A Family Conversation: One Whole Year Later And We’re Exhausted AF!

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

Today, the cousins are talking about:

  • Colloquialisms/dialects and a man called “Rona Brown”
  • Where to start helping our community because it’s all just too much. 
  • Give up! Or is that the plan?
  • Passing the baton to younger generations… Do they want it?
  • Gen Z, born digital natives; how does this impact their interests and ability to organize politically?
  • Curating a personal media and entertainment reality
  • The word “woke” and how right wing media co-opts and denigrate terms from the black community 
  • Being asked to define sexual and/or racial harassment with academic precision
  • Ron, aka, “Rona” proffers a parable on deer tracking that parallels the ability to detect sexism/racism based on lived experience

Relevant Posts:

I Cannot Define It by Ron Brown

Tune in Friday, April 23, 2021 for the next installment of A Family Conversation

Save Your Money | Preserve Your Produce

Georgia collard greens– fresh from the garden!

I’ll go ahead and admit to having had a penchant for buying a gaggle of produce, placing it in the bottom of the refrigerator, then promptly forgetting about it.

And while I was busy NOT remembering it, my supermarket harvest quickly became wet and funky bags of slime– waiting to be trashed.

Fortunately, I realized, in the words of my Late Great Uncle Bubba, “That ain’t no way to do the thang.”

So, I had myself a “come to Jesus meeting” which led me to confess my sin of wastefulness.

Think about it, for years, in my case, I have bought food that someone took the trouble to grow—only to allow it to rot away in those sad little plastic produce bags that I also didn’t give a hoot about.

Don’t get me wrong, I cared about the environment but not enough to change the way I lived my best life.

Yeah, I was pretty reckless…

But I digress.

We’ll talk about the environment later.

Anyway, now that I’ve started gardening, I have some idea how much work it takes to plant and grow vegetables.  

So the thought of squandering them the way that I had done so many times before is now, in my opinion, appalling!

Still, I can’t even imagine the amount of time and work that our nation’s farmers invest in growing food that frequently gets trashed in a land where, ironically, much of the population suffers from some level of hunger.

Whew! All the words…

Now, on a personal level, I could kick myself for the amount of money that I’ve spent on food that never touched my lips. 

Y’all, I did it for years!


After my meeting with The Lord, I decided to do better by adopting the following practices:

  1. Placing produce in a more prominent place (top shelf of my fridge) so that I don’t forget it
  2. Finding new and creative ways to prepare and eat whatever I buy
  3. Blanching and freezing or pickling vegetables before they spoil
  4. Refraining from the use of those little produce bags in the produce section

Now, in the interest of safety, I must make a clarification by adding that my pickled foods go immediately into the refrigerator as I have not yet started to deal with canning.  

Ah, but do not worry, canning is on LadyG’s list of “next things.”  

Yes, there is such a list and there are other food preservation methods on it.

Additional entries on said list may never be revealed to the public. 

*Insert diabolical laughter here*

Best believe, whatever I do, you’ll definitely be amongst the first to know— so stay tuned.

What about you?

Do you currently use food preservation techniques?  If so, which ones?

Does preserving food help you to save money?

Drop down in comments and lets discuss it.

Below is a video of me preserving some collard greens and broccoli. 

The collards (also pictured above) are from my garden; the broccoli is store-bought.

Save Your Money | Make Your Own | Pickled Jalapeño Peppers

Homemade pickled jalapeno peppers. Video duration= Less than one minute

LadyG pickled a peck of jalapeño peppers ‘cause she couldn’t find them whole in the store…

They only had the sliced ones!

That just wouldn’t do!

And so…

The new policy is: If you can’t find it—make it yourself–for pennies on the dollar!

You’ll be amazed at all of the things you can learn to do by creepin’ ’round the interwebs!

With that said, I also needed to preserve these bad boys before they spoiled.

More to come about that later…

How many of you are experimenting with food? Drop down in comments and let me know.

Save Money | Make Your Own | Mango Smoothie

Mango smoothie made for waaay less than you could buy it!

Save your money and make your own smoothie.

Seriously, smoothies are so easy to make!

Why would you spend nearly five dollars on something that you could make in an instant?

Honey, save that money for something else!

Once you make an initial investment for a good blender, all you need to do is freeze some fresh fruits or buy frozen ones, put them in the blender with your favorite medium–which could be juice or milk (here, I used mango nectar and oak milk), then blend the whole thing together!

Et voila!

You’ve saved a ton of money and prepared your own smoothie–okay, not a ton–but you know what I mean!

And when you’re ready, grow your own food then prepare it yourself.

Stop depending on someone else to grow and cook your food!

You got this! Do it for yourself and for those who can’t.

Real Good Food: Cook The Food You Like

LadyG cooks PHO

There’s no reason you shouldn’t cook the food you like.

Why would you wait until you can get to a certain restaurant or order take out?

I say poo poo to that!

Go ahead and cook the food you like for pennies on the dollar!

Hey, and If you can, you should also start growing the food you like.

Surely last year has proven that you cannot always rely on being able to access the foods that you enjoy; so get into the habit of growing your own food–that way you’ll have your favorites right there in your own backyard!

In today’s video, I am cooking homemade pho, a Vietnamese dish, with ingredients that I have on hand.

Thanks to my garden, I’ll have more fresh vegetables to add to it next time–I am especially excited about adding my own home grown basil next time.

My Jams ’83

My day one peeps will remember this series from a few years back where I share my life story via my favorite songs.
Recently, I did an audio series based on these posts called “Rambling Musical Commentary.” Lately, I’ve noticed, based on the analytics, that these posts have a pretty large viewing; therefore, I will be picking that series back up starting with 1980 on Sunday, April 18th.
So, stay tuned and check out other “My Jams” and “Rambling Musical Commentary” posts by going to the right panel and clicking on those titles in categories.
Meanwhile, enjoy a reblog of My Jams 1983!

Be forewarned!

There be Adult language afoot! LOL!

Seek The Best Blog

Cheerleading shot of Gwin

Hey, it’s good to see you!  Boy have I got a lot to catch you up on!  I’m so sorry that I haven’t been keeping you posted on all the things that’s been going on.  Can you believe that we’re almost at the end of 1983 and I haven’t really told you anything new?

Well, I guess I better do like Lewis Carroll said, “Start at the beginning, keep going and when you come to the end, stop.”

So let’s start at the beginning.

Do you remember my Uncle Willie? You know the one who lives in Chicago?  Well he died back in March.  Nobody saw it coming because he was kinda young.  They say he was sick with pneumonia, then he just had a heart attack–out of nowhere– and died.

We didn’t see him much but I do remember the time me and my cousins were jumping on the…

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A Family Conversation: Waiting For That Ship To Come In

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • How winning the lottery is the plan
  • Mama working her cash three numbers…and so was Ron 😂
  • LadyG in Vegas–a net zero and no love lost
  • An unexpected disaster of monumental proportions
  • How 2020 looked great… from 2019 and before
  • Whether or not somebody else could play the hand that you were dealt better than you have?
  • How positive talk stresses Ron
  • How LadyG is setting SMART goals
  • Not giving a damn
  • Black writer, Octavia E. Butler 2010, Inductee Science Fiction Hall of Fame, predicts an eerily coincidental dystopia
  • The direct line from Reagan to Trump
  • How Reagan was a pretty good actor while Trump is not
  • Butler’s Kindred
  • Why listening to what you don’t want to hear could be educational
  • “Dis here our jook joint!”
  • Getting off the soapbox
  • How waiting for perfection is untenable
  • Closing it out

Previous Related Episodes:

Post are based of LadyG’s: Why waiting for the ‘best circumstances’ is a bad idea

Check out Ron Brown at The Time Tunnel

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “A Family Conversation” on Friday, April 16th.

Collard Greens Staked in Containers | Greens From Daddy’s Patio: LadyG & Daddy Fuss | (S.2 Ep.2)

Collard Greens staked in containers from LadyG and Daddy’s garden

In this video, I decided to harvest some collard greens from our garden. Daddy starts fussing at me for not cutting the collards closer to the stalk.

He swears that I “left enough food on the plant for a baby.”

After the harvest, the collards, which grow upward like a little tree, had to be staked in order to keep them growing straight–we don’t want them to lean and break.

At any rate, I am including my own “closed caption” in the video because Daddy talks low and he has a very deep Southeast Alabama accent; hell, he makes me sound like I’m from New York–and that takes some doing!

***Caveat: I didn’t caption everything he said—I want to tune your ear to our beautiful dialect!

Good luck with that!

By the way, don’t let the accent fool you, my Dad tested high enough on the ASVAB (or whatever the equivalent was at that time) to go to Air Force flight school–and he was only 17!

Sadly, a physical injury kept him out.

That said, we might talk slow but we ain’t no dummies!


Anyway, at one point in the video, you’ll hear me cuss–but don’t worry, Daddy had walked off for a second to get the water hose–he couldn’t hear me.

That was more of an inside joke between me and my son who was acting as my camera man. LOL!

And now…

Watch and listen to all the antics in the video on harvesting and showing our collards staked in their containers.

A Family Conversation: Before We Stop At Willoughby

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

Contains adult language

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • Too much stuff
  • Goodwill is sick and tired of that green vase!
  • A Stop at Willoughby. Spoiler Alert!
  • The killin’ part (a saying from the other LadyG!)
  • Have pride
  • NOTE: The conversation takes a hard left on education and equity
  • Worker bees and mules
  • Once again, there’s something off about “the dream”

Related Conversations and Links

AFC: Waiting on The Dream

Why Waiting for “the best circumstances” is a bad idea

The Time Tunnel (Ron’s Blog)

Tune In next Friday for the next edition of AFC: “Waiting for That Ship To Come In

Cooking Tips, Garden Talk, Juicing Complaints and Spiritual Guidance In Less Than Three Minutes

LadyG’s famous collard greens with ham

Today, I am in a random mood so I decided to cull together a few cooking tips along with some pictures from my garden and a quick talk about spirit.

Peep below to get the goods!

Be warned, there’s a bit of salty talk (cussing) in this video. So if you have delicate ears or you are under a certain age–chile, please move on and know that LadyG loves you anyway.

And now…