I head to my home state of Ohio a few times a year. I go back to see my beloved family, I go back to stay at the farm where I grew up, but mostly I go back because I have to: it is home. Home can exist as a state of mind, it's true, … Continue reading At Home in Ohio: Spring 2015
In other news from the realm of Romantic Love, Igor Ivanovitch propositions Granny, who stares at him, her eyes welling with tears from the shock of having to utter so many ridiculous lines at her age.
The house is buried in snow this winter. Not literally, but almost. I've had lots of time inside to look around my house and wish I had resources of every kind to make it look better. But then I make a cup of coffee and look around a second time and remember: the snow is outside, I … Continue reading At Home: 2.20.15
I watched this episode in the middle of a round of insomnia, sometime after midnight and before dawn, so my recollection of it might be mixed in with some thoughts I had while nodding off. If so, I apologize. One of my potentially imaginary impressions is that this episode was visually more interesting than most. It was … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 7: In Which Another Dinner Party is Ruined
Let's get the miserable stuff out of the way first. Things came to a head with Poor Edith, baby Marigold and the Pigman family. Maybe it's because I'm exceptionally emotionally unstable this winter, cooped up as I am inside the house with snow drifts blocking the exits, but I thought I was going to choke on … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 6: This One Hurt
The title of this post is brought to you by Sweet Baxter, who, in one of her many compassionate moments on the servants' staircase with Skulking Thomas, gently asked if he was okay. When he snarled at her in reply, she pushed her point further. "Are you alright?" she asked, "You are sweating like a beast!" Indeed. … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 5: “Sweating Like A Beast”