‘Downton Abbey’ s6e5 – Lord Grantham can’t stop erupting at the dinner table

7 Feb

“You’ll find there’s never a dull moment in this house.”

Poor Lord Grantham. The ambulance has returned to Downton Abbey following a whopper of a dinner party. Will Cora ever get the blood out of her clothes? I’m glad she had time to change her gloves and that Lord Grantham got his gastrectomy (though Carson assures us that’s none of our business), but to tell the truth, I was far more worried about Granny at the end of this episode than her son. Her palor by the end of the episode was downright scary.

Granny’s worked herself up into a fever pitch about losing control over the village hospital, and this episode she adds firing Denker, blackmailing the Minister of Health, watching her own son’s guts nearly explode and spilling the beans about Marigold to her mounting blood pressure. With only a few short episodes to go, I don’t expect Granny to make it through this season. Her days are numbered. Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s6e4 – Butler for a Day

31 Jan

“The cat’s away, m’lady.” ~ Bates

All Thomas’ dreams have finally come true…he’s finally been promoted to Butler! Just don’t remind him that it’s only until Mr. & Mrs. Carson return from honeymoon. It explains the twinkle in his eye, the spring in his step…and the knife he plants in Gwen’s back at the dinner table. How the family can eat with his sour face looking over them, I don’t know.

GWEN RETURNS TO DOWNTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m hardly excited about it at all. Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s6e3 – Wedding crashers

24 Jan

All I know is, when you casually throw a wedding in mid-season, there’s gotta be somethin’ crazy amazing heading our way the rest of the season. Hold that thought.

The Dowager’s in the last throws of desperation to hold on to village hospital as is. Cup of tea for Granny. Freight train’s a-comin’.

I’ve been a little confused this season about why Dr. Clarkson would side with the Dowager when he has always been a forward thinking voice of reason throughout the entire series. Watching this episode — watching the look on Dr. Clarkson’s face when Isobel attacks him unfairly — all the sudden I remembered his proposal to (and rejection by) Isobel. Is it possible that he’s taken Granny’s side against Isobel because of Isobel’s relationship with Merton? When Isobel refused Clarkson, didn’t she say something along the lines of “I’m just not really interested in marrying again?” And now she’s said yes to a local peer…when she said no before to the “lowly” local doctor. Ouch. Dr. Clarkson is a great guy, but he’s still human. I just wonder if the two things are connected. Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s6e2 – Goodbye, Drewes

17 Jan

Before we get to this week, I’d like to mention that I’ve updated my episode 1 recap with a couple of additional thoughts. Since PBS is broadcasting each episode six times this season (plus online streaming), repeat watching is positively inevitable. The glorious thing about repeat watching is that good stories are like onions…each time you peel a layer back, you find a lovely new one underneath. Not to mention that a few days in your life can completely change your outlook or how the story is able to impact your life. I always watch Downton Abbey at least twice before blogging…it allows the flavors of the story to marry a little better together before it’s ready to share. Like simmering marinara, repeat watching is a beautiful thing.

And now for this week’s recap…

Letters from America!! If you were still pouring your tea at the opening of this episode you may have missed the lightning fast mention of Tom’s business opening in Boston and Rose out on the town in New York City. I predict that Tom will strike it rich in the States so that Sybbie will return to England as the next Cora, and that Atticus Aldridge had better take a lot, a lot of vitamins to keep up with his wife. I have these recurring nightmares, I mean, visions of Rose unsupervised in the Big Apple among Americans while her husband is working at the office all day…spin off!! Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s6e1 – Awkward Abbey

10 Jan

I can’t decide whether to be happy or sad. Blessed Downton Abbey has finally returned but this is our last premiere episode. Only a few more hours of this amazing series to look forward to before it ends forever…sniff. Chin up. Let’s get to it then.

It’s 1925. Headbands and downsizing are all the rage. The styles are marvelous, but as the neighbors sell up, the Crawleys do a little shaking in their boots at the future of their own estate. And Denker “never disappoints” when it comes to spreading the sunshine allll around. Bless Mr. Mason’s poor heart — he dreams of leaving his business to Daisy, who dreams of storming the streets of London. But Daisy takes the wrong page out of Miss Bunting’s book and drives a stake through the heart of any possibility of his dream coming true. How will Daisy find a way to fix it?

The little heirs help Mrs. Patmore in the kitchen, but can we really trust Thomas with them? Were you as nervous as I was when they (a little too eagerly) went off to play with him? Continue reading

Coolest thing I’ve ever seen

5 Dec

There I was in the aisle at Walmart about to take a picture of the Best Christmas Gift of 2016 (the Minions Fartblaster Gun) when I started hearing sirens. Like a lot of sirens. Getting louder and louder and louder… I was trying not to panic when a voice came over the loudspeaker, “Please remain calm. Today is Shop-a-Cop at Walmart.”

Moments later the aisles were full of this:

 

Christmas made.

Thank you, Del City Police Department, for showing us how it’s done.

“Don’t forget to do good and share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

  

Last minute mall outfits for Halloween

28 Oct

Cheesy plastic costume sets from the party store will do in a pinch, but for those of us ladies who prefer to achieve a higher quality style — and acquire fun new pieces we can wear again — here are some outfit starter ideas available on the rack right now at your local department store: Harry Potter Qudditch

Start with this super fun tunic from Karen Kane — it’s got a hoodie and black pleather lower arm patches. For the Hogwarts look,


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