Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Grey Gardens

Have you seen the HBO movie based on Jackie O's Aunt Edith? If you haven't I certainly recommend you do so at the first opportunity. There is also a 1975 documentary, with the same title, that is supposed to be excellent but I haven't been able to locate a copy that doesn't break my budget. Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore play the mother daughter duo in the HBO version and if you ever need an inspiration to clean house then honey, this is the film for you. WOWSER...my new rule of thumb for a deep clean is "if there are more than five raccoons peeking through the dining room ceiling" then it's time to haul out the Dyson. These two women ended up living with an entire raccoon family as well as more than 80 cats who couldn't find a litter box with the help of an Eagle Scout, a flashlight and a map. I made the mistake of watching this film when I was flat on my back in bed with a temp of 101 and a rattly chest that sounded just like wet wood burning in the fireplace. There were used tissues on my nightstand, bed and yes...on the floor. At least four half filled glasses sat beside me, the Sunday paper scattered on the bed and floor but here is the part that shook me to the core. There were two cats sleeping comfortably at my feet which means I am only 78 cats away from eviction. Seriously, great film but I advise you to clean house BEFORE you watch.

7 comments:

Grannyann said...

Loved your post!!!! Laughed out loud. You know I saw that movie just recently (hadn't heard of it before) and I was definitely shocked she was related to Jackie. I could not imagine living like that. I have seen homes where "collectors" live but not nearly like that.

Almostgotit said...

Oh no! I stop reading your blog for just a little while, and you come down with pneumonia!

CUT THAT OUT.

What a great excuse for a messy house, though... not to mention having a good cuddle with cats. Am sending you more dust bunnies and a bunch of kittens immediately by parcel post.

I blog at http://www.almostgotit.com

Tipper said...

Sounds like a good one-I hope you're feeling better.

Caution Flag said...

I shall avoid the movie at all costs as I am a lousy housekeeper. Glad you are recovering. It's getting too pretty out to be sick :) Now, to go back and grab that Swiss Steak recipe. Sounds delicious and I will do my best to avoid throwing it under the fridge.

Skye said...

I think you need to add a cat counter to your sidebar so we can monitor the number of cats and do an intervention if it starts to creep upwards.

Susie said...

Sounds like a good movie! Hurry up and get better!

Grannyann said...

Please check this out and pass it on.
Thanks.
http://www.anntuckerblog.com/2009/09/one-light-bulb-at-time.html