Spam Is Pretty Good…

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And so are…

Powdered Doughnuts

Chocolate Covered Cashews

Pancakes

Mugs of Hot Chocolate

Bowls of Spaghetti…

And pretty much every damned thang else that I can get my freakin’ hands on!

My apologies for getting sidetracked…

Let me get back to the assertion made in the title of this post…

Y’all, I haven’t eaten Spam since I was 12!

Well this morning, I fried some up and ate it for breakfast for the first time in 38 years!

IT was GOOD as HELL!

My daughter, Lady J, who has NEVER had Spam in all of her 14 years, CONCURS!

Hawaii is definitely on to something!

What the hell have we been thinking?

But seriously, I am going to be 300 pounds if coronavirus doesn’t do me in first.

NOW…

Seeing as how I am very connected to the ethereal, I know what you guys are thinking…

Exercise much, LadyG?

I get it, hell my son is an Exercise Physiologist and Certified Personal Trainer—but I am simply not motivated!

Typically, I enjoy walking and jogging…

But not lately.

This whole thing has me glued to the TV waiting on the next scary newscast!

But…

I still have sense enough to be GRATEFUL that my family and I are still, so far, alive, well- fed, sheltered, and healthy.

May God bless those who are not.

Talk to me in comments while I make myself a sandwich.  LOL!!

LadyG love YOU!

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Pandemic: The Winds of Change

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Thank You!  

Lady G

 

A couple of days ago, I posted a ramble on how the threat of Coronavirus has changed the way we do things.

Think about it!

We shop differently.

We are much more vigilant about hand hygiene and seemingly minor coughs and such.

Students who are used to being in a brick and mortar school are now learning online.

More folks are working from home.

We’re holding teleconferences instead of physical meetings and conferences.

People are “seeing” doctors and mental health professionals via telemedicine.

Funeral homes are conducting funeral services differently.

Businesses are forced to become creative in order to shift their products and services to accommodate “social distancing.”

Now, if you had asked me about “social distancing” back in January, I would have looked at you like you were a damned fool!

Funny how this pandemic has FUNDAMENTALLY changed everything about what we do on a daily basis.

So….Methinks the winds of change are upon us!

Or to use another metaphor, allow me to ask:

Now that the “GENIE” is up out of the bottle, will we ever be able to coax it back in?

Do we need to?

Geez…I’ll be honest, I think that some of these things needed to change….PERMANENTLY!

Now, for the downside, I will say that I don’t think that it is good for us remain homebound for too long.

However, in the words of that great physician, and infectious disease expert,  Dr. Anthony Fauci, “…(T)he virus makes the timeline…”

No doubt, he was referring to the timeline required for most communities to remain at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking about a domestic violence expert, I can’t remember her name, (Google it) lamenting the fact that people who are abused by a family member are now forced to be in close quarters with their abuser for an extended amount of time.

Picture it! The abuser and abused cramped together – tormented by the specter of  long-term unemployment—minus cash. NOT GOOD!

At any rate, as I mentioned in my ramble, some of our societal structures needed a major re-working.

Frankly, I am encouraged by the rise in ingenuity and goodwill that we’ve recently witnessed.  We’re seeing everyday folks sewing  make-shift PPE for health professionals and there are so many more wonderful examples of celebrities donating money to those in need.

And…

Fewer cars on the road equals less pollution.

Oh, and what about crime?  Are we seeing any reductions there?

But then there are debates like “mitigation” vs “containment”

Clearly, a future full analysis of our actions will probably render a mixed bag of results.

What do you think?

Are we becoming too distant from one another?

Are we finding new ways to become closer?

What changes should remain permanent?

What would you like to see go back to the way it was before?

What are the inevitable long-term affects?

I’d love to get your take!

Hit me up in comments!

LadyG love YOU!

 

 

 

*Peace and love to all who have died.

 

 

 

 

Crisis, Opportunity, and Innovation

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Clearly, I ain’t got nothing but time.

That said, I’d much rather spend said time in a way that is inspiring and hopeful.

Frankly, I am getting heart-sick listening to grim statistics being flashed on top of needless political posturing.

I grieve for the sick and the dying.  Not to mention the ones who have made a painful and isolated transition.

I worry for my friends and family who are on the front lines of caring for the ill.

A change in perspective?

Yes!

It’s a MUST!

And so…

I’ve decided that I am NOW going to focus my attention on “the helpers.”

My apologies to Mr. Rogers for taking so long to do so.

To that end, I have been watching videos and reading articles about folks who are using their knowledge, skills and abilities to solve the problem of medical supply scarcity.

Baby, these folks are on the grind!  They are using their “know how” and ingenuity to design and create face masks, N95 respirators and even ventilators!

YES baby, they are from ALL OVER THE WORLD!

(Special shout out to Georgia Tech engineers as I am Georgia born and bred!)

Hats off to ALL the folks who are doing the damn thang and to the folks who produced this piece.

Check out this link:

LadyG love you!

Coronavirus Ramble

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Shopping/Hoarding

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Interacting with Family

Homeschooling

EV-ER-Y-THING!

Here’s my take (ramble/rant) on how the threat of coronavirus has changed the way I do things!

How has YOUR life changed?

Hit me up in comments!

 

Coming Events:  LadyG and Ron discuss our favorite blog posts.

 

 

 

Back Together Again! Ron Brown and LadyG

 

Greetings!

I just wanted to step back on the blog after a long hiatus to check in with you guys!

I have truly missed you all, and I want you to know that you were never far away from my heart.

So, let’s talk about the title of this post…

Today marks an exciting new beginning!  To be specific, my dear cousin Ron and I are planning to do several collaborative projects that will involve writing, shooting videos and possibly podcasting.

Many of you will remember our collaborations during the early days of this blog.  In fact, Ron is featured here under the category “Ron’s Time Tunnel.”

He is also heavily featured, along with your’s truly, under the “Flowering Vine” category where we detail our Southern roots; not to mention the complexities of race.

For those of you who do not know, Ron and I are first cousins.  His mother and my father are siblings.  And, frankly, the “Flowering Vine” is a great place to start for folks who are interested in getting to know our family.

But, I digress….

Just know that Ron, a veteran of The United States Air Force, is a magnificent writer and storyteller who has his own blog.

In addition to the writing that he does there, he recently completed his Master’s degree.

YAAAAY and congratulations!

Suffice it to say, Cuz has been BUSY!!!!

Anyway, today, I am so happy to present a video of Ron speaking at his church during a Friends and Family Celebration for Black History Month.

Now, before we proceed, I must inform you that the video was recorded on a cell phone and it is a bit grainy…Not to mention the fact that I had to crop out a couple of beautiful church hats!

LOL!

Hey!  Speaking of church hats, Ron wrote about those magnificent adornments in this post.

Moving on!

Despite the technical constraints, I’d like to take time to thank my cousin, Aleshia, Ron’s sister, for recording the festivities.

NOW…

Here’s the video and I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment.

Love and light, LadyG 😘💋💋

 

 

 

A Quick Summer Solstice Reading 2019

Courtesy of Alluring Intuitive

The Alluring Intuitive

Solstice Reading 2019

Welcome,

I am Lady G, aka The Alluring Intuitive, and I am glad that you dropped by my spot for a message 🙂

Just so you know, my readings are not meant to be predictive but they do typically offer confirmation.

That said, they may or may not resonate with you.

I am often told by followers that my reading applied when they saw it (or later)…not on the date it was posted!

It is also important to note that I am an intuitive reader so these same cards could easily be interpreted quite differently by a traditional tarot card reader.

And so…

Let us commence with today’s Summer Solstice message for 2019:

As you know, my loves, we are always planting seeds.  Some we know about on a conscious level and some we plant on a subconscious level.

Today’s reading is about the seeds that some of us have…

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Midweek Elements for June 12: All Signs (Sun, Moon and Rising)

Don’t forget to check your Midweek Elements posted on June 12. Weekend readings are on deck 🙂

The Alluring Intuitive

June 12 Plant reading Chamomile, Lady’s Mantle, Comfrey and The Guardians 

A botanical midweek message for:

Earth: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo

Chamomile

It’s time for rest and regeneration!

Your manifestations are on the horizon.

Chill now so you’ll be well prepared when the ships roll in!

Say Amen to that! YAAASSS!

Air:  Aquarius, Gemini and Libra

Lady’s Mantle

Expect miracles!

You’ll find inspiration in the smallest details.

You’re on the right path!

Say Amen to that! YAAASSS!

Water: Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio

Comfrey

What seeds have you planted?

Not sure?

Observe your external environment for clues.

Do you like what you see?

You have the power to change it from within.

Say Amen to that! YAAASSS!

Fire: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

The Guardians

The situation can be salvaged!

Take divinely guided action.

Meditate for answers.

Small actions can make a huge difference.

Say Amen to that! YAAASSS!

LadyG loves YOU!

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Chef Daddy: Pizza Night Fail

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Yeah…so it’s been a minute since I told a story about my wonderful father whom my mother often referred to as “the black Clark W. Griswold.”

And that, he is!

Anyway, one random Friday night in 1982, on the rare occassion that my Dad was off work, we planned to have a family pizza night!

YAAASSSS!

Well…Er…

Let me advise you to please hold your excitement because THIS pizza night, unfortunately, did NOT involve Pizza Hut…

Nor did it include Godfathers…

and Dominos was nowhere to be found!

Uh oh….

THIS pizza night was compliments of my Daddy!

Ugh!

And so…

In the pursuit of prime pizza ingredients, Dad hopped in his 260-Zx and drove down to the local Winn Dixie to purchase a box of Chef Boyardee Family Pizza…

Just like the one pictured above.

Ta Da!!!!!

Now then…

It is important to note that all of the ingredients to any normal pizza are NOT included in the box.

Did I have to actually say that?

Anyway, with that being the case, my Dad was left to his own devices which can be quite problematic to say the least!

So, off he goes over to the refrigerated section where he bypassed the pepperoni, and made a beeline for a huge box of country sausages!

Yes, my loves, you read that correctly!

The man bought Roger Wood Country sausages just like these:

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Ok..

After Dad’s quick trip to the store, he commenced to get down to the business of preparing pizza for the family!

Being the genius that he is, he properly followed all of the directions, as given by our dear Mr. Boyardee.

But then, in a tragic twist of events, he decided to veer from the script by cutting up several links of those Roger Wood Sausages to be gingerly placed on top of his edible masterpiece.

Next, of course, he baked it!

And when it was done, we overlooked the fact that Daddy’s pizza was

completely drench with about a liter of Roger Wood sausage oil…

notwithstanding all of the grease from the hoop cheese that he piled on that sucker!

We overlooked the odd smell of the canned pizza sauce which was now inextricably married to this horridly fake Italian cuisine tomfoolery!

Yes!

We overlooked ALL. Of. THAT!

And

we

ate

that

pizza!

Fast forward about two hours…

I spent the rest of the night puking up everything that I had ever eaten in the year of our LORD 1981 and, no doubt, ’82.

Baby, trust me when I tell you that I didn’t touch another slice of pizza until late 1986!

Rest assured, my Daddy gave us all a night to remember!

But what else do you expect from the black Clark W. Griswold?

By the way… don’t tell him, but I bought this God awful thing to give him for Father’s Day because it is sooooooooo Dad!

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Seriously?

Who needs a hot dog cooked any faster?

The answer?

My Dad!

Love you Daddy!

-LadyG

NOTE:  Please check out Daddy’s stories about Railroad life under the category “True Railroad Stories.”

 

 

 

 

siSTARS on Motherhood

Please enjoy this conversation featuring Michelle, the therapist with myself and Dr. K. E. Garland. In this discussion, we talk about motherhood and mothering adults vs younger children.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!
LadyG loves YOU!😘💋

K E Garland

I promise we didn’t plan this, buuut this video comes just in time for Mother’s Day in the US! We each talk a little bit about what motherhood/parenting means to us, and of course, each is different based on our own background.

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