If you sit on my balcony just before dawn, you can hear the muezzin call from the minaret in the Emmarentia mosque.

This is how I like to begin my day, with a blanket to fight the morning chill and some dogs to fight the crime.

I worry a bit, plan my day and read a few pages of my current library book. Sometimes, I drag the laptop out and reply to the mail of the previous day.

My inbox one morning contained a challenge which I was reluctant to ignore, as it came from a friend with a rather large estate and no apparent heirs, so here is the reply:



The Bible. It has wonderful plots and fantastic lines. However, I must agree with Samuel Butler, “An apology to the Devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case. God has written all the books”.


American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Place: Smitswinkelbaai.

Relaxation CD:

Etta James: Blue Gardenia

Dinner Guests:

Quentin Crisp

Winston Churchill 

Margot Asquith

Coco Chanel


With that done, I’ll get on with my day.

Keep smiling and remember:

“He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses”. – Epictetus.


24 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Coco and Winston in the same room. Should be interesting. I write a short story )fictionalized_ with her as a character.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Busy reading it now …

  2. slpmartin says:

    Such an interesting painting to select…but for the most part a pleasant way to start the day…hope you have a great day my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a fascinating painting, will blog about why it haunts me.

  3. gospelwriter says:

    I agree with you on the Bible, and also with Butler (love it, hadn’t seen it before). Love Etta James. Hope you have a la-a-a-a-rge table for all the You’s you just invited. 🙂 Have a great Monday!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have loads of space 😀

  4. nrhatch says:


    “My inbox one morning contained a challenge which I was reluctant to ignore, as it came from a friend with a rather large estate and no apparent heirs . . . ”

    Such witty repartee
    So early in the day!
    Hold us in your sway
    Touché, my dear, touché!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gotta hedge our bets 😉

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    Haha, very interesting dinner party! Three glasses and I’ll be on my ear as I discovered recently… my metabolism can only handle two at the moment, but I suppose it depends on the length of time taken to quaff it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, three downed to quickly would just put me to sleep 🙂

  6. I never take the glasses, I always leave them for you to wash!

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwahahaha … you loon!

  7. Tammy McLeod says:

    I love the idea of sitting on your balcony so early and listening to the call to prayer from the mosque. Love your list too.

  8. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lovely start … even with the worry. American Gothic – intrigues. Etta James – fab. Chirchill – now I have more than a few questions for him.

    Hope a fine day followed …

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s going rather well this morning 😀

  9. A nice way to wake up, not with a guinea fowl screeching.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Our local chicken was a bit late this morning …

  10. buttercup600 says:

    Coco Chanel, you…me…bliss but got me on the painting? Enjoyed this Cindy and hope your week continues to be a good one 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, I can see I will have to do a post about the painting 🙂

  11. Amy MacLeod says:

    I’ve not read Denis Charles Pratt, who could pass for a Dame Edith in Wikipedia. I would thank Winston for his great quote: “When you are going through hell, keep going.”

    On a more serious note, what does the phrase “and some dogs to fight the crime” mean?

    1. theonlycin says:

      The pre-dawn hours are notorious here for armed house robberies, most people are wise to stay locked in behind their security doors. Us foolhardy ones have trust dogs to scare off would-be villians.

      1. souldipper says:

        Oh, Cin… I really do take my freedom for granted. I have my tin of Wasp Spray (it blinds, but only temporarily) somewhere in my night table and forget to lock my door. Not sure what I would do with a blinded burglar running about my house bumping into everything!!

        Duc would want to sit on the burglar’s lap.

        I’m glad you have the dogs and can enjoy that great time of day. I vote for softer cushions for both.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Another glimpse, through blogging, into another country’s lifestyle … I love it 🙂

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