A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Two Blogging Years...

Two years on and this blog has been rated for general audiences.

Online Dating

Does this mean that people between 7 and 77 can log on without fear of having their minds warped by the content of my posts?

I started blogging because it was a novel way of wasting time. Most of you faithful blogfriends have been there for the ups, the not-so-ups and the downs...
You see, I often make the running of three restaurants sound like a walk in the park and it would be if I did not have to employ staff, feed customers, or just get back to work after my holidays.

When I started over 22 years ago, it was a challenge, a way of looking after myself, Karen and the kids. The first restaurant came at a time when the town was devoid of decent ons, so what I had learnt in a couple of pizzerias, came in handy. I began aiming for the stars and improving, got rid of the pizzas within a month of opening and got the place noticed by a few guides.
What does one do after such a cushy start?
Simply look for the next challenge.

Today, after a few moves and openings, financially it can be attractive to have three restaurants, ego boosting too, because of the recognition.

But I did not really mean for life to go so fast! And that's when the dreamer in me rises to the top.

Travel lifts my spirits and liberates me. Spain is exciting, the South of France, enchanting, Marrakesh, magical... And every time I go somewhere I want to stay for ever.
Art fascinates and transports me... I want to do everything, from mosaics to drawing, sculpture to painting...
Reading enchants me and tempts me to write in a language that is not mine, even though it is the only language I feel comfortable with.

If this blog goes slightly quiet it is because this dreamer is dreaming of turning his dreams into reality, one at a time...

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Blogger Queenie said...

Dream's make us reach out and touch the stars, never stop dreaming reach as far as you dare.

Cream it may be pink but would you visit my blog and wear my award for being so nice and helping me dream??

29/8/07 12:45 PM  
Blogger Edvard Moonke said...

"reading enchants me and tempts me to write in a language that is not mine, even though it is the only language I feel comfortable with."

that is me.

29/8/07 1:28 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

"write in a language that is not mine"

That sounds so familiar! :-)
I don't remember any more how it felt to own a language.

May your dreams come true. Soon!

29/8/07 3:08 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Queenie, for you I'll be pink anyday...

Marcos, isn't funny! I can no longer write as well in French or Arabic. I often have to think in English for words that elude me.

Merisi, it pleases me that you can speak so many languages with such ease.
And you are right, I too no longer know how it felt to speak own a language.
Thank you.

29/8/07 5:18 PM  
Blogger SpanishGoth said...

So another blog birthday. Congrats dude and never give up dreaming - it's what lifts us to the stars.

And as for the restaurants - if you can put McTossers out of business - ROCK

29/8/07 8:23 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Cream sweetie - (is that too mushy?;-), to turn a dream into reality is the ultimate (at least for me:-)

All the best in your future endeavours!!

30/8/07 8:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Goth, that's one thing I won't stop doing.
McCream strikes back!

Bella, "sweetie" is not mushy at all. Thanks.
I seem to be surrounded by goals and have difficulty choosing where to start.

30/8/07 9:37 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Just like everyone Cream, moi included ;-)

30/8/07 9:45 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

What's life withoug dreams? Not a lot! May all your dreams come to fruition m'dear. x

30/8/07 1:11 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Ive been thinking a lot about dreams lately. I have a friend who has BIG dreams but doesn't do anything about them. It worries me that I'll go that 'unfinished' way if I don't write the synopis of my manuscript.

When people share their dreams, it inspires others.

So dream on Cream. Dream Cream. And tell us about it when you can.

30/8/07 1:54 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Bella, thank Heavens I'm not alone.

Thanks, Akela. You're right, life would be dire without dreams.

Gigi, I for one cannot wait to read your book. So, please get it finished and published soon.

31/8/07 9:57 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ahhh, the dreams, the dreams! Dreaming is the most important part of life, for without them there is no place to begin... keep dreaming, and we'll wait.

recently I read a quote from a woman who rowed, solo, across the Atlantic, and is now rowing solo across the Pacific. At 35 she wrote her own obituary, twice: once the way it would be if she continued her current path, and once the way she dreamed it might be. The next day she quit her job and amicably divorced her husband. After a few years of knocking around she found this challenge irresistable. It doesn't appeal to me, but I love the way she began.

I'll be writing my own obits soon....

31/8/07 3:57 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hayden, how inspiring! Two obituaries!
We often forget our dreams and for many of us, by the time we remember them, it is too late to turn them into reality.
Carpe diem!!! I say...

31/8/07 5:11 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Go for it Cream! May you realize all your dreams one by one.

31/8/07 7:18 PM  
Blogger The Jakester said...

It's never too late to live a more interesting life....


Carpe Diem indeed! I'm glad you're digging in for the best part of life... fulfilling dreams!

1/9/07 2:50 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ai yi yi! sorry, cream - mea culpa! If I leave the computer on that brat Jake takes over. Still, it's all true!

1/9/07 2:53 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hayden, Jake is absolutely right!
Never too late.

1/9/07 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not anon - I'm Trac, but can't sign in!?

Just saying hello! xxx

1/9/07 2:04 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

hi Cream - i've now been to Momos twice after you recommended it, its FAB!

lovely blue and orange pic.

2/9/07 8:52 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hello, AnonTrac... x

Hi, Lettie. Lovely atmosphere, isn't it?

2/9/07 11:03 AM  
Blogger kj said...

go for it cream. i think you have to. it's in the doing that true contentment is found

i hope you don't stray so far you won't say hello every once in a while.

i am glad to know you.

3/9/07 3:58 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i know you will always come back to us my dear! you never really stay away too long cuz you miss us and our input! Hey dream on and i hope you do all the things you dream of Krimo!

4/9/07 4:11 AM  
Blogger Mélanie said...

Dreaming and try to realize our dreams is the best part of life ...Go for it .
This picture is wonderful and magical !!

4/9/07 2:34 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Are you kidding, leaving us hanging like that? I mean, should we go work or something??? ;-)))

5/9/07 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All my friendship Maestro's cream ,

Le Rêve est une seconde vie. Je n'ai pu percer sans frémir ces portes d'ivoire qui nous séparent du monde invisible.
Rêver de la vie, c'est justement "être éveillé".
Un rêve de voyage, c'est déjà un voyage !

6/9/07 1:36 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Have you checked out Momo's record label? His compilation of African music "Africanesque" has been my all time favourite for three years now. There's also an "Arabesque" one which has to be at least as good.

That sunset is photoshopped, right? That's a metaphor for life, if you give me a bit of time I'll work out why.

6/9/07 2:00 PM  
Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I think it is fantastic that you are pursuing your dreams of writing and art. i really want to write too and here I am just not making my dream a reality:-(

7/9/07 10:24 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

PS don't forget to pop by and pick up the badge you earned for the nursery rhymes quiz :)

8/9/07 4:33 PM  
Blogger wandering-woman said...

Ah, I'm looking forward to watching (reading?) you click off those dreams, 1, 2, 3...as new dreams form right behind them. Thanks for another inspiring post.

Hey, I was tagged with a blog prize and passed it on to you...

8/9/07 4:56 PM  
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