It is so frustrating for me to not be part of the on-air team at QVC who are currently trying to take your mind off the constant updates that are affecting us all surrounding ‘the virus’. Having been with the channel for such a long time, I know how important just having a friendly face or voice in your living room can be during times of national crisis and it saddens me that I’m not able to help out my fellow presenters at this time.
I am hoping to be back on April 1st, as my ankle and wrist recovery is going well (more on that later), but I’m currently waiting to hear if my CML places me in the high-risk category. I do hope not, but if it does I will still keep in touch on here and I’m also thinking of doing some Facebook Live chats on my JuliaRobertsTV Facebook page. It is a space normally reserved for bookish things, however in these extraordinary times I think we can just ’chat’ about anything to keep each other company and entertained. Let me know if it’s something you would be interested in.
It’s good to see so many community spirited people taking actions to help their neighbours. I’m a bit restricted as to what I can do at the moment, but I’ve put some copies of my books in our village ’telephone box lending library’ and I’m trying to sort out making my self-published novels free for short periods to provide a bit of escapism for those people who like to read. Keep an eye on my social media platforms for updates on that, although if you already subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you will be able to download them for nothing anyway.
Like most of you I’m sure, we have experienced some difficulty in getting certain food items in our local supermarket, so I went on to our QVC website last weekend to order some cheese that we’ve had before and some Hotel Chocolat replacement sachets for the Velvetiser. While I was there, I discovered that we sell Secret Sausages and this selection of Chunk of Devon pies, both of which are for veggies!
We had the Cumberland sausages from the selection with mashed potato, broccoli and gravy on Tuesday night for dinner and pies last night.
Chris and I had Butternut Squash & Goats Cheese, which I can confirm were delicious, and our son had ’Spicy Jack’. Having found them, we’ll definitely be re-ordering. If you’re unaware of the range of food we sell, have a look on our website.
The aforementioned Velvetiser featured on-air yesterday as part of the Your Spring Home event, as did the Silentnight Orthopaedic Pet Bed, which is back in stock. I know I’ve mentioned before how much Wilfie the cat loves his, but in case you thought he might have gone off it, this photo shows he hasn’t. He completely ignored every other pet bed we ever got him but he spends hours every day in this one – he LOVES it.
So, time for my broken bones update. It’s seven weeks to the day that I came home from hospital and although it was really tough for the first few weeks, progress is definitely speeding up now. I visited ‘Brutal Brittany’ (my physio) earlier in the week and she gave me the all clear to leave the splint off my wrist. She also gave me a ’strong’ massage to help reduce the swelling and some exercises for strength and mobility. It is surprising how much it has stiffened up through lack of use. I am now wearing a tubular support bandage, again for swelling, but also to remind me that it’s not completely fixed yet.
One thing I have noticed is that the nails on my left hand are sooooooo long compared with my right hand. Maybe the reason I usually struggle to grow long nails is that I’m always busy doing housework and stuff? – at least that’s what I’m going to tell Chris!
Anyway, I now have those exercises to add to my ever-increasing physio regime for my ankle – it’s a good job I’m not at work or I don’t know when I’d have the time to do everything. I’m also trying to make sure that I walk continuously for 15 – 20 minutes a day, either in my kitchen/family room or on the treadmill in our home gym. This short video was taken on my second attempt at the treadmill and although my gait is a long way from perfect, I’m really pleased with how far I’ve come.
That was when I was still wearing odd shoes, because I couldn’t get my matching athletic trainer on, but today I have got it on for the first time, another sign that the swelling is starting to go down. I guess many of you will be joining me in home exercise now that we are being encouraged to stay away from crowded places, which of course includes gyms.
Well, that’s about it from me for this week. It’s going to be a funny old Mothering Sunday this weekend with a lot of planned family lunch get-togethers cancelled, but maybe some of you will be able to cook and deliver to your mums’ if you live close enough. My mum at 93 is being very pragmatic about the whole situation. As well as upping our number of phone calls to her, she is also speaking to Audrey, my mum-in-law regularly. We may not be able to be in physical contact with people at the moment but phones, FaceTime, Skype, listening to the radio and watching TV are all ways of stopping that feeling of being alone… which brings me full circle really. Keep watching QVC – we’re here for you.