#JusJoJan – Jan. 24 2022 – Unbelievable

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week:

Today is January 24th, so this is the 24th prompt for Just Jot it January 2022, and it’s brought to us by J-Dub. Thanks, J-Dub! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 24th, 2022, is “unbelievable.” Use the word “unbelievable” any way you’d like. Have fun!

I could have just gone on and on about politics, and the unbelievable state of the whole shebang, with regards to Covid-19, Brexit, parties (don’t get me started!) so I decided to post the next thing that came into my mind, as soon as I read the prompt.

A song that was released when I was in Fifth Year, the academic year we took our GCSEs. Also, over THIRTY YEARS AGO! Definitely feeling older, now! I remember this being played in our common room, as we were special and allowed our own chill out area with a stereo!

Memories!

Chai And A Chat #170 #ChaiAndAChat

Another week went by. Can you believe January is almost over? But thank goodness payday is around the corner!

Are you ready for your catch up with a drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d begin with school as always. It was a different week, as my team teacher for the beginning of the week was in isolation. My other team teacher did a full week for a change, and that helped, so the children got continuity. And to be honest, we wouldn’t have found a decent supply teacher, anyway. Not sure if there are Covid cases, but I was left with 21 children on Friday. Heaven knows what Monday will bring. In other business, I have been busy ordering equipment for the outdoor area, to get things more interesting for the children. There is also a presentation I will need to be doing for the rest of the school staff, but due to shortages of teachers, I was unable to get that done, so another task for this week.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that the housework timetable has worked for me so far. I tick off the chores that are done daily, and if there is time, I do others early, which means that the weekend is an easier time for me to spend being creative, and writing words! Still hasn’t been that successful with getting the kids on board. Lil Man thinks if he washes dishes badly, I’ll stop asking him. Instead, I made him rewaash, and stood behind him, with my arms around him, guiding him with the sponge! I think I embarrassed him enough to make sure he does better int he future, because I am not afraid to do that to him in front of others, and if he doesn’t want embarrassment, he needs to pull out his finger, lol!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that on Thursday, we celebrated Sonu Singh’s 8th Birthday! He got some special treats, which I have locked way, so he can’t reach them unaided, and a new toy!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that on Saturday, Lil Princess and I ventured out to Bluewater, so she could meet some friends. I had hoped for a quiet day, so I could write, but, instead, I spent it having a leisurely lunch, with my Kindle for company, as well as a long chat with my brother. And she needed it. She has been struggling since the pandemic, and we are trying to encourage any time she wants to socialise, for her own health’s sake.
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that Saturday was also a day for me to try and write. I’ll admit that maybe no words came out, on that particular session, however, I did get some great selfies! 😂😂
  • If we were having chai I’d then reassure you that I did do WIP related work on Sunday, after a leisurely read of my book with brunch. I have made some sort of skeleton plans so I can follow a direction with my story, because, otherwise, I will waffle on and on about all sorts of unneccessary things! Then I added around 800 new words to it, too!
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This week, I am sure, will go by in a blur, as they all seem to be doing, recently. We definitely have one school staff member who tested positive, this weekend, so there is a chance more could follow. Let’s seen what the numbers in class are like, Monday morning. I will attempt to keep up with my household jobs plan and daily blogging/writing, and other than the fun of an eyebrow appointment, there is nothing more to get excited about!

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#JusJoJan – Jan. 23 2022 – Surviving

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week:

Today is January 23rd, so this is the 23rd prompt for Just Jot it January 2022, and it’s brought to us by Wendy. Thanks, Wendy! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 23rd, 2022, is “surviving.” Use the word “surviving” any way you’d like. Have fun!

When I think of the word surviving, so many things come to mind, like the last surviving member of a family, surviving a horrific event, or surviving, day to day, in life.

Right now, surviving is what so many people are struggling to do. Surely, we shouldn’t be living in survival mode, in a first world country?

But with the way the economy is going, here, with the cost of living rising at an alarming rate, and wages and salaries not matching up to these increases at all, there is a real risk of many folks, choosing between food and heat, or forgoing basic things in order to afford something for the family.

It scares me, too.

I am lucky to be in a job, where, unless I did something awful, there is not much likelihood of me being made redundant, but even so, I see the rise in the cost of the weekly groceries, energy bills, the Council Tax, etc, and it is alarming.

Each month it feels like we are working to live, and even our living is of a much more frugal nature than we may have been displaying a couple of years ago. And I still have a decent wage coming in.

Brexit (yes, I hugely blame you!) and the pandemic have had a horrific effect on the livelihoods of many. Far too many small businesses have not survived this time. Even bigger concerns have seen store closures or felt the need to reduce workforces.

This all impacts livelihood.

I see it at work, in the faces of some parents who are struggling to go from day to day, unsure whether to buy new shoes for their child, who has outgrown their last pair, or get dinner for the family.

Yes, for some, it is that bad.

Survival mode has kicked in for many unfortunate souls.

What a horrible situation…

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 359 – Peace

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“Peace begins with a smile.”

Mother Teresa

I’m smiling here, Spidey, and hoping it brings inner as well as outer peace, over here!

You see, I need that peace, and quiet, so I can get busy, today, with a day that I have managed to clear, so I can devote it to as much writing-based work, as possible. Whether it is words that get written, or better planning, for the future words, I need that peace!

There will be some time in the morning when the rest of the household doesn’t bother to rise until midday. Then at least 3 hours when Lil Man and Hubby Dearest go to cricket training. Lil Princess will happily keep out of my way, so I can continue to be busy myself.

Hopefully, a productive day will give me the route to the rest of the story I am writing.

Wish me luck!

So, how do you ensure peace around you, when you are trying to be productive?

namaste

Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

#SoCS & #JusJoJan – Jan. 22 2022 – A Rainy Day

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and my very first birthday-Stream-of-Consciousness-Saturday is: “icing on the cake.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “icing on the cake.” Enjoy!

The icing on the cake is most certainly a phrase that tends to describe events or things that are beyond belief, and that is usually in a negative way, rather than a positive, or, in my experience anyway.

For example:

We had a bit of a crazy week at school with staffing, plus there were absences, with the children, due to there being a vomiting bug. Of course, there are times we have to clean up after sickness incidences, especially if they happen in our classrooms. To add to this, the icing on the cake was also having to remove a dead baby mouse from the playground – bleurgh! And the cherry on top? A poopy nappy, right at the end of the day!

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