Saturday, January 30, 2010

And the snows came. . .

You'd think we live in Minnesota or Wisconsin. A place where people love snow. Where white-outs are the norm. But the South? Today is just nuts - the snow is falling so fast, I can't see the street in front of the house. We never have this weather, but guess what? It's hammering us now with a vengeance. Fortunately, the dog thinks this white stuff was invented for her amusement, and going outside isn't the nightmare I thought it would be. Now if I enjoyed it half as much as our Jack Russell Terrorist. . . .

I should tackle another house project, but I think I'll curl up in front of the fireplace with James Lee Burke's TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN. So far it's tough reading - his description of what happened in New Orleans with Katrina chills me to the bone. I'm afraid I'm not brave enough to read this book, but I'll give it a good try. Snowy days are made for pots of hot tea, scones with honey, a good book, and the cat on my lap. The book shelf can wait for a clear-out for another day. Besides, I really don't want to weed out any of my 'keepers.'

Oh, the oddest and most interesting thing happened. I was researching WW II stories for a character in SIGNS, who is an old soldier, and quite by accident found a Stars and Stripes article from 1945 that mentioned my grandfather in an account of the 11th
Armored in Europe. As another way to avoid writing (my list could fill a barn), I decided to put my grandfather's name into Bing. Lo and behold, I saw a nine year old posting from a lady who was looking for information on my gf for her family tree. Talk about surprises! Her email addy was current, and we've been exchanging what information we have. The power of the Internet is astounding.

3 comments:

CJ Parker said...

Honey, if I can live through it, you can read it. LOL

Tracy said...

CJ, I'm horrified by how our government reacted. Just astounded. Have you read Tin Roof Blowdown? Not my fav James Lee Burke, but I'm glad I didn't walk away from it.

BTW, congrats to the Saints! Great Super Bowl game!!

CJ Parker said...

No, not read that.

Thanks. I wish you could have been here just seconds after the win. Bourbon Street went from vacant to packed. But to be honest, I'm ready for all the hoopla to be over. Super Bowl, Mardi Gras...I'm tried. And I still have two weeks (from today) to get EPICon over. The name tags haven't arrived and the goody bags are still missing. I'm a nervous wreck!