Thespian Thursday:  Twitter fun with Lucas North, in an Oz sort of way, February 22, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1146)

I had a fun and funny exchange with a twitter friend named @Kim_AussieGirl last night about the Spooks 9 plot twist debacle—wherein the beloved Lucas North character was revealed  to be a terrorist named John Bateman.

So not how we wanted the talented British Actor Richard Armitage’s character of Lucas North to bow out of Spooks.  Lucas and Richard should have been allowed to close his time on Spooks by preserving Lucas’ honor.

And handsome, honorable, and gentlemanly good guys are hard to find on screen theses days.  So it was a missed opportunity there for Spooks not to capitalize on Richard Armitage’s natural good guy charisma.

So I hope that you enjoy my screen cap edit below of the whimsical tweet chat between @Kim_AussieGirl and I about Spooks 9:


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Fun Day Sunday!  A snowy Richard Armitage selfie to chase away the slushy snow blahs, February 18, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1145)

My hubby and my Saturday routines have evolved into more separate morning chores (me paying bills, etc. and he working at his overtime job), then us going out together for errands/shopping and then lunch out in the afternoons.  Thrills a minute here in Lovelace Land.  Ha!

However yesterday/Saturday, it started snowing heavily—which dramatically lessened visibility while driving and created slickly slushy driving and walking conditions.  But we were intrepid—or stupid–and we went out anyway.  Ha!

At the a big box store, we found inexpensive clear plastic storage 3 drawer units to use until I can find the tall louvered doors cabinet (below) that I want to buy for linen and clothes storage in the tiny foyer adjacent to our smaller 2nd bathroom that continues to be my handicapped friendly bathroom.

Sauder Harbor View kitchen storage cabinetAnd we were also looking for an ivory hutch and cabinet for our kitchen for more dishes, pans, & small appliances storage to free up counter space in our very narrow 10 foot by 19 foot alley kitchen and breakfast area.

But since the plastic drawer bins are working out well so far by the 2nd bathroom as a temporary measure, we may just buy the tall storage cabinet above for the kitchen—and move into it all of the kitchen appliances that we don’t use on a daily basis, such as the mixer, toaster, food processor, blender, thus freeing up precious counter space, as well as tucking away assorted food storage containers.  So we’ll end up buying one piece of furniture (the storage cabinet above), rather than two.  Snap!

All that home improvement aside and back to the snowy weather, we gave up on eating out after shopping due to the snowy and slushy driving conditions that had worsened during our shopping–and we picked up take home at a drive thru.  A disappointment from our planned lunch date.  But the spending time together is the important part.

So, our weekend has been rather slushy with new fallen snow–not deep, just slippery.  But the snow looks much better on the ground than the melted and muddy mush that had been our backyard of the past day.  Ha!

And the snow coupled with Richard Armitage’s recent new bearded selfie made me think of an earlier 2015 (?) Richard Armitage bearded selfie with snow in the background—I think he was on a skiing trip–from about three years ago (below, image original left via Pinterest; my image edit right).  Those crystalline blue eyes of his are even more vivid against a snowy background  in my edit (below right).   Sighhh!


However the usual winters sports are problematic for me.  I so don’t have the ankles for ice skating (anymore)—let alone, skiing downhill.  My skis would need to come with power breaks because my ballast would have me hurtling downhill at a break neck pace—wiping out all in my path.  Ha!   But I would be game to try “the flat” and slower cross country skiing–if I had a certain handsome instructor. *wink*

Hoping you have a lovely day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati ;->


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THUD Thursday—Richard Armitage’s Valentine’s Day Selfie is soooo Dreamy,  February 15, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1144)

Richard Armitage’s Valentine’s Day Selfie is soooo Dreamy!



Oh My!

My/Grati’s comment to him:
So sorry to hear about your back! Have you tried putting a puffy pillow under your knees–with your feet flat? It puts your back & upper legs at a more comfortable 135 degree angle.

Happy Valentine’s Day in the meantime!  Hope you feel better soon! Your pix is … sighhh!

That pretty much covers it!  Ha!  Hugs & Love everyone—and especially to an in pain Richard Armitage!


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Too Hottt to Handle Tuesday:  Richard Armitage as a sleeping Daniel Miller and Grati’s prep before Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1143)

Could the day before Valentine’s Day get any better than this image of the talented British actor Richard Armitage as a sleeping Daniel Miller  (below) from 2017 Berlin Station–with a Valentine twist by me?  Those muscles!   Sighhh!

And the original Richard Armitage as Daniel Miller image (courtesy of Laura D, Thanks!) would also make a good bed pillow iron on transfer. *wink*

Now onto my all-important pre-Valentine’s Day preparations:

1)  Buying/making a Valentine’s Day card—in my case, for my hubby.  But giving Valentine’s Day cards to friends and relatives works, too.  And these days, our pets are also like family—and they are often better behaved.   So don’t forget to give your pet a Valentine’s Day gift treat, hug, or chew toy, or two.

2)  My gift to my hubby, is my selecting chocolates that I think that he will like–but that I know that I will like.  Well, we wouldn’t want the chocolates to go to waste.  Now would we?  *wink*

3) Trying to send my hubby a telepathic message that a single red or pink rose on a stem would be lovely for him to give to me for Valentine’s Day.   And to help telepathy along, I will set out a single bud vase on the kitchen table before he eats his breakfast Tuesday morning before he heads off to work.  If he doesn’t stick a pen in the vase, that’s a good sign.  But just in case, I won’t put water in the bud vase yet.

4)  Giving my hubby his Valentine’s Day card and presents from me Tuesday night—the night before Valentine’s Day.  That way, he hasn’t technically forgotten the holiday yet—and he still has time on Wednesday, February 14th Valentine’s Day to buy me something small, and preferably not from the gas station when he gases up his car. Just kidding. He gives me beautiful cards—with Xs and Os all over them!

5)   Finally, the best gifts are the ones that we give to ourselves—loving ourselves, encouraging ourselves, praising ourselves, and enjoying ourselves.   So no guilt trip for Lent—which starts Wed., February 14th, of all dates!  Ha!  Actually, I gave up guilt for Lent years ago and focus on the positives of donating my time, talent, and treasure to causes I support.

So Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  You deserve it!

Hugs & Love! Grati  ;->


P.S.  And below is a bonus Valentine by me:


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Sexy Sunday—Richard Armitage at 2013 THDofS promo, THUD!, February 11, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1142)

The talented British actor Richard Armitage, at 2013 Waterstones Piccadilly THDofS promo (Image via DurinLass, Thanks!)  (Grati color edit, below):

In profile. Longer hair.  Revealed ear.  Respectful gaze.  Roman nose.  Chiseled jaw.  Stubble.  Listening smile.  Neckage. Hint of chest hair.  THUD!

Have a gReAt Day!  Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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Thriller Thursday:  Richard Armitage joins the cast of “The Lodge”, now filming in Montreal, February 08, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1141)

Thanks to Suzanne@suzi_writer for pointing me to RichardArmitageNet’s tweet (below), that explains Richard Armitage’s cryptic tweet (at the bottom):


that contians a link to the  Hollywood Reporter article (below)

about the talented British actor Richard Armitage (below, from 2014 The Crucible; image via Perry, Thanks!) joining the cast of the horror film “The Lodge”, now filming in Montreal, Canada.

Here is an excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter article about “The Lodge” referenced above:

“The Lodge, which started production Wednesday [February 07, 2018] in Montreal, tells the story of a soon-to-be-stepmom snowed in with her fiance’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations finally begin to thaw between the trio, strange and frightening events threaten to summon psychological demons from the woman’s strict religious childhood.”

With that description of the film “The Lodge”, I instantly thought of  “The Turn of the Screw” (two kids and a lady in a house where strange things happen), “The Shining” (remote location, frozen forest), and “Spellbound”  (snow, childhood trauma, etc.).

So we’ll see where this film goes as the filmmakers and Richard Armitage share tidbits with us.  Though dubbed as a “horror” movie, I’m hoping that the film is more in “psychological thriller” territory.

And Richard Armitage also gave fans a clue as to his current project with his tweet (below):


My/Grati’s comment on RCA’s tweet:

Love the frosted window with the crystalline gashes across it!  We can barely see the frozen forest scene outside.  Our wondering, what is lurking there? *shivers* I love a good psychological thriller!   Thanks for sharing!  Cheers!  ;->

Well now, we’ll have to see if any of RA’s Montreal fans checkout the filming and share what they find out with the rest of us.

P.S.  And to stave off the effects of our own frozen tundra in the Midwest of the U.S., I have to switch gears and sew up the finger seams on my multi-layered gloves where my little terror of a sweet beagle had chewed on them, before I face the minus degrees weather again tomorrow.  Ha!

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MIM:  Richard Armitage The Martian Invasion of Earth audiobook cast revealed and Big Finish Interview with audiobook podcast excerpt, etc., February 05, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1140)

I’m a sci fic and HG wells fan from way back—The Time Machine was a favorite of mine, as well as the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s new audiobook podcast of The Martian Invasion of Earth, on the Martian Invasion Monday (MIM) day.


And this past weekend, Richard Armitage’s other cast mates for the audiobook podcast of The Martian Invasion of Earth were revealed (see below, thanks to Mat Khal for sharing!).

As a teen, I didn’t really understand my deep interest in  futuristic stories by Isaac Asimov and others—especially since I also liked Jane Austen fare and such.  Did I wish to visualize a changed future that was somehow better for myself and for others?  Less stressful, less uncertain?    Or a utopia as Richard Armitage referred to in this recent Big Finish interview transcript (shared by Valentina A., Thanks!):

Also, here is the link for the “Big Finish” interview concludes with a 15 minute preview of The Martian Invasion of Earth, thanks to Fabo!:


Not all sci-fi futuristic stories have happy, or even hopeful endings.  A supposed utopia was found in HG Wells The Time Machine.  But it was a sham, hiding a dark and sinister secret.  Because one person’s utopia is another person’s nightmare.


So if I recognize the darker elements—the “dark side of the force”, if you will, for Star Wars fans–of futuristic and sci-fi stories, why am I still drawn to them?  Maybe it’s the mystery of the unknown and of the unthinkable in these types of futuristic sci-fi fantasy stories that grab my attention. How would I react in similar circumstances? Would I make a stand and fight to survive?  Would I survive?  And if I did, would I be able to survive, surviving?  Or maybe, it’s my innate sense of hope, in wanting things to work out alright for everyone?  Richard Armitage playing Herbert in his new audiobook “The Martian Invasion of Earth”, confronts those questions and more.


So was HG Wells prophetic about the causes of the end of the world as shown in this and other of his futuristic sci fi stories?  Or was he merely a keen observer of human nature, as well as being an avid student of history?  Time and again civilizations rise and crumble, leaders seek to control and have dominion over their ever expanding empires before they are deposed/removed from their position.  And the over arching drive to seek success that drives some people


And I cannot help but draw parallels between the H G Wells story adaptation for audiobook The Martian Invasion of Earth—about destroyed civilizations–and what people and families in war torn countries are tragically experiencing as they flee death and destruction in the world today.   They are living in their own end times—but with no way to escape to a future that they hope is better, safer—unless people work together to help them, across whatever divides them, be it language, culture, ethnicity, or borders.  And I believe that there is something in our humanity—flawed though it may be—that causes us to reach out and help others where we can.


And maybe stories like HG Wells “The Martian Invasion of Earth”  (Thanks to MujerTropical for sharing the film poster!, below) and other stories, just might help to spur us into constructive positive action.  Yet despite the known end of the world scenario in The Martian Invasion of Earth audiobook, I’m looking forward to experiencing the it as a type of radio theatre. Are you?

Wishing everyone a gReAt day! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->

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