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Unseasonably Warm, part two

This has been one mild January.  Today it was sixty degrees.  My boys, who are usually more content indoors than out, burst in the front door this afternoon, dumped their backpacks and jackets on the floor, and flew back out the door to play.

I found this one barefoot and had to convince him that it wasn’t that warm yet.  We compromised on sandals.  These sandals he begged me not to throw away last September, insisting “they still fit, Mom!” (I may have to arrange for them to disappear…)

It was so beautiful today. I might have been tempted to think it was a lovely Spring afternoon, if not for the condition of the grass and the other plants in the front yard.



The world is still so brown. Still so the color of January. I’m not going to complain, though. How often do you get to play outside at this time of year, without bundling up? It reminded me of a lovely day four years ago. And I hear we may get another one tomorrow. Ooh, yes please!

On another, completely unrelated note, I’ve recently started watching Downton Abbey, and I am so enjoying it! I find I want to watch something similar during the week, between episodes. I tried Bleak House, and liked that one a lot, too. Just finished it today. Do any of you have any other suggestions? I’ve never really cared for this type of drama before, but I am finding myself thoroughly sucked in, and craving more!


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16 thoughts on “Unseasonably Warm, part two

  1. We always take pictures of my kids with their favorite shoes and then send them to goodwill. That seems to help with the withdrawal.

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    1. I love that idea. I’ll have to see if he’s open to that. I already told him I’d be happy to buy him the exact same sandals in a larger size, but he’s not too keen on the idea. He’s always been resistant to change. Haircuts and new shoes being at the top of his avoidance list.

      The Forsyte Saga looks like it could hit the spot. I wish Netflix had it streaming.

  2. The weather is very nice here, too. I don’t think the temperature ever got below zero in the whole month.

    1. Well, that’s a good month, indeed 🙂 Now, if I could spend the entire winter never going below 40 degrees, I’d be a happy camper.

  3. I’ve heard really good things about “Upstairs, Downstairs,” and others that I watched around the same time as “Bleak House” & really liked was “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and the Dorothy L. Sayers mysteries (starring Edward Petherbridge). Neither of them is exactly the same genre, but definitely the same kind of wonderful. 😉

    Loving your weather! It’s not quite that warm here, but was dry and warm enough for the boys to play outside here as well today.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I actually watched the first episode of Upstairs Downstairs last week, because I had also heard comparisons between that and DA. I wish I could say that I liked it, but I actually thought it was fairly awful! I think maybe I just can’t get past the production quality of 1970’s British TV.

      I love British mysteries, so I’ll have to take a look at the Dorothy L Sayers series. I’ve read a few of her books.

  4. This post makes me so jealous. It is absolutely freezing in Strasbourg! It’s enough to make me wish I’d never left Costa Rica : (

    1. Well, if it makes you feel any better, it’s starting to feel more like winter today. We spent the day in the 40’s, which is still slightly above average for this time of year. Hope it warms up a little where you are!

  5. Hi Lisa,

    It’s almost 60 degrees up here in MA today and feels more like April 1st than Feb. 1st. It’s been one mild winter that’s for sure. Bring on spring! 🙂

    I love Downton, too, and anything BBC. Try “Larkrise to Candleford”. It’s an awesome series, the characters are wonderful.

    I always enjoy reading your posts!

    Take care,

    1. I haven’t heard of that one. I will have to add it to my list 🙂
      Nice to see you again – I hope the weather stayed nice for you today, too! It’s chilled back up around here now.

  6. We’ve been having warm weather in TN too and my crocus have been blooming since last week.

    I love Downton Abby too. It comes on here at 8:00 PM Sunday night and since bedtime is 8:30 I’ve discovered that I can watch it the next day on the Masterpiece Theater website!

    I borrow lots of good videos from the Library and the previews give me many more suggestions. You’ll love Cranford. Also all of the Jane Austen movies especial Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth – 1995). I’ll second the Larkrise to Candleford series suggested above. Mr. Bates, the valet from Downton Abby is one of the main characters on Larkrise.

    1. I watch it on the website, too. I don’t like to watch it live, because then I would have to listen to my husband make fun of it, and that would just be no fun at all. Best to wait for him to go to work 🙂

      I hadn’t considered the library – great idea!

  7. I totally agree with all the positive press on Downton Abbey! Another miniseries I watched recently and enjoyed was North and South – same author as Cranford. It’s available on Netflix streaming.

  8. I’ve just been given Series 1 and 2 of Downton for my birthday, as although in the UK I was always doing school prep on Sunday nights. I am on episode 3 and am enjoying it. I must also agree that ‘North and South’ is an excellent dvd, and so true to the book.

  9. when Upstairs Downstairs was on it was probably the only thing like it to see. so i have a fondness for it. Maggie Smith was in other movies that i love. Gosford Park which is a bit like Downton. and Washington Square which is not like it but simply priceless. i agree with everyone about Cranford. and i think there is a new season which is soon coming. have fun discovering more.

    1. I have Gosford Park on my Netflix queue. Looking forward to watching that one. Thanks for the other suggestions!

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