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Short Thought 224 (Downtown Abbey/image)

I’ve been re-watching the Downtown Abbey series, partly in anticipation of the movie in 2019. I remember reading in Esquire that what you thought of it depended on whether you saw yourself as servant or served. There was little doubt in my mind had I been there I’d have been among those cooking, cleaning, and serving.😐 Still, I muse now that if all it took to get treated to a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner – which I could end by placing my cutlery and serviette on the table and wandering off leaving others to clean up – was to deck myself out in a fancy gown, gloves, jewels and tidy hairdo, well, I think I could manage that.

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Finds at the Nursery School Yard Sale

This is a just-for-fun post. I went to the cooperative nursery school’s annual yard sale yesterday. It started at 8am so I was up and out early on a quiet, cool, foggy morning. It was worth it though, since I found a couple good things. I was surprised to find plenty of people already milling around the picnic tables and tarps loaded with goods, especially because rain threatened.

The shoes weren’t promising but rooting around through the clothes yielded two tops, one a deep purple Reebok zip-up top and another a velvety, deep emerald green long-sleeved top. I’m afraid my tablet photo doesn’t do the green top justice; it’s prettier than it looks. I don’t usually buy clothes I can’t try on first unless they are dirt cheap so I kept my clothes purchases minimal as clothes were $2 (my idea of cheap is .50 or $1, just saying).

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The best find was a beautiful, wool, chocolate brown Downton Abbey style hat. I have been lucky enough to previously find a blue/gray Downton Abbey type of hat at a thrift store last year. I LOVED the hats on Downton Abbey and would have been attracted to them at any time but in the past hats like this didn’t turn up in my second-hand searches. Maybe the show is to credit with the availability/production of such hats; I don’t follow fashion closely enough to say for sure. I’m just glad I have two! For a buck apiece! Anything that I buy like this I wash; in this case I hand-washed the hat and spun it in a laundry bag in the washing machine. (And? Have you heard? A Downtown Abbey movie is in the works, yay!)

This sweet shell bracelet was just .50. It’s lovely.
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The last find was an Old Navy lined carryall bag (I didn’t realize that’s who made it until I looked at home) that was also a total bargain at .50. This bag looks like summer to me: beaches, pools, and picnics. I washed it and will put it away for next summer. It had a big yellow pompom on the strap and I promptly dispensed with that.
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Short Thought 135

When Anna, the maid on Downton Abbey says in her lovely clipped English tone, “I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about” – which I estimate she has said a half dozen times each season of the show’s 6 year run – you can just about damn sure bet IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT.