Sunday Morning Musings

You know, the US Midwest is a really beautiful place.  The photos are of the dawn of a day that is supposed to hold rain.  There is a woodpecker, pecking. Geese are flying back up North. Squirrels are scrambling, a Fox found its stash and moved it (there is a fox den somewhere on dievca’s parents land).

dievca is usually very aware of her surroundings and bodily movements in space.
Master calls her, “Self Aware”, internally and externally.

That brings us to personal Health.
With older Parents, one may be hyper-aware of Mortality. And you begin to be more in tune with your body — or you will choose to ignore your body…

dievca’s Aunt fought help, hid out and passed with maggots on her legs – it was a battle – always.

dievca’s Doctor put it this way, “There are patients who check their stool and those who don’t. Those who do, pay attention to little things in their body even if they are not palatable. They know when something is going wrong.” dievca checks, dievca’s Mom – doesn’t. dievca’s Dad, does…

It’s killing dievca’s Mom that everyone is aware and checking. Perhaps even making commentary.
But, she is the one benefitting from the checks and analysis.
And it is making EVERYONE’s life easier.

Mom is a pain-in-the-a**, but not as disagreeable and nasty as dievca’s Aunt

So, dievca is an advocate of bodily and mental awareness.
It saves a lot of trouble down the line.

Don’t forget to stop and analyze the Dawn.
That’s pure Joy.


~Feeling Valid~ (age is just a number)

Gorgeous!

Book ’em Danno, Muder One- they slayed the FW ’19 runway!

Looks that caught dievca’s eye from the various 2019 Fashion Weeks —
it’s not the clothes, it’s the faces and bodies. Models over 40 years old.
dievca really found them intriguing and interesting.
Character and Lives lived makes for visual interest.

Some of the models, in no particular order:
Pat Cleveland (68)
Christie Brinkley (65)
Veronica Webb (53)
Patti Hansen (62)
Christy Turlington (50)
Laverne Cox (46)
Tonne Goodman (67)
Stella Tennant (48)
Guinevere Van Seenus (41)
Chloë Sevigny (44)
Marie Sophie Wilson (54)
Kirsten Owen (48)
Shala Monroque (40)
Shalom Harlow (45)
Stephanie Seymour (50)


“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”

Normally, weather moves from west to east. In the mid-latitudes, the prevailing winds are westerlies. This means storm systems generally move in from the West.

The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the gases, water vapor and particles. The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions. They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.

During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. The shorter wavelengths, such as blue, are scattered and broken up. We see the red wavelengths. the longest in the color spectrum, are able to continue through the atmosphere.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

A red sky at night means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west and good weather will follow.

Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.

A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.

dievca had the pleasure of a beautiful sunset, yesterday.
Made her evening.

Photos: dievca 02/2019 NYC

Baby, its gonna be cold!

1950 Jacques Griffe

And, yes, dievca is going to pull out one of her 15 fur coats/jackets/vests….

Fifteen? you ask.

Yes, 15.

Just four here in NYC.

dievca’s Mom was best friends with a furrier. We received coats when people upgraded or needed another size. Coats can be cut down, but making them larger calls for a new coat. We received more when they retired and decided not to sell the business.

Fur, if it is taken care of well – stands the test of time. It is pretty much the warmest solution in cold weather.

If you decided to pass judgement on dievca — ask yourself if you eat meat, drive a car, wear leather, wear down, understand how much of a carbon footprint is made from creating faux leather and plastic products, etc. dievca knows where her fur came from, who sourced it, who made the coats and how long she has had them.
And they will, someday, decompose safely.

dievca is going to guess that you have a problem with hunting deer, too.
Have you ever seen Bambi starve in the winter? It’s not pretty.
All the hunters she knows are very conscious about using ALL the parts of a deer.

Yes, dievca has fur hats, too. Vintage.
And is tired of being on the defense for wearing fur, so she has gone on the offensive.
XO


I Need Coffee – but not a Blonde Roast

dievca had a conversation about coffee with Cinn of Cinnamon and Sparkles and Cinn stated that she likes a good “Blonde Roast”. dievca had no idea what that meant, so she went searching.

When Starbucks® promotes the term Blonde Roast, they define it in their advertising as not related to color so much as “light bodied and flavorful – our easiest-drinking coffee” and “a true light roast”, yet when the beans are compared to a standard roast chart, they match more to a Medium Roast level.

A true definition of Blonde is when the beans are roasted to a very light level at which a phenomenon called “First Crack” is achieved, but not beyond. Because of that a Blonde Roast will always be more acidic than darker roasts of the same coffee.

Heat breaks down the acidity of a coffee bean as it roasts longer and hotter. The high acidity of Blonde Roast is generally perceived as a lemony, citrusy or sour taste. Darker roasts experience more of the “Maillard reaction”, which primarily refers to the caramelization of sugar and reactions with the beans’ amino acids that produce buttery, caramel tones, while the citrusy notes are being reduced.

A Blonde Roast would be at the beginning of this chart before a light roast (around 415 F):

Where does that leave a Blonde Roast acid-wise?

Using the pH Scale for reference, here are a few acid/base numbers from liquids we recognize:

9.0 : Tap water adjusted for high alkalinity to avoid leaching of lead and other metals from the pipes
8.0 : Seawater
7.0 : A common “neutral” reference point for distilled water, etc.
6.3 : Naturally occurring water as found in mountain streams and many springs (not hot springs)
5.9 : A common reading for ripe-bean brewed Dark Roast coffee (see picture 3 above)
5.4 : A common reading for ripe-bean brewed Medium Roast coffee (see picture 2 above)
4.7 – 4.9 : A common reading for brewed coffee from commercial coffee brands
4.4 – 4.6 : A common reading for ripe-bean brewed Blonde Roasts (see picture 1 above)
4.4 : Tomato juice
3.0 : Vinegar (ranges from 2.0 to 3.5 depending on type and concentration)
1.0 : Battery Acid

Hmmm — that might be why dievca prefers a Dark Roast, less acidic and carmelization of the sugars…

Whew! this was a lot for a Monday – Thank Goodness dievca has her:

Thank you to the website “I Need Coffee”, click the link for a more in-depth discussion about roasts.

 


The sting in the tail~

Sometimes traveling goes well. Easy flights, no wait at the baggage claim area, the rental car choice is excellent.  That makes your trip roll along smoothly.

But, air travel can be likened to a scorpion.

There is a sting in the tail…

Catching a cold.

Microbiologists have tested planes and found that germs are commonplace, and can survive for hours or days after the passenger who brought them on board has departed.

Some of the 200 or so viruses that can cause the common cold can infect people for up to 18 hours after they have left the body, and flu viruses can infect people for up to eight hours after being let loose.

As well as causing the common cold and influenza, these bugs and viruses can cause everything from skin diseases and upset stomachs. Studies have found MRSA and E. Coli can live on the plane for over a week.

Where are the dirtiest places on a plane?

  • Tray table
  • Overhead air vents
  • Toilet flush buttons
  • Seat belt buckles

A 2013 report conducted for the Federal Aviation Administration in the US concluded that while fresh air is germ-free at high altitudes, aircraft HEPA filters effectively remove bacteria and viruses, as well as dust and fungi.

However, there could be a greater risk of exposure when the plane is parked at the gate, when auxiliary power units generally provide ventilation and not the aircraft’s own system. This helps germs to spread through the cabin more easily.

Another culprit could be the low relative humidity of cabin air. The typical relative humidity on planes is around 11 per cent. Some research suggests that low humidity interrupts the Mucociliary Clearance System, which consists of a thin layer of mucus and tiny hairs in the nose. This protective system traps viruses and bacteria and moves them from the nose to the throat, where they are swallowed and destroyed by acid in the stomach.

Because this system no longer works properly, bacteria and viruses get easier access to your lungs.

Whatever way it gets to you…you run the risk of becoming sick on a flight from directly inhaling particles in the air from someone’s coughing or sneezing. You can also become sick if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nasal passages.

(Note: dievca got the armrests and toilet handle – but she missed the tray table and seat buckle with her cleaning activities. And she sat at the gate for an extra hour on the last flight. Sigh.)

dievca’s solution is this:

Photo: Guy Jacques 09/2008 Sexy Sleep

And this:

(click on the photo for the recipe)

dievca’s chicken noodle soup

 


Simple Coffee

Master told me that I would be exhausted when I got back.
He’s right.
Watching someone you love, pass away, is a privilege.
But it does run you through the gamut.

I just want coffee before heading to work.
A Simple Coffee.