Chai And A Chat #157 #ChaiAndAChat

And it’s a wrap! The first term of the year has finally come to an end, and I am exhausted!

So, got your drink ready? We had a busy one!

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that the last week of term was not without it’s usual drama as always. From introducing and celebrating Halloween and Harvest festival, a little Active day, and the individual school photos, it was busy from start to finish! We had a lovely display of pumpkins which my specials took a particular liking to, and we wven foun done with a little bitemark in it! On Thursday, we had an Active day. The rest of the school were doing something we call personal best, which is when they come in to the hall and do a series of HITT style ecercises, and record on a sheet what they did. Then each term, they have another go to see if they have improved their scores. So, that would have been a little too much for reception, so we devised our own HITT training in the playground, and gave them all a good exercise! On Friday, it was the school photos as well as our mini Harvest festival. I was so touched by how much the families donated from our year group, and they performed their little song so well. We were very impressed! And the photos? I have to admit, we were dreading it, but they went the quickest and smoothest I have ever seen in the last twelve years! We managed to get our specials done first thing, and the rest were pretty amazing, I’ll have you know! Then we waved goodbye to the little lovelies and all collapsed. I thing we were all ready for the half term break! I’ll share a photo of our beautiful pumpkins and squashes that we had on display!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that though cricket is meant to have been over, we are now in the midst of the Winter Cricket nets. That means Lil Princess and I hanging around until 9pm on a Thursday, until Lil Man has finished his session. It’s not so bad. Usually, I have to rush home, as it is getting dark quickly, now, because Lil Man wants to get a session in the garden before it gets too dark. This eevningtraining means that I can sit with my In Laws at least, for a while, and have a chat! This week, I left the session with my kids, the boot full of his equipment, and a bruise the size of a cricket ball on my knee. Yup, bad luck on my part. Lil Priness and I were standing at the exit with another of the mums and in the last moment, we heard a cracker of a shot, then realised it was coming our way, and no one was even attempting to stop it. It then cracked again, against my knee! The room went silent, before the adults in the room began coming over to ask if I was okay. I knew the bruise would be great. I wasn’t even kidding. When I got home, it was red, and the impact had been so great that you could even see the stitches of the ball on there! I am now nursing a very large purple bruise…
The development of said bruise. Can you see the stitches on the first pic?
  • If we were having chai I’d have you know, even though you would know this, already, that I was truly shattered, now. Howver, I read a little more, and now have only 1.5 arcs left on my Netgalley list, before I can make a start on some of my other books sitting on my TBR trolley, or something downloaded onto my Kindle… there is plenty of choice, I tell you! I also continued to squeeze in the odd episode of You, series two and finished that on Sunday. Only one series to go! What a totally mindblowing series, that is… twisted, but addictive!
  • If we were having chai I’d regale you with stories of more flat pack furniture! The desk for Lil Man’s room arrived, in two boxes, then on Friday the coffee table came. On Saturday I had announced that I was not to be disturbed at all. I even decided that the grocer shopping could wait until tomorrow. I needed a day of nothing. Did it happen? Well, if you know me at least a little, you know that days of nothing come rarely… So the shopping did wait until Sunday. However Hubby Dearest decided to divvy up the boxes of furniture to assemble, taking the single box that contained the coffee table and leaving me with the desk. I was insistent that I wasn’t doing it, but seeing Lil Man’s face, as he just wants his room sorted out as soon as possible, I couldn’t say no. I got my little toolkit out (Yes, I have my own, it’s pink, and I even have a purple drill set!) and set to putting it together. And within three quarters of an hour, his desk was done and dusted. Not bad, even if I do say so myself. I knew what I would find in the living room… Hubby Dearest has a great eye for the aesthetic, but isn’t as blessed with the ability to put things together logically… so I ended up ‘helping’ him and we got the coffee table made up, too. It looks lovely! I have subjected myself to another session of flatpack assembly during the week, when the new desk for Lil Princess’s room arrives… The three wardrobes and bookshelf which arrive at the beginning of November? Nope, that is a job he can get someone in to do! But, we have new rugs, he has his office sorted, and aside from the dining table and side board, and a small sofa for the summer house, new blinds for some of the rooms, and some artwork and photos for the walls, I think we have done a pretty good job. It feels like home and we love it.
  • If we were having chai I’d say that on Sunday, I was up a little earlier and went to Sainsbury’s for a change to do the weekly shop. My! Food shopping has become so expensive! Over £200 lighter in pocket, but with bags filled with the food and snacks that my gannet like teens would need, I stopped off at Macdonald’s to get them breakfast. Then we chilled for most of the day. However, I got my fair share of exercise, as the tumble dryer is not working – the drum is not turning – so I was up and down the stairs to get loads of washing out to hang up to dry!
  • If we were having chai I’d leave you with a photo of our darling, Sonu Singh. He’s been watching all these developments, joining in with the flat pack assembly, trying to help out, by deciding which large, empty box is the best to sit in, you know, that important kind of assistance. And he also foudn time to explore the new fitted wardrobes in our bedroom, trying to find a good shelf to hide on… Here, check him out! He also managed to bury himself in Lil Man’s cricket bag, but that’s another picture for another day!
Bitmoji Image
Reflecting the slightly greying hair, now, with an updated Bitmoji!

This week, we have nothing, per se, planned, but I am sure there will be plenty to do. I have work I need to do on a couple of days, at least. There is flat pack furniture arriving. No doubt, we will get a couple of day trips in to appease the bored teens… But, mainly, I hope to rest. I need it after a long term!

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 14:25:09

    Oh! I forgot to say that bruise is a doozy I am grateful it did not break your knee 💜💜💜 I hope you got apologies and spoilt when you got home! 💜

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  2. willowdot21
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 14:23:01

    Busy week Sis, and if you fancy a change of career you could do worse than become a joiner! 💜

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  3. Jennie
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 13:59:15

    Oh that bruise! 😩 It must feel wonderful to have your home coming together.

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  4. Book Club Mom
    Oct 26, 2021 @ 02:31:35

    I think your next read should be ‘Put a Wet Paper Towel on It’ – that sounds like a fun one!

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  5. Rae Longest
    Oct 26, 2021 @ 02:20:17

    It sounds like you survived the end of term and are off to a good start on the house. Sorry you were injured. I had a good week last week, and the one ahead shows much promise.

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  6. Leanne
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 20:26:55

    How do you keep on going?

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  7. thereluctantpoet
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 19:28:09

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  8. Erika
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 19:13:43

    Oh, wow, your knee seemed to for being injured. It looks more like a hematoma than a simple bruise. I hope you are doing better soon.💖

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 19:07:20

    I am so happy you’ve managed to get your house sorted out and overcome the teething problems. It sounds like its a good thing you are handy with your toolbox.

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  10. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 18:03:18

    I didn’t think you could be busier than you always are, Sis! But this time you really did it. Lol You need to be more understanding with men. Men cannot see it when parts that can be assembled together are not assembled immediately. 😉 P.S .: Just like women can’t see shoes if they can’t buy them. Lol I am feeling sorry for your incident, and hope the bruise will leave soon. Winston Churchill said that sports not healthy. 😉 At least now Sonu has enough opportunities to hide. By the way, I never would have thought that there are so many different types of pumpkin. Now: Best wishes, and have a beautiful week! xx Michael

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    • Ritu
      Oct 25, 2021 @ 18:21:16

      I agree with WC, here, Bro. Sport is definitely not healthy for me!!!
      The different pumpkins and squashes are beautiful, aren’t they? 😊

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  11. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 17:58:01

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  12. CJ
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 10:23:11

    Ouch, that bruise looks painful. Cricket balls are brutal aren’t they. I’m glad you and your fellow teachers are having a much needed week off. Well done on all the work you’ve been putting in on the house, I imagine it is looking lovely now. I am also a dab hand at flat pack furniture. I once put together a huge set of bunk beds with 26 different types of fixtures and fittings, then took them all apart again because they were badly designed and I wanted to send them back. Sigh. And yes, food really is expensive isn’t it. I have three teenage boys in this house and, oh my, the food just evaporates. I hope you have a wonderful week and some down time, it is very well deserved.

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    • Ritu
      Oct 25, 2021 @ 10:35:18

      Thank you CJ! The bruise looks more painful than it is, unless I knock it!
      Food just disappears, here, seriously!
      This morning, I put together a new lamp for my reading nook, upstairs, too. It’s all coming together!
      Looking forward to this week off, but am battling an earache that has come visiting, today, and a tumble dryer that stopped working. And in the cold season! 😫
      Have a great week 😀

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  13. eloisedesousa
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 08:49:02

    Ouch! That bruise looks painful. Hope it heals quickly and doesn’t give you too much pain, Ritu. Have a lovely half term break. You certainly deserve it! 🌸

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  14. niasunset
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 07:56:03

    Oh dear Ritu, I wish your knee get well soon. It is so bad, what an accident. You never know… Love and Hugs, nia

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  15. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 06:08:47

    It sounds like you are quickly getting your surroundings in order. I hope your bruise heals fast.

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  16. cindy knoke
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 05:40:39

    Oh ouch!!! That sounds so painful. I am sorry. I hope you heal quickly.

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