What do you do when you are faced with time alone? Sometimes I like to curl up with a good book and do nothing all day; no one to cook for, no extra laundry, no renovation projects to deal with. It is nice for a few days, but I can take only so much of it. David is on a two week motocycle ride with his buddies. I spent the first few days visiting my Son, Daughter-In-Law and Granddaughter. Since I have been home I have been somewhat slothful, cooking my favorite comfort foods like hamburgers, macaroni and cheese and an actually yummy quiche lorraine from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The week has been rainy and cool – the kind of weather that begs for warming, bubbling soup. So yesterday I donned my sweats, pulled out one of my easiest soup recipes and puttered in the kitchen while the soup simmered.
Grey Gardens – This movie fascinates me. It is the true story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Aunt Edie Beale and her daughter “Little” Edie. Their descent into mental illness, co-dependency, and isolation is unbelievable. Their beautiful estate in the Hamptons decays around them. It has recently been restored by Sally Quinn. Drew Barrymore’s portrayal of Little Edie is worthy of an Oscar. There was a documentary featuring the real Beales and Drew Barrymore nailed her role as Little Edie.
The Holiday – The movie itself is somewhat predictable, but the two homes featured are stunning in different ways. It is the story of two women in the throes of relationship problems who decide to swap houses for the holidays. Kate Winslett’s character lives in an English cottage into which I could move today and live happily ever after. Cameron Diaz lives in a sleek mansion in LA. It doesn’t hurt that Jude Law is one of the love interests. I have watched it several times just to study the houses . . . ok, ok, Jude Law too.
Something’s Got to Give – What’s not to love about Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson? But again it is the house in the Hamptons that I love. Do you see a pattern here? I love houses.