In The Quiet

In The Quiet

My computer and I had some down time last week. Kept her mostly quiet and still.

I needed to.

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I needed to quiet the chitter-chatter of busy inside my head.

The shouting back-and-forth of

make your list


get it done


slow down,

enjoy these moments,


listen for God’s voice … He’s trying to speak to you but you’re too wound up in

vacuum and pick it up and drop those off and

don’t be late.

There will always be projects and chores that we need to do.

But I’m amazed at how often

we add to our busyness needlessly.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. {Ecclesiastes 3:1}

When I slow down, I realize I don’t have to do all that my heart desires in this moment,

which liberates me to rest and

just be.

Which is often exactly what my soul needs.

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Whatchoo-Wish-You-Were-Wearin’ Wednesday : School Vacation

Whatchoo-Wish-You-Were-Wearin’ Wednesday : School Vacation

It’s Day 3 of school vacation week.

That means while I wish I were wearing something along the lines of this …

School Vacation
Blouse / Paige jeans / Enzo Angiolini shoes / Stella & Dot jewelry / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

I’m still in my pj’s.

How’s your vacation week going? Any big plans?

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Edith Will Never Have A Baby : My Thoughts on Downton’s Finale

Edith Will Never Have A Baby : My Thoughts on Downton’s Finale

What in the name of all that’s holy was that, Downton?!

Are you serious, Julian Fellowes?

Or are you mad, man?!

As I posted on Facebook early Sunday morning {apparently you didn’t read it}, it’s been days since I’ve touched either a Double Stuf or a hot cup of coffee. I’m as fragile as an addict before their body’s free of the poison they’ve been giving it, and I needed Sunday night’s finale to go well.

I needed Bates and Anna to be decorating their pretty little English cottage like newlyweds.

I needed O’Brien and her dualing front hair curls to say something snarky.

I needed Mrs. Patmore to walk to the country fair in a pink-bowed blouse and giggle like a school-girl.

And I needed that delicious, indulgent, two-hour feast for my senses {the witty dialogue in British accents, the dresses, the green, lush, and rolling countryside, the roses growing on the sides of castles} to end on a high note, with everyone happily celebrating the joy of the newest Crawley making his big debut.

Normally, I’d say 3 outta 4 ain’t bad, but not this time.

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What I did not need, my good man, was Matthew, at the height of his joy, traveling back to Downton presumably for a change of clothes and a celebratory cigar, pushing up daisies after a collision with a milk truck.

Or whatever that jolly-lookin’ thing was. It sure as heck didn’t look menacing.


Are you telling me that Matthew couldn’t have swerved, and gotten himself stuck in the mud at the side of the road? He couldn’t have sworn to himself, kicked at his tire, and then stumbled home? No, we had to go straight to lights-out, dead, kaput, as if I’m not still reeling from the whole Sybil thing.

I know, I know, I know, the actor who played him wanted out. I get it. Didn’t want to be stifled … yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.

But whatever happened to that good ol’ soap opera tactic of replacing one actor with another {yes, it would hurt, but I’d get over it}, and at the beginning of Version No. 2’s first scene we’d hear

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Or how about sending him to America to hang with Shirley MacLaine or Bombay for some reason or back to Scotland for an extended fly-fishing trip. He seemed to enjoy that, right?

Did it have to be death? No wonder Edith’s signing on for the role of mistress: she’s probably too paranoid to ever get pregnant. Crazy stuff happens in that family when a kid pops out.

Some are swearing off Downton forever, and I just can’t go that far. I love it too much.

But you have to promise me that no one’s gonna kick it in Season 4.

And more of Carson chattin’-up Baby Sybil with some butler-style baby-talk would be just fine, too.

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