How To Stop Unsolicited Mail and Other Junk As Told By A Sentimental Paper Hoarder Who Is Afraid of Identity Theft

Recently, I talked about dealing with vast amounts of mail and papers that I’ve kept over the years.

Admittedly, I’m one of those folks who fear throwing away anything because “we might need it later.”

History and time has shown that I hardly EVER need it later.


Hell, even if I did, I wouldn’t have been able to find it due to the sheer volume of papers and mail that I had stashed since time immemorial.

So, this year, I decided that it is time to get rid of what I NEVER seem to need.

Ah, but then there’s stuff related to my children…you know what I’m talking about…things like:

Finger prints imprinted on a post card

Stick people drawings

Schoolwork and journals

Field trip permission slips–yeah I kept those too!

Hell, I even kept appointment cards from my pregnancies in the 1990’s and mid 2000’s; not to mention papers from undergrad and grad school.

Chile…when you add “paper hoarder” to “paranoid sentimental creature,” you get ONE HOT ASS MESS!

And so…

I found myself, during the first weeks of January 2021, locating, trashing and shredding all of the mail and papers that I had so cleverly hidden away.

Being the mistress of illusion that I am, my closet “looked” orderly, but if you were to open one of the many large plastic bins, you would have found oodles and oodles of mail, and other papers.

Some of it was junk and I knew it, so I left it unopened and stowed it.

Some of it was mail that I had already dealt with online, so I left it unopened and stowed it.


Because it had my name and address on it and I didn’t want to trash it lest someone steal my identity, open up a line of credit and purchase the whole entire world!

And that’s how I got HERE!


In order to change my ways, I’ve decided that I need to stop some of that craziness before it enters my door.

So, I found this nifty link that leads to the Federal Trade Commission where you can sign up to stop unsolicited mail, e-mails and other stuff from coming your way.

This is my gift to folks like me who “might need it later,” or who worry about identity theft.

There ain’t a damn thang to help a sentimental Mama know what to keep and what to throw away when it comes to her babies.

But I digress!


I apologize to my followers outside of the U.S.

Is junk mail even an thing in other countries?

Comment below!

Anyway, I’m about the follow the link so I can get my life!


A Family Conversation: Our Hopes for 2021, Celestial Events, Paper Hoarders and History

“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 this post, Ron and I conclude our family discussion on New Year’s traditions, beliefs and superstitions by offering our hopes for 2021.

Best believe we added some more commentary to those thoughts.

Join us as we talk about:

  • Our hopes for 2021 and the new Administration in the U.S.
  • The Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction
  • The Perseids Meteor Shower (August 1992) as opposed to LadyG calling it the Pleiades Meteorites
  • The fact that Eva didn’t give a shit
  • Decluttering: LadyG, the paper hoarder
  • How Google makes it easy for you to stay current and know your history–so why don’t you?
  • Dewey Decimal, the card catalog and being at the library all day!
  • Ron needing to do some teachin’

Catch up by following these links:

Your New Year’s To Do List

Part I of this discussion

Part II of this discussion

Part III of this discussion

A Family Conversation: Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions (Part II) On Lucky Black-eyed Peas, Funeral Homes and Hamlets

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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.


Unfortunately, we had to drop the 3rd cousin, Lady L, off to her own devices.

But you know the conversation between Ron and I marched on!

In part II we are talking about:

  • Lucky black-eyed peas and links to Rosh Hashanah, African cowpeas, live-stock, enslaved people and the Confederacy
  • “Throw away” foods during slavery 
  • What the hell?  Ham hocks and ox tail, formerly throw away foods, cost waaaaaay too much these days.
  • Indigenous people working together to farm for food and for healing.
  • When Funeral Homes change into family homes or, even worse, restaurants
  • From cess pools to a waterfalls
  • “Hamlets” in Georgia? Really?

Of course, this conversation was inspired by my post on New Year’s traditions in the South.

A Family Conversation: THREE Cousins Discuss Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

“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.


Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first “A Family Conversation” audio post of 2021.

This post is extra special because one of our other cousins is joining our conversation.

It took some doing to get her to join us so we were very happy that she agreed to round out the chat!

Now… join us as we use my post, Your New Year’s “To Do” List, to talk about:

  • How Ron jinxed Creek 
  • Some very superstitious people
  • Messin’ with folks’ luck
  • Every Southern Mom
  • How “doing” is just as important as “not doing”
  • Dragging trees
  • General sorry-ness
  • How “old” is NOT really “old”
  • Technicalities and clarifications on dirty clothes
  • Our major loss, “The Bon Vivant.”
  • Roy Clark
  • Pepto Bismol and where we got the gift of storytelling

Rest in Peace Uncle Leroy!

Dear World, You’re Welcome…

From Georgia!

A great BIG UP to my fellow Georgians who did the damn thang on January 5, 2021–and before!

The insurrection that occurred the next day at the United States Capitol makes Georgia’s stance a thousand times more important!

So, with that said, thank us now or thank us later…

Either way…

You’re welcome!

With love,


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Happy 2021 From My Southern Kitchen!

Watch how I spent most of the time in my Southern kitchen on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, I prepared shrimp cocktail with a herbed dip, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, and my daughter made some “gourmet style” brownies. My son prepared a huge “philly style” cheese steak and my Dad shucked a couple of oysters for us to enjoy on the half shell.

On New Year’s Day, you already know I got my greens for the money and my black-eyed peas for the luck! I added in some pigtails and flap jacks to make it sho ’nuff Southern! LOL! Enjoy!