It has been a bit of a fractious week this last week. Mum ending up in hospital has really thrown life off kilter. In fact, today has been pretty bad as mum has taken a bit of a turn for the worse and, if I’m being honest, my anxiety levels are kinda through the roof right now. So this blog is part distraction, part therapy.
Since we last spoke we have found out that she has definitely broken her pelvis, hence the reason she couldn’t stand or walk. She has also lost a part of her elbow it seems, so we are uncertain what kind of function she will have with it long term. Mum also has pretty poor healing abilities in her skin as it is so tissue-like, so the torn skin and tissue on her arm is needing a lot of attention. On top of that, we think she has contracted an infection of some sort that is leaving her really confused and a little bit delirious. She has been extremely bad today. We are all worried where this will end up. Due to Covid restrictions and not being allowed in the hospital, we still haven’t even managed to speak to a doctor at this stage and it has been a week since all of this happened. To add to all of that, Northern Ireland has just announced that they are going into a four week lockdown, so I am even more uncertain as to when she will get home and when I will be able to be with her.
As well as all of that, yesterday morning I was having breakfast and was chewing when suddenly I felt a hard crunch and somehow I had bitten down on a small stone or something and broke the whole corner off a tooth! I couldn’t believe it. It’s never happened to me before and reminded me of a stress dream I used to have a lot where I am chewing and all my teeth are crumbling to dust the more I chew. So I have been trying to get an emergency appointment. Due to Covid restrictions, the earliest ‘emergency’ appointment I can get is two weeks away! I am deep breathing as I type this. Lol. These really do feel like the worst of times, but I know these too shall pass. I’ll keep on putting on a smile, even if it is a little broken at the minute!
It reminds me of something I posted on my Instagram this week. I was looking out the window at work, looking at the blue skies and someone took a pic. Looking at it made me think about how important it is to try and see the light no matter how dark it gets! I said on the Insta post:
Always turn to face the sun. That is where life is brightest and things look lighter. With the sun in front of you the dark shadows are always behind you. Find that person or that thing in life that makes you feel like you have the sun shining on you. That will always be a happy place to be.
I clearly was in a very philosophical mood that day, but I stand by what I said, if I can just remember to live by it too!
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I don’t know if it is the change of season or the stress, but my skin has been really distressed lately. I can’t be the only one whose skin goes into protest the minute that life starts to get tricky? It’s always been that way. Either I have acne breakouts, or, massively dehydrated, dry, flaky skin or in some cases, like now, a combination of the two!
I have decided to pare all my skincare right back and want to only use plant-based products that are gentle, so I am opting for Liz Earle for cleansing and moisturising at the moment because honestly, I don’t need another issue on my plate right now!
Luckily for me they have a gorgeous six-piece Today’s Special Value coming up which is currently on pre-sale with four Easy Pay interest-free instalments, and a saving of over £73 compared to buying each of the items individually from our website!
This sumptuous six-piece collection from Liz Earle showcases the limited edition Bourbon Vanilla & Clove Bud fragrance inspired by QVC bestseller Botanical Essence No. 15, which can be found in the iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Botanical Body Cream and Botanical Body Wash. Complete with a trio of Liz Earle skincare favourites, two gift boxes and two silver-trimmed pure cotton cloths, this superb selection is perfect for sharing with loved ones during the festive period.
The new Bourbon Vanilla & Clove Bud scent takes inspiration from the spicy elegance of customer favourite No. 15 Eau de Parfum. This cosy and clean fragrance, with notes of warming clove bud and sweet and comforting bourbon vanilla, effortlessly imbues your cleanser and bodycare with its wonderful perfume, making it a real delight to add to your autumn and winter beauty ritual.
You can choose your Skin Repair Moisturiser formula to suit your skin type, whether it’s dry, oily or normal, and there’s the beloved Instant Boost Skin Tonic to finish your complexion off with a soothing, brightening formula. This is going to be incredibly popular so I would advise that you get in early to grab yours. I know I will!
The other thing I find that I am needing at the moment are little comforting treats. I have been reaching for the chocolate almost every day at the moment. And as a former chocolatier myself, I can honestly say that one of the best out there right now for chocolate treats is Hotel Chocolat.
They too are bringing us a Todays Special Value this weekend. It will be pre-launching at 9 p.m. on Friday 16th October and be available all day on the 17th October. For those who not only love their chocolate but their coffee and hot drinks too, this is the perfect little gift for winter and beyond.
You see, the Today’s Special Value is the extremely popular Hotel Choclat Velvetiser with 10 mixed Hot Chocolat sachets and 10 Latte sachets, as well as two Pod Cups.
This really does allow you to give treat time a touch of luxury. Whether you want to create a silky smooth, rich hot chocolate with real chocolate flakes, or a high-quality morning mood-lifter with the new-to-QVC latte sachets, it really is drinks-all-round for those who are spending more time at home and love their quality coffee shop hot drinks, or, for those who simply want to treat themselves.
It comes in three different colour options of Charcoal, Copper or White and has a great saving of over £40 compared to going direct!
What’s not to love? (I’m now craving a hot chocolate!)
I mentioned in my last blog about my container gardening to help keep me sane. I talked about the heathers I had gotten to plant up and that I wanted some Cyclamen to go with them.
Well I just got some yesterday, so I’m off out to plant those up before it gets too late. I shall be looking toward the sun as I do, trying to see the brighter side of things and taking deep breaths.
Go gently all of you, and try not to fall!
Until next time,