Chai And A Chat #111 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 35

I’ve come to this Monday with a renewed sense of faith. Things are rubbish out there, but we will get through. A little hope, a little positivity, always helps.

Right, now, where’s that drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d get right into the rigmarole that is self-isolating children! So, you know that Lil Princess was put on 14 day quariantine, because a member of her class ‘bubble’ had tested positive, right? Well, Lil Man and I set off for school on Monday. As of this week, I was bringing him in with me because I didn’t want to risk this virus hitting anyone in my in-laws home, since they are all either Clinically Vulnerable, or clinically Extremely Vulnerable. He sat in my classroom, mask on until 8.20am, then headed off to his school, before the children began to come into our room. At the end of the day, he walked back to me, and sat in my room, mask on, again, after the kids had left, and we left early, too. As we drove home, he mentioned a message about school closing. I stopped the car, and looked at my email, and sure enough, more classes in their secondary school had shut. Not all for self-isolation, though, but because, due to certain bubbles having to close, lack of staff in the school building to teach, so off the majority went, to distance learn for the rest of the two weeks. All good, until I received a phone call, (same lady as the day before) telling me that Lil Man also needed to self-isolate, as he’d been exposed to a new positive case. Great. Thankfully, it’s been a week, so far, and no symptoms showing for either of them, yet. They’ve been on their computers every day, taking part in their online learning, while. Hubby Dearest has been working downstairs.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you though, there was a little downside. The house is finally on the market, and we’ve had a few interested parties, who want to view the property, but due to the kids being in isolation, we have to hold off for a few more days, before we can arrange the viewings. Patience, Ritu! And we have a couple more houses we want to do a drive by on, as well, before requesting viewings. We’ll get there…
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that on Wednesday, Hubby Dearest and I celebratd, quietly, our 19th wedding anniversary. I’d been working, he;d been working, neither of us were in the mood to celebrate, per se, but I was given a beautiful figurine, chocolates, and flowers, along with a little music box!
  • If we were having chai, you’d be aware, from our previous chais, that I have been in a real writing slump. The exhaustion of the last few months means that there is just no room for creativity. But this week, something began to change. I had a real burst of energy, and I wrote my first flash fiction piece in around six months. I even opened up one of my projects on Sunday. I think the words will flow soon!
  • If we were having chai I’d be a little excited as I share that I have been invited as a guest author to a special book giveaway event on a huge Facebook group that I am a member of, My Book Tribe. They are holding a Bookapalooza event on the 6th of December and there are many authors, the 12 founding ones, and around 32 invited ones, (me included!) who will be posting a little about our work, and hosting giveaways, too! If you are an avid reader, this is a fantastic group to be a part of, so come, check it out! https://www.facebook.com/groups/mybooktribe

This week, I hope will include words, and a relatively peaceful time. I’ll still be on the lookout for any symptoms in my two, and be being wary of myself as we carry on the week, at school. We are hoping to have the viewings on the weekend, and I have also been invited to a special Zoom chat, by Amanda Prowse, where several of us are going to be reading from our work, and chatting about our books! Exciting!

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49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 19:25:57

    What an up and down week Sis. Blessings to you and hubby dearest on you 19th Wedding Anniversary. Stay safe Sis.💜

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  2. Shruti
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 17:44:17

    Just stumbled in your blog Ritu! Chai stories are so engaging. And the concept executed is so unique. This is a sweet, kadak style of writing journal entries. And Cheers on your anniversary! 😊

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  3. Jennie
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 01:45:22

    How worrisome when your kids have been exposed. You were lucky that your school allowed your son to be in the building at all. Wow! Great news on the house, and even better news on the return of your creativity writing.

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    • Ritu
      Nov 24, 2020 @ 06:57:38

      It was the lesser of two evils… None of my students would be there, and if it could be happen, my head would have been down a staff member, for certain parts of the day! He just sat, quietly, mask on, until it was time to go!
      Thank you Jennie. See, there are silver linings 🥰

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  4. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 20:53:04

    Happy anniversary. And lot of exciting things going on too! Hope you all stay safe and well this covid is such a stress. x

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  5. Erika
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 19:10:02

    Happy Anniversary, sis! It is not bad to take it a little quiet this year in order to make it a real big celebration next year!

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  6. Dan Antion
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 11:45:37

    Happy Anniversary! Doing everything is harder in 2020. Hang in there, and good luck with the book event.

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  7. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 10:28:08

    It sounds like there are some silver linings, Ritu. I hope Covid-19 passes your family by and they resume normal school again soon.

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  8. jenanita01
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 09:37:18

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie ~ Authors.

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  9. jenanita01
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 09:37:01

    Loving your positivity, Ritu… long may it continue!

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  10. Image Earth Travel
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 07:57:56

    Congratulations on your 19th wedding anniversary!
    Things will et better… 🙂

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  11. niasunset
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 07:35:25

    Congratulations to you both dear Ritu, Blessing and Happiness to you all. Thank you, Love, nia

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  12. Leanne
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 06:44:17

    Congratulations on your 19th anniversary and being a part of Bookapalooza!

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  13. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 06:26:42

    Hey, Sis! You are an really early bird, with posting! 😉 Wow, its so sad, seem you will need a secretary having all the scheduled things in view. Lets hope this virus will go away, and much more better, we will get a vaccince, as soon as possible.I will revisit on Wednesday.Its a special day of honor. Best wishes! Stay save! Michael

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  14. NeverSilenceTheMadness
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 06:25:05

    aww I really like the concept of this.

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  15. foodzesty
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 06:20:29

    Hang in there Ritu…It a difficult time…

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  16. pranabaxom
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 05:41:47

    We will get through it.

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  17. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 05:18:20

    I love this series of yours.

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