I’ve just got back from a long walk in the sunshine, which was lovely but heavy going. In fact I had so much mud on my boots when I got back that I was a good few inches taller than when I set out! That said, I’ve beaten my daily goal of 10,000 steps, which has cheered me.
Having lost my previous one, I got a new Fitbit for Christmas and am really enjoying monitoring my movements (as it were) each day. What’s really surprising is how far I walk when I’m at work – very gratifying! This one also monitors my sleep as it’s connected to an app on my phone, and that has been less inspiring. As I mentioned in my previous blog I had to have a steroid injection in my shoulder just before Christmas and it’s taken a week or so to work, but latterly I’ve definitely felt an improvement. In fact my physio has given me a yellow band, which I’m reliably informed by fellow shoulder pain sufferers is a good thing. It certainly makes some of the resistance exercises easier, and was an interesting conversation starter when it fell out of my handbag yesterday!
Happy New Year to you all! It seems crazy to be saying that when we’re already a week into 2018, but forgive me for not being in touch, as I have been up to my armpits either at QVC or trying to get things sorted here at home. We managed to get the tree and decorations down before twelfth night, although the boxes are currently in a holding position between here and the loft! I’ve loved reading all your news and finding out how you spent the festive period. I was just sorry to know so many of you have been struggling with colds and flu, which have made the festive period a little less jolly than it might have been. I very much hope that by now you’re feeling a great deal better and stronger and were able to enjoy the New Year.
We were very lucky here and all remained germ-free. After a fabulous get together on Christmas Eve with most of the children and some crazy games, including the spoon game (I’ll explain another time), we had a lovely, relaxing Christmas Day. My Green Seasons turkey crown went down really well, as did the gammon and the pigs in blankets! The only thing I’d forgotten to buy was the bread sauce and so I had to make my own, which luckily the children loves! Honey was with us from Christmas Night and so we made Boxing Day special for her and it was such fun sharing in her excitement and her presents.
The beautiful bicycle that Jack and Sam bought for her was very well received and ridden (well, she sat on it and I pushed her) around the house, the toy kitchen was an instant hit, and so was the Play-Doh desk that Colin and I gave to her. However, sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure… Here’s Honey having decided that pegs are the new hair clips!
We watched a Frozen spin off that was all about Christmas traditions. Afterwards, Lucy asked what traditions Honey would like for Christmas and she responded, “Nanny is my Christmas tradition”. Love her!
I was back at QVC on the 30th and 31st, and as with the previous years, very much enjoyed welcoming in the New Year with you. This time I had the countdown with Charlie and Katie before I had to rush across to Studio B where Debra Leigh was waiting with our Cozee Home mattress topper. It was a great deal, and I bought one for our spare bed as Sam had said he could feel the bed base when he’d slept on it on Christmas night. Actually we have another Cozee Home Today’s Special Value coming on Thursday the 18th January, which is a Woodland Retreat design duvet set at a great price, so if you’ve yet to experience the joy of sleeping in this fabulous fleece fabric, you may well want to treat yourself on Thursday.
When I got home at 2am, Colin had a glass of fizz waiting for me and had recorded the fireworks so we got the chance to begin the New Year together – albeit a tad later than most!
The celebrations continued later that day as January 1st is my friend Jo’s birthday and so we invited her entire family over for food, drinks and some fun. Having known each other since we were 11 years old, it seemed quite incongruous to be celebrating her 58th year, but it didn’t stop us from behaving like children. It’s been a few years since I last played ‘tear one off’, but I’m delighted to say that I managed to win for the oldies. In case your mind is boggling at the thought of such a game, let me reassure you it’s all in the best possible taste and involves a cereal box which you have to pick up from the ground with your teeth. Each time you succeed a little more of the box is torn off until it’s just a flat piece on the ground.
I had fun with the first Diamonique show of the New Year last Tuesday and thank you so much for all your lovely tweets. There will be more Diamonique delights this Tuesday at 8pm, and I’m pleased to be able to tell you about a special feature that has just been introduced. ‘Diamonique Design of the Month’ began last week and each month our buying team will introduce a brand new jewellery design that will have something extra special about it. This month it’s a stunning pair of Mixed Plate Leverback Earrings in rhodium or rose or yellow gold plating. These stunning earrings are embellished with the most beautiful assortment of simulated diamonds, with a total equivalent diamond weight of 3.2 carats made up of round cut and pear cut stones. They’re at a feature price so well worth a look. Of course there’ll be a chance to see more new designs on Tuesday at 8pm although as always, we have limited numbers of these unique pieces, so grab ‘em while you can!
I’m off to see Roz in Dorset for a few days this week, which will be lovely. It’s always so relaxing and good to be together, and she and Chris always spoil me! Fingers crossed we’ve seen the last of Storm Eleanor as it was pretty scary driving on the motorway in those high winds. On the positive side though, the changeable weather did deliver this stunning sunset that I thought you might like to see.
Before I sign off I did want to say a Happy New Year specifically to Una, Jilly, Debz, Helen and Sue as we’ve not heard from you for a while. I do hope all is well. Stay warm and do keep in touch, won’t you?
Stay warm and safe and stay in touch, I’ll see you soon!
With my love,