See You in September

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Photo taken by LadyG 

We met in starry Winter.

Spring-Summer

Had a ball!

The chime rings twelve,

Her time had come to

Leave me in the Fall.

-Lady G For Mama💞 RIP

 

I really wish you guys could have ‘met’ my Mom!  

She was truly something else!  

By the way, down South, we often describe certain people as being “something else” when we can’t quite find the best words to describe them.  

Mind you, this could be either good or bad 🙂

In Mama’s case it was a good thing!

And so…

Here, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the first day of fall!

It’s my favorite time of year!

Last year, I decided to greet the Autumnal Equinox with this popular post!  

Feel free to check it out!

Meanwhile, I will leave you to celebrate our dear season with the following musical goodies!

The first song was one of Mama’s favorites by Marvin Gaye.  We’d sing it together while dancing and having a ball!

The second song is….What can I say? Apropos!

 

 

Love and light to you all!

LadyG  😘💋💋

Fae: An Ode to the Generous

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Photo taken by LadyG during a morning walk

If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

–1 John 4:20

Just behind this door resides a noble little fae

Who has an open heart of gold for those who’ve lost their way.

She gathers all her eensy friends;

They know just what to do.

They share their food,

They offer care,

They teach eternal truth,

No questions asked;

No judgments made;

No hoarding of “the loot.”

They know that one can’t pull a strap unless he has a boot.

-Lady G

 

A simple rhyme from LadyG’s imagination!

Anyway…

Lately, I find myself so disheartened by current events; especially in the U.S.

Seriously! I often wonder if people realize that our children are looking on as adults act like violent and malicious spoiled brats who are singularly focused on what is best for them and theirs.

Everything is…

MINE!

ME!

THEM!  They are the problem!

What about US?

What’s our role?

What are we teaching our babies when we behave this way?

What are we teaching ourselves…The world?

We can do better!

Question, do all of the God-fearing folks really believe in and have reverence for God?

Simply put, you can’t love God in heaven while stepping all over your brother on Earth.

I’ve had enough!

And so…

I’ve created my own alternate world where love, kindness and generousity reign.

I’ve done it before.

Does anybody want to join me?  Plan to pray and meditate 🙂

Love and light to you all 💋

 

Some Place

 

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There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.

–Dr. Howard Thurman

 

 

 

Photo taken by LadyG 😘💋💋

 

***Dr. Howard Thurman was an esteemed educator, theologian and visionary.  He closely collaborated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.  

Blessings and Butterflies

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Whenever I have time, I like to spend cool mornings outside admiring nature; especially during late summer and fall.

I don’t know, I guess it’s one of the ways in which I count my blessings.

Mornings spent in nature provide the best proof of The Divine!

Ah…but the fireflies in the evening are a sight to see!  My Dad told a beautiful story about seeing a magical night-time firefly show while working as a conductor on the railroad.

You can find that lovely piece right here.

But…Lady G….you digress!

Indeed, I have.

Excuse me my loves.

Anyway, this morning a couple of butterflies decided to put on a show of shows!

I almost tripped myself trying to grab my i-phone to capture this glorious display of groovyness! LOL!!!

Here are some of the shots that I was able to grab.

Enjoy!

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You should have seen them flitting about as they flew away!

Have a marvelous weekend!

Love and light to you!

-LadyG😘💋💋

Random Pics for Kicks

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Back to business!

YAAASSSS!

So, if you’ve been following this blog for awhile then you know how much I love to post random pictures from my i-phone.

Randomness!

I love it!

Most of these are shots of food, but some are straight up selfies of The LadyG herself!

LOL…..

Narcissism is a helluva drug!

And so, without much more fanfare, here we GO!

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Butterpeas with Okra and Bacon!  Good God YES!
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Lady G is a proud Emory Mom!
Skagit Valley
Bestie at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Seattle
Walking Owl
I love to collect stones and I get them from Eve!
Oatmeal
BREAKFAST!  So necessary

 

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Lady G giving FACE!
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Beautiful members of The Flowering Vine (My cousins)
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Seared Salmon!  Lady G does not play!
Cut up Veggies
What to do with these veggies?
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(L) My son graduating from Emory University (R) My son at my graduation -age 4.  That’s my Daddy in the background 🙂
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LadyG…again
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Those veggies became a Scallop and Garden Vegetable Succotash..Delicious!
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Before the veggies were cut
Boiling Asparagus
Asparagus boiling like hell!
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Good friends!
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My son presenting his research project–Lady G don’t even understand it 🙂
Magic Stones
Gem stones that I got from The Walking Owl
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Lady G…Yet again! LOL!!!
Goodies from the Sea
What I got from Your Dekalb International Farmer’s Market
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What I DID with what I got from Your Dekalb International Farmer’s Market
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Graying hair is really okay
Crab Louie-Trumans Tavern
Crab Louie from Truman Tavern in Downtown Decatur, GA
PreGrad Dinner
Prime Rib from Truman Tavern
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Lady G and her tired toes!
LadyJ and the Cat
Lady J, my daughter, and the kitty cat!
Lazy Sunday at Bookstore
Lazy Sunday at the bookstore
Shots
Tequila!

 

Hope you enjoyed your peek into my life!

Have a magnificent week!

Love and light to you!

Lady G

😘💋

Real Good Food: Brussels Sprouts

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So you don’t like Brussels spouts?

Well I’ll bet you’d like these!

No?

LOL!!

Okay….

What if I added something extra?

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Aww c’mon….open your mind to some real good food!

By the way, the Brussels spouts shown here came from the frozen aisle!

Lady G cooked them earlier this week 🙂

From FROZEN!

Can you believe that?

Yeah, sometimes I buy frozen because I often wait too long to cook fresh veggies and they end up going bad.

So…I buy them frozen and cook them just as I would if they were fresh.

YAAASSS!

When are y’all coming over to eat?

Have a wonderful week!

Love and light to you!

Lady G

😘💋

 

Lady G’s Christmas Pasta

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YAAASSSS!  Lady G is feeling a little bit better today so you know I had to hit the kitchen hard!

And so…

I decided to cook one of my holiday favorites.

I call it ‘Christmas Pasta’ because it includes red peppers, green baby spinach and white alfredo sauce!

Of course there’s the bowtie pasta and crab meat!

Think I didn’t when I did?

YAAASSSSS!

Ah…. now I hear you guys saying, “Lady G, what choo know about Italian cuisine?”

Well, all I gotta say is that it might not be authentic but it’s Italian enough for the folks in my house!

Alright!

To all of my friends in Italy, please forgive me! You know I love y’all!

Okay, on a serious note, I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of you who wished me well during my battle with this cold!

WordPress is best!

Anyway…

I am including pictures of the ingredients that I used.

See if you can spot the run-a-way piece of crab meat :).

Mama would have been horrified!

“Wipe that counter girl!”

Anywhats, if you choose to recreate this dish, be sure to double check your crab meat for shells.

Otherwise, you might experience a dental problem mid meal.

By the way, if you are intimidated by homemade alfredo sauce you can buy some already made from your local grocer.

Of course, if you choose to purchase a jar, the end result might not be the highest quality.

But that said, I’m sure it will be just fine!

It just won’t be Lady G’s!

YAAASSSS!

Enjoy and have a great week!

Love and light to you!

Lady G😘💋

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PS:  The brown mixing bowl that I used here belonged to my mother so we affectionately refer to it as ‘Ms. Eva.”

 

 

Sunday Dinner with Lady G: 10-9-16

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Cube Steak and Cornbread Dressing with Fresh Collard Greens and Tomatoes

 

YAAASSS!

Lady G threw down today!

Uh huh!

😉

So if you’ve been following me then you already know that I love to cook and eat all sorts of food.

Name a continent and I can guarantee you that I have cooked and eaten a dish from that locale.

I love ’em ALL!

But…

Around here, if it’s Sunday, it’s all about soul food BABY!

You better get into it!

Seriously, I learned to cook by watching Mama.

Mama NEVER used recipes; the ingredients and directions were all in her head.

Everything was by heart.

Or, better yet, soul!

And now, here I am, many years later, cooking the same meals that I remember–straight from Mama’s kitchen.

Come on over y’all!

I got a plate waiting just for YOU!

So tell me, do you love to cook?

If so, who taught you?

What are some of your favorites?

Let’s discuss in comments 🙂

 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week 🙂

A Day in the Life of the Ladies

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Arise and shine!

 

So, today I was inspired to create a photo journal entry to show you guys what a typical day looks like for me.  Actually, this is not the first time I’ve done this.  Some of you may remember a similar post that I did a few months back called “Everyday Randomness.”

Believe it or not, that post proved to be quite popular-hence my decision to see if lightning will strike twice on the same blog!  LOL!

And so….

Here’s a typical day for Lady G:

Ok, no lies, it wasn’t really typical since my daughter, L’il Miss Lady J, was out of school for fall break.

But please rest assured knowing that Lady J and Lady G had quite the interesting day 😉

Here’s how it unfolded:

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A quick stop at Fresh Market.  Lady G’s mother used to love this place; she liked all of the delightful aromas that tend to waft through the store.  Lady J and Lady G sampled the fruit infused water; they were not that impressed.

 

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They were, however, impressed with this little seafood salad smorgasbord:)

 

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And with this vibrant floral display
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Lady G was captivated by the wine selection. Lady J was…. NOT!
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Moments later, Lady J concluded that desserts were much more fascinating than wine.
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After completing their tour of Fresh Market, the two ladies proceeded to take a scenic ride to the Land of Elsewhere.
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Be aware that Lady G and Lady J are HUGE fans of Halloween.  That said, no September or October day trip would be complete without them taking a peek at creepy things.
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The ladies also enjoyed other sensory delights! 

Ahem…May I have your attention for a moment in order to share a couple of quick stories?

Thank you 😉

While shopping, Lady J and Lady G met a noblewoman who shared that she had been to Paris, France nine times!

Hmm… I sense that you are wondering what prompted this confession.

Well, it seems that she overheard the ladies talking about their dream to go to Paris someday.  Such being the case, the dear gentlewoman decided to encourage the two to keep that dream alive.

Her parting words to the ladies were, “Tell God your dreams and keep your hearts open; then you can do anything you want to.”

One thing’s for sure, magical advice seems to follow the ladies wherever they go!

Not convinced?

Farther up the road, the two ladies came upon a cashier  Duchess who wore the most glamorous makeup!  She also sported a shiny rhinestone headband with matching diamondy earrings!

Naturally, the ladies complimented this exquisite specimen on her beauty.

As one might expect, the cashier Grand Dame, who was about 70 years old, replied, “Thank you!”  But, she went on to say, “I always dress up because there was a time when I couldn’t…you know, between taking care of my sick husband and father…I find that looking good makes me feel good.”

Magical advice?

Indeed!

Shall we proceed?

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Even the most proper Lady must attend to certain mundane duties 🙂
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Upon arriving home, Lady G decided to retire to her ‘Magic and Creativity Chamber.’
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Ah…but then she began to feel a bit lunchy!  😉
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Nightfall!  Lady G and Lady J prepare for a sky gazing session!  It’s one of their favorite past times! To their delight, in the Southeastern sky, The Harvest Moon appeared! Sadly, LadyG did not take a picture of the moon as she has found that I-Phones are inadequate for capturing such majesty.
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Alas, the Dragon of Ragweed has decided to slay Lady G.  Notice the tired eyes and dark circles. Oh well! Time to take some Benadryl.  Good night!

 

 

Such is the magical life of the ladies!

😘💋