I got a girl name of Boney Maroney, she’s as skinny as a stick of macaroni

So goes the old song, a favourite of my late dad’s.

I’m not. Skinny as a stick of macaroni, that is. Not anymore.

Could be as a result of the good food I ate at the Indaba. Could be the past six weeks working my way through a contract and eating off the agency breakfast trolley every morning. Could be the campaign I was working on, which was … chocolate …

Anyhow, time has flown and today is my last day at the agency. It seemed fitting that I bid the friends I’ve made here goodbye with cakes, and it seems imperative that said cakes contain the product we’ve all been concentrating on.

Now, before I tot off to say my farewells, and in light of yesterday’s post about the return of my errant dog, I want to share an old story:

As a young woman, my mother in law lived in a house that was next door to the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital. She had a big yellow dog called Tex, who had been in a dog fight and had a long row of stitches on his back. The wound had started suppurating and the vet had given her ointment to apply and ordered her to try and keep it covered. She thought she had found a perfect solution; he was roughly the same size as Old Spouse (then a small boy of six) and she had dressed Tex in one of her son’s tshirts.

One morning Tex managed to get out of the gate and ran down the road. My MIL, at that stage still in her dressing gown, ran around the neighborhood looking for him. Eventually she went into the hospital grounds and couldn’t find him anywhere, so she ran toward the main entrance and there she encountered one of the psychiatrists who had arrived to do his rounds. Have you seen my dog, she asked him, he’s wearing a yellow shirt?

The doctor looked at her and very kindly, without missing a beat, he said; and you’re worried because he doesn’t have his trousers on?


64 Comments Add yours

  1. Madmom says:

    The cakes look delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They were well received 😀

  2. ramblingsaffie says:

    Lucky she was not admitted up with a comment like that.

    Gorgeous chocolate cake, I’m determined to hunt a decent one down in Seoul this weekend after reading this.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good luck, Saffie, maybe you’ll have more luck finding moon cakes 😉

  3. I continually worry about my dog not having his trousers on.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it would be a mortifying business 😉

  4. Yvette says:

    Fabulous cakes and story! Read this surrounded by family and a glass of white wine, just had to share the story!Loungechair Chatter! xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      So glad you liked the story, Yvette 🙂

  5. Enjoy your last day and have a slice of cake for me too. 😉
    Poor old MIL nearly got herself admitted by the sounds of it.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      She still laughs about it, Mandy!

  6. leigh says:

    Yum 🙂

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    MMMM! Tex Bars. Haven’t had one of those in years.

    The cakes look yummy too.

    Loved the story.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They don’t have Tex in England??? I must have a word with my friend Liz Windsor about that!

  8. Angeliqueca says:

    Your cake looks yum!! I need to work on my baking skills! Good luck with all your farewells!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Hon, I’m kicking myself for leaving you with Chantelle, should have brought you up so I could put you in my kitchen!

  9. Leeswammes says:

    The cakes are beautiful! I don’t think I could make one like that but I certainly could eat it.

    I wonder how your mother in law was allowed to leave the hospital premises again? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      LMOA, she had a lucky escape, I guess 😉

  10. Jo says:

    I forbid you to make me melt my mascara with tears of laughter so early in the workday! 🙂

  11. Tandy says:

    enjoy your last day 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am enjoying it 🙂

  12. Xena says:

    I don’t have a sweet tooth, but do love Bar-One (we had a gang called The Bar-One Gang at school… and now I am “lus” for Bar-One Chc Brownies!

    LOVE the story about MIL!

    Have a great weekend
    Xena ;}}

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, my friend, you too 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ain’t it just? 🙂

  13. granny1947 says:

    hi My Love…the date has been set…18th of May!!! Can’t wait.
    So glad the dog came home…I missed that post!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve decided to go and register to vote here as I have a new venture that I want to really put all my money and efforts into over the next few months. Will tell you about it on the phone. xxx

  14. gospelwriter says:

    Ah – thanks for my first proper chuckle of the day with that story… the chocolate and cake went down well too with my pre-breakfast coffee. Wow, six weeks went by fast! Congratulations, and enjoy your last day, not to mention your fast breaking freedom… er… 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      As it turns out, the relationship with my contractor will be ongoing. I am a very happy girl.

    2. Second that excellent comment for this excellent post

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Doc 🙂

  15. I love the dog story about your mother-in-law. So cute! I’m glad they didn’t grab her with a net and slap her in a bed. 🙂

    My mother, in her 30’s and a beautiful woman at the time, heard our little dog yelping. She looked out the window saw that our pet had been hit by a car and was running wildly, limping. My mother, dressing for work was then wearing only in a black, nylon slip and high heels. She ran out the door and chased the dog. I stood watching from the window as a trail of neighborhood men joined the chase behind her. I wish I’d have had a camera.

    I really enjoyed your story. I hope you don’t mind hearing about my mother and her helpers. The men ran faster than my mother. One of them caught the dog. She survived and completely healed. Blessings, Cindy…

    1. I got so carried away I made a mistake and didn’t notice to correct it. I also forgot to mention how delicious the cakes look. Yummy!

      1. theonlycin says:

        I love your story, Carol, thank you for sharing it 🙂

  16. BFG says:

    Ha, thanks for this. And happy to hear of your dog’s return.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nice to see you on the blogs again, stranger 🙂

  17. nrhatch says:

    Bwahahaha! Looney Tunes cartoons . . .

    We have Kit Kats, but none of the rest of those chocolate treats. And your cakes . . . look yummy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s strange, I’d have thought Nestle brands would be available globally?

  18. suzicate says:

    All that chocolate in one post…oh, for goodnes sakes, I think I have the vapors!!!!!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      They were lucky cakes, suzicate, got me a catering job, they did 🙂

  19. Liane says:

    And so change happens again. Sounds like you made it through ok 🙂 Good on you! Funny story!! and by the look of those cakes you can say farewell to me any days! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Constant change is a very good thing 🙂

  20. the cakes look most successful

    i remember that story, it’s funny again

  21. libraryscene says:

    🙂 I don’t even like cake, but your pics have me craving a slice!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t like cake either, but I love baking. Go figure … 😉

  22. souldipper says:

    What a great story. The true ones tickle so much better than jokes!! She’s lucky she wasn’t abducted.

    Oh boy…how to get that cake out of my mind, you naughty ‘thang’!

  23. slpmartin says:

    Needed the laugh your story brought this morning.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nighty night, Charlie, I’m up with the birds today 🙂

  24. Good one 🙂 I wonder how many off the wall stories that Dr had heard in his day eh 🙂

  25. The candy bar colors look very similar to one of my favorite candy bars, called “Mars”

  26. That would have been hilarious!!!
    Your campaign was about chocolate??? That is awesome. I would have rolled out of there!
    You not missing it yet?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m still in contact with them on other bits & pieces 🙂

  27. Tokeloshe says:

    ROFL 😉

    Good one!

  28. Naomi says:

    Oh boy, your colleagues were fortunate, Cindy – they must miss you madly! I trust that your new work phase is going fabulously though…and really enjoyed your hilarious MIL story 😀

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