πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 21st November 2021πŸ€’

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all! πŸ™ I hope this post finds you all well. πŸ™‚ Sadly another week of convalescing has passed by for me and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading, watching and posting over that time.

Not feeling better by Tuesday, I contacted my doctors again, and I was diagnosed with Chronic Sinusitis caused by stress! I was signed off work for another week; prescribed steroid sprays for my nose and ears; and advised to do a little in the mornings – like hobbies, a short walk or light chores – and then to rest in the afternoons. πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ

Following their orders, in the mornings, I have taken several short walks, enjoying the crisp air and the vivid autumnal leaves, which I collected to press at home πŸ‚. I have also started the new hobby of hand lettering in the gorgeous book, Happy Hand Lettering by Maghon Taylor (2019). ✏ Then in the afternoons, I have taken naps, watched TV and read.

For most of the week, I was reading the short historical-fiction, Anne, The Rose of Hever by Maureen Peters (1969), as and when I was feeling well enough to focus and enjoy it. πŸ‘‘ It tells, if you haven’t guessed already, the tale of the infamous life of Anne Boleyn, in a speedy, concise and thrilling way. Not really in the same league as Alison Weir’s fabulous Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession, but still an enjoyable read.

Now I am swiftly re-reading the children’s novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962). 🐺 I am taken a lot of comfort in this charmingly written book about two young cousins trying to escape the clutches of a cruel governess and vicious packs of wolves, in an alternative history of Britain. I am hoping to snuggle up and finish it this afternoon.

Also, several nights in a row, I have managed one chapter each of the biography, The Gilded Lily: The Life and Loves of the Fabulous Lillie Langtry by Ernest Dudley before bed. 🎭 Unfortunately, I have struggled to focus on my Holy Bible reading again this week, so instead I have been listening to these Bible Verse videos by SOAKSTREAM. ✝

Last Sunday afternoon, I tucked myself into bed early to watch the period film, Little Women (2019), the newest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s wonderful 1868 novel. An all-star cast bring this utterly charming coming-of-age tale to life beautifully, with a few refreshing new touches, and it succeeded in making me cry, more than once! ❀ I will bring a full review to you soon.

Then in the week, I watched the new British four-part crime drama, The Long Call (2021) on the ITV Hub. πŸ”Ž This is based on Ann Cleeves’ character: Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, as he returns to his religious community in Devon for his father’s funeral, only to find himself investigating a murder. A gripping mystery, that I finished in one day! I hope they will make more.

After that I worked my way through series three of one of my favourite shows: the British fantasy-adventure drama, Merlin (2008-12), all of which is currently available on Netflix. πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ It was delightfully comforting to re-live these fun, family-friendly adventures, with the young Prince Arthur and Merlin; it is these two guys’ hilarious chemistry which lifts this show to the next level.

Finally, Thursday night, I snuggled up in a blanket on the sofa with my cat, to watch the historical-action film, Outlaw King (2018), off of my Netflix list. βš” It stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce leading the bloody guerrilla campaign to liberate Scotland from the clutches of Edward I: ‘the Hammer of the Scots’. Warning this is a graphic film, which I don’t usually like, but it was done realistically and in keeping with the tale it is telling.

First, on Tuesday, I shared with you my unboxing post for my fourth ‘surprise’ vintage book box πŸ“¦ from the lovely Teatime Bookshop, in which I received a copy of the vintage horror, The Survivor by James Herbert (1976), that I am really excited about.

Next, on Thursday, I shared my review for the thrilling mystery, Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart (1958), that I read towards the end of the school’s long summer break. I thought it wasΒ a wonderful escape, to the picturesque French Pyrenees πŸ”, for another gripping yarn that had me staying up past my bedtime!

Finally, just yesterday, I shared my review for the dark-fantasy film, The Witches (2020) 🐭, the second feature-length adaptation of Roald Dahl’s iconic 1983 children’s novel of the same name, about a boy and his grandmother, as they try to foil the Grand High Witch’s devious plan.

A good variety of posts. Please check them out if you haven’t already. 😊

For now, that’s all folks! 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‘‹

Now let me know what you have been doing, reading and watching in the comments below. Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post. I love to chat with you all!

20 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 21st November 2021πŸ€’

  1. wow, I had no idea sinusitis could be caused by stress! I’m glad you finally have a diagnosis and now ways to help the situation.
    Have you thought of combining your love of hand lettering with your love of reading? Making beautiful bookmarks with quotes from your favorite books? Or simply with titles of books?

    1. Thank you, Emma – I didn’t know this could be caused by stress either, but my sinuses are on the mend, it is just a slow process. ❀ As for my hand lettering it might be a bit early in my skills for that yet, but bookmarks would definitely be great to make. There are nice project suggestions in the book I am using as well. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh I love the idea of leaf pressing! Haven’t done that in years (for school). A good way to capture the season maybe. and sorry to hear you’re not feeling well! Chronic sinusitis- yikes! I have family that have serious sinus issues and it can be so debilitating. Hang in there!

    I liked Shetland which I think was also based on Ann Cleeves’ material but I haven’t read anything of hers.

    1. I haven’t pressed leaves in years either, Greg – Not since I used to do it with my nan as a child. I thought it might be nice thing to cheer me up and me slow down to look on my walks. And thank you, both me and my mum suffer with our sinuses, but I’ve never had this before. ❀

      I haven’t read anything by Ann Cleeves either, but yes, Shetland is based on her material, too! I love that and it is the main reason I decided to give this new series a go.

  3. Caused by stress!!! Who knew something like that could BE caused by stress? Have you been under a lot of stress? I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Little Women 2019!!! I’ve been waiting for that one to come to a streaming service near me! Where can I see it????

    1. No, I didn’t know something like this could be caused by stress either, Jinjer and yes, I’m afraid some very upsetting and stressful changes have happened at work recently. Thank you ❀

      I watched Little Women on Now TV, but I believe it is coming to Netflix very soon, so I hope you will be able to watch then. πŸ€žπŸ™‚

  4. Sorry to hear you’re still not feeling well – I hope you’re better soon. I haven’t read Anne, The Rose of Hever, but I’ve read a few other books by Maureen Peters and found them all quick, light reads. I’ll look forward to your review of Little Women as I really enjoyed that film too!

    1. Thank you, Helen – I do feel I am on the mend, but it is slow going. ❀ While you’ve not read this one, it is good to hear you have enjoyed other books by Maureen Peters, maybe an author I will keep my eye out for more of. Also great to hear you really enjoyed watching Little Women, too! 😊

  5. I’m sorry that you’re still convalescing. Hopefully following the doctor’s orders this week will have you “up to snuff” soon!

    The book about Anne Boleyn sounds like it would be ideal reading for the circumstances.

    1. Thank you, Kelly – I am certainly on the mend, it is just a slow but steady thing. ❀ Also yes, the Anne Boleyn book was certainly the light, quick and easy read I needed in the circumstances. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Shelleyrae – I am on the mend, just not quite there yet. ❀ I hope you will enjoy Little Women and The Long Call as much as I did, particularly the first one! πŸ€žπŸ™‚

  6. Jessica, here’s hoping to a quick recovery for you. Loved your photos! I love The Wolves of Willoughby Chase so much. There’s many in the series! They are only loosely related, though. I think I’ve read three? or four. Want to resist soon. Happy Sunday and I hope your tea is hot and your book long and delicious! πŸ˜„β™₯️ love from Wisconsin, Amy

    1. Thank you ever so much, Amy – I love that ‘I hope your tea is hot and your book long’ ❀ I am also pretty sure it was reading some of your monthly reading posts that reminded me about Joan Aiken’s books, so cheers again! I only have a copy of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, however I will have my eyes peeled for more; when I am well enough to get back to those charity book shops! 😊

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