Chai And A Chat #131 #ChaiAndAChat

The holidays are officially over. I am gutted!

I feel like I haven’t done anything productive – I had plans, you know! But what I have done, is switch off, and not think, too much, about anything, other than my little family.

So, do you have your drink handy?

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that despite not being in school, it hasn’t been far from my mind. We are trialling the new curriculum, in our school, which is a strange new thing for us, especially within this pandemic time, as well as me being the Phase Leader, so needing to know much more about the mechanics of the curriculum, and data (Oh, I hate data!) I found a great group n Facebook with a whole host of schools who are in the trial, using the new framework, and there were so many great discussions, as well as ideas. I downloaded loads of documents and sent them to my work email, so I can read them when I am at work. Refused to do it at home. Also, some of my dear colleagues did go into school, to make a start on a sensory garden that we are setting up for the children. I can’t wait to get into school to see what they have been up to!!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that considering I did nothing else, I did read plenty. And I am glad I did because I might need to channel more of my time to clearing out the summer house and attic, ahead of actually moving out of this place, soon enough. We have said skip, as I mentioned last week, but I didn’t make a dent in filling it, because I was just feeling Meh! Actually, that is a bit of a fib. I did do some clearing. I went through the freezer, getting rid of the out of date bits, and seeing what I actually have in here, then doing the same with all my food cupboards. I have found so much that was out of date, as well as items I know I won’t use, but in date, so I will be doing some donating to the foodbanks!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to say that I did manage to get my hair cut and coloured, now we are easing out of lockdown! And eyebrows threaded. I feel like a new woman!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that cricket took over a lot of my week, too, with Lil Man’s countless training sessions, and three of them were forty minutes away, so I was sat in the care for much longer than usual. It resulted in a backache… but, on the plus side, I discovered a beautiful park there, with a lake and I even treated myself to lovely ice cream!
  • If we were having chai I’d admit that I also ventured out to Bluewater, for. the first time in 7 months. It wasn’t as busy as I thought, and because I was alone, because Lil Princess was meeting friends, I was able to peruse the bookshops and stationery stores at my leisure! It was bliss!
  • If we were having chai I’d need to update you on that kitty, too… His new trick? Sitting in the tissue box, because there is obviously nowhere better to sit!
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This week, it’s back to school, and some semblance of normality for us.

Now, I will say this here, so hold me accountable, folks.

On top of school, the next six weeks will be hectic. We have Lil Man with his GCSE year, coming to an end, so even though they don’t have exams, there are still assessments happening, so his teachers can submit their grades for qualifications… And there’s the house. I can’t say much, but, things are moving, and this is why I need to step back, a little from some of the weekly prompts, so I can get the clearout done! Evenings and weekends will be being used to sort out the chaff from the wheat, so to speak…

So, if you see me on here, too much, call me out!

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 319 – Time Flies


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

Michale Altshuler

Thanks for this, Spidey.

You are so right to point this one out, today.

It’s the last day of our Easter break, and I can’t quite believe how fast the two weeks went.

The first, I pretty much wrote off, what with the grief I was suffering from losing my uncle. It’s still there, of course, but the rawness of his passing was much tougher, especially the lead up to the funeral.

This last week, I had plans.

Aside from ferrying Lil Man to and fron Cricket for six of the seven days, I wanted to start really clearning out the summer house, and attic. We even got a skip ordered.

But, quite obviously, my pilot decided that wasn’t the route to take.

Instead, I still did the ferrying around, but did precisely nothing, clear out, wise!

The truth?

I was exhausted.

Mentally, physically, emotionally.

That meant, to let time fly, and me not do what I had intended, was the best course of action for me.

So, are you a good pilot for your time journey?

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Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps.   

#SoCS April 17, 2021 – Mash

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “mash.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Oh, Linda, you had to go and use something like that as the prompt, didn’t you?

Now, I’m craving a plate full of creammy, fluffy, buttery mash.

Mashed potato – my favourite comfort food.

Sure, I’ll have sweet potato, or root vegetable mash, as the healtier alternative, especially as I am trying my hardest to develop good eating habits.

But, nothing tastes as good as pure potato mash. You have to agree.

I love cheese in there, too.

Oh, and lashings of gravy…

Stop it! This is getting too much…

I need to go and quench my starchy carb thirst…

Here, listen to a song…

April 15: Flash Fiction Challenge – Technophobe

Charli’s Carrot Ranch Prompt, this week:

April 15, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that seeds generosity. Who is generous and why? Think of generosity as planting a future outcome. Go where the prompt leads!


“No, no, Mum, just scroll down. Tap the one you want.” Nisha rolled her eyes.

She’d been on the phone with her mother for an hour now, trying to help her set up her new phone, so she could enjoy the family video calls, along with everyone else.

But this hour was worth it.

Finally, Mum would be able to see her family, regularly. Nisha hadn’t seen her for over six months.

Just then her phone beeped.

“Good to see you, Mum! Now, if you could just hold the phone higher. I don’t want to see up your nose…”

#WritePhoto – Dinosaur

KL’s #WritePhoto prompt, this week:

Gingerly, I ease myself forward, trying my hardest not to startle it.

There it stood, the Lesser Spotted Not So Woolly Mammoth.

And, considering dinosaurs were meant to be extinct, it should haave been a Never Spotted one.

I pull out my phone to take some photos. I needed evidence. No one would believe that this sighting was real, otherwise.

Maybe I should Insta-live it, or live stream on Facebook?

I could become viral, for discovering that dinosaurs weren’t actually extinct!

Fiddling with my phone, I get the relevant app up, and try to focus it… on nothing.

I search everywhere, frantically, but it’s nowhere to be seen.

Darn it!

At least I have my photos.

Ah, wait.

Stupid social media strikes again.

I was so tied up with setting up my Live, that I didn’t actually click a photo!

Kicking myself, I wonder when these camera phones became so much more. It was far simpler when a mobile was just a phone and camera.

Echoes of a conversation between me and my dino aged father come to mind. He always says it was far simpler when a phone was just a phone…

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