HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO YOU!

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Ali with her mumI 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.

SnowdropsAlong 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.

Ali and Colin at the Comedy ClubWe 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! )

Three dresses to choose fromWill 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

32 Comments

  1. Mrs Janet Jones February 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali , so glad to hear your arm is improving and you won’t need to wear the bandages for much longer. Also relieved for you that everything was fine at your checkup. You have been going through it lately. What a lovely surprise for you today in the kitchen, flowers champagne and chocs, Colin is really looking after you, well deserved. Sounds to me like you need to have a holiday to get a way from it all, any plans?
    We are off to see the Lion King on Saturday and will see my son and his girlfriend in the afternoon to help with a few things (depending or not if baby decides to make an appearance, such anticipation!!)
    Colin is such a romantic, enjoy your romantic getaway ,you will look fab in all dresses but my guess is you choose the lacy black dress in the middle. Have fun and take good care, speak soon love Janet xx

  2. Norma Smithson February 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, What a smashing blog, should be used to it as you write some cracking pieces. Lovely pic of you and your Mum, and as you say who but a mum would come armed with presents, glad she liked the house it really does look so cosy and comfortable, just how a home should be. You’ll have to watch your fuel Ali, there seems to be a spate of people coming and syphoning off the oil, I suppose it’s the state of the country at the moment. How romantic that man of yours is, whisking you away like that and all the treats at home as well. We are away for the weekend too, visiting friends and then attending a Gala Dinner and Ball, like you I shall be wearing a sleeved dress, different reason though Ali, as you know I am over sevety and over the last eighteen months have lost four stone in weight and at my age the skin won’t firm up but never mind I feel so much fitter without the weight. Glad that your arm is responding to the nurses massage and getting it’s shape back, you’ll have to make sure you keep your eye on it. Hope you and Colin have a wonderful time,I don’t think there’s a chance that that won’t happen, my love to you both Norma xx

  3. Joanna Downey February 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, Your blogs cover so many aspects of life from a fast-emptying gas tank to a romantic stay in a country house hotel and we love them. I think your wall of hearts looks wonderful, it’s my favourite image and I too have them on door handles and in other forms all over the house. Your mum is the latest person to like your new home so it was obviously the right choice but it’s always good to get others opinions. I’m pleased to hear that your arm is being more co-operative, I saw you on an Easiyo show and you dealt with spoons and yogurt very well, there are many who would have had it in their hair and on the floor. If I was to choose one of your dresses I’d opt for the one in the middle and talking of dresses thank you for the offer of your outfit from Lucy’s wedding, if I was size 10 I’d leap at the chance, however, as a size 12 it would be a leap too far! I’m demob happy as I’ve finished school for the half term holiday and apart from a day in Cheltenham with Ellie I don’t have any definite plans – a heady kind of freedom from routine. Love from Jo x

  4. BabsQ February 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali It’s hard to choose which dress you chose but i will say the brown one on the left with the cross over front.Lovely pics of you and your mum and you and Colin also the snowdrops look lovely, i love snowdrops but i can’t grow them in my garden, ma’b because the land is clay.I must say you are coping with your poorly arm very well, it was my left wrist i broke and am right handed and i really struggled. It was my great grandson’s 8th birthday on monday so after school we all went to Pizza Hut.The school breaks up tomorrow, friday, so next week he is having some friends to stay over night. In 2weeks time it is my mum’s 99th birthday so we’ll be celebrating that, apart from arthritis she is great, does’even look her age. I watched you the night you were presenting Esiyo and at the end the camera showed you walking off with the other presenter behind you, sorry i,ve forgotten her name, and you looked so funny, i thought you looked like a comedy act. Strange weather here, one minute it is snowing next it has melted and sunshine. Thank goodness you have your gas sorted. Take care, stay well.Love to you,Colin and your family. BabsQ xxxx

  5. Claire Downing February 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, firstly so pleased things seem to be on track with your poorly arm, fingers crossed (pardon the pun hehe) it will not be long until it’s back to normal.
    How lovely your mum looks, a mum is someone who is so special, I am blessed to still have my mum, she is 88 this year, I have just taken her out today and loved every minute of our time, they are very precious.
    How romantic to be taken to the same Hotel, that is so lovely.
    As for the dress, well, they are all lovely and it is very difficult but I am going for the lace one. Wonder if I am right :-) Have a wonderful time. Take care xx
    Claire xx

  6. mary February 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Happy valentines day to you and I hope you have been spoiled rotten…I found the card my husband bought in asda on Sunday on Monday morning, unwritten and in the microwave! Of course it was my fault I found it, how silly of me to use the microwave that morning to make my porridge like I do every morning. Hubby is out at some real ale fest tonight and I am watching Crime watch in bed…who said romance was dead!
    I am so glad you enjoyed my marmalade bread and butter pud recipe with whiskey of course. You must try the chocolate pudding recipe that I suggested in my last blog..its on your comments list but you haven’t replied so you may not have read it. Anyhow, the recipe is on Kathy T’s blog under food but if you are going to do it in your morphy Richards slow cooker double the recipe. I also added some choc chunks and a couple of eggs to the sponge as I felt it made it a little lighter. I made it Sunday …I always make a proper pud for Sunday lunch ( actually its more like dinner as we eat at 6 pm as my daughter has cricket in the afternoon and I am normally cooking and watching the repeat of Africa on BBC and usually sobbing over the veg as an elephant has died or a baby bird is being ignored by it’s mum!) Anyway, we had it with a little cream…absolutely delicious and went down well.
    I don’t work friday so my half term has started tonight..decorating my daughters room then catching up with my friends who all seem to work in schools. One thing is for sure, my son will go to school with a smile tomorrow knowing he can stay in his ‘pit’ on Monday morning. He has had mock GCSE’s this week so he has been rather highly strung. He has been trying to revise all week which is a first but the boy next door is learning the trumpet ( comb and paper would have been more to my liking) and been blowing very loudly and seemingly putting in extra practise this week. …we have been trying to guess the tune…finally worked it out tonight, its Star Wars!
    Have a lovely romantic break Ali. I liked the brown dress best. Also hope the arm is nearly back to normal soon oh and I loved you doing the Zumba with Craig and otger guest on Saturday.Hilarious…surely anything goes must be up for a bAFTA for Best Entertainment programme… love Mary xx

  7. Jill Foster February 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    And a very Happy Evening to you and Colin Ali – I am sure no matter which dress you wear this evening you will look your usual stunning self. What romantic fun to go back to the same room you stayed in so many years ago – and how sweet of Colin to arrange it all – what a man you have!! So that’s why you are always smiling!! Lovely to see your mum also and that you are both looking so good – yes, you have the bandage on your arm but it won’t be for long now and as much of a pain as it is you will manage to deal with it because you have dealt with so very much over the last months and come out the other end with that smile on your face.I was interested to read one of our ladies here has had problems with the line in her arm and has had a blood clot – the same as my daughter and she has to have the blood thinning injections until the end of the chemo and will then go on tablets for 6 months. Her line is in the neck now (it could go there as her veins (so she has been told – are perfect) and she wished it had been put there from the start as it is much easier to deal with. Perhaps a thought for anyone else who has problems with the line in the arm. My daughter is feeling good at the moment. She cannot walk as far as she used to but is getting out and about and next week will be number 5 and then one more to go and from that onwards and upwards. Not sure where the last months have gone!!! I will update as we go along but hopefully we will all soon hear that your arm will have improved more within the next week or two. Lots of love to you Jilly xxx

  8. Denise February 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Glad to hear your arm is on the mend and that the check up results were good. Lovely to hear about your mums visit. I love snowdrops – such a pretty flower. We have a lot in our garden they always remind me of the time of year my son was born and also that spring is around the corner. My mum too was always better at arranging flowers than I could ever be – they just seem to have the knack don’t they? Re the dresses I like the brown one on the left but you will look fab in any of them I’m sure. Colin certainly came up trumps for Valentines – how romantic. I hope you enjoyed the night away. As for us well I decided not to go to my Zumba class after all. Nothing serious but just having one of those weeks where my energy seems to have gone AWOL! So we had a lovely meal at home courtesy of good old M&S. Hubby bought me a pretty arrangement of red and purple tulips and met me in the daytime for coffee and cake at a nearby coffee shop. It felt a bit like a date! He also announced that he has booked a short break for us to Amsterdam in a couple of weeks time as he needs a bit of a break from work – woohoo! So something to look forward to. With this in mind I ordered a couple of items from this mornings Kipling show with Kathy that I will be taking with me – can’t wait for them to arrive. Card taking a bashing today as ordered some Birkies too but might have to wait a while before I can get my toes out!!
    Take care
    Love Denise xx

  9. Lin February 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    your comments always inspire me, you are so positive it is always a delight to read your comments. Hope you had a lovely evening and the dress well my thoughts are the black and white one on the end so stunning.

  10. Elaine sallis February 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali
    What a lovely blog,you make me feel as though you are sitting with me having a chat. Glad to hear you arm is getting better. What a lovely picture of you and your mum. Colin is very romantic isn’t he but no one deserves to be spoiled more than you. Geoff and I have been married for thirty three years and he still cooked for me on valentines day and bought me flowers I too am very lucky. Adam will be 32 on Monday , where does the time go? Molly got her first tooth this week and Cali had her first visit from the tooth fairy so quite a momentous week.
    Hope you had a lovely break in the country.
    Lots of love Elaine x

  11. Sue Radford February 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Really glad your arm is starting to feel much better, and hope it will soon be back to normal.
    Lovely photo’s! Love the one with your Mum, and the background wall is so attractive – I love hearts! Talking about hearts, glad you were treated to a special Valentines Day. Ali, Do you still have the little angel I sent you? I’ve made over a hundred now and everyone seems to love them.
    By the way, I really like the cream dress, but that’s because I like wearing light/bright colours during winter as well as summer. I very rarely wear black, and if I do, I always wear something very bright with it. I’ve always loved very bright colours and the older I get the more I seem to love them. Thanks for suggesting products for frizzy hair problems, will definitely give them a try next time.
    You’re a great cook Ali, and your delicious recipes always make my mouth water. Cooking is something I’ve never enjoyed – thank goodness for M&S lol!!!
    I’m sure you must be settled into your lovely new home by now, despite the little mishaps!
    I hope your children are keeping well.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  12. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen February 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    enjoy your weekend away alsion.hope your children are well.iam having anice lazy 2weeks holidayf rom work off just being lazy.

  13. Sue Jennings February 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali….lovely blog as usual…….great to see you and your Mum looking so well and I’m glad your arm is starting to get better. .. and how romantic is Colin ? such a great guy, although i must say that my Brian did arrive home with the M n S dine in for 2 Valentines meal which was delicious …..what a mixed bag of weather we have had this week as you say snow, which was blizzard like here but it went as quick as it came without any disruption which was good..then on Saturday morning we had had a hard frost so it was de icer and scraper time once again….I can’t wait to put all those things away until much later in the year..today was very Springlike with a chilly bite and my friend went to Dunham Massey for the day and put some fab photos on her Facebook page snowdrops as far as the eye could see and the deer roaming around happy as larry in the sunshine…it really does make me impatient for the beautiful Spring months waiting just around the corner….our trip to New York is now only 10 days away and as at 12 noon today it is minus 2 …..I will definitely be wearing my Emu boots throughout our stay….I hope you enjoy your romantic weekend away and my choice would have been at he black lace dress but you will look amazing in whichever one you choose…Take very good care Ali..
    Sending much love
    Sue Jennings

  14. Ray Dyer February 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    When I saw you on Kim & Co ( I’m a big fan and was invited to her anniversary show a few years ago)
    I guessed you were having the same treatment for your arm as I had 12 years ago, I had all the Lymph nodes removed from under my left arm. The bandages packed with foam were removed every 2 days and after a special massage, replaced. This went on for 2 weeks but the good news is IT WORKED and I HAVEN’T WORN A SLEEVE SINCE. It’s recommended to wear one if you are gardening or doing DIY. I did the special arm exercises, I think it was 3 times a day or more, which was a lot less aggravating than wearing a sleeve. I had my treatment at the Haven Breast Cancer Centre in Fulham, a wonderful place. I thought you might like to know of someone who has had the same arm treatment you are having and it was asucess.
    I was diagnosed 14 years ago and after 2 operations and Radiotherapy and Tamoxafen & Arimidex for 5 years I was well until Easter last year,2012, when i found a lump under the same arm. Now after 2 operations, scans and blood tests I’m on Letrozole with my fingers crossed.
    I wish you well with your arm, I sure it will be fine
    Keep well
    Ray

  15. PAULA JOY WILLIAMS February 19, 2013 at 4:40 am -  Reply

    hi Ali so sorry about your arm and operations.I’ve been out of the loop for a while due to family health problems.Dad with alzheimers and thyroid trouble. he’s fine most of time and he flashes into a rage over bills and lights. We have a good support network from GP and friends and family.
    It must be very emotional for you we’re all with you every step of the way. I’ve organised lots for charity sending all my love
    Paula Joy

  16. alison keenan February 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, Any news?! :) I do hope you enjoyed the Lion King and that your grandchild isn’t far off arriving! Yes I was very relieved to get those results and having all those fabulous treats and spoileys from Colin made the week :) You take care and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  17. alison keenan February 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Norma, I have to say I too really liked the picture of mum and me – Joe did really well with my Iphone cos it’s pretty small and he’s used to a ‘normal’ camera! How was your weekend away? It sounded fabulous, and I have to congratulate you on losing such a spectacular amount of weight! That’s amazing, and with the right clothes on you don’t have to give a second thought to lose skin :) I’m sure you looked amazing. We’ve actually got Liquid Propane here, but thanks for the tip about it being syphoned off! The tank’s pretty well hidden from the road though, so we should be OK. Bandage off and sleeve on now… hoping it will continue to get smaller. Thanks for writing, and enjoy the sunshine! :Love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan February 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jo and thanks for your comments – glad you liked my wall of hearts – Kathy Tayler actually bought two of them, Lucy made one, and the others are from my sister and friends. Yes, it has been a bit of a struggle having to use my left arm for everything, but I’ve got quite used to it, although sleeping with the heavy bandaging has been difficult – that and the hot flushes! :) Still, mustn’t grumble as it’s off now and only one more massage and session to go. I do hope you have the sunshine to enjoy this half term break, and that your day in Cheltenham with Ellie will be fun. Take it easy, love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan February 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Babs, good to hear from you and I’m glad you enjoyed the EasiYo show – I love working with Jilly – she does such fabulous things in the prep kitchen and I get the chance to eat them! Sounds like birthday cake will have been on the menu for you after your grandson and mum’s birthdays! 99 years old, that’s amazing! I hope you will all have a memorable time. Bright sunshine here and I’m about to head into work as so many presenters off sick we’re having to cover! You take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan February 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Claire, thank you for your lovely comment and for making the choice of dress…. All will be revealed in my next blog – although in truth the photo that was taken was so dark i could have been wearing anything! We did have a wonderful time though, and I felt truly spoiled. I hope you were too :) Love Ali x

  21. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Mary firstly thanks so much for the photos – they’re beautiful. I can see why you love living there so much. Must make note to self to visit again after all these years :) You did make me laugh about your Valentine’s day… although I hope you are spoiled in other ways by your husband, cos it sounds as though you are forever caring for everyone else in the family! I will def try the chocolate pud recipe – might put Bailey’s in by way of a change but will use my slow cooker (love it) and let you know how I get on. I’ve got my fingers crossed for your son and his mock GCSE’s, and hope that your trumpet player changes his tune – in more ways than one!! Will let you know which dress I wore, but clearly you are a women after my own heart :) Will be seeking out my BAFTA nomination with Craig… working on acceptance speech already! Love to you, me xx

  22. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, always good to hear from you and to learn how your daughter is doing. I am sorry that she had the problem with her line, and altho she has to stay on the blood thinners for a while it’s keeping her safe. I’m glad she sounds so positive and now that the weather is better it will do her the world of good to get out there and enjoy the fresh air :) I was so lucky having the portocath, it saved my veins and the scar has almost gone now…. please give her my very best, and I’ll be thinking of her.. This is her penultimate treatment – she’s almost there! I am sure this has been a worrying time for you too, and as her mum we just want to make it better… your support and love will have done just that I am certain. Bit disappointed with the arm which seems to have ballooned up now the bandage is off, but hopefully one more massage session and a properly measured sleeve will work. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  23. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Denise, so glad that you had a happy Valentines Day! I am loving the idea of meeting up for coffee in the middle of a working day – the anticipation of the evening is there then :) Sounds like he made it special what with the tulips, meal and planned trip to Amsterdam! My son Jack spent his birthday there and had a ball! Good idea to start gathering clothes now – you will seriously LOVE the TSV tonight from Centigrade – I’m having the black one. It would be perfect for Spring travel. You take care and thanks for writing – oh and I’ll let you know re the dress in my next blog. Love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Lin, that is a very kind thing of you to say, and I really enjoy working on the blog and hearing from you all :) The black and white dress is my most recent purchase, but I will let you know when next I write. We had a wonderful evening, thank you, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    That’s the idea Elaine! So glad it’s working as that’s how I feel when I read up on all your news too :) Your Geoff sounds like a lovely soul – 33 years in and he’s still cooking a Valentine’s supper for you and bought flowers! Fabulous! I hope Adam’s 32nd birthday went well on Monday, and that Cali was happy with the tooth fairy’s gift! Is Molly’s tooth on the bottom gum? We used to call them ‘pickle stabbers’ :) I hope you’re well and not rushing around too much, love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Sue I do indeed have the little angel you sent me – she lives on my bureau and makes me smile. I am sure everyone whom you’ve given an angel too feels the same – you are incredibly kind, thank you. I think you’re right about wearing all black – a splash of colour makes such a difference – even if it’s shoes or stockings in a contrasting shade. Good luck with the hair products – just about the slather on a hair mask before work tonight – I think I may have to give in and finally get it trimmed – after 18 months regrowth :) I hope all is good with you, and thanks for always keeping in touch – it means a lot, love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Martin I am delighted to hear that you have given yourself a couple of weeks off to do absolutely nothing!! I hope very much that you enjoyed the sunshine we had over the last few days, and are making the best of not having to get into work. Love Ali xx

  28. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, Delighted that your Brian not only stepped up to the plate on Valentine’s Day, but filled it with food too!! I think these Dine In meals are a cracking idea, and as you’ll have read, several people had a special night because of them :) Only 7 days until you are in New York eh? I can’t remember if you’ve been there before, but definitely take your Emu boots and any of the warmer Centigrade coats you might own! I hope you have a fabulous time, and will look forward to hearing about it when you’re home :) Thanks for your choice of dress – will let you know in my new blog! Love to you, Ali xx

  29. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Ray, so good to hear from you, and I am delighted that the lymphodema bandaging treatment worked for you, and The Haven in Fulham (an absolute sanctuary I know) were able to help you. I am sorry though to hear that all these years later you have had to have more surgery and treatment, and I will keep my fingers crossed and pray that all will be well for you. Unfortunately because of my work and my nurses hours, I haven’t been able to keep up with the massages quite so regularly and although the arm is a lot smaller it is still swollen as is my hand. I am awaiting arrival of the newly measured sleeve though, and am hoping that after my final massage, that will fit well and solve the problem. Please do keep in touch, and stay strong. You’ve fought this for the last 14 years, all good wishes and positivie thoughts to you, love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan February 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Paula Joy, thank you for taking the time to write to me, although I was so sorry to hear about your Dad and his alzheimers. It is such a cruel disease, and having watched a close member of our family battle with it for four years, I know how incredibly hard it is for you and your family. So pleased though that you have support and help – very difficult to cope alone. I am so thankful to you and all those in Ali’s Army who constantly keep in touch… some days it is much harder than others, and waiting for test results, or trying to decide whether something’s worth seeing the consultant about is very emotional as you say. But, reading each week about everyone else’s lives and all they have to cope with puts my lot very firmly into perspective :) You take care and thanks again for writing, love Ali xx

  31. Susan February 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Glad the arm is on its way to giving you less bother! I hope you had a really lovely night with Colin in the hotel. Sounds lovely. Real treat. Gosh we could all do with a Colin!! And to be honest Ali, whatever you wore would be stunning on you!! Very glad you have heating now too…and hot water…I sympathise as we lost it too lol.
    Stay well,
    Love Susan x

  32. alison keenan February 21, 2013 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, and I’m hoping very much that you now have your hot water and heating back on as it’s a tad parky here this morning! Yes Colin and I had a lovely night away, and I felt truly spoiled – photos and choice of dress in my blog which I hope to have posted this afternoon. Thanks for keeping in touch, and have a great weekend, love Ali xx

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