A Family Conversation: The Cousins Go All Around Robinhood’s Barn With Music From 1983 & Gramp Ruins Donuts FOR-EV-AH

“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.

Very strong adult language

Caution: This is a long one

In this post, the cousins are talking about:

  • Partying in a hole in the wall with NO floor in the back of Alabama
  • Costee J McNair– DJ extraordinaire
  • Shanghai and big cousins blocking 
  • LadyG causes a ruckus at the club
  • Vanity vs Mary Jane Girl
  • James Mtume is deep go Google him
  • Back to Mary Jane Girls
  • “Daddy, how you know that song?”
  • “Doo Doo Brown”
  • Uncle Charlie…and The GAP Band (Acronym for Greenwood, Archer and Pine streets in Tulsa, Oklahoma) aka “Black Wall Street”
  • Tell me if you still care….Ron “hangs out” with a friend
  • The Lord giveth us thine BASS!
  • Kashif and the Unsung curse
  • Sentence fragments in music
  • Heffa is the highest of compliments for a singer from Black people
  • Ron places “The Manhattans” in yearbook stone
  • Aretha tells you ALLLLLLLL something 
  • Atomic dog and them Q-Dogs
  • The Isley’s were the shit and Chris Jasper was that guy! An innovator! 
  • Ron’s voice, Ernie’s guitar and Chris Jasper’s classical training and composing make The Isley Brother’s sound
  • Otis Day and The Nights
  • Animal house was funny until it wasn’t–yeah, we see you
  • The New Edition movie was good as hell
  • In ‘83 nobody cared about your grief, counselors be damned!
  • Gramp takes Ron’nem on a trip and ruins donuts forever!
  • Tack doesn’t want any death on his food!
  • Music is memory
  • Music therapy–fine, but give me R&B
  • There’s a deep and important memory locked in the second verse of…
  • He liked-ded it!

My Jams 1983

Ron Brown courtesy of The Time Tunnel

Thanks for joining us on this trip.

Be here next Friday for an all new conversation with your favorite crazy ass Georgia cousins!


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Rambling Musical Commentary: Arguing In Public It’s Embarrassing

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Contains adult language and adult situations

LadyG remembers her jams from 1983!

Note: The titles of RMC posts are always based on a lyric from a song that was either popular at the time or was released in prior years and had an “evergreen quality.”


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Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. 


My Jams 1983

A Family Conversation with Lady G and Ron Brown

Ron Brown courtesy of The Time Tunnel

I Appreciate YOU!

Oh yes! LadyG be looking at the analytics, and I have to say thank you to the following countries for rocking so hard with Seek The Best Blog for the past year!

Some of you have been with me since the blog started in 2016–and that means the world to me.

And so…

Here your are, the TOP 10, ranked by views in the past year:

I love you guys and I thank you so much! Feel free to drop by and say hello! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you! Keep rocking with us!

Ain’t that right Ron and Daddy?

A special thanks to everybody else–all around the world who checks in with me from time to time.

Just remember,

LadyG loves YOU!

Save Your Money | Make Your Own Food | Apple Butter

Homemade apple butter, save money and make your own!


The other day I was given 5 pounds of red apples–which I do not eat.

LadyG is a Golden Delicious type of girl!

But I digress.

Anyway, ever the gracious Southern woman, I did not decline the gift… I kindly offered thanks for the apples while simultaneously wondering what in hell’s bells I could possibly do with these things.

Then it hit me!

I could make applesauce!

So, I shared this wonderfully inspired idea with LadyJ, my daughter and full-time shenanigans partner.

Well, Lady J, with her sardonic personality and mannerisms (Think Daria, the 90’s cartoon character) immediately gasped with fright!

Yeah, she killed my vibe–instantaneously!

So, I thought a bit more about my options; I mean, I didn’t want to see the apples go bad and there was no way that I’d trash them.

Then, my mind began to pitch a few ideas…

What about apple pie?

Oh, hell no, I thought.

Who wants to do all that?

Seriously, the chemistry of it all made that a no go.



Old memories took hold and caused me to yell out loud…

Apple butter!

That’s it!

I decided to make apple butter…whether LadyJ liked it or not!

I ain’t scared of her!

And so…

I knocked on LadyJ’s bedroom door and told her that we were going to make apple butter, and, surprisingly enough, she was good with it!

Between you and me, I didn’t give a damn if she was or wasn’t good with it, we were making this freaking apple butter if it KILLED ME!

That’s right, following the dictates of Napoleon Hill, I had developed a “definite chief aim” to make apple butter.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know nuthin’ bout makin’ no apple butter.

My mother never served it.

In fact, I never knew it existed until I met my son’s father–his folks ate it all the time.

Hell, when I first saw it, I thought it was apples mixed with butter in a jar.

Clearly, your girl was clueless!

Anyway, my son’s grandmother educated me on apple butter and encouraged me to try it.

It tasted okay for something store-bought.

Now, let me just add that my son’s father’s family could throw down in the kitchen, but I guess none of them could be bothered with making apple butter homemade–it was much too time consuming.

Enter the instant pot!

Thank God for technological advancements!

Thirty years later and I now have a tool that makes that gig a helluva lot easier!

It still takes time, but not nearly as much as it would doing it on a regular stove–or even worse, a kettle of some sort!

Perish the thought!

Anyway, below, is a video that shows a bit of our apple butter making journey.

If you want the recipe, comment below.

I am on a serious journey to learn how to cook things that I usually buy at the store. That said, food storage and preservation are a priority for me.

If you are interested in tracking your food storage projects, I created a little log for myself that I decided others might want as well.

You can purchase on amazon.

Video time: >2 mins.