Sexy SatuRdAy: Richard Armitage and a Few Other Things on the Side, April 02, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (#894)

Lately, I’ve been having things on the side—by which I mean some of the following examples:

1) salad dressing, meat (mock in my vegetarian case), or dessert (definitely), to be added later;
2) additional professional or community service commitments that expand my responsibilities, but lessen my free time for writing and social media; and,
3) personal cheer boosters that make my days just a little bit more pleasant—including, but not limited to, my admiration of the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage;

But to begin with, it all starts with us.  We have to be true to ourselves, advocate for ourselves, surround ourselves with positive people and energies, and above all, we have to like/love ourselves—no matter what.  I found this Marilyn Monroe quote (below) in a search and loved it!


1) Back to Food—doing well there.  I’m ova lacto vegetarian (eating eggs, dairy, & fish), Gardein_Logo_Deliciously_Meat_Free_Apr0216wikicounting my carbs/calories, and still managing to have a little dessert.  I know that 9 Hershey’s chocolate candy kisses are 25 g of carbs and 200 calories.  So I apportion as needed.  Gardein brand and here (logo right via Wiki) (which I mostly find at our local Schnuck’s grocery store) Chick’n Scallopini (4 filets per pkg, LOVE these in noodles, in stir fry, on pizzas, etc.!) and mock meatballs are great—as are Boca brand mock burger patties and mock sausage links.  And I eat a lot of salad, vegetables, and fruit.  However, I have also fallen in love with oatmeal raisin cookies as a fiber booster.  And popping raisins on their own is great.  But watch out!  Those little raisins will raise your blood sugar count when taken an hour before you normal test.  Ha!

2) State Higher Education funding is a tough nut these days—especially when one’s state’s dwindling financial support is delayed nine months or more due to political wrangling by the governor. Some state higher education institutions are asking employees to take forced furloughs without pay, or asking employees to turn in their keys now before the semester ends, for an indefinite furlough until the state starts funding things again. Yikes!  And yet, the extremely frugal nature of our university and our academic department where I am the Business Manager means that we tighten our belts even further in the hope of keeping the doors open and the lights on.  And though I have the right to take my overtime as overtime pay at 1.5 times my hourly rate, I will probably instead start taking comp time (at 1.5 times) to use as flex for vacation or sick leave at a future time.  But at least now, my overtime hours are recognized formally and not just lost in the ether—as were the 200+ hours of overtime I had put in before my employer switched to a new payroll system.  And to further help our family income in a small but meaningful way, my dear sweet hubby is working overtime on Saturday mornings with his employer—for pay.  The extra money a month helps cover my health co-pays, if nothing else.  And for community service, we had a productive meeting Thursday night and we have decided upon the junior women’s community awards from a privately funded local social justice agency that gives micro funding to help give women partial support recareering and special professional growth projects.

3) And as to my personal cheer boosters, nothing is more welcome than my finally being well enough to be off crutches after having been on them three weeks from my latest bad fall—I slipped at home, falling onto my right side, banging my right knee quite severely. My right knee is going to have to be replaced anyway sometime soon due to it dislocating (painfully popping out of joint) on me all the time–and I can only be lucky so much in not getting broken bones lately.  And with being off the crutches, I’m hoping to get back to my physical therapy for improving my overall strength.  And then with regard to my eyes, the doctors are going to try a new stem cell treatment (from placentas donated from living babies) this coming week.  This new treatment has shown promise in not only healing eye ulceration flareups, but also in keeping future wound infections at bay.  It’s not a cure, and has to be repeated at several month intervals.  But fingers crossed!

My husband and doggies come next as my cheer boosters.  My hubby is working overtime this morning, but when the dear man comes home we will spend meaningful time together.  He is like the Rod Stewart song goes (below), my lover and my best friend. And he is wonderfully solicitous and caring of me when I’m having a health challengefjHeidionmyshoulder101517Aug2512GratiCropClr—as I am of him.  I am very blessed!  And our younger (4yrs) and smaller (23 pounds) beagle doggie (right at 9 pounds and 4 months) is sleeping contentedly next to me on the couch as I write this.  Our older and bigger (59 pounds) hound doggie has claimed my hubby’s usual chair to nap in.  All is quiet now—but for the howling wind outside which weather predictions say might get up to as high as 50 mph.  Yikes!

And then there is the charming, gorgeous, talented, socially conscious and RichardArmitage-2013-LorraineShow-Mar0313_Apr0216ranetphilanthropic  Richard Armitage (right from  2013, at RANet)—his projects, my fellow fans, and as my muse for my writings.  I can’t say enough about the creative and support outlet that this participation brings me.  Richard Armitage is my story writing muse and I enjoy writing and sharing my stories with you here on my blog and on my Wattpad site.  Currently, I’ve been ruminating about my chapter for Monday for my original romance “Love in the Great Pine Woods”, and I will write it this weekend.  And I am also an avid reader—my having bought a new story for my Kindle for PC yesterday that is part of a series of related stories that I am reading.

So though my life might have elements on the side (or a la carte!)—that are challenging, enriching, or fun, etc.—I feel very blessed.  That is not to say that there are not real hardships or worries in my life.  But I try to keep them in perspective, as I think about my friends near and far who are experiencing far worse troubles or worries.  Therefore, I’m sending healing and positive thoughts of love your and their way.  So fold your arms around you, and this is a hug from me.  Repeat as wanted.   Love & Hugs!  Grati  ;->

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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7 Responses to Sexy SatuRdAy: Richard Armitage and a Few Other Things on the Side, April 02, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (#894)

  1. sparkhouse1 says:

    Hi Grati, reading this made me feel good. Thanks for all you do.

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  2. Evie Arl says:

    Hugs back to you my dear. I’ve told you before and am always happy to repeat it, you and your words are one of the things that brighten my life and I am ever thankful for that. Through operations, treatments and long painful nights you have kept me going. At times I have just told my self to hang onto the next instalment and then the next. Tiny steps. I’m not sure if you ever got my private thank you, so now I send you a public one. THANK YOU! I hope everything works out for you.
    Wishing you and yours the best of everything, as always.

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    • Hi Evie, Thank you for your lovely notes! I only saw the private one you mentioned this past week! I’m so sorry that I didn’t see it earlier. Your kind words touch me deeply and I am so grateful for your thoughtfulness. Hoping everything works out for you as well. Please know that I keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Love & Hugs! Grati ;->


  3. April 02 & 04, 2016–Thanks for liking this post! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

    Evie Arl, Carolyn, Hariclea, & jholland


  4. April 02, 2016–And as we move into a Sweet Sunday, here is a beguilingly charming Richard Armitage portrait by Leslie Hassler for NY Moves magazine, October 2013:

    And here is the RANet gallery page link for other 2013 Leslie Hassler portraits of Richard:…/album/index.html


  5. April 02, 2016–I found another Marilyn Monroe quote. This time, right there in the RA Daily twitter paper. Ha! But it’s a good one!


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