Sunday Bookends: preparing books for 2022, movies about singing fishermen, and slow progress but it’s progress!

Welcome to my week in review blog post where I ramble about what I’ve been reading, watching, writing, doing and sometimes what I’ve been listening to.


What I’ve Been Reading


My goal this week is to read a lot more but this week I read Saving Mrs. Roosevelt and started The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham.


I have a Cat Who mystery I started the day I went into the hospital with Covid but I couldn’t get my brain to settle for obvious reasons so I never continued it. I’d like to make some progress on that these next couple of weeks the kids and I are on holiday break.


Other books I am looking forward to reading in the new year include:


The Rhise of Hope by Max Sternberg


A couple of Hercules Poirot books


Maggie’s Strength by Pegg Thomas


Relative Silence by Carrie Parks


Crooked House by Agatha Christie


Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin


The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson (more of the Longmire Mysteries. I have about 12 more books to read in the series)

 And many more I haven’t even listed.



I am also not one of those people who talks about how many books I read in a year. It is hard for me to keep track because my mom and I share a kindle account and she reads some 200 books a year. I have to go through and figure mine out compared to hers and it is very time consuming.



What I’ve Been Watching


Last week I watched a movie called Fisherman Friends, which I found on Amazon. It was exactly what I needed right now. It is the story of a group of fishermen in England who sang what are called sea shanties in their small town and were overheard by a music executive who decided he wanted to sign them to a deal.


The movie is based on a true story and follows the journeys of the men and the beginning of their careers.

Other than that I have been watching mainly comedians and my husband and I watched a couple of episodes of Lovejoy.


What I’ve Been Writing


Last week I shared two chapters of A New Chapter and shared a blog post about my roommate in the Covid wing  at the hospital and her positive outcome.


What I’ve been listening to


I have gotten a bit hooked on Matthew West of late so I have been listening to him at night or other times. He is a Christian musician and he also has a podcast.



What’s Been Occurring

I am slowly recovering from Covid and was encouraged this week to find many others dealing with the internal vibrating as a left over side effect. Some of these people have had this happen with other viruses like I did and we are wondering if this could be autoimmune or neurological or reactivating past infections. It has been a relief to read that while anxiety can make it worse it isn’t only anxiety or in our heads. Even those who do not have a history of anxiety are dealing with it.

Either way we are all sharing things (supplements, medicine, exercise, etc.) that are helping, even if only to take the edge off a little bit. For me CBD oil helps immensely so I am anxiously waiting for a delivery of some high quality oil this week.

I still have not ventured from the house on my own since my doctor appointment at the beginning of the month, mainly because the vibrating often gets worse the more I move and I don’t want to have a spell of them when I am out with the kids or even when alone.

I truly do believe things will even out soon with the odd symptoms and I will be able to do things on my own. I am discouraged but not desolate or hopeless, which reminds me of 2 Corinthians 4:8-12: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

We are all excited for Christmas next weekend. The kids have a couple days of homeschool and then a week and a half off. We will spend Christmas Day with my parents and maybe see other family (my brother and his wife) in the beginning of January depending on work schedules.

 So that is my week in review. How about you? How did last week go for you? What are you reading and watching etc? Let me know in the comments.






8 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: preparing books for 2022, movies about singing fishermen, and slow progress but it’s progress!

  1. We watched Fisherman’s Friends before and really enjoyed it. I’m happy to hear you’ve found some supportive folks to share ideas with about recuperating and it does sound like you’re making good headway. You are still in my prayers. Our family Christmas celebration did not happen – you called it (covid).

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    • Oh no!!! I thought you were better and over it. I was hoping I was wrong. It was only on my mind because so many around me are getting it. No one seems to be able to miss it – even the triple vaccinated! I’ll be praying for you!


        • I will definitely pray for him. Keep an eye on his oxygen for sure but most don’t even have an issue with that luckily. I have two friends down with it now and I hate feeling nervous for people because almost everyone else I know who had it felt awful but didn’t need any help at a hospital. It’s just a loooong virus and exhausting.

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  2. I need to watch that movie when we get Amazon next month. We rent streaming channels a month at a time to cut down on cost. That is good that you have a support system with what you are going through. It all sounds so scary. My cousin had strange symptoms with her ears and smells in her nose, and she had panic attacks too but she is better now. A year later she went back to work at a coffee shop . She told me she was scattered brain and tired a lot for months and that bothered her but she seems okay now and was so excited about her job at the shop.She seems happy and busy as always. Your body and souls just need to heal slowly and you will be back to your old self before you know it. You and your family have a Merry Christmas.

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    • I have issues with my ears all the time and this made me worse. The smells in the nose? Yep. I have that too and so does my 15-year old. Hopefully I will have more energy soon but it is getting better!


  3. Wow, that’s so good that you have a group of others to share with about post-covid symptoms! Thank Gid for the connections He makes, even in the hard places. I pray you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

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