Not Thinking About It

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Lady J’s Godfather died the other day.

Unfortunately, I was responsible for breaking the news.

After telling her what had happened, I wiped my eyes and braced myself for an impending breakdown–I just knew that my dear daughter was going to fall over into a puddle of tears.

I put my arm around her…

Ready to catch her fall.

And I waited…

And I waited…

And I waited.

But there was nothing.

No response.

Just silence.

Now, in an effort to be proactive, I decided that I should help her to get in touch with her feelings.

In my mind, she needed to process the seriousness of what had occurred.

So, I assured her that it was okay if she felt like crying.

Again, nothing.

Not wanting to force the issue, I simply decided to drop the subject and keep a close eye on her.

But, to my surprise, Lady J never said another word about the matter.

In fact, she proceeded as if nothing had happened.

I kept thinking to myself that this was strange.

Lady J was very close to her Godfather.

This just didn’t seem to make any sense.

So, again,  I broached the subject and asked, “How do you feel?”

“What do you think?”

To which she responded, “I’ve decided NOT to think about it.”

So I let it be.

Well, a couple of days before the funeral, Lady J’s Godmother requested that we come to her home in order to take pictures with the family.

So we went.

Naturally, after arriving, we greeted children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and friends—Each one engaged in play, pleasantries and recollections of warm memories.

People were talking and becoming more acquainted.

Several conversations were occuring at once.

And all seemed well.

But there, on the sofa, apart from the chatter, sat Lady J, silently holding her Godmother’s hand…

NOT thinking about it.

 

 

Rest in Peace KRB (aka Godfather)

We love you and we will miss you always!

 

I Sing and Dance!

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My Son:  “Mom…please…please…please…you gotta stop…you’re embarrassing us!”

Me:  “I don’t care what these people think about me…I gotta get my happy however I can!”

I can’t tell you how many times my son and daughter have decidedly hidden from me in the midst of grocery shopping.

They simply CANNOT  with me and my impromptu performances!

That said, I must come clean and confess that I am that lady who dances and sings up and down every aisle at Publix…and sometimes Kroger.

Supermarket sound systems…I love ’em!

Yep! That was me you saw twirling past the tomatoes and rocking by the waffles.

And you know what?

I DON’T give a hoot!

I’m gonna sing and dance until I die!

Why?

You see, it all started long ago…

I always wanted to be a ballerina or perform modern dance.

Alas…there were no funds for such!

To put it bluntly, Mama and Daddy didn’t have the money for lessons.

Further, they lacked any appreciation for that realm of the arts.

And so…

I made believe and danced my little dance…

And I did it everywhere…

All the time!

Dancing and singing all the way through life.

Even into motherhood…much to the chagrin of my children!

Oh, but not to worry, they’ve grown accustomed.

They’ve learned to let me be.

Because if they try to shut me up I’ll only sing louder and dance harder!

And there…right there in the produce section… I find happiness with two of my favorite people!

🙂 🙂 🙂

I danced with both of my babies at home and all over the stores to this song!

 

Still dancing to this one!

 

I play this whenever I’m about to take a flight!  Go Rod!

 

For my son!  I wish him a safe flight into the sunset— headed to Seattle and Portland!

I love you man!  Have a blast! See ya when you get back home 💋

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Love and light to you all!

Enjoy your week!

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
Scallop and Garden Fresh Succotash
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
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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

😘💋

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!

😘💋

 

My Jams ’96

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Year of release may vary.  

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…

-Ecclesiastes 3

 

My Jams ‘96

Hey lover by LL Cool J

Always be my baby by Mariah Carey (Tell me if you still care remix)

You’re Makin me high by Toni Braxton

Hit me off by New Edition

This is for the lover in you by Babyface

All the things your man won’t do by Joe

Kissing you by Total

Use your heart by SWV

Let’s get down by Tony Toni Tone ft. DJ Quik

One for the money by Horace Brown

Ascension by Maxwell (Whole LP)

Never miss the water by Chaka Khan and Meshell N’Degeocello

So many ways by the Braxtons

Wildest dreams by Tina Turner and Barry White

Never leave me alone by Nate Dogg

Please don’t go by Immature

Party tonight by LaDae featuring Chubb Rock  (Show you the way remix)

Spiritual thang by Eric Benet

Girl 6 by Prince

Could this be the Love by Al Green

Your heart’s in good hands by Al Green

Lady by Mista

 

Hip Hop

No time by Lil Kim

Elevators by Outkast

White horse by Kilo

Hay by Crucial Conflict

How do you want it by Tupac

Come on ride the train by Quad City DJs

Been there done that by Dr. Dre

Ain’t no n**** by Jay-Z

Soul food by Goodie Mob

Dirty South by Goodie Mob

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And thus ended the “My Jams”series.  

God bless you all for following along!  It’s been a serious blast!  But before I leave you, let me offer a very special thanks to my cousin Ron, friends-Gloria and Sandra, Diva of Soul, Miss Time Machine and all my people that followed the series from day one!  To cousin Aleshia for telling me to keep ’em coming!  To cousin Lenel for reading along; RIP to her brother, my cousin Ernest.

Also a special thanks to my fellow bloggers T. Wayne and GeoGee for promoting and advancing the series in its early infancy.

Also to my brother Tack for shouting me out!

Additional thanks to all of the other many bloggers and viewers that caught on, ‘liked,’ commented, praised and stuck with this little labor or love.

I send much love and light to my mother, Queen Diva E!  May she rest in peace!  She was the one who first introduced me to good music.  I love you mom!

And so…

Guys, whenever you create your playlists or whenever you go to YouTube to listen to one of my jams please give me a shout out in an overt way!

That would make my day 🙂

And on that note, I gotta grab my baby boy so we can move on to 1997 and continue on our long path home.

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So long!

See you on the other side!

 

Always,

~G.

❤ ❤ ❤
My Jams (1966-1996)

 

 

My Jams ’93

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My Jams posts contain adult language and controversial observations.  They are not exhaustive, nor are they in any particular order.  Song release dates vary.

 

“Ma, Da!  When y’all go to Alabama can y’all bring me back some souse meat and some red hot link sausages—you know the kind like Granddaddy buy?”

(Mama and Daddy, simultaneously, place their hands over their hearts and give overly exaggerated looks of shock and awe.)

Mama:  (In the most uppity voice she can muster.)  “Whaaaat? Lady Di wants souse meat and red hot saaawsages?”

Daddy:  (In an even more uppity voice.) “Well!  What will the people say?”

Mama:  “Look like L’il Eli gon’ be a ghetto baby!”

Whatever!

I’m just getting my appetite back after spending a few weeks over the toilet puking my guts out!

I’m ready to eat now!

This pregnancy has flipped the freaking script on ME!   I can’t eat any of the things that I normally love.

No oysters, no crab, no lobster, no shrimp…nothing like that!

All I want is stuff that I wouldn’t normally be caught dead eating or drinking.

The other day I wanted some damn red Kool-aid!

What kinda shit is that?  Especially if you consider the fact that I am a Coca-cola/Sweet tea kind of girl!

🙂 🙂 🙂

YAAAASSSSS! LadyG gon’ have a baby!

But let me digress.

Here’s something that you didn’t know.

Mama’s nickname for me, since about age 12, was Lady Di.

I named myself Lady G (In honor of Lady T–Teena Marie) around the same time but Mama always called me Lady Di because I had a certain air about me–you know, like I was royalty.

Only I wasn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I was a nice and mannerable child-Mama wouldn’t have had it any other way-but I did give off a hinkty vibe from time to time.

Sometimes I still do. I can’t help it 😉

If Mama was alive today, she’d probably be asking, “Who in the hell is Lady G?”

But that was Mama 😉

Oh, just so you know, “souse meat” is also known as “head cheese.”

Do NOT ask what it is made of.

And so…

How are you doing on this sunny Saturday in 1993?  What do you have planned for today? Do tell!  Either way, whatever you got going on right now, put it down so you check out these jams.

My Jams ’93

Freak Me/ It had to be you by Silk

Lady G wanted to take every last one of them Jawja boys –one by one!

Still waiting!  

One of my cousins came close tho!  

LOL!

STBB Warning:  Fellas, leave them chicks in my family alone, those who were brave enough to follow us, never fully made it back home!  

Just call us sunshine!  

YAAAASSSSS!

If by Janet Jackson

There are so many thangs I could do to you!

“If I were your girl!”

Alright!!!

But did she sample those violins from The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together”?

Shole sounds like it!

Lately by Jodeci

KC and JoJo are whining like hell on this jam!

No matter, them boys sung the shit out of Stevie Wonder’s classic!

Take notes Keith Sweat, this is how you do it!

Stay by Eternal

“Stay, stay, stay with me tonight.”

I wonder what happened to those girls?

They were actually really good!

Baby I’m Yours by Shai

DEAD on the scene!  

Honey, Shai had already killed us with that acapella jam “If ever I fall in love again.”

Then they came in with the kill shot on this one!

The riffs on this bad boy are lethal!

One Woman Man by Jade

Did they do it?

Yessir they DID!

“You got to show me and mean the words you say, it’s not a game for me baby, it’s just not that way.”

Shit!!!!

Seven whole days by Toni Braxton

This Queen Diva is one damn note away from Barry White!

Toni can go low!

But I love that about her!  Too sexy!

But did you peep all them Braxton Queen Divas behind her in the video?

YAAASSSS!  Beautiful sisters that can saaaaaaang!

I loved The Braxton’s jam “So many ways” too!

You don’t have to worry/ No Limit by Mary J Blige

There’s more to Mary than just hopping roun’ the stage on “Real Love.”

This Queen Diva brought it on these jams.

Oh but wait until ‘94!  

Y’all ain’t seen a damn thang yet!

Good Old Days by LeVert

And then there was the time that my play-play boyfriend, Gerald, and his peoples started reminiscing about the good old days!

“Oooh bring back all them good ol days..”

Okaaaay!

Your love keeps working on me by Jody Watley

I loved this jam by Queen Diva Jody!

If you don’t remember it you need to get to googling.

It’s for you by Shanice

Bump what ‘cha heard, this  Queen Diva can blow!

The melody and groove of this jam help me get my life!

It’s Alright by Chante Moore

Another Queen Diva that can go up all the way up and through the whistle register!

YAAASSSSSS!

Seems you’re much too busy by Vertical Hold

Don’t act like you don’t recognize Queen Diva Angie Stone when you hear her!

LOL!

First, it was The Sequence, “Ring ding dong, ringadingdingdingdong!”

Then, it was Vertical Hold …

Now, Angie Stone is solo!

You can’t touch her vocals baby!

Give him a love he can feel by Tene Williams

Somebody said Tene was Howard Hewitt’s niece.  

I simply cannot be bothered to google it.

That said, whoever she is, this “Queen Diva” DID that on this jam!

Lady G is all about the groove!

Them Duke Ellington “Big Band” style horns is killing me!

YAAAASSSSS!

Um um Good by Men at Large

Aw shit now!

It is possible that Lady G might consider knockin’ boots with a 400 pound dude if he can sing this damn song like Men at Large!

“So doggone good!”

Fellas, put this one on and think about Lady G  😉

Ladies, put this one on and do your thang 😉

Send for me by Gerald Alston

I simply CANNOT!

Call somebody else to do it ’cause I can’t!

Gerald baby please, baby please, baby, baby, please!

Deeper and deeper/ Bad girl/Erotica album by Madonna

Lady G refuses to leave 1993 without a nod to Queen Diva Madonna!

 

 

Hip Hop Jams

Nothing but a G Thang by Dr. Dre

“If I got my NINA then you know I’m straight trippin’”

Ghetto Jam by Domino

It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube

Dazzy Duks by Duice

Rebirth of slick by Digable Planets

U.N.I.T.Y by Queen Latifah

Who got the props by Black Moon:  This was my shit!

Whoot! there It Is by 95 South (I ain’t checking for the other version)

What’s My Name by Snoop Dogg

I get around by Tupac

It’s midnight!  Time to go back to the future!  But before I go, let me say this:

To R., my first born:

These jams, and all the ones that came before them, are part of the reason why you appeared in my life when you did!

Now everybody knows why your music knowledge can’t be denied!

Too funky!

You got it from your Mama!

God’s ways are perfect, his methods are sure!

You are a gift from The Most High!

Mama loves you man!

Goodbye, 1993!  May you find repose in the halls of father time.  You’ll always be extra special to me!  I love you!

Come on y’all, let’s go to comments!  Be sure to bring your jams, your commentary, your memories and if you drinkin’ bring your cocktail too!

Don’t worry, I’ll be drinking water!  LOL!!!

–LadyG  😘💋