It’s been quite the fortnight. Am sharing now because this sea is a bit more becalmed but it has been a bit bumpy here. You may recall that I spoke of someone I am awfully fond of who had found a horrible lump and had to go and get it identified. While we were waiting for all that to be sorted, I had to go for my three yearly mammogram. Now those who know me know that I have been quite unsuccessful at mammograms in the past but that was a long time ago, and, although I am not exactly blase about them, I didn’t give it much thought, what with everything else that was occurring.  I was more than a little taken aback then, to receive a recall notice to the breast care clinic. Well, when I say taken aback – let us say er… devastated and er…terrified.

Rather than keep you in suspense, I should tell you that all is well. I have some calcium deposits which they wouldn’t normally do much about but with my history, it meant a biopsy just to make sure nothing nasty was lying underneath, which it was not. Hurrah!

I was just quite surprised at myself really. It was like stepping back in time. Everything was vivid and real and all memories were bang up to date. Things that had drifted away with the passage of time (like how much a biopsy hurts!!!) came galloping back into focus. In case you think that this is just me being a bit odd, HOH was exactly the same. So it has been a bit of a tough June, however, I would like to think that things are getting back on track a little now and I think you for your forbearance as the blogs have been – well a bit rubbish really.  Can I tell you that I was an ocean of peace and trust and calm during the past few weeks? Well I could tell you that but it would be a lie. However, I can tell you that faith and promises were re-visited and re-examined and that I learnt a lot about myself. I was very taken by a Tweet by Beth Moore

Either worry yourself sick

Or trust your God well.

That’s what it’s going to come down to.

It’s about the truest thing I have read in the past weeks and I was thinking of having it tattooed on my arm but it’s a bit long and therefore probably quite painful. If I could cross-stitch I would probably give that more consideration.

In other news, we continue to be Church of England folks. This week was Sea Sunday. A couple of weeks ago, Head Vicar asked us how people with such a Pentecostal background were faring in his church. (Very well actually, as HOH pointed out, we were often called the least Pentecostal of Pentecostals in what our friends said was a loving observation) This was a Sunday that was outside my previous Christian existence in so may ways. There was a parade with the Mayor and uniformed types and flags. I mean Navy type flags – not ladies of a certain age running to the front waving silk scarves and frightening the living daylights out of me. We sang “For Those in Peril on the Sea” which is, quite frankly, awesome. And, wait for it, we sang THE NATIONAL ANTHEM! I felt like Harry Kane in a sundress. The shine was only slightly taken off what was a very moving morning (including a really good sermon on the conversion of John Newton (see entirely accurate painting above) – writer of Amazing Grace but  life-long slaver until his early sixties) by what sounded like a salty sea dog type sharing his problems with constipation with his friend and all of us within a ten pew radius. “BETWEEN YOU, ME AND THE GATEPOST, THE MEDICATION IS PLAYING HAVOC WITH MY BOWELS” Yep mate, just how far away is that gatepost? The younger me may have been a bit sniffy about this kind of meeting. The current me thought the meeting was quite lovely and God was all over it like a rash.

And finally…

Me (To Aged Parent)       Have found DVD of Jesus of Nazareth in Charity shop. Do you want it?

Aged Parent                       Oooh, yes please. They are difficult to find.

Me                                        Right, will bring it on Saturday.

Aged Parent                       Where is it?

Me                                        On my desk at work

Aged Parent                       What if someone, beaks into your work and takes it?

Me                                        What are the chances Mum, of someone breaking in, leaving the till and the computer and                                                      taking a second hand copy of Jesus of Nazareth?

AP (Unconvinced)             Well, if you are sure. It’s Robert Powell you know.

Me                                         Of course, I’m sure.

(Puts phone down. Considers. Slips DVD into lockable draw, until Saturday – just in case.)




  1. July 8, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    So glad all is well (at least, weller than it might have been) I have never felt like Harry Kane in a Sundress. Confession ; my pitiful knowledge of football and yooof music meant that until recently I couldn’t work out why earnest people on the radio kept discussing the world Cup with respect to that hairy chap from One Direction. My husband despairs of me…

    • lesleyps91
      July 9, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      According to my daughter, the chap from One Direction can do no wrong so playing for England would probably be well within his capability.

  2. Bensys Mum
    July 8, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    A wise move if you ask me. Seem to remember an incident somewhere of a break in where a said till, computers etc were not taken. They must have been search of the aforementioned dvd, just got their timing wrong.
    Aged Patent has good taste I think!

    • lesleyps91
      July 9, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Ha! There is the answer. That’s what they were looking for!!

  3. July 8, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    Really glad all is well. I once had a “suspicious mass” found and remember well the waiting (in my case just two hours) for the all clear. It was the longest two hours of my life.

    • lesleyps91
      July 9, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Yes, the waiting is almost the worst thing about it

  4. July 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

    I’m sure the DVD is on a list of ‘Things to be Stolen’ by burglars.
    Glad you are well, these mammograms are terrifying enough without having to have follow up treatment.

    • lesleyps91
      July 9, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you. DVD has been safely delivered to Aged Parent now so the responsibility is no longer mine 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *