Richard Armitage and Cooling Thoughts, August 13, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #796)

Banal reality of everyday life: the central air conditioning genie has deserted our home. Yes, the air conditioning has failed. It is 80F now in early Wednesday evening in the Midwest, with 85F expected on Thursday.

Floor fans are blowing at high speed and the house temp is still in the upper 70’sF. We’re hoping the ancient window unit we bought decades ago for the other house when we had to wait for its AC to be replaced–and just positioned in our bedroom window as I begin to write this Wednesday evening–will cool our bedroom down for sleeping later. However, we’re sitting around our great room with modesty losing out to comfort. Sure hope no one stops by for an unannounced visit. *grins sheepishly*

Normally, we don’t like unannounced visits because we are a very happily married couple of long standing–25 years and counting. And it’s not like we’re rabbits. But we wouldn’t want to be interrupted–if you know what I mean. *delicately raises eyebrow*

And steamy, hot, and/or humid weather–or lack of air conditioning–is a real romance killer for me. I like my environment briskly cool–normally keeping our home hovering around 68F for all seasons.

I never understand movie love scenes where the couple starts out sweaty, and they end up more so after. It’s like that love scene in the film “Heat and Dust”(1983) with actress Greta Scacchi bemoaning the heat, but going for it with her hubby anyway (at 1:07 in the trailer). Or Kathleen Turner and William Hurt turning up the heat in the aptly named film “Body Heat”(1981).

Of course, one might become overheated and glistening, in the normal course of events–whether you are in a movie love scene, or at home. But then you need to cool off. So having working central air conditioning is a key aphrodisiac for me. I’m just saying. I like my creature comforts. So it’s a deal breaker for me. Ha!

But, we’re hoping for relief from the heat on Thursday, if the HVAC company can repair our central air unit–or give it a Freon injection.

So until our home returns to cooler temperatures, below are some of my favorite portraits of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage chillin and looking cool (with various color, cropping, and sizing manips by moi; images are courtesy of RANet Gallery, except where noted) (I changed the pix to single file for smart  phone loading.):

Staged      (1999)

(Grati’s trailer cap)


Between the Sheets (2003)

Cold Feet (2003)


Ultimate Force (2003)

Golden Hour (2005)


The Impressionists (2006)


Robin Hood  (2006/7)
Courtesy of Holly


Strike Back I (2010)


Magazine (2011)
Courtesy of Mar Omana


Wellington, NZ
THAUJ Premiere
Arrival (2012)
Courtesy of Laura


DofS Berlin
Premiere (2013)
Courtesy of Marianna

The Crucible timeframe, London
(Summer 2014)
Courtesy of Laura


P.S.1 That window air conditioner in our bedroom is cooling the room down nicely–which, in hindsight, I think the cooling will be needed after viewing these Richard Armitage pictures. Sighhhh!

P.S.2 And have I mentioned how crotchety husbands can get when asked to install air conditioning window units? That we already own–and that we don’t have to even shell out more money for? You see, hubbies will only acquiesce so far to their wives’ requests, and then a man puts his foot down. Of course, that is when we wives become intractable until we get our way–coolness, in this instance. That intractability is the “worse” part that husband’s nebulously agree to in the marriage vows. And the “better” part, is the result of husbands catering to their wives’ creature comforts, etc. ;-)





About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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15 Responses to Richard Armitage and Cooling Thoughts, August 13, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #796)

  1. LadyGrayse says:

    Major LOL! Hubbys can be a royal pain, can’t they? Mine’s response, if I asked him to put the window unit up in this no-central-ac-despite-living-in-Georgia house would be for me to do it myself. Which is his general response to most of my requests any more. :p


  2. Kitty says:

    You are a hot mess, Girl friend. You just turned off the air to make me feel better about these blisters on my hands from mopping up all that condensation water that puddled in the basement earlier this week. Hubby took the pipes apart while I mopped and cleaned the mineral deposits from the pipes. I told him that I love working with him but I would rather not have had to do that particular job. Oh the joys of being a home owner. We keep out temp @ 68, too. It feels great. Until I go to places where people are comfy @ any degree above 68. And while it’s cool as a cucumber in our home right now, those pics of RA sure lit my fire! Whew!!! Hope your a/c is repaired today; and the service fee is easy on your pocket book.

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    • Hi Kitty,
      LOL, the “hot mess”! And your reaction to the RA images! Hope your blisters are healing!
      It was rather warm last night and earlier this morning, even though I parked myself in front of the fan.
      But the A/C repair guy came this morning, replaced the filters, added freon coolant to the outside A/C unit and we’re good to go–and at a reasonable cost. Whew! The house is cooling down now. Ahhhhhhh!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


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  4. August 13, 2015–Thanks for liking this post!

    ania- zrysiowana ja, Carolyn, gpg442014,LadyButterfly, jholland, & Servetus


  5. jholland says:

    Whew… well I must say I’m feeling the heat here, too, after looking through those images. So you’re not suffering alone!


  6. Servetus says:

    Uch, I hope you get your A/C on, one way or the other (you’d love my office, it’s around 65 at all times).


    • Hi Servetus, Thanks for your kind note! We should be sleeping much cooler tonight now that the A/C is fixed! We were lucky that it was a service call and we didn’t have to replace the unit. Whew! Dodged that one.
      And it sounds like I would enjoy your office. My office has an air return, but no supply–which means that I have a fan running constantly to move air around.
      Hope you stay cool whatever your climate is.
      Grateully cool Cheers! Grati ;->


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