Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes


Good morning! Since St. Patricks Day is just around the corner the Internet is ripe with recipes for drinks, desserts and mains. So this weekend I thought I would try one of the recipes I discovered Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting.




Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting.


Guinness Cupcakes


1 cup of Guinness Stout
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. 

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 of the way. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.

 


 Bailey's Buttercream:

1 cup butter softened
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream
Food Coloring Optional

Place room temperature, softened butter into the bowl of mixer. Cream for three minutes. Add powdered sugar slowly and not all at once or it will fly all over the room. Add Bailey's Irish cream and then mix on medium high for another 3 minutes. Add food coloring if desired.





These cupcakes are delicious if I do say so myself, they are moist, chocolaty and the Bailey's Irish Cream frosting puts them over the top. I love Bailey's which explains why I love this frosting, I think I ate most of the bowl before I even frosted the cupcakes, which also explains why my clothes felt a bit snug this morning.

In addition to encouraging you to try these scrumptious cupcakes, I encourage you to visit the blogs I tagged in yesterdays post. All of blogs and the women are fabulous; each is interesting, informative, entertaining, intelligent and leads a life of adventure, whether it be in the arts, traveling the world, collecting antiques, or just living life.
 
Jeanne at  Collage of Life
Diane at Yonks
Irina at Witty and Wise
Suzanne at Privet and Holly
Sunday at Ciao Domenica
Sarah at Sarah Jane Down the Lane

Have a fabulous day!




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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tagged by Tina at The Enchanted Home


Hello! I hope you had a great weekend! Did you watch the Oscars? I thought they were good, apparently I am in the minority though as I heard they received terrible reviews. I am not sure they could have gotten much worse than last year but what do I know.
  




Today though, my mind is occupied by other things, as I was tagged last Thursday, by Tina at The Enchanted Home. If you do not know of  Tina and her breathtaking blog, The Enchanted Home you must go over and take a look. Tina has just spent the last four years building her dream home and let me tell you it is spectacular. It reminds me of  the old Country Houses the aristocracy in England would go to spend their weekends at. Anyway, the idea of this game is to answer the 11 questions that Tina has posed and then to pass this tag off to 11 other bloggers with a new set of 11 questions. I love the idea, I think that it gives us the chance to get to know more about the bloggers that we log on everyday to read.
 
Without further adieu, here are the questions that I am to answer.
 
1. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it, if not tell me a hobby you wish you had!
 
I do not really have a hobby, unless you call baking and making candy a hobby. Baking is really therapy for me, that and washing dishes. But if I had a hobby I would love to be an artist! Perhaps that is more of a talent but for the purpose of this question, I would really enjoy knowing how to paint in many mediums: oil, acrylic, and watercolor.


 2. What's worse, failing at something or never trying to begin with?


I think it is worse to never try than to try and fail. What is the worst that can happen? You won't be any good? If you never try you will always have regret, I promise you.
 
 I always wanted to play the violin, I simply love its sound, I love the emotion it conveys, the way I feel when I hear it,  so many things.  So when I was 28 I decided to learn to play and I I loved it.  I even had a few recitals. Let me tell you, the first one felt a bit embarrassing, especially as I thought I was the oldest person taking lessons. But when I found out there was also an 80 year old man, my tune changed and I believed that anything was possible. 
 
 




I am not a prodigy, no Joshua Belll, Regina Carter, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg or anyone else, but me, and frankly, when I have my concerts for myself I think I sound pretty fabulous.

3. Would you rather be a great cook or a great designer?


I would love to be a great designer.
 
I would love to be a great designer. What a wonderful experience that must be most of the time, meeting interesting people, seeing all manner of houses, going around the world finding beautiful treasures to fill these houses with. Taking a blank canvas and making it into a beautiful space and a beautiful home for the occupants to make wonderful memories; cooking for holidays, decorating for Christmas, tucking the kids into bed and living life.
 
4. If you could only have two rooms in your house which would they be?
 
I could live in just my bedroom and my kitchen. My bedroom with attached bath of course, which is comfortable and cosy, and filled with stacks of magazines and books. I love to sit in my bed and see the tops of the trees! And I love to take long, hot baths, with candles, book and a cup of tea. 
 

 The kitchen is the other room that I have to have, it is the place where I relax and bake and get rid of all of the stresses in my life. It is also where I prepare my cocoa and frankly, if I do not have a cocoa a day than I am like a bear sort of like people who do not get their morning coffee.


5. Tell me which 2 famous people you would choose to have dinner with (dead or alive)?

I would love to have dinner with Pope John Paul II and Leonardo DaVinci
 
Being Catholic and he being the Pope for most of my adult life I am fascinated by the changes John Paul II made in the church, his role in the end of Communism and his life. I want to know what it was like to grow up in Poland wanting to be an actor and then ending up the Pope. I want to hear what it is like to live in Vatican City and have access to one of the most fabulous art collections in the world, all to yourself, if you prefer. I am also curious to hear about the "secret" library where everything from letters from Galileo, to Napoleon, to the Dead Sea Scrolls are. What other secrets are there that we do not know about? 
 


My second choice,  which I think would be a great accompaniment to Pope John Paul,  would be Leonardo Da Vinci, after all they could also converse about the fabulous Pieta which stands at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica as well as many other fabulous works of art in the Vatican collection.  I am a great admirer of Da Vinci, and I would love to find out what was going on in his mind and his life when he designed not only fabulous sculptures like the David, but the paintings La  Gioconda otherwise known as the Mona Lisa, and the last the Last Supper. I for one would love to know who the real Mona Lisa was, and if that is a self portrait in the Last Supper, or perhaps if one of the people at the table is Mary Magdalen? What was he thinking when he designed  a tank, a flying machine, and even a handbag! Not to mention his work as an architect, a musician, writer, botanist, and to many other things to list here.


6. What are four descriptive words that describe you well?

Shy, unless I know you. Talkative once I do know you. Honest, and Friendly.
 
7. Best book or two that you read in the last year?
 
I have read many great books in the last year but my favorites,( not necessarily the best of all I have read) were writtern by Marlena di Blasi. She is the author of  One Thousand Days in Venice, A Thousand DAys in Tuscany, The LAdy in the Palazzo, and several more books including cookbooks about Italian cuisine. I loved these books for the simple fact that they combine my love of Italy, food, romance, life and culture; all of which are described with love and in great detail in these books.
 
 
8. What do you miss most about being a kid?
 
The thing I miss most about being a kid is spending time with my brother and sisters. As we currently live all over the place the only time we are all together is at Christmas, otherwise, between work, kids, in-laws, it is hard to balance life and all be together more frequently. Often times there will be three of us together and one on the phone. But when we are together we love telling stories about growing up, travels and adventures we have had and frankly, just enjoying one anothers company.
 
 
9. If you had a freaky Friday experience and had to trade places with one person for one day, who would it be? Why that person?
 
If I had a "freaky Friday" experience I would love to be Queen Elizabeth! I want to see the inside of Buckingham Palace, all 700 plus rooms, then hop over the Windson Castle and take in the art there. In addition a "spot of tea" with William, Kate and Harry would be great. They seem as if they are very funny and so animated with their grandmother and I would like to witness it myself. I think she is an incredibly talented, intellegent woman and would be so interesting to spend a day in her shoes.
 

 
10. Describe a perfect day for you from morning till evening.....
  
My perfect day is at home with my husband and pup, I would be in a pair of flannel pj's, the snow would be lightly falling outside, a roaring fire would be going in the fireplace and I would be happily ensconced on the couch with a cup of cocoa and a stack of magazines and books nearby. I could snack on junk food most of the day, hopefully it is nearby so that I do not have to move to far from my cosy little perch. Then for dinner we would have pizza, watch a funny movie and then bed with a hot water bottle and a snuggle with my husband and pup.


11. A place in the world you have never been that you would love to go......
 
I would love to go to Ireland. In fact I have dreamed of going there forever but other trips come up instead, not to mention the fact that I think that to really experience Ireland I need to spend at least 3 weeks minimum.  I need to see the beauty of the countryside and experience the excitement of the city.

I want to kiss the blarney stone, eat some colcannon, drink a Guinness in the pub and listen to an Irish jig.


Now, I would like to know:

1. What is your favorite season and why?
2. Do you prefer to watch TV or read? What is your favorite genre of books or television?
3. If you could step into a time machine and go anywhere in time where would you visit? Why?
4. Are you a dog or a cat lover?
5. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
6. What is your dream holiday? A stay- cation, visit with family, a cruise or a trip around the world?
7. Sweet or Salty? What is your go to junk food snack?
8. What is your dream job? Advertising, Engineer, Designer, Full time Blogger, Artist?
9. Who is your favorite artist? Warhol, Manet, Monet, Dali?
10.What is your favorite city in the world, either one your have visited or hope to see one day?
11. Do you have a favorite saying? Or a motto?

I tag the following  fabulous blogger's:

Jeanne at  Collage of Life
Diane at Yonks
Irina at Witty and Wise
Suzanne at Privet and Holly
Sunday at Ciao Domenica


I hope you visit these fabulous blog, everyone of these blogs is an adventure, a learning experience and a joy to follow. Have a great week! Thank you for playing along.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Snowflakes are one of a kind...



I love snow! If you have read my posts for any length of time you know that Fall and Winter are my favorite times of the year. I grew up where we experienced four seasons, and  I even lived in Alaska for a two years, perhaps that is where my love of the snow comes from ?




Whatever the case, for the last 12 years my life has taken me to live where we do not have the four seasons. Sometimes it seems like we only have summer...in any case, I have been spending a considerable amount of time in Wisconsin this winter and although it is the 4th warmest winter on record I have managed to experience some really beautiful snowfalls.




When it snows, in addition to wanting to be the first person to make the tracks in the snow, my other favorite thing to do is to shovel the snow in the dark ( no snow blower or help needed), I love to be the only one out, with the wind whistling through the trees, the snow softly falling and the stars shining bright in the sky. The last few days have been just like that and they have been magical.


All snow images above taken by me in Wisconsin.

All the snow in the last few days reminded me that each snowflake is unique and there are "no two alike." This  fact was first noted and photographed by Wilson A. Bentley, or Snowflake Bentley as he has been affectionately named.

 From the time he was a small boy on his family farm Wilson was fascinated by ice crystals or snowflakes and this passion led him through trial and error to develop and take the first images of a single snowflake in 1885. In his lifetime Snowflake Bentley  would go on to capture 5000 slides. In fact it was this very passion that led to his death, after walking six miles to take photos of snowflakes he caught pneumonia and died.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! As Downton Abbey is not on I guess I will have to watch the Oscars, although Suzanne from Privet and Holly suggested that the new Upstairs Downstairs on PBS might be an alternative until Downton comes back on, so I think I might check that out as well.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!


Happy Friday! Yippee! Another beautiful snowy morning; it is like a winter wonderland. The weathermen always seem to have some difficulty with predicting the weather...we were suppose to get 2 to 3 inches, I actually think we have 5 with another 2 by noon. No matter, it is the weekend! I just wish it would have been a snow day...I was having a hard time getting out of bed this morning.


I  hope you have a fabulous weekend! I have plans to stay in my jammies tomorrow and read, my husband has other plans like a trip to a museum or two. Or perhaps we could go out and build a snowman?

 Or wouldn't it be great to go away for the weekend and spend sometime is a beautiful place like this? Reading, sitting in front of the fire and gazing out at the snow and the beautiful trees?

Maybe do a little of my favorite sport, snowshoeing!

Whatever you do my friends, be safe, and enjoy!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Christine Hooker: Still Life Paitinings


The joy's of blogging and there are many, first and foremost are the friendships you make and second is all of the wonderful information that you receive from other bloggers. Yesterday, Tina from The Enchanted Home sent me a link to a  painter called Christine Hooker after reading my post on Toby McFarlan Pond. I immediately followed the link and I came upon a treasure trove of beautiful art.







Christine also paints landscapes, but as I was featuring still life painters this week, I have only included those here.






.

As I said, a treasure trove of beautiful images, do you have a favorite? I love the teacup! It makes me think of two friends sitting across from one another for a few hours enjoying a long chat and a delicious cup of tea.

Do you have any favorite still life artists, or are you an artist yourself? I would love to see or hear of them!

Thank you Tina for your friendship and for the link to this very talented artist! Enjoy your day!

ALL IMAGES from CHRISTINE HOOKER

Monday, February 20, 2012

Buttermilk Waffles and Downton Abbey Blues

Hello! Happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend, I know that I did. I spent the day with my mother on Saturday, and Sunday was spent with friends eating a delicious waffle brunch, meeting new people and winding down the day with Downton Abbey.

Did you watch? What did you think? As soon as it was over I was searching the Internet to find out when we will be able to see Season 3, so far I have not found the start date, so if you know when it is do let me know so I can mark my calendar.

Image here
  
I loved the episode, and I have to disagree with the critics that this season was not as good a season as the first. I loved every minute and I am hanging on the edge of my seat waiting for the next. I was hoping that Mr. Bates was going to be found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife, but I guess that would not have made for good TV, so I will be grateful that he was given life in prison. I wonder who killed Mrs. Bates? Do you have any ideas?



I am so excited that Mary and William finally came together but wonder will they actually marry and live happily ever after? Do you think we have seen the last of Sir Richard? I actually felt just a smidgen sorry for him when he told Mary he really did love her; I guess jealousy made him act like a total ass.



I am still not too sure about Thomas, he seems too shady for me and I do not feel as if he is reformed. As for Lady Rosamund, it must be hard to be "a woman of a certain age" and a widow to find love in Edwardian England, I hope we see more of her.



I think my favorite part of the night was the behind the scenes, it was fun to see some of the characters as they are in real life, giving their opinion of their characters, talking about what it was like to shoot the episodes. I am sad now that I have nothing to close my weekend out with and will be anxiously awaiting the next season.



Tell me what you thought, did you have a favorite part? Did you love it or were you disappointed? I think that anything that stars Maggie Smith is fabulous, we do need to see more of her.

 The waffle brunch that I attended yesterday was delicious, I mean what is not to love about crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside Buttermilk waffles with real maple syrup? Although I did not take any photos, I did manage to get the recipe and I have to tell you it is excellent.


America's Test Kitchen
The recipe is unique because it contains seltzer water, no butter and dried butter milk. I hope you try it and see for yourself the difference between this recipe and some others that are available.

 (recipe courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen)
                                      
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
¾ teaspoon table salt
½ cup dried buttermilk powder (see note)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 ¼ cups unflavored seltzer water (see note)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and place baking sheet in oven. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, buttermilk powder, and baking soda in large bowl to combine. Whisk sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil in medium bowl to combine. Gently stir seltzer into wet ingredients. Make well in center of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Gently stir until just combined. Batter should remain slightly lumpy.

Following manufacturer’s instructions, heat waffle iron. Bake waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions (use about 1/3 cup for 7-inch round iron). Transfer waffles to rack in warm oven and hold for up to 10 minutes before serving.


Before I go off to work I wanted to thank the following ladies and their blogs for being the top referring sites to my blog for the last two weeks. As I am coming up on my one year blog anniversary it is so nice to have help growing my readership from these successful and beautiful blogs.

Jeanne at Collage of Life
Lauren at Pure Style Home

I hope you have a fabulous week! I am off to work where we are working on some new prototypes, I think it should be fun and interesting.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day of Rest, Day of Friends

Hello! Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend. I am having a relaxed weekend with spurts of work thrown in. Yesterday I did yard work with my mom, hard to believe it was that nice outside in Wisconsin in February. 



I am off this morning to a waffle brunch at a friends house. I am not normally a breakfast  food person but I make exceptions for waffles, pancakes and hashbrowns! Do you have a favorite breakfast food? Do you have a family waffle or pancake recipe? I would love to hear it! 
Have a great day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

RIP Whitney Elizabeth Houston


Rest in Peace Whitney.

I was shocked and saddened last weekend when I heard of the passing of Whitney Houston, sad because a mother lost her daughter and because a daughter lost her mother. I hope she finds peace and pray for her and her family, most especially her daughter.

Rest in Peace Whitney.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Downton Abbey & Ralph Lauren a Perfect Match



I have always been a huge fan of Ralph Lauren, I love his classic looks and always find something in every collection, especially Fall, to wear. 

To me Ralph Lauren represents an old English, "country pile", relaxed elegance. Pair that with Downton Abbey which swept through  England and now America and you have a match made in heaven, fashion heaven I guess.

I am on the edge of my chair just thinking about Downton Abbey this weekend. I cannot believe it is the last episode of the season. I guess if there is any consolation it is Christmas at the Abbey and all of my English blog friends said this episode is the best of the season and ties up several loose ends. I hope tying up the loose ends does not include Mr. Bates going to jail! I wonder if we will see a bit more of  Patrick? Will Mary and William progress or will they be held back by Sir Richard? Whatever happens I am sure that it will be fabulous.

What are your plans for the weekend? Will you be relaxing? Or do you have chores? Traveling or staying put? I think I will be doing some relaxing, some work, and a bit of traveling; sure to be a busy weekend that is for sure.

Whatever you do my friends, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Be safe and enjoy.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday Thoughts...



I love this quote/saying! I think that with the economy, winter doldrums, cold and flu season,  hormones, and life,  it is sometimes hard to stay upbeat.  This however says it all...there is definitely something good in everyday.

A hug from a friend!

A great book that keeps us up late!

The little things in life, like a great cup of coffee, tea or cocoa sipped while taking in your favorite season.

Nature at its best.

Dreaming of a holiday.

Whatever the case enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning Love Letters



Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Although I did not get to spend the day with my husband he sent me a huge bouquet of my favorite flowers, white tulips and of course sent me lots of chocolates, from Belgium.



My evening was spent listening to several talented musicians, to include my friend John Patek, violinist, Jared (forgot his last name), the cellist, Jarend's  sister who preformed on the viola, his mother a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra played the bass, as well as a pianist and a mandolin player. The setting, the Wisconsin Women's Club ballroom was magical and the music romantic, haunting and fabulous.

Image from here
Speaking of romantic, yesterday I told you about one of my favorite books, Love Letters which as I mentioned is filled with copies of actual love letters from famous couples the world over, to include Elizabeth Barret Browning and Robert Browning. Yesterday, Valentines Day the following press release was published:



To Reveal the Art of the Handwritten Love Letter, Two Colleges Use Technology 
The legendary correspondence between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning—broken seals, envelopes, crossed-out handwriting, and all—will be released online on Valentine’s Day in the largest digitization effort of love letters ever undertaken

Wellesley, Mass.—On Valentine’s Day, some of the most famous love letters ever written will be viewable in their original handwritten form, thanks to the joint efforts of Wellesley College (Massachusetts) and Baylor University (Texas). The 573 letters of the poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, which are owned and housed by Wellesley’s Margaret Clapp Library, have been digitized through a partnership with Baylor University and will be made available online through Baylor’s Digital Collections beginning February 14, 2012. The collaborative project provides unprecedented free access to these celebrated letters for scholars and romantics alike—and may inspire readers to opt for pen and paper over text messages and emails this Valentine’s Day. "



image from here
The 573 letters written between January 1845 and September 1846, began as a simple fan letter one could say from Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett and continued until a week after their secret marriage. Elizabeth had been forbidden by her father to get married, as had her siblings, and so Elizabeth and Robert married in secret. Elizabeth was then disinherited and her father never spoke to her again. Elizabeth and Robert moved to Italy where Elizabeth recovered a bit from her life long illnesses and then had her son at the age of 42.

These letters which had previously been transcribed and only available for viewing at Wellesley are now available for you to peruse at your leisure, every scribble, the nuisance's of the handwriting, the script, and even the envelopes. You can read, decipher or just look at any one of these remarkable and romantic letters. From which grew what is said to be some of the two poets best and most famous works.

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints-- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!-- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Sonnet XLIII
Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Are you a poetry fan? Do you like Elizabeth Barrett Browning or Robert Browning? I am excited to be able to try to read these beautiful 167 year old love letters and to relive their beautiful romance.

I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that you have a wonderful day and enjoy your significant others, friends and family!


Monday, February 13, 2012

More Valentine's Day Ideas and Downton Abbey Updates

Love letters, chocolate, and flowers, just a few of the little things you could give or get from your Valentine. I will be giving all of the above to my dear husband as well as other Valentine's in my life.



I received this beautiful book a few years ago from my husband, it is called Love Letters: An Anthology of Passion by Michelle Lovric.



It is a beautifully written book of  poems, beautiful art, and copied love  letters that were tracked down by the author in libraries and museums all over the world. Each one in the writers own hand, with the harried writing, the crossed out thoughts, each  placed in envelopes for the reader to take out and peruse. I love that part of the book the most, it is like opening a piece of history. There are letters from Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo, Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett, Mary Wollstoncroft to William Godwin and many more.








Chocolates are another favorite gift for Valentine's Day. Do you have a favorite? Do you like getting chocolates?




Beautiful flowers are always an option, roses are classic loved by many. I personally love white tulips, those are a bit hard to find in February.









What about some heart shaped cookies?





Or my personal favorite, a cupcake or two with butter cream frosting!




Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients
1 cup of salted butter
3 teaspoons of vanilla
4 cups of  powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream

Instructions
Place room temperature butter into your bowl and beat until very creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat on high. Add vanilla and a tablespoon at a time of the whipping cream until the frosting is the consistency of the frosting that you like. If you want it more spreadable than add more cream.





What did you think of Downton Abbey? Oh my goodness, Lavinia died? Now things for Mary and William are definitely taking an interesting turn. Frankly, Mary sometimes grates on my nerves because she is such a snob? Oh my goodness, the cliff hanger of Bates getting arrested. I do not want him to be guilty. I want him to be happy. I cannot believe that next week is the last episode for this season, how soon does the next one start? I love quality programing, thank goodness for Public Television.

Have a great day! And a great week!

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