I thought I’d better post something before WordPress deletes my blog due to inactivity, and to let my friends know that I am alive and well.

Sometimes we only see how life balances out when we look back on it. It’s been six months since I lost my brother and – within a fortnight of his death – six months since I got my daughter back.  And so my grief was tempered by having this whirlwind of joy move permanently into my everyday life and turn my silent apartment into a home.

She’s a force of nature, this beautiful child of mine; funny, smart and with a will of steel. It’s a daily blessing to see her happy, healthy and simply soaring in her new school.

My gratitude knows no bounds, truly.

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And now that I have a life again, I am cooking and baking again and – hopefully – will be back to blogging regularly again.


53 Comments Add yours

  1. Ulla von Holtz says:

    Yes, please do. You have a wonderful writing style. You enrich my day….when there is a blog….far and few in between…..



    Ulla von Holtz po box 66, windhoek, namibia tel +264 61 220 580 cell +264 81 122 3040 ulla@starfish.com.na

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Ulla. Are you still coming to Johannesburg regularly? I would love to see you next time you are here xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      It sure is, Tandy ❤

  2. Pussycat44 says:

    That’s really good news, OC.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Pussycat, it’s just great 🙂

  3. Naomi says:

    Fabulous to read this today Cin! So happy for you and your daughter. Wishing you both loads more blessings and lots of fun together ❤

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Naomi xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      xxx back at you, Mevrou, millions of xxx

  4. tarnishedone says:

    So happy to read this Cindy, our teenage angels/hellions are what make life worth living 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      So true, tarnishedone, I have so much to catch up with her, we lost so much time together 🙂

  5. colonialist says:

    That is a wonderful upside; so sad that the down one was so drastic.
    It is always such a pleasure to keep connected, or reconnect, with those who were fellow passengers on the 24.com/Letterdash rollercoaster.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Col, it is nice that some of us still have contact with one another xxx

  6. Our lives change so easily, and it seems in the darkest of days that forever is never going to end. It is a wonderful life, even with the ups and downs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Difficult to keep the faith that the sun will ever shine again, Rosemary, but we simply have to believe that it will xxx

  7. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s so lovely to hear from you Cin, and I certainly have been missing you and wondering how you are. I miss your engaging posts and wonderful writing. How lovely to have your daughter back in your life even if it means sitting in a car for two hours while she has her Spanish lessons. Whenever I whinge and moan about those times, an older person always says, ‘One day you’ll look back and realise how fantastic those times were’. xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      So true, I’m appreciating every single moment nowadays xxx

  8. Ruth2Day says:

    lovely to see you back and good to know life is looking good 🙂

  9. So great to see you again, Cin. How lovely to be sharing your daily life with your lovely daughter again. You sound very contented. 🙂 xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am happier than I have been in a long, long time AD 🙂

  10. suzicate says:

    I’m so happy you have beautiful sunshine in your life again!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Suzicate xxx

  11. klrs09 says:

    That’s wonderful to hear.

  12. Dee says:

    I am so glad for you, I miss your posts.

  13. nrhatch says:

    Glad to hear that you and OB are doing well. Cheers!

  14. slpmartin says:

    What wonderful news…and thank you for the update…you have been in my thoughts…be well my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, and thank you, Charlie xxx

  15. Arkenaten says:

    Can’t be a hermit for ever. Time to smell the coffee and kick butt. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s no lie, Ark, got my kickin’ shoes on 🙂

  16. Leeswammes says:

    Hey! Good to see you back! Nice. Take it easy and blog when you feel like it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Great to see you, Leeswammes, got to catch up on your blog and see what’s new in the world of good reads xxx

  17. Tokeloshe says:

    It is good to have you back 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tok, will make my way over to your blog soon to catch up, but I have managed to keep my eye on you via Facebook xxx

  18. Mbini says:

    Missed you Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mbini, at least we have had Facebook 🙂

  19. What a wonderful read Cindy. You have been missed.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy, hope your week is going well xxx

  20. Sparkle says:

    God is good all the time Ms Cin. so lovely to read that there sunshine and happiness in your spirit. please share this site http://www.choma.co.za with OBunn if you do not mind. it is an online magazine targeted at Adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15-25. Sharing is caring 🙂
    Missed your posts, hope to see more from you.
    Much Love.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sparky, I will give her the link, lots and lots of love xxx

  21. adima1 says:

    Welcome back and keep on keeping on 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Adima, I’ll try 🙂

  22. footsy2 says:

    Happy for you Cin. I too have missed your posts.

  23. I have so missed your blogs! Thanks for the update and I am very pleased to read that you are happy. I love how you have drawn a stranger like myself into your life’s story! I look forward to more regular updates. Wishing you much love and happiness. Regards, Nicolette.

  24. theonlycin says:

    Thank you for taking the time to read, Nicolette 🙂

  25. Colleen says:

    LOVE! This means the world to me for so many reasons xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you so much, Colly xxx

      1. Colleen says:

        And me I you too xxx

  26. Zirkie says:

    I am looking forward to read more of your posts, Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Zirkie xxx

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