Franco's Italian Restaurant, Parkview, Johannesburg

Food history for this date:

1810 Lewis M. Norton ofTroy,Pennsylvania was issued the firstU.S. patent for pineapple cheese. ( 


Broke a vase given to me by my late mother. Unattractive bout of weeping, with snot.

Daughter-teenager-stuff. Nuff said.


Uplifting breakfast with great friends, lead into a fabulous lunch. Nuff said.


New client, out of the blue, referred by an old client who said ‘she’s the best proofreader out there’. 


60 Comments Add yours

  1. earlybird says:

    Sounds a bit more up than down, then? (given that the teenage stuff probably hasn’t stopped yet…) onwards! Have a good week.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My friends tell me I have 8 more years of the teenage stuff, and then – hopefully – she leaves home 😉

  2. bluebee says:

    The refuge of friends 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, thank God for them.

  3. nursemyra says:

    What is pineapple cheese?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have no idea, Myra, too scared to think about it.

    2. nrhatch says:

      I’ve never heard of pineapple cheese.

  4. nzwaa says:

    So sorry about the vase dear Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Darling 🙂

  5. Hi OC, just popping in to say hello, haven’t had any time to blog. New job is keeping me quite busy, but as I get a chance I will play catch up 🙂 xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also a bit scarce at the moment, finally finishing my edit; another job waiting in the wings and another catering job on the horizon.

  6. Leeswammes says:

    That’s a lot of ups, Cin! 🙂

    How nice to have a new client – hope you have the time to take her/him on.

    Mother-teenage stuff – just remember it won’t last forever, and chance are she will grow up to be a responsible adult eventually. Most of us do.

  7. Oh no, I am really sorry about your vase – not nice!
    I can only feel your pain with a step-daughter which is MUCH worse, no seriously MUCH worse!
    Brealunch – yay!
    A new client – BRILLIANT! Another one of many more to come.
    Have a happy Sunday.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve survived the step-daughter and am finding my own child harder to deal with.
      Enjoy your week, Mandy 🙂

  8. Liane says:

    So sorry about the vase. Can well imagine how you felt 😦 But what an awesome thing that was said about you by an old client! who-hooo! Hope you have more of an ‘up’ Sunday than a ‘down’ 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Turned out to be not the best day, Lee, but I’m starting to feel a bit better.

  9. yesterday break-lunch was great fun 😉

    the ups are happening, enjoy the ride

  10. colonialist says:

    Teenagers are there for contrast, to help one really appreciate the finer things in life!

    Your blog seems quite normal. I can’t understand why mine, in spite of two posts yesterday, has gone completely flat-line. Even when I wasn’t posting for weeks, I used to get one or two views a day. Now, in spite of far greater activity, utter zero!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Replied to you on your post, Col.

  11. Pseu says:

    DUF ? Don’t know the abbreviation….

    1. theonlycin says:

      DownUpForward = DUF 🙂

  12. Greg says:

    Just endured a sleep over of my dort and five of her friends, all of who seem to be in teenager mode already, and they’re only 10/11. My sanity is at risk….

    From The Old Foodie: “[He patented] a cheddar-style cheese cured in string bags which left criss-cross marks on the yellow surface of the cheese which were suggestive of the pineapple, hence the name. In other words, what he actually patented appears to be a particular shape and surface decoration, rather than a new cheese.”

    Wondering if I could “cure” 6 girls by stringing them up in bags…?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Greg … and good luck 🙂

  13. napier says:

    Rigatoni Melanzane, sound good to me.
    I understand that horrible feeling in the gut as you miss the catch, sorry about the vase 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Napes, we really enjoyed our meal.

  14. Please, pray tell, WHAT IS PINEAPPLE CHEESE??? If you tell me this guy got a patent for mixing pineapple with cream cheee, then I’m going out to grab a patent for miXing, oh, I don’t know, let’s say sugar and eggs and vanilla with cream cheese, then baking it and making – I’ll call it a CHEESECAKE!! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      See Greg’s explanation above 🙂

    2. Please, in future, do not embarrass me by showing everybody that I don’t read all the comments before adding my own. . . Besides, by doing so, you robbed me of any hint of making an original coment, unless someone had asked the same question alread, eh, er. . . aw, forget it.

      Unless, of course, you don’t read this comment on a comment’s comment, in which case, forget that too.

      (Can’t talk now. Tongue in cheek. Think I’ll leave it there for the rest of the day. Keeps me quiet, but my mind keeps churning away.)

  15. deepercolors says:

    My son broke two antique vases from my mother when he was a baby. And aunt had claimed one of them was hers and I had to tell her they were gone. 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh dear, I take it she didn’t react well?

  16. nrhatch says:

    So . . . did you guys have Pineapple Pizza for breakfast? 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, we all had different things, Sidey got her fix of cinnamon 🙂

  17. gospelwriter says:

    How sad, about the vase, I’d cry too. Getting together with friends is a wonderful antidote for sadness, however – where would we be without them? And congrats on the new client… referrals are my absolute favourite way of getting them. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It made me proud 🙂

  18. slpmartin says:

    Sorry to hear about the vase…such things have value no one else can understand.

    1. theonlycin says:

      At least it was me who broke it, nobody else to be angry at 😉

  19. Tokeloshe says:

    Happy blogoversary!

    Well done!

  20. libraryscene says:

    Mother/daughter dynamics are so hard ~ my mother and I still quarrel, though, at least now I fess that I’m the terrible one..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Would love the chance to say sorry to my mom 😉

  21. souldipper says:

    Thanks to Greg for the explanation of Pineapple Cheese. His suggestion may require a #7?! Cin, I hope you can find a way of putting the (vase) remnants to good use in some creatively beautiful way.

    1. souldipper says:

      Congrats on the reputation you’ve earned. Good grief, do I have to watch what I say to you?? Or just how? 😀

    2. theonlycin says:

      Yes it would seem so. Unfortunately the vase has gone in the bin already.

  22. linda says:

    I used to eat Pinapple sandwhiches but never heard of pinapple cheese! Chrused pinapple mixed with sweet mayonaise (Kraft Salad Dressing).

    1. theonlycin says:

      See above, Greg explains 🙂

  23. klrs09 says:

    A wonderful list, Cindy, but very sorry to hear about your vase. Despite your obvious distress you still managed to make me smile with your snot reference. Perhaps you could take some of the remnants and use them in a mosaic, or add them to a shadow box filled with other treasured mementos of your mother? Congrats on the new client! Have a great week.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Kathy, I binned the vase shards already.

  24. The up and forward were good. Breakfast with friends is always good. New clients are good, too. Sorry about the vase. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Carol, in the end it pays to remind myself that it was just a material thing. xxx

  25. Tandy says:

    so sorry about your vase xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, my friend.

  26. Tilly Bud says:

    Sorry about the vase.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bless you, Tilly 🙂

  27. I am so scared of the mother teenager crap that I will eventually become a part of. So scared.
    Sorry about the vase. I have a few pieces like that that were my grans. No matter what they will always be in our hearts.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You know it’s coming, bokkie, but nothing prepares you for what it’s really like 😦 xxx

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