Chai And A Chat #97 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 21

I’m sorry, where did that week go? It feels like mere moments since we last sat down and had a chat!

(Gotta tell ya, I do miss going out to Costa and grabbing a Chai Latte, but at least I can have one at home with you!)

  • If we were having chai I’d excitedly tell you that even though it was short, the time we spent with Pops and Mum was wonderful. We went on walks, and I dicovered parks and places I never realised were so close to their home! And Lil Man found a cricket club too, so he was over the moon. We ate plentifully, as Mum didn’t stop with her cooking, and consumed many calories, talked so much, and just generally made up for the eight months we had missed.
Pops and Mum with me ❤
Colours during our walks
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that I was so worried about the drive back, as we had been lucky on Sunday, getting there in record time, considering it was HOT and we had no a/c, but Wednesday’s drive back was good too, phew!
  • If we were having chai I’d let you know that it was the week of the Grandparents. We’d been back one night when we went to the in-laws to stay there one night too, as we have managed to meet fleetingly, in gardens, and one evening where we had dinner together, but not spent quiaality time. The kids hada fun watching film after film, and the grandparents were most happy.
  • If we were having chai I’d have to tell you, excitedly that I have managed over 10k again on the manuscript, and the word count stands at over 53k, now! I know my output is going to drop drastically now, because life has things planned for me, but if I can keep going, a few words every day, hopefully Ill have a completed first draft before I know it! (I’ve already got a cover, but I’m not showing that off, yet! 😉) Been too busy to post many more pics, but that is one from mid week, before I hit my target, so you can see, I’m getting there!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to share my latest lettering project, which I am soooo proud of!
  • If we were having chai I’d be able to sigh with relief at the fact that I can finally say I have started that dang clear out! At least two day have passed filled with emptying wardrobes and collapsing the ones that are falling to bits, and sorting out cds, DVDs and books that I an sell, or donate to charity. It breaks my heart to lose books but sometimes you have to do these things. There are certain books I’ll never get rid of, but a lot which I held on to for nostalgia’s sake. However, my childrens books, nope. They ain’t going nowhere! And as you would expect, the kids got imvolved too, including my furry son… Though I’m not sure whether he was more hinderance than help!
  • If we were having chai I’d also have to say that reading is still going, too, at least another 3 books read and reviewed this week. I am currently at 106 read this year, and another 4 months to go!

This week, I will be extremely busy. Hubby Dearest has the week off too, so we are on home improvement mission, with clearing out to continue, and some workmen coming to do some bits around the house that we can’t. So much stuff!!! But I am determined to become Mrs Minimalist… (Yeah right, Ritu… we’ll see…)

I will attempt to write some. If I can get another few K written, I will have hit 40K written in four weeks, which was my target, before term starts.

I will still have a few more days before school officially opens, but I need to go in from next Monday, to sort my classroom out. Hopefully the flooring is set by the end of this week, so I can do it! I still have some paperwork to do, too, which my laptop refuses to let me access while I am at home, so that needs sorting out as well. All means less writing time, but I am determined, when I get my mind set.

There is also dentist appointments, and a catch up with friends, too, so yup. Another busy one!

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43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. avantikapinku
    Sep 12, 2020 @ 21:13:04

    Informative post.

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  2. chapter18
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 10:52:26

    That’s great family time..

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  3. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 18:18:58

    Just airing on my favorite Czech radio station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNPzYszKmz8
    I think its a sign, and this song meets you best,Sis! 🙂

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  4. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 18:06:39

    Congratulations to the 10k+. Honestly, Lil-Man was playing cricket on vacancy too? 😉 He is really British. No doubt! Lol For you one should invent a Women Club, pulling you aways from resident work. 😉 All at once, you had a wonderful week, your parent are well and save, even very far away from your home. I first time noticed last week how bigthe aisles are. Lol
    Enjoy your evening, and the just started week. Michael

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  5. johnrieber
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 16:47:36

    Such a busy week…with long-overdue family gatherings and now spring cleaning…I got a bit winded just reading it!

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  6. eLPy
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 15:24:01

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week! Sometimes I hear about time spent with family and I almost forget that that is not so normal anymore. It’s good you were able to do this. 🙂

    Congrats on all the writing you’re getting done! Heck yeah! I’ve been in one hell of a a creative slump. It’s not that I can’t write it’s that I’m not as driven to do so. It’s there in my heart but…today is the day for me though! I appreciate you sharing your successes as it is always encouraging to do “write” 😉 by one’s self while encouraging your fellow writers.

    I love that you see all the beauty around you. You’re so right that no matter what is happening in the world of man Nature continues to shine. That is why I am always saying at least we can go outside; at least this isn’t like Chernobyl.

    Thanks for sharing! Hopefully I’ll actually make the concept of a clean out real for me. Perhaps I’ll draw from your encouragement in this as well! 😉

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    • Ritu
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 15:29:15

      I’ve been thinking about the clean out for so long… Taken time to actually start!
      The writing… If I don’t try while I’m on holiday, it wont happen 😢

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  7. dearanonymousfriend
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 15:17:41

    I am so thrilled you had family time this past week. Nothing better! Little Man and I have started to facetime and play online games together and make faces at each other, great fun for my 8 year old and I confess I look forward to the goofiness each day. Have a great week! Cathi

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  8. John W. Howell
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 14:30:17

    Glad your trip was great.

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  9. Jennie
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 13:38:57

    Super week, Ritu! A visit with your folks, time off from school, and doing the clear-out thingy is all good. Plus reading and writing! With Hubby off this week, it should be a good week ahead, too. Best to you!

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  10. charlypriest
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 10:06:18

    I´m assuming schools are closed over there? They did open them in my town for little kids, or they you can find the kids in the library spaced out to do their work through the internet and send it to the teacher or go figure what these kids are doing, but some schools have opened for a brief time specially for the ages of 10 and younger. Anyways, it is what it is so lets keep safe, you specially since I´m done already, and have a great Monday Mrs. Ritu.

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  11. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 09:33:07

    So pleased you had such a wonderful visit with your parents Ritu and it must have been a wonderful boost…I am having a sort out to… those 4 inch heels are not going to be worn again nor the pink jeans….lol.. have a good week..♥

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  12. willowdot21
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 06:39:09

    Sounds like a great week Sis. So glad you got to see your parents and spent time with them. Also you got to see the in law’s too. Sound like you will be busy with the big clear out and builders, plus reading and writing. 💜💜💜💜

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  13. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 05:44:15

    Well done all around, Ritu. I am glad you got a nice break in. We all need the stress reliever. Mine didn’t pan out but I am still hoping to get an hour of editing in a day this week.

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