“Even though it’s dark and cold there is always a shade of light.”

Last night was one of those when will I ever get tired nights. Luckily, TCM kept me occupied with a slew of B science fiction movies. I got to see The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Tarantula, The Incredible Shrinking Man and It Came from Outer Space.  It was around two before It returned to Outer Space so I could go to bed. I love those movies as bad as they are at times. That’s the fun of them. In the Creature, a favorite of mine, the jungle is filled with howls and the sounds of animals. It is overgrown with vines and trees. The underwater is almost eerie with plants waving back and forth and trailing in the water. The best scene is when the Creature swims beneath the girl in the water and touches her foot a couple of times but touches it so gently the girl has no idea what is in the water below her. It’s the scene Spielberg borrowed for the start of Jaws though his opening ended a bit less gently. Later in the Creature, the girl, as per the rules of B movies, runs and then falls so the Creature can capture her and take her to his lair, a maze of underground caves. The brave men follow. One man dies. The girl is saved. The Creature isn’t until the sequel.

The morning is chilly, around 35˚, and the day won’t get much warmer. I have to go out for a few groceries. The larder is so empty it echoes.

There is a mouse living in my kitchen. It hangs around behind the refrigerator, and Maddie just sits and waits patiently for the beastie to appear. I have to think it stays well hidden as Maddie would have sent the beastie to its heavenly reward by now. She is a good and patient mouser.

Most of Christmas is gone now. I have a pile of decorations which needs to be taken down the cellar then the pine tree will go last. It stays decorated and is covered by a plastic bag until next year when it will assume its rightful place in the dining room.

The house seems dark and bare. I have a few electric candles I light in the living room and some pepper lights in the kitchen, and they do help a little to scare away the darkness, but the tree was magnificent. I miss the bubble lights, the red peppers, Santa and his reindeer flying up the tree, the white lights in the middle like stars and all those colored lights. Maybe it should be a winter tree. Christmas time doesn’t last long enough.

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15 Comments on ““Even though it’s dark and cold there is always a shade of light.””

  1. Bob Says:

    All of the movies you mentioned scared me to death as a kid. I must have a very active imagination because nightmares would follow for weeks after watching those cheesy films. My favorite one is still “Plan Nine From Outer Space”. It even got a mention in my favorite Seinfeld TV series episode, “The Chinese Restaurant”. It’s so bad it never gave me nightmares as a kid 🙂

    All the holidays around the winter solstice involve lights. Christmas, Chanukah and even Kwanzaa. After the fireworks of New Year’s Eve are burned out, January and February are big emotional letdowns filled with mild depression. What everyone needs is light therapy during the winter. The long winter nights wreak havoc with our circadian rhythms.

    Today will be sunny with a high predicted of almost 60 degrees. That’s about 15 degrees on the Celsius scale. Texas weather is so unpredictable, if you just wait a few minutes it will change.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      Movies didn’t scare me except for the House of Wax and only one place: where his face falls off after the heroine hits it. The ones I mentioned I really liked way back when. Plan Nine is just so bad it wouldn’t scare a soul. Mostly it causes hooting and laughter.

      I remember a Northern Exposure episode where they were all wearing light hats to fight off seasonal affective disorder. They all got addicted to the hats.

      I won’t see 60˚ for months!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’ve never seen The Incredible Shrinking Man but the others are favorites of mine 🙂 I love those B-movies and they are shown way to seldome here. I guess we’re just too few people here that apreceate them so they never show these old movies.

    Foggy and cold, around 31, but it was a rather nice day since we had no wind. But I napped a big part of it and woke up when the sun finally showed before it went down behind the forest. I hope tomorrow will be just as foggy as today 🙂

    Surprisingly few mice in the walls this winter, I’ve heard one so far so either they are fewer than normally or it’s just a good year for mice to stay outdoors.

    I’ll keep the lights in the tree until it’s light until 6 pm here, indoors almost everything is picked away now.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      You’d love the Incredible Shrinking Man. They built great sets for him as he shrunk. Try finding it on line somewhere like Hulu.

      Your weather and mine sound similar. The sun was shining but it was still cold. Gracie and I went to the bank but stayed inside the rest of the day. I put all the rest of Christmas away.

      I’ll keep my outside lights on through tomorrow as it is Little Christmas or Three Kings’ Day

      Enjoy your evening!!

      • Bob Says:

        Many years ago we took the tour of Universal Studios in Hollywood. They had a giant telephone on display that you could stand next to from that movie. The phone was taller than I was and I was just under six feet. I think there were other giant props but the telephone with the enormous rotary dial stays in my mind. My teenage kids have no idea what a rotary dial is or does 🙂

  3. Birgit Says:

    Christmas time isn’t over yet. Christmas can’t be over. We’ll sing our last Christmas concert tomorrow (Epiphany) in a beautiful catholic church of a little hilly village and desperately hope that at least some of the 760 inhabitants still want to hear Christmas songs. No creatures, tarantulas or aliens are expected, but you never know in these old villages…
    Now back to TV, a not very christmasy swedish horror slasher film (Strandvaskaren) starts soon.

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      It isn’t officially over until January 7th, the day after Epiphany, Three Kings’ Day or Little Christmas however you call it. My outside lights continue to shine for two more nights.

      I’d be there if I lived in that village. I always think there is so little time for us to hear Christmas songs. I play them in my car from Thanksgiving on until the radio station goes back to regular programming.

      Maybe Yeti?

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The evergreen balls with the big red ribbons are still outside. The lanterns on the doorstep are still lighting themselves at 5pm every night. We need all the light we can get this time of year. I found some red heart-shaped lights. I might put them up for Valentines.
    The weather man said today is the latest sunrise of the season and tomorrow it will rise a whole minute earlier than today. Whoo-hoo! The days are getting longer.
    I had one of those nights last night, too. Mine was because I was working on a warm woolen hat for myself and just kept doing one more row. I finished it up this morning. It’s funky-looking but very warm. It matches no coat that I own but who cares?
    Enjoy the evening.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      What a great idea-the red shaped lights. I’ll have to let my fingers to some shopping on the net. I leave the lights in my windows all year. Once a lady walking by asked me why and continued in a snooty voice that we are not in the historic district ( we are in the secondary district) so she didn’t understand. I told her it bid angels come unawares. That shut her up.

      Wow, I’ll take it: a minute a day!!

      I don’t even know if I have a hat. I have earmuffs, mittens and gloves, but I don’t think I have a winter hat. Funny because I collect hats-none, of course, suitable for winter.

      Enjoy your evening and a good night’s sleep!!

      • Caryn Says:

        You have to be in an historic district to have lights in the windows? Oops, we’re doing it wrong. 😀

      • Kat Says:

        Caryn,
        You don’t have to be in one, but the old houses in the main historical district to leave white lights in their windows. My street has no street lights, and it is really dark so I liked leaving the lights on after Christmas one year. I also have a palm tree which is on every night once the Christmas lights go

  5. Beto Ochoa Says:

    Our little rescue dog loves the light changing in the morning and evening twilight hours. She lays in a pose like the Sphinx and watches the leave and roofs change colors. If it is a windy, moonlit night she loves to watch the leaves do their dance. I believe she thinks they are alive and playing a game.

    • Caryn Says:

      My little rescue dog also loves the light. There is a stair near a window where he lies, also Sphinx-like, and the sun bathes him while he watches the neighbor’s arbor vitae hedge which is loaded with English sparrows.

      • Kat Says:

        Caryn,
        Lying on a step bathed in light sounds like the best way to enjoy the day. Not only that but he also gets a show of sparrows!

    • Kat Says:

      Beto,
      I love this comment. I can see the dog enchanted by the changing light and the dancing leaves. What a lovely way to say hello and goodbye to the day.


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