I saw this in my friend's house and sobbed. Instantly, it captured the very essence of what I choose to believe and yesterday as she got in my car and handed me a gift of a wooden block with the very same words on I went again!
SUCH beautiful words and from such a special friend. I wanted to share as I thought it may touch some of you too.
Lovely Paula, who ensures my nails meet the exacting standards of a QVC presenter (well unless I have had to do a touch-up mid manicure!) showed me this on her new diary. Yes she and I both share the need to buy at least three diaries through the year.
Our hope is that when the diary becomes oh so overwhelming (a reflection of the state of our frenetic lives) if we start again, so to speak, we'll be ok and things will seem calmer…it works, momentarily at least!
We have big chats, Paula and I, about lots of things one of which is controlling our mad minds! If that makes me sound loony, then I guess I am!
But learning to control the negativity, quieten down the worrying and turn up the volume switch of good things is something I have tried to do since I first had my Chinese 5 Elements Acupuncture – my miracle treatment is how I feel about it. They're minimal in frequency, but with maximum results for me. I want to ENJOY my life, my family and my work.
This beautiful mesmerising scene…
I photographed this whilst out dog walking with my sister-in-law. It was peaceful, fresh and sunshine filled. It is the most idyllic area and our voices carried with such clarity, this I know as I lost the boys for a while and when I called them it sounded as though they were right beside me.
My next plan for the picture, and don't tell Dan, is to see if it is good enough quality – I only used my I phone. IF it is I shall have it printed into wallpaper and it will be for the back wall of Dan's office (alias current dumping ground). It'll be FAB, I'm excited at the thought.
Sarah Chapman facial tool…
I hasten to add that it is neither a facial tool for a dog…nor a chew…which Master Gus was obviously thinking as you can see. I on the other hand have religiously used it twice a day for the last couple of weeks as I shall be with Sarah for a full hour on Thursday 29th November at 1pm.
I've used and reused (always a good sign) her Overnight Facial and enjoyed her SPF Daily Face Cream previously. However, as I hadn't presented a full hour before I wanted to really know, experience and feel her range more thoroughly, particularly as I know she is so popular when she's on The Beauty Channel.
I shall look forward to chatting with her and therefore with you all about its brilliance, though perhaps I should leave the demonstration to the model!
My daughter – just look at that face, Maddie and the dolphins!
We escaped to the sun, sorry let me rephrase that, we went away to Tenerife and it rained every day, how disappointing to actually have to write that. There I got it out – oh so disappointing as you can totally understand.
We were true Brits and still swam in the rain as luckily it wasn't cold, even in the evenings. Actually, although the weather was quite rubbish we had a lovely time all being together.
Interestingly it's actually when you come back and hit the tarmac running that you realise how MAD it all is and how time restricted we really all are.
It was heaven to just have no time issues, no alarm clocks, no careering around, unless you count the water slides. Yes I succumbed though perhaps a bikini was not the ideal choice!
A lovely lady approached me one morning whilst we were away and asked me if I watched QVC as I was a dead ringer for Claire, the presenter…her face was a picture when I said "It's me!!"
We chatted a little, she was so lovely and in fact I had noticed her too as her son also has Downs Syndrome. He was 45 I think she said and when she and her husband retired he too decided to do the same! Thats the life huh?!
I had been 'people watching' them earlier in the week and enjoying seeing them and in turn it had provoked great conversation between Dan and I about Tom, our son with Downs Syndrome, and how his and our future may be. It's funny to think that all we have and are experiencing with Tom, they have been there and done that.
The children made super friends with a lovely Irish family and it was wonderful to see them developing all their social skills, and apparently kissing skills! Maddie was a first crush for one of the boys so a little kiss on the cheek was exchanged, according to Joe who snitched! Ah how sweet? Do you recall your first crush I wonder? Matthew Sailes for me…
We did however, despite the weather, have a lovely relaxing break. Losing my purse which contained ALL my cards, receipts and special things that are irreplaceable certainly meant the calm serene state I had achieved ( well kind of )was swiftly dashed as I was dealt on our return with the inevitable cancelling of bank cards. I was extremely lucky though that nothing had been used – it's a mystery as to where it has disappeared to.
One other gorgeous thing…
My Mummy….Well we know that but remember my Daddy died when he was 40 and she was 39? WELL, there's a new man in her life!! And it's wonderful to see her sparkly and joyful – NOW THAT'S GORGEOUS,
Have a Gorgeous Day,