My final post of the year!

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With only five sleeps to go before the big day, I’m experiencing a mild sense of panic, especially as it’s midday, I’m still in my pyjamas and have yet to post my Christmas cards! That said, we have the tree up and decorated, and most of the presents wrapped, so I’m making some kind of headway! As promised, here’s a photo of our spruce, although to be completely honest it looks identical to the photos I’ve posted for the last five years since we moved here!

Having mentioned on air about the Christmas decorations my Aunty Hilda knitted for us years ago, I thought you may like to see them! Lovely aren’t they? I’m going to gift one to Honey this year so she can keep it as something special.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and for letting me know about your Christmas plans and with whom you’re going to spend the holidays. We’ve had a couple of years where it’s been a logistical nightmare and amounted to a fair bit of time in the car, but this year most of the family will be coming to us.

We’ve reinstated our Christmas Eve party with mine and Colin’s children and their partners, and they’ve requested ‘picky bits’ to eat, which basically means gammon, cold meats, cheese, and anything else I have in the house. They’re great to cater for because they literally hoover everything up and there’s never any waste.

I cook my gammon in the slow cooker with Muscavado sugar and it always goes down a storm! I know Nigella Lawson has her own version of gammon using coca cola, and there’s even one with ginger ale apparently, but this is a family favourite so I tend to stick with it. Christmas Day will then be with my Sam, Jack, Lucy and little Honey – I can’t wait to share her excitement on the day, and am hoping that she will be well clear of her cold by then. Poor little mite was full of it when we visited last weekend, but was incredibly cheery in spite of it. Grandad read stories to her and we played with her sticker books. She gave me this lovely cuddle while we were watching The Grinch.

We had a night out in Witney with our friends Adam and Jo, which involved an enormous buffet and several gins! I was definitely feeling a little Ho Ho Ho when this picture was taken!

Jo and Simon came and watched the Strictly Come Dancing final with us, which was fun, and we exchanged presents with Roz and Chris on Monday in Basingstoke. We’re going to be seeing my mum and my sister on the 23rd to share a mince pie or two and hand over our parcels. It’s been full steam ahead at work too in the interim, and I really enjoyed the Joules fashion as well as the last of my Diamonique shows before the New Year. Thanks so much for all your support with that – it’s great to have so many of you tweeting in and being part of the show – here’s to more fabulous designs in 2018!

Yesterday was our presenter lunch – well one of them – and it was lovely to catch up with Dale, Simon, Miceal, Alex, Katy and our boss Mike.

I’ve just got back from seeing the consultant and was more than a little upset to know that my shoulder is now officially ‘frozen’. He’s had to whack a huge steroid injection in there and I’m going to try and get physio between now and New Year to help regain the movement. Thankfully I’m with Rachael Ellis tonight at midnight, who is very adept with her hands and will be setting up our fab Liveclever Heated Clothes Airer, which comes with a cover! Ingenious!

It’s got seven hours on the timer and three different heats, but with the additional cover it means the clothes dry even faster, and you don’t have to move them around on the heated elements. Seriously, if you’ve not tried one of these I would highly recommend it. So many of the fashion brands we sell are made of fabrics that you can’t put in the tumble drier, so this is invaluable. Radiators aren’t ideal as they steam up the room, and running a drier is incredibly expensive. I’ve got one for my niece Emily as she has so much washing with baby Noah and they live in a top floor flat. I know she’ll get loads of use out of it.

Something else that has brought a huge amount of pleasure to me this year, but for a different reason, is the bird table that Colin bought for me last Christmas.  We’ve had so many birds in the garden this year, so different, yet all loving Richard Jackson’s Bird Food.  Robins, chaffinches, woodpeckers, wrens, starlings, and blue tits to name but a few. I remember thinking I’d never get through the 14kg bag, but I’m regularly replenishing my supply.  You don’t need a table as you can attract ground-feeding birds too with it.  Richard has a Today’s Special Value coming up on the 6th January next year, so I’ve definitely got dibs on that one!

Well I’m going to sign off now, but thank you again for all your support, kindness, communication and caring this year. This blog means so much to me, as do you, and this window into your world is very much a part of my life now. It’s not been the easiest of years for a number of us, and so I pray that 2018 will be kinder. Stay well, stay happy and stay in touch. Wishing you a really Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring you all that makes you happiest.

With my love,

Ali xxx

51 Comments

  1. Diane December 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Poor you Ali after all you have been through…frozen shoulder is the worst agony & having suffered with it myself I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, perhaps Honey could give more cuddles to make it better, I wish you all the best.
    Your gammon sounds delicious, have a wonderful Christmas & a happy & healthy New Year. X

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year Diane and thank you for your kind words. I think my cuddles with Honey and the steroid injection are paying off as my shoulder has definitely loosened. I hope you enjoyed Christmas and will keep in touch here on the blog, love Ali x

  2. Christine December 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. X

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

      Christine, the same to you and your family too! Thanks for thinking of me. Love Ali xx

  3. marie December 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali sorry about your frozen shoulder but you have faced worse. I hope you and your family have a wonderful christmas and lets hope 2018 is a better year than 2017 for all of us. Your blogs are inspirational to those of us facing our own challenges. Lots of love from Marie xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Marie, Thank you so much for your kind words – I’m sorry that life has proved challenging to you but I very much hope that this New Year may be easier. Thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  4. Loraine Plumb December 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison nice to hear from you again sorry about your shoulder not what you wanted to hear I go back to the hospital Friday 22nd to see how I’m getting on cant believe today the 20th I twisted my ankle just walking in the bedroom made me feel really faint so I have a support on it nightmare. Hope you and your family have a great Xmas we are at Clare and Geoff’s and like you can’t wait to see Willa open her presents .I noticed on visited Basingstoke we go regularly shopping there when staying with my sister in law I was born in overton which is seven miles from there so know it well it’s where we lived when our children were small before we moved to ringwood . Well no hope you stay free of germs Les has got a cold at the moment so hope it doesn’t spread Willa has just got over hers always this time of year anyway take care and happy 2018 to you all see you on the other side love Loraine xxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Loraine, so sorry to hear about your ankle – very painful! I hope that when you went back to the hospital they were able to help you? I hope also that you enjoyed your Christmas with Clare and Geoff and Willa and that Les got over his cold without spreading it to any of you! The pub we went to was just outside the village of Dummer, and very picturesque. Handy to have somewhere we can meet halfway too. Wishing you and the whole family a very Happy New Year, and please do keep in touch here on the blog, love Ali x

  5. Yvonne December 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Alison, wishing you and all your family a lovely Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018. Hope Santa is good to all of you xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

      Dear Yvonne, I wish you and your family a very happy new year too, and I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas. Love Ali xx

  6. Mrs Judith Dunster December 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Have a lovely Christmas xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Judith, we did have a lovely time thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family. Love Ali xx

  7. Christine Auchterlonie December 21, 2017 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali…thank you for your interesting blog….your tree looks very nice and your pressies all wrapped you are definitely more organised than me no matter how I try to organise things I’m always running at the last minute…however it will be right in the end …Honey will be so excited waiting for Father Christmas to come and bet she receives some great presents …Jess and Katy are excited too 15and 13 and still make themselves ill with the thoughts of it all ….You are so right this year has not been great for so many people for so many reasons ..it has been a sad year for me personally and I will miss Derek over the holiday period as we have always been together…but I hope to find the strength from somewhere and not get too upset…but Jess and Katy cheer me up they are a pleasure to be with….Well Ali I hope all is well with you and that the injection in your shoulder give you some relief ….Enjoy the holidays with Colin and your family and I wish you and yours a Very Happy Christmas together and send my Best Wishes to you and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year ..stay well and happy with my love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris I’ve been thinking of you over Christmas and I do hope that you were able to enjoy your time with the family, and that when you felt sad they comforted you. I’m sure Jess and Katy lifted your spirits, as did Honey for all of us when she was here. Such a sweetheart and although I’m not sure she completely understood what it was all about, she loved her presents and all of us being together. Thank you for all your support throughout 2017 and here’s to a happier and healthier 2018. With love, Ali xx

  8. Cherry December 21, 2017 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    Your tree looks beautiful, Alison. Lots of sympathy re your frozen shoulder, I had one a few years ago. I know just how painful it can be, especially at night. But the steroid injections can work wonders and physio was useful too. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Cherry, and you’re right, my shoulder has been difficult and particularly at night if I roll over onto it! That said, the injection does now seem to be making a difference and I see the physio on the 5th so hopefully that will all help. I hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Love Ali xx

  9. Eileen December 21, 2017 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for the new year Alison to you and your family got all sorted thanks to QVC Godbless Eileen xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

      Dear Eileen thank you for your kind words – we did indeed enjoy our Christmas and like you I managed to get a great many of the presents from QVC! Happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  10. Pearl Emery December 21, 2017 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Ali,
    Wishing you and Colin A Very Happy Christmas,and a Healthy, Happy,Peaceful, New Year.

    Love Pearl xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pearl, I wish the same for you and your family. Health, happiness and a stress free year! Thank you for keeping in touch with me here on the blog, love Ali xx

  11. Merche December 21, 2017 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!!
    Have a great time with your family. Merchexx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

      Dear Merche, Thank you for your kind words, we did enjoy our Christmas together, and are hoping 2018 will be a better year all round! Wishing the same for you too, and thank you for all your lovely comments here on the blog. Love Ali x

  12. Janet Jones December 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas, and I too will be spending it with my grandson and family, Saturday can’t come quick enough to see them, hoping my bad cold and laryngitis will have eased a little by then.
    Take care Ali and speak soon Love Janet xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year Janet! I do hope you enjoyed your Christmas with Alfie and your son, and that you were cold and laryngitis free by then! Thank you for your card and for keeping in touch with me. Let’s hope 2018 and is healthier year for us all, and brings to you all that makes you happy. Love Ali xx

  13. Susan December 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas ali! You’re so funny with your stories. The kitchen where you were ho ho ho is lovely! Great you had a nice lunch with qvc too. Hope you and the family have a nice time and a happy new year. You’re right it’s not been the best! I hope your shoulder improves. One thing after another with you so 2018 better be nicer to you! Hope Lucy is ok by the way. Enjoy your break x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan, I’m glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos. Yes, those Christmas glasses are great fun aren’t they! My shoulder has definitely started to improve thank you and I see the physio on Friday so am hoping that will make a difference too. Yes, it would be good to be ailment free in 2018! Lucy is good thank you – just her and Honey now but she’s coping well. Love to you, Ali xx

  14. Sue Radford December 22, 2017 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Really sorry to hear you’re still having problems with your shoulder. Hope the physio will sort things out for you. I’m just getting over a bout of sciatica aaargh! Oh, the joys of getting older lol!

    Can’t believe it’s 5 years since you moved into your home – time has flown hasn’t it?

    Wishing you, your family and everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year.

    Love Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

      Aaargh indeed Sue! I really hope your sciatica sorted itself before Christmas arrived. Hideously uncomfortable – I remember when I had it years ago. As you say the joys of getting older! I know, I too am finding it hard to believe we’ve lived here over five years, and it’ll be three years in June since we got married! I very much hope that you and the family enjoyed Christmas and will have a healthy and happy New Year. Thanks for keeping in touch all these years. Love Ali xx

  15. AMANDA COX December 22, 2017 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Loved your blog, i too have just been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder!!. So painful . Happy Christmas to you xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

      I am sending you my sympathy and a gentle hug. I do hope that by now your shoulder is a little more comfortable and that maybe you are getting physio to help you with it. Nasty business but fingers crossed it didn’t spoil your Christmas. Take care and a happy new year to you! Love Ali xx

  16. Joanna Downey December 22, 2017 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Ali, The first few lines of your blog sum up the build up to Christmas perfectly, especially your comment that this year’s tree looks exactly like its predesessors – new tree, same traditions. I tell most people how much I love this time of the year, I even wanted December as a name for one of my babies, but I’ve decided to change the way I do my shopping from now on having seen so many lovely items in the past two weeks & so many bargains still available. I can also identify with the travelling that is involved as families expand; when I was a child all my family lived within a few miles of each other so the time spent in the car was minimal, with Bex living in Somerset our Christmas Day starts with a two hour journey on the M5 & I think that may have to change when Ellie & Dave’s baby arrives. You looked suitably festive in your gin photo, I love gin & discovered a truly fabulous shop in York, with a bar at the back, that sold more gin than I knew existed. My new favourite is a rhubarb & ginger gin liqueur which is the most lovely shade of pale pink shot through with green just like the first shoots of a new rhubarb plant. I’m sorry that your shoulder is still giving you so much trouble, I have a minor issue with my right one that started when a certain younger daughter, who was wearing reins, decided to run & jump as high as she could when we were shopping. The dislocation was immediate & beyond painful but all I could think of was holding on to the reins to stop my little free spirit from disappearing, the damage done still affects me if I do too much gardening or carry heavy bags but considering what others have to deal with I can’t complain. So signing off I too acknowledge that this hasn’t been the easiest of years for many; some closest to me have had to face more issues & setbacks & there have been two tragedies locally that have affected people I know so the word hope comes into its own when surrounded by razzmatazz of the festive season. You & your blog mean a great deal to all of us too. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year Jo and thanks so much for taking the time to write to me as always. I’m sorry I haven’t replied until now, but having had this break from work it’s only now I’m catching up! Such a coincidence to learn that you also loved the rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur – my friend Colette bought it for me for my Christmas present and I think it’s delicious! We have Bulldog and Conker gins to try as they were also given as presents. Sorry to know that your shoulder still gives you issues after all these years… I remember having Lucy on reins – nightmare when they pulled, especially when I had Sam in the pram! I’m feeling a lot more comfortable at the moment as I think the injection has worked and I am seeing the physio on Friday so fingers crossed! I completely understand why your future Christmas plans may need to change. It is difficult when you have family spread so far… Lucy had to make two journeys to and from us as she is no longer with Simon but they shared Christmas with Honey … it was a difficult year but she is coping very well. I’m hoping that 2018 will be an easier year for all my children and for us a family – and I share your sentiment, realising from just reading here on the blog that it’s been tricky for many. So glad that the blog means so much to you Jo, and thank you for continually contributing to it. Folk like you keep it afloat and that means so much to me. I look forward to hearing from you again, Love Ali xx

  17. Judith Lennon December 22, 2017 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I can’t believe we are so close to Christmas already. I am all done regarding presents and food and just now have the last minute fresh things to buy. We are spending Christmas lunch with my daughter, son in law and Katie my eldest granddaughter. My friend is also joining us as she is on her own. Christmas morning we will visit my son, daughter in law and youngest granddaughter Rosie. They have a house full for a few days, including Grandma from Cape Town and brother and sister in law and two daughters from 40miles away. My youngest aged 4 performed Mary at nursery nativity last week. What a joy bless her and she sang her little heart out. 😪 I am hoping that the tummy bug I caught this week will be well and truly gone by the big day. Since returning from my summer holiday in early October I have had one thing after another and am now well and truly fed up being under par again! Oh the joys of getting older. On Tuesday I celebrated my birthday. We celebrated with a family meal in a restaurant close to our home. They even arranged balloons and a cake for me after the meal. I entered another decade in age which is scary but suppose it’s just a number. Shush don’t tell anyone 70! Although I keep young at heart the body tells me differently. Sorry to hear the news about your arm. It must be very debilitating for you and frustrating. I know the last few weeks with my shoulder problem how painful it is. Well Ali I’ve rambled on longer than I intended. Hope you and your loved ones have a peaceful and happy Christmas and the best of healthy New Years when it comes. Take care as always and love and hugs. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, Belated Happy Birthday to you – can’t believe you’re 70 – you sound much younger 🙂 I very much hope that your tummy bug sorted itself and you were feeling 100% better and able to enjoy Christmas. It sounds like you were planning a fabulous time with your son, daughter, grandchildren and friends so I hope it all went well. Yes, my shoulder has been a pain literally, but it does seem to be easing now which I think is probably due to the injection. Physio on Friday and I’m sure that will help too. We had a lovely Christmas with the children, and I can’t wait for Honey to be in a nativity play – I’m sure I’ll weep through it! Wishing you every happiness this New Year and a healthier one for you Judith. Thank you for keeping in touch here on the blog. Love Ali
      xx

  18. Elaine sallis December 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I hope the shoulder has improved slightly. Having had frozen shoulder I know how painful it is. We are going to Jodie’s for Christmas lunch. Jodie and Adam and the four girls are coming to us on Christmas Eve. Josselin has decided that the new baby due in April should be called Sparkle not sure how we are going to persuade her otherwise. You know how strong willed these little girls are! Have a lovely Christmas with your family. Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elaine, I’m glad your frozen shoulder sorted itself, and I hope that your Christmas Eve with Jodie, Adam and the girls went well and that you enjoyed your Christmas
      Day too. Wow Sparkle! That’s different and it sounds as though they’ve set their hearts on it. As long as she’s a healthy little soul I’m sure you’ll be overjoyed. Yes thanks, we had a lovely Christmas although it seems a long way back now! Happy New Year to you and all the family Elaine and thank you for keeping in touch all these years, love Ali xx

  19. martin forbes December 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    merry xmas and happy new yera when it comes on 2018.
    thanks for my xmas card arrived today friday.
    hope you got my xmas card alright .

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year Martin! Yes your card did arrive, and thank you for it. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas – we did thank you. Love Ali x

  20. Hilary Patterson December 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year and Health and Happiness to you and your family for 2018 and looking forward to your shows xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

      Dear Hilary many thanks for your good wishes. I hope that 2018 will be a happy one for you and your family. I shall look forward to your company here at QVC. Love Ali x

  21. Mandy December 22, 2017 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us & yes, I know what you mean about our Christmas tree looking identical each year- I think I even position the decorations on the same branches as previous years! I love your Aunt Hilda knitted decs, that is what Christmas is about- family memories & traditions. Mum & Dad have decorations on the tree that I bought with my late Nan when I was 3 years old from a local hardware shop, bless them. You my gorgeous lady still look good white Santa beard ha ha 🙂 I am writing this from Edinburgh as we are here for our wedding anniversary & having a super time! There is plenty to see & do; Christmas markets, ice sculptures & many glorious places to eat & drink-loving it! My hubby is the chef in our house & this year’s ham is taking on a Persian twist- with pomegranate molasses- can’t wait to try it. I hope you enjoyed the presenters lunch- you & Dale seated together sounds like fun 7 plenty of laughs for sure. I do make sure the garden is full of bird food & keep going out to smash the ice in the bird bath as we too have lots of feathered friends that rely on us. I do wish you & your Colin a very merry Christmas & a happy & healthy new year- you deserve it! Thanks again for your continued support, wise words & keeping me entertained with your fabulous & naughty sense of humour!
    You are the best!
    Love & Hugs

    Mandy xxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mandy, so glad you had a great time in Edinburgh! The Christmas market and ice sculptures sounded fabulous and all the places you ate too. How was your husband’s Persian ham? It sounded delicious. Yes the presenter’s lunch was fun and great to have a little time together outside of work. I’m glad you like me enjoy the birds in the garden – do make sure you get the TSV on Saturday it’s excellent value! Great that you too have kept all the old Christmas decorations – I hope the tree was appreciated by all who saw it. So glad that you continue to enjoy the blog and thank YOU for your continued support and comments. It makes all the difference keeping in touch here. Happy New Year to you and your husband and may it be your best yet. Love Ali xx

  22. Elizabeth keenan December 23, 2017 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Alison
    Your Christmas tree is beautiful, hope Honey feels better.
    Have a lovely Christmas and health and happiness for 2018.
    Much love
    Elizabeth 🌲

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your Christmas message. Yes Honey was in fine health over Christmas and it was so lovely to have her with us. I hope you too enjoyed the festivities and thank you for keeping in touch. Happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  23. Diane shaw December 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Hope you’re having a great Christmas Ali lots of love health and happiness in the coming year love di xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Diane, we were indeed having a good Christmas when you wrote, and I very much hope you did too! It was a nice long break and we were able to see all our family and close friends. Happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  24. Niamh December 28, 2017 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Thank you for such a lovely blog Alison. I don’t know you yet reading your blog I get a sense of the authentic you! It’s a wonderful gift to writ like that. I also think you have fab energy on the shows and love to catch you presenting- you should do mor if the fashion ones!
    Happy 2o18. May it bring us all contentment and enjoyment of our lives.

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Niamh, and thank you so much for your kind and complimentary words! I so enjoy writing my blogs and keeping in touch with you all here. I enjoy working at QVC too, and I’m hoping to be presenting more fashion in the New Year, so watch this space! Talking of which, I very much hope that 2018 will bring you all that makes you happy. Do keep in touch, love Ali x

  25. Betty Smith December 30, 2017 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hope you’ve had a lovely painfree Xmas . I agree with the previous lady we need to see more of you on qvc .Love your diamonique shows . Happy and healthy new year to you. X

  26. Alison Keenan January 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Betty, thank you for your good wishes, and yes the injection had started to work by Christmastime, so I was feeling a little more comfortable. Physio on Friday and I hope by then to have a great deal more movement. So glad you enjoy the Diamonique shows – I very much enjoy presenting them. Happy and Healthy New Year to you too. Love Ali xx

  27. bobbysgirl January 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year! Please google magnet patches for pain. I used them years ago for a frozen shoulder and they worked! Any odd twinge I will put one on and I am soon pain free. You may need to persevere at first – even putting on several at a time. Everyone I recommended them to (bar one who did not believe they could work) has found relief from tennis elbow, stiff neck as well as frozen shoulders. Wishing everyone a pain free 2018.

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