If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I had to have a tooth out back in September. It wasn’t a nice experience but the dentist who did it was brilliant and it’s all healed over nicely now. Just before Christmas, we noticed that Wilfie, our cat, had a sort of blood blister on one of his front teeth. We took him to the vet and despite all his other teeth being in very good condition, she said it needed to be extracted as it could break off and would then become a serious problem. We had the date booked in but it was cancelled due to lack of anaesthetic gas! In the meantime she suggested cleaning Wilfie’s teeth each morning to see if that might calm things down.

I’m not going to lie, I was not looking forward to cleaning his teeth, as although he is a very loving cat in lots of ways, he does like to bite occasionally. The first couple of mornings were a bit of a struggle but on day three, we changed tack slightly and had him believe it was a treat. Now he looks forward to having his teeth brushed before breakfast with the little silicone finger brush and his meat-flavoured toothpaste. The bad news is that it hasn’t reduced the swelling, so he will have to have the tooth out anyway. He really is a copycat!

It was my daughter Sophie’s thirty-first birthday on Tuesday and we all went out for dinner to celebrate before coming back to our house for some card and present opening and the traditional chocolate birthday cake. At the restaurant I had halloumi ‘chips’ as my starter. I absolutely love halloumi and if you do too, these are done in a very light batter. Apparently one of the supermarkets does them but I don’t want to find out which, as I would want them all the time – not good for my healthy-eating goal!

I think I mentioned last week that I was going to get Sophie a Fitbit watch and it just so happens that that is our TSV today, so I have now ordered two, one for her and one for me. I want to try and keep better track of my activity levels, particularly as I am going to be doing a lot of sitting down and writing this year. I’ve gone for the silver one with the white strap and Sophie wanted the rose gold one – we also got her an interchangeable leather strap for when she needs her watch to look smarter… in fact she had the strap before the watch!

Speaking of writing a lot, I managed to get my structural edits done to meet my deadline by the skin of my teeth! I did three three-hour sessions on Saturday and then spent four hours checking everything on Sunday evening when I got back from work before hitting the send button on Monday morning… phew!!! Now I have to wait for the feedback from my editor, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

I seem to have been in a lot at work over the past couple of weeks because of the Christmas roster. Including today, I will have worked eleven of the past fourteen days and I must confess I am feeling tired, so having the next nineteen days off has come at just the right time. We are hoping to get a last minute holiday booked (I’ll keep you posted) and also I have to get on with writing book two in the series – deadline for the first draft is the end of April.

Unfortunately, it means I will miss this Sunday’s TSV from L’Occitane, which is a real shame as I am a massive fan of their Immortelle Divine Cream, included in the offer in a full size. There is also the Immortelle Divine Cleansing Foam which I’ve never tried, the Eye Cream which I have tried and like, and the Overnight Reset Serum. I can feel another QVC purchase coming on and if you feel the same way, you can get in early as it’s already available on our website.

Well, I’ll finish there, as it’s 11am already and I’m still in my dressing gown and I’m on air at 2pm!

Have a fab couple of weeks and I’ll see you on here refreshed, relaxed and (hopefully) tanned…. where’s my Ultrasun?

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Rosaline Greening January 11, 2019 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Poor old wilfie hope you’re okay and have a good rest best wishes

    • Julia Roberts February 4, 2019 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi Rosaline
      Wilfie survived his op ok – he had to have 2 teeth out in the end.
      We had a really relaxing holiday thanks
      Julia x

  2. Janice White January 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Aldi sell halloumi chips

    • Julia Roberts February 4, 2019 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janice
      Thanks for telling me where I can buy halloumi chips…. I think! Now I just have to find an Aldi near me
      Julia x

  3. Tina Shaddick January 14, 2019 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Its been a really long time since I last left a comment on your blog! I have been without a computer all this time because something kept going wrong with the one I had so wasn’t in a hurry to get another one. Anyway hubby dearest bought me one for Christmas so here I am. Hope you’ve been keeping well. Many congratulations on your engagement by the way. Last year was not a good one for me health wise but I seem to be on the mend now (fingers crossed). Am looking forward to the start of the Six Nations Rugby soon. Have you remembered me yet? Yes I am the Welsh Rugby fanatic from South Wales!! Hope Wilfie is o.k. too. Best wishes, Tina S.(S. Wales )

    • Julia Roberts February 4, 2019 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Of course I remember you – did you sell your house yet?
      I’m sorry to hear you have not been well – hope you are much better now.
      I was thinking of you when Wales had no points at half time! What a great recovery from them in the second half! England won too I believe?
      Hope to hear from you more often now you have a computer again
      Julia x

  4. Margaret Upton January 14, 2019 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Enjoy your holiday and thank you for the response re the Hydrotensuer, love Maggie x

    • Julia Roberts February 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Maggie
      We had a lovely holiday thanks. Have you tried the new Decleor eye product yet? Do let me know how you get on
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth Keenan January 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Hope Wilfie is ok.
    Good you are on track for your deadline.
    Enjoy your holiday, well deserved.
    Much love
    Elizabeth Keenan ❤️

    • Julia Roberts February 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Wilfie was very good after his op – a bit wobbly, but otherwise fine.
      My next deadline is not until March 4th so I’m actually ahead of myself now.
      Our holiday was fab – just what we both needed
      Julia x

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