Chai And A Chat #147 #ChaiAndAChat

Two weeks of the holidays, done, and I feel like I have lived several weeks within them, to be honest!

Another eventful week, filled, not with school, but plenty of other stuff! Right, got your drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d start by saying that cricket is exhausting. Not the playing, because I don’t do that, but the taxiing around, and the watching and the waiting… At least another four days where cricket took us hostage.. I guess it is a good thing I kinda enjoy it, eh!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that we ventured to Bluewater one day, and there were moments there, that I didn’t think I’d see, like my two actually saying they want to wander off, together, instead of trying to kill each other, so I could browse the statationery shops and book stores in peace! To be honest, I didn’t, because I am still not confident that they wouldn’t end up in an argument, but it was good to hear. They wanted to do a bit of shopping, and then after popping into M & S for some special food, we went home.
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that, in other news, I spent forever in the car, ferrying the in-laws to various hospital appointments, which was fine, as, even though they were early starts, I am up early, and because it waas the holidays, I didn’t have to take time off, unlike the others in the family. So, two covid tests, and a cataract op later, I feel I have had my fill of them. There was also meant to be a knee replacement op, too, but it got cancelled 48 hours before, as the consultant hadn’t done all his checks. So my poor mum in law had to isolate for ten days, and we couldn’t even take Pops and Mum to visit them because of that isolation, for nothing!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that the reading slump has finaally ended. I think I must have read around five books just this week. Honestly, I am listening to my body, especially in those periods of time that are my own. I am not going overly crazy with cleaning. The house is clean and tidy, but I am not obsessing over it. If I have spare time I grab my kindle or book, and snuggle on my sofa, in my reading/writing snug, in the garden, or on my bed, and I read until my eyes droop. If they do, I place the book to one side, and snooze. Another few days of that, and I hope to have shifted the exhaustion!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to admit to being awful with eating. I have been so, so good, losing a few lbs, doing a bit of exercise, then eating well, and the lasat few weeks it’s all gone to pot! Like, totally! the scales are showing every increasing numbers, my enercy is so low that exercise is the last thing for me to do, and I want to constantly graze! Not good! See, I manage two fantastic, healthy meals, then the afternoon slump hits, and all I do is eat snack after snack…
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that those aches and pains are still there, my shoulder worse than it was before. But, we did manage to order and fit together, the garden furniture. It is being used in the conservatory at the moment, as we don’t have a dining table, but it looks rather lovely! I’ve enjoyed a couple of meals and tea times there, looking out over the garden as I eat, or read.
  • If we were having chai I’d leave you with an image of Sonu Singh, who approves of the table, too!
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This week, there is cricket, oh and the DREADED GCSE RESULTS for Lil Man! We are all nervous. I just want him to pass, and get his place at the right Sixth Form for him, to be honest. Other than that, no plans… maybe I will be more rested, eh!

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  2. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 20:35:29

    Let me ask a first question, related to Sonu’s face expression: Have you changed your hairstyle? 😉 He looks like at you like a stranger. Lol You are busy as usual, but when will you find time for rest, Sis? Watching cricket is not the same like playing cricket. 😉 But don’t worry about a few grams, when school starts again you will have a lot to walk. Have a good week, and dont forget feeding Sonu. :-)) xx Michael

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  3. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 20:31:06

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  4. Erika
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 19:58:30

    I wish you could come over to get treatment for your shoulder. But I hope, you get a bit distracted when enjoying the new table. Good luck to LilMan!

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  6. Rae Longest
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 16:34:56

    Good post! Good post! Thank you for the chat. I had a cuppa’ Joe while reading it.

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  7. dearanonymousfriend
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 16:07:37

    Oh! I do not miss those days of taxiing kids. Ours were show choir rehearsals and competitions and private lessons for voice, and violin… I can feel the exhaustion just remembering and reading your words! And, actually, I am sipping a chai latte, iced right now since it is ridiculously hot and humid here. Have a wonderful week!

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  8. Jennie
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 14:12:07

    I’m glad you’re listening to your body and snoozing in the afternoons. I remember those exhausting sports days. When our son got his driver’s license and was able to take himself to the events, it was a great relief. My reading is slow this summer, I’m glad you are finding time to read. Read, nap, eat!

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 13:48:55

    There is not rest for you, Ritu. Always something on the go with your family. When I do on holiday I also spend the first week nodding off at every opportunity. It is a good thing for you to do.

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  10. Liz Gauffreau
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 11:35:43

    Read, snooze, repeat sounds like a lovely way to spend the day!

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  11. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 10:43:21

    Sending a 🙂 and a warm hug!

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  12. Joy Lennick
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 10:00:55

    H Ritu, First off, fingers crossed for your son and do take a brief siesta (here in Spain, it’s a must in August, otherwise I’d be a puddle on the floor…) I think you manage very well, what with the family ‘errands’, children and all that reading..Take care. Hugs x..

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  13. Books & Bonsai
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 09:43:46

    What a week! I’m shattered just reading about it, so we both need a nap now!

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  14. CJ
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 09:36:55

    Stationery shops and book shops are my shops of choice as well. And I know exactly what you mean about the afternoon slump. I am always after a snack in the afternoons to keep me going. I make energy bars from things like oats and nuts and dried fruit and a bit of dark chocolate and tell myself I am being good… Good luck to Lil Man for his exam results, I hope he is happy with them.

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    • Ritu
      Aug 09, 2021 @ 10:02:27

      Thank you! We’re not expecting the highest of grades but enough to get him through!
      I’m trying, with the healthy snacks, honestly!

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  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 08:49:21

    Best of luck to your son for his GCSE results Ritu. I remember that well, especially the worry with Georgina as she struggled with exams. Fingers crossed for you! x

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  16. davidprosser
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 08:05:52

    My best wishes to your son and hopefully my congratulations straight afterwards. A small power-nap after lunch might just give you some more energy to face the things the day brings you.
    Huge Hugs

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  17. willowdot21
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 07:35:16

    Busy, busy! Time goes in a flash! I hope while waiting at hospitals and cricket grounds you are taking advantage of your time, though not perfect it is “you time”.
    Sounds like the children are growing up fast they have a habit of doing that!
    Enjoy your summer break the time will fly and you’ll be back at school before you know it.
    We have patio furniture to put together today. It arrived Saturday late afternoon and we were out yesterday so hopefully today we can start on it.
    Good luck to Lil Man with the results, I hope he get the grades needed for his preferred sixth form.
    Have a good week Sis 💜💜💜💜

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