THUD Thursday: Richard Armitage is My RelAxation Technique! January 28, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #866)

I know that I have titled this essay implying that the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage is RelAxing, but that is only one of his hunk-ilicious spheres that I wish to explore today.  We’ll leave his “god’s gift to women” and “sexy doesn’t cover the half of him” for another time.  *wink*  But after a long day at my office on Wednesday—wrestling with rescissions, renovations, replacements, and reviews—RelAxation is what I needed.


So here are a few Richard Armitage portraits that various friends have shared lately—which means since I switched over to my new computer and started saving images on it or transferring files to it two weeks ago—that I find RelAxing.  And where possible, I will try to contextualize the portrait—though I am going from memory.


1)        A 2012 THAUJ Wellington Premiere interview portrait, shared by Simonne (Thanks!)—with Richard Armitage’s friendly smile and comfortable pose, he looks quite relaxed, himself.  The edit credit says MajesticThorinnn.  And I gaussian blurred the image .5 to remove some of the pixelization that probably occurred due to my resizing the image.


2)        A Soulful Eyes portrait of Richard Armitage as tweet shared by Laura Day. The portrait looks to be from a sitting photographed by David Venni in 2009.  Here is a blog post  by kelbel75 at her Nowhere in Particular blog with similar portrait images .  I could lose myself in RA’s peepers, and his artfully shaved stubble that draws attention to his strong jawline so well—in BW or full color.  Sighhh!  The BW edit credit looks like it is labeled as Alana. And I brightened the BW image a bit (left). Then I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I edited the image (right) to add a sepia like skin tone and grey blue eyes.  Purrrr!  Sleepy smoulder thy name is Richard Armitage!  And his small smile softens the smoulder to tampen down the desire quotient.  Then again, maybe not.  Sighhh!  As I replied to Laura, I love all of  Richard Armitage’s looks—be they gaze, glare, stare, and smirk, etc.

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3)        And finally, coming a bit more forward in time to 2013 below is what I believe is a Richard Armitage portrait by Leslie Hassler—as shared by Marcia BB.  Again, RA gazes through the camera lens—but not confrontationally so, more inquisitively.  Perhaps he wonders who is on the other side gazing at the image.  But he looks calm.  And I love the layered look with both a knitted vest and outer sweater over a plaid shirt.  But the crowning glory of this portrait must be his hair.  Oh would that he might let it grow this long again.  Sighhh!  I miss running my fingers through my hubby’s natural curls, too. He has to keep it short for work.



And why is all of my attention on RelAxation today?  Well I alluded to it at the start of this essay—in terms of replacement … of my knees now becoming a more pressing reality for me after a visit with my orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday.  It seems that the arthritis has worn down my knee cartilage  in such a way as to start to bend my lower legs outward—the opposite of bowed legs.  It’s not visibly noticeable to anyone but the surgeon—until he pointed it out to me, and now I can see what he is talking about.  Not that I need to worry about walking in a straight line—I’m always sober.  Ha!—but stairs are a big issue for me, even climbing the two steps into the house from the garage are not as graceful as I would like.   Happily, we have a single story ranch home.  But I have had more falls than I would like in the past year due to my knees buckling or almost dislocating.   Now, I know why!  Sheesh!

And the operations for each knee will likely occur during two different Summers—to give me time to heal and recuperate between the surgeries, after the 6 to 8 weeks of initial surgical healing and physical therapy.  I just haven’t decided if we will get started this Summer.  I don’t know if I am quite ready to go all bionic woman yet.  Ha!  But new knees will give me a better quality of life—in terms of walking from point A to point B, not falling, and/or navigating stairs more easily (or at all).  And new knees might allow me to literally kick up my exercise/physical therapy regimen as I work toward a healthier me.   Zumba, here I come!  Ha!   So I’m trying to resign myself to possibly having the first knee replacement operation on my left knee this Summer.  But I haven’t checked into the health insurance aspect of it yet.  So we’ll see.

So if anyone out there has had their knee (s) replaced, please feel free to share your experiences with me.  And if you have a RelAxation technique, please share that/him with me, too!  *wink*

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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16 Responses to THUD Thursday: Richard Armitage is My RelAxation Technique! January 28, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #866)

  1. January 28 & 3-, 2016–Thanks for liking this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

    Hariclea, jholland, Servetus, Evie Arl, coleen561, & Esther


  2. jholland says:

    Lovely! Sorry about your knees, though.

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  3. Irish Witch says:

    Sorry to hear about the knee replacement, but looks like you found a beautiful relaxing technique.
    I have a shoulder replacement due to an accident but just so it moves enough to put my arms around that mans neck if I would ever get the chance :) You always post such wonderful pictures with commentaries. Enjoy reading your posts. OMG, I could go on and on about those pics, but why preach to the choir?

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    • Hi Irish_Witch, Thanks for your lovely note about this and my other posts and pictures! I’m glad that you enjoy them! And I appreciate your well wishes for my knees! It seems daunting to me to have that invasive of a surgery. So thanks for sharing about your shoulder replacement! I’m glad that it went well for you! Reading about other people’s surgery success stories helps give me the courage to do it. And I hadn’t thought that my knee surgery might have an RA fan benefit. I’ll have to work on that one. Ha! Thanks & Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. Servetus says:

    Wow — well, you’d be a great bionic woman, in any case. Hang in there!

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    • Thanks, Servetus! Of course, with the new knees will come partial metal parts. So I’ll start setting off metal detectors at stores and such. So, Ha! But I’m guessing that I might have an ID card to carry that explains it. A friend with a pacemaker has an ID card for that device. Thanks and Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. Evie Arl says:

    Hey Grati,

    What a lovely way to brighten someone’s day! I’m sorry to hear of your knee troubles and I hope it isn’t too long before things move forward. I know from experience every day spent in pain, for whatever reason, is a day too long.

    Keep up with your exercise if you can – it’s wonderful to hear of your new milestones as the weight comes off. I think I told you before that my Grandma swore by tai chi, which she was still doing in her late 80s, so maybe something gentle like this might help? Although if you feel like dancing, I say you go girl!

    Wishing you and yours the best of everything, as always


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  6. Hi Evie,
    Thanks for your very nice note! I’m glad that you enjoyed my post with RA pictures! Richard Armitage is gReAt theRApy! Ha! And we know from a few shows where RA played a doctor or paramedic–Casualty, and The Golden Hour–that he has a purrrfect bedside manner. *wink* Thanks & Cheers! Grati ;->


  7. coleen561 says:

    I had both knees replaced in 2004. I had them done at the same time, and the total amount of recovery time is less than doing one and then the other. But that’s your call, of course. I do have a card that identifies me as the proud owner of two titanium knees. However, I have not had problems with metal detectors. I have not flown since getting my knees replaced. I tried to do some swimming as exercise, and I did notice a difference – I was less buoyant, and I felt that the weight in my knees pulled me down in the water. Each knee is about 1 pound of metal, so you can subtract that off the scales (LOL)

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    • Hi coleen561, Thanks for your delightful note! Your doing both knees at once seems brave. I don’t know if I could put my full weight on them if both were done. I need one “good” leg to stand on. Ha! And I love the idea of adjusting ones weight to counteract the equipment! Thanks for sharing! Cheers! Grati. ;)


  8. Tereza says:

    Hi Grati, I Iiked your idea of this RelAxing technics. Sorry about your knees, but don´t worry. My cousin has made a similar surgery like yours about ten years ago and she says she is very well now, much better than before.The only trouble she said about it is at the airports, but she has already thought how to resolve that. All good to you.

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    • Hi Tereza, Thanks for your very nice note about my post! And for your well wishes about my knees! I’m glad to hear that your cousin is doing well with her knees. As to airports, we haven’t flown in years since traveling by car or train is so easy–and my hubby detests flying. Ha! But were the planets to align for some exotic locale or person, I would have to think about it. *wink* Thanks & Cheers! Grati ;->


  9. Esther says:

    Nice technique. :) Sorry about your knees, though. Sounds like the operations can be very helpful.

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