I was very naughty this weekend and indulged in two complete days of relaxation, when I really should have set aside at least the mornings to work.  And so I start my week with very pressing deadlines on two projects, which means I must limit my blogging severely.  *wail*

A big thank you to my friends who gave me awards during the past week, I am quite overwhelmed and will think of a way to deal with these without spamming my readers, perhaps it is time to make a dedicated page for these, I am relatively new to WordPress and don’t quite understand the protocol yet.

In other news on the home front; Diski still hasn’t found her second ear muscle and continues to dart about like a lopsided bat-eared fox.  My ego is dented by a kitchen flop yesterday; lamb shanks (my never-fail party trick) emerged tough from the oven.  A humiliation made worse for the fact that our lunch guest is a chef.  I redeemed myself with the starter; a mandarin prawn salad.  (Wine: Boschendal Blanc de Noir.)

Blessings to everyone for a productive and happy week.


Thanks to those who nominated my blog for the Best Personal Blog.  My blog did not make it to the finals, but another blog that I write on made it to the list of finals in the Best Group Blog.

If you have the time, please go and vote for us here:

The link itself is :


A text link:

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The image link code:

<div align=”center”><a href=’; title=’Vote for this blog in the 2010 SA Blog Awards’ target=’_blank’ rel=”nofollow”><img src=’; border=’0′ align=’center’ alt=’Vote for this Blog’ /></a></div>


56 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Your blog is speaking HTMLese. :-] I don’t know about anything else, but mandarin prawn salad sounds wonderful. Ya shoulda won!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know how to do the HTML thing, will post a badge 🙂

  2. janice says:

    I know i am SEVERLY handicapped in the technical dept of blogging – but i can’t seem to make your link work to vote for the Bla Bla Blog …. maybe add the badge Cin which you can do by visitng the SA Blog Award Site. Looove the salad recipe thanks!! xxx jan Have a great week!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jan, have asked Greg to help me with the link and will fix it later today.
      You posted a salad a while ago that was the inspiration for mine 🙂

      1. Added a comment below with the correct link code in it. Sorry if this has caused mega-stress. And thank you to all who have already, or who will still, vote for BlaBla.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Ta muchly Greg 🙂

  3. Tammy McLeod says:

    Your salad looks lovely. And your writing is worthy whether it is on your blog or another.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you so much Tammy 😀

  4. Adeeyoyo says:

    Which one, Cindy?











  5. theonlycin says:

    Thanks adee

    1. Adeeyoyo says:

      Thanks, Cin, done and good luck! Mandarin and shrimp salad sounds divine…

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks adee, you can vote every 24 hours.

  6. Tandy says:

    I think the voting was a bit skewed in the first round. The prawn salad looks awesome and I hope you have a stunning week 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think it was skewed too, the process was not very user friendly. You have a good week too Tandy.

      1. Adeeyoyo says:

        Thanks, Cin, done and good luck! Mandarin and shrimp salad sounds divine…

  7. i hate to have to say it, but it’s a relief you can produce a non-success

  8. buttercup600 says:

    Voted my friend and did you save some Mandarin and shrimp salad for me?…omg…to die for:) Sending you love and hope your week will ease towards the end xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Amanda, it’s so hectic I can’t go on that camping trip. Anyway, it will still be a special father/daughter outing.

    2. nrhatch says:

      Hmm . . . a convenient coincidence???

      {{taps foot}}
      {{scratches head}}

      By goofing off this past weekend . . . you can’t go camping next weekend . . .

      You must be devastated. ; )

  9. Witch Twin says:

    Sorry about the lamb shanks. Most unusual for you.
    The salad looks devine!
    have a fantastic week, OC.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m blaming the meat WT, I boiled my shank for three hours this morning to make a soup base and it is still tough!
      Enjoy your week too and thanks for the visit 🙂

  10. nrhatch says:

    I shall try to vote for the Bla Bla Blog . . . if for no other reason than the perfection of its name.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Nancy 🙂

    2. Thank you Nancy – I’m deeply flattered by your comment.

      The name took ages to come to me. And when it did, it just seemed right. Yet very few people pick up on its’ perfection. You did. You’re awesome!

      1. nrhatch says:

        I am awesome.
        And, yet, very few people pick up on that innate perfection.

        Thank you for noticing. : )

      2. theonlycin says:

        Nice dose of modesty there Nancy, ack ;p

      3. nrhatch says:

        Humility and Modesty . . . together in perfect harmony. ; )

        IMHO, if God wanted us to be humble, he wouldn’t have created us in the first place. He would have stuck with pet rocks.

      4. theonlycin says:

        bwahahahaha, you ROCK!

  11. Lyndatjie says:

    None of my favourites got through to the finals… 😦

    1. Not true Lyndatjie. Technically, OC – who I know is one of your favourite favourites! – did get through via her involvement at BlaBla. 😉

      1. Lyndatjie says:

        Is it politically correct to admit that I’ve never read the blah-blah blog? So technically it isn’t one of my favourites.
        Well I guess I better go and correct that before I get hung drawn and quartered on Table Mountain at the rise of the new moon. *wheel spins to the site to go and read*

      2. theonlycin says:

        blabla blabla … go vote already!

  12. Hi Cindy

    You’re a superstar legend human being. Just had to get that out there, in case you haven’t been told this recently.

    Thank you for punting The BlaBla Blogs’ finalist status and thank you all those that have managed to vote for us – it is a bit of process it seems…

    Not sure why the codes aren’t working in your post. It does look like there is a space in the link code (between the 2nd / and website). It should work if you drop that.

    Here it is again:

    And I also took the liberty of adding it as my URL in my comment name here.

    Happy days!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Let’s make some noise !!!

  13. slpmartin says:… I would never have the nerve to cook for a chef…so although I’m sorry to hear about your lamb shanks…I admire your courage.

    1. theonlycin says:

      He was very kind and left a clean plate 🙂

  14. Re: the lambshanks: I blame the lamb.

    I do love Diski ear updates, it gives me a benchmark to judge Macaulay’s shell-likes.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Was definitely the lamb 😦

  15. Artswebshow says:

    Well judging by these pictures, your chef guest should be very happy

    1. theonlycin says:

      We fed him LOTS of wine …

  16. souldipper says:

    Cin, I will swing over to vote for blah, blah…oops… Who would ever forget such a great name for a blog?

    I am relieved that I am not the only “newbie” questioning the protocol for the awards. To be honest, I am confused. I love the idea of recognition, etc, (of course!), but the time that the process takes from writing is a concern.

    I want to give and receive on a minimized and authentically given basis.

    Perhaps it would be wise to first find out the source and purpose of all of this, but I am struggling to preserve my writing time.

    Not sure how to manage it all and remain sensitive to one and all.

    Perhaps the dinner experience gave the chef an opportunity to display his/her grace, wit and empathy for one who s/he knows to be a star with her culinary talents.

    1. theonlycin says:

      For the moment I have elected to thank the donor profusely, nothing more.
      My guest was very gracious 🙂

  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Working on the vote … some problems. I’ll work it out. See there’s been discussion …

    1. theonlycin says:

      The functionality of the voting site is really bad 😦

  18. Leon says:

    I must admit that I am somewhat puzzled by a few of the blogs that made it to the shortlist…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it doesn’t feel quite right…

  19. Naomi says:

    No doubt that starter MORE than made up for the main 🙂 All the best with that hectic workload & THANKS for the heads up on the Bla Bla Blog…off to intitiate your daily vote!! Don’t get why this one isn’t in the finals, but GOOD LUCK on that one!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Naomi 🙂

  20. Tokeloshe says:

    Great photos!

    The link worked for me at last, I hope I wasn’t too late.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, you still have time, Tok, and you can vote every 24 hours.

  21. Thank you so much for posting a lot of this great information! Looking forward to seeintg more!

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