I hope that whether you're with someone or not, you know that you are loved Bless you for your kindness and concern re my mighty right arm! It certainly is a leveller though reading about what some of YOU have either had to deal with, or are currently coping with – you're amazing
I'm glad to tell you that it is indeed reducing down in size and with only two more bandaging sessions to go, this Sunday should be the last time I have to stand sideways throughout my shows at QVC!
Well, inbetween visits to the nurse and learning how to eat with my left hand, we had my mum and Joe to stay. It's the first time she's been to the house, and she loved it, which cheered me no end.
Along with a bunch of snowdrops from her garden (who else could arrange them like this?!), blackberries she had picked from their allotment (frozen – in the freezer not because of the weather!), she and Joe brought us three blueberry bushes for the garden. They are seasonal and we should (if I look after them properly) have blueberries in the spring, summer and autumn too – perfect to go on my Easiyo yoghurt!
For supper that night I made Chicken Kdra from a Morrocan cookbook that mum had given to me for Christmas and the bread and butter pudding recipe that I think Sue sent to me and included the marmalade and whisky!! Delicious!
While mum was with us, we decided to investigate the Calor Gas tank that is responsible for the heating and hot water… I say we, it was actually Colin and Joe who headed into the rather overgrown area behind the fence and peered into the tank… not good… 6% remaining and no deliveries until Sunday!
Thursday night was fine, but when I rubbed the frost off my nose and headed downstairs on Friday morning we'd run out I headed into work and showered there, and Colin went to see his son Joe, but we had invited Sam, Jack and Hana for brunch on Saturday and with no gas, I thought it might be cereals for all!
But I had forgotten that this super duper range thing that I've inherited is part gas, part electric, and so I cooked my sausages and bacon in the oven and everything else in the microwave! Blow heater and oven on in the kitchen meant we were cosy, but as the temperature outside plummeted and the snow started to fall we decided to check into a Holiday Inn Express and make the best of their heating and hot water.
We were meeting up with Colin's family anyway to celebrate his son Dan's 29th birthday and so it meant we didn't have to worry about driving home late either. We went to the Comedy Club and had an absolute hoot – a great night and lovely to spend time with the children too.
Our Calor Gas delivery was made first thing the next morning and so all was well, and we now have a system set up which means they will automatically deliver it when we have just a quarter of a tank left. It's some clever radio activated signal thing, although personally I think it's someone with wellingtons and a dipstick who checks it out at night while we're sleeping…
Talking of sleep I was awoken from my slumber by sunlight through the curtains – who'd have thought! As Colin was still sleeping I snuck downstairs to get him a cup of tea to go with his Valentine card and pressie, and found a huge bunch of roses, pink champagne and some chocs in the kitchen! (at least I think they were for me! )
Will have to sign off now though 'cos I am rushing to get this sent to my editor as Colin is whisking me away to the same Country Hotel he took me to six years ago, and has booked the same room… aaaaah
It's very swish, and I'm not sure what to wear, but thought I'd show you the three dresses that are in the running… and let you guess which one will be gracing the elegant eatery tonight – I don't know either at this point in time, but they're all jersey and have sleeves so I can hide my bandage I hope I make the right choice, and will look forward to hearing which one you think it should have been!
Enjoy the rest of your week and your weekend, and as always I'll look forward very much to hearing from you, with my love, Ali xxxx