It’s been so lovely reading your replies on my last blog (if you missed it and have been wondering where on earth I am… catch up here). Honestly it appears I am not alone with this ankle injury of mine and I have winced, ouched, commiserated and, (sorry Mary), laughed at the stories of your unfortunate mishaps… toilets and U bends… enough said!
Suffice to say my days have tootled slowly along and what have I learnt about myself? I am not a great patient in fact I am im…patient!
However, a quick update. It’s improving daily, the bruising is dissipating and I am getting more mobile though its unbearable being stuck here at home, it will make me more aware when anyone I know is incapacitated that even a friendly face for the quickest of visits can make a difference. I realise that all of us have super busy schedules and always so much to fit in but I will try and make more time myself for others.
SUNSHINE! Yayyyy let’s discuss! Not for everyone I realise but the feeling of a happy sunny day these few weeks has lifted my spirits and I feel very lucky that the weather picked up whilst I’ve been at home, and resting up in this spot below.
Ultrasun face tinted and the Ultrasun eye has been added 10 minutes after my Elemis Superfood Oil and the Glimmer has meant safe and sparkly colour on the body. I had a lovely visit from Ali Keenan, who came armed with her gorgeous caring nature AND then proceeded to unload, Mary Poppins style, a collection of Lock & Locks filled with all the ingredients for a beautiful Salad Nicoise, complete with a chilled bottle of Rose. We sat in our bikinis in the sun with my leg propped up and relived our birth stories! That morning Ali and Colin had become grandparents again to beautiful Cala Lily. Ali and I are as soppy as each other and we were remembering watching One Born Every Minute and sobbing together (though in our separate houses!) through the stories… I love that show. Recalling births made me remember just how amazing I had found Maddie’s and I spent that night being quite a needy Mummy and just wanting to cuddle her. A somewhat trickier manoeuvre to tuck her all into my lap now she has coltish long legs!
School’s out for summer tomorrow and I’m hoping to organise a recuperation visit to the sea side… selfishly so I can have a change of scenery and also in a vain attempt to hold my children near… for a few days at least. Honestly I spend my days telling them all the lovely things they could do with their friends, helping to organise them and then feeling bereft when I’m alone… I recall someone saying our children are a loan that we are very lucky to have… but that they are just that. Alone…a loan. Mmmmm I love a little homophone… words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings… not sure this is a real one though as a cheeky ‘A’ was added!
Looks like my holiday packing this year will not be containing my wedges…!!!! But my Vionics, Birkenstocks and little flip flops instead. Which does then mean different clothes. Do you find it hard to pack? My trouble is I have too much to choose from… sssssshhhhh I did NOT say that out loud you must have misheard me. I’m not good at cleansing the wardrobe so I have lots of things from years ago with memories tied up in them and all the “ooh I can’t resist” new things. My Join Clothes trousers and silk look top, and my Onjenu come under that title. I tend to lay it all out, co-ordinate and then REMOVE from the bed until I think its about right.Dan on the other hand swipes his wardrobe and ALWAYS over estimates on flipping jeans… I mean surely one pair is enough… when you consider on a hot holiday you live in a bikini or swimmers all day why oh why do we take all the extra stuff. Trouble is when I pare down I regret it!!!
I just cannot pare down re hair however. I’m going to be ordering Philip Kingsley’s Swim Cap for protection when we fly to the sun and, let’s face it, against sun and pools the Elasticiser will be used constantly. I’m always glad to have the smaller travel sizes of my skin care, but that said I do like to have a choice, even on holiday, so a big chunk of my case will be all that. Most of my clothes are little silky things so roll into a whisper… unlike Dan’s! I am also paranoid about losing a case so I write a list of what’s in the case and spread it around so every case has a little of everybody’s things in…though I have to do it discretely as Tom is sooo territorial about his red Kipling case and it will be packed at least a week before any trip we take.
Tom had Work Week at school and went in each day in work appropriate dress. How smart he looked, how proud I was. End of term also meant he brought home his Art (Jackson Pollock style).
I was thrilled and he has already been asked to do another canvas for a friend of ours! That said when he showed me his painted T-shirt (whatever floats your boat Tom ) I had to recognise HE loved it and was very proud, but you can just hear me saying: “Ermm Tom, not appropriate, please change!!!”
Maddie and Joe”s end of term school results have been good. Always room for growth of course but it was great to be able to say “Well done, that work you put in really showed so more of the same and you will continue to grow.”
Maddie was presented with an award for Best Dancer in her Performing Arts group and Joe was given special mention for his development and improvement. I loved his singing solo in the end of year showcase and was smiling at his new deeper voice and what was lovely to see was his confidence growing. I was very pleased he has put his name down for the school production once again, I do think it’s important to have something “extra” about you and to learn to show commitment to things so it’s a drama course and piano practise throughout the holidays for Joe just to break up the endless “screen moments”.
Talking of screen moments… I am really missing mine! QVC are being so kind and I’m hopeful my specialist will confirm all is going well and I can be back soon… it just has meant my being off is now blending into my time I had taken for the children. But soon I shall be smiling away with you and this is in the meantime a lovely way to keep in touch.PLEASE DO! Else my smile may start to slip!
Lots of love ,