Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Favorite Cookie -EVER !!!!

Grandma Engwalls Oatmeal Raisin Cookies :
Oven : 325 degrees
Baking Time: 10 - 12 minutes ( I use the full 12 minutes )
Beat Together :
1 1/4 C. White Sugar
1/2 C. Crisco
1/2 C. Brer Rabbit Molasses ( I ONLY use Brer Rabbit)
2 Eggs ( Room temp .)
Sift Together :
1 3/4 C. Sifted Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Stir in 2 C. Rolled Oats ( Regular..not quick cooking kind)
1 1/2 C. Raisins ( I use dark)
Mix all together. It will be a stiff dough so at this point use a wooden spoon to me .
Drop by teaspoon full and bake 10 - 12 minutes.
NOTE : I always make a test cookie and use parchment paper. With my oven I need the full 12 minutes.
I grew up with this cookie and it never fails to make me super happy. SU took some to work and all he said was there was a complaint...." You didn't bring enough of them ."
Happy baking !
Aunty Pol

Happy New Year's To All !!!

No Darlins....Aunty Pol did not fall off the face of the only seems so .

On Sunday, the square headed boy/girl friend had a hiccup and decided that we with the oppossible thumbs were not to be allowed any access to the innertubes.


Nada .

ZERO !!!

For the most part I am " Whatevs."

I have many other thingys to do while on staycation which for the most part were realized....whooo hooo for re-organizing the pantry from HELL !!!!

I can now find stuffs.


SU had a shit fit and then some about the 'puter.




All day.

All afternoon.

All night.

On our wedding anniversary no less.

Were steaks ( good ones too) , salad and yummies consumed ?


Did I stay the hell out of his way ?

You betcha.

Did SU apologize ?

Yes Indeed ~ In writing.

Was the writing bit his idea ?

Yes Ma'am.

A call to Comcast and a really nice guy started the road to recovery. SU did the rest and I stayed the hell out of the way so other than sound we are back.

No sound is no biggie to me right now other than this will be a pain in the ass if I want to watch anything on Fancast but on the other hand , I won't have to listen to the silly ass Farmville song either.

Other than that, Christmas was very quiet at the sister in change for MIL...but it is what it is till it ain't so there ya go.

The youngest brother spent Christmas Eve and part of the day with us which was nice since I never have my side of the family around for the holidays and it was the first Christmas we'd spent together since our mother passed away in 1981.

We get along rather well now having agreed to not argue or push each others buttons as siblings will do .

It also helps that he is friggan hilarious and gets along really well with the SU and kittys, being a kitty dad hisself.

So other than all of that , It's New Years Eve people .

I still have today and tomorrow off from the work bit and am happy as a clam at home. Stuff has gotten done within I haven't done the usual and just busted ass till I cannot walk much less straighten out the bad back I am blessed with .

I found Grandma Engwall's Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipe which has eluded me for ages and whipped up a batch or 2. Of all of my recipes , this one is the one I vividly recall from childhood and while mine will never be as uniform as Mom's, they still are just as good and SU will see why it's this recipe and Brer Rabbit Molasses or nuthin by Gawd.

There is an all day Burn Notice marathon today so I get out Bruce fix Miss Lisa.....wheeee.

Be Safe and Secure tonight ...cause I want to see all of you around to infinity and beyond.



Aunty Pol

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Come On 6: 01 pm......Tick Tock....

For Miss Lisa and all the lovely folks at the 'Stute, Miss Aggie, Grey , Sammy , Miles , Billy Sweetfeet Norton Gingetsnap, Food Lady Mom Person, Dad Lady Food Person, Kimo, Sabi, Kiera, Momma Kitty, Daddy Kitty Miss Laurie , Charlene Butterbean, Drewy, Ira , Walter and everyone at IBKC, PG, Miss Calamity Anne, Miss Kanani, Nee Nee, Miss Cathy aka Betty Crocker got a new oven, Miss Suze, and Most of all...the sister of my heart and of course SU :
It's the usual madness at the office, people are fleeing the village in droves, clients are having their usual last minute crisis as per their form....and I don't give a rats ass because ...
Drum Roll Please......
I am on vacation as of 6: 01 pm cst.
I will be posting from the Casa so if it gets really weird....there ya go .
Have a safe and happy holiday, and please , please be careful y'all.
Feliz Navidad
Ciao ,
Aunty Pol

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sugared Pecans

As a special is a recipe I can now make again as SU can actually partake of it.
We love pecans.
Spiced pecans.
Sugared pecans .
I finally found my recipe for sugar pecans so here you are. This is the easiest one that I have ever found and the only change I make for us is to all a pinch of cayenne pepper..yowza !
Sugar Pecans:
Makes about 5 cups.
Prep time: 10 min .
Bake time: 20 min.
Cool time : 30 min. ( yeah right )
Ingredients :
1 egg white
4 cups pecans , halved ( about 1 lb)
1/3 cup granulated sugar ( the white one )
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
** cayenne pepper to taste .
1. Whisk egg white until foamy , add pecans and stir until evenly coated .
2. Stir together sugars , sprinkle over pecans. Stir gently until the pecans are evenly coated .
Spread pecans in a single layer on a lightly greased foil lined 10 x 15 jelly roll pan.
3. Bake at 350degrees for 18 - 20 minutes until pecans are toasted and dry , stirring once after 10 minutes in the oven .
4. Remove from oven and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled .
Store in a zip lock baggie at room temp for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 weeks .
I usually use parchment paper and a cookie sheet instead of a foil lined jelly roll works out fine. Sister of the Heart suggested trying cashews which I am dying to do.
Happy Munching.
Aunty Pol

Monday, December 21, 2009

You Should Always Have A Back Up Plan





Aunty Pol

If It's Monday ~ It's John Barrowman Time ~!

Happy Monday people !
This is the last Monday of the year for me...yeah ME !
" I'm Tired"
It's been a long year.
It's been a hard year.
Friends and loved ones, extended families have lost family..

I sound like the voice over for the Babylon 5 intro in my head now.
Have a great week, a wonderful holiday and or time off and be careful.
I will be posting silly stuff this week from here and at home ...while cursing Mafia Wars which will still not open BTW CE and I am pissed off.
Mutter Mutter Grumble Grumble....
Aunty Pol

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Friday ~ Bruce Of The Day ~

Before I begin the usual Friday shenanigans...
Please ladies and SU....take a moment to keep a good thought for Walter and Ira from IBKC.
Miss Laurie ( I hope I spelled that right sweetie) has been posting about her two latest fosters who are teeth achingly cute. They are still at the Vet as far as I know and these itty bittys need to get mo bedder so they can experience the rapture that is know as loving from Miss Charlene Butterbean.
I believe that 99.9 % of the Christmas cards are done and in the mail. I used to be like my mother and really anal ( who knew ) about the whole card magilla.
Hell, Mother had the address books in volumes from years as a Navy wife that were so detailed that it had check mark places for who sent, who replied and the year.
Sorry Mom....F Dat....I has a job.
The last few years since Daddy died have left me less motivated than before for all of this crap .
Ask SU....I used to decorate the BeJeebus out of the living room and dining room. After the last remodel, we had to scale it back a bit as a lot of the prior stuff ( pine garland wrapped with wired ribbon and beaded garland...but tasteful mind you ) no longer worked with the new curtains....but other stuff stayed. By this point , the tree would have been up for a week or know.
This year with one thing and another, again between time and motivation....not so much.
Angels sang.
Someone came up with an actual " Charlie Brown " Christmas tree for sale....found at Walgreens BTW.
Peanuts has a special place in our family lore.
Daddy especially loved that particular show...along with Jose Feliciano's " Feliz Navidad ....weird but true.
Anyhoo..I have the tree .
I did the cards.
Pearl is home.
I won't say all is well in my world , but it is a whole lot better tonight.
Aunty Pol

Feliz Navidad

I just had to show the following...I think it's adorable .

It's a romantic full moon , when Pedro said , "Hey , mamacita , let's do Weeweechu."
Oh no , not now , let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.
Oh , c'mon baby , let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time , " Pedro begged.
"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.
Please , corazoncito , just once , do Weeweechu with me."
Rosita looked at Pedro and said , "OK , one time , we'll do Weeweechu."
Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....
"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas , Weeweechu a Merry Christmas , Weeweechu a Merry Christmas , and a Happy New Year."MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Feliz Navidad
Aunty Pol

Thursday, December 17, 2009


No....Pol didn't die, run off to join the circus, win the lottery or anything so fun and fabulous that she blew off the blog.
SU just whiz banged the better part of a box of cornstarch all over the clean kitchen floor.
We both laughed till damn near tears.
Baroooo ?
At this point this is funny.
CE, BT , Miss L , Nee Nee , Sistah of my heart and Double O Mullet know what has been going on this year.
His Mother.
All mutha lovin year long.
And now this.
Pearl the Wonder Car.
Tuesday morning we got in the chariot to leave for spark.
Lights and indicators came on so we know we have battery...but that's about it.
Roll Pearl back towards the driveway.....check.
Call wrecker service......check.
Call local garage we've used before.....check.
Call our jobs....check.....
I got to write a check with a comma for the following :
Crankshaft position sensor.
Balance shaft belt.
A/C belt.
Valve cover gasket set .
Timing idler pulley .
Balance shaft pulley.
Tension pulley .
Oil. ( duh ) .
Oil filter - see above .
Shop supplies.
Yes, I'd gotten my Christmas Bonus.
That goes to pay the property taxes and HOA every year..
So , there we are.
Bend over, here it comes....again.
I'd forgotten that I had a boatload of PTO on the books.
I didn't know I could zero that out this early.
There was another option I could do.
To ask for help was for me such a complete humiliation, I lost it.
I will help anyone I can.
SU will.
We are not used to being that other person.
To to be the one who had to ask help of others damn'd near killed me.
But I asked.
I will do what I need to take care of my family and house.
Someone showed me kindness in such an unexpected fashion that I doubt they will ever know what it meant to me and us.
Therefore, at the end of the week , when we can breathe...cornstarch bombs are effin hilarious.
Never fear...a new BOTD will be posted tomorrow.
Aunty Pol

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Cajun Twelve Days Of Christmas ~ ENJOY !

Day 1
Dear Emile,Thanks for da bird in the Pear tree. I fixed it las night with dirty rice an' it was delicious. I doan tink the Pear tree would grow in de swamp, so I swapped it for a Satsuma.

Day 2
Dear Emile,Your letter said you sent 2 turtle dove, but all I got was 2 scrawny pigeon. Anyway, I mixed them with andouille and made some gumbo out of dem.

Day 3
Dear Emile,Why doan you sen me some crawfish? I'm tired of eating dem darned bird. I gave two of those prissy French chicken to Mrs. Fontenot over at Grand Chenier, and fed the tird one to my dog, Phideaux. Mrs. Fontenot needed some sparring partners for her fighting rooster.

Day 4
Dear Emile,Mon Dieux! I tole you no more of dem bird. Deez four, what you call "calling bird" wuz so noisy you could hear dem all da' way to Lafayette. I used they necks for my crab traps, and fed the rest of dem to the gators.

Day 5
Dear Emile,You finally sent something useful. I liked dem golden rings, me. I hocked dem at da' pawn shop in Sulphur and got enough money to fix the shaft on my shrimp boat, and to buy a round for da boys at the Raisin' Cane Lounge. Merci Beaucoup!

Day 6
Dear Emile,Couchon! Back to da birds, you big dumb turkey! Poor egg sucking Phideaux is scared to death ah dem six goose. He try to eat they eggs and they pecked the heck out ah his snout. Dem goose are dang good at eating cockroach around da' house, though. I may stuff one ah dem goose with erster dressing to serve him on Christmas Day.

Day 7
Dear Emile,I'm gonna wring your fool neck next time I see you. Ole Boudreaux, da mailman, is ready to kill you, too. The poop from all dem bird is stinkin up his mailboat. He afraid someone will slip on dat stuff and gonna sue him. I let dem seven swan loose to swim on da bayou and some stupid duck hunter from Mississippi done blasted dem out da water. Talk to you tomorrow.

Day 8
Dear Emile,Poor ole Boudreaux had to make 3 trips on his mailboat to deliver dem 8 maids-a-milking & der cows. One of dem cows got spooked by da alligators and almost tipped over da boat. I doan like dem shiftless maids, me. I told dem to get to work gutting fish and sweeping my shack--but dey say it wasn't in their contract. They probably tink they too good to skin all dem nutria I caught las night.

Day 9
Dear Emile,What you trying to do? Boudreaux had to borrow da Cameron Ferry to carry these jumping twits you call lords-a-leaping across da bayou. As soon as dey got here dey wanted a tea break and crumpets. I doan know what dat means but I says, "Well la di da. You get Chicory coffee or nuthin." Mon Dieux, Emile, what I'm gonna feed all these bozos? They too snooty for fried nutria, and da cow ate up all my turnip green.

Day 10
Dear Emile,You got to be out of you mind. If da mailman don't kill you, I will. Today he deliver 10 half nekkid floozies from Bourbon Street. Dey said they be "ladies dancing" but they doan act like ladies in front of dem Limey sailing boys. Dey almost left after one of them got bit by a water moccasin over by my out- house. I had to butcher 2 cows to feed toute le monde (everybody) and get toilet paper rolls. The Sears catalog wasn't good enough for dem hoity toity lords. Talk at you tomorrow.

Day 11
Dear Emile,Where Y'at? Cherio and pip pip. You 11 Pipers Piping arrived today from the House of Blues, second lining as dey got off da boat. We fixed stuffed goose and beef jumbalaya, finished da whiskey, and we're having a fais-do-do. Da' new mailman drank a bottle of Jack Daniel, and he's having a good old time dancing with the floozies. Da' old mailman done jump off the Moss Bluff Bridge yesterday, screaming you name. If you happen to get a mysterious-looking, ticking package in da mail, don't open it.

Day 12
Dear Emile,Me I'm sorry to tell you--but I am not your true love anymore. After the fais-do-do, I talked all da night with Jacque, the head piper. We decide to open a restaurant and gentlemen's club on the bayou. The floozies--pardon me--ladies dancing can make $20 un hour for dancin', and the lords can be the waiters and valet park da boats. Since da' maids have no more cows to milk, I trained dem to set my crab traps, watch my trotlines, and run my shrimping business. We'll probably gross a million dollars next year.

Joyeaux Noel et Bonne Annee!
Happy Holidays !
Aunty Pol

If It's Monday ~ It's John Barrowman Time ~!

Ah...there we go.
I tell ya kids, Aunty Pol needs a clone.
Trying to compress 2 days of stuff that needs to be done, especially during the Holidays is effing unreal.
I did get a bit of a head start with the laundry on Friday night because I knew that when we got home from Mrs. Crazy Cajun's big Five Oh Par - Tay that were would be no further work done Saturday night.
Sheets ( thanks does help)
Cake for office
Rum Balls
Bacon and eggs for Breki taco's for me for the week
dinner ( roast beast....thanks dear. finest kind)
3 more loads laundry..washed, dried, put away
Doesn't sound like a lot...except we are still both tired....we've both had the flu and Mother...well...our mantra is :
" It Is What It Is Till It Ain't ".
Have a great week .
Aunty Pol

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

" may NOT have my frosty , adult beverage Fiona !"

Sorry...had to go there.

Happy Friday y'all.

Thank you Lord, thank you Jeebus !

We all managed to survive the annual Holiday Par-Tay last night.

It was really lovely and no..I am not using the typical Southern Lady lovely as a substitute for God Awful.....because you know I do so worry what people think of my verbiage....NOT !

The hootenanny ( whole lotta hoot and a lil bit nanny) was held at the Crystal Ballroom of the Rice Hotel.

I have always loved the Rice..or Rice Rittenhouse as it was originally called. It was the last placce that JFK stayed overnight before Dallas and at one time was the capital building of Texas.

It has been fully restored and then parts of it are for sale lease...but you have to almost be the Sultan of Brunei to afford such digs.

Anyhoo....absolutely to die for appointments and architecture . I could have burned up a whole card with the digital on that bit alone.

Outstanding food and service BTW.

We had a great time, SU had fun as always and it was nice to be able to get a bit gussied and go out since we hadn't been out in a year .

No one died, no one needed to be killed.

Tomorrow is the party for Mrs. Crazy Cajun..her 50'th .

It starts a noon.

I've done enough cards for I am going to see if I can google the Cajun version of the 12 days...if I can find it , I will post it here....y'all will die laughing.


Have a great weekend.


Aunty Pol

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sometimes A Tiger Is Just A TIger

Enjoy !


Aunty Pol

Stayed Tuned..Along with our regular " Bruce Of The Day " Friday....Snerk....~ TONIGHT is the annual office Christmas Par-Tay..Mwahahahah .

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Twenty Nine Years ~ WOW !

I remember where I was when I heard the news.
I remember being stunned and feeling sick .
I am sure that most of our generation remembers where we were much the same way our parents recall the day that President Kennedy died.
Six months later my mother died at the age of 52 .
Because of certain issues right now at home, it hit me even harder as I listened to the radio station play his music.
I was far too young to lose my mother .
He was far too young to be murdered.
These thoughts crossed my mind as I listened to the song, thinking to myself...
" Gee...Yoko's voice isn't really all THAT BAD on the refrain..."
Then I considered that I just might need to rethink the lack of Bailey's in the morning commuter mug of coffee.
I am sure there is a self help for me....I can't be alone in this.
" Brain Dead Now ? Ask Me How ."
Anybody got the directions ?
Cab Fare ?
Aunty Pol

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Aftermath or Holy Shit ! It Snowed In Houston 2009

As I have previously stated, the reaction to the weather had been pretty comical.
We get a tad edgy about hurricanes like Ike and Rita...but we've been through them and know that after the Specs and Kroger run that we are all going to be fine.
The threat of Snow ??????????

Oh Holy Fuck, the world is coming to an absolute and complete end.
Remember in the newest " Star Trek " movie...where Eric Bana's character Nero creates a black hole to destroy Vulcan ?
Yep..that was mild by comparison.
I was grateful that the PTB's where I work closed the office at noon, even if I did in fact get screwed out of some time. They said that they would pay all of us I believe 4 1.2 hours..or until 4: 30 .....I work till 6 pm.
Do the math.
Considering that I have usually been the last Mohican...I know how I sound. I didn't want to wait 6 hours for SU...his office did not close I rode to the Metro lot and got a lift with a friend.
But still....
You see...I use the time I have annually on the books to pay Unca Sammy.
Oh well....
On the bright side.....
I am a cruel mommy .
Because of the number of trees and the density of the canopy....there was no snow in the front yard.
The back is another story.
Remember that Sgt. Panda Pants does not use the boxes inside.
But he is really a very good boy and we try to remember to be consistent in our hours and arrival times at home .
The patio looked normal so outsie boutskie he goes .
Then a paw hit the snow.
He went straight up in the air the way that they do when they are 6 weeks old.
The WTF Over look be gave me was priceless.
He did not touch the earth till he hit carpet.
And of course the digital needed a battery charge.
You know it did.
The rest of the weekend was uneventful save for another round of ICU for the Momma.
She is home now .
It Is What It Is Till It Ain't.
When we got home I realized that Sgt. Panda Pants had been in for a while so he would do well to go out.
He was resisting that for all it was worth.
Me being smarter than the average bear knew how to get his happy ass out the door.
Give him his monthly advantage.
He hates that.
He will go through the door to get outside.
I will wait until he is through pouting in his cat house .
Bribes won't get him in when he is in this mood.
Wet food...temptations....fergit it.
But ...I can wait him out.
I am the Mommy and I have the opposible thumbs.
Have a great week.
Aunty Pol

If It's Monday ~ It's John Barrowman Time ~!

LMAO..Yeah..I thought that would get your attention ~~~~!!!!!!!!!
Aunty Pol

Friday, December 04, 2009

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

Well Kids..
Hell has officially frozen over .
It's snowing in Houston.
Visible, measurable snow.
Of course , the people that I work with are evenly follows.
50% ~ OMG OMG OMG It's Gonna Snow - Wooooo Hoooooo
50% ~ OMG OMG OMG It's Gonna Snow ~ WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
People..Srsly !
Until you have driven on black ice.....STFU !
The office is closing at noon, thank you Mgmt Wonks who actually thought about it .
I'll post more from home.
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

~OMG ~ It's A Real Show ~ Steven Seagal - Lawman ~!

Dear A & E ,

I understand the need to stay current with your viewership, given that cable has made vast in roads over the last ten years.

I understand that many watch television on their computers.

I will own up to being a fan of " Gene Simmons Family Jewels."

Guilty as charged.

But this ?

Really ?

Why ?

Oh for who started out as the " Arts and Entertainment " channel.

This is Art ?

This is Entertainment ?

Really ?


Aunty Pol

P.S. Oh hell yeah I'm gonna check it out..just for the LOL factor...with an adult bev. natch .

You Know Its Boogita Boogita Time When....

I have to put my head down from the cuteness now .


Aunty Pol

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

If It's Monday ~ It's John Barrowman Time ~!

First of all ....sorry that this is a day late. I've been sick.
The irony is that I find myself wondering exactly who is is that I am apologizing my own freakin blog....LMAO !
Yeah...I wonder about stuff like that.
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday...I spent the better part of it sick with the seasonal crud.
Yeah Me.
Have a great week.
Aunty Pol

Friday, November 27, 2009

Instead of Christmas Cards.....

Can I just send the above ?
Aunty Pol
P.S. SciFi Channel : Enough of the friggan James Bond Movies - M'kay ? I want to watch Sanctuary and SGU....NOT THIS SHIT !
Harrumph !

~ Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday !

As an extra bonus....courtesy of the Beeb :
I adore Brian Blessed.
Have a safe day, safe shopping and weekend.
SU is about to start the cookie-paloooza tomorrow so I will hold off on cleaning the floor.
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

THe Muppets Cover " Bohemian Rhapsody"

I bet Freddy would love this.


Aunty Pol

Happy Thanksgiving Y'All !

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving this year.

SU is going to his sister's sister in laws...don't ask...and I will be home buried under covers since I have some sort of kill me now respiratory thingy going on and I am NOT going to expose my frail lil mother in law to this shit.

Let me put it like this....I have come home every night this week and been in bed, face washed, teeth cleaned by 7: 20.....and we get home about 7.

I am oddly enough not running fever, but I sincerely feel like krep and it doesn't help that the two I work with have each taken one of the days off this week and it's only Wednesday....oh yeah.

I doubt that SU will be coming home with a plate for me which is fine...I'd comment further but he does read this...there is plenty of vittles in the freezer so all is well. Judging from the state shall we say of my bee gee's....I could stand to skip a fork or three.

That's just as well since we just got the invite to a birthday par tay for Mrs. Crazy Cajun. This blow out starts at noon....and all y'all need to know is as follows :

1. Sistah hits the big 5-0 ( Book 'Em Danno)

2. She's married to the Cajun.

3. See the above.

It this is anything like the beloved childs high school graduation...jeebus H.

And I have no idea what to get

Talk to you later from the Casa...

Hugs to PG...Miss Lisa, Calamity Anne , Sarah, Aimee, Nee Nee, Lael, Double 0 Mullet and all the fur folk.

Gobble Friggan Gobble Y'all.


Aunty Pol

Monday, November 23, 2009

If It's Monday ~ It's John Barrowman Time ~!

Note to daughter of attorney:


As always it is my deepest pleasure to genuflect before you and your spawn . Your demands are quite reasonable given the miracle of childbirth displayed before me. How fortunate is your child to have such a model of charm and gentility to guide her through life and to educate her in the finer graces.

Your presence has both graced and elevated my meager life and as always I remain ,

Suitably Grateful and beneath your sublime notice.

Aunty Pol

Well Crap !

Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend.
SU had to work and so the honey do's that were plotted out will have to fall into place post Turkey day which is just as well since one of them involved moving a potted plant to the ground...and it was cold and rainy here.
I spent some time with the brudder....spent most of it laughing my ass off ...poor SU had no clue about half of what we were talking about but that was ok too since SU basically just wanted to sleep.
Sadly tho..Jeri had to put Gumbo down so it was a very sad weekend between the two houses. He'd been going down hill for a bit and being such a small breed....Shi Tsu...any weight loss is super apparent. It's really hard..anyone who has gone thru it knows.....even SU who is not really a dog person was very upset by the news....sigh.
On top of all of that , I think that I am coming down with the crud......crappity crap crap crap.
Never fails.
Have a great week.
Aunty ( Achooooo) Pol

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

Happy Friday People !!

The above is from " Burn Notice" and thus is not the younger BC that we all know and love.

All ages..all Bruce....yep...that's my motto.

It looks to be a busy weekend, and since I have to yet again spot clean the carpets where the children decided to decorate/'s raining.

I can't catch a break.

I am fighting a rather solid case of the holiday blues right now...I am usually the one who remains the " Oh don't be like that"..and I recognize that I am married to a self proclaimed Grinch....

But it's been one hell of a long , bad year...starting last Dec. 27 when I fell and really injured my leg.

Lets see..

Leg injury - me
Flu/ slow death- SU
Teeth - SU
Possible Diabetes - Xena
Leg Injury-me
Flu - him

For once , I am going to allow myself to feel a bit if the blues during the holidays, recognizing the still agonizing loss of my father and that anniversary coming up ...and the real potential time line with my mother in law.

I am tired. stressed, worn to a nub and can't remember any sort of vacation this year. I am taking the week between Christmas and New Years ...the week off in April taking care of SU does not count...

I am just tired...that's all

Yes, cheese with this whine would be lovely.

It will get better.

Have a great weekend.

Aunty Pol

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

An Oldie But A Goodie

. Subject: mouse balls

I don't know how they wrote this with a straight face... This apparently was a real memo sent out by a computer company to its employees in all seriousness .

It went to all field engineers about a computer peripheral problem The author of this memo was quite genuine. The engineers rolled on the floor!

Especially note the last couple of sentences.

If a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement.

Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Units). Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel.

Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse.

Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal pocedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse.

Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop off method.

Domestic balls are replaced by using the twist off method.

Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive.

However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge.

Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately.

It is recommended that each person have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction.

Any customer missing his balls should contact the local personnel in charge of removing and replacing these necessary items.

Please keep in mind that a customer without properly working balls is an unhappy customer.

I came across this about 6 years ago and saved it .

Being the compulsive sorter that I am , I stashed it in a file and promptly forgot about it. This is a seldom discussed family genetic trait I possess. My late mother was known far and wide amongst her peers as someone who was so adept at hiding Christmas presents that they remained hidden....often for years at a time !

Enjoy !


Aunty Pol

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One For My Generation .

This is hard to read from the picture so I am going to put the text here .
A self-important college freshman walking along the beach took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen resting on the steps why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.
" You grew up in a different world , actually an almost primitive one" the student said loud enough for others to hear.
" The young people of today grew up with television , jet planes , space travel , man walking on the moon. We have nuclear energy, ships and cell phones , computers with light speed any many more."
After a brief silence, the senior citizen responded as follows.
" You're right son, we didn't have those things when we were young we invented them."
" Now , you arrogant little sh*t, what are you doing for the next generation ?"
The applause was amazing.
My best friend sends the best stuff !!!!
Aunty Pol

Bruce Campbell Old Spice Commercials

My day is improving !


Aunty Pol

OMG ..John Sellers is my hero.

Check this out from John Sellers over at TrueSlant.

He is now my hero.


Aunty Pol

Another Opportunity Shot To Hell

I know , I know, but this wouldn't wait until the usual Friday posting .

I have been laughing all damn day.

At least Ms. Lisa and I would have been happy ~ sigh .

It's not all that much to ask now is it ?

Granted the USA channel is pretty much kicking ass and taking names with all of their new far SU and I are pretty happy with their original series .

White Collar kicks ass by the way.

Scroll on down c/p skills are a bit off's been one of those ....don't ask and no one gets ? ...scroll can do it. can .

CNN Fails to Tap Bruce Campbell as Replacement for Lou Dobbs

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Lou Dobbs abruptly resigned last night as CNN’s 7 p.m. anchor. The network has already named John King as his replacement.


Obviously, a great opportunity has been missed here. CNN, as it has been reported, currently finds itself far behind Fox News in the prime-time ratings race; on a recent night, it finished fourth, with just 826,000 viewers, behind even MSNBC and sister network Headline News. Clearly, something more inspired than simply tapping a known commodity — not to mention a second CNN anchor with the last name King — was needed.

I’m thinking that CNN should have instead gone after the only man ever to achieve cult fame by replacing his own hand with a chain saw.

That’s right: CNN should have hired Bruce Campbell.

Okay, so Campbell isn’t exactly known for his views on politics. He’s far more adept at speaking about what it’s like to be a B-movie poobah and hamming it up in ads for Old Spice than he is at delivering hard-hitting commentary about the state of the world. But think about it. By courting him, CNN could have goosed its ratings by enticing millions of loyal geeks every night to drink from the river Campbell. The network also would have netted a natural branding partner for its current 8 p.m. host. And yet, due to CNN’s short-sightedness, the Comic-Con crowd still awaits the Bruce Campbell/Campbell Brown era.

Not that Bruce Campbell needs the gig. In addition to being the occasional subject of our very own Bruce Campbell Watch, he still has his highly visible supporting role as Sam Axe on Burn Notice, one of cable television’s highest-rated shows. And he will be seen again on big screens as Ash Williams when Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead gets a long-overdue re-release in 2010. In fact, Campbell may have summed up the situation best in that movie’s underrated 1993 second sequel, Army of Darkness, when he said, “Hail to the king, baby.”

CNN might not know it yet, but you can be sure he wasn’t referring to John King.


Aunty Pol

If My Children Had A Say In It

Nuff Said.
As if I could find a coupon that would work this good for Iams...LMAO...ROTF.
Aunty Pol

For All Of Us Who Are Michael Shanks/Daniel Jackson Groupies !

Frrom TV Guide

" Hawkman Swoops Into Smallville"

by William Keck November 16, 2009 07:23 AM EST

Here it is! A sneak peek at Michael Shanks in the Hawkman costume he dons for Smallville’s highly anticipated two-hour movie event. Featuring the Justice Society, the special airs February 5, and the second hour is directed by Tom Welling. In between practicing his flying stunts above the Daily Planet rooftop and Chloe’s Watchtower, the Stargate SG-1 alum called me from the Vancouver set to dish on his role.It seems we’ll be seeing a lot of you soaring through the air, eh?Yeah. There are a few scenes involving him flying into various sets. One of them is in Watchtower and we’ll also see him on the Daily Planet roof. And at the end of the day, Hawkman takes off his wings and hangs them in the closet.

How’s your flying been going?

Today’s my practice day. There’s no stunt guy, so I need to ace this so I don’t make Hawkman look like a goofball. It’s traditional wire work that involves strapping on this harness so that large men with giant arms can lift me up and manipulate me. I’m also swinging around Hawkman’s giant mace as a weapon.

Are you exposing your chest as Hawkman did?

No nudity. The way the harness is designed they needed to create a bronze chest plate. The helmet is also more of a bronze-tone than a big yellow gold thing. My whole upper torso becomes a big immobile object.

What’s Hawkman’s story?

When we first meet Carter Hall he’s in his museum. We’ll learn he’s a reincarnated prince from a thousand years ago. There is a reference to The Justice Society’s time in the ‘70s, but we have since disbanded.

What advice does he give Clark?

There’s a reference given to him flying, but it’s more of a metaphor to his own personal growth. Clark and his friends are figuring out what their destinies will be, so there is a ripe opportunity for the Justice Society who had been there done that to offer some tough love teaching.Tom Welling is directing the second episode of this arc.

Is he excited or terrified?

I’m sure he’s excited and terrified. The first part is a lot of the character’s back-stories with them in civilian attire. Whereas in part two, Tom gets saddled with a lot of the action elements that will take a lot of time to shoot. He’s also acting throughout the episode he’s directing, which will be quite a task.

Are there references to Society members who aren’t seen in the episodes?

Oh yes. You’ll see a ton of references. This is a fan’s dream. Let’s say there are lots of memories and paraphernalia that people will be familiar with.What is his relationship to Ollie/Green Arrow?We will see an antagonism between them involving political views.

And Chloe?She is a bit of an enigma to him. To have this pretty, smart blonde girl walking around among all these superheroes is an anomaly. Carter doesn’t know what to make of her.

How about Lois?

There’s a little bit of the Clark romance and then more with Tess’ dark plotting.

Have the regular Smallville characters heard about the Society members?

No. That’s a big plot point to find out how come they’ve never heard of these people.

What is his relationship like with fellow heroes Dr. Fate, Stargirl and Martian Manhunter?Dr. Fate and Hawkman have a long history. Dr. Fate’s helmet is possessed by an Egyptian deity, which allows his to see into people’s possible futures. He also teleports. Stargirl is brand new to them and I’m not exactly sure what she does. She wasn’t part of the Society with them. And there are some trust issues with Martian Manhunter that are going to need to be dealt with.

You share a relationship with these actors?

Yeah. Brent Stait (Kent Nelson/Dr. Fate) was with me thirteen years ago on the Stargate pilot. Brent and I just shot a very touching moment between our characters. And oddly enough I worked with Britt Irvin (Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl) in Stargate’s third season when she was like 15 years ago. And now she’s all grown up.

Who are you all battling?

All I’ll say is he has a history with the Justice Society, but I’d never heard of him before.”

Does Hawkman give any advice to Clark and Co. about forming a Justice League of America?

There have been attempts to turn this group of randoms into a cohesive unit, but a lot of these episodes will address their debate into how that would take place and what their philosophy would be.”

Is there any reference made to Hawkgirl?

There’s a lot of referencing to Shayera/ Hawkgirl throughout as his one true love, given the fact that these two have a tremendous history as thousand year-old reincarnated beings who continue to find each other lifetime after lifetime. And we will learn where she is now

.What mood is Hawkman in?

When we first see him, he is a shell of his former self with a heir of cynicism. He wears a lot of grief and guilt and pain over what happened to his friends and the society as a whole and his failures in letting that happen.

Do you change your voice when you switch from Carter Hall to Hawkman?

Yeah. Given his many lives lived, I wanted to build a character with a more fierce quality which involved changing my vocal tone.

You didn’t channel Christian Bale and have a freak-out moment on set, did you?

The way the Hawkman mask fits on me is very Batman-ish, so at one point I passed Smallville’s director of photography who used to work with my wife (actress Lexa Doig) and me on Andromeda, and said with a deep Christina Bale voice, ‘We are done professionally.’

Is there a glimmer of hope offered that the Society could reassemble?

There will be a debate going on about whether we should have formed in the first place, and whether anyone should do it. We came together for the benefit of mankind, but then we were treated appallingly, so there will be a debate as to whether it would make sense for the Justice League to pick up our mantle and do it again.

And you’ll be reprising your Stargate character on two more upcoming episodes of Stargate: Universe?Yes.

I made a cameo in the pilot and they’re keeping me alive to pass the torch. The next one coming up is titled Human, and back-references my character first initiating Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) into the Stargate program, but my character exists more as a figment of Dr. Rush’s imagination. And then in Subversion, near the end of the season, we’ll see myself and Richard Dean Anderson helping out with an investigation where sabotage took place back on Earth.

You also have an episode of Sanctuary coming up?

I think I’m in episode nine playing a murky character named Jimmy who finds out he has a sketchy background similar to Kate Freelander played by Agam Darshy.

What’s the chances of us seeing Hawkman return?

The way things land at the end of it all, there’s an open door for Carter Hall to be revisited and possibly be part of further mentoring Clark down the road.

OK , Ok...yeah I bitched about the whole Jor-El thing....and Shanks looks heavy in the above photo....might be the " lighting"...LMAO...we ladies know how to fall back on that old chestnut...


It's Daniel Jackson !!!!



Aunty Pol

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Interesting Weekend - FAIL

Poor Thing.
SU has been down for the proverbial count all weekend.
Out of the blue on Friday night , hisself got sick as a DAWG .
Dropped his ass like a bad habit.
Bone aching, teeth chattering ( if he still had them) , 3 bankies on the bed commode hugging death watch time.
He doesn't by nature get sick, but kids....when he does....Holy Shit !
Needless to say, I spent all weekend taking care of the poor sod.
I didn't think about it really until one of the neighbors ( no...not the NG's ) asked if it was the seasonal flu .
Then it hit me.
Yes Kay, it is the seasonal flu and if you wait until the season is over, I am sure it will be marked down .
For what it's worth, he's had the flu shot.
Big Whoop.
I am beat to hell having done all of the usual plus take care of this will be short.
Have a great week.
A Sleepy Aunty Pol .

Friday, November 13, 2009

Just When I Was About To Forgive Them -MEH !

I adore Julian Sands, I really do.
Beyond " Rooms With A View".
I loved the bit he did on SG1 as the Ori leader...fantastic part of the ending of a beloved show.
I was thrilled when I had heard via AIGN ( Ain't It Great News) that he had been cast as Jor-El.
Woo to the Hooo !!!!!!!!!
It almost made me forgive the jumping of the sharkiness with the friggan Zombies ( I mean really...just kill me now. You got rid of the Magnificent Bastard and his spawn...(bad ) and got rid of the squirrel ( finally!)....
ZOMBIES ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
WTF ????
But then you lured me back with Major Zod.
Nice bit of back story that .
But you couldn't even let Kal-El have more than 30 seconds with his father /father clone ?
And for what its money says that Shelby killed Jor-El.
Please Gaia don't renew for Season 10.
It's over.
I can't wait to see how they fuck up " Justice League".
Aunty Pol

What A Dumb Shit !

From Todays MSN:

Gilbert Harrison, with MCH Towing, attaches a towing cable to a Bugatti Veyron that was driven into the water near Omega Bay in La Marque, Texas.

LA MARQUE, Texas - A man blamed a low-flying pelican and a dropped cell phone for his veering his million-dollar sports car off a road and into a salt marsh near Galveston. The accident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the frontage road of Interstate 45 northbound in La Marque, about 35 miles southeast of Houston.
The Lufkin, Texas, man told of driving his luxury, French-built Bugatti Veyron when the bird distracted him, said La Marque police Lt. Greg Gilchrist.
The motorist dropped his cell phone, reached to pick it up and veered off the road and into the salt marsh. The car was half-submerged in the brine about 20 feet from the road when police arrived.

Gilchrist said he doesn't know if the car was salvageable, but in his words, "Salt water isn't good for anything." He says the man, whose identity hasn't been released, was not injured.
Celebrity driverThe police declined to release the driver's name, although the incident has drawn a great deal of attention on his vehicle.

The Houston Chronicle reported the Texan has become something of a celebrity. He reportedly told the Texas City wrecker driver who towed his car that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called him Wednesday, along with several other celebrities.

“He said he was getting so many calls that he finally stopped answering his phone,” said wrecker driver Gilbert Harrison of MCH Truck and Auto, which is storing the car. But Harrison said the driver seemed to take his very expensive mistake in stride.

“He was calm,” Harrison told the Chronicle. “If it had been me, I'd have been cussing, but he was calm. I imagine inside he was probably pretty upset.”

The Bugatti Veyron is the fastest and most expensive production car in the world.
A 2006 Bugatti Veyron was recently offered for sale in Jonesboro, Ark., for $1.25 million.

This was on the local morning news and I just found the above on MSN.


Pelican my ass....he dropped his cell phone !

I have to wonder what kind of idiot drives a Bugatti around salt marshes in the first place.

He got what he deserved.



Aunty Pol

~ Did You Know ? ~

Friday, November 13, 2009

This Day in History...

November 13, 1312
Edward III, King of England from 1327 - 1377, was born. He started the Hundred Years War with France when he declared himself King of France in 1338 (by way of his mother's French blood).
Just a bit of trivia
Aunty Pol

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

A happy Friday the 13 to one and all.
Am I superstitious ?
Nah .
It wouldn't do me a bit of good sine I work in a building which has a 13'th floor which we occupy and my originally designated personal phone extension umpity ump years ago was 666.
Yes it was, ask any of the veterans here when we were in the 1100 Milam Bldg.
They will confirm it.
Onward .
On one of my favorite blogs, " Tomato Nation" , the brilliant Sars has a Q and A section called the Vine.
Uniformly both enlightening, provoking and flat out hilarious.
One of today's questions asked after a picture or symbol.
Google Toynbee Signs.
It's pretty cool.
Have a great weekend .
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I know This Look All Too Well

That is for the child who attempted to yodel in my chair.
It's okay honey..just wait until Mommy gets up out of the chair.
Not much to ask now is is ??
I hate being home like this.
Somehow I've developed something of a small ulcer in the upper palate of my mouth on the right side in back.
Doesn't sound like much of a deal does it ?
I wear full dentures and it was pure agony to try to put them in.
Loss of OT for this week....and a complete and utter waste of PTO.
Yeah Me !
Thank God we have some left over potato's from supper Sunday....I can't chew a damn thing right now and forget OJ...the citric acid is a pure bitch .
I am going to go back to work tomorrow come hell or high water so if the gang at the office sees me wince...thats why gang.

Bear with me.
I'm gonna go dig in the dirt..I will feel better for doing that.
Hug your Vet if you have one.....
Aunty Pol