πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 15th November 2020

(With the dark mornings, I have been using my S.A.D lamp every morning 🌞)

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A gloomy and tiring week has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.


With it being the second week of England’s second lockdown, I am afraid that means, other than work, I have not been up to much. Thankfully staff and pupils are starting to settle into a our new, new routine and we had some fun taking part in Children in Need activities on Friday. 🐻 In other news I Facetimed my stepdad in France to wish him a happy birthday and took part in a very amusing murder mystery on Zoom with friends, and I was the only one to correctly guess the murderer! πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ

Continuing to suffer with some anxiety and sinus headaches, I have continued my concerted efforts to look after myself with extended times of prayer; relaxing yoga; camomile tea; a Saturday morning jog; using my S.A.D lamp and more hearty, comfort food. However my dad has been plagued with terrible toothache, so my cooking had been reserved mostly for me, so I have been dipping into my frozen portions of veggie chilli, Shepherd’s pie and chorizo soup. Slowly but surely I am starting to feel better. 😌


Unlike the first, this second lockdown is proving very good for my reading, well that and the fact I have thrown myself into taking part in the Nonfiction November and Novellas in November reading events. This week, I have already finished reading two novellas! First, the the short theological non-fiction,Β Luther and the 9.5 Theses by Kenneth Brownell, a speedy read about Martin Luther and his famous 95 theses.

Next, in one evening, I polished off the classic adventure, The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling, off of my Classics Club list, which transported me to India for this short, eerie tale of two British fortune-seekers and the lost tribes in the Himalayan mountains. I am now reading The Berlin Wall: A Very Brief History by Mark Black. After reading all these I think I need to read more novellas, as they make me feel so accomplished! 😁


With all that reading, I have done a little less viewing. I caught up on this week’s episode of the new American crime-drama, Prodigal Son (2020), and I am now impatiently waiting for the next episode! 😬 I also finished watching the biographical survival film, Jungle (2017), that stars Danial Radcliffe as the Israeli adventurer, Yossi Ghinsberg on his disastrous 1981 journey into the Amazon rainforest.

As well as those new watches, I indulged in some comfort re-watches of favourite adaptations: the classic 90’s romcom, Clueless (1995), inspired by Jane Austen’s witty Emma; and the raucous period adventures, Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous literary sleuth. Just what I needed to help me relax and escape it all! 😊


Finally, being in lockdown again, I sadly won’t be able to go to church or visit my grandad today, so instead I plan to spend a quiet day at home: blogging, reading, watching my church’s online service and cooking a simple lunch of pork chops for just my dad and I.

For now though, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now!πŸ‘‹πŸ™πŸ™‚

Now over to you: I’d love to hear how you are? What you have been reading and watching? Anything spooky? What are things like where you live?


I have linked this post into the weekly meme, The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

41 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 15th November 2020

  1. Apparently, for your stepdad, the shops should be reopening next week here in France ? We’re not sure yet. I’m curious, is the SD lamp very effective ? I’ve been wondering about buying one. Stay safe πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Izabel πŸ™‚ Yes, the lockdown in France should hopefully be over next week, but they did go into their lockdown earlier than we did here. And I have found the S.A.D lamp very helpful – I bought my grandad one, too.

  2. I hope your dad is able to get his tooth looked at sooner than later. I know it must be hard right now with the lockdown. Tooth pain is so miserable. I hope you are feeling better too. I wish there was an easy cure for anxiety. I could certainly use it too! We can just take it day by day, can’t we? Sometimes minute by minute. I am glad to hear your reading is up though! That is always a good thing. πŸ™‚

    My daughter expressed an interest in seeing Clueless, so we might watch it together. Maybe this next week since I’ve taken the week off work.

    Take care and enjoy your reading!

    1. Thank you so much – My anxiety has been a little easier this week and my dad’s toothache is better, too. I hope you were able to watch Clueless with you daughter. πŸ™‚

  3. Congrats on guessing the murderer! πŸ™‚ We’ve just gone into a second lockdown in my state (takes effect Wednesday) and while it’s sad that it has to happen, I’m hoping it will help. I hope you feel better this week and that the headaches go away.

    Hope your dad feels better soon too. tooth pain can be awful.

    Have a great week!

  4. Thankfully we’re back out of lockdown here in Wales, but being by the border obviously means the English lockdown affects what we can do and where we can go too.

  5. I’m sorry about the second lockdown. I love the sounds of the murder mystery on Zoom. Congrats on guessing it. I hope you have a great week and can get some reading in.

    1. Thank you, Kimberly – The murder mystery was great fun and it is really good the kids have settled more or less into our new routine at school. I can recommend a S.A.D lamp for these darker months. πŸ™‚

  6. Well done on guessing the identity of the murderer on your Zoom event, my powers of deduction used to be terrible, but I’m getting a bit better. I’m glad you are still more or less coping with being in Lockdown again, I live in one of the worst areas in Scotland, so am now awaiting the inevitable. This too will pass.

  7. Wow! You’re reading some fascinating nonfiction books πŸ“š And, I love Prodigal Son, such an interesting look at a serial killer and his children ❀️

  8. Gosh a zoom murder mystery sounds like so much fun! I wonder if I can find any of those in the US. I think we are heading into our second lockdown here. 😦 I pray this is over soon.

    I hope you have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!

    1. Hey πŸ‘‹ Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face. 😊 I hope you will be able to find a something like our murder mystery to do in the US and I pray this will be over soon, too! πŸ™

  9. Good to hear you are slowly on the mend in terms of your health. Your regime seems to be working well for you.

    I’m curious about that murder mystery Zoom session. Was this something organised by your school or did you find it online. I’d love to do this with my family

    1. Thank you, Karen πŸ™‚ The murder mystery was a pack one of my friends bought ready-to-go – It is meant to be for a dinner party but was very easy to adapt to a Zoom meeting. This one was called A Bad Vintage if you want to look it up. πŸ˜ƒ

  10. The Zoom murder mystery sounds fun! I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself and it’s good to know you’re getting in more reading now. I’m saying a prayer your dad’s toothache goes away soon! πŸ™

    Our numbers are increasing, so I’m not having any family to our house for Thanksgiving this month and will see what happens for Christmas. Our church has stopped our parking lot services and gone back to virtual. I keep telling myself “this too shall pass”.

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! 😊 My dad’s toothache turned out to be an infection in the gum below the tooth and thankfully a curse of antibiotics seems to be clearing it up quickly. I am really sorry to hear they have stopped your outdoor church services, but yes, “this too shall pass” is a great thing to keep in mind. πŸ™

  11. I agree that lockdowns can be great for our reading and viewing. I am also loving my new coffee grinder for turning coffee beans into delicious cups of Joe!

    You mentioned Shepherd’s Pie…yum!

    Enjoy your week and your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. I hope you have a great week, Jessica – and glad that you are feeling a bit better. This whole business is fraying, isn’t it? And thank goodness for shows like Bakeoff and Strictly to provide shafts of normality and glitter.

      1. Yes, I’m enjoying both – probably Strictly more than Bakeoff. I’m a bit fed up with the silly challenges they are setting the contestants. And some of the judges’ decisions seem completely random – last week for example!!!

  13. Sounds like some lovely ways to make the very best of lockdown. Hope you have a lovely day. We are not in full lockdown here but in one tier below it so taking things easy and lots of reading too. On to Christmassy books early this year, lovely to enjoy feeling festive in the midst of all this uncertainty. X

    1. Thank you – I have been trying to find some lovely ways to make the best of the situation we are in. I hope your early Christmassy reading will help you amidst all the uncertainty. It is still a little too early for me, but I am looking forward starting soon! 😊

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