I remember writing somewhat smugly, this time last year, that I was bang up to date with wrapping all the presents, and writing all my cards. Clearly it was a fluke as this year I’m lagging behind! It’s not to say I haven’t got all the gifts – because I’ve been collecting them since the middle of the summer – it’s just that I don’t seem to have had enough time to gather all the things together in one place for wrapping.
The other thing is that Colin has just finished decorating our bedroom, which I have to say looks fab, but there hasn’t been a room in the house that’s been without tools, paper, pasting tables and paint for about a fortnight! But you know what struck me as I sat down to write to you was that on this day six years ago, we moved into this house, and had just five days in which to unpack, get a tree, festively decorate the rooms, make up the beds and welcome all the family to us for Christmas Day! And we did, so if I know I can do that, I should really stop stressing! 🙂
It was so good to hear from you, and to catch up on all your news, and I have to thank you for ALL the comments and support this year. It’s lovely to see the ‘Army’ pulling together over Una’s news too – just the perfect finish to what has been a pretty good year! Finding a few more of you on Instagram and Twitter has also meant I can finally put faces to the names, and I must thank you also for the beautiful Christmas cards you’ve sent to me at the Q. I’m posting yours out today.
I’ve been so chuffed not to have any surgery this year, but I have been struggling with ongoing and unexplained pain in my lower back, neck and now my left shoulder, so my oncologist sent me for a full body MRI scan. Although she said she felt fairly sure there would be no spread of the cancer, I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous, and I begin playing the ‘what if’ games in my head. As it was such an extensive scan it took a full hour but luckily I had a kind of weighted cage thing over my body and even my head, so it made it a little easier to lie still for that time.
I finally got the results through today, and am so relieved that there’s no evidence of bone metastases in my spine, just continuing degeneration of the discs, which I may have had anyway with old age, but which has been exacerbated by the cancer medication. What with ongoing arthritis and the osteoporosis I’ve had for the last three years, I sometimes feel I’m getting old before my time, but I never forget how lucky I am to still be here, albeit a little creaky these days.
I had a wonderful day last week with Lucy and Honey, where we beetled about, bought Christmas presents, and had a bit of fun, and that’s what makes me happy. But I know that at Christmas it can be harder than any other time of the year for those of you who’ve lost someone you love. The memories make it so much more difficult, and so I very much hope you won’t be alone, and will able to lean on those you love for support.
Publishing my book ‘A New Kind of Normal’ brought the last seven years of my life into sharp perspective, and I’m very glad that I went ahead and self-published so that I can begin 2019 with that ‘chapter’ of my life literally behind me. That’s not to say I haven’t really enjoyed the whole process – the interviews, the social media, and the fabulous reviews – but it’s time to move on. Maybe I’ll write a novel next year? 🙂
But of course before we get there, I’ve a few more days at the Q, and a crazily large number of family and friends to see! Wednesday night we’re off to the O2 to see the band Chic with Colin’s daughter Vicky and her fiancée Lewis who have treated us! On Thursday I’m looking forward to being with my fellow presenters at the annual QVC lunch, but I’ll have to make sure not to eat too many bread rolls as Colin and I are then having dinner in a Peruvian restaurant with my Australian niece Clare and her husband Cale, and my nephew James and his girly Emelia!
Friday sees us in Bournemouth with my friend Colette and her husband Dave. She was my manicurist and only ever used Jessica nail treatments, which as of Tuesday QVC now sell! Apart from enjoying the Christmas market on the seafront, we’re booked in for a spot of curling can you believe?! Never tried it before, but I promise I will take photographic evidence of my efforts 🙂
We’re driving back the following morning in time to host the family Christmas party with all Colin’s children and their partners and my boys too, where we’ll exchange presents, eat far too much, and play daft games until the wee small hours. I will be back for my last shows before Christmas on Sunday the 23rd at 7pm with Laurie Wickwire, for a fabulous collection of diamond jewellery, and then at 8pm with the more practical, but equally popular brand SBC!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we’ll be with Lucy, Sam, Jack and Honey and then I have a Boxing Day treat for you at 7pm with a full hour of Denim and Co., all at sale prices! To be fair, the star of the day will be the Emu TSV Stinger Mini Water Resistant Sheepskin boot in a choice of six different colours: midnight blue, mushroom, black, coral, mustard and chestnut (165551). They’re £74.97 – down from last year’s price of £89.96 and would normally be £110!
I find this low-style boot really easy to wear, and now they have the memory foam inserts they’re even more comfortable. I wore my Emu’s last Saturday when I managed to squeeze in a visit to my mum and Joe. It was our only chance to exchange Christmas presents, as we’re not getting together until the 28th December. Their little tree looks the same each year, but I hadn’t realised that most of the baubles were pre Second World War and had belonged to Joe’s mum. Aren’t they beautiful? I thought I’d also include a photo of our tree this Christmas – it would be rude not to! I know it looks very similar to the one I pictured last year, but I rather like that 🙂
Thank you SO much for your constant support and kindness this year; the blog wouldn’t be worth posting if it wasn’t for you. I hope that your Christmas time will be happy, and that 2019 will bring you all that you wish for.
With my love,