Monday, February 25, 2013

In Spite Of The Fact...

In spite of the fact I came to the coffee shop to work on something, I am writing a blog post instead.




In spite of the fact I have had my driver's license for over forty years I still can not parallel park. This adds a level of challenge to going to the coffee shop not experienced by better, more skilled drivers.

In spite of the fact only three people currently reside in our house it can get unbelievably dirty, unbelievable fast.

In spite of the fact we put an offer in on a house two weeks ago, no deal has yet been reached.

In spite of the fact our house has been on the market for one week it hasn't sold yet. Okay, maybe my expectations were a bit high in this area.

In spite of the fact it is the end of February I haven't placed a seed order yet. This would be due to the fact I don't know if I will have a garden. See above two points.

In spite of the fact it is the end of February NHL hockey doesn't end for almost four more months. When the season ends so does our realty contract for selling our house. Hopefully we will be more successful than the hapless Canucks.

In spite of the fact I have done very little spinning since Fergus arrived in our home a year ago, I have a lovely skein of hand spun I am knitting into a pair of socks. It was a birthday gift from my friend Ellen.




In spite of the fact I love the things, I probably won't be having any IKEA Swedish meatballs for dinner tonight.

In spite of the fact the wind is blowing, I am bundling up and making myself go for a walk when I get home from the coffee shop.

In spite of the emotional trauma inflicted by too much death in one season, and possible brain damage due to the incredibly poorly written ending to Season 3, I will be watching again next year. I am watching again for one reason, and one reason only.




In spite of the fact I highly doubt Julian Fellowes reads my blog, I am issuing a warning. Don't even think about messing with the Dowager.

31 comments:

  1. So with you on DA. Although I could watch for the costuming alone, it's true, so two reasons for me.

    I'm glad you decided to blog today!
    -- stashdragon

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    1. You are right about the costuming, so I guess I have two reasons as well. :-)

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  2. Pretty yarn - I love that shade of blue.

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    1. Isn't it a lovely shade of blue? And I love the bit of green and brown that runs through it.

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  3. love the wool....... where are you up to in Downton? whats happened in season 3, i cant remember! still totally addicted to it , though the Christmas day special went a bit far.
    We have a great series here on Sunday evening called "Call the Midwife", if you can get to see that, its great and makes me cry every time over my Sunday evening ironing pile!!

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    1. I have finished all of Season 3. Part of my frustration with this season was the fact I knew ahead of time what was going to happen. The crazy thing is, in spite of the fact I knew ahead of time, I was still mad when it happened. (I should have listed that as another one of my "in spite of" items in my blog post.) I really wish they would get things sorted out so the North American audience sees the program at the same time as you do in the UK. And the Christmas special went more than a bit far. :-)

      I have watched Season 1 of Call the Midwife and the Christmas special. I LOVE this show! And it makes me cry too. :-)

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  4. DA: I think Julian Fellowes knows what side of his bread is buttered. (Where did that come out of? - other than my rattled brain). I am tired of amiable people dying on DA. It was fairly well known that Dan Stevens didn't want to renew his contract, but the gal that played Sybil? He could of done something different with her and Branson, sad but not death, before Matthew died. Enough is enough!!
    Hester from Atlanta

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    1. Sybil dying was sad, but as others have written elsewhere, it was at least a realistic portrayal of what childbirth was like at that time. But the way Matthew's exit was handled was inexcusable. I just have to keep reminding myself that it is just a television show. :-)

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  5. I am not reading any comments on this post for fear there will be spoilers in them.. I am only on Episode 3 of Season 3... I love that quote/photo. It's perfect! I love those two!

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    1. Definitely don't read any more comments. And hurry up and finish the series!

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  6. Interestingly enough we ARE having swedish meatballs tonight... and thats a lovely skein of handspun...

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    1. I hope the meatballs aren't from IKEA. :-)

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  7. In spite of the fact that you don't like the Paramount theatre, you MUST see the movie showing there right now..."Quartet". It was delightful. You will recognize a few faces.

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    1. Oh crud. I do want to see that movie and had been hoping it would show up at the other theatres.

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  8. Ah, the Downton season finale ... I've been keeping it to myself when talking to American/Canadian blog friends for fear of spoiling things for folk. You have seen the Christmas special attached to series 3 though where we had them some time apart, and I'm pretty sure the Sybil storyline was developed before they knew they couldn't convince Dan Stevens to stay on. Julian Fellows actually said in the press here that he knew two deaths was a lot to ask audiences to accept but that it had to be clear Stevens wouldn't be coming back so he had little choice.

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    1. That's interesting that you think the Sybil storyline was done before they knew Dan Stevens wasn't coming back. But it's still not enough to make me able to forgive Julian Fellows. :-)

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  9. I wasn't happy with the end of the season either, but yes I DO love that relationship on screen, hehe.

    I too can't parallel park. I even had a driving instructor teach me how.

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    1. Isn't the Dowager the best? I am hoping someone puts together a book of all her quotes from the show.

      And it's nice to know I am not alone on the parallel parking thing. :-)

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  10. I haven't placed my seed order yet either. It's all filled out, so I have just no excuse.
    Let's agree not to discuss a dirty house with three people, yes?
    Pretty yarn for socks!

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    1. If you have your order filled out you are one step ahead of me. I will probably order in a couple of weeks, but uncertainty about where we will be living makes me hesitant to order too many packets. I usually go a little crazy and order enough to plant two gardens!

      And I agree, we won't discuss a dirty house with three people living in it. :-)

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  11. Everybody talks about a DA Christmas special, but we didn't get that here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Did other parts of the U.S. and Canada get that? Count me in as one who hated the abrupt and sad ending of Season 3. I just sat and stared at the TV screen for a few minutes after; I felt cheated!

    Mary G. in Texas

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    1. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I will be careful about how I word this. If you saw the episode with the abrupt and sad ending that was the Christmas special. It was called the Christmas special because it aired on Christmas in the UK, not because the story was set during Christmas. And you weren't alone in feeling cheated.

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    2. Thanks, Kristie! I'm so glad that we didn't get short-changed down here in Texas!

      Mary G. in Texas

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  12. Only those who contemplate marriage or reproduce get snuffed. The dowager is probably safe. :)

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    1. But she used to be married, and she has reproduced. I think she might be treading on thin ice...

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  13. I was very sad at the ending of Downton too. Julian Fellowes lives here in Dorset. He is now writing a script for 'The Gilded Age' an American period drama and he doesn't think he will have time to do this and Downton-so if he can't find someone to take over Downton's script it may finish at some point.
    Sarah x

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    1. I had just read that about him working on the new American drama. I wonder if he has simply lost his enthusiasm for Downton Abbey. That's certainly what it seemed like with the Christmas special. If they can find a new writer willing to take it on maybe it will turn out to be for the best.

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  14. I've SO got to get busy watching Downton. I know, I feel totally lame for not having seen it. But I absolutely LOVE Maggie Smith!

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    1. If you love Maggie Smith then you most certainly need to get started watching Downton Abbey. I was thinking about you earlier today, wondering if you are okay. You haven't put up a blog post in quite awhile.

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  15. I haven't finished DA yet but like you, knew what happened before the season even started (which made me mad because I wasn't actively looking for spoilers, i just ran into it when I did a search to see what date it was going to start on). That said, the deaths or not, I'm just not enjoying Season 3 very much. It seems to just be more of the same (we've got 3 more episodes...well, 2 really since the last one is 2 hours long...and while I know they try to shake it up a bit with the addition of a couple new characters I think it will be too little too late). Maggie Smith is incredible and even her part and lines this season seem tired...she's just not been given the zingers that she had the last two seasons or am I missing them?

    With that out of the way, my first question to you is why would you put an offer on a house that doesn't have garden potential? ;) or maybe you just don't know when the transition will happen to know if you can garden. That seems more likely. My second question is...where is this house at? ;)

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    1. By the end of the DA season I had decided Julian Fellowes had lost interest in writing the scripts. Although I did think Maggie Smith was every bit as good as she had been in previous seasons.

      The house we have put an offer on does have garden potential, although not as much as where we are now. But with just the two of us I don't need the huge garden I have here, so that part is okay. Your second guess is the correct one. I don't know when, or even if, the transition will happen. At the moment I am feeling quite pessimistic about the whole thing. The housing market is very, very slow, which means the chances of us being able to sell our house are very, very slim.

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