Just Normal Life

Hullo. Hope you are well. We are trundling along here and trying not to catastrophise everything that might happen re the house move. I trying not to imagine that every piece of post will contain a letter saying that the house move has fallen through because of an unpaid debt I had in Bolivia, or that the survey has thrown up a nest of spider-like aliens living in the foundations or even that the buyers are, in fact, Russian agents who have disappeared never to be seen again. I’m under a lot of pressure.

We left the house last week to go to the pictures. I wanted to see Avengers Endgame again. I had waited for FOW1 to go with me so that I could ask Marvel related questions but he selfishly refused so HOH came with me. I know it’s not Chekov (I’ve never seen any Chekov – probably a bad example) but it really is one of my favourite films of the year. Heroic in lots of senses of the word, with self-sacrifice, brother and sisterhood, the courage to be downbeat and then a rattling good story. Not even sorry.

We also went to see Booksmart (I keep calling it Bookwise because that’s the name of the company that does our charity’s wages) Booksmart is about two Grade A students who have worked non stop all the way through High School (which I think is sort of American for Secondary Modern – possibly) in order to to make sure that they get into the best universities. They are then shocked to find out that all the other students have also got into good universities and had a good time in the process. The girls then resolve to go out and have a great time on their last night in school. And now you are thinking that you can’t think of anything worse and I understand that completely. But wait! Come back! This is sweet and funny and life-affirming. However, there is also a bit of gross-out humour, a lot of rude words and quite a bit of cheeky so you pays your money and you takes your choice.

On the telly, not watching anything much but Mum. It’s a BBC comedy that makes you want to cry. She is a widow with a grown-up son and she is tentatively exploring falling in love with her husband’s best friend. You root for them so much – they are so gentle and lovely and both have lost someone they love but the son isn’t happy and is trying to stop everything. It is really funny. The son and his girlfriend, the Mum’s brother and his horrible partner and the elderly parents of the dead husband – they are all grieving but trying, ever so gradually to find a way to move on. My bottom is tight with tension all the way through but I could not be without it. Anyone else watching it?

I went to Aged Parent to do a bit of dusting etc this week. Thought I would show you a snapshot of one of her bookshelves. You call yourself a Christian scholar, do you? Well, until you have read as much as AP you might need to think again. This is only one of three bookshelves and she has read every single one – many times. She does tend towards the “Disaster Movie” end of Christian Theology. Favourite Titles include – “Though He Slay Me – Yet Will I Trust Him” and “When Heaven is Silent” as well as “Does Jesus Care?” but you like what you like I say.

We called round this week to take her a vacuum cleaner we had bought for her. She was pleased about the cleaner but possibly a bit irritated at the interruption because she “was just watching The Holocaust.” All of it?

Have a great week



  1. June 2, 2019 / 7:06 pm

    Deeply concerned by the number of books on APs shelf which I personally own/have read. I feel I must qualify for an old age pension, even if govt says I am too young. Hoping the house sale goes smoothly, but aware this doesn’t always happen. I haven’t watched Mum. Perhaps I should.

    • lesleyps91
      June 7, 2019 / 2:01 pm

      I would not expect you to have read them as many times as AP though. Can highly recommend Mum

  2. June 3, 2019 / 7:51 pm

    That is such an impressive collection. It’s years since I saw a Corrie ten Boom book, I wonder if they are still in print.

    • lesleyps91
      June 7, 2019 / 2:00 pm

      I would think so. I think the museum is still a big draw

  3. Tony Collins
    June 10, 2019 / 9:00 am

    Good morning Lesley. My wife Pen Wilcock sent me a link to your enjoyable blog, in relation to your review of Pete Greig’s latest, and while browsing I came across your recent post regarding your AP’s bookshelves. What I find truly disconcerting is that I published a fair number of the titles in question.

    These days I work as an ‘editor at large’ for SPCK. Always open to new ideas, if you would like to contact me.



    • lesleyps91
      June 12, 2019 / 10:52 pm

      Hello Tony. Sorry for the delay in replying, I have been away for work for a few days. I do have a couple of ideas about things I would like to write but am never sure if they would be interesting. I would be really chuffed to send the ideas to you to look at if you are interested. Thanks very much

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