Here’s our progress after one week!
Check out planting day here
Here’s our progress after one week!
Check out planting day here
“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events and featured blog posts.
“My uncle was as cool as a ’65 Thunderbird!”
Yep, that’s precisely how Ron describes my Daddy’s vibe from his younger days as a MP in the United States Air Force.
Folks said he was as cool as a cucumber…
A tall drink of water…
A pretty redbone…
Clearly, LadyG loves a good cliché
All that aside, Ron’s cool uncle tells some awesome tales from his post-military days working on the railroad in the late 1960’s through the late 1990’s.
We invite you to join us in today’s sessions as we talk about Ron’s cool uncle (my Dad) RailroadConductor67’s post, “Santa’s Helper.”
As usual, Ron and I often found ourselves sidetracked!
Our conversation quickly galloped from Lysol to Clorox to wild game to storytelling where it crashed, head on, into Rickie Lee Jones.
But it gets better considering the fact that Rickie Lee wasn’t supposed to be a part of the dialogue.
(Warning, a shift from first to third person is coming up so that I may distance myself from “LadyG”)
Yeah, so, you see, it all started when LadyG went on this tangent about Tommy Lee Jones, whom she thought was named Rickie Lee Jones.
Just so you know, Rickie, the female singer, should NEVER be confused with Tommy, the male actor.
They aren’t even kinda the same.
But of course, LadyG cannot be bothered with “facts.”
And, if you stick around to listen to the part 2 audio in this post, you will hear this for yourself.
Remember, you can find my Daddy, Ron’s cool uncle, here under category: “True Railroad Stories”
You can also find Ron Brown under category “Ron’s Time Tunnel” and at his blog “Time Tunnel”
Audio does includes some adult language
Part 1 Run time: 30 minutes
Part 2 Run time: 25 minutes
Daddy and I purchased the seeds for our patio garden back in late January/ Early February of this year.
We had planned to get started with this project much sooner.
But, life happened, and one day in mid February, out of nowhere, Daddy collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital.
As a result, he spent some time in the ICU.
But thank GOD, he was released ONE WEEK after his emergency admission date.
God was with him the entire time!
He was truly blessed and so were we!
We thank every doctor, nurse, assistant and therapist involved in his care.
Special thanks to my son and daughter who were with him when he collapsed. They took immediate—lifesaving action.
Remember, in an emergency, it is best to call 911 because they bring help; they are NOT just there for the ride!
They can make ALL the difference between living and dying!
Thank you to those first responders (Paramedics, EMTs and Firemen ) who arrived on the scene to care for my Dad.
Also, special thanks to the anonymous witness who called 911 seconds before my daughter did!
That said, after spending several weeks in physical and occupational therapy, Daddy is now recovered.
No doubt, we lost some time starting our gardening project, but his well-being was much more important to me.
Enjoy the post and the video!
I think it was 2017 when I first revisited a recurring idea of setting up a patio garden.
Sadly, Covid-19 has recently come to town and highlighted, among other things, weaknesses in our food supply chain.
As a result, you can best believe that I am now moving this project to “on fire” status!
I’m dead serious!
Anyway, a critical piece to this garden project included having my daddy teach me how to set it up—mainly because that dude has a…
Green thumb mix!
His daddy taught him.
I’m a Georgia girl, so frankly, as far back as I can remember—and I am about 50 :), my dad, who is a native of Alabama, maintained a garden in our backyard.
He kept that practice up for years!
Later in life, maybe 15 years ago, he transitioned to apartment living, and continued gardening on a smaller scale.
Neighbors, who passed by his patio, would ask, “Hey man, how do you grow such beautiful greens?”
He’d just smile and offer some form of pleasant response and continue on with tending his “crops.”
And when the crops were ready to be harvested, mama made sure to cook them up just right!
Queen Diva Eva!
Let me be frank, there is NO way in hell that my dad would consent to appearing on camera so I had to secretly record the action!
God knows if he reads this….that’s my ASS!
Oops! Did I say that?
Forgive me Daddy!
That said, I am going to post an audio of him supervising my steps toward establishing our little family garden along with a short video and some pictures.
Forever the conductor!
But he’s cool about it
Enough of my rambling. Check out the video.
LadyG loves YOU!
*** WARNING: This video contains strong Southern accents so may the peace of the Lord be with you if you are not used to it! A bit of translation is included 🙂
Comment on your experience with gardening, or if you’d like to leave a tip!
Check out Daddy’s railroad stories by going to category: “True Railroad Stories.”
*See pictures of one of his gardens in the first post I did about his gardening here!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Interacting with Family
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.
Correction: Taurus rules banking and such, which makes it closely related to its fellow earth sign, Capricorn which rules government.
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!
Hey! Speaking of church hats, Ron wrote about those magnificent adornments in this post.
Despite the technical constraints, I’d like to take time to thank my cousin, Aleshia, Ron’s sister, for recording the festivities.
Here’s the video and I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment.
Love and light, LadyG 😘💋💋
So…yeah…I turned 50 this week and I don’t feel a day over 49.
Anyway, I thought I would share some of the more interesting birthday greetings.
To be more specific, I received greetings in Spanish from my Puerto Rican chica and a “traditional birthday greeting” from an awesome “Kiwi” native to New Zealand. By the way, the second video looks sideways but it plays normally once you click it!
I also had a good old Southern Happy Birthday from a Girl Raised In The South (GRITS).
Check them out:
Stay tuned tomorrow for the Official Story of Lady G from the House of Mathilda, as told by that dashing Welshman, Roger Jacob, writing as R J Llewellyn aka Woebegone but Hopeful.
You can find “Roger” at his blog, Heroically Bad Writer. Click HERE to get THERE.
Love and light
Let’s chat in comments!
With love and light from Little LadyG (1970ish)
Along comes a simple invitation:
A speedy acceptance and a wintry trek with the following directions:
A brief pictorial on how the seemingly mundane can become quite magical with the help of good friends!
Love and light,
At last…the final entry in my Valentine’s poetry remix series…
“We Wear It Well”
Written by a brilliant poet who gives us all things magical and celestial. She is Kim, InfiniteZip, and like Chevvy and Marie, she is another one of my sisters.
Recitation by LadyG
Happy Valentine’s Day! 💞
samples of bliss on pretty dishes
elements of the universe served
one of each for you and me.
We gather in our tribes
celebrating the beautiful days
the crumbs of happiness caught on lips
smiling with full mouths
These dreams we carry with us
packed up and set within invisible cases
slung over the shoulder and peered at
while waiting for the light to change,
green we move forward
creeping and taking time to just inhale
the feelings of our being.
Flowers in a vase and champagne taste on tongue
a fine chocolate and a held hand,
the finer shades of bliss
we swim in the depths
below a setting sun,
blowing our seeds of laughter and joy
on the wind carried
Having an amazing day. I accepted the job offer for which I blissfully applied, and for a moment, savoring in the joy of…
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As I mentioned in this blog’s birthday post, I’ve been in introspection mode.
Hence, my inactivity on WP.
As a matter of fact, I’ve been involved in some form of deep study, meditation, prayer and contemplation ever since this blog’s inception.
Trust me, there has always been something deeper lurking beneath my tomfoolery!
And I mean ALL. OF. IT!
I’ve spent a great deal of time reading works that span generations, distance and culture. In essence, I wanted to cull and synthesize enlightened concepts from a very broad perspective.
And you know what?
There were several common truths that absolutely permeated seemingly divergent schools of thought.
Ah…but there was one truth, other than love, that continued to leap all the way up into my frontal cortex!
And it was RESPONSIBILITY!
I get it, but follow me now…
What I have learned is that each one of us is personally responsible for our own lives.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the temptation to dwell on all of the ways in which others have mistreated or abused us…I’ve had my share of both.
But in the end…
It is our responsibility to do whatever we need to do to take our lives into the direction of our choosing.
And to that end, I have been having some great discussions with my closest friends and family about how that might look in our own lives–regardless to the actions or inactions of mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife, uncle, aunt, cousin, neice, nephew….society and so on.
I think one of my mama’s closest friends said it best…
“Gwin, don’t trust nobody with YOUR life!”
Though she said those words to me many years ago, they now ring with a resonant tone.
I’d like to share a video with you that was sent to me by one of my best friends, Sandra. She and I had been talking about this topic for a long time, so she was knocked off her feet when she stumbled upon this:
Watch the video before it gets pulled! LOL!
Here’s the link just in case!
Love and light to you all!