Coughs, sneezes and Diamonique Week’s finale

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Having said on last week’s blog that I was going to be co-hosting this morning’s Morning Show with Craig, there was a last minute change of plan, as he called in sick. He is the most recent member of the presenter team to fall foul of the coughs, sneezes and sore throat that are doing the rounds – four presenters are currently off sick!

Last weekend, Debs Flint called in sick – which is a first in all the years we’ve known each other (about twenty-seven I think)! She’s better now though, and I believe gracing your screens later this evening. ‘Him indoors’ has an annoying cough, but so far I have managed to avoid catching it – although the same can’t be said for Craig’s replacement this morning.

Jackie did well to soldier on with her cough – it’s really difficult having any kind of throat issues when you talk for a living.

I enjoy working with Jackie as we have a similar sense of humour and she really made me laugh this morning. On my drive in, I was listening to Steve Allen on LBC and he was talking about a poll in a national newspaper of the fifty most boring things.

I agreed with quite a few of them, but at number twenty-two it was shopping television. Thank you Steve Allen, for disagreeing with the poll, but it was Jackie Kabler’s reaction that made me laugh… she was outraged at such a suggestion.

We had loads of lovely tweets during the show also vehemently disagreeing with the poll results – maybe they just didn’t ask the right people!

I was on the Morning Show as there is no Fashion on Friday today due to the finale of Diamonique Week – I hope you’ve enjoyed all the sparkling new designs we’ve featured over the past few days. There will be more jewellery on offer next Thursday – all day in fact – as it is Jewellery Day.

Jewellery Day

Although my run of five days off starts tomorrow, I will be back for shows at 2pm, 4pm and 5pm.

And then Fashion on Friday is back next week and I have some news to share.

I know some of you can’t make it back in time for the show at 5pm so, from next week, it will be repeated at 7pm on a Friday evening on the QVC Style Channel. The first show will be Isaac Mizrahi Live, guested by the lovely Glen Campbell.

So finally we say goodbye to the troublesome Year of the Monkey. It’s a new moon tomorrow (28th) and that will herald the start of the Year of the Rooster in Chinese astrology. You can check on the internet for information but in my trusty old book it says:

“It is a year for looking onwards and upwards. The rooster is outspoken and candid but we shouldn’t be overly critical and should try to steer clear of disagreements.”

Apparently, in rooster years, clothes and jewellery hit the headlines, so my recommendation would be to keep abreast of all the new offerings on QVC… well, I would say that wouldn’t I?

Which reminds me, did you see this picture I tweeted of Antthony in his ‘Pied Piper’ suit on Wednesday’s Lunchtime Show – he is such a lovely person.

Antthony

I will be tied to my computer for the next five days aiming for at least 10,000 words if I’m going to have my next novel ready for April publication – as always, check my website www.juliarobertsauthor.com for details of my writing.

Have a good weekend,
Love,
Julia x

18 Comments

  1. Craig Rowe January 28, 2017 at 6:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Sorry I missed hosting the morning show with you, was looking forward to it as we dont get many shows together.

    Feeling better now so hoping to be all better for returning to work on Monday night.
    See you soon, hugs
    Craigey xx

    • Julia Roberts February 2, 2017 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Craig
      Thanks sweetie – I noticed you were back on Monday so hoping you’re fully recovered.
      We’ll get another chance I’m sure
      Love
      Julia x

  2. martin forbes January 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    hi julia it would seem funny you doing the 9am morning show have you done them before

    • Julia Roberts February 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      I quite enjoyed it actually but not ideal on a Friday which is my busiest day of the week because of writing my blog.
      I have done it a couple of times before & earliest on Saturdays & Sunday’s occassionally
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  3. Sue Lee January 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Thank you , as ever,for prompt reply to my last comment. The bird feeder has arrived & is in situ so that we can see it thru the French windows. Phil has drilled a hole in the bottom of the cup, as it occurred to me the rain would make it clog up with no means of drainage. Thought I`d just pass the tip on!!! So far the squirrels have not clapped eyes on it. I wait to see if they can shin up the slim stem, altho they`ll probably just launch themselves off the fence onto it!
    TV shopping BORING, how wrong is that!!! It`s what gets me thru many a trauma as I can pick a treat if I pull myself together & get on with it!!! Mind you, it can get out of hand as recently a cystoscopy cost almost more in treats than if I`d gone privately!!!! Hence the bird feeder as one of the treats!! After all the worry about having it done , it was a breeze. but the treats are staying put!!
    No visitors to feeder yet so will do my ironing to see the first one. happy writing. Hugs Suexx

    • Julia Roberts February 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      We have moved ours. I don’t think the birds could see it beneath the tree fern as we had no visitors at all & I was feeling disappointed. Within a day of moving it, blue tits, chaffinches, robins, sparrows etc. have all come visiting. I like the fact that it sways a bit when the birds land – dissuades the cats & squirrels.
      Hope you are feeling better after your cystoscopy
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Linda Watkins January 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, What a cheek! saying shopping TV is boring I would much rather watch QVC than a lot of other programmes! I look forward to jewellery day, I was fortunate to be invited to gem preview days on a few occasions when you were in the old building, and I got to meet Alison and Dale, Does QVC still put on these days? I also went to a fashion show at a London venue hosted by QVC also excellent, very enjoyable and I left with a goody bag! Good luck with the writing. Love Linda xx

    • Julia Roberts February 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      I’ll just reply once if that’s ok… hope you’ve been enjoying Jewellery Day? We’ve had some gorgeous things particularly some of the diamonds – real WOW factor!
      I don’t think QVC is boring – certainly not from the presenters point of view – we have to stay on our toes!
      We haven’t had many event days lately & usually not at our Chiswick building – not sure if there are too many rules & regulations since we moved. Shame really.
      Fell a little short on my word count but sticking with it
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Linda Watkins January 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, What a cheek! saying shopping TV is boring I would much rather watch QVC than a lot of other programmes! I look forward to jewellery day I was lucky enough to be invited to gem day pteviews a few years ago which was lovely dont know if these still happen, good luck with the writing. Love Linda xx

  6. Linda Watkins January 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    So sorry, somehow my post didnt register so I repeated it and you have two! really sorry!! linda x

  7. Elizabeth Keenan January 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    This cold really doing it’s rounds, though have managed to escape it so far.
    You are right who the heck did they ask these questions to? shopping channel amazing
    must have been all the partners and husbands of people like me who are always ordering one thing or the other baa humbug to them I say.
    Pic of Antthony soo funny, I agree he is lovely and talking about ordering I have quite a few things of Antthony designs and I always get compliments when I wear his fashions every time.
    Come on now Julia get back to that writing.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth X

    • Julia Roberts February 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      You may have a point there – partners of people who watch and shop!
      I’ve just received a couple of Antthony tops – I wanted the misty green but it had sold out by the time I got off air so have had to settle for black and brown.
      Have struggled a bit with my word count this week – too many things to distract me – but hopefully still on course for April
      Love
      Julia x

  8. Annette Roberts February 2, 2017 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Firstly, hope you have fantastic results from you recent blood tests, fingers and everything else crossed for you. Missed you on screen lately, hopefully you have been able to get your writing done, all of those 10,000 words, don’t know how you do it, along with everything else.
    Been very lucky to escape the pesky colds and flu so far although Chris did come home from work early with stomach flu, however, I thought I had done well with the antibacterial spray and wipes…it got me!! Two days in bed with stomach cramps and hot water bottle, lots of fluids and bland stuff, it lasted over a week…yuck!
    Finished my hand therapy and have just started back on the Aero Pilates. I have decided to take the ‘No Sugar’ route and have been sugar free for 6 days so far and already feel the difference, lost 5lbs, but not sure if its that or that awful stomach flu, whichever, I’ll take it!
    Managed to get the OTO Skechers Air Infinity trainers in pink last week and they are the comfiest ever and haven’t been off my feet since their arrival, thoroughly recommend them!
    Hoping you’ve done all the writing you have aimed for at you lovely work station and good luck with you tests!
    love
    Annette x

  9. TINA S February 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I hope you’re right about saying goodbye to the last year of the monkey and looking forward to the rooster for looking onwards and upwards. I crashed my car a week ago!!! The road where we live is murder for pulling out of as there are always van’s parked blocking your view. Which is exactly what happened to me. I couldn’t see and smashed straight into an oncoming van. Thankfully it has all been sorted now and my insurers were marvelous. I had my car repaired and back to me within a week. I know it could have been worse, but at the time it was so upsetting. So now you see why I’m glad the new year means things must be on the up!
    Well at least my blood pressure monitoring was OK and I don’t need to start on medication for it. So I’m still cutting down on salt etc.
    Congratulations on your anniversary. We celebrated our 32nd anniversary on the 12th of January. We went out for lunch which was nice. I did treat myself to a price of Frank Usher jewellery. It was the long heart necklace in silver. I thought it apt for my anniversary.
    Well, hope your blood tests will be OK.
    We’ve got a busy couple of weeks now as the 6 nations rugby starts this weekend. (Hooray!!)
    All the best , Tina S xx

  10. TINA S February 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I hope you’re right about saying goodbye to the last year of the monkey and looking forward to the rooster for looking onwards and upwards. I crashed my car a week ago!!! The road where we live is murder for pulling out of as there are always van’s parked blocking your view. Which is exactly what happened to me. I couldn’t see and smashed straight into an oncoming van. Thankfully it has all been sorted now and my insurers were marvelous. I had my car repaired and back to me within a week. I know it could have been worse, but at the time it was so upsetting.
    Well at least my blood pressure monitoring was OK and I don’t need to start on medication for it. So I’m still cutting down on salt etc.
    Congratulations on your anniversary. We celebrated our 32nd anniversary on the 12th of January. We went out for lunch which was nice. I did treat myself to a price of Frank Usher jewellery. It was the long heart necklace in silver. I thought it apt for my anniversary.
    Well, hope your blood tests will be OK.
    We’ve got a busy couple of weeks now as the 6 nations rugby starts this weekend. (Hooray!!)
    All the best , Tina S xx

  11. TINA S February 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I hope you’re right about saying goodbye to the last year of the monkey and looking forward to the rooster for looking onwards and upwards. I crashed my car a week ago!!! The road where we live is murder for pulling out of as there are always van’s parked blocking your view. Which is exactly what happened to me. I couldn’t see and smashed straight into an oncoming van. Thankfully it has all been sorted now and my insurers were marvelous. I had my car repaired and back to me within a week. I know it could have been worse, but at the time it was so upsetting.
    Congratulations on your anniversary. We celebrated our 32nd anniversary on the 12th of January. We went out for lunch which was nice. I did treat myself to a price of Frank Usher jewellery. It was the long heart necklace in silver. I thought it apt for my anniversary.
    Well, hope your blood tests will be OK.
    We’ve got a busy couple of weeks now as the 6 nations rugby starts this weekend. (Hooray!!)
    All the best , Tina S xx

  12. TINA S February 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, belated congratulations on your anniversary. We had our 32nd on 12th of January. We went out for lunch which was nice.
    I had a terrible couple of weeks as I crashed my car trying to get out onto the main road. My view was blocked as there are always vans parked on the turnings. Anyway ,happily it was all sorted within the week. At the time you think it’s the end of the world as I was so shaken and upset. At least we’ve got the rugby to look forward to. The 6 nations start Saturday.
    Hope you have had your blood results by now and they are OK.
    Best wishes ,Tina S x

    • TINA S February 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

      It’s me again! I don’t know what happened with me replies! As you can see? When I went to post my comment it kept saying I had duplicated comment? I didn’t actually post them . Every time I tried it wasn’t going through so I wrote it again. I could see then that all of my comments had gone through. The gremlins are at work again. Sincere apologies. You must have been thinking I’d lost the plot again!! Tina S (smuck!!)

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