Not entirely to plan… but enjoyable nonetheless!


Firstly, I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable Christmas and were able to have some relaxing time, either on your own or in the company of friends and family. We’ve had a bit of a houseful, but nothing has really gone to plan since I wrote my blog last Friday.

Chris, my other half, was due to collect our Mums last Saturday to give them a day to settle in before Christmas. As he was about to leave, his Mum, Audrey, telephoned to say she had a dodgy tummy and couldn’t travel. Rather than putting my Mum off in the hope that they could both be fetched on Christmas Eve, Chris drove to Nottingham for my Mum while I cleaned and organised the sleeping arrangements.

Mum duly arrived and, fortunately, Audrey was feeling well enough to travel down from Spalding on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, as usual, I was wrapping presents and marzipaning the Christmas cake, intending to ice it as usual in the late evening.

Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan, as our son had been experiencing quite severe pains in the lower abdomen over the previous 10 days which worsened as the day went on. The latter part of Christmas Eve (until 2am, actually) and the morning of Christmas Day were spent at the hospital, as was a large part of Wednesday while various different tests and scans were carried out trying to find out what was wrong.

Although we are still none the wiser, appendicitis has been ruled out and it truly does make you appreciate how fortunate we are to have the National Health Service on tap staffed by people who are not at home celebrating Christmas with their families.

Even though we were not home until 12.30pm on Christmas Day, I still managed to have the lunch served by 2.30pm and squeezed in icing the Christmas cake while everything was cooking. It did mean that the present opening had to wait until after lunch but I quite enjoyed doing it that way round, so maybe we will stick with that in future.

I had some really thoughtful presents, including a flight simulator experience and a lightbox for writing inspirational messages on.

Everyone seemed pleased with the gifts they received many of which, as you would expect, were purchased from QVC.

We also managed to squeeze in a few games of ‘Sorry’, a couple of hands of cards and a game of Crystal Palace Monopoly. Mum was a little confused that we were buying players rather than property, but I think she enjoyed it in the end. I certainly did as I managed to win the game.

The Mums have gone home today and – I must confess – I’m looking forward to putting my feet up for a rest after all the cooking and entertaining that goes with having house guests for a few days, alongside my shifts at QVC.

As I worked Christmas, I will be off after today until the 4th January, so can I just take this opportunity to thank you for shopping with us for another year and also for reading my blogs each week. Also a big thank you to everyone who has enjoyed my books and my Christmas novella – your feedback is much appreciated and is what keeps me writing.

Remember you can also keep in touch with what I’m doing by following me on Twitter @JuliaRobertsTV … Facebook @JuliaRobertsTV and Instagram @juliagroberts.

I sincerely wish you all a happy and healthy 2018,

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. SheMag December 28, 2017 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Crystal Palace monopoly! I hooted laughing when I read that…which brilliant pressie buyer got that for you? Fab gift! Glad all worked out in the end, and at least as I write, neither the Eagles nor the Magpies are in the bottom three! Happy New Year in advance!

    • Julia Roberts January 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

      Hi Shemag
      Glad you found Crystal Palace monopoly so amusing! It wasn’t a present, I bought it a couple of Christmas’s ago and had great fun texting players I’m still in touch with when I ‘bought’ them!
      Not only are we not bottom three, as I write we have climbed to the lofty heights of 14th!! Hoping we can keep it up.
      Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018
      Julia x

  2. TMcMean December 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I do hope your son is well & the tests show some results & the cause of his pain so he can be treated to resolve his illness.
    I would like to thank you for all your interesting & informative blogs, I really do enjoy reading them. I look forward to reading them in 2018.
    I would like to Wish You & your family a peaceful ,healthy & prosperous New Year… Love from Tanya x

    • Julia Roberts January 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tanya
      so pleased to hear you enjoy reading me blogs – I enjoy writing them!
      No definitive diagnosis yet but gradually ruling things out so moving in the right direction.
      Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018
      Julia x

  3. Denise Mulvaney December 28, 2017 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Julia,hope both Mums are fit and healthy now and your Son is better really soon, kids hey they are such a worry no matter what age.Our Christmas was a bit of a strain too ,4 weeks before Christmas I was diagnosed with CML just like you and I am terrified and finding it hard to come to terms with but you are my inspiration because you always look so beautiful ,fit and healthy ,I am always tired and weepy so have given up my job. My Husband had a heart operation the week after ,we had invited our family for Christmas Day and we were determined to go ahead ,we cooked all the food but family dished out and did all the washing up while we put our feet up and had a rest.I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year ,Much love Denise.

    • Julia Roberts January 4, 2018 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      I’m so sorry to hear you news but hoping that, like mine, they caught your CML early and that the treatment is going well. I know how isolated and afraid I felt in the first few weeks so please don’t hesitate in writing to me on here if I can be any help at all.
      Wishing your husband a speedy recovery from his heart operation too – take care of yourselves and don’t try to do too much.
      I hope 2018 will be kinder to you both
      Julia x

  4. Linda Watkins December 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope your son has recovered and is feeling better, isnt it strange how the best laid plans…etc always have a way of going haywire! I went down with what i thought was Flu or at least a really heavy cold (despite flu jab!) at worst Christmas day and Boxing day, still havent got my voice back! hope you enjoy your time off, Happy New Year! love Linda xx

    • Julia Roberts January 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      They are still investigating but he seems a lot better – thanks for asking.
      Sorry to hear you have been unwell – it is a presenter’s worst nightmare to lose our voice because we simply can’t work.
      Wishing you a happy and healthier 2018
      Julia x

  5. Joanna B December 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Julia.

    I hope it is happy + healthy and that your son feels better soon.

    I have really enjoyed spending time with you this year, I had a bereavement in April and found great comfort watching everyone at QVC. It grounded me and provided comfort and company whilst my family were out of the house.

    Thank you. Big hugs Joanna xx

    • Julia Roberts January 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

      Hello Joanna
      I hope you managed to get through Christmas okay? I think the first one without a special loved one is always the hardest. I’m glad we’ve been able to provide you with both company and comfort since April.
      Hoping 2018 will be kind to you
      Julia x

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