It feels like absolutely ages since I’ve been in at QVC, but it’s actually only five weeks ago that we were celebrating QVC’s 28th birthday. Can I just say a huge thank you to all of you who left comments on my previous blog – I’ve read them all and have replied to some already and will get around to all of them eventually. My apologies for my tardiness, but it has been quite a month for me!
This time four weeks ago, I was in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a tumour on my pituitary gland, which, for those of you who don’t know, is located inside your brain. The tumour was discovered purely by accident and was as a result of having a brain scan during the investigations into the ongoing vision issues I have been experiencing since my cataract surgery in May. I’m not going to lie, I was very anxious at the thought of having surgery inside my brain but modern techniques are far less invasive than they used to be and I was in very good hands.
To cut a long story short, the operation was in large part successful. The tumour had been compressing the optic nerve causing the sight issue and that has now been resolved giving me very good vision in the eye in which I had the cataract surgery. Obviously, this was a huge relief as was the confirmation that the tumour was non-cancerous. I feel very fortunate that it was discovered, albeit by chance, before any long-term damage was caused to my sight or anything else for that matter.
As many of you who read my blogs regularly know, I’m always rushing around doing things, but I have been forced to do very little over the past four weeks. No housework, no gardening, in fact, no strenuous physical activities at all. I have been allowed to go for short walks and last week I tried some very gentle Pilates moves on my AeroPilates machine which felt amazing I must say. Even so, I have been bored so it has been a lovely distraction to have some furry friends come to visit.
First up it was Milo, my daughter’s ginger cat. She was going to the wedding of an old school friend in Gloucestershire and Chris volunteered to have Milo stay for a couple of nights while they were away. Even though I was only just home from hospital, it was lovely to have something to take my mind off things. As you can see from the photo, he was clearly missing his mummy… not!
Then the following weekend, we had Quin, my son’s Dachshund/Jack Russell cross visit for the day while he and his girlfriend went to watch an NFL game in London. It had been a long-standing arrangement which I didn’t want to break and anyway it gave me a reason to go for a walk. Chris was on pooper-scooper duty though as I haven’t been allowed to bend forwards.
Our final visitor was Wilfie who came for just over a week. It was lovely to have him sitting on me and feel his purrs vibrating through me while I stroked him. For him it was like a home from home stretching out in the sunshine in all his familiar places.
In this picture, you can just see one of my latest purchases, my monkey table, which I adore. Chris keeps asking me when I’m going back to work as, with precious little else to do, I have been filling my time watching TV and shopping online!!! It’s a shame I haven’t felt well enough to write as I would have had half a novel done by now!
Talking of watching TV and shopping, I’ve flicked on to QVC a few times to see what I’ve been missing… I may have bought a few things too and I may be buying a few more over the coming weeks!
This Sunday is Beauty Day always a good day to shop for Christmas gifts. As well as the fab TSV from Bareminerals, which is already available to pre-order on the website, there are whole hours of Molton Brown, Nails Inc, SBC and L’Occitane with loads more of your fave beauty brands featured in mixed hours throughout the day.
Then on Tuesday, it is A Taste of Christmas – fabulous food ideas for the big day in December as well as gift ideas. The TSV that day is from Hotel Chocolat and as you can see from this photo is a chocolate lover’s idea of heaven. The chocolates come in packets which you can pop into the gift boxes and gift bags as you see fit – there are two gift boxes and two gift bags. A perfect opportunity to tick off four gifts and keep some of your favourites for yourself… did someone mention ‘Salted Espresso Martini’? I think I deserve a treat, don’t you?
Then next weekend it is the Elemis Christmas TSV. I’m so sad to be missing it, but I have to listen to my body. At least I have received a sample to try out in the Lime and Ginger option. I used to love the lime and ginger salt scrub so I’m looking forward to trying the shower cream and velvet body butter in this fragrance along with the hand cream. The eight-piece collection also includes two cleansers (the balm and the marine wash), Apricot Toner, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Pro-Collagen Marine Oil, all presented in a beautiful velvety bag. There are two other fragrances available too so watch out early next week when it will be available to order early on our website.
When I’m not watching TV and/or shopping, I’ve really been enjoying watching the birds on the feeders in our garden. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but I can’t rate the Grumpy Gardener deluxe fatballs highly enough! My birds absolutely love them, and we have such a variety visiting us now. Along with the blue tits, great tits, blackbirds, starlings, robins, magpies, thrushes and wood pigeons, we also have nuthatches and this rather striking black and white bird which I’ve now discovered is a Great Spotted Woodpecker. I need to have a word with Joe, he’s costing me a small fortune!!!
I do love my garden though and we have been blessed with some lovely sunny days this autumn. Mind you, it did catch us out a bit on Monday. I had to go into London for my 60th (yes, I did say 60th) medical appointment this year. It was such a lovely day that we put the washing out on the line before we left… all I’m saying is that it might have been a mistake!
So it will be another couple of weeks or so before I’m back on QVC but I do hope to do a Permission to Pry either next week or the week after so do check out my Instagram @juliagroberts if you like to find out more about our QVC guests (and occasionally presenters).