Saturday, August 1, 2015

INSIDE OUT CAT..............The Tail of Two Kitties.

Almost four years ago this showed up on our back porch....
Four years later I'm here with an update...

Which I'm sure your all dying to hear...
Those who follow me on Facebook
already got their good laugh..
Now for those of you
Who need a good laugh...
For years she would tease us with her presence.....
Not coming too close...but wanting attention...
When cold weather hit we became humanitarians
and bought a canvas "dog" house so she wouldn't be cold...
At Thanksgiving I would buy "canned turkey" cat food...
as a treat...
Time went by and little by little she became fond of the
Boss....
He loves cats so they got along marvelously.....
One day he decided to see if she would come inside...
 She wanted no part of that....
When she realized we closed the front door behind her she starting
crying out loud like a baby in pain....
She freaked out....We let her out....
More time passed and she decided to give it another go....
"Maybe these two big fat "Cats" weren't trying to eat me"
She thought...
 
So she settled in....
still a bit unsure of me...
But loved the Boss....
So much that she would follow him to the bathroom
and wait outside....
she adored him...
I thought for sure it was his mother re-incarnated.....

(btw....isn't this a fabulous picture)
She discovered the Fluffy Rug in our
Bathroom....and posed like she was at a
Sears Portrait Studio....
She was getting used to having her picture taken...
She then made the OverPriced
Pottery Barn Faux Fur throw her own....
Sleeping on it at night folded up on my recliner in the
upstairs t.v. room.
Waking us up about 5:00a.m. to go back out in to the Wild....
Oh...I guess I failed to mention to the few who might not know
She is a Feral Cat....
She was born and grew up in the Wild....
Not on a Pottery Barn Throw...
You can see her clipped Left Ear in a few pictures...

People say that Feral Cats are very hard
 to turn into a house cat....
Not this cutie.....
She began to adapt to house life..
And then....
She began to take control of household items....
Like the remote Control.....
She found her favorite show to be...
"The Real Feral House-Cats of Atlanta"
she seemed to love watching all the
Cat Fights....
During the day she preferred the more colorful
furniture in the Family Room...
Sometimes sleeping for hours....
Or just lounging around and chilling
like a human on the couch...
I put my foot down when she asked for
Pizza and a Beer...
 Then one day she came home and appeared not
to be feeling well...
Convincing the Boss that if we tried hard we could bag her up
and get her to out vet...Her eye was looking bad and unlike the
Snake Bite from last year that nature healed....
Her eye was not looking good...
So with a soft sided carrier from Walmart and two determined
people who didn't want to be clawed to death....
After about 1/2 hour she gave in and walked right in to
the carrier....
Not making a peep all the way to Woodstock...a good
half hour ride....
We made it in one piece to our favorite Vet...
She was the perfect animal....He was even shocked....
After a little running around the tiny exam room she
let the Boss pick her and put her on the table....
She sat still for shots....she had her temperature taken without a
meow....
And even let him put medicine in her bad eye...
This was too good to be true....
What a good "Miss Kitty".....
Or Maybe Not.....
Upon further inspection of her under carriage.....
Doc gave us the news.....
Miss was indeed a Mr....
Having a quick wit he promptly said her new name should be
"Cat-Lyn".....
"How stupid can you two people be not knowing
I was Manly....How many females do you see hanging out on the
couch in this position...Please"......
But in the end.....we didn't want to further confuse the
situation.... so we have decided to continue calling her
Miss Kitty....and saying "What a good girl"...
But that's not the end of our Cat Tale....
You see she/he has a good friend....
Now I have grown to love Miss Kitty....
But on the other hand....
Here is the one that gives Cats a Bad Name....
Having no idea if she's someones cat she shows up
here every single day...she knows how to open our
doors....
she/he (don't want to make that mistake again)
Harasses me daily....
"What do you mean Lady...you don't like cats....
I refuse to leave until you make me
a House Cat too"....

She won't shut up constantly meowing to get
your attention....
 As of today....we are assuming this Kitty has no home...
she isn't going away...
She sleeps on our patio furniture...
when I'm in the pool she sits and watches me from under my
Chaise....
when I get up she runs to the back door...
She runs around all day....meowing...to beat the band...
Like a nosey old lady who doesn't want to miss
Anything....
So as you can see I broke down and we now feed her too...
Or maybe she's a He....who knows...
But I do know I can't let an animal go hungry...
Or go without water...
She does not come inside....
Hense the "Out" part of
"Inside Out Cat"...
I caught her today dipping her paw into
a bowl of ice water the the Boss put out for her...
she would dip one paw in and then drink the
water off her paw...
I was hooked....
I'm a sucker for animals that do
Cute Stuff.....




Friday, July 10, 2015

POTTERY BARN SELLS SUCKS.....and their Customer Service is even worse!!

Isn't this lovely.....
Our back deck...beautiful hanging ferns and
such a lovely seating area...
This is Palmetto outdoor wicker from every one's favorite
The Pottery Barn....
we started buying this when we moved in to the new house
in August of 2011 and over the years we add new
Pieces until we now own 13 pieces of this stuff....
I won't even bring up the bad umbrella's they sold us that
had to go in to the trash...they rusted...the wood swelled up
they were basically Crap...
Now we are not one's to cheap out on everything we buy....
Just some things...I am the frugal one in the family
The Boss....not so much...
He loved this stuff and after all it was
"The Pottery Barn"....
Talk about a PR team who makes all of America think this is
the end all be all of furniture...
Think again people...
We must have spent in excess of $10,000.00 on this stuff...
Not counting the two sofa's the various tables and our
kitchen table and chairs...
That figure is well over $20,000.00
But let's get back to this crap....
13 pieces....not counting the various cushion
replacements....
our patio looks like a
Pottery Barn Outlet store...
The Boss' motto is the more the better...
But no longer I'm afraid....
Actually I am kind of glad....since I have known all along
that the stuff they sell is totally overpriced and
not your best quality....
But I didn't expect this one....
While sitting recently lounging in the sun on the
chaise lounge on the right I noticed it coming apart...
I don't remember how much exactly this piece cost since the Boss is in charge of all furniture purchases and after

45 years of marriage I don't even ask anymore.... But
certainly over a $1,000.00 not counting the replacement cover
which faded the first season..... the new covers are over $100. a piece....
We used to have a PB umbrella in that spot but as I mentioned
It turned to crap after one season and so this year I went to
the Old Time Pottery here in town and for a mere $37.99
picked up these great metal pole crank umbrellas in nylon
and they are holding beautifully....
This is what the chaise is doing....popping wicker....
I was very incorrect about the price....
Checking their website this piece sells
at a cost of $2500.00 for the pair....
this is what Pottery Barn says about it...
"Crafted of a rugged synthetic that captures the beauty of wicker, our chaise can be left outdoors year-round. Click to read an article on recommended care."

Can be left outdoors "year-round"?????
Dear God....what would it all look like if we followed PB's
instructions....all this stuff gets shlepped in every fall...
They have the entire U.S. fooled....
Do you know anyone who doesn't love the PB....
So to sum this all up...this is what happened when we called
their Customer Service line to see if someone from their
repair service could come out to maybe glue that stuff down...
I never asked for a replacement or to return it...
I just wanted someone to come fix it...
I sent photographs and they were also able to see all the
"crap" we have bought from them...
So they were fully aware of the money we have spent...
Let me mention the bad sofa that was perfect the day we had it delivered....purchased as a floor sample it was flawless...
After using it it turned in to Crap....the back cushions basically
disintegrated.....their answer to that was...
"It was an "as is" sale..." no returns, repairs or adjustments...
Now I understand when you buy something off the floor
and it's damaged in some way that you are buying it
"As Is"...
understandable....
But if the item you purchase is in perfect shape when you get it home...and it falls apart after a short period of time...
I do not consider that to be As Is....
I consider that Crap...
Okay... I went off track for a minute...back to the
Chaise...
I got back this lovely e-mail from the women at CS saying this....

"Good Afternoon.....
The Manager of the furniture team has reviewed your photos and says that the breaks in the wicker are consistent with normal aging for outdoor furniture as old as yours.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to replace or repair your chaise.

You might want to look up a company called Furniture Medics on the internet.  They have many franchises around the country and do excellent repair work."
Nice huh????
I love that it's "consistent with normal aging
for furniture as old as yours..."
It's less then 4 years old!!!!!...
and let me repeat...
They cost $2500.00 a piece...
I don't know about you but when I spend
that much money on furniture I expect it to
out live me!!
Does no one take pride in what they sell anymore...
PB should be ashamed of themselves to 
make that ridiculous statement...
Needless to say they have seen the last of
the Adivari's money....


Monday, July 6, 2015

PEACHES AND CREAM!!......a pie to make you forget about Dieting!

It's that time of year again when I like to post one of my
All Time Favorite Summer Pie Recipes...
It's Peach season down here in Georgia and although
Georgia is the "Peach State"
I prefer South Carolina peaches...they are fabulous...
This is all you need to make this great tasting pie....
Forget about Chocolate and Strawberries...
Chocolate with Peaches is an unexpected and delicious
Combination....
Here's what you need....
One Oreo cookie crust
one package of instant vanilla pudding...
I discovered Hershey's puddings and they
are very good...
one 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
About 4 to 5 good size ripe peaches...
These sat on my counter since last Friday and by today
they were perfect...you want the peach to be soft to the
touch...don't use a hard peach it will not be sweet...
also...buy "freestone" peaches...easier to slice....
Whip the heavy cream in a medium size bowl...
refrigerate while you do the remainder steps...
Mix the pudding with just "ONE" cup of cold milk
until thickened...
Fold the Whipped cream into the pudding...
peel and cut up the peaches...
save the perfect slices for the top....
put some slices on the bottom of the pie crust...
the imperfect ones cut up in to small pieces and
blend into the pudding mixture..
Pour the pudding mix on top of the crust and peaches...
 arrange the rest of the slices on top...
This takes all of about 10 minutes to make...
And you will get rave reviews...

I happen to have extra peaches to spare so I decided
To be Sandra Lee for the day....
I had a box mix for blubbery muffins but since we
have a peaches theme going for tonights dinner
I set aside the little can of blueberries for a later time...
Maybe...blueberry pancakes for breakfast in the morning!
 Instead I added some diced peaches...
I prefer 6 jumbo muffins instead of 12 smaller ones...
 I always add coarse sanding sugar on top and
a little Honey to make them shine...
 

There you have it....
Peach Muffins without all the work...
 Just as good as anything from scratch!
We have a friend who's wife is out of town and he
is joining us for dinner tonight....
On the Menu...
Peach glazed BBQ Ribs...
Au Gratin 3 cheese potatoes....
Baked Beans
corn on the cob....
Garlic Texas Toast...
and the Peach Muffins...
I just hope the poor man doesn't hate peaches...

It's Peach Season....
So from the Great State of Georgia.....
(let's not mention South Carolina again)

ENJOY!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

CAKE....CONSOLATION....AND CARING FRIENDS

It started the night before with
The Cake....
I took advise from the cake master....
aka: Chicago Joyce....aka: Betty Crocker...
and I went with real whipped cream instead of
cream cheese frosting on the strawberry cake...
Mistake!!
you can't work with a whole quart of fresh whipping cream
and expect it...even with a stabilizer to hold it's shape...
Not in the summer....
but it held up okay in the fridge overnight so
then I moved on to baking the Madeline's that would the party favors.....
It was Linda @ A La Carte blog....
and
Necie....the previous next door neighbor and dear friend for
30 years...birthdays
We celebrate every year and I host the luncheon...
mini chocolate chip Madeline's
By Ina....
I always try to bake a little something for the Peeps
to take home...
The Table was set weeks in advance....
I was going to go with a Paris theme for Miss Linda...
But then I changed to Birds!
color theme would be green and purple....
Using my mother in laws china...and silver...
I used purple ball jars to hold votive candles....

I found these cute little boxes at every bloggers
favorite go to store....
The Dollar Tree...
inside are the Madeline's....
 


I love my little wooden bird....she travels all
over the house...wherever needed...
bird flower pots found at T.J. Maxx
artificial plants from Ikea... 
 
If anybody can tell me how to easily get
the now melted wax that is stuck at the bottom
of the ball jars out...it would be greatly
appreciated!!
Green napkins....Ikea...
paper place mats with a plate and silverware design
Anthropology....
MIL Marge's lovely china and silver... 

A nice spot to park birthday gifts for the
Girls....
 


Wondering how I was going to pull off having lunch
ready for when the gals showed up...I realized it was impossible..
You will see why in a minute...
So....I decided to feed them first...before lunch
That's correct...we basically were going to eat twice!
 
Food that could be ready when they arrived.... I filled the
kitchen island with goodies to keep them busy
while I prepared lunch....
We had Brie and peach jam baked in Phylo Cups...
hummus and chips and crackers...Olives...
Cheese...Tomato and Mozzarella....
And something I experimented with making...
Lemon Pepper Orzo Salad...with shrimp...
fresh corn...red pepper and basil in a lemon
vinaigrette......
It turned out to be a big hit and everyone wanted the recipe...
everybody loves tomato and mozzarella!
Next time you have a party...forget that fresh veggie platter
with dip...nobody really likes raw vegetables.....
Try the tomato and mozzie on a skewer...
Ask first before pouring on the Balsamic Vinegar...
This crowd loved both the Olive Oil and Vinegar...
This was lunch....
Croque Monsieur
And
Spring Salad with orange poppy seed dressing...
 
Both the salad and the Croque Monsieur had to be made
and eaten right away....
Hence the reason it could not be made ahead of time...
What your looking at is a Croissant....
toasted then filled with Honey Ham...Gruyere Cheese..
Then topped with a Gruyere/Swiss cheese/Asiago/Parmesan
sauce....then covered with grated Gruyere and
put under the broiler.... 
I know....That is A Lot of Cheese....
And it got rave reviews...
I think the last I heard Rose saying...
"Oh I can't possibly eat that whole thing...I'll take half home..."
The last thing I SAW was Rose finishing off her last bite...

Here are my favorite ladies....the "caring friends"....
Everybody needs them....
But I happen to be lucky to have them....
That would be from left to right....
Sandie @ The Chatty Crone....
My new friend and neighbor and wonderful artist....Maureen
Miss Linda...who drove all the way down from Athens...
But she knows I always throw a good party!!
And Necie....the old neighbor who I miss dearly...

We missed our friend Cheri...she couldn't make it
But we will be lunching with her soon...

It's not a party if Rose doesn't show up....
One of my favorite Bloggers of All Times...
This lady has more talent in her pinky then all of us ladies
 combined...
And this is where the "consolation" comes in to play...
Three years ago I had a party and I gave away "door prizes"...
It was a large party...I think 28 ladies were in attendance..
I gave out slips of paper....7 of them had numbers on them
and the rest were blank...
Rose got a blank...
And very loudly said....
"Mine doesn't have a number on it!!"
To which I yelled back...
"You Lost Rose"....
We still laugh about that to this day.....
Soooooooooo.
with a much smaller group I had two door prizes to give out...
Having a feeling that once again Rose would not win...
I had the perfect gift waiting just for her...
Of course she didn't get win...
Looking disappointed I left and came back
with Rose's Consolation Prize....
Martha Stewart's Entertaining Book...
I know Rose will get a lot of use from this book...
She throws better parties then I do...
Enjoy the book Rose!!
Here are the birthday girls....
I think I can speak for all of us and say we all look
Forward to this yearly party....
and to finish off the day....
They all got to step outside in the horrible scorching heat....
To pose with the new car....
And here we all are in the picture Rose refers to as....
"The Sister Wives".....
The Boss looks forward to this party too!
Happy Birthday Linda and Necie....
I hope you both have a wonderful year....