November 06, 2018–Election Day in U.S., November 06, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post # 1190)

If you have the privilege of voting in the U.S., please exercise it today. It has been a hard one right.

And be an informed voter, know the positions, opinions, record, and experience of whom you’re voting for.

And finally, if you’re like me, you’ll vote for the good of all, not just for oneself. A society is judged by how well it treats the most vulnerable of its members–the young, the elderly, those needing health insurance and a self supporting job, and those seeking safety from tyranny, injustice, and danger.

The United States was founded upon these principles of personal freedoms and collective benefit–not for the few, but for the many. Let us honor this legacy and our own immigrant ancestors by preserving and extending our legacy of welcoming people who wish to share in this hope for a better life and a better world.

Hugs, Love, & Cheers! Gratiana Lovelace ;->

COVINGTON, GEORGIA – Supporters sell vote pins during a Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor rally in Covington, Georgia Friday October 26, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


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WCW: Richard Armitage interview about new audiobook The Snowman, October 17, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1189)

Thanks to RANet’s tweet yesterday about the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s latest audiobook treat, The Snowman by Michael Morpugo:


Richard is returning to his children’s literature roots with this project.  Remember his CBeebies storytelling?

We have some young ones in our extended family, and I’m looking forward to buying this narrated illustrated children’s book The Snowman for them for the holidays!

Thanks also to TeresaA who pointed me to this project.


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WCW:  Richard Armitage as Berlin Station Spy Daniel Miller tries to Keep Calm, October 10, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1188)

When spies with their complicated  and danger prone lives have a bad day, they are really having a bad day.

Cue the talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Daniel Miller (in the keep calm wallpaper above, courtesy of Mat Khal, Thanks!) in Berlin Station Season 2 (2017).  Daniel goes undercover as an arms dealer—without an undercover team of players, the other cast are off on their own tangents in related arcs.


So Daniel is either using or losing his wits as he wings it—when he has to produce his boss/supplier.   Cue Hector DeJean’s (portrayed by Rhys Ifans) surprise when Daniel turns up unannounced–with his terrorist targets in tow–a few countries over on Hector’s country estate doorstep.


Even more mayhem ensued in BS2—ending the BS2 season with an assassination as a political coup. The plot twists and shifting spy alliances were as tangled as a corkscrew—and kept me guessing and reguessing, and on the edge of my seat.


And with Berlin Station Season 3 filming being wrapped but in post production and not yet broadcast, fans are left to wonder what danger the BS3 cast of characters will be faced with next?


One of my suspicions for BS3 is that the politician Katarina isn’t dead—and the German spies are trying to flush out her assassin while she heals at a secure facility.  Or let’s hope it is a secure facility.


And Katarina’s supposed political lieutenant in Josef better have some answers for American Spy Valerie (Michelle Forbes), who knows that she was played by him.

And seeing what the other cast will get up to for BS 3  in Robert (Leland Orser), Steven (Richard Jenkings), BB (Ashley Judd), and April (Keke Palmer) will be a delight.

Finally, I think the BS2 ending of Hector’s fake funeral was a dream sequence—Daniel and Esther (Mina Tander) were too out in the open lovey dovey with longing loving gazes at each other in a perfume commercial kind of way.

Heck!  They are spies—which usually means covert and secret actions are called for.  And by extension, Daniel and Esther are each other’s weakness.  So perhaps, their relationship will be put in direct danger in Season 3.  Drama makes for good storytelling.  However, I do ship Daniel and Esther, big time.  Ha!

Anything could happen in BS3—and probably will, and not necessarily in a good way.

So what is code for a spy being in distress?  My bet is the upside down crown on Mat Khal’s lovely wall paper above!   And Daniel needs some rescuing from the clutches of evil.   The line forms behind me.  Ha!

I so can’t wait to see Berlin Station Season 3!

Hope you have a gReAt day! Hugs <3 & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Wild Card Wednesday! Richard Armitage Lucas/JP Pressure Smouldering/Soothing Moves in JulietD001 video, October 03, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1187)

My day Tuesday:  Awaken at 5:00am, take anti-muscle spasm pill and two ice paks, return to bed to doze for 30 more minutes, shower and primp for the day, go to the office, finish projects amongst last minute requests for my assistance, let out dogs and feed them at lunchtime, finish more office projects in the afternoon, after work pick up medicine refills at one pharmacy/store, then go to a different store to buy groceries (pumpkin donuts are in season!) and supplies, pick up/make dinner, binge watch “The West Wing” over dinner, start laundry, pay five bills online or by check, reconcile checking account until 10:30 pm, restart the clothes dryer several times with pliers to turn the knob spindle since the knob broke off last week and I haven’t gone to the knob store yet (no giggles, please, Ha!), set checkbook with new check pad (for hubby to use with our dogs vet appt today, and two of the bills payments for him to mail) on the clothes washer (all knobs work here, snap!), sleep for 5 hours, wake up at 5:00am.  Repeat.

Most week days can be full of stress and pressure with the everyday practicalities of our lives.  And I think women, especially, have responsibilities that we have to juggle between our personal, professional, and civic/volunteering activities in our lives.

Feeling pressure?  Me, too!  You bet! And sometimes, we need to let off a little steam.

So lets enjoy this Richard Armitage character video  by JulietD001 (Thanks!) for all of Richard’s Lucas North and John Porter soothing smoulder.  Sighhh!

Have a gReAt day! And remember, the weekend is only 2.5 days away.  Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->


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THUD Thursday! Enjoying Autumn in this Richard Armitage wallpaper by Cyn Dainty! September 27, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1186)

Richard Armitage in Autumn’s glory!  Sighhh!  THUD!

Wishing everyone a lovely day!

Thanks Cyn!

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Thriller Thursday—Berlin Station Season 3 Teaser Trailer Intrigues,   September 20, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1185)

Thanks to TeresaA for sharing the link on FB to the new Berlin Station Season 3 Teaser Trailer from EPIX!


Well, I’m intrigued.  I’m glad to see Richard Armitage (below, Leland Orser , Richard
Jenkins, Michelle Forbes,  Mina Tander, and Season 2 newcomers Ashley Judd and Keke Palmer all back for Season 3.  Though, I couldn’t make out Rhys Ifans anywhere—nor Emilia Schule.

And there also seemed to be a tall poofy light brown haired woman who I couldn’t make out in the shadows.  The lady seemed taller than actress Mina Tander—whom we also saw in profile—but it could also be Tander, in skyscraper heels. Ha!

And there also looks to be some newer and younger spy recruits.  They obviously want to bring in the 18 – 24 year old audience.  Ha!

All in all, I’m looking forward to see what they do with Season 3.  My BS3  burning questions are:

  1. Will Daniel and Esther continue their wonderfully frought and sexy relationship? I ship them, big time!  Ha!
  2. Where will Steven pop up next? And will him being the new spy data guru put him back in the game, or drag him further down the rabbit hole?
  3. Do BB and Robert have more itches to scratch? Love her strong woman leader character!  And Robert really came into his own in BS2.
  4. Will the spunky and wiser than her years April turn the tables on her spy mentor Valerie? A similar question for the pairing of Hector and Lena Ganz.
  5. And what will be the central conflict for the BS3 spies?  My guess would be something regarding an outside foreign government entity promoting the destabilization of the European Union—and involving the covert super data networks facility now run by Steven.

    P.S. And if you are playing catch up with the spy action, click here for a detailed Berlin Station Wiki of Seasons 1 & 2.

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Tuesday’s Child belongs to “Mary Poppins Returns”,  September 18, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1184)

I remember my childhood as if it were yesterday–though it was fifty years ago.

The unfettered joy of living in the moments of each day.

Fresh Spring grass threading through my toes as a toddler.

Riding my chartreuse green stingray bicycle with tassels hanging from the handle bar grips–and playing cards in the wheel spokes to make a fluttering sound as I passed.

Not worrying about yesterday or wondering about tomorrow.  Just living today.

And feeling safe within a cocoon of love.

Later, in growing into adulthood and assuming the mantles of responsibilities that are inherent in the pragmatic realities of everyday life, we can all too easily forget to live each moment well, savoring it, cherishing it—until in some distant  future we dust off a moment’s  memory to make us smile and remember..

And my childhood was certainly enhanced and shaped by many literary and filmic children’s classics— “Little Women”,  “The Sound of Music”, and  “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” to name a few—and none more so, than the 1964 film “Mary Poppins.”

Knowing that the “Mary Poppins”  film was being remade some 50 years on—well a sequel of sorts—I wondered how Disney would approach it, to tell the story anew and fresh?

Well, we have a glimpse of that answer in the trailer for the new 2018 film “Mary Poppins Returns” shared yesterday.  I hope that you enjoy the trailer as much as I did!  And I can’t wait until December for what looks to be another delightful and insightful film.  Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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