Back from my ‘retreat’ for a while now and I haven’t had time to put up a new blog post. About the retreat I can tell very little; we were totally cut off from the ‘real world’; they even confiscated my camera, so I am unable to do the planned food review of the place. This can only be a good thing for my readers as a) the food was not easy on the eye and b) just looking at pictures of said catering would make the girth of the beholder swell. I returned with an insatiable craving for protein after all that starch.
Lamb chop, anyone?

A nice surprise awaited me in my inbox on my return; I’d gone for a job interview in early June and – after waiting a few days with no response – I’d completely forgotten about it, so I was delighted to find a formal offer for the job waiting in my email inbox. It’s a dream job, with an international publishing firm and I am project managing High School English Literature books. Nice work if you can get it *smug smile*.
There is little to report for Celia’s ‘In my kitchen’ challenge for August (see above reference to protein) as my days are running into one as I adapt to my new schedule. I cook enough in the evenings to provide for my supper as well as my work-lunch.

Here’s a picture of a beef curry:

Slim pickings for my first post after such a long absence, I think I’ll end with my gratitude- and wish- lists:
Today I am grateful for:
1. Warm shelter in the cold spell we’re experiencing
2. The privilege of landing a job that is challenging and enjoyable
3. An abundance of supportive friends around the world
4. Renewed communication with my daughter
5. Perky breasts and 50 days of sobriety
Things I am looking forward to:
1. Taking Our Alice and Karabo to the theatre (They’ve never been!)
2. The end of winter and the onset of spring
3. Buying and reading Jane Raphaely’s autobiography
4. National Women’s Day on the 9th of August
5. Pork chops and beetroot for supper

My blogging MOJO seems to be having an extended leave of absence, but I had to post this due to excessive nagging from certain quarters. (Christine and Rachelle, please take note!)

In the meantime, I will rely on the promise contained in this quote:

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there written in invisible ink and clamouring to become visible.” – Nabakov


79 Comments Add yours

  1. Mbini says:

    Pleasant surprise OC. I say YAY to protein. Congratulations and All the best with the new job. Go make us proud.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope I can do that, Mbini 🙂 xxx

  2. Colleen says:

    Aaaaah Cindy, good to see you back here. It will come…just pop in and write a bit, as you did today, when you can and eventually it will come….the ink might be invisible for now but it will become visible again I know. I understand that clamouring of words….I experience it too. I am so proud of you in so many ways. Congratulations on the fabulous job, I wish you every success. Love, love, love the gratitude list…. and I love you friend xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you too, Colly ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Colleen says:

    PS Looking at those lamb chops nearly killed me 😦 HAHA!!! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      All the lamb chops you want, Colly, soon!!!

  4. Leeswammes says:

    Good to see you’re back, Cindy! What a great news about the job offer! Sounds like the right thing at the right time. Good luck!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Judith 🙂

  5. Sparkle says:

    Good to see you madame, good news with Dort and the j.o.b!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Sparky 🙂

  6. slpmartin says:

    How wonderful to have you back home and to hear about your new job…the furture seems to have a silver lining. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It would seem so, Charlie *grin* xxx

  7. Ruth2Day says:

    nice to see you back 🙂 good luck with the new job 🙂

  8. Pussycat44 says:

    Well, you certainly blew in with great force today 😉
    Congrats on all your achievements.
    Lamb chops have been added to my shopping list now!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, enjoy every bite, Pussycat 🙂

  9. Mandsands says:

    Lovely Post Cindy, a delight to read and so good to hear how you are doing. I loved the things you are grateful and looking forward to and found synchronicity and empathy… thanks for sharing. Huggs Mands

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for popping in, Mands 🙂

  10. Lovely to see a post again Cindy and doing a little happy dance for you about your job! LOVE your gratitude list and list of things you are looking forward to.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Mandy, looking forward to getting back into the swing of blogging and catching up on your side too 🙂

  11. Jamie Dedes says:

    This is a lovely post. And thank for the link on Raphaely’s bio. Interesting. Not familiar with her at all.

    Happy day …

    1. Jamie Dedes says:

      … and the lists are sweet … Wishing you every happiness.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Jamie ❤

    2. theonlycin says:

      Ms Raphaely is a bit of an icon over here, Jamie 🙂

  12. It’s so nice to hear from you, Cindy! Congratulations on the new job, just so happy to hear everything’s going well for you! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Celia, hopefully September brings something worthwhile and new in my kitchen 🙂

  13. colonialist says:

    Congrats on the job – hope it lives up to all expectations!
    Oh, and thanx stax for making me peckish even though I’ve had supper! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Col *wink*

  14. All wonderful news. I knew you would get a fabulous job! How exciting. So happy for you. Good to see you back and in ship shape.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, my friend 🙂

  15. Hurray for you, Cindy, on all fronts! Nice to see you back and sounding happy and busy. Good, good, good! All blue skies now, is my wish for you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your skies are blue too, Cindy 🙂

  16. suzicate says:

    So happy you’re back! I missed you bunches!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I you, Suzicate 🙂

  17. klrs09 says:

    It’s wonderful to read you again! Welcome back. and that is a lovely list

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Kathy 🙂

  18. Ruth says:

    Good to see you, Cin – & kudos on landing that job! (do I look a bit green? 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      There’s a job just like mine waiting for you, Ruth 🙂

  19. dearrosie says:

    Welcome back Cindy. Your new job sounds really lovely. Congratulations!

  20. Tandy says:

    so happy that you and the dort are communicating xox

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m happy too, Twinnie ❤

  21. Nicolette Ford says:

    Lovely to have you back! Serious withdrawl symptoms from your blog! Lol! Love from Cape Town xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Nicolette! xxx

  22. So glad to see you back!

    Congratulations on the job 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly, missed you 🙂

  23. Rachelle says:

    Today, my sweet friend, I am so proud of you! 50 days of sobriety – you are a machine – renewed comms with your kid – you are a super mom!! (((((Cin)))) – love you lots and lots sweet friend!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you lots too, Rachelle *heart*

  24. optie says:

    Congratulations on 50 days of sobriety, a fabulous new job and renewed communication with your daughter. It sounds like things are really looking up. You Go Girl!

  25. hotlyspiced says:

    Hi Cin, so lovely to have you back. I’ve been thinking of you and wondering how it’s all going for you. Congrats on your 50 days – that’s a huge accomplishment so a big congrats coming all the way from Sydney for you. And that is such exciting news about the job – what a great welcome home present. And I’m so pleased things are on the up and up with your daughter. It seems your life is heading in the right direction so congrats on all fronts. Looking forward to keeping in touch with more regular posts xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I can only promise a blog a week for starters, HS 🙂

  26. inzwakazi says:

    Love, love, love number 4!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love, love, love you xxx !!!

  27. Pseu says:

    Nice to see you, Cindy!
    And I love the Nabakov quotation!
    Congrats on the new post…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ta muchly, Pseu 🙂

  28. Wow, Cindy, congratulations on the new job: one which most would sell their souls for. Hope you have a wonderful time doing it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kate, I shall think of you often as I go about eliminating apostrophes 🙂

      1. 😀 Ah, I shall endure in your memory then…

  29. sonsothunder says:

    So glad to see you again…I do hope they fed you better than “Lamb Spam” and “Soy Bean Ox Tail”..
    Lamb Spam is “Kosher” Ham you know …
    …hmm, I think I’ll just nosh on knish knosh…
    and, “Could Ya Please Paise The Jelleh”?
    Thank Ya…
    thank ya very much…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Y’re welcome, Sir, I’m sure 😀

  30. bluebee says:

    Really great news on the job and reconnection with your daughter, Cin – wishing you all the best

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, bluebee 😀

  31. Tammy says:

    Like everyone before me, it’s wonderful to see you here, Cin. Your gratitude list is rich and abundant and I’m happy for you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much, Tammy 😀 xxx

  32. nrhatch says:

    Welcome back . . . best of luck with the new position. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nancy! I’ve missed you so! xxx

  33. Dee says:

    I am so glad for you, happy to see you back posting, happy that you have a new job that you will like, happy that it appears there may be an inroad with your daughter. This is a silver lining in the cloud of your life, float on all it’s blessings. I am praying for strength for you, many know you can do this, we need you to know you can do this!!!! The alternative is not good for anyone, this afternoon I will attend my friends memorial service, she was 48, and fell after a binge and sustained severe brain damage. She left two children age 7 and 9, so senseless. Many love you, and are behind you in this.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you for your support, Dee. My condolences on the loss of your friend and my deepest sympathies to those little children. xxx

  34. granny1947 says:

    I am SO pleased that you and the Bun are talking.
    And the job.
    And the 50 days.
    All good, good, good.
    Love you lots.
    PLEASE get a landline…would love to chat.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will try to ring you from work during the week, okay? Love you xxx

  35. Count Nick says:

    Good luck with everything

    1. theonlycin says:

      Knickerless!! Nice to see you 🙂

  36. Congrats on your fabulous new job, Cindy – fantastic news! Love your gratitude list too. Thank you for the worthy reminder and warmest wishes for a wonderful weekend, xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, I only saw this comment now. Hope you are enjoying this sunny Sunday 🙂 Lots of love xxx

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