Chai And A Chat #21 #ChaiAndAChat

Well hello, again Peeps! Have you got that drink ready? My chai is waiting!.. I have a doozy of a week to tell you about!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d sigh and possibly be looking for something stronger than a chai! (That, I said last week, and it still stands this week too!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that the half-term holidays is a chance to recharge your batteries… yeah right!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that the simple car service and MOT did not go to plan. I can’t bore you with all the details, but if you click here, you can read my anguish in full! Basically, it failed its MOT on something ridiculous and the garage could have sorted it out easily… and there were other issues, I have emailed the company I booked through to complain, and am still waiting for a response… Oh, and it was dang expensive!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say the above rigmarole really messed with our plans. As it was Lil Princess’s birthday in the week, there were umpteen things to do, and being without a car for two days really didn’t help. But it did give me a chance to do more #KonMarie- clearing! I got up into the attic and really had a good scour around, in the dusty place, found some gems and got rid of loads again! I think another 10 bags or so of old soft toys, puzzles, more toys and clothes, again!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that all was not lost though. I treated myself to the All-New Kindle Paperwhite and it is lovely! All my unread books are ready for me to dive into, which is just perfect! My old one was cleared and set up for Lil Princess, and she loves it!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that on top of the car-aziness on the Monday and Tuesday, we had an impromptu visitor. Hubby Dearest informed me that his cousin, who was visiting from the USA, was popping over, and would possibly be staying over. I do get on with this cousin of ours. He is great fun. The kids love him too, but it was just a bit manic, with my hallway full of black bags full of stuff that no longer sparked joy and me with no car. ANd the worst thing? He was driving up in his parents’ car, and all the electrics failed as he was nearing us, so he had to abandon the car, and get a lift to us too. I don’t think this is a good week for cars in our family…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that Wednesday and Lil Princess’s birthday finally arrived. She tells me it was her best birthday ever! We finally relented and got her a SIM card for her phone, and as she walks home alone some days, I feel it was a good call, but not before a lot of coaching on the appropriateness of how to use a phone, Social Media, sending (or not sending) photos to people, etc. She also got an Instax camera which she thinks is the bomb! Added to a catch up at an ice cream parlour with her friends, and CAKE, and lots of lovely presents, she really did have a wonderful day!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know we even managed a mother-daughter nail appointment on Thursday, a girlie lunch date on Friday while Lil Man was meeting his friend, and on Saturday, we had our hair done. Truly a great bonding week for us both! We also watched Life of the Party, where a mother ends up going to college with her daughter, and despite huge embarrassment and misgivings on the daughter’s part initially, they both have a fantastic time in the end. (I still don’t think Lil Princess is convinced that it is a good idea for us in the future thought…!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you Lil Man discovered his Dhol drum again too, and I really wish he’d take it up again. He is so good… That is my boy playing below. What do you think?
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know we managed to help the in-laws get packed and ready for their extended trip back to the Motherland too. It’s always bittersweet when they go. I appreciate the freedom we suddenly have but miss all the support they give, and the reassurance I have that no matter what, the kids are always in a safe place.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies  I’d tell you that it is back to school time, and though I am always up for the new challenges that every term brings, it’s always a little fraught while the in-laws are away, and I can never give my 100% as I am worried about my own children after school!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that we find out where Lil Princess will be going to secondary school this week too, and I am as nervous as anything. She wants to go where her brother is, and I am hoping she gets her place there, but you honestly never really know… Roll on Friday, with some good news!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d add that I’ve also got another Tootie Frootie night out planned on Saturday, to a comedy night, and I am just a tad excited, especially as I personally know two of the fantastic comedians who are performing!

Have a wonderful week, Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Birthday Special

“I wish that your future is as bright as you make my world, my darling daughter – Happy 11th birthday Lil Princess❤ ”


I shan’t ramble on too much, but we are celebrating my daughter’s birthday today, as well as my father-in-laws! Another lovely day… ice cream today, cake follows on the weekend!

Written for Linda’s #1LinerWeds prompt.


One-Liner Wednesday – In Sync

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #241 Storm&Fierce

Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge:

Storm & Fierce

Today, my haiku will be more of a senryu with a backstory attached… (rant to follow the poem!)

A storm is brewing
Reining in fierce reaction
Someone's gonna pay!
Ritu 2019

Right, so, if you read my Chai update yesterday, you’ll know that I had a rather trying week last week, and the hope was that this week be more of a relaxed affair.

Yeah right!

So, my car needed to go in for service and MOT and I used a company which I had a positive experience with last year, Servicing Stop.

They are a centralised company who manage bookings and get your car picked up and dropped off to a local garage, for a supposedly, respectable price, and the convenience is what sells it.

This year my reminder came up so I booked a day in, during the half term, so I had no need to be anywhere urgent. Perfect.

We walked to the dentist, came home, and I Marie Kondo-ed the heck out of my attic and called the company for an update.

I was told, after a few moments, that oils need flushing from the engine and new oils to replace it – that’s fine, usual things. Oh, and there was a fail on the MOT…


Okay, so can they correct the fail (At my cost, obviously) and redo the MOT?)


Apparently, a wheel locking nut was missing from the front tyre and you can only get that from Mercedes Benz.

Get the part and rebook so we can do a retest…

I was all afluster. I needed my car for the rest of the week. Lil Princess’s birthday plans rested on me being able to go places with her, in the car. And I had a whole load more stuff to get to the charity shops!

I called a garage here, who hadn’t got the parts and was directed to a Benz dealer who was about half an hour away.

“Yes, madam, we have the parts. that would be another £85… But why did they fail your MOT on this nut being missing? Having one of our ones is not a legal requirement? They could have replaced it with any nut and you could have got an official one later…”


So, my car now needed to go back somewhere, when it hadn’t actually needed to if anyone had used their noggin!

I called the company and relayed them what I had been told and he contacted the garage again and came back to me saying “Yes, I can see your frustration, but they have done the other stuff, and the car is actually on it’s way back to you now. Just get the wheel nuts and we can rebook you… Oh and while you’re on the phone, would you like to sign up to spend £15 with us monthly. It won’t lessen the cost of your next service, but will count towards any work and parts that may be needed next year?”

Er, no thanks, I am not giving you any more money than I have to. I just want my car sorted!

I paced around, getting antsy. Called the Mercedes dealer again to confirm that I don’t actually need their specific nuts, found out I could get cheaper replacement ones from Halfords and spoke to Hubby Dearest, who was also getting frustrated.

The car duly arrived and the lovely man who had picked it up came to hand me the keys, with a frown on his face.

“I’m not angry at you,” I said to him, “but, as you can see, there has been a bit of a palaver with my car today.”

“Yes, I can see that,” he said, ” And what’s more annoying is that it could have been sorted, and I don’t know why it wasn’t.” And in addition to the failed item, there were two other items that needed replacing which hadn’t even been mentioned to me by this company… which could have been actioned, had they told me!

He said, ” If you had come through the garage directly, they would never have sent a car back like this. We are tied to a contract with this Servicing Stop, and can’t do additional work unless they tell us the customer has asked for it.”

I told him how livid I was, that it was my daughter’s birthday, and I didn’t know what I was going to do, and he asked me to leave it with him so he could find out more at the garage and he promised a call back within the hour.

The worst thing though, was when we both looked at my Wheel Lock Nut Key box, there was not only a key but spare nuts in there! All that needed doing really was them using one of those, passing the MOT and telling me that if I wanted a special Locking one, I’d need to order it! (FFS!)

In the meantime, I fired off an email expressing my extreme disappointment to the company, Servicing Stop. (DO NOT USE THEM, PLEASE!) Still waiting for a reply…

The garage man called back, and said (to fuel my already frustrated self) that when they had been called by the company, to get an update on what had been done, and what needed doing, they were able to give a basic breakdown, without a chance to give suggestions, and the person rung off, without hearing the full issue list, hence me not being able to authorise any extra work to be done!

He had arranged, via the garage direct, and not the company, to pick my car up AGAIN, today at 10am, get the parts replaced and a new nut into the wheel, and the car back by mid-afternoon. I’d have to pay for parts obviously, but they wanted to help me out.

I gratefully accepted the proposition and sat at home with a car I was legally unable to drive now. We needed to get to the in-law’s house as we had a visitor arriving.

Preparing to walk, with the kids, my father-in-law offered a lift, so off we went.

Hubby Dearest got there and announced that his cousin, who we were expecting, had broken down around 20 minutes from the house. ALL the electrics in his fancy car had failed! (What was it with cars and our family yesterday?) So he went off to rescue him and bring him back home.

It ended up being a fraught, but lovely evening catching up with someone we hadn’t seen in a couple of years, and then the idea was thrown around that they all come back to ours, and stay the night.

Our house is open to any of our friends and family to come whenever they want, but to be honest, when I am in the process of ‘sparking joy’ it wasn’t going to be looking pretty.

Added to that was the fact that due to no car, I hadn’t got many provisions in either…

Still, happy hostess that I am, we all came back home and ended up not sleeping until past midnight.

So last night I had two brothers-in-law sofa surfing, the kids wanting to take the mick and stay up way late, and a Hubby who was happy to have his family with him, but worried about a meeting he had in the morning!

I was up at the crack of dawn (because I forgot to switch my school alarm off) and unable to go anywhere as all rooms were occupied by sleepy heads. Time to read, at least!

Hubby Dearest finally surfaced and went to work, with his brother in tow, leaving his cousin with me and the kids. He has now been picked up to by his brother, so they can rescue his useless car, and get back home.

So, right now, I am still car-less, still shattered, unable to get anything done with Lil Princess, as per our birthday week plans, today at least, and trying to rest up… yeah right!

Once I get the car back, I will be making a formal complaint to Servicing Stop. It was because they didn’t listen to the garage correctly in the first place, that half the info wasn’t relayed to me, and has resulted in two days of mine being ruined!


Okay, rant over.

Have a great day Peeps!

Why you need to network at conferences

Great advice here!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

Networking at the Annual Bloggers BashI’m going to take a minute to move away from the awards and the nominations and talk blog business.

Who out there would like to blog or write full-time?

Cause here’s the thing, with the exception of paid advertising, most marketing and business activities you do aren’t directly measureable. That’s a problem if you’re a blogger, author or writer trying to build a business and ‘go full-time.’

How can you tell if what you’re doing is effective? I guess that’s hard or maybe impossible.

Does that mean you shouldn’t do those activities? That you should side line networking for the sake of measureable impacts?

No, no it does not.


Because networking has been THE single most effective tactic I’ve used in my career to date. I make a point to attend as many conferences as I can. I regularly attend the Annual Bloggers Bash, the London Book Fair, 20…

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Stream Of Consciousness Saturday – #SoCS 2/16

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yawn.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post. Enjoy!

There was a smart man from Lawn
Over whom, the ladies would fawn
But his wife confessed
She was not impressed
And quietly stifled a yawn

You she, she had spent three years
Perfecting her claps and her cheers
For his rote learned tricks
That impressed all the chicks
But bored her simply to tears

Still, she had to pay him his due
Because from him it was through
That she lived like a dame
And his fortune and fame
Came from tricking them all, old and new

The women would come from miles
To be flattered by his comments and smiles
And if they wanted to pay
Who was she to say
She just gathered the coins into piles

To them she was just the maid
Dressed rather plainly and staid
But she knew the score
He loved her more
Of losing him, she wasn't afraid

You see, our young man from Lawn
Was simply his cunning wife's pawn
When he'd made enough money
She'd gather his 'honey'
And one day she'd simply be 'gorn'

Ritu 2019

(gorn - gone - artistic licence!)

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