter into an institution. Very heart-wrenching.


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