Back Together Again! Ron Brown and LadyG

 

Greetings!

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!

LOL!

Hey!  Speaking of church hats, Ron wrote about those magnificent adornments in this post.

Moving on!

Despite the technical constraints, I’d like to take time to thank my cousin, Aleshia, Ron’s sister, for recording the festivities.

NOW…

Here’s the video and I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment.

Love and light, LadyG 😘💋💋

 

 

 

My Cousin’s Appointment to the Department of Air Force Senior Executive Service

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Alphonso Thomas and LadyG

So, I could have started by mentioning the fact that his name is Alphonso Thomas, but I was compelled to be a bit more “possessive” in my approach 🙂

It made you look, didn’t it?

Anyway…

I had the great honor of being invited by my cousin to witness his official induction ceremony into the Department of Air Force Senior Executive Service!

Say what?

You don’t know what the Senior Executive Service is?

No worries, I didn’t know what it was either…

However, that is no longer the case.

Apparently, it is a RARE and GREAT honor.

Now then…

I have to say that during the ceremony, I was amazed to learn of Alphonso’s many accomplishments during his service as an officer in the Air Force, and later, as a civil servant.

Suffice it to say, he has racked up quite a few outstanding achievements. Most of which, I can barely understand, but I will say that it involves missiles, bombers and some other such wizardry that my mind can’t quite comprehend.

It’s alright though…most cousins don’t really talk shop….

AND

I THANK GOD

FOR

THAT!

LOL!!

Trust me when I tell you that Alphonso has to knock it down about 20 levels whenever he talks to me.

By the way, my cousin is also well known for his skills on the saxophone!

Actually, music is his first love!

He even released an album a few years back.

No doubt there is a Youtuber out there who has posted it without his permission… and if I can find it, I’m also going to publish it without permission!

LOLOLOL!!!

Anywhats…It is important to note that Alphonso also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA!

Excuse that musical digression, but it’s hard to stay focused on one thing when it comes to this Masters degree having Electrical Engineering Saxophone player.

LOL!

So…if you landed here and you are obsessed with saxophone playing electrical engineers who are also members of the Senior Executive Service,

YOU

HIT

THE

JACKPOT

TODAY!

To that end, please check out this little video that I put together about Alphonso’s background in the military and highlights from his appointment into the Senior Executive Service.

FYI:  While working on this video, I learned that if you are not familiar with a given subject matter, you will most assuredly sound ridiculous should you choose to narrate about it.

Please accept my apologies in advance!

If that statement doesn’t make any sense to you now, it will become crystal clear after you listen to me vocally labor over Alphonso’s vast bio!

LOL!

But it’s all love!

Please enjoy the video, it’s a little more than 7 mins long.

 

Told you I was going to lift the video below! LOL!!!  It was disabled by the video owner!  LOL!  The owner?  Yeah..right! LOL!!!!

You’ll probably have to google it 🙂

Video: Easter Morning Walk in Nature

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Image:  Chrisjmit

If you follow this blog, you probably already know how much LadyG LOVES being in nature.

Best believe, I never get bored with a beautiful sunrise, a stately tree, or twittering from the feathered ones.

So…

Today, I decided to capture some video of a walk that I took a bit earlier this fine Easter Sunday morning.

No doubt thoughts of resurrection and rebirth swirled all around my mind and heart.

It’s a perfect day to ponder such things…don’t you think?

Anyway, the video is quite short, but it has a meditative quality.

At least to me it does 🙂

The whole thing is less than 5 minutes long and packed full of trees, sky, sun and tweeting birds.

OH! If you beleive that orbs are actually spirits or angelic beings, then look closely because I caught sight of an orb in one of the clips.

I meant to mark it but I forgot!

And so…

Take a look-see and let me know what you think!

BTW, this was shot on my iphone7 plus.

Enjoy!

 

 

Real Good Food: Of Crab and Carbs

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

So based on your advice, I decided to start cutting back on carbs.

In the interim, I will put on my stretch pants, walk and modify the remaining macronutrient proportions by cooking meals that are high in protein and moderately low in fat.

Oops…I almost forgot the water…I’ll be drinking lots and lots of water…(loaded with Crystal Light)

🙂

We’ll see what happens in due season.

Thanks for all of your advice guys!

Until we meet again, I bid you a Happy Wednesday!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram…just click the Instagram icon there on the right panel of this page…I’m not locked! LOL!

Here’s a video of my alter-alter ego, Big Thickem, having a bite of this crab situation!

YAAASSS!

AND…

My girl Sandra shared this picture of her specialty: Crab Fried Rice!

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Delicious!