Once upon a time……….
…………they all lived happily ever after.
That’s Sidey’s challenge this week. Unfortunately, tales of happy ever after are far and far between. Instead, we stumble over minutiae; electrical appliances die, as do loved ones. Bills arrive at inopportune moments and the car needs a service, but only after the cat has been neutered …
Life happens and that’s when chocolate cake helps …

Read these two chocolate-related posts:
I’m off to my kitchen to cook lunch for my MIL’s birthday, I leave you with this piece of trivia, bet you didn’t know:
At least 63% of dog owners admitted to kissing their dogs. Of these, some 45% kissed them on the nose, 19% on the neck, 7% on the back, 5% on the stomach and 2% on the legs. An additional 29% listed the place they kiss their dog as other! (


78 Comments Add yours

  1. None on the lips? 😆

    This reminds me of a great story that I know you and others will enjoy – especially the mothers in the crowd (This story was passed on to me by a friend a couple of years ago.):

    We had this great 10-year-old cat named Jack who just recently died.

    Jack was a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit
    on him and nothing ever bothered him. He used to hang out and
    nap all day long on the mat in our bathroom.

    We have three kids and at the time of this story, they were 4 years old,
    3 years old, and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loved
    Chapstick. LOVED it. He kept asking to use my Chapstick and
    then would lose it.

    Finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom I keep my
    Chapstick and explained he could use it whenever he wanted to
    but he needed to put it right back in the drawer after he finished.

    That year on Mother’s Day, we were having the typical rush around
    and try to get ready for church with everyone crying and carrying on.
    My two boys were fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I was
    trying to nurse my little one at the same time I was putting on my
    make-up. Everything was a mess and everyone had long forgotten
    that this was a wonderful day to honor me and the amazing job that
    is motherhood.

    We finally had the older one and the baby loaded in the car and I was
    looking for Eli. I searched everywhere and I finally went into the
    bathroom. There was Eli. He was applying my Chapstick very carefully
    to Jack’s … rear end.

    Eli looked right into my eyes and said, “Chapped.”

    Now if you have a cat, you know that he is right — their little bottoms
    do look pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn’t seem to mind. The
    only question to ask at that point was whether it was the FIRST time
    Eli had done that to the cat’s behind or the hundredth!?!

    And THAT is my favorite Mother’s Day moment ever because it
    reminds us that no matter how hard we try to civilize these glorious
    little creatures, there will always be that day when you realize they’ve
    been using your Chapstick on the cat’s butt.

    There are days, and then there are THOSE days. . .
    Cheers, Cin!
    XO Paula

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh that is just the most delightful story, Paula, Thank you 🙂

    2. SidevieW says:

      Oh Paula, that is dreadful. Yuck!

      Kids are so funny (as long as you don’t have to live with the consequences)

      1. theonlycin says:

        In this case, perhaps ignorance is bliss?

    3. adeeyoyo says:

      Brilliant, Paula! And I kiss my animals on the lips – or thereabouts!

      1. theonlycin says:

        Isn’t it hilarious, adee?

    4. Colleen says:

      Oh Paula, I have just laughed that the tears have streamed….sad part is I had to do it quietly as my husband is already fast asleep hehehe……What an utterly delightful story. I hope I may be able to copy it and share with others so they can also have the wonderful light hearted moment I just had in the midst of all of life’s turmoils! Bless you 😉 xx

      1. theonlycin says:

        Still chuckling, Colly 🙂

  2. Thanks for the “ping,” too! 😆

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

  3. souldipper says:

    Great chocolate-cake-fixes-anything attitude. I agree – especially when one has gorgeous peach coloured roses on it.

    Loved Paula’s Chapstick story!

  4. Linda says:

    Oh my gosh Paula’s story is the best thing I have heard in a long time. But oh my gosh so gross.

    I could eat that entire cake right now. I am so hungry lately.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d love to serve you a slice, linda 🙂

  5. SidevieW says:

    Please wish Grandy happy birthday from me.

    Your chocolate cake is always delish, she is lucky.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll pass on the greetings 🙂

  6. dearrosie says:

    Gosh what a lucky MIL to have you arrive at her door bearing that delish cake.

    I’m still pondering the “29% listed the place they kiss their dog as other…”

    1. theonlycin says:

      She actually lives in a cottage right on our property, so she will come to my door for the cake 🙂
      Best not to dwell too much on that 29% ;p

  7. Sally says:

    Love my dogs – but totally draw the line at kissing them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I kiss my Lulubelle on the top of her head *blush*

  8. Sparkle says:

    Wow! A very happy birthday to Grandy! I always wanted to ask where is she because I remember her not being well in the times of letterdash. You are so fortunate to love and enjoy cooking. I have since received my baked & del and I keep postponing.
    Have a lovely sunday

    1. theonlycin says:

      No time like the present, Sparky, seize the day! 🙂

  9. adeeyoyo says:

    I’m waiting for the day docs designate and prescribe chocolate for our ills!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Do you also get a daily menu to choose from?

  10. cat brush says:

    Was pleasantly surprised by your post. Your method of extracting the important bits shows a real eye for detail. Your writing flowed very nicely. Many thanks

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you for your visit.

  11. Pseu says:

    Scrumptious cake!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am sure she’ll enjoy it, she has a very sweet tooth 🙂

  12. Happy Birthday to you MIL. 🙂
    Hmm, I have cats and I kiss and snuggle them all the time – I have even been known to share a yoghurt with them using just one spoon! :-0
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      *scream* TMI, Mandy 😉

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    I kiss my dogs – but I won’t say where!

    1. Colleen says:

      Hmmmmmmmmmm part of that 29% then hotlyspiced??? 😉

  14. earlybird says:

    I agree, chocolate cake is good for many of life’s hiccups.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Perfect medicine 🙂

  15. hotlyspiced says:

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    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks a lot, your blog was really hilarious 🙂

  16. Tilly Bud says:

    Other – eww! I kiss mine on the head. I can’t help it – I love them so much.

  17. colonialist says:

    An excellent solution for such trying times. Especially if somehow the car got neutered and the cat serviced!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That would require wine AND cake, Col!

      1. colonialist says:

        Both in generous quantities, no doubt.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Naturally, Col 😉

  18. nrhatch says:

    Have a lovely celebration today! Tigger gets butterfly kisses on the back of his head . . . just a whisper. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      And so he should 🙂

  19. The Hook says:

    Most original title I’ve read in a long time! Nicely done.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You do say the nicest things *grin*

  20. slpmartin says:

    Oh…now your chocolate cake would go just perfect with my morning coffee…of course I’d have to spend three hours in the gym to pay for the pleasure…but still.

  21. theonlycin says:

    Go on then, Charlie, just a small slice 🙂

  22. Ruth says:

    …63% of dogs, really? You’re right, I had no idea (but then, I’ve never ‘owned’ a dog – maybe that explains it).

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not sure who owns whom here either, Ruth 😉

  23. Mal says:

    Kiss the little dowgie on the lips? ..oh, yuck, not on your nelly!! 😯
    But your chocolate cake looks lip smackin’ good!! 🙂

  24. Colleen says:

    That cake looks absolutely divine Cindy. Love the shade of the roses on the dark chocolate. I hope your MIL had a great birthday. I kiss my doggie on the top of her head…xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      She had a good birthday, Colly, but she is really so frail now 😦

  25. nursemyra says:

    I kiss my parrot on the beak

    1. theonlycin says:

      And so you should, Myra 😀

  26. klrs09 says:

    Loved the Chapstick story. Reminds me of my own son and his confusing tampons with candles — but that’s for another time.

    The cake looks scrumptious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh you have to share your son’s story, Kathy!!!

  27. bluebee says:

    Delicious cake – lucky MIL. Are the roses from your garden, Cin? They are just gorgeous

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, bluebee, my roses are showing off something shameful at the moment 🙂

  28. I always give my animals a kiss on the forehead, right between the eyes. And, oh myyyyyy…. Really people do that? Gross!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, Cheffie, between the eyes is a very special spot

  29. johnlmalone says:

    so true; a fine glass of red does it for me 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too, John, but we can’t always have that at 9am, whereas the cake …. 🙂

  30. libraryscene says:

    The cake looks fabulous, Cin…Z get a kiss on the head from time to time…usually after I’ve felt bad for being a crab to her or she is being uber sweet ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      I can’t believe you’re ever a crab? 😉

  31. Tandy says:

    other! GROSS. I kiss the babies though xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, they are soooooo kissable 🙂

  32. Jamie Dedes says:

    How pretty! How can you be sure the roses weren’t sprayed?

    Chocolate ~ the universal panacea. Everyone seems to think it’s tea, but it’s not.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Definitely not tea or sprayed roses, Jamie, they’re from my garden; I don’t spray 🙂

  33. Nooooo, I love my dogs,…. but no kissing!! The chocolate cake looks yum!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, Pinky, just blow them a kiss?

  34. Mmm, chocolate cake does make things sweeter somehow, doesn’t it? 😉

    (Somehow this one ended up in my spam box. Wonder how that happened…?)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know what’s up with WordPress, I am not getting email notifications to several blogs that I subscribe to 😦

      1. Have you reported it to them? Whenever I’ve done so with WordPress they’ve always responded rather well – surprisingly well, in fact.

      2. theonlycin says:

        I will, Lee, I just haven’t had time …

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