Also this week…
– And they called it 'Donny Love'…
- Fancy that! Guess who I went as to the fancy dress party?! (see pic to the left!)
– Spot the spooky face in a normal-looking lounge!
- And a fab DVD review for you – 'Love and Other Drugs'
Love you Donny…
Well, with the weather turning completely parky, I've been indoors a bit more, with snoring poggies and wood-burning stove, and actually finally managing to catch up on some recordings I've been meaning to watch! One of the best has been Donny Osmond on the Piers Morgan show.
He's actually a grandfather now, unbelievably! And is still pretty hot, is he not?! Now it's a little known fact (!) but I was a Donny-girl when I was about 12! He was my boyfriend… lol – me and the rest of the teenyboppers in the UK! In this pic of me from then, you can see me proudly wearing the trademark Donny hat – suits you sir! Hehe!
Anyway, listening to Donny's story – about how they had so many millions and then lost it all, about how he was at the pinnacle of fame, and then having got married at 20, soon after fell from grace and had a rough period through the early 80's – he came across so humble and genuinely warm, funny and nice! (Guess that pre-teen crush hasn't worn off after all!). Makes you think though, doesn't it – about life, and how it plays you different hands. Giveth and taketh away-eth and all that!
He talked about how his faith helped him stay completely faithful to his wife too – ahhhh. Don't we all (or many of us!) wish we'd had someone like that?! Seeing him as a person, a lovely family guy and proud of his wonderful marriage, made me (and many of my Facebook pals!) wish we had a Donny of our own! I'd ask if he had any older brothers, but… der!
It's lovely how he's stayed such a damn nice guy, through all of his success. Some of my ladies had even met him, they told me! Lucky them! Have you got a Donny story? From now or from the early years? (Leave a comment at bottom of this page).
The closest I got was when we went to Vegas with mum and sister Linda nearly two years ago (gosh how time flies!) to see the fabulous Donny and Marie stage show there – it was absolutely top quality and probably the best show we saw when there – alongside Le Reve (like Cirque du Soleil but in water!).
Donny happened to have a sore throat at the time, and couldn't sing properly on some songs – and Marie stole the show with some of her send ups of him when she had to fill in! Both ultimate showman/woman – and a highly recommended show to go see, if you ever get the chance! And a good Piers programme to watch if you can find it on catch-up TV. Also do read up on our Vegas trip by going here. And definitely helps make you feel lucky for your own life if you haven't been through the mill like some have. (If you have, see below…).
Fancy that - dress up time!
Now it’s a little known fact (!) that I was blonde through my twenties! And ever since I was given a sample Ken Paves blonde fringe and hairband hairpiece, I've had a hankering for finding a reason to wear it! So when brother Glenn gave me an invite to a fancy dress party I knew my day had come! However, what as?
He and wife Boki were obviously Anthony and Cleopatra, and their pal Ardri was Dolly Parton. Lovely Rob Samuelson whose party it was, came as Dame Edna, too. In the end, I found myself a good Sixties-style look, using the fab Pompoos top and leopard skirt, and skooching up the skirt a bit. BUT after having some suggestions including Bardot, January Jones from 'Mad Men', and Barbarella, I almost went as Pussy Galore. (AHEM! Don't even THINK it, let alone say it!!!).
Looking at the images online however, (when I got past the predictable ones), it seemed I needed a purple shirt, and didn't have one. So with the suggestion of one of the guests in the green room, we hit upon a solution as to whom I most resembled. Can you guess whom it was? What do you think? Leave a comment below as to what you thought my fancy dress outfit was – and I'll ask my lovely web lady not to post any of them till the middle of next week, to allow everyone to have a guess! (Same goes for the spooky pic below. Have a guess – 'specially if you don't usually leave comments on our blogs – would love to know what you think!).
Tell you what WAS spooky tho' – look at the side by side pic of me and sister Linda! OMG – twins or what! I liked this pic – till my little niece Izzy said she thought it was 'Auntie Linda and NANA!' Ooer! Thanks to all the lovely comments I had on Facebook about the main pic at the top too – I put it up as my profile pic for a bit! Many saying I should go blonde again. What do you think?
So many people just walked past me or did a double take, it was great fun to go blonde for a night! I'm sure I will go blonde again one day, but for now am really happy with all the lovely colours in my current hairstyle – but I'd like to know your opinions and how your hair colour has changed through the decades!
It was an amazing party – really well organised, bless Rob and his partner – and the highlight was the Operaglitz – visiting singers who put on a lovely cultured show for us all! Here's a little clip.
Ooooo! The scale and everything is so correct! Wow!
So you can imagine what I thought when I saw the next pic. Now this one has even made it to the pages of the tabloids (search it on 'The Sun' website) as so many people were spooked by it. Many couldn't initially see the spooky image somewhere within this seemingly innocuous pic of a lounge!
When I posted it on my Facebook page in the week, a lot of people got it quite fast. Others had to enlarge it to see all of it properly. Others just… couldn't see the spooky bit at all! Which category will you be in? Take a good long look and then leave me a comment at the bottom of the page to say where the image is! To expand the pics on the left, simply click on them to get them in a larger pop-up window and have a good old look!
As I say, I'll ask my lovely web-lady Sally, who does the technical bits, to hold back the posts till Tuesday next week, just so it doesn't give it away too early! (If you do leave a comment, do also tell me your thoughts on the other pointers above!). And if it makes you jump when you eventually do spot it, apologies in advance!
And finally, on such topics, there were lots and lots of absolutely lovely little graphics and slides going round this week too – here's one of my favourites. Thinking about when Donny Osmond had his bad times, and also for a couple of my lovely pals who are going through it a bit at the moment – you know who you are – feeling a bit down, facing up to some challenges, this is for you – and anyone else with similar issues at the moment, along with a nice big hug. It's that time of year, I swear!
We've all had our little moments through the years, some bigger and longer than others, and it always helped me to remember when I was going through mine, that everything happens for a reason, and there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, if you know how to look.
Incidentally, I liked a little article in the week which I read about on AOL – did you see it? - from a nurse, Bronnie Ware, who spoke to people who were looking back on their lives, and asked them what they wished they'd done differently. She compiled an interesting top five :–
– I wish I'd been true to myself
- I wish I hadn't worked so hard
- I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends
- I wish I had let myself be happier
(It's in a book , apparently, which you can Google). What would yours be? It's never too late for any of us! And as Wayne Dyer says – 'don't die with your music still in you'. Lovely sentiments, and food for thought – if you need any inspirations and you're facing some big decisions in your life – can all be found in some of the many sayings and books and CDs and self-help courses available – don't suffer alone! And remember – there's always someone online you can talk to if you'd care to join in our little Facebook community or Twitter!
– Had a fab diamonds show again this week with one of my fave guests! Happy 50th to our lovely diamonds expert Laurie Wickwire for 1st February – hope you had a lovely day! Mine is later this year on May 10th! Am thinking about what to do. Any ideas?
- Update on Valentine's choices as am determined not to be at home this year! Latest is a party with pal Shyama potentially. She mentioned it onTwitter (she's @portfoliowoman) and said, 'I bet £10 we don't meet Mr Right'. I said, 'I bet we don't even meet Mr Right Now'! And @clivehol replied, 'As long as you don't meet Mr Right Now In The Car Park!' hehe! Funny man! Anyway, what will we decide? Where will we go? I'll keep you informed! But maybe not about what happens… lol. One thing's for certain tho' – it won't involv e a car park!
– The dogs who stared at sheep! Thought this would amuse you! On one of our walks this week, we faced an unusual sight, one which the puppies (OK, they're coming up two now, but they're still the puppies to me!) haven't ever yet seen – a flock of sheep. In a field that's always been empty. Thing is, the sheep seemed just as mystified, if the way they all lined up and stared at the dogs, was anything to go by!
(by the way, 'The Men Who Stared at Goats' is NOT one of my Clooney movie recommendations! Give it a wide berth, I'd say! In fact anything with Ewan McGregor trying to talk in an American accent!)
But talking of such animals, since my allergy testing, I have been very much enjoying the goats' milk instead of cows' – much better for a less bloated tummy. Am back to doing lots of exercise now too, as the race is on to lose the required amount by big birthday in May! Will keep you updated! Have just booked a nice week's macrobiotic cooking workshop in Scotland in April, and a raw food session in a few weeks' time. All good stuff, and you know how I love learning!
- One thing I always take though, no matter what I eat, dates to the days when I was working in the health food industry and interviewing an Oxford professor on omega 3 fish oils. And now there's some interesting news about how it helps unborn children. Click here to find out more!
- And finally – Solo Cougar's Survival Kit #7 – Spanx! Of course! Need I say more? (refer to my previous couple of blogs to find out more!) We do Spanx and Slim 'N' Lift – and I have lots of both. One of my fave new ones – which I wear all the time! – is the Aire. I do like the rubberised bit inside the top – keeps them in place under your bra! Look out for the new leopard print ones too! Hehe! Just what every Cougar should have to maybe one day not be solo! (or else to put them off for life depending on the model you choose to wear! Lol).
WATCH – got a lovely one this week for you – real feel good factor. It's on DVD as I've not been to cinema ('W.E.' is not on locally yet, and didn't manage to get to 'J Edgar' before blog deadline!). But I'm glad I managed to see 'Love and Other Drugs'.
It starts off in a fairly predictable way – so much so that I nearly didn't bother going back to it but am so glad I did get past the first fifteen minutes. Jake Gyllenhall is fast becoming one of my faves on film – 'Source Code' being his defining movie so far, and you can always trust Anne Hathaway for a good solid performance filled with depth. ('One Day' being the last film I saw her in which is also out on DVD this week – see my previous review in the summer).
This story is a real mish mash of unpredictability, with a very funny supporting cast, but at the heart of it all is a love story and a good looking guy's journey towards liking himself. Loved it, 'specially the coach scene near the end – essence of Bridget Jones' ending, and that's never a bad thing! A good 8.25 out of ten (lost a bit for the set-piece beginning) but well worth seeing if you want another lovely slushy feel good film!
At least I'm getting my happy endings on celluloid eh, even if it's not in real life! So far…
But there's always hope – Valentine's Day is not far away! Not that it's been a meaningful event for most of the 11 years since my divorce, but I never give up hope! Lol… Just need a nice Clooney-alike, a Gyllenhall-esque, or a Donny-ish type – if you know of one, send him my way! Hehe! Anyway enjoy this clip!
EAT – soup! Loads of it! Just made my first soup in the fabbie Ultimate Pot from Kuhn Rikon! Wow – soooo tasty! Just a load of left-over veg, plus a bit of stock. Am well impressed with myself. Going on a health kick from now on, following Slobby Christmas and Lazy January, it's a welcome relief! Also loving the chunky soups from Marks 'n' Sparks, or Covent Garden soup company, or good old Pea 'n' Ham from Diet Chef! All good stuff.
QVC – well with the weather brass monkeys, and the ground hard as rock, how lovely to be able to look forward to a brilliant gardening focus this weekend. Join me if you can for a new show – a two-hour special of Thompson & Morgan on Saturday 4th February at 10pm. From flowers like these Big Brother Lilies – how appropriate for me! To fruits and veg and even garden implements. And I do like me imp lements! Lol. And don't forget that Liz Earle TSV!
On Sunday it's a big Best of British event, with more gardening with our lovely Richard Jackson.
Plus a Dyson Today's Special Value – should be a big one… even tho' it's actually a small one… if you get my drift!
Monday sees a new celebration piece from Diamonique - the 60-facet Jubilee ring. And my first Gatineau show for ages with lovely Andrew.
And finally – 'this week I are mostly been using' the Babyliss Big hair styler. As these pictures show, I can transform my almost-dry hair to a TV-standard within a few minutes with this ingenious device, which I genuinely use most days before I go on air, whether it's just to volumise my fringe, or to give it an overall revamp. Hot air blows through the bristle brush, which turns as it sets your curls. Highly recommended by me – just take some time to get used to how it spins, and you might find – like I do – that it saves you lots of time and effort!
Anyway, that’s it from me for another week! Don't forget to leave your comment below! It will appear next week (around Tuesday 8th) if its a guess about my fancy dress or about the spooky pic! Look forward to hearing from you!