Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oh My Gawd.

OH my Gawd....this was in the latest Paragon Holiday Catalog.

I have to out my head down now.


Aunty Pol


Huzzah !!!

Youngest brother has a jobbie.

I guess I should stop referring to him as " youngest " brother since he just turned 49...old habits and so on .


My brother has been in telemarketing for 10 years or more and is actually quite good at it.

Bullshit artiste's usually are.

With the changing laws and then the economy , he was laid off.

He's been looking and is smart enough to work out a deal with his apt. managers so that in exchange for him doing maintenance work around the complex, he gets a real reduction in his rent.

Way to go Charlie.

SU said that he called just as he was pulling up to my office after work yesterday.

Huh ?

Whut he want ?

" Um.. "

Uh Oh says the voices in my head.

" Um..well honey...He got a job but needs to borrow some money for gas. I checked my acct and I don't have it. I told him we'd discuss it and get back with him by the way . Do you have it ?"


Contrary to popular belief, my brother has finally grown up a bit and I know that he knows better than to try to run a scam on us because he knows for a fact that I would hunt his sorry ass down if I thought he was trying to bullshit us.

He knows this would happen just as surely as I know the sun will rise.

I didn't think twice..I just atm'd the money and we told him to meet us at the house.

As he came in , ironically the "Great Pumpkin" was on and Schroeder was playing " Tipperary".

Family thing...

I told Charlie that I wasn't our mother or lectures and that he could pay me back when he was on his feet.

It's called being a grownup and showing respect to others.

All in all, nice to be able to help out ...even if they are family.

Have a great day.


Aunty Pol

Monday, October 26, 2009

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

Happy Monday Boys and girls!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and my thoughts go out to Kanani at Get Lost With Easy Rider.
We had a very constructive " deconstruction " weekend at the Casa. He was about to go out and do some stuff on Saturday and I needed to give the old icebox a bit of a spit and polish . Unfortunately , it was a bit more than that so deconstruction number one was to take the guts out of it ( shelves etc) and give them a good bath. It is something I can't do alone because the damn'd glass shelves are heavier than they look....ain't they always ?
Then...after X number of years hisself finally got around to starting the refurbishment on the coffee table.
I bought the table at JC Penny's in 1982 , and it is solid honest to God real wood....but the top has a parquet inset that has warped after all these years. It's a separate piece and super easy to pop out so we are going to pick out some slate and do a new inset.
We had been looking for a new table, but the dimensions are odd and yet the perfect length and height for the sofa and not made anymore.
Go figure....LMAO.
Besides, that mofo is solid wood.
And so of course it's raining and we will more than likely get the 4 + inches the weather wonks the table in the garage ( which will take a while to strip down ) will take forever to dry in between stages.
And of course I cleaned carpets....Sgt. Panda Pants and his sisfur are inside ...and I am looking forward to tonights battle with the boy who refuses to use a box at all to see that if he is going to be THAT way about it that he WILL have to go outsyboutsky to do his thing. least there is a new " Castle " tonight.
For the local readers...hey cool out's NASTY ...we're talking flying Monkey's here kids.
For the rest...
Have a great week.
Aunty Pol

Friday, October 23, 2009

Itty Bitty Vampire Kitteh ~ Mwahahahahah !

Vampire Kitteh Baby aka Mr. Gordon Drapper from the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee.
My head just exploded.
Br strong strong....
I have to put my head on my desk right now....
Aunty Pol

Don't Tell Miss Ree and Tasty Kitchen ~ OK ?

OK...I got this from the King Arthur Flour site.....yes....I'm cheating on Miss Ree .

I'm gonna burn in hell anyway so might as well enjoy all the yummy pie-ness while we can.

Smooth and Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Is your pumpkin pie bland, or too spicy, or...? The secret to this pie filling is exotic Vietnamese cinnamon.

Ingredients View by: Volume Weight
a single 9" pie crust, your favorite recipe

2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
pinch (1/16 teaspoon) ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons corn syrup, light or dark
1 1/2 cups milk or a 12-ounce can evaporated milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
a single 9" pie crust, your favorite recipe
2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
pinch (1/16 teaspoon) ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 5/8 ounces brown sugar
12 ounces canned pumpkin
1 3/8 ounces corn syrup, light or dark
12 ounces milk or a 12-ounce can evaporated milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1) Mix the flour, spices, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
2) Add the sugar and pumpkin, blending thoroughly.
3) Stir in the syrup and milk. Allow the mixture to rest for 30 to 60 minutes, if desired; this will make the filling smoother.
4) Add the beaten eggs, whisking till combined.
5) Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Cover the edge of the crust with a crust shield, or aluminum foil.
6) Preheat the oven to 450°F.
7) Place the pie on the bottom rack of your oven, and bake it for 15 minutes.
8) Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F, move the pie to the middle rack, and bake for an additional 35 minutes, or until the temperature at the center is at least 170°F, and a knife inserted 1" from the edge comes out moist, but clean.
9) Remove the pie from the oven, and cool to room temperature (or chill) before serving. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: 1 pie, about 8 to 10 servings.


Aunty Pol

Sweet Little Old Lady

Subject: Fw: Sweet old lady

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 11:19 AM

Toward the end of Sunday service, the Minister asked, 'How many of you have forgiven your enemies?'

80% held up their hands.

The Minister then repeated his question.

All responded this time, except one small elderly lady.

'Mrs. Neely?'; 'Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?

I don't have any.' She replied, smiling sweetly.

'Mrs. Neely, that is very unusual. How old are you?

'Ninety-eight.' she replied.

'Oh, Mrs. Neely, would you please come down in front & tell us all how a person can live ninety-eight years & not have an enemy in the world?

The little sweetheart of a lady tottered down the aisle, faced the congregation, and said: 'I outlived the bitches.'

And that my friends , is a lil gem sent to me by my besttus friend today......she sure knows what to do to get me to laugh my ass off.

She Rocks.


Aunty Pol

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

~ Bonus ~ Note the chain saw on the side of the fireplace....wheee.
Happy Friday people.
It's been a busy week with one thing and another so I have been remiss in the posting dept.
Sorry ' bout that .
I blame my inability to focus this week coupled with the usual ramping up of work at the office and the usual stupidity I encounter.
On the up side..the weather is finest kind for down here....
Have a great weekend.
Aunty Pol

Monday, October 19, 2009

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

I cannot believe how glorious the weekend was weather wise..yes..mundane but too true.
It was so much like early April that the animals were all nuts and I am sure that the plants are all confused.
He was out and about so I was sooo ambitious to get a lot of stuff done at the house..only half of it got done..Damn you Mafia Wars....Cons was
I don't want to be here today ..the weather is still nice....but
Yeah..being a grownup sux.
Have a great week.
Aunty Pol

Friday, October 16, 2009

" Aieeeeeee ~ My Eyes,,,They Burn ~ ! "

OMG ! WTF ?????
Aunty Pol

Use The Force Luke !

I've been going back and forth for a day or more on the wisdom of posting this.
In the end, I remembered how just the act of it helped me the tougher times and that this blog is if nothing else my stress reduction tool.
I have suppressed the feeling that was actually my intuition , hoping that I was wrong or over thinking it all.
I hate it when I am right.
Don't laugh, I can hear you .
Stay with me here...this is not my usual smart ass post.
Both of us have been afraid that when Mother came home that the old patterns would start again.
That she would stop eating more than a bite or two at any given time and then proceed to play with her food like a three year old attempting to fake all the adults out.
She was not doing this in the hospital. They gave her meds to stimulate her appetite and she took them.
She gained a pound or two...remember this is an 80 year old cancer/cardiac patient who weighs 108 lbs.
Not my guess-timation....the data on the hospital records.
Will she take them at home ?
OH HELL NO .'s that simple and that obvious.
As far as I am concerned , this is passive suicide .
And out of courtesy, I am only going to say that my husband is at a loss.
His feelings are his own and not appropriate for me to share here, not until I have his permission.
Aunty Pol

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

Have a great weekend.
Ciao ,
Aunty Pol

Thursday, October 15, 2009

And My Closest Friend Is The One Who Sent This To Me...!

Have a Great Day
Aunty Pol

" Squee for two and two for squee...squee for you and squee for me ..."

Squee for you .....


.........And Squee for me....

Aunty Pol

~ " Oh Class...!!!! ~

Ok..the above photo has nothing too do with anything , save the fact that it makes me laugh every time I see it..good enough for me.
Maybe it's he fact that when I see this, I immediately think of the old Cheech and Chong routine.
" Class.................!!!!!!!!"
For once there is not a lot doing on at the Casa, and I say that with the indoor voice, knowing that the Gods of Irony can change that at any time.
For now , I shall enjoy it.
Mother is doing as well as can be expected all things considered. I wish that she would use the Ensure as a supplement as the dietitian recommended, baby steps ..but she has put on a pound or two and her color is improved.
It is what it is..that phrase takes on a whole new meaning for SU and I now..
Other than that.....
We are supposed to be having some cooler weather moving towards us and everyone here knows that for Houston that means temps in the 70's.
That's a Houston cold front.
Ren Fest weekend...wheeeeeeee.
Have a great day.
Aunty Pol

Monday, October 12, 2009

" Did We Forget To Cut A Check ?"

And This Is How My Day Is Going...Jeebus H !



We are currently experiencing difficulties with the domestic water system for the building. There will be no water available for restrooms, private kitchens, coffee bars and icemakers, etc.

Restrooms are available for use on floors 8 and 28 at Three Allen Center and on floors 11 and 12 at One Allen Center.

As soon as the domestic water is returned to normal we will follow up with another notice.

Please contact the building office at 713-651-1515 if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued cooperation in this matter.

Brookfield Properties, Inc.
October 12, 2009

Sean Alley
Assistant Property Manager

Two Allen Center1200 Smith Street, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77002
Direct (713) 336-2222's all well and good until I have to try to tell.explain to the non English speaking clients what this all means.....
Kill Me Naow.
Aunty Pol

Introducing " Barrowman " Mondays

What the hell....If we can have " Bruce Of The Day " on Fridays......

Let's have John Barrowman , aka " Capt. Jack Harkness " Mondays..

Enjoy !


Aunty Pol

Sgt. Andy Panda Pants Reporting In...

Sgt. Andy Panda Pants Report Summary 12 Oct 2009.
Checked in with HQ after an extended under paws ops in Lower Pupistan.
Detailed the complete success in the infiltration of the local population after a long period of observation and limited interaction . Established credentials and identity as visiting cousin from Little Kitnippia currently on a foreign student exchange program.
Mission complete success with the sole exception of failed assassination attempt by rogue operative K-9 from parts unknown.
It should be noted that aid and comfort was provided by Internal Security Deputy Szush.
Commendations should be noted and awarded if appropriate under current treaty terms.
It seems my son had a bit of trauma yesterday.
Overall it was a quiet weekend. SU was at a golf tourney and as usual I was preparing dinner for the four of us.
Nothing fancy, Roast Beast , potatoes and gravy .
Chocolate bundt cake.
I had been peeling the spuds ( ya gotta peel russets ya know ) when Cindy popped in the back door to tell me to come get my cat.
Not Andy.
My cat.
Uh Oh.
This alone says something is very wrong.
It seems a dog slipped his leash during a walk past our houses and chased the boy into the NG's yard, through wrought iron fence.
Thankfully , no one was hurt.
Aunty Jeri Lee was able to pick up Andy and carry him to our patio as I was coming out.
Bless his heart, he is so used to the gals that he didn't do more than an initial flinch , did not claw his Aunty and did not really freak out the way I would have expected.
This all happened so fast.
I really didn't hear more than the usual puppy barking while I was peeling the spuds so I had no idea. They had not hit that level that goes from annoyed to " Oh shit " at Mach 5 speed...and I still feel like a bad mommy.
We thought he might have been nipped , so I brought him in and put him on the floor with out fussing over him.
He groomed and was able to walk blood trail so other than freaked , he is okay.
I am grateful that he knows to go to the girls yard , through the wrought iron fence and that their 4 puppies won't go after him...they just play together.
NG and I went out to the patio to grab a smoke and he came with which made everyone happy.
He will not use the boxes and so being the outdoor boy we wanted to reassure him without forcing it...because we all know you can't force a cat to do anything..
He stayed pretty close to me all night and sat in my lap for quite a bit.
He's indoors today...the weather is pretty crappy so this is not unusual.
We'll have some extra Mommy and Me time tonight when we watch " Heroes".
Have a great week.
Aunty Pol

Friday, October 09, 2009

I Do Not Usually Do This But....

Let me preface this by saying that I have gone to the " Tomato Nation " site, read all the stuff I need to so here goes.

I always think not twice but about a bazillion times about posting stuff here.

Anyone who knows me knows that both SU and I will do what ever we can for the furr folk.

There is another site that I am an admirer of.

It is written by Sars and may be found at:

I can't stress enough what a great site this is.

That being said....Sars is running her annual fund raiser .

Donors get to choose the charity, if any that they wish to give to.

I'm just asking all y'all to check it out.

Pass it on.

If it's not for you, that's cool.

No stress.

If it is, fine too.

Ciao ,

Aunty Pol

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

Here we are ..another happy friday !
" Sanctuary " starts season 2 tonight on SciFi.
Wheeeeee !
I also highly recommend " Stargate Universe."
Really !
Have a great day.
Aunty Pol

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I Couldn't Make This Up If I Tried ~ HONEST !



New York Bar Serves Up Wine in Baby Bottles
In this economy, restaurants are constantly searching for ways to get customers in the door...but this is some stupid shit!
One NYC establishment has found a unique gimmick. They serve wine by the bottle. Not the kind you're thinking of, but in glass baby bottles.
Follow the candlelit path from Prince Street to the under underground French restaurant, "Le Cave Des Foundus". It's small and and cozy with long communal tables.
Most patron start with Le Cave's famous fondue. And the wine comes out in their infamous glass baby bottles."If you're not used to it you might be a little bit afraid about it", said Le Cave owner, Jacques Ouari. Fearless, Ouari snagged the idea from a Parisian restaurant that started the practice to avoid a French tax on stemware.Although baby bottle wine is hardly the norm in Normandy, it seems to be picking up steam in Soho."You don't expect it when you come here, and then it just surprises you", said one patron nursing their own bottle.Baby bottles are eight bucks a pop, which feels like a big buzz bargain. Yet, some find it a little creepy. "Yes, yes it is (a little creepy)", said one waiter. "But that's the fun of it."Also up for dispute, does drinking wine from a baby bottle make you feel the effects of the alcohol faster? The waiter says no, but some patrons say yes. Regardless, no one is acting like babies here. They're just out for good time."It's a fun thing and in this economy you want to be more friendlier", said Ouari. "That's what we need is to get the smile back!"Le Cave Des Fondus can be found at 20 Prince Street in New York City.
Link to original story.
Aunty Pol

What a Beautiful Boychik

Well Crap.

For what ever reasons, I cannot copy/paste the link I wanted for this story , so please zip speedy like over to :

Thank you very much.

Interstellar Goddess Miss Lisa and her partners in crime are those trusty folks that I have referred to before as the gang at the 'stute who foster and place abandoned fur babies in forever homes. One of their recent placements is our lil pal Gus.

The handsome lad shown above however is Grey.

He needs a forever home.

He is FIV +

SU and I are very familiar with the issue of FIV.

Jake , our first Marmy boychik had it.

Jakey J lived to the age of 12 or 13 before passing from a stomach tumor ( cancer) .

He had a full and happy life. Hell..he figured out how to open closet doors, turn on light switches and play pigs in space.

He was friggan brilliant and I miss him every day.

Sgt Andy Panda Pants is also a marmy.

SU rescued him from an abandoned house in the back of the subdivision.

My baby dude is about 3 1/2 and is FIV +.

We knew this walking in .

Try to take him and you will pull back a bloody stump.

There is a lot of crap out there about FIV.

Check your facts.

Double check them.

We are a multi cat household, they are all fixed and I would not hesitate to do it again or to help spread the word.

ROCK ON Grey and my pals at Spacepaws.


Aunty Pol....aka Andy's Momma

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I Am Now Officially Pissed Off

SU and I watch some strange shit .

We watch " Top Chef" .

We both have commercial experience in the industry.

The first elimination challenge tonight was to take three words from a blog site and incorporate them into the final presentation.

Fair enough.

Except for the comments from the Top Chef Wanna Be's.


These morons do not get that these types of shows inspire and elevate people who do not ordinarily cook into thinking about buying capers or artichoke hearts..and yes they then yet think.. Oh I am soooo above this .


People for the most part like to cook.


" I might fuck it up , but I'd damn sure like to try ."


I am soooo disapointed in this.

I did not go to CIA.

Neither did he.

He went to Uncle Sam's Blue Bird Of Happiness Day Camp .

I learned by bricking a mother fucking grill.

Fuck You .


Aunty Pol

Capt. Jack ~ You Rat Bastard !

More than one credible source says that John Barrowman, aka Capt. Jack Harkness is leaving " Torchwood " Season 4 to hop the pond to work for Mark Cherry on " Desperate Housewives".


I struggled with " Children of the Earth.

They killed off Ianto.

They killed off Sgt . Andy.

Jack had to sacrifice his grandson Simon.


Can they at least bring back James Marsters ?

Listen..anyone who saw that last Sci Fi Channel movie he did..." Alien Round Up or RawHide " or what ever the fuck that was...Bonanza meets Tremors..and didn't claw their eyes out...

Nuff Said.

Now if it had been Brisco County vs the Critters ...Oh Hell Yeah.

I'm gonna have to find some chocolate...sniff sniff.

Hmmm...we have Bruce of the day on Friday...

Barrowman Monday 's ?????????


Aunty Pol

Look What A Pork Chop Started ~ !

The above photo was taken from Ree Drummond's Pioneer Woman Blog...with gratitude on my part.
I need it to illustrate a point that just has me shaking my head and I apologize in advance right here and now if the language goes way the hell south.
I have been an avid fan of Miss Ree's blog since I discovered it.
Her photography is amazing.
Her writing is both amusing and heart felt.
She is kind and generous in ways that most people would shy away from.
Her food link , Tasty Kitchen is one that I both use and contribute to .
All that being said, my jaw is still on the floor.
I've seen this kind of shit on other blogs , but I never , ever in a million bazillion years expected to see it on PW.
I was looking at the comments because I had put one in about how my mother used to make them...with a gravy...sort of smothered chops for the non-southerners.
I saw comments that made no sense.
They had nothing to do with the recipe.
I had to trace it back to where it started..I believe comment # 202 is among the worst .
What a bitch !
Hey Lady...See You Next Tuesday !!!!!!!!!!
Totally flammed Miss Ree for being a non-feminist on her own blog for Pete's sake.
On her own blog for fucks sake.
Where are the rules that define exactly what constitutes a feminist ?
Who wrote them ?
Who Enforces them ?
What are the punishments for violating these guidelines ?
Pure venom.
And Miss Ree let the comments stand.
Her blog, her rules.
I suspect she wanted to see where the conversation would go and was a bit curious over it all.
She and MM probably had a good laugh.
When I was able to close my mouth, I did too.
Who cares if you changed out of the ruffle blouse for a rare date night with your hubby !
The irony..I suspect that commenter # 202 will still buy the cookbook.
Aunty Pol

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Help Please From The Goddess's

Ok trusty readers, and by that I mean Ms Calamity Anne, Miss Kanani, Miss Lisa and who ever else replies here.

Aunty P needs some help here wimmins.

Remember the great debacle about the Le Cruset Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven....?

The one Dillards had on sale ?

The one I debated over ?

The one that sold out while I dithered ?

That one ?

Well....let it not be said that when I set my mind to Gawd...!

Macy's had Martha Stewart's gear on sale recently.

Do Not Start on me..some of you know my views on MS.


They had the 7 qt on sale for $79.00 for the round and $89.00 for the oval.

I had a $50.00 gifty card .

SU said the oval one would be better for us.

So that's the one we got.

Drive out with tax ( 8.25% )...34.00.



You know there always is one...

They only had the display in the color I wanted..I know lame is that ?


I know they don't need to be seasoned ( Doh ! ) and with all things enameled that you have to be somewhat careful not to chip the enamel cause that will fubar it and make it look funkified.

One site says that " Easy Off" can be used to clean off the baked off crap..but personally..bleech.

Other sites say simple non abrasive soap...others still say " Soft Scrub".

Thoughts ?

My advice..don't buy anything without the thrice damn'd box or destruction's.

Thanks in advance for the sage wisdom.


Aunty Pol

Yep..Klutz's are " US" or I should say " Moi"

I am the poster child for the need for home owners personal stupidity injury insurance.
Why yes indeedy , I am.
Perfectly good weekend all in all.
MIL came thru surgery fine and was resting comfortably . SU went over to visit his Momma and so on and so forth.
I cleaned house when not playing Mafia least I'm honest about it.
I'd been craving real spinach fettuchini badly.
REALLY craving it.
Not that easy to find at Kroger...regular Barilla prob.
Tons of it .
Spinach...not so much.
SU comes home victorious, let the drooling begin.
I had two large baked lemon-pepper chicken breasts left over so of course the rudiments of a meal are taking shape in Pol's noggin.
I had one idea then he trumped it with Alfredo.
Alfredo is stupidly easy to make.
Cream, butter and parm.
We wolfed down a huge serving ..lemon pepper chicken in the spinach Alfredo was to die for....little did I know......
Not a good idea for those with lactose or IBS issues
As luck would have it , the springs on the dishwasher door hinge also broke and so it was umph the door.
There I was loading the dishwasher when the cramps got uber intense.
Guess who forgot the dish washer door was open and down....
Smacked that Mo Fo in the same exact spot on the same exact leg that I tore the shit out of in January..
There she legged gimpin it down the hallway to the WC , blood trail in tact.
It's not a weekend if I am not leaving my DNA somewhere in the Casa.
Aunty Pol

Friday, October 02, 2009

We'd Be Better Off With This

From the Onion.
Aunty Pol

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~

Happy Friday People.
Even with all that is going on at the Casa...never fear that Aunty Pol would neglect our beloved Friday tradition.
Thank you for all of the good thoughts with regard to my mother in law, more to follow.
Aunty Pol

Thursday, October 01, 2009

It Is What It Is ...Vol . 2

All kidding aside, this is what we are dealing with right now .
A year and a half ago, my MIL had open heart surgery. Her blockage was almost complete and she only had a combined heart function of aprox 20 % . Add scar tissue on the heart itself from chemo and radiation, and you com come up with a hell of a combo platter.
They had already found new cancer 3 years ago and she has had so much treatment that she cannot tolerate any more.
She is 82 years old and now weighs 108 pounds.
Monday morning , Pop had to call the ambulance again to transport her to the hospital with labored and difficult breathing.
Her options aren't many, it's been rough.
I am not going to try to second guess my mother in law , her Dr's or the Deity of my choice.
Please keep ups in your thoughts.
Aunty Pol