So, rewind to the last blog…
Full of Christmas cheer, singing carols to myself and gaily meandering to CHRISTMAS…well, it all went pear shaped! All I can say is even Maddie said "This has been a rubbish Christmas" …devastated!
After all the preparation, the trip to Lapland, the excitement of knowing she did have in her stocking from Father Christmas the correctly coloured Furbie (yes, I know that sounds familiar to those of you around my age21, but these days this new breed are controlled by an app wouldn't you know!). I must explain that Maddie ISN'T a spoilt brat just disappointed, as we all were, that the entire Christmas and New Year was blighted by GERMS and lots and lots of them.
Basically before Christmas I felt somewhat trapped as either I was ill or a child was, therefore off school and at home. That said there was, (I admitted a tad smugly to Dan, maybe the smugness was my downfall?!) a fantastic chance that for once we were going to ease into the Christmas celebrations smoothly and without panic and stress. Due to the enforced stay at home I had managed to wrap all the presents AND managed to fit in the huge food shop one evening after work.
Oh she who spoke too soon… it all went horribly wrong!
Dan bent to pick up a spoon and put his back out – it's just awful seeing a big strong man in such pain. Luckily my Chiropractor took pity on me and came straight to the house to see Dan and again on Christmas Eve and managed to get him upright and mobile…ish!
Meanwhile I had been struck down with the 2nd version of a virus and was basically useless to all. The children were a tad feral and didn't see a hairbrush, nor a shower and lived in onesie heaven for too many days as a result, but oh when I think of how sweet they were looking after themselves and us it makes me feel tearful. Maddie particularly was fantastic, so kind and caring, she really made me proud.
We did manage to have a Christmas Day of sorts, fuelled by drugs and had our nearest and dearest with us. Here's about the one and only photograph taken that day which is shareable, call me vain but believe me there is not looking great and really not looking great!
Here you can see my gorgeous goddaughter Helena next to Maddie, her sister Bryony and my soul sister, as we call each other, Manda all in matching Christmas pink PJs. Not long after this was taken I crashed and hit the mattress, not to re-emerge for days. I even had to cancel my Mummy and Arnold's visit and Maddie's lovely godfathers, it was that rubbish!
Still, that was then and here I am back on your screens again. May I just say a huge thank you to our wonderful scheduler Rox and all my super fellow presenters who covered all my hours at QVC. You are ALL lovely.
New Year clear-up
So, I was back at QVC this week and as with each New Year I find that the urge to cleanse and clear overtakes me. The playroom is my current mission, and as the children are growing I thought a sort out of broken toys was a good and therapeutic idea.
Well, Tom' s secret is out – check the photo of his stash of "stolen" chocolate wrappers hidden behind the unit I've just moved into Joe's bedroom.
What a cheeky thief! I'm onto you Master Tom. I suspect you're even more of a chocolate fiend than my lovely roomy Miss Debbie Greenwood, although I heard she's taken delivery of SlimBe that Christine Hamilton has been showing us on air.
It's the sachet you take prior to eating which makes you feel full therefore less likely to overeat so we shall see if the SlimBe lessens the need for CHOCOLATE! Not sure anything would lesson Tom's need for chocolate!
A poorly pup
Unfortunately mission playroom went on hold as I have had to put my Vax carpet cleaner from QVC into action. Poor Gus is a poorly pup and let's just say my 10 year old pale green rug was in a sorry state.
Why is it that animals gravitate to a rug to throw up on, and not the easy to clean hard floors which make up 90% of my floor coverings downstairs?
I can now pronounce that thanks to Vax I have a hygienic rug I can be proud of again, though you have to laugh three minutes after I had finished cleaning it, Gus threw up a further four times! And not in the sick bowl funnily enough that I had provided!
So a trip to the vet was my next step – an anti-sickness injection, a thermometer where thermometers should NOT go, antibiotics and special gentle food and a £77-lighter bank account. I was worried he had caught all the viruses we humans had had, but apparently they have their own versions.
I am pleased to report though that (sssssshhhh) so far so good, he is improving, perky and the small food intake he has had, has stayed in! We even had a lovely fresh air walk, me in my new glam wellies and hat that I received for Christmas and my super snugly Centigrade coat.
A dad from school stopped me to say he wanted to take a picture of me and send it in to Tatler as he thought I cut a dash in all my finery! Centigrade in Tatler, how über cool would that be? I'm actually on at 1pm on Monday with Centigrade, so if this cold germ killing snap leaves you wanting/needing/wanting a new coat, I can highly recommend you tune in. I shan't be sporting my wellies on air though!
A girly gather for friends birthday celebrations is on the agenda this weekend plus the gorgeous Miss Keenan has organised a gathering of the Kathy, Debbie et moi variety at her new home. She's such a brilliant cook, hostess and all round superstar. I'm sure there will be evidence of our debauchery on one of our blogs and as I missed the knees up called "The Presenters Christmas Lunch" due to those pesky germs, I cannot wait!
Replies to my lovely followers
But before I scoot I must just reply succinctly (ha ha) as my replies went awry from my previous blog,
So to Sylvia, Martin and Steven a Happy New Year to you.
To Usma, the cardigan capelet I wore on my EMU show was M&S. Kathleen, we too were at Enontekio on the 8th, were you?
To Teresa, did you see the Northern Lights? What a super special way to celebrate for your 50th. I booked with Canterbury Travels and went to Enontekio, as it transpires did Kathleen.
To Shelley and Mary, I'm so glad the memories flooded back for you, I hope for me too in years to come. I'm so pleased Shelley that your daughter held it in!
Susan, hope your "dose" so to speak, was shorter lived than mine and PaulaJoy I'm glad Bolton's still rocking!
I shall head off for now, sausages to cook – Green Seasons none the less!
So lots of love to you all and my wishes for a calm, happy and healthy 2013 for us all.
P.S. for the tweeters amongst you (can't believe I am writing this, it comes to us all!), you can catch up with me and the off screen action. @clairesuttonqvc is where you will find me! x