Optie has honoured me with a Versatile Blogger Award, for which I am very grateful, thanks Optie. The way this works is that I accept the award and pay it forward by nominating 15 bloggers for the award. I can’t possibly do this as there are far more than 15 bloggers whom I adore and think of as extended members of my family, and with whom I have shared almost 5 years of my day-to-day existence.
The second condition of accepting the award is that I disclose 7 things about myself. I don’t know that you all don’t already know everything there is to know about me, but here goes:
I don’t speak Italian.
If I did, I’d be able to conjure up all manner of lovely stories about the origin of food names. The pasta I used in this dish is called ‘Strascinati Pugliesi’ and I, drawing a logical link with the English word ‘pugilist’, immediately thought that the ‘pugliesi’ must mean ‘of the boxer’. I further imagined, rolling my tongue around both the pasta and the word, that ‘strascinati’ must be ‘stretched nose’. Ergo: ‘stretched nose of the boxer’. Witness this misshapen oblong and you’d have to agree that my logic was sound.

Anyhow, no matter what the noodle is called, I made a dish of baked pasta; with pork sausages, paprika and chili.
I always make enough of a dish to serve as two meals.
One is for my supper and the other for lunch at my desk the following day. Many of my colleagues buy their lunches from a local restaurant or from one of the many takeaway franchises nearby. As I get older, I am becoming very frugal and am content with my home-made lunches.

I have become the unwilling owner of a pigeon.
This may well be payback for the 13 dead pigeons I cooked not long ago. This live one was hurt when one of the dogs got hold of her and Our Alice brought her into my courtyard to convalesce. My uncle pronounced it a male, but was proved wrong minutes later when my feathered friend laid an egg. She’s completely ignored the egg and has taken to following my around from room to room, pooping as she doddles along and never taking her eye off me.

I don’t own a television.
I sometimes consider investing in one, but the thought of how many books I could buy for the price of a TV set always makes logic prevail.
I enjoy a peanut butter and chili sandwich.
Many people find this very odd, but see nothing strange in eating a bowl of peanut & chicken curry.
I learned this week, courtesy of Facebook, that I am a librocubicularist.
My spellchecker is balking at this, but I am assured that it is a real word. I revel in my librocubicularism; living alone means I can be as self-indulgent as I wish and take tea and biscuits in bed along with my books.

I don’t own a rabbit these days.
Big Red Betsy has gone to a petting zoo, where she has the run of a lovely big pen and lots of rodent friends. On arrival there, she promptly mounted another bunny and the bloke who runs the place has renamed her Big Red Robert.


54 Comments Add yours

  1. Sparkle says:

    Did you leave the telly in the main house or you have never owned one? I have to watch news and Scandal, I had to do away with other programmes ever since K was born but the two would be too much not to watch. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hiya Sparky, there are actually 3 TV sets in the main house, I just wasn’t interested enough to take one of them. I’m quite happy with the radio and my CDs. Otherwise I simply enjoy the silence.

  2. Colleen says:

    HAHAHA!!!!! @ Big Red Robert. How funny!! I think the bunny will be far happier at the petting zoo. And you can focus on that garden again. Best chuck the pigeon egg away. I think she was just proving her femininity but wasn’t stretching as far as becoming a mother lol. Yummy pasta dish Cindy, I think you are wise to eat your own homemade food, not only is it cheaper it is also so much healthier. I would think the pasta name has something to do with Puglia in Italy maybe? I love your idea of peanut butter and chilli. Love you lots and hope you are doing well. So nice to have pc and internet running again. Have so much work to catch on xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      It must have been very frustrating for you, so glad the techno stuff is all fixed. Love you lots xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly, I’m on my way over to your blog now.

  3. What a lovely Sunday read Cindy. Sorry that you had to get your bunny but thrilled that “he” has found a happy home. How strange about the pigeon. Poor thing wouldn’t last 5 minutes around here as 2 or my 3 fur children love the take of pigeon!
    Have a happy week.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your week is good too, Mandy. xxx

  4. Jean says:

    Oh my glory…Big Red Robert! Haven’t laughed like that in a while. Oh well. Maybe it was (his) fustration that led to the great garden ravaging of 2012. Long live, King Robert.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll be sure and keep you updated, I bet there will soon be a clutch of baby Roberts in that pen ;p

  5. suzicate says:

    Ha, so Betsy turned out to be a Robert?!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, destructive, like so many males of any species *wink*

  6. Leeswammes says:

    Pity about the rabbit! I’m also a librocubi-something. I don’t read for long (in bed, outside, very long!) but just until I feel my mind drifting away. It works, even with exciting books!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s by far the best remedy for insomnia, Judith 🙂

  7. Tammy says:

    I adore peanut butter and chili Cin! And I despise pigeons.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Tammy, it is rather hard to be fond of pigeons.

  8. slpmartin says:

    Ah…now that Big Red ____ has found a new home…you may once again have you garden and a few more items to prepare meals….I’ve never heard of a pigeon adopting a human before…very interesting…hope you’re have a pleasant weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope the week ahead is all that you want it to be, Charlie 🙂

  9. I have to say that I miss reading in bed. I always fall asleep now! Love that the pigeon has taken up with you, that is very sweet. You may be entertaining an angel unaware. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just wish this ‘angel’ didn’t poop quite so much ;p

  10. adinparadise says:

    Congrats on the award Cin. So glad you found a good home for your bunny. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks AD. BTW, I can’t find your blog, if I click on your name it takes me to the WP Freshly Pressed page 😦

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks AD, found you 🙂

  11. Congratulations on the award, Cindy! Big Red Robert – ha! I don’t know how well I’d cope with a pooping pigeon, but peanut butter and chilli is a winner! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m starting to consider pigeon in a peanut-chili sauce, Celia!

  12. hotlyspiced says:

    Congrats on your award. I didn’t know there was a word for reading in bed. I am the same when I cook. I always make double so there is something in the fridge for lunch the next day (I work from home) and something for the teenagers to take to school/uni. I agree that buying lunch is an unnecessary expense. So your bunny has been replaced with a pigeon? It seems you are destined to have a pet xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, you’re right, I seem to be the poster-child for unwanted pets 😉

  13. klrs09 says:

    Big Red Robert! Ha, Ha! That made me smile. Congrats on the award and on being a libro___? I wish I was one of those!

  14. Ruth2Day says:

    when i started reading that you no longer had your rabbit my heart sunk! so glad you gave him a new home and not with he butcher 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, not the butcher, never 😀

  15. Tandy says:

    I am a news addict and I have to have SKY news on all the time I am alone in the house. Somehow, I cannot get ‘your’ puppy to talk back to me xox

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s funny, she talks to me non-stop when I am there ;p

  16. optie says:

    You really had me with the first pic, I would never have guessed it was pasta, my mind was tending towards some kind of insect pupa! A pooping pigeon is not my idea of a housetrained pet but Way to Go Red Robert!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I was rather surprised and more than a little proud of our Big Red Bob ;p

  17. Dee says:

    Thanks for the chuckles this morning, I cannot believe Betsy was a Robert. Yup think it was frustration that made him eat all your garden. So happy for you about your award. So glad you are back posting

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the constant encouragement, Dee, it means the world 🙂

  18. Tesney Ap says:

    For me… bed is always the perfectest place to read 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      And just the thing to send me to sleep 🙂

  19. So Betsy is indeed Robert? Well, I didn’t see that one coming. Maybe his destructiveness was due to all those little pink dresses and bows you kept making him wear.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, I’m looking forward to visiting him soon, he’ll probably be a daddy next time I see him.

  20. adeeyoyo says:

    Haha, thanks for the laugh, Cin. Curried pigeon breasts, mmm, sounds better each time I say it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not in a hurry for that at all, Adee 🙂

  21. nrhatch says:

    Bye Bye Betsy. H~E~L~L~O Big Bob! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, only a male could be so destructive 😉

  22. souldipper says:

    I think Bob managed to move into my computer. I fight with it to scroll down, then it suddenly takes off like the Hare’s Indy 500.

    Congrats on your contract. That thrills me to bits…not only because it is some income or because you know you are wanted, needed and loved, but because you still have a very important outlet through which to express your creative self. In a field that is YOURS! Yay.

    Cin, I’ve had to change my blogging habits due to time. You may not have thought diddly squat about my absence, but you are like one of the pillars of my blogging start. I’ve found a rhythm that works for me. I visit less frequently and go over a number of posts at once.

    I think Jamie modeled this approach, but I didn’t consciously pay attention. Then when I realized I was doing more reading & commenting than writing, I knew I had to manage my time differently.

    I haven’t had a TV for about 4 years now. Anything I really want to see is on the Net. Plus I download movies so I can be very fussy and choosy. A friend in India told me I ought to watch a Frances Coppola movie – Youth Without Youth – so I watched it last night. I love his mind and all the subtle touches he adds, but even better – how did a fellow, way over in India, know that I would adore every minute of that movie?

    I’m off to see if Bob won the race.

  23. theonlycin says:

    What can I say, Amy? You say all the right things. Thanks for pointing out Jamie’s sage bloggorhythym; it makes such a lot of sense. I’ve been a bit flummoxed with trying to keep up too, will adopt your/Jamie’s method from now on. xxx

  24. The Hook says:

    Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, but my book, The Bellman Chronicles, will be FREE to download on Sept. 10 – 11! Check it out on my Amazon Kindle page.. You won’t be disappointed. And if you can slip me a review, I’d be forever grateful…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll do my best, Hookster. Good luck.

  25. Dee says:

    Hi Cindy, I am hoping you are having a fine Labor Day holiday, and that everything is well with you. Miss your blog!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hi Dee, my new job is keeping me very busy and I barely have time for anything. I hope to adapt to the pace and post again shortly. xxx

  26. Jamie Dedes says:

    Congrat’s on the award. Dinner looks lovely. Oh, I knew I should wait until after breakfast to visit your blog! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Jamie *heart*

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