In my fantasy life, my husband should sweep in nightly with brown paper bags containing champers and flowers. He should say things like Darling! That smells delicious before pouring me a glass of bubbly, tucking his napkin into his collar and sitting down to a civilised dinner.

Instead he bursts into the kitchen with a What is it?  I am starving Babe, put it in my mouth; douses the food with a splurt of Worcestershire Sauce before he’s tasted it … and, then, appetite sated, he looks at me and asks Why are you so cross?

The truth of the matter is that I am very seldom cross, but very deep furrows formed on my forehead at an early age, and the Why are you so cross? question has been asked of me be almost everyone I encounter on a daily basis. Which made me cross …


Anschone, who looks after my skin at R’nR  MediSpa, texted me a few week back to say that they now have a plastic surgeon on board and I went off to do something I never imagined I would: I had a Botox injection and my furrows have gone away.

My forehead went smooth, lovely, like the smoothest, silky icing on a sacher torte! You may say that my frown has been ‘deconstructed’.

‘Deconstructed’ is the current catch phrase in the food world too.  Lucky that; my attempt at making my own cannelloni tubes from scratch yesterday went pear shaped and the tubes collapsed during cooking.


So, when the man burst in asking what it was, I could say, poshly, It is deconstructed meat and spinach cannelloni!


He hasn’t asked me – for a long while – why I am cross.  Nobody has.

Then again, nobody has exclaimed that I am looking rather uncross either …

Oh well.


42 Comments Add yours

  1. MissChris says:

    Have a wonderful day Cin – am sure that your cannelloni tasted devine though!
    You very brave – I am too poep bang of needles for botox – sigh!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s not sore Chris.

      1. thysleroux says:

        Mmm ..dentists also used to say that to me “It’s not sore you big baby!”

        How long does it last Cin?

      2. theonlycin says:

        I’m told anything from 6 months to a year.

  2. nrhatch says:

    It’s funny how absolutely oblivious I’ve been to all your cosmetic “flaws” . . .

    I never noticed your large nose, your furrowed brows, or your claimed resemblance to Gerard Depardieu (inspired, no doubt, by my comparison of Lulubelle to Nick Nolte).

    I need to open my eyes and be more critical . . . or who know what other flaws I shall miss. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Depardieu and Nolte, what a cast 😀

    2. nrhatch says:

      In your fantasy life, your husband sounds debonair, like Cary Grant or Sean Connery. In your real life version, probably more like Nolte.

      Bwahaha . . .

      I’m shaking with silent laughter. I would be laughing out loud, but my Nick (Nolte) at Night is sound asleep and I don’t want to wake him.

      “You don’t bring me flowers . . . any . . . more . . . “

      1. theonlycin says:

        Bwahahaha … you’re a loon!

  3. deepercolors says:

    I wondered what you were talking about. I didn’t notice either. I inherited my mother’s family’s turned down mouth and I have had people ask me the same kind of thing.
    Botox sounds like it is painful and I can’t afford it anyway, so I guess I will go on frowning. Hope my friends understand.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Put it on my credit card … should have paid it off by the time the injection wears off ;0
      And then the crossness will return 😉

  4. getting rid of the ‘grumpy line’ was the best thing I ever did. I am still scared of the needle. I took almost a year between treatments, but next time I’ll be bang on the 6 months. I love no-one asking why I’m cross when I’m not.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You didn’t tell me I looked uncross yesterday either 😉

  5. gospelwriter says:

    deconstructed crossness – love the sound of that… I have only your posted blog pic to look at, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen you look cross. I think you look rather uncross, as a matter of fact. 🙂

  6. leigh says:

    “They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon”

    1. theonlycin says:

      Since I have neither a quince not a runcible spoon, I can only pack a bottle and two glasses into my basket and hope that the moon is out this evening 🙂 See you later.

      1. leigh says:

        Gotcha. It’s tomorrow 🙂

  7. too much fun to read. thanks for ending my day this way

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sleep tight Doc 😀

  8. I really puzzled over the photo before I read the piece.

    Nice segue from frowns to food.

  9. Nzwaa says:

    Didnt notice the deconstruction either. Dont even think I saw the frown.

      1. Nzwaa says:

        Slept at midnight last night. Still reading wordsetc and having the best time ever. Thank you so much. I feel so much love for you right now! 🙂

  10. Madmom says:

    I like having a ‘cross’ look. It keeps the family in line as they are never sure what’s up. Hehe.
    Good on you, Cindy. I’m getting a downturned mouth (weird, seeing I smile a lot) so might have to consider a visit to Anschone in the future. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s made me feel better, I don’t like being thought of as cross.

  11. Supa says:

    Himself used to be fond of dousing his food with HP Sauce, now-a-days the only thing he is allowed to smoother with the damned stuff is bacon and eggs! Next thing we know you will be sporting an Angelina pout! *runs*

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m thinking of putting a whole bottle of cayenne pepper in his damn sauce bottle to teach him a lesson!
      Angelina pout? At R1000 a pop, I think not, would rather spend the money at Yuppiechef!

  12. Did himself or Bunn ever notice that you quit smoking? I may have missed an update on that…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, and I lapsed anyway 😦

      1. Never mind, Cin. When I quit smoking, I quit writing. I had such an association with typing/keying and smoking that, for a few years, I would not sit and just write. Every pause called for a cigarette! I had to really work at making a switch to tea. *Rolls a English Breakfast fag*

      2. theonlycin says:

        *blows a smoke ring 😉 *

  13. I couldn’t work out what the photo was – at first I thought it was a chest with flabby pecs… hahahaha! (What would Freud say about that?)
    You’re very brave to have botox … and I’m so glad you’re enjoying your new smoothness!
    Happy unfrowning and being uncross!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, someone thought it was a pic of droopy breasts with hairy nipples!
      Now I am even more glad I had the Botox 🙂
      Enjoy your day Sunshine 🙂

  14. Vive la Botox!!! (Or is is masculine? there’s an unsettling Freudian train of thought….)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gosh, I don’t know, very unsettling!

  15. Pseu says:

    Our own flaws are seen by ourselves so much more than others see them….

    my son tells me that the occasional darker hair on my upper lip is not the start of a mouse-tache, but simply a lip lash, which is much easier to bear.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lip lash, I love it 😀

  16. granny1947 says:

    You are so brave….I would have to have my whole darn face done…anyway the cross look comes in handy when dealing with staff!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not missing my cross look, I have a forked tongue for dealing with nonsense 😉

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