Chai And A Chat #167 #ChaiAndAChat

And bring on the new year! 2022, we are waiting for you!

Grab your first drink of the year with me and let’s see how the end of one year passed into another!

  • If we were having chai I’d begin by saying that as soon as I scheduled that post, last week, we made a plan for me to get to Birmingham to see Pops and Mum. The next update regarding restrictions was going to be on Monday evening, so I thought, rather than waiting, and then possibly being told I can’t go, I would grab the bull by the horns, along with Lil Princess, and we would take the three hour road trip to see them. Just for a night, but I’ll not look a gifthorse in the mouth! We left plenty early, so we could maximise our time there and arrived at 11am. It was just bliss to be able to be with them. Pops is looking so much better, after the operation, and is itching to te out and walk, or exercise, but he knows it’s too soon, yet. Mum, well, she was hobbling around with her knee injury, but she was mobile and happy to have us there. We sat and chatted and just made up for lost time. I left on Tuesday morning, sat to be going already, but so, so happy that I had been with them.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that once we got back, I have just been trying to laze a bit, getting ready for that back to school start, this week, and rest, too. I read plenty, as always. In fact, I finished the year with my Goodreads total being 145 books! I think there may have been more, with some arcs and such like, but still, that’s a lot of books!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that I still had a whole other Christmas dinner in the freezer, so we had our own mini Christmas, take two, on Thursday, at home. It was lovely, just the four of us, snuggled up around the coffee table, and we played games together too!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that once it hit that last day, we popped over thto the in-laws for a couple of hours, but wanted to see the new year in, in our new home. We chlled together, watched TV, and then waited for the countdown on BBC One before ushering that new year in. It was a peaceful start to the new year. Here’s hoping it is a better one than last year!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that since the start of the year, I have already ordered a special journal to help organise my writing journey over the next couple of years. I have blogged every day, using the JusJoJan prompt, and read three books! It’s not groundbreaking, but I have also jumped on my mini trampoline for a very short while, but that’s longer than I have done for a long time, so, yay to that!
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This week, I am dreading the start of school again. We already know of staffing issues that will be occurring due to people being unwell or isolating. Who knows what will happen once we are all back together… My aim – to get through the week, but also, to add in bits for me, so to exercise a couple of times, and get some writing done at least twice a week… Here’s hoping I can do it!

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42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darlene
    Jan 05, 2022 @ 15:49:25

    So glad you got to see your parents. They are looking well. All the best for 2022. xo

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  2. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jan 04, 2022 @ 21:48:33

    Oh, i am ashamed about my reading progress. ;-( However! Congratulations to your reunion, but i never had realised this island called England is so big. Lol You are really three hours away from your mom and dad? Normally this would force a short flight. I see, whenever i visit the UK i will have to take a longer vacation. xx Michael

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  3. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jan 04, 2022 @ 21:44:43

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  4. Erika
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 19:15:54

    So, it was rather short-noticed that you went to see your parents. That is even more exciting. Also, I can so relate to how lovely it must have been the four of you. I always enjoyed, just being with my own family but even more since only one still lives with us. Enjoy the last days and charge your batteries before school has you back with all its craziness. Much love to you, sis 💖

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  5. pranabaxom
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 18:23:14

    Ritu, you take care of yourself. ” waitibng, sat, te….., what’s happening? Euphoria or too tired?

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  6. syl65
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 17:10:56

    Glad you had a great break for the holidays, Sister 💜 let’s hope for the very all around this year 🙏🏽💜

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  7. johnrieber
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 16:19:12

    First of all, Happy New Year! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2022! I hope your school issues are resolved and that we get past this latest surge…second, good luck with all of your creative endeavors, which you manage to keep going even with all of your other obligations!

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  8. willowdot21
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 14:27:17

    Sounds like you’ve had a great time over Christmas band New Year. So happy you’ve seen your parents and in-laws and made time to celebrate in your new home too. A year of ups and downs for all of us let’s hope 2022 is better for us all 💜💜💜💜

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  9. Keith
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 13:12:49

    Ritu, I love the pictures of you and your folks. There is a contentedness about them. Keith

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  10. beth
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 11:08:41

    i’m glad you had a chance to visit your parents and enjoy a relaxed second christmas dinner. like you, i’m worried about our return to school this week

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  11. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 10:36:19

    Thrilled that you got to spend time with your folks! ❤

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  12. CJ
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 09:24:43

    Glad you had a good Christmas Ritu. Here’s to a great 2022, I hope it is very happy for you and your family. CJ xx

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  13. Carol anne
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 07:53:34

    wonderful you got to visit your parents! That is certainly an awesome thing!
    I am glad you had a nice new years in your new house!
    Hope work is good this week and there are no disasters!
    Happy new year! xoxo

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  14. CarolCooks2
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 07:12:06

    Happy New Year, Ritu..happy to hear you managed a trip to see your mother and father 🙂

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  15. Rajiv
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 06:03:34

    But why, ‘f you are having chai’?

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