It is dark. It is cold. I have turned the heat up and am trying to find socks. I live in the South West of England so you will be thinking that I am a bit wussy – this is not the Highlands with horizontal biting winds or anything but you never know how things pan out do you? It could get unexpectedly nasty weather wise.

Speaking of unexpectedly nasty, that’s what I become when asked about Aged Parent’s kitchen fitting experience. Not that I am having a go at the workmen. By all accounts they were paragons of lovely if slightly weary patience. I think I may have said that Aged Parent wouldn’t cope that well with all the mess and change and, unfortunately, I was correct. I won’t bother you with too much  detail but the phrase “Never again” probably sums the week up best.  At one point we were taking about three calls a day from her complaining about – well most things really. Still all is complete now and despite a minor (well not that minor ) panic when Aged Parent found a mark on the new oilcloth and a long debate about how annoyed the kitchen fitters were going to be after all that work and how I had probably ruined the whole floor. Why me? Why would it be me? Also – they don’t care. Also it came off. A bit of bleach and it came off. CALM DOWN!

On to less contentious matters. It is Advent Sunday next week or something.  Anyway, Christmas is definitely on the horizon everybody. Obviously, I have not done any kind of preparation at all, but that is a traditional as Christmas presents so that is fine. I am quite taken with the idea of Advent this year. Life circumstances are squashing my head a bit flat at the moment what with one thing and another. Everyone who is talking about Advent is using it as a time to stop and think, to slow down and to concentrate on the plan that was beginning to be put in place. I think it would do me good to realise again the greatness of God and how much he wants to be involved in my life.

So I have bought a book. I have not read anything by Tom Wright so you may be wiser than me. There are daily readings starting next Sunday and as part of Ang’s Pause in Advent, I am thinking I will share stuff I read there on Sundays. (Unless the book is rubbish of course. I know, I know – only joking. Well it might be though)

Have a good Monday.




  1. November 26, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Tom Wright is usually very good, so I’ll look forward to your posts. Regarding kitchens ; the day after we got our new floor [don’t wash it for a day or two, said the fitter] my washing machine leaked. I grabbed all the tea towels I could find and managed to mop it all up very fast. Such disasters seem inevitable. Glad the mark came out for you!

    • lesleyps91
      November 27, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      I’m afraid I had never heard of him and since I bought the book I have seen his name everywhere 🙂

  2. Susan Santos
    November 30, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Thank you for this Lesley. I too am more taken with Advent this year than others, perhaps for exactly the reasons you mention. I hadn’t thought of a guided Advent book until I saw your post and so popped into my local little Christian book shop yesterday. The range of books was not large so I was pleased to see this one by TW there. The book shop chap thought it was a good choice, he rates TW very highly and he should know I suppose!!

    • lesleyps91
      November 30, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Well that’s a relief. It’s good to know that a Christian bookshop owner recommends the book. I had never heard of him

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