Cold out there today. Beautiful sunrise over the mountains, and a crystal clear blue sky. The mountains are incredibly quiet at this time of year. Just the sound of the creek flowing and the wind in the trees. When it snows you can sometimes hear the snow flakes hitting the pine trees.
The woods are bleak. Winter's here beyond a shadow of a doubt. On the other hand, the population of the county has dropped significantly as the people who were up here at their summer places bail out for warmer climes.
This afternoon when it warms up I'll take a 10 minute ride through the national forest and pop out of the woods at the lake near my house. Won't be anybody there at all now, so I will have it all to myself.
I saw over at Planet of the Appels that Alissa mentioned her favorite Christmas movie. That made me think of mine.
Before I ever saw the movie, I saw an interview on a BBC program with the old man who experienced this event as a young boy. During the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, he and his mother were at their winter cottage in the Ardennes. His father was a soldier in the German army, and had moved his wife and son to what he thought would be a safe, out of the way place to wait out the end of the war. Instead she wound up in the middle of a fierce battle as Germany launched it's last major offensive in the West.
In the confusion of the fighting, in dense woods with mist, snow and fog to contend with, small groups of soldiers were separated from their units. This is the true story of what happened when German and American soldiers showed up at her little cottage, trying to get out of the cold.
Based on a book by a man who was a young boy during the Second World War. It's about a chance meeting between his family and a group of German prisoners of war being transported by train through their small town. It's a good story about rural America during the war.
All of these are family movies. There's no gratuitous violence, because the movies aren't really about the war.
Home Shopping Network : Guns!
I had a heads up on this earlier from a friend, but this is the first thing I've seen on the news about it.