Chai And A Chat #20 #ChaiAndAChat

Well hello, again Peeps! Have you got that drink ready? My chai is waiting!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d sigh and possibly be looking for something stronger than a chai!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that it’s been another week of fun at school. A four day week for the kids meant that we had to squeeze in plenty, to make sure all was covered, and another bout of short staffing meant Wednesday in particular, was rather trying, but, again, we coped, and I am still here!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that Thursday, aka Valentines Day, was memorable for several reasons. I got feedback from my writer friend for my manuscript, and though there was plenty there that I could work with, there were some items that I found a little hard to stomach… But, I got over it! Then I was informed that my Brother in Law feeling great, so he wasn’t able to go to the function we were meant to be attending at the weekend, which in turn impacted upon our plans to go to my parents as a family. Hubby Dearest doesn’t get to go often and I was so happy he was coming with me, as were Pops and Mum, but because of this turn of events, he would now have to drive his parents, meaning they would head back home, leaving me and the kids to go to Birmingham. Simple.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say I lied. Nothing is that simple, is it? On the same Valentines Day, Lil Man came home with a terrible headache and fever. This meant playing nurse to a teen who was even more grumpy than usual, and not agreeable to anything, trying to keep calm about our plans falling to pieces, and cooking a dinner to celebrate what should have been a romantic night… At least I got flowers!
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  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that Friday was a training day for me with the Brilliant Doctor of Happiness, Andy Cope, and it was another inspirational session (yes, I bought another book…) And there was more computer-based training in the afternoon for all staff, which I had already done, but needed to assist the older members of my team with. Then we were done !
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that Lil Man was still not well, so he’d been off school that day with his grandparents. I arrived home to find him on the sofa, not having eaten anything major all day, still burning up, and still suffering headaches. I was a little scared. He’d mentioned one of the lads hitting him on the back of the head a couple of days before (bants, they call it – I’m not sure if it was more being picked on…) And with his history of concussion, I was worried. At the course that day, another teacher had been talking about her son’s 14-year-old friend who got hit on the head, then lost the ability to walk for a while… We made the decision, with me getting rather emotional, that we wouldn’t go anywhere on the weekend, and if the headaches lasted until the next day, we would go to the hospital.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d confess I was so upset on Friday night I cried. It really hit me this week, how far I am from my parents, and that they aren’t getting younger. Pops had an investigative procedure on Sunday, and it seems to have been okay, but still, I wanted to see him and had been hoping to, before ill health had struck the household again. As I rang Mum to tell her of the change in plans, she was so calm and kept saying “Don’t worry, God willing, we will see each other soon.” That made me feel even worse… what if God had other plans…? Pops and Mum are also addressing the issue of advancing years by seriously considering downsizing their property, meaning a whole load of #KonMarie type sorting out happening there, and them looking at flats and bungalows…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know I had to see Hubby Dearest off on Saturday morning, then checked up on the patient, whose fever seemed to have subsided, thank goodness. We spent a calm day watching films and when the kids were settled doing their own things, I started in earnest, to go through the wardrobes of the house, and I did really good! 15 bags of clothes cleansed from our cupboards! I spent around 3 hours doing that, and then got read of 14 of them on Sunday morning! There is one bag which was filled with Indian outfits that mum-in-law is taking to India, but the rest… gone! I need to get three large bags out from the attic to sort them out too, then it’ll all be done, clothes wise. There is still so much more to do though!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you we had a chilled out Sunday too. After a leisurely lunch we popped into Bluewater Shopping Centre and had a wander around, picking up bits and pieces for Lil Princess’s birthday that is coming up, and my Father-in-Law’s too.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d breathe a sigh of relief and say “Thank Goodness it’s Half Term!” A week off. But it’ll still be busy! Today I’ll be carless, as my car goes in for service (hopefully it won’t cost a bomb!) and we have dentist appointments. There will be hair and nail appointments, as well as get-togethers this week, to celebrate when that Lil Princess of mine turns 11 too… I’ll be wrapping presents soon!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I am also excited as I have spoiled myself with an All-New Kindle Paperwhite which should arrive later today, and I can start transferring my TBR list onto there, then wiping my old one clean to give to Lil Princess, so she can start her own collection!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d add that I’ll need to be on hand to help the in-laws back as the next time I speak to you over a cuppa, they will have flown to the Motherland for 6 weeks!

Have a wonderful week Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

81 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rae Longest
    Feb 26, 2019 @ 19:11:17

    You may be sipping chai, but I am gulping chicken noodle soup today, Feb. 26th because I have a rotten old-fashioned head cold. Had to pass on my volunteer job with the little kids today. I am definitely ordering How to Flourish in a Crazy world! My world is definitely crazy. I read this post around 5:30 this a.m. and was inspired by the sight of your trash bags full of “clutter” that I Half to take it in tomorrow (It is raining hard today.) so that I will not be tempted to buy someone else’s clutter. LOL
    I enjoyed our “talk” as always even if (as usual) I am behind on your “doings.” Ciao!

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  2. englishwithkirsty
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 08:59:40

    If we were sipping chai together, I’d be telling you about my new coffee machine, which arrived yesterday and is making me happy!
    So sorry you didn’t get to see your parents. I hope you’ll be able to arrange another visit soon.

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  3. thereluctantpoet
    Feb 19, 2019 @ 02:12:44

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  4. willowdot21
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 23:59:50

    A hectic week Sis , such worries about little man, and parents and in laws..
    It never rains but it pours. Thank goodness for half term I hope you can all get a little crest, break from the norm to set you up for next week. Bugs Sis 💜💜💜

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  5. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 20:55:39

    Wow, I’m exhausted for you, Ritu! This weekend and week I’m preparing for our boy’s school’s major fundraising gala and silent auction. I can’t wait for it–so that it’s over! My boys had their first real sleepover this weekend, so my husband and I got a night out. I’m glad you’re on a break now and can get some down time. Hope your teen is feeling all better. I understand the grumpy–and my guys are only 9!

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  6. TanGental
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 20:45:45

    Ah bloody hell, poor you; the sandwich generation eh? Kids at both ends, espc when they are all being noble and trying to stop you worrying like that is even a thing. Did you pack Sonu in one of those bags by mistake. And if you do have to help your folks downsize, remember that even if they do have to do a Kon style sort out no one is going to pack up and dispose of their memories, nor you yours.

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    • Ritu
      Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:31:00

      That is very true His Geoffleship.
      Actually it was my parents who got me started. They’ve already done quite a bit, readying themselves fir the probable downsize!

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  7. Erika Kind
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 20:25:17

    There was a lot coming together last week. Sometimes there are those times. I understand you wanting to be closer to your parents, most of all when they are getting older. I lived 6000 km away from them for a long time. That was when I realized the value even more of having them around. So, it is not 6000 km for you at least but I do understand. Lots of love to you, sis 💖

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  8. Judy E Martin
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 20:06:30

    Oh, Sis, it sounds like you have had quite a week! I am glad that Lil Man is starting to feel better, that must have been a worry for you given his history. It is such a shame that you couldn’t get to see your parents but hopefully, it won’t be too long before you get another chance.
    I hope you manage to have a restful half term sis. but knowing you, that will not be possible!! 🙂 xx

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  9. johnrieber
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 19:07:56

    I am sitting here, reading this and wondering what lies ahead this week for me – certainly nothing as dramatic as what you had last week, but who knows, right? Thanks for sharing all of this…

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  10. dearanonymousfriend
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 18:45:59

    what a week you have had! I hope health has returned to your home and that you will soon be able to see your folks. Having both of my girls away, one three hours and one seven and half hours driving makes it hard. They keep telling us we aren’t getting younger, which I know well. But, as your Mum said, God willing you will be together soon. Thanks for sharing your week.

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  11. roughwighting
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 18:15:40

    What a week you had! I’m most concerned about your son. I’m still recovering from a concussion and I know how dangerous they can be. Hope your son is better and his headaches were from a virus, not a bang on the head.
    I have the new Kindle Paperwhite too (about 4 months now) and love it. Sometimes just getting lost in a story in there helps the ‘bad week things’ go away for a little while. ;-0
    Best of luck with your car issues. xo

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  12. Dan Antion
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 16:52:14

    It looks like you summed it up quite well at the start – “we coped, and I am still here!”

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  13. fancypaperblog
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 16:39:50

    On midterm too- enjoy well deserved break!

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  14. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 16:08:33

    Point 1: Put some rum into the cup. LoL You will feel better, too. Like LilSpidey! 🙂
    Was a real awesome week for you, but you managed in a very cool way, Sis!
    I was down for three days, had no voice, but it seems to be over now. Dealing with viruses was very new too me. Never had any illness, the last two decades. Wish you and “all in da house” a beautiful week. Michael

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  15. Rachna
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 16:05:09

    That was overall a decent week with its ups and downs. My week was similar as well. Good to hear about your manuscript.

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  16. syl65
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 15:47:59

    I’m glad little man is feeling better and that you made it through a topsy turvy week Sister. I understand very well the feeling of your parents being far away. Over here trying to get through this temperamental winter. Stay inspired Sister 🙏🏽💜

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  17. angelanoelauthor
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 13:52:37

    I had an awesome week. Finally let go of some anxiety I’d been holding on to and published my Winter Edition of Awesome Nuggets! Sorry about Lil Man’s illness, that’s not so fun. Feedback on your work can truly be a challenge. But you’re approaching it well. It is tough, but it’ll make you better!

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  18. Jennie
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 13:30:16

    A roller coaster week, Ritu. Happy week to you! 😍

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  19. Lacey Dearie
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 11:52:00

    New reader to the site here, just found your blog on the #Mondayblogs hashtag on Twitter. Loved this blog, and now I really want chai!

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  20. Image Earth Travel
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 11:18:34

    Sounds like you’ve had a cr*ppy week overall and hope that this week is better. Wish I was there to share a chai latte with you. 😉

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  21. Rachael Stray | https://rachaelstray.com/
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 09:35:19

    Oh Ritu it is hard being far away from your family I completely sympathise with you. Our niece is poorly at the minute and we can’t get down to see her so we’re making do with FaceTime but it isn’t the same! I hope Pops is feeling better soon. Also hope your son is on the mend too bless him. There’s so many bugs flying around at the minute!

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  22. Dorinda Duclos
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 05:50:01

    I’m happy to hear Lil Man is feeling better. Had anyone else mentioned their child being ill with a headache? 11??!! How can that possibly be? Wasn’t Lil Princess just 7? Sigh. They grow so fast. Thanks for sharing your week!! ❤️

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