This is IT, and that was that! Birthdays, graduations and health updates

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I really must begin this blog with a huge thank you for your lovely messages to mum, and your kind words. As promised I passed them on when I saw her last week, and they made her smile.

She was moved to the most beautiful rehabilitation centre on the south coast a week or so ago, but she is still unable to move her legs and walk with her walker. We are still not certain why, as otherwise she is in good health, but understandably she is feeling quite low, and less inclined to want to move.

Luckily the nursing home is quite close to mum’s own home so her partner Joe can drive to see her, and it’s not too far from my sister Jenny; the rest of the family are a way off, but we’ve been making the journey to visit which the staff tell us is very beneficial to mum.

The good news is that the physio feels things could well change over the next week, and hopefully once her various medications kick in she may well feel more positive. She wouldn’t be able to manage at home even with modifications to the house she shares with Joe, and I don’t think she’s ready to go into care yet, so it’s very much a waiting game, but we are still holding onto the hope things will improve.

She was really pleased though to see my niece Clare and her husband Cale at the weekend. They drove all the way from their home in London to spend the morning with her. We’d had dinner with them just two nights before, and are now up to speed with their news – they’ve just moved house and are both doing well in their jobs.

Clare and I have a shared love of jewellery, and she admired the pendant I was wearing – my Christmas present from Colin – but she was also very complimentary about my Diamonique design that she’d seen on Instagram… I feel a birthday present coming on 🙂 Hard to believe it’s been over a year since they moved here from Australia, and even harder to accept they’ll be heading back there in nine months time – we hope to make the very best of the remaining months they’re on British soil!

I had another lovely evening out but this time with my friends from the Q. Claire, Miceal, Craig and I all went along to watch Eilidh Nairn star in Escapology – a one hour long play with just three players! She was absolutely superb and incredibly energetic considering her baby is due in less than two months!

It never ceases to amaze me how many other talents my colleagues keep hidden – Miceal is an actor and has a beautiful singing voice, Craig is a fab children’s TV presenter, and not only is Claire a brilliant mum, but she can dance superbly too! It was a real joy for us to have some quality time together. As you can see I was wearing my Luca Vannuci dress again and my Vionic Kirra sandals, and I think Claire’s earrings were One Button jewellery – we fly the flag wherever possible! 🙂

Of course a lot of the things I wear or use from QVC aren’t always visible – like my Decelor Gradual Glow to maintain my tan, and also my IT Cosmetics Tan Full Coverage CC Cream with SPF 50. They are bringing us a supersize for their Beauty Pick of the Month in August, and I can highly recommend it! It contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and many vitamins so not only provides a great coverage, but is good for your skin too.

I don’t really like wearing too much make-up in the summer, but my skin is pretty freckled now and I have dark rings around my eyes as I don’t sleep well, so I always wear a little foundation and some concealer to help with both those things. I have to admit to being more than a little obsessed with Gatineau’s Firming Neck and Décolleté Gel. I swear my neck looks better now than it did a year or so ago, and so I use it day and night.

When it’s as warm as it’s going to be this week, I like to wear less, but I hadn’t realised that the little linen dress I bought in a Portuguese market was completely see through until Lucy pointed it out last week! I’d driven up on Wednesday night for Honey’s special graduation ceremony at school on the Thursday, when she would be moving from nursery to reception class. Because of all the stress with mum, and a few worries of my own which I’ll explain in a mo, I’d forgotten to bring my Coco Bianco dress with me! We had to rush out to her local Walmart the following morning to buy a dress that would save my blushes!

I really couldn’t have cared less what I looked like that morning though as all I could see was Honey’s beautiful little face smiling at us from the stage, and all I could think about was the crazy speed at which time has moved over the last four years. Honey looked so grown up and confident and when the class sang ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I know how lucky I am to share in these special occasions, and I will be forever grateful to my daughter Lucy for wanting to include me.

Days like that make the difficult days easier to deal with, and I am more than a little fed up to know that I have to go back into hospital for more surgery to my right breast area.

Over the last few months I’ve had a lot of unexplained and deep seated pain there, and my consultant feels it’s best we investigate. I still have spare tissue from the failed implant, and the remainder has adhered to my chest wall, so it may well be that which is causing the discomfort. It’s unlikely that breast cancer will come back in the same place, but we have to make sure. The timing isn’t great though as I won’t be able to drive for a while so visits to mum will be fewer, but hopefully I’ll heal quickly and all will be well. I’ll be away from the 6th August for a couple of weeks, but I will of course keep in touch with you here, and on the usual social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Always nice to hear from you 🙂

On a happier note, we shared another special family occasion when Colin’s granddaughter Calla turned three years old. We’ve not seen that much of her over the years, but since the family moved it’s been much easier, and I offered to make her birthday cake which was as she requested, and featured the cartoon characters PJ Masks.

My KitchenAid did a cracking job of the Victoria Sandwich and I spent a very enjoyable evening decorating it. The look on her face when she saw it was priceless, and made it well worth the effort bless her. She calls me “Granny Granny” – ‘so good she named you twice’ said Colin 🙂

I hope you managed to catch Charlie Brook and I in our three hour Diamonique show on Monday night? It was in celebration of the 25 year anniversary for the brand, and featured some stunning pieces of jewellery. It also featured a great deal of laughter and fun – he is such a hoot to work with.

Have a look online if you want to see some of the special collections, and thanks so much to all those of you who’ve already bought my Diamonque Spinner Pendant which is now officially a bestseller! Do let me know what you plan to have engraved on the back won’t you?

Take care and I hope you get the chance to enjoy the sunny weather we have coming. I hope also that Una, Alpa, Debz, Sue, Helen, Jo, Chris and those we’ve not heard from for a while are ok, and remember if you write to me, I’ll always write back. Thank you so much!

With my love,

Ali xx

99 Comments

  1. Loraine Plumb July 23, 2019 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so lovely to see honey looking so grown up and you sharing good times with her hopefully Clare will have had the baby by the time you reply to this she is having a sweep on Friday so fingers crossed. So sorry to hear you have to go back in hospital they say it doesn’t rain but it pours I will be thinking of you best to get it checked out, let’s hope your mum improves and everything comes good for you. I love the photo of you both with your niece and husband you look beautiful. Anyway keep me posted and best wishes to you all. Love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Loraine any news on Clare ? I do hope she would’ve had the baby by now and will not be stuck in labour in the sweltering heat! Thank you for your kind words about mum – I spoke with the hospital today and it’s just awaiting game really. Thanks also for your good wishes and I’m sure you’re right and that everything will come good for me. I hope by the time you read this you will have held your grandchild in your arms – wishing you all the very best, and thank you for writing to me love Ali X

  2. Joanna Downey July 23, 2019 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello on a very warm evening, I knew that you had seen Honey at her ceremony & when I saw the photo of her in Lucy’s arms I thought that this was going to be a blue skies & sunshine blog. Consequently I am so sorry to read about your mum still being in limbo, I bet she wishes she could limbo at the moment, & your latest health concern. All will be well my lovely because early August is a lucky time for us & I’m passing that luck on to you. The happy days certainly do give us something in the bank for the not so nice ones; I met the most delightful man when I was doing our weekly shop last week, his wife has had dementia for 14 years & he was telling me their story. He was amazingly upbeat, told me all about their cat, we were in the pet food aisle, & kissed me as we parted, Colin told me off for being a flirt, i replied that we had made each other smile! I’m now on holiday from Etty-sitting & have lots of projects to do, starting with a little decorating but before I sign off I read the list of names at the end of your blog & hope it’s another Jo, not me, who has been absent. Lots of love & support from Jo/Joanna – all will be well.

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, I’m writing to you on an equally warm evening after an incredibly hot day – not that I’m complaining as you know! It’s always lovely to hear from you, and no it wasn’t you but another Joanne who used to write here on the blog. I always look forward to your comments whenever I write 🙂 Loving your story about the man you met while out shopping – great that you made each other smile, and possibly made your Colin just a teensy bit jealous 🙂 It’s grand that you have some time to catch up on all your projects – good luck with the decorating though! I’m hoping that when I next write to you it will be with better news of mum, and I’m visiting her on Saturday so will be updated. Thanks for your kind words and support re my surgery – I’ll let you know about that too. With my love Ali xx

  3. Lynn Sword July 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I hope your Mum improves soon and the next step towards her care and comfort can be put in place. It’s difficult to see a parent struggling. When my Mum and Dad were both I’ll before they passed they found it hard as they had been so independent. My sister and I cared for them and told them it was their turn to be looked after by us. Your wee Honey is just lovely,I think she looks like you. Is it not just lovely to have a granddaughter,my Amelia is 5 and light of my life. I hope you get through your surgery well and the outcome is good. Take care. Best wishes to you and your family. Xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

      Dear Lynn thanks for writing to me, and for sharing your story about your parents. I’m so glad that you were able to look after them in their latter years. I’m not quite sure what the future holds for my mum, but we are hanging onto the hope that she will improve. I bet you love your time with little Amelia and I share your sentiment with little Honey. Thanks so much for your kind compliment – I’d love to think I looked like her! Do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  4. Karen B July 23, 2019 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali sending more good wishes to you mum. Wow how lovely does Honey look, bless her. What a lovely looking girl she is growing into. You must have been so very proud of her. So sorry to hear you will need some more surgery. You are such a strong lady and a true inspiration to many and i am sending my love and best wishes to you. Love your diamonique pendant and am planning on asking for it for my birthday and i was thinking of getting ‘Nan’ engraved on the back in honour of my dear Nan is forever in my heart. Take care xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen, I am so glad to know that you like the pendant design and that you are going to have ‘Nan’ engraved on the back of it if you receive it for your birthday. That’s exactly the sentiment behind the design – those we love. And yes I was incredibly proud of Honey at her graduation, and proud of her mum too. I am hoping to see them before my op but they are coming to stay with me afterwards. Enjoy the warmer weather, and stay well, love Ali xx

  5. Carol parkes July 23, 2019 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison hope everything goes well for you and I hope your mum is soon feeling better I always enjoy reading your blog xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

      Dear Carol, It’s so lovely to know that you enjoy the blog, and thank you for kind wishes to mum and I. I’ll keep in touch here, and hope you will be able to as well. Love Ali xx

  6. Kathryn Stewart July 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, so sorry about your return to hospital. I have just finished your book which was very moving and, ridiculously, I feel I know you better! I had breast cancer when I was 30 (am now double that age😂) although not a mastectomy it was a chequered course of events and have had two different implants and the liposuction thingy. Nowadays you don’t have to wear a pressure suit thank goodness. You bring a ray of light to the tv and your blogs. Recently got into Instagram and follow you there. Don’t “get” twitter. Wishing you the best of luck and hope, for once, you sail through this xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

      Dear Kathryn, so sorry to know that you too have had to get over breast cancer, and although it wasn’t straightforward for you, I am relieved to know that 30 years on you are still well. Thank you so much for reading my book, and I think you probably do know me a great deal better for having done so! I wonder if I could ask you to write a review for me? It would mean a great deal, and is such a help to those who are considering reading it. Thanks for being part of the blog, and for following me on Instagram too, and your good wishes are much appreciated. Love Ali xx

  7. Suzi July 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    All the best to you. I hope your treatment is too irksome. By the way Honey looks so like you.

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Suzi, so lovely to think I look like Honey!! Sometimes I wish I was four years old again 🙂 Thanks for your kind wishes – do keep in touch here and I’ll update you. Love Ali xx

  8. Carol Crosbie July 23, 2019 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Awe lovely blog Alison and good luck with the little operation xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

      So glad you enjoy the blog Carol – even nicer that you’ve taken the time to comment! And thanks for your good wishes too, love Ali x

  9. Marie July 24, 2019 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali sorry to hear you have to go back into hospital. Members of my family are fighting this horrible disease right now. On a lighter note you obviously have a lovely family to keep your spirits up. I hope your mum is able to return home soon. I wish you lots of luck and love with your health concerns. xxxxxxx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

      Dear Marie, I am so sorry to know that you and your family are having to contend with ill health, but pray that with your love and support they will get through it soon. Yes, I do have family and lovely friends who look out for me, and hopefully once I’m out the other side, mum’s situation will have improved too. Thank you for your kind words – sending you love and strength back. Ali xx

  10. Karen Ellis July 24, 2019 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Sending my best wishes to your mum and I was so sorry to read about your health issues as well. I’m new to QVC and the blogs and I loved reading yours, your grand daughter is super cutel.

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Karen, so good to know you are new to the blog, and yet have taken the time to comment! Great that you are enjoying them, and I hope you will continue to do so. And you’re right, Honey is very cute 🙂 Love Ali xx

  11. Antoinette Browne July 24, 2019 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Allison, what a lovely blog. I feel as though you are my best friend. You are such a lovely person. I wish you and all your lovely family nothing but the best of health and happiness. God bless you. Love Antoinette x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

      Antoinette what lovely words, and how kind of you to write. Your good wishes are much appreciated as is your comment. I hope that all is well for you, love Ali xx

  12. Elaine Sallis July 24, 2019 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I am sorry that you are once again facing surgery. I hope all will be well. I hope there is better news on your mum soon. What a gorgeous little girl Honey is. Love Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elaine, always good to hear from you, and thanks for caring. I hope also that there will be better news for mum. I’m visiting on Saturday so can update you after that. Yes, Honey is absolutely gorgeous! Love Ali xx

  13. Jane Franklin July 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely lady you are Alison.
    I wish good health for you and your mum.

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jane, How very kind of you – very good of you to take the time to comment and with such sweet words. Love Ali x

  14. Caron July 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I don’t know where you get your strength from you are one amazing lady your like a ray of sunshine hope all goes well with you surgery and mum gets better soon love to you and your mum xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2019 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

      Caron, that is such a lovely thing to say! Bless you. I very much hope that mum improves soon too, and thanks for your good wishes for my op. Everything crossed it should be ok. My love to you too, Ali xx

  15. Sue Langley July 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I hope all works out well for your Mum. I am sorry to hear you have to have more surgery but best to get it checked out. Wishing you all the best for it and a speedy recovery. X

    • Alison Keenan July 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

      Sue, that’s really kind of you. Thanks for getting in touch. I hope you enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  16. Merche Gardiner July 24, 2019 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I’m sorry to hear that you have to return to hospital, I hope that the problem is resolved quickly finger crossed. Honey looke adorable in her pretty dress. Loved the cake you made for Calla’s birthday, you can see Colin in her. Take care. Love Merchex

    • Alison Keenan July 26, 2019 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

      Dear Merche, lovely to hear from you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and the blog. Yes, Honey’s dress was beautiful wasn’t it. It’s from Next – wish they did one for adults! 🙂 And yes Calla does look like Colin and his daughter Vicky. Take care, Love Ali xx

  17. Kay Rowe July 24, 2019 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison hope your surgery goes well. My Granddaughter is going to school in September she will be 4 on the 14th of August she can’t wait. Hope Honey enjoys her first day to. Sending love to you xx

    • Alison Keenan July 26, 2019 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

      Oh gosh Kay, Honey and your granddaughter are very close in age, and Honey is also excited to be starting ‘big school’. It’ll be lovely to hear all about their first days won’t it ? Thanks for your kind wishes, Love Ali xx

  18. Susan July 25, 2019 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m so very sorry you have more surgery and that you’ve been having a lot of pain. You have not been given an easy card and you have handled it as best as anyone could. As the ladies say thankfully you hav such a good family support. Take your time in coming back.
    Honey looked gorgeous for graduation. As did Lucy. She’s such a great girl as are your boys.
    It was a brilliant cake for Calla too. How did you make the faces?!
    I am sure it’s tough on your mum and joe these days so I’m glad she has a good home at the minute. Such a difference that makes. Had she had a cold or anything before she lost the use of her legs?
    Take care ali xx

    • Alison Keenan July 26, 2019 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

      Dear Susan, Thanks for taking the time to write to me, and also for your kind words and wishes. Although our family is spread far and wide in the UK, everyone has come together to support mum and Joe which is great. No mum didn’t have a cold or anything, but I wonder if losing her sister has actually touched her more deeply than we realised. I’m visiting her tomorrow and then going to see Joe, so I will be able to update here next week. So glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos – and you’re right, my children are a constant comfort to me, as our my extended family too. I hope you too have family and friends around you. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  19. JudithLennon July 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I’m taking a break from the sunshine which for Whitley Bay is hot hot hot! Not complaining mind. Sorry your mums progress is slow but with good care I hope she slowly improves. I was saddened to learn of your impending surgery. I have my fingers crossed and will keep you in the thoughts and prayers. Another chapter has finished with Honey’s graduation but all nice as she enters the next phase. I loved the cake you made for Calla. I’m sure she loved it. It’s nice that you have two gorgeous little girls to love. I’m
    sure you had a lovely time with your family and caught up with all their news. I love reading your blogs as they are all full of news and interesting things. Take care Ali and sending extra positive hugs and love to you. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

      Whitley Bay! How glorious Judith. I must get to visit one day. I too am a little low about the forthcoming surgery, but once it’s done I’m sure things will be better. I’m so glad you continue to enjoy the blogs and the photos. It’s nice to keep in touch this way and I do appreciate you taking the time to let me know how you are. I’ll pass on your kind wishes to my mum who is much the same but safe in the lovely nursing home. Take care and keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  20. Sue Radford July 26, 2019 at 1:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Thank you for asking about me, along with the other Ali’s army friends. Even though I don’t write as often as I should, I often think about you and the others, and always enjoy reading your blogs.

    So sorry to hear your Mum is currently in hospital, and hope she will soon be well enough to go back home. I’m sure her partner, Joe must be missing her so much. I’m really sorry too, that you have to go back into hospital for more surgery, but I’m really sure you will feel much better afterwards. I will be thinking of you, and will send positive thoughts your way.

    Honey is growing up so fast, and I’m glad she’s bringing you so much joy. Little Cala is gorgeous too.

    Best wishes to everyone in Ali’s army.

    Love from Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

      My dear Sue, so good to hear from you, and please don’t feel obligated to get in touch. It’s just great to hear from you and I know that I’m not the only one who likes to keep in touch with the news. Yes, it is a difficult time for mum and Joe, but hopefully we’ll be a little clearer as to what needs to be done after her scans. Thank you for your positive thoughts for my op next week – I’ll let you know how I get on. Always have Honey and Calla to cheer me up. They are both dear little souls. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  21. Anne Finlayson July 26, 2019 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, you are truly an inspiration to me. You have been through so much, and yet you keep on smiling, and bring joy to others. I think your positivity has brought hope to many ladies, and to others, like me, who are suffering from different conditions . I often watch you on Q, and wish I had even one half of your courage. It was so nice to see the photos of your lovely family, and as others have said, little Honey is just beautiful, and looks so much like you. So, I wish you a speedy recovery from the surgery, and trust all is well, and my thoughts also go out to your mum, I hope she can return home very soon. God Bless xx

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

      Anne, it means so much to be to read your comment, and to feel that in a small way, sharing events that have happened in my life may have helped someone else along the way. I try to be positive about most things in my life, although it’s not always that easy to see the wood for the trees, but my firm believe is that none of us are given more than we can handle. 🙂 I’ll pass on your kind words to my mum, and will hold onto your positive thoughts – thank you for them, love Ali x

  22. Christine July 26, 2019 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope you are well. Well hubby has had is check up last week he is five year clear, now down to one year thank goodness.

    Hope your mother gets better soon. Can’t believe you made the cake, you should take up as a profession. Ha HA.

    Take Care Christine x

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

      Christine that is fantastic news! And check ups only once a year – equally worth celebrating 🙂 Thanks for your kind words re mum, and I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. I love cake making, and it’s always easier when the little ones have something set in mind. I hope you’ve enjoyed this recently sunny spell and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  23. Penny Roberts July 26, 2019 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison this is my first reply to you but I wanted to wish you luck and love during your time in hospital .Ihave been through the same so thinking of you and hope to see you back at qvc very soon xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

      Dear Penny, I’m so sorry to know that you have had to tread the same path, but very much hope you are now fit and well. Thank you very much for making this your first reply. I hope it won’t be your last! Many thanks also for your kind words and best wishes – I’ll be in touch. Take care, love Ali xx

  24. Mary July 27, 2019 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I must apologise for my lack of communication, not intentional but work was manic and my mum in law isn’t in good health then BAM here we are at the summer holidays. I was sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt Alzheimer’s is a terrible cruel disease, my aunt died 18 months ago living her last 2 years as a shell of her former life. It’s a very difficult and painful illness to watch.
    I was also saddened to hear your mum is poorly and hope her recouperation is going well..its a very difficult time when parents no longer manage at home..when mumbroke her hip we knew that she woukdnt8be able to go home as her mobility totally left her although she does walk with a frame but only a few steps. Social Services told us mum couldn’t return home..very upsetting but not a decision we had to make in the end..she’s doing really well in her lovely residential hotel.
    I hope your surgery goes well in a couple of weeks, after reading all the painful procedures you’ve had in your book this must be a very difficult and worrying time..everything is crossed for a successful op and for you to be pain free.
    I am on summer holidays now so with the money my aunt left me, £2000, I am upcycling my kitchen. It’s an original MFI one, solid oak and 20 years old. I am painting the doors and carcasses lamp room gray from Fartow and ball with new brushed nickel knobs and hsbfles8 new worktops, sink and extractor fan..lots of painting and will keep me busy but it will be like a new kitchen but on budget.
    Have a lovely weekend..Olly finally allowed to run free after his OP 8 weeks ago so we are off to the beach now. Much love Mary x

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mary good to catch up on all your news. I remember very well when your mum was told she couldn’t go home – not sure if that’s something our mum will also be told, but we’ll have to wait for the scan results to see.. I’m just really glad your mum is doing so well!
      Must say I’m not looking forward to the surgery if I’m honest, but then again, it should be a lot better afterwards so every cloud….
      Your kitchen plans sound fabulous – loving the newly named Fartow and Ball for the paint 🙂 ! I too had a solid wood kitchen in my first home and we repainted everything an incredibly dark brown! It looked lovely although a little too dark. I’ll look forward to an update.
      So relieved to know that after two months Olly can finally run free! Fantastic! May you have some gorgeous weather to run about in . With my love, Ali xx

  25. Kim Egan July 27, 2019 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali; best wishes to you and your mum. If your mum shares your positive, sunny nature then I’m sure all will be well soon. Look after yourself. Much love x

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Kim, good to hear from you and I’ll pass your wishes on to my mum when I next visit, and hold onto mine! Mum seems happy in the nursing home and we’re trying to keep her positive. I hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  26. Loraine Plumb July 27, 2019 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison thanks for your reply Clare had the baby late Friday weighed 7lbs 10 0zs called her ottilie all ok but she had a tough time baby moved position so turned out she was pushing for five hours for nothing the cord got wrapped round and heartbeat was erratic they gave her an epidural but then decided it would have to be a caesarian anyway she’s not complaining Clare never does she just gets on with things anyway I will send a picture on twitter when I can love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, and thanks so much for the beautiful photo of Ottilie on Twitter. What a stunning name and a beautiful baby – you must be so proud. Well done Clare – sounds very similar to my time with Jack – but he was my third! Congratulations to the entire family, love Ali xx

  27. Elizabeth Keenan July 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Hope your Mum gets better soon, such a worry for you. So sorry to hear you have to go back into the hospital, all will be ok Ali.
    Honey is so beautiful and so like you and it doesn’t seem that long since she was a baby either. Loved your cake very talented. Take care Ali and I will be thinking about you.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

    • Alison Keenan July 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Elizabeth, always good to hear from you, and I am glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos. You’re right the time has just zipped by since Lucy brought her to our wedding when she was just six weeks old! I’ve made her four birthday cakes since then, and it’s interesting to see the different themes she wants each year. My first cake for Calla, but it did go down very well 🙂 Thanks for your kind wishes about mum and for me too. Sending you love back, Ali xx

  28. Diane shaw July 29, 2019 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali hope all goes well with your op thinking of you and hope your mum is feeling better soon take care love di xx💕

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

      Dear Diane,

      Thank you so much, and I will let you know how mum is in the next blog. Love Ali xx

  29. Jenny Ruscoe July 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope everything goes well with your surgery, sending you lots of love and look forward to seeing you back on QVC soon.
    Also love to your mum and hope she gets better soon xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jenny, Surgery behind me now, and hopefully all will be well with the scan results. I’ll be back on the 5th September but will keep in touch here on the blog in the meantime. Love to you too, Ali xx

  30. Jill July 31, 2019 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    You must be very worried about your mum but I’m sure she’s in good hands and will soon be back on her feet. It was lovely to see you out and about with your colleagues from Q, all looking stunning.
    Try not to worry too much about your visit to the hospital, they are probably just been extra careful and making sure.
    Take life easy and keep the blog going so as we all know how you are.
    Jill

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jill, It is a worry with mum, particularly as she lives quite a way away but my sister is local to her and is managing to put things in place for a possible return home while I convalesce! I should have the results of the scan at the beginning of next week so will let you know as soon as I do. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  31. Linda Broadhead August 1, 2019 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope everything goes well will your surgery I am sure your consultant will sort the problem out easily. I know you will be worried about the lack of visits to your mum but I am sure she will be fine and it won’t be too long before you are back to driving again. It’s my first time of writing but I always read your blog which I love, I just wanted to say I am sending you hugs for a speedy recovery. Take care Ali luv Linda xx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda, I am so pleased that you enjoy the blog and that you have chosen to make a comment here first. Thanks also for your comforting words about mum. Luckily quite a few members of my family live close to mum so are able to take up the slack when it comes to visits, and I spoke to mum today so she knows why I’m not there. My surgeon has done a good job, and I’m just going to rest and get better and back to driving and work. You take care too, and please keep in touch, love Ali xx

  32. Karen McCulley August 1, 2019 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali , This is my first time I am writing a message on your blog ( I read your blogs and have been a qvc customer for 16 years ) I am sending your mum good wishes and hope she gets well soon , also I am sorry to hear that you have to go for more surgery and I will be thinking of you that everything will go well for you and have a speedy recovery . Honey looks lovely in her pretty dress and Callas birthday cake is cute . Love Karen

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Karen, like Linda, it’s nice to have you taking the time to comment here. 16 years a QVC customer – WOW! Lovely to know that you enjoy shopping with us. Thanks for your kind words about my surgery – it’s all done now, and fingers crossed it will all settle down. I’m glad you enjoy the blog and the photos and I’ll pass on your good wishes to my mum. I hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  33. Janet August 1, 2019 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just wanted to wish you all the best for your forthcoming surgery and a full and speedy recovery. I bought your beautiful “I Hope” ring some years ago and have not taken it off since. It has been that little bit extra to help me through some difficult times. I lightly rub the words with my thumb and remind myself that, whatever we are going through, hope is always there, and I now send that hope back with love to you and your lovely family. xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janet, Thank you so much for your lovely comment and particularly your mention of the I Hope ring. The sentiment you have told me about is exactly what I hoped the jewellery would come to represent and thank you so much for passing that Hope back to me now. I’m sorry that life has been hard for you too, and I very much hope that things have eased now. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  34. Diane Maddock August 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali you are such an inspirational lady. Good luck with your op and wishing a speedy recovery. Your wonderful family will be there each step of the way. I will miss you on QVC but will see you soon. Take care lovely lady love Diane xx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Diane, missing you too, but thank you for your kind words. The op is now behind me, and I’m on the mend. As always, my family and friends have been very kind. I won’t be back to work until the 5th September but will keep in touch here and on the other social sites. I hope you can keep in touch here too. Love Ali xx

  35. Gill Odam August 3, 2019 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’m sorry to learn that you’re uncomfortable and have to have an investigation. All the very best of luck and lots of love to you for a good outcome. Also best wishes for your Mum. Take time to rest and recover and then come back to us with that lovely smile! Much love, Gill xx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill, Hopefully things will be on the mend now, and the surgeon was very thorough. I will pass your best wishes on to my mum, although I won’t be seeing her for a few weeks. Back with you on The Q for the 5th September. Love to you and please keep in touch, Ali xx

  36. Bev young August 4, 2019 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with your operation my lovely xxx I’m sure all will be well . Biggest hugs to your mum too . I can’t believe Honey is going to school !! She’s such a beautiful little girl .
    Biggest hugs – be thinking of you . Much love 💕xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Bev, and thanks for your sweet words. The op is now behind me, and I have Lucy and Honey coming to visit on Monday 🙂 And you’re right, she is a beautiful little girl. Mum is doing a little better and she may well be allowed home in the next few weeks once we can adapt her home to accomodate everything she’ll need. I hope all is well with you,
      Love Ali xx

  37. H Heywood August 4, 2019 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope your surgery goes well & best wishes for a speedy recovery ❤️

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

      Hello there, and thank you for taking the time to comment here and for your kind words. Out of hospital now and on the road to recovery. A xx

  38. Christine Auchterlonie August 4, 2019 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali…..thanks for this lovely blog….you will be missed from our screens in the next few weeks……I hope everything goes well for you ….I know you will stay positive…..please let us know how you get on….and your Mum improves in the coming weeks ahead …life can be difficult at times and can be challenging…..take care and return to us soon xx

    • Alison Keenan August 9, 2019 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Chris, always good to hear from you, and I know that you too have had your fair share of difficult times in life and have always remained positive. I will take a leaf from your book and apply it to my mum as well as my own situation. I’ll be back with you just as soon as I can. Stay well, Love Ali x

  39. Hefina August 5, 2019 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Thinking of you hope you have good news don’t know how you stay so positive always cheerful you buck me up when I’m feeling down and I’m positive there will be hundreds more who feel the same way once again good luck
    Love
    Hefina

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

      Hefina that is such a kind and lovely thing to say. Cheered me no end when I read it! Thanks for writing to me, and I hope all is well for you. Love Ali xx

  40. Viv Strange August 5, 2019 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Love to read your blogs so sorry to hear you have to spend time in hospital again do hope the test and the op go well keep positive and let us know how you are. i will miss seeing you for the next few weeks. Do hope your mum improves enough to return home. Lots of love xx

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

      Dear Viv, Thank you for taking the time to write to me. Yes, I had hoped to have seen the back of the operating theatres but I was very well looked after and am healing, although a little more slowly than I’d like! Mum is still in the nursing home and has a scan this Friday but we are looking to have her home at the end of this month – everything crossed. I hope all is well with you. Love Ali xx

  41. Denise August 6, 2019 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali- I’ve not written for a while as we have been busy moving house and getting sorted! You are like a very dear friend and I love reading your posts and updates. I love your sunny disposition and so on that line of thought I’m sending you much love for a very positive outcome and hope you have a speedy recovery from your latest surgery. Fondest wishes Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

      Hooray, I’m so glad to know that your move went ahead, and that you are getting sorted ! Thanks for taking time out in the midst of all that to write to me 🙂 I’m getting there … slowly… and making the best of not having a great deal to do. I seem to heal far less quickly these days. I’ll be in touch, love Ali xx

  42. pam stephens August 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison have just watched your little update video and wishing you all the best for great results xx Take good care of yourself we need you back on our screens lots of love and best wishes Pam xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pam, so glad that you’re keeping in touch with the messages and films too! It seems an age since I was last at the Q but will be back with Charlie and Diamonique on the 5th September fingers crossed! Love to you too, Ali xx

  43. Jill turner August 8, 2019 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali I’m wishing you all best wishes for your surgery and hoping you will feel much better afterwards. Luv to you and all your family. JillT x p.s does anyone know something about Jill franks I’m hoping she is well x

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jill, that’s really kind of you to write. Surgery went well, and I’m healing – the bruising is taking it’s time, but it’s early days. I know that Jill had a problem with her throat which was obviously difficult for her to talk and work. I believe she’ll be back at the end of the month 🙂 Love Ali x

  44. GDP August 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, so glad you put a little update on Twitter as I had been thinking of you. Let’s hope this surgery ends your discomfort and fingers and everything else crossed for only positive results. Lovely lady you have had your fair share of ups and downs over the years and, like so many on here, I wish you nothing but the best and hope to see you back soon xxx. I also hope that your dear mum is doing well, such a worry. Lovely hamper by the way; bet you get a visit from Charlie soon 😉. Take care and look forward to any updates soon 😘😘

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

      Hello there, and thanks so much for writing and with such kind words. I’ve been very well looked after and am healing… albeit a little more slowly than I used to. Mum is much the same which is sad, but she will be having a scan at the end of the week, which will hopefully shed a little light on why she is as she is.. I’ve seen the children and Charlie has been in touch too 🙂 He and I will be back with you at the Q on the 5th September with Diamonique Day! I’m almost half way through my hamper already! 🙂 I hope all is well with you too, love Ali xx

  45. jillian mason August 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali i sort of know what you are going through with your surgery and your mom…having been through similar myself on both counts…my heartfelt thoughts are with you both…ill be thinking of you…bless,
    Jillian xx

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

      Sorry Jillian, for some reason my reply to you is now at the bottom of the page as opposed to here under your name! 🙂 x

  46. Tricia D August 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, l was so,sorry to read that you had to back for more surgery, l kept thinking of you and was glad to see your little message to all once home.
    I do hope so much that you are beginning to feel a little better- each day that passes hopefully will help your recovery.
    I first wrote to you when you had your first surgery – l too had surgery about the same time, l did also have to go back into hospital, l go for checkups and all ok so far.
    I share a birthday like you in the month of March – a couple of days from you, however you are younger!!
    I do hope so much that you get better quickly- and indeed your poor Mother.
    With love,
    X Tricia

    • Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tricia, How kind of you to keep in touch, and I’m glad that you found the update I posted. I will be writing in full here on the blog in the next few days. I’m sorry to know that you also had surgery all those year back, and am sorry to know that it meant several more operations after that. So glad that your checkups are clear and that you sound so positive. Must be us March babies 🙂 I will let you know how mum is but again, it’s very much appreciated that you write to me here, love Ali xx

  47. Jill August 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    I’ve just seen your latest podcast and I’m delighted that everything has gone well, put your feet up and let everyone spoil you for a change. Going to see your mum sounds a good plan, you can both take life easy.

  48. helen August 12, 2019 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Get well soon lots of love and best wishes Helen

  49. Dee August 12, 2019 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I hope you are doing well after your surgery. Sending you and your mother my very warmest wishes for a speedy recovery. Look forward to seeing your beautiful smiling face back on the screen in September. D 😘

  50. Sue Radford August 13, 2019 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Really pleased your surgery went well – have been thinking about you. You look so well in your little up-date video. To see you looking so well has made my day! Enjoy your lovely luxury hamper, which looks yummy lol! Best wishes, as always, lovely lady.

    Love from Sue Radford xx

  51. Alison Keenan August 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jillian, I’m so sorry to know that you’ve been where I am … and I’m guessing with your mum too. It can be worrying, but we have to just take each day as it comes. Mum has a scan this week and hopefully that will give us a little insight into any changes… Fingers crossed. I do hope both you and your mum are now well, and thank you for writing to me. Love Ali xx

  52. Sue Owen August 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Just listened to your message on twitter. Wonderful news that all is well and hope you will be back on screen soon. Such an inspiration x

  53. Tina S August 16, 2019 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, So glad everything has turned out o.k. with your recent surgery. I can only imagine the stress and worry you have been going through! You must be so relieved beyond words. I had to have x rays this week on my leg as I have been having pain on and off for quite a while. Being a retired nurse and a born worrier I always think the worse so am trying not to dwell on it until I get the results of my x ray. It doesn’t help matters that you can never get to see a G.P. these days as its all through triage ! It’s very hard trying to give symptoms over the phone! I think it would be easier to get to see the Queen! Oh to win the lottery and then I would have private health care and be able to see a doctor when I need to. Anyway sorry for ranting on. At least you’ve had fantastic news. So happy for you. Take care.
    All the best, Tina S ( S.Wales) xx

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