Jane Reynolds's Weekly Blog – 30th September 2012

A couple of great photos from my office window this morning. The one on the left was at 7.00 and the other was at 7.30, but they were both so good I couldn’t decide which to use so you’ve got both!

JK Rowling’s new book came out this week. I’ve written a few thoughts about the negative feedback it’s had in a special post because it’s one of those things that gets both my mind and heart (and most other authors’ hearts too, I should imagine) racing with frustration – and a lot of envy (if truth be told)!

I really struggled in the early part of the week (as I once-again thought about how yet another week had gone by without me feeling as if I’d got any further!), but I was talking to Mrs S on Thursday about Paul McKenna and suddenly realised that I hadn’t listened to his hypnosis stuff on my iPod for weeks.

I drifted off to sleep on Thursday night with his ‘Change Your Life in Seven Days’ gently ringing in my ears (along with my tinnitus!) and have listened every night since. It’s really quite amazing how remarkably more focussed I’m feeling now. I can’t believe I got out of the habit of listening and will be sure to keep up with it now, as when you’re finding it hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel you truly need something to help keep you going!

My dad’s not had a good week, and my lovely 95-year-old neighbour Vera has also not been well and has spent the last couple of days in bed. She’s not eating and looks so frail it just breaks my heart to see her. Death often doesn’t touch you when you’re young (if you’re lucky), but as you get older it begins to play a bigger and bigger part of your life as your nearest and dearest become less able. (This photo was taken in a restaurant in 2009.)

It’s so sad that life often just ends up slowly grinding to a halt, and that you have to see people literally just ‘fade away’ before your eyes. It’s even harder when it’s your parents.

Still, that’s best not for now. I’m trying to ‘think positive’, so let’s just all hope to have a good week, aye? I’m guesting on the ‘Girls About Town’ show 10.00-12.00 this Wednesday morning (3rd October), on Swindon 105.5 fm if you’re able to tune in.

Don’t forget: my new, live internet show ‘Jane’s Soapy Corner’ is on Tellyspy from 6.00-6.30 on Wednesday nights, and my regular Thursday radio shows (10.45-11.15) and Friday (4.00-5.00) are on Swindon 105.5 fm, where I give my Harry-Hill-ish observations and opinions on all the best (and – more importantly, the worst) bits of what’s going on in Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders.

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