Chai And A Chat #112 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 36

Well, hello there, Peeps! It’s Monday, again. Where is the time going? Three weeks until we can break up, but hey, we still have to get through those three weeks!

Right, have you got your drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d start with a little annoyance. You know the kids have had to be in self-isloation, due to their school closing? Well, it put the prospective viewings off for those two weeks. There were three interested almost as soon as the house went up. One ended up finding something else, the other couldn’t do the Saturday so is coming on Monday, and the third? Uncontactable at the time. It is so frustrating. And to add to it, one of the houses we were interested in ended up being sold, before we even got to go and look at it, so that is a huge disappointment. But, then again, it obviously wasn’t meant to be. Onwards and upwards…
  • If we were having chai I’d come back to the kids and their last week of isolation. I have to say, they hvaea ben pretty amazing, doing everything that they were required to, and to top it off, we had Lil Man’s parent’s evening calls. I’ve been dreading it, as he is due to do his GCSEs this academic year. Last year was a disaster, but at least the children had completed their aacademic learning and were in the throes of revision time. Right now, the government are determined to continue with exams this year for a group of children who will have missed almost a year of proper lessons, with some in isolation and/or quarantine, for several pockets of time. I really don’t get it. Still, the parents evening. It was awesome! He has excelled in everything. I know I’ve mentioned it before that he is not the most academic of children, but he is a tryer. And pretty much each teacher said it was evident that he has been working hard,himself, throughout the lockdown, and even in the summer holidays, as many had dropped grades, but he stayed consistent, or even exceeded their expectations! One proud momma bear over here!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that the other big news is that Lockdown 2.0 will officially end on Wednesday this week, but we were told that we will be going from that to the most strict of measures, in tier 3 of the system the government has put in place, because Kent has, within it, some of the areas with the highest numbers, and rising cases. It’s tough. Shops will be open, but we still can’t see our families. I just hope that all these restrictions work…
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that even though we can’t spend time with family, I have still been making doorstep visits to the in-laws, to deliver bits and bobs, in exchange for my mother in law to give me food she has been cooking for us, while I am in school (bless her!). One thing she made, was something called panjeeri. It is a mixture of things, including nuts and raisins, clarified butter and jaggery, etc. that is eaten as a little snack, but has myriad health benefits. I have been having a spoonful with a cup of tea for breakfast, and it must be working, because I feel a lot better in myself! Never underestimate the power of homemade foods!
  • If we were having chai I’d admit that for the first time in ages, I have blogged every day, and managed a few more creative words for myself, too. And, I celebrated my 6th Blogiversary, too!

This week, I will be busy for three evenings, doing phone call parent evening appointments, and settling in a new member of staff, and hopefully having the house viewed, finally!

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Dec 02, 2020 @ 14:11:44

    It seems the kids are doing well. I can imagine how frustrating it is that Covid squashed your home showings. Good news this morning for England – you will be getting the vaccine from Pfizer!! America is still waiting.

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  2. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 15:24:52

    Yay, happy 6th blogiversary, Ritu!

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  3. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 14:09:54

    Sounds fantastic, with the endling of the lockdown on Wednesday! Congrats, and it seems the virus is now visiting Germany again. Here the incidents are growing, like never before. Nueremberg is now under a strong new lockdown, but we here on the border to the Czech Republic dont get any better information. Sometimes it sees like we are living on the Iron Curtain 2.0. 😉 However, good for the aisles, and well deserved. Michael

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  4. syl65
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 07:42:50

    Hopefully, it’s the end of the lockdowns for you and that the restrictions will help go in the right direction. A healthy snack is always a treat, especially considering the source it came from! Have a great week, Sister 💜🙏🏽

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  5. Erika
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 20:08:08

    That’s right, never underestimate the traditional food made from healthy natural ingredients. I am sure, it also supports your immune system. Bless your mother-in-law!

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  6. johnrieber
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 15:27:58

    I continue to hold out hope that the various vaccines that are being rushed out will help get us all back to a “new normal” – the timeline suggests that first responders and health care workers will be first, teachers soon after…meaning that we will get our lives back to the degree that we can move forward again….it will happen by March but as Tom Petty wrote once: “the waiting is the hardest part.”

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  7. potatosandwich
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:18:24

    Good luck with the house selling and buying project

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  8. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 08:23:32

    The problem with waiting and redoing the entire year is that we don’t know how long this will last. One year is maybe possible, but what about two or three? It is such a mess.

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 05:29:48

    Aside from the stricter lockdown, Ritu, it sounds like a positive week for your family. What could the government do instead of pushing ahead and trying to keep things normal with home studies and exams? I’m interested in your thoughts in this regard because this is something I’ve been breaking my head over. Mine both carried on as usual and it was very difficult but I’m glad they did because they are ready to move to the next year. Some of our government schools didn’t write exams and the kids are just moving to the next year because the system can’t stop to onward move. The next year of kids must come in to the system. It is a very difficult situation and I think these children are doomed to failure as they had no on-line schooling so have effectively missed out nearly a whole academic year. How are they supposed to move to the next level?

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    • Ritu
      Nov 30, 2020 @ 06:37:02

      Schooling is a tough one. Personally, I feel the whole academic system could have stopped, and all children (here at least) should have come back in September in their old classes, and last academic year should have been resat, by all.
      Sure, it would mean that nationally, everyone was a year later in everything, but everyone would be in the same situation.
      And, knowing that there was no guarantee that the virus would affect education, it would mean no one missed out, so to
      speak.
      As it is, there are some areas where, kids have been out of school for weeks at a time, having to self isolate as children in their classes have tested positive.
      They’ve had learning online, set for home, but it’s never the same as being in school.
      It would be unfair to have the big exams this year, seeing as some kids will have had disrupted learning for over a year, come May.
      But, all we can do, is wait for the Government to advise…

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