A rare bout of blogger’s block has struck, with my husband away being the probable cause; O Bunn and I are having makeshift meals not worthy of blogging about.  Last night the daft child requested cookie dough (unbaked!) for dessert.  Things will likely change in the baking department soon: Whirlpool have advised that they will replace poor Wall-E with a new model.  And so we have another case-book study of the power of social media; I made a bit of online noise and achieved in 8 days what I had been battling to get sorted in more than a year.

Which brings me to Side View’s weekend challenge … “THE ODD ONE OUT”

Shortly after creating the Facebook group to raise awareness of my stove troubles, I received a friend request from a ‘Belinda’ whom I didn’t know.  I had a look at the woman’s page and saw that she had no friends at all, and that there was no activity whatsoever on her page.  Mystified, I sent her a private message asking how she knew me.  She replied that she didn’t know me, but had found me through a random search of common interests.  I gave her the benefit of the doubt and accepted her friend request, but it continued to niggle and I still find it strange that I am the odd one, out of millions chosen.   On closer investigation of ‘Belinda’s’ profile, I find that her email address directs to a ‘Wayne’.  Am I paranoid to suspect that Belinda/Wayne is a Whirlpool mole, created to watch the public response on my Facebook group?

Doesn’t matter really, at least my loaves won’t look like this from now on.


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59 Comments Add yours

  1. how appropriate

    when does the man return?

  2. Rosemary says:

    I don’t like to accept “friends” I don’t know. I find they often post stuff weird stuff anyway. Glad to hear you got the result you were looking for from Whirlpool. Have a great weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      This one doesn’t post anything. The wall is empty and I am the only friend. Kind of creepy.
      You have a good weekend too 🙂

  3. Madmom says:

    I unconvered many moles wanting to be my ‘friend’ during me fb troll debacle.
    At least Wall E will be sorted.
    Happy baking.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m deeply suspicious and am keeping my eye on Belinda …

  4. Madmom says:

    *Me should read *my.

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehe … thought you were talking Cockney like …

  5. Ilse, my wife , was hacked on her Facebook page about one month ago, so I doubt very much the security of this platform.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Did she manage to get it sorted?

  6. Dodgy in the extreme, but then I am paranoid and have invented a who alternative personality online to fend off the Belinda/Waynes of this world. Perhaps, on reflection, I am the dodgy one!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The more I think about it, the more it bugs me.

      1. Think you are rightfully bugged, Cindy. Sounds awfully strange and more than a little disconcerting.

        Happy Hubby Hugs when he gets home. I used to sleep on my husband’s side of the bed when he was gone and drink from his coffee mug. Such a sap I am, huh? LOL!

      2. theonlycin says:

        I have O Bunn in bed with me when he’s away. Enjoy your weekend, Jamie, keep plugging away at your NaNo effort.

  7. leigh says:

    Alarm bells, stalker-ish.

  8. nrhatch says:

    Belinda might be a mole
    Or perhaps she’s a troll
    Wayne might be a spy
    Or just a lonely guy

    I’ve found cyber-space
    A peculiar place
    Now that that’s been said
    I’m off to bed

    Keep an eye on their wall . . . something seems “off.”

    BTW: That is one ugly loaf of bread! Yowsa!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Shame, my poor loaf, you nasty woman 😉

    2. nrhatch says:

      Nasty??? 😉

      Sticks and stones will break my bones . . .
      But that brick would flatten me like a pancake.

      Of course, beauty is only skin deep. For me the smell, taste and texture of bread matters far more.

      Good luck getting the new stove installed. Once in, you’re sure to begin a baking extravaganza which will make us all DROOL!

      1. theonlycin says:

        If you keep sending me recipes like the pear and apricot tart you just did, you may be right 😀

  9. thysleroux says:

    Very often a bout of “blog-block” is necessary, I firmly believe in the old adage of “distance gives perspective”.

    Blogging something different than the “usual” serves a purpose.

    Now answer this Q please, everywhere I go I always hear of the “view from the side” challenge.
    How did this come to be such an ubiquitous thing here and on other blogging platforms?

    … 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, Sidey blogs on Letterdash and WordPress and the challenge goes back to long before I started blogging, so I can’t answer the question. I am, however, always entertained by the different responses to the theme every weekend.
      Have a good one 🙂

  10. Have a lovely, peaceful weekend – husband back, Wall-E restored, daughter better – all important! And I would most certainly un-friend the dodgy one … would make me hugely uncomfortable.
    Hugs from sunny and chilly London xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hugs back at you from an overcast and nippy Johannesburg 😀

  11. Jem says:

    Maybe I should get you to wage social war on Caxton/Garden & Home magazine for me! Since subscribing in May I haven’t received a single issue! Phone calls lead to empty promises and emails go unanswered! 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      That doesn’t sound right at all Jem, totally not on 😦

      1. theonlycin says:

        Have you written a letter to the Editor?

  12. Yvette says:

    The same thing happened to me…after 3 refusals she got the mind goes blank of what was her name….I now “choose” wisely who I accept on fb….Yvette x

    1. theonlycin says:

      This one really makes me wonder, if it’s not Whirlpool I have a sneaky suspicion of who it could be, so I have chosen to unfriend her.

  13. Count Czardas says:

    I think you should set Niels on the trail of the mysterious Belinda and Wayne.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It really is mysterious and it seems that ‘she’ reads this blog; I just went to look at her profile again and she’s removed the ‘Wayne’ email address.

      1. Count Czardas says:

        Certainly I feel it is time to call in Inspector Niels

      2. theonlycin says:

        Ha! This I shall do!

  14. suzicate says:

    I think I would unfriend Belinda/Wayne.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have, and blocked ‘it’.

  15. gospelwriter says:

    I’ve been getting friend requests in my email (spam folder) and I’m not even on FB – never have been. Glad you unfriended her…

    That loaf of bread – I have to say I never expected to see something like that come out of the kitchen of the One & Only – it’s gotta have been Wall-E. So happy for you, getting a new one.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, nobody likes my poor loaf 😀

  16. Santana says:

    hey there Amica Mia , keep your eye on that one person. It could be a spy , I wouldn’t like it either. There are a lot of weird people on FB .

    Have a super evening

    1. theonlycin says:

      Piacere il suo fine settimana, il suo bell’amico!

  17. Glad you ‘unfriended’. Seems to me that Wall-E must be a reputable enough company that it would not have to resort to such silly tactics. However, I do have this eternal faith that reputable people operate in a state of probity.

  18. About the loaf, Cin! I nearly didn’t open your blog!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, I promise never again 😉

  19. stilekke says:

    …strange indeed….sounds like a bit of a “drag” though….lekker naweek Cindy…

  20. slpmartin says:

    I rarely use FB seems to have more than its share of problems.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think you may be wise about that Charles, hope you are enjoying your vacation.

  21. adeeyoyo says:

    Good take on the challenge!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hiya adee, tx for the visit 🙂

  22. granny1947 says:

    Good Morning Cindy….I wonder….do you think it is HER???

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hello Granny, one’s mind does sort of lean towards that suspicion …

  23. Pseu says:

    May I join in though you don’t know me… except you may have seen my comments on Kateshrewsday’s page 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hello Pseu, you are most welcome, thank you for your visit 🙂

  24. Artswebshow says:

    Yes very dodgy indeed.
    Unfriend is good, block is better.

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