Chai And A Chat #98 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 22

Let me just sit back, and put up my aching feet… It’s been another manic one, Peeps!

You ready with your drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d remind you that this week, I had planned to be on a mission. Mission Clear Out. And I am happy to report that I have been extremely productive in that respect. As of now, both kids rooms now only have their beds, desk, a hanging rail for clothes, and a set of plastic drawers, for bits and bobs. Should make life easier when moving furniture to paint! The living room is down a couple of bookshelves, and sans CDs, with the consoles not used anymore all packed up, ready to sell. The side board is being emptied, precious dishes wrapped and packed intp boxes. The upstairs bathroom is being prepped for some extra tiles, and regrouting in the existing ones. The downstairs one has been totally ripped out. The builders exposed a leak which has been sorted out. We haave people coming to sort out a guttering issue, quotes rolling in for painters for internal, as well as external walls. The kitchen will be Marie Kondoed again, soon, so what we have is only what we use and need, not what we were gifted because everyone thought we would be using certain things. The next big job is our bedroom, which has become the place to hoard things. I’ve moved a lot of stuff, but there is still plenty to do, which I hope to achieve this week. And the Skip has arrived. So that is two large wardrobes, three book shelves, a small chest of drawers, so far, that I have demolished, ane one shelf that landed on my foot! OUCH! But, I’m okay, don’t worry!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention sullenly, that my writing has taken a hit, because of sasid activity around the house. I managed to add 1.2K to the manuscript, and wrote, published/scheduled several blog posts. I did manage to read, though, and got to the end of my ARC list for now, so I am working on the paperbacks by my bedside… (Once read, I can decide if they are worth keeping or passing on – less to pack!)
  • f we were having chai I’d tell you that the local Age Concern charity shop has benefitted from two cars full of donations, and there are more to come! Seriously, where did all this stuff come from????
  • If we were having chai I’d ask you to cast your mind back a few weeks, when I finished term, and was disappointed because I couldn’t set up my classroom, due to the flooring being done. Well, I got a message on Wednesday to say that the guy who was meant to be doing it, got caught up in the quarantine thing, and so they’ve had to reschedule… Which means I managed to get in to set the furniture up, at least, but also means that I will have to dismantle everything again come October, when they have been rebooked!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I am really tired. I’m not sleeping well, knowing that we have so much to do, but also thinking about getting back to school. I am having a few more soaks than usual, to ease my aching body, after days of hefting boxes around. The thought of everything looking sparkly-new is what is keeping me going, though! And the possibility that we could be selling up, and in our forever home sooner rather than later! (I’m dreaming of office spaces/libraries, and a lovely kitchen!)
  • If we were having chai I’d say that this week has been a week filled with reflections. That Marie Kondo has something, you know. I am so sentimental, and I keep a LOT of stuff that I never look at, but they are things that, when seen, trigger memories. I have had to think long and hard about whether they are really worth keeping, if the memory is in my head, anyway? It has helped me to let go of a lot of ‘stuff’ that I am keeping for the wrong reasons, and also, my thinking has spurred both my mums on, to start their own sort outs, too! It’s quite freeing, you know!

This week, that dentist appointment that we were meant to have? Got cancelled, so we are going today. They time to school shoe shop… give me strength!

More charity shop drop offs, too, as well as more clearing out to do.

I also am officially back in school come Thursday, so life is gettinng back to some sort of normality…

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43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 27, 2020 @ 19:00:28

    It sounds like a productive week, Ritu. My boys are back to school on Tuesday next week but on alternate days. How lucky am I.

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  2. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Aug 27, 2020 @ 03:22:04

    I don’t know how you do it! I would need more than a few soaks, too. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in work–which is good, because I like to eat, but it means less time for my creative work and for the blog. Even so, I wrote a couple thousand words over the weekend and just need to push on through–halfway there with the WIP now! We just had our kitchen backsplash tiled and the bathroom is almost done–so now our 1940 home looks a bit fresher. I’m excited to hear about your next home and your kiddos in the classroom. My boys are going back (to the classroom most days, yay!) in Sept. We’ll see how long it last, but they really didn’t take to the remote learning, so here’s praying!

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    • Ritu
      Aug 27, 2020 @ 06:38:53

      I’m back in, for two training days today, then our classes are in from.next Tuesday!
      All this with the craziness of the home improvements, etc, going on!!!
      Well done on getting some words down, though 😊

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  3. Jennie
    Aug 26, 2020 @ 14:21:53

    You have been sooo busy! When the clear out is finished you’ll wonder how in the world you did it all. Hope your foot is better. Only a fellow boo-boo queen can relate.

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  4. School Of Universal Life!
    Aug 26, 2020 @ 06:27:05

    You are a busy bee,
    Way to go!!

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  5. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:44:32

    Do you really wonderfing about your tiredness, Sis? 😉 You are not Superwoman, you are Sis.OK, Sis with superpower (after your famous date with Spdey), but with both feet on earth again. Lol
    First advice: Dont try to break down your home!
    Second advice: Keep cool, you are in Kent, not in the midst of LDN.
    Third advice: Try to relax, before you need to be used getting closer to the monsters again. 😉

    All the best,and i hope we will get pictures from the famous painted wall (not the furniture ;-). Michael

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  6. Traci York
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:42:53

    Yikes! What a mean shelf to do that to your poor foot! Hope it feels better fast, Ritu!

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  7. Erika
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:06:42

    Holidays are barely times to relax but rather times to squeeze all the things for which there is no time otherwise. Take care!

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  8. niasunset
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 19:44:15

    Dear Ritu, what happened? I hope your foot heals soon. What a busy days… You need help, I wished to be able to fly there… Good luck to you all. Love, nia

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  9. willowdot21
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 13:22:32

    Hope your foot is okay Ritu, workmen boots are the order of the day! Everything else seems to be on course sounds Iike you and hubby are doing a grand job 💜

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  10. jenanita01
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 10:23:40

    Sorry to hear about your foot, Ritu… but I’m surprised thats all that happened, what with everything you are tackling!

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  11. Living Love Letter™
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 06:27:47

    Oh my gosh, I hope your foot heals quickly! 🙏🏽

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