πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 28th November 2021 β˜ƒ

Hello everyone and a blessed first Sunday of Advent to you all! πŸ™ I hope this post finds you all well. πŸ™‚ A third 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.

Although I felt I had made a little progress, I was still not well enough to return to work, due to Chronic Sinusitis, so my doctor signed me off for another week. However, on Thursday I finally, felt like I had made a breakthrough, as the pressure went from my ears! I am continuing to take it easy and take my steroid sprays, but I am starting to feel more optimistic it won’t be long till I am back to work.

Continuing to follow the doctor’s orders, in the mornings, I have taken short walks and done light chores, and then in the afternoons, I have taken naps, watched TV and read. Thursday onwards though, I was kept inside, as Storm Arwen blew over the UK: bringing storm force wind, monsoon style rain and plummeting temperatures; so much so that we had snow yesterday! β˜ƒ

I started my week off by finishing my re-read of the children’s novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962). 🐺 I took a lot of comfort in rediscovering this charmingly written, exciting adventure with two young cousins, Bonnie and Sylvia, trying to escape the clutches of a cruel governess; all set in a snowy alternative Victorian-era England, where vicious packs of wolves roam the countryside.

After reading a very respectable five short reads appropriate for Novellas in November 2021, I was ready to get my teeth into something longer and meatier. So next I threw myself into the historical-fiction, Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir (2020), the fifth instalment in Weir’s ambitious Six Tudor Queens series. πŸ‘‘ This started off as a slow burner, but now I am well over half way through, I am gripped and I think I will finish it very soon.

Also, I have managed to read a couple more chapters of the biography, The Gilded Lily: The Life and Loves of the Fabulous Lillie Langtry by Ernest Dudley. 🎭 However still struggling to focus on my Holy Bible reading, I have instead continued listening to these Bible Verse videos by SOAKSTREAM and I have downloaded the Abide app on my phone. ✝

First, I must back track and share with you a fantasy, family film I forgot to share with you last week, which was the The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) 🌊. A sweet adventure with a young boy, who discovers a mysterious egg on the shore of Loch Ness, set during WWII, and based on Dick King Smith’s children’s novel and the Celtic kelpie myth. A nice, easy watch for one of my restful afternoons.

Now to this week’s views! Last Sunday, my dad, the cat and I spent a cosy afternoon snuggled up in the living room, with a bucket of KFC and the new season of Netflix’s bonkers, American true-crime documentary, Tiger King (2020-1) 🐯. This doesn’t really add that much or bring a resolution to this stranger-than-fiction case, but it was another very binge-able watch.

Then through the week, I worked my way through the new psychological, six-part drama, Close To Me (2021), based on the best-selling novel by Amanda Reynolds, on 4oD. A gripping watch about a woman painfully piecing back together the eventful year she has forgotten after a nearly fatal fall down the stairs πŸ€•, starring Connie Nielson and Christopher Ecclestone.

I also enjoyed a comforting re-watch of the fantasy adventure film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)🦁, which is a wonderful adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale. As well as watching two more episodes of the classic, sci-fi series, Star Trek (1966-9) πŸ‘½, with my particular favourite being ‘The Enemy Within’ which sees a transporter malfunction creating an evil doppelganger of Captain Kirk!

Finally, here on the blog, I shared my review of the utterly charming children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)Β πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦° and took part inΒ Nonfiction November 2021’s week four topic: Stranger Than Fiction 😲, where I discussed the gripping bestselling Christian autobiography,Β God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew (1964). 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!

16 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 28th November 2021 β˜ƒ

  1. I need to get around to reading Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I have a copy of Black Hearts of the Bitter Sea by the same author.

    1. Hi Anna πŸ‘‹ Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you will have chance to read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase soon, as it is a lovely little read, and then move on to more of Aiken’s novels. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, Arwen sounds like she was a bit ferocious! Look at that snow! We had snow flurries to over Thanksgiving, it was beautiful to see but cold!

    Hope you are feeling better!

    Oh my gosh tiger King. And I love the 2005 Lion. such a good movie. And The enemy Within is one of my favorite episodes of season one. I think I’m up to the Conscience of the King- I kinda stalled in my watch a thon and need to resume!

    1. Arwen certainly was pretty ferocious, Greg and the snow got worse than that later on Sunday, as you will see in my photo for this week’s post! β˜ƒ

      And thank you, I am feeling a lot better now and I have been able to return to work. 😊

  3. I had a sinus and ear infection at the beginning of November and it’s taken a long time to clear even with antibiotics! I hope you feel better, Jessica! Stay warm! πŸ™‚

    1. I am sorry to hear your have also been poorly with a sinus and ear infection. Antibiotics didn’t work for me and I had to go on steroid sprays instead, however thank you, I am on the mend now and have been able to return to work. 😊

  4. I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling much better and hope you can return to work soon.

    I just finished reading the second book in Merryn Allingham’s new “Flora Steele” series. They’re delightful cozy mysteries set in Sussex in the 1950s. It sounds like you’ve been reading some good books, too!

    1. Thank you, Kelly and yes, I was able to return to work on Wednesday. Also I love the sound of your latest read: ‘delightful cozy mysteries set in Sussex in the 1950s’ sounds like my cup of tea! 😊

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