Thursday, December 18, 2014


Thus far..........

As things go I am about as close to done as I can get for the holiday. There are just a few last minute things as always but that's okay too.  Work is the usual insanity, less for me than for the spousal unit so it's a typical December.

I've cut myself some slack this year and not gone overboard baking/thinking about new recipes  and so forth..much to my relief . No time . 

I think I will want to do some of it starting in steps.

Funny thing, I don't mind January, Sistah on the other hand just hates it. I do understand why . Out where they are the weather in January is just flat out nasty with snow and  ice. Down here gets nasty with rain and crap around Mardi Gras and Rodeo.

It's not that I have that idiotic need for New Year's resolutions. Hey if they work for you..great ..but I've always personally felt they are just a path to self defeat. I like January because it is basically quiet . Once Rodeo and Mardi Gras start, our schedules seem insane with one thing or another so I think of  January as a chance to recharge my mind/self and catch my breathe.

Now....if those higher ups at work would just get their shite together......I am so weary of sending out their Christmas gifts to clients...I could be a branch of Specs ( the local liquor locker bidness in these parts ) at this point .

Le Sigh.

Feliz Navidad Y'all.

Aunty Pol , the Grumpy Elf.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just Because I Want To Does Not Mean That I Can

The Fantasy

The Reality.

Enjoy !

Aunty Pol

A Whole Year Has Gone By..

The original posts were on December 10'th and 13'th of last year.  I think Mr. Linky is broken .

I can't believe its been a whole year.

Mama and Daddy miss you baby very much.

We miss all of you .

Group hugs and headbutts.

The Mama.

Throwback Thursday

 I recently  posted on Miss Janet's blog "  Dying For Chocolate" about a tiny book that she had written about. My late mother had the same cookbook so we all chuckled about small worlds and so forth.

Today she posted about the companion book regarding candies and the above fudge recipe amongst others.

My mom used to make the above fudge and I have even though it's been a long time. I did mention  to Miss Janet that yes...I am one of those folks who would add raisins to the fudge.

Think of it as Raisinettes on steroids.

Hang in there, the weekend is almost upon us.

Aunty Pol

Monday, December 08, 2014


Yes, I am an avid follower of Angie Bailey and " Texts From Mittens",

And by avid, I mean that I have the "Notorious MIT " coffee mug and both the holiday ornament on the tree already even, I have purchased two more as gifts.

And then it occurred to me ...

I don't have to worry about adding one more book to the den bonfire in the making. Yes, yes, I have natterd on about the need to go through all of that crap  oops...literary gems and manifesto's but it's like cleaning out my's something that I have to be amped up for and I ain't . My theory is that it's actually easier to change purses than clean that sumbitch sayeth Our Lady Of Owning More Than One Dooney And Burke  ( damn you QVC easy pay) ...let us pray...

Screw that..that's why I have a  kindle.

It's why I have the LOL cat Bible amongst other oddities.

Sometimes I want to read the Dali Lama..yes...I actually have his books. Sometimes it's Anne Rice or Clive Cussler...and sometimes when it's a really sucky day..I need a laugh.

Mittens never fails to deliver.

Google " Texts From Mittens" and see why.

Hee Hee....Furrison data plan.


Aunty Pol

Guilty As Charged Ossifer ...But Not Completely !

Just being honest y'all.

Aunty Pol

Small World

I think I know where these are.

I always read Janet Rudolphs blog " Dying for Chocolate " because chocolate and mysteries...winner winner chicken dinner.

I almost died when I saw this illustration.

I didn't think anyone other than my late mother had these little books, first published in 1954. I always associated them with Mom and Grandma  Engwall because the design is very Swedish in style and just the sort of thing that filled the parsonage in Winthrop, aka all the red , yellow and blue crap you could ever hope to have. I'm not trying to be mean at all. My mother was 100% Swedish , and I grew up with all of it as far as the eye can see.  In all honesty I have a few pieces in the house like the standard wooden plate " No matter where I serve my guest, it seems they like my kitchen best."

Uf Da..I know .

Don't look at me like that , Grandma had one too in her kitchen.

What a vivid memory of my mother .





Aunty Pol

Just Another Manic Monday

Well yeppers, it's a Monday all right .

The office network, specifically Outlook has been kaput all day so I of course have been doing what everyone else has been doing, playing on facebook and pinning on Pinterest.

You have to do something to stay awake after all.

Not a lot going on at home save Gracie's last vet visit. Oh she's okay  for the most part, it was the well kitty.rabies booster sort of thing but the poor child has a uti  and some "elimination " issues. She is 15 + after all and gets " stove up " as my folks sued to say so there is a supplement that we can give her to help her human variation so we can get it called in to Walgreen's. We are not going to give it to her every day because we don't want to create the situation that we had with Xena..too MUCH fluid in her system and not always making it. After a few years dealing with all the triplets issues, we have become very blase about the whole box thing. Yes , it's easier with only one cat and wood floors but I miss the little beggars..the mantle looks off with one stocking.

The tree is up, the kid has no interest in it, I think that she thinks that she is above all that being a senior cat and all. Christmas parties for our jobs have come and gone, I declined both, he went to his and had a good time...I am more of the " It's 8:30 and I need my jammies " variety at this point in my life.

Only a few more last minute things to buy and I is done in one !

Ooops....yeah.. the Christmas cards..yeah ..never mind.

Have a great week.

Ciao,Aunty Pol

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chicken...Artichoke and Spinach ? ...I'm In.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 to 6 chicken pieces (thighs, chicken breast, legs, etc...)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 can (14-ounces) quartered artichokes, rinsed and drained
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 bag (6 to 8 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large nonstick skillet that's safe for stovetop and oven.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Add to skillet and brown on both sides; about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from skillet and set it on the side, leaving oil in skillet.
  • Add artichokes, onions, carrots and garlic to the skillet.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly tender, stirring occasionally,.
  • Add chopped garlic and spinach; continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and add broth and chicken.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 18 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Plate and ladle liquid and veggies over chicken pieces.
  • Serve.
If you don't have a skillet that's safe for both oven and stovetop, you can place the chicken in a casserole-dish when you're ready to pop it in the oven.
I found this at Pinterest on a board, I think it was it out.
So making this .

Aunty Pol

I Can't Be The Only One That Does This .

Guilty as charged.

Aunty Pol

It's Never As Easy As Is Seems

Yes...I am alive.

Now that we have an actual cold spell..yes....even down here in the Gulf Coast, we can get cold...

Nailed it !

Anyhoo, for the better part of ALL friggan spring/summer I have waged a losing battle against allergies and sinus crap.

And by that I mean it got to the point that I slept all the way home after work when I could make it in and then after cleaning face/dentures, I crashed...out for the count...all night.

At least 3 out of 5 work days were spent like this, ditto most weekends .

Nothing to be done except stock up on Zyrtec , Puffs, and plow through it .

Therefore, I am not exactly unhappy about the cold snap save that ..umm.....pantyhose ?


It was all I could do to keep up with the house and food, forget baking or foraging for recipes to torture Lady Lisa with.

And so I am hopeful this is all on its way to being over till it ain't.

I guess when I have been so sick for so long the brain gets all antsy.

I did manage to get to the opening weekend for Ren Fest and I did snag the posters for me and PG . I will get them out to her and I hope she is not mad at me for the delay. Personally I think she's way too cool for that so I am trying not to fret about it.

So I've started the Christmas shopping.

<  Ducks Head >

On Line.

As usual.

We are giving a ride to / from work to one of Gordon's co-workers for the next 6 months ( not my story to tell ) and yeah for me I am more used to shopping on line so there is that much less to fret over.

I'm a fretter.

Is that a word ?

I fret over the dumbest stuff.

Our  passenger says that he is off next week so there is stuff I need to bang out.

Sams Club renewal , some bricks and mortar stuff...while I hate to run errands after work, but if passenger won't need us....oh hell..let's call him Mo..Mo has a family and needs to get home to wife and 3 kids asap after work and I honestly understand. He's a really good dad so I am trying to get all the shit I need done while I can, with out making him any later to get home.

At least I can string some words together again.

Stay warm.

Aunty Pol

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oh Dear....

It's gonna be one of those wretched, awful weeks.

The photo by the way is merely representational of Miss Ricie.

Yeah, my lil suicide blonde is going downhill fast.

When ever I see her, I think of the INXS song.

She is 16 and a half, with cataracts, dementia, and a host of health problems yet her heart lungs etc etc are fine.

Last Friday, Jere Lee and I sat out at the Ice House and I knew something was up . Privately I had been observing Ricie , for example when the gals are out and I am reading out on the  deck which is almost every night . Sometimes she will come out and do her thing and then get lost and confused because she can't see or hear if anyone is around. So Gracie and I get up and walk over and take her back in . Generally I sit with her and we chat. then when I see that she is comfy I go home.,more often than not , Gracie remains behind and they hang out. I could see that all was not well but I knew that her Mama was on top of it as she always is .

She's not eating and dehydrated so off to Dr. Tom she went. He has been her vet since her birth and Jere and he have discussed her progress. She has an appt this coming Saturday and it will probably be her last . Right now she is as comfy as she can be and as long as she is not in pain...yeah .

Bless the gals, they have been there for us as we went through this ourselves over the 11 1/2 years that we have been next door neighbors. We have babysat and done all the things one might do with a human child ...babysitting, picking up food /meds...hanging out ..Hell..the two that are left...Quintin and Ricie...they think that out back yard is theirs and it is...they hang out with Gracie and don't understand that she is not a dog, 

As they have done for us, we will be there for whatever they need.

AND this still sucks.

 A very sad Aunty Pol  .

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Friday ~ Bruce Of The Day ~ !

Can the bloody weather make up it's mind ?


Perhaps not .

This is the most frustrating time of the year for me . All of the blogs that I follow and a veritable shit load of the pins that I see on Pinterest ( yes, guilty as charged. If you know my real name, you've seen my boards,l including the newest..Texts From Mittens..friggan hilarious.) are in the autumn mode. Which is my favorite season..but....




Nine Zero.

Oh my akin gump.

Kill me now .

Part of me wants to make Swiss Steak , Pot Roast, French Onion soup. You know, cooler weather, stick to your ribs and ass carb coma food.

The other part is " Oh F dat.." . Do you really want to heat up the house that much ?

Yet another part is freaked out that it is mid October already . I guess that since I was so sick for 2 weeks, the kind where you come home from work and crash for 2 hours if you make it to work at all that you lose all sense of time .

The right part of my brain screams order the Christmas cards from M.D Anderson Children's Art Project now ..a very cool deal by the way where the kids design the art for the cards and the proceeds go back to the Hospital to help them,...and the left side of my brain replies..Chill the f out already.

Guess which one is loudest.

Nor does it help that the new Kroger has beautiful petunias in pots on display in front of the store and I have empty pots...the weather is almost perfect so I am tempted ( hint honey...I fly ..) ...and plants are still blooming  and  we actually have till Rodeo/Mardi Gras before it gets wet and rainy..except we did have those days in the 30's in January...still tempted...

See...I'm neither fish nor fowl right now . The Casa needs tidivation since that fell to the wayside but we are  going to see Real tomorrow..and hisself has a 2 day tourney next weekend and I need to touch base with Southside so he doesn't act like a 12 year old girl again and I owe him a birthday lunch /meal...


I'll order the cards next week, get my skivies done this weekend...but tonight is deck time for me and Gracie because I have the  new Mercedes Lackey Valdemar book..

Yeah me.

Have a great weekend.

Aunty Pol