Sunday Matters: Hello, October

Sunday Matters

What a week! All I want to do is watch Hallmark Christmas movies, read something really good and just escape from reality for a little while. I have Monday off so this is looking like a plan that could actually happen.

Right Now:

I am trying to make my Sundays a little more relaxing by doing my errands on Friday night or Saturday during the day. That said, my day is pretty open to do what I want.

My church began services again. I have seen some videos of events recently and some people are not wearing masks although my church requires it. I seriously do not know why these people cannot wear the damn mask. I would like to attend a service but not if people are still gallivanting around without one. That means online is my only option at the moment.

This Week:

Monday off. I would like to do something because my daughter is off from school too but many places are still closed down in some way. I’ve not been feeling too great or we’d go to the beach or something but it’s a trek and I have to have supplies. Ha! Books, snacks, the like. When you aren’t feeling great you don’t want to haul all that stuff around.

The rest of the week is pretty wide open. I am going to put in for more vacation time at work, work on setting up my new 2021 planner, and do a little more meal planning in my meal journal.

Also, and I hate this part but I may look into some online exercise routine or begin walking again. I cannot for the life of me lose this pandemic pudge and it’s probably one reason why my stomach is bothering me. Could be an ulcer in the works. I hope not because it took a year to get rid of the last one.


I reviewed The Sun Down Motel this past week and loved it. It counted for the R.I.P Challenge too which is nice. Look at your girl and her challenges!! Summer, done. R.I.P., going well.

Right now, I am reading Wendy Walker’s Don’t Look For Me. I am really into it at the moment. Also reading The Testaments for a book discussion. It’s been a long time since I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale but I really don’t want to read it again before this next book.


The Walking Dead finale from last season is tonight. They had to postpone due to COVID and to be honest, I don’t even remember the last episode and actually care little about it. I’ll watch it just to wrap it up but this might be it for me. Poor writing for the past two years does not make a hit show and with everything going on I have no patience for poor writing.

The Haunting of Bly Manor comes out October 9 on Netflix. It’s part of The Haunting of Hill House series but a totally different story and characters from what I can gather. I’ll watch! Hope it’s good.

Grateful for:

  • Friends who work in financial aid and are happy to answer my FAFSA questions. Filling it out for #2 this year! Those who know, know.
  • Cool mornings and good coffee, together.
  • Tacos.

Oh! I was happy to hear that Dolly Parton has a Christmas musical coming out right before Thanksgiving (11/22) on Netflix. I really like her and what she stands for. Something to look forward to, for sure.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Credit: Netflix

I have moments where I feel very hopeful about things and right now is one of them. I hope you have a really good week.

21 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Hello, October”

  1. I agree with you totally about the masks. It makes me mad when people do not wear a mask. It is so not smart. We were in Target this morning. They still have signs requiring masks to enter. There was that one stupid guy who did not wear one even though his companion was masked. It’s raining her in usually sunny SW Florida and we are about to hunker in and read. A perfect Sunday. Enjoy your extra day off.

    1. We had a little drizzle last week but today it’s going to be 102. It’s beautiful out but I could do for a little change to make it feel more like fall here.

      I have been horrible with my reading. Stalled. Stumped. I need to throw myself into my book club book or I will not have it read in time.

  2. I sort of started browsing for holiday movies last month, which is 2 months early for me, but I desperately feel the need for some holiday cheer. I was even seriously considering putting up my tree and have the Christmas trains go round and round. I reminded myself that I do get sick of all that within a month so it’s probably better to time it so that I wasn’t putting everything away before Christmas was here. Oh well.

    I really hope people learned their lesson after abstaining from voting four years ago. The 2016 election killed me and I really don’t want a repeat. You lose your right to complain when you don’t vote. It really doesn’t matter if you keep saying that you don’t like your choices. Anyways, I’m with you and share your frustration.

    1. It kills me too when someone says they are voting for one of the write-ins. That is a throw away vote.

      Christmas. I do enjoy Christmas and it always seems so rushed so a couple more weeks with the decor would be nice. I don’t expect a big commercial push this year which is bad for the economy but good for my wallet and my sanity. I just want to be. Make cider, drink eggnog (spiked even better), eat good food and be. Hopefully we will be celebrating a new President. God, help us.

    1. I think people try to enforce the mask rule but here, in California, people are actually being attacked when someone approaches them and asks them to wear a mask. It’s not worth getting punched but you would not believe how hostile these people are. Of course, they’ve been brainwashed to think that their rights are being ignored. Hey, remember No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service?? Same darn thing.

        1. I can’t say it’s happened at my church but it’s happened at other churches nearby. Yes! They really take offense to the idea that their lives are being controlled. My church is doing all it can to remain open with outdoor services so I wish people would just comply.

  3. I’ve never watched a Hallmark movie that I didn’t love and this year I’m looking forward to the holiday movies.

    My nephew is pastor of a church in St. Petersburg so I’ve been watching the service online since churches are closed.

    I want to put in for a vacation soon too. This year has been rougher than rough.

    I think many of us have gained some extra pound since the pandemic hit.

    I want to watch Christmas On The Square too!

    I hope you have a great week!

  4. It’s nice to hear that you are feeling hopeful! Sorry you aren’t feeling great; getting out and walking (if the air quality is good enough) will cure a number of things that are wrong with the pandemic. FAFSA forms are no fun so I wish you speedy times in that department. Enjoy your Monday holiday!

    1. Even though I waited for the initial rush for the FAFSA to pass, it still crashed at the IRS submission but someone was on my side because I reloaded the page and it said successful! I gotta add more schools now that the first ten were processed. I wish they would just up the limit.

  5. Ooh, so there are now TWO Christmas movies I’m really hype for — the other one is the most adorable-looking movie where Forest Whitaker plays a toymaker and someone wants to steal his most exciting toy. Gosh I can’t wait for Christmas.

  6. I hope you are spending your Monday just as you would like! I used to love my Mondays off, but now I no longer have them to myself and they aren’t as much fun. Haha. Oh, how I miss alone time that doesn’t include hiding in the bathroom to finish a book, taking a long shower, or trying to get comfortable in the car.

    The Sundown Motel is on my TBR pile. I am glad you enjoyed it so much! I want to read The Testaments. I have hard mixed reviews about it.

    Thank you for the head’s up about the Dolly Parton musical coming up next month. I grew up listening to her music and have always been a fan.

    I hope you are feeling better. Take care, Ti. Have a great week!

    1. Well, I landed myself in urgent care on my day off. We moms, take care of everyone else but put ourselves last. I hope to be better soon.

  7. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I’m with you on the COVID weight gain. I’m walking every day, but miss going to my gym. We have a Peloton bike arriving this week, so hopefully that will help get us through the rainy season! Ah, the dreaded FASFA application. I went through that over a dozen years ago for my daughter and am glad to never see one again. I also agree with your statement: Wear the damn mask, people!! Argh.

    1. A Peloton bike!! How exciting!! I’m sure that will really ramp things up for you in the activity area. I landed myself in urgent care. Kidney infection. That was my out of sorts mention. I thought I was getting an ulcer. I was way off. While there I got a shingles shot so today I am whiney and not feeling great but I am hoping to feel much better once the antibiotics kick in. I am so glad the doc did not say anything about my weight gain. I have to do something about it though.

      1. Yes, it’s exciting and I hope it will keep us active during the rainy season! So sorry about your kidney infection. That sounds very painful! Good that you got your shingles shot, though. I’ve had shingles twice and it’s not a lot of fun! I need to get my shot, as well as a flu shot. Hope you’re feeling better now that you’ve had some antibiotics. Take care!

        1. I had shingles once when I was in my teens and didn’t know at the time what it was. I remember it though like it was yesterday so getting the shot was easy.

          I am still feeling sickish. I might need to change meds.

  8. I hope you are well or at least recovering. I seem to spend my vacations doing doctor appointments, flu shots, and other stuff I leave off until later. My daughter’s appointments are always on schedule, but I can’t seem to get my act together sometimes. I have had a good reading week on vacation, so that’s something at least. Reviews will be coming. Not much writing and I’ll have to find quiet moments to resend some rejected work out.

  9. Hope you are on the recovery path! Shingles shots leave the arm painful for about 3 days, ouch! I had mine last year blah. Kidney infections too are a pain – hopefully the antibiotics will get rid of it ASAP.
    I think perhaps one can read The Testaments without rereading the Handmaid’s Tale … I thought it was a pretty decent sequel that seemed to wrap it up quite well. It follows a few characters so it takes a while to get how it comes together … but it does. Hope you have a good wknd.

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