Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.
What to do during the Retrograde…
The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
wear JEWELS FOR BAD JUJU
The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.
Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
A "Thank You" to the 2021 Farmer's Almanac
Absolutely not complaining – dievca is grateful.
Just a little behind…ok, a lot behind.
What was added:
- Back to work the afternoon of the “Red Eye” flight, thought there would be three days grace.
- Caught up with Master – always an important Joy
- Sold three eBay items while traveling, needed to ship immediately and the printer is out of ink
- Sold four more items last night, again, no ink.
- Co-workers begging to cram in meetings before Labor Day.
- Most important, trying to get to Mom
How is your weekend shaping up?
Photo: dievca NYC 05/30/2021
And now you know dievca’s BIG question this morning….
What crap weather for the start of Summer.
Practical is kicking in:
dievca thought they asked what kind of milk to use for the cappuccino — she said, “whole milk”. Apparently they heard, “oat milk” so they made a ‘normal’ cappuccino, then added additional oat milk. The coffee was about $6 and kinda “nutty”.
Does anyone else have any good ‘ordering with a mask on’ stories?
Is anyone else absolutely frustrated?
OK, COVID-19 and the election are more important and annoying – but the WordPress switch to the new editor is infuriating.
Many people blog for pleasure. They are not looking for the newest, hottest technology. If that was the case, they would have moved to Instagram ages ago. Or follow whatever trend rolls through~
dievca – the blog, doesn’t translate to YouTube, Instagram, or Twitter well. The risqué content limits the audience reached through the WordPress search options. Yet, the blog format works with dievca’s content and has drawn an audience via Google/search engines – not WordPress.
Why does dievca know this? she bought a Business Plan to use Classic Editor plug-in. Yes – she could create on the plug-in, but her blog posts were stored in a staging area and then pushed to WordPress. she lost access to her audience except for people who receive the blog via email or will look for her directly on WordPress. No more search engines, Pinterest or photos connections, etc. she had a drop of about 200-300 views.
dievca explained the numbers to the lovely “Happiness Engineer” and got her money back. The blog numbers are recovering.
So, now she is on the new editor and tried to load a number of photos… Think of her multiple photos of Sophia Loren in lingerie – not easily done in the new editor. Or maybe it is, but it will take dievca 3 hours to figure it out! Not a pleasure to blog.
Alright – dievca apologises – she is whinging.
But is anyone else frustrated?
dievca was able to get one,
it arrived yesterday.
she will be wearing the tank – today.
dievca is normally apolitical
not interested or involved in politics.
But this election is too important for the health of the USA.
The next federal election will be Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will include voting for president and vice-president, 1/3 of the Senate, and all of the House of Representatives. State and local races will also be on the ballot in many areas.
Please click here to register to Vote.
Back in the day, dievca might have chosen a romper (playsuit) like the images above.
Something cute to walk the beach. She hasn’t worn one since the 1980s.
Then she ran into this Loretta Caponi Anita Playsuit in white:
Cute and Sassy, right?
Then dievča saw this photo:
she’s rethinking the whole romper/playsuit idea with her age and current body shape…
What is your take on age/body and playsuits?
and dievca is out of practice.
Local gyms are offering free online classes, Peloton is offering a free 90-day subscription (including classes that don’t need bike), people are doing classes via youtube, etc. dievca sees her neighbors working out in their apartments (Remember, she lives in a fishbowl). she’s been doing personal workouts and online workouts, too.
So…how many weekend warriors are getting injured?
Where do they go if the injury is more severe and cannot be taken care of at a clinic?
The hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19.
Maybe at the USNS Comfort:
The Comfort’s 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms will largely be used for non-coronavirus patients, freeing up much-needed space at the city’s overtaxed hospitals. The ship is typically used to support military campaigns and humanitarian crises abroad, along with earthquake and hurricane relief. Most recently, it was deployed to Latin America, helping countries with inadequate health care systems. It was last stationed in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks where it helped treat hundreds of first responders.
~ the Verge
During the conversation dievca had with the Millenials who gave blood there was a discussion about how they were so astounded at the amount of time, effort and clean-up involved with cooking at home.😳 Maybe the USNS Comfort will be dealing with kitchen knife incidents or burn issues for these newly minted cooks.
What are the numbers?
At least no one is really driving the city – so auto accident numbers should be down.
Severe Blood Shortage, Donors Urgently Needed
Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Please give now.
- Blood makes up around 7% of the weight of a human body.
- Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
- These blood cells float in a yellow liquid called blood plasma. Blood plasma is made up of 90% water and also contains various nutrients, electrolytes, gases, proteins, glucose, and hormones.
- Blood plasma can be separated from the cells by spinning the blood in a centrifuge until the cells collect at the bottom of the tube.
- Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body. They contain a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin contains iron which combines with oxygen to give hemoglobin and our blood, a red color.
- Red blood cells develop in the bone marrow and circulate in the body for around 120 days.
- White blood cells are an important part of the body’s immune system. They defend against certain bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, infectious diseases, and other unwanted materials.
- Platelets help blood clot in order to limit bleeding when your skin is cut. Blood clots can occasionally have negative effects if they form in blood vessels going to the brain they can cause a stroke while clotting in a blood vessel going to the heart can lead to a heart attack.
- As well as delivering important substances to our cells, blood also helps take away unwanted waste products.
- Grouping human blood types can be a difficult process and there are currently around 30 recognized blood types (or blood groups). You might be familiar with the more simplified “ABO” system which categorizes blood types under O, A, B and AB.
- The most common blood type in the United States is O Positive (39% of the population), while the least common blood type is AB negative with only (0.5% of the population). The most common blood type in Japan is A positive.
- Patients in the United States use approximately 32,000 pints of blood every day.
- Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
- Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
- Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.8 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single-car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
- Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
- 13.6 million whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
- About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%).
- Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.
- Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 3% of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood, this plasma is usually in short supply.
- Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less).
- Platelets must be used within just 5 days.
Actually, dievca’s blood is B- not coffee as she expected. Not the most useful blood type, but maybe it will help.
The Port Authority Blood Donation Center is in operation. People are scheduled on a sliding system. The donors were all-male when she arrived and finished all-female when she left. 80% Millenial 20% Generation X. The experience offered a nice chat over snacks and juice, 6 feet apart.
Again, please consider donating if you can.
dievca spoke to her Mother and Father, yesterday.
That makes today Monday, right?
Days are blurring.
dievca looked great upon arrival to Master’s (see below).
Too bad she forgot the food and presentation lingerie…
she did remember a collar, vibrator (shmoo), anal plug, penis gag, and hood.
Priorities? Or perimenopause….
dievca asked Master for one of His button-down dress shirts
she rinsed off, inserted the anal plug, put on Master’s Collar, added lipstick, buttoned the shirt up over her naked body and sauntered out to the living room.
she then asked Master if He would be willing to watch His dievca masturbate on the chair across the room. Master was game.
dievca unbuttoned the top of the shirt to give a hint of cleavage, lifted the hem and draped a leg over the arm of the chair to give Master a clear view of her pussy. Master smiled as she broke out the shmoo and placed it on her clit.
Something was missing.
dievca strapped the penis gag to her mouth and explained to Master that she would like to imagine she was sucking Master’s Cock as she masturbated. Master’s Cock grew large as He watched His dievca.
Something was still wrong.
dievca took off the penis gag and asked Master if He would be willing to allow dievca to suck His Cock instead of watching. He agreed.
A ‘performance’ is fun, but audience participation is much more exciting.
And Master’s shirt was an excellent piece of Lingerie, dievca doesn’t understand why people think it is demeaning to wear a Man’s shirt….
dievca’s arrival outfit for a cold blustery day:
So, let dievca tell you about having floor to ceiling windows: amazing views all the time, plus warmth when the sun is shining.
In the winter, the windows get cold when the sun doesn’t shine, so when one of the HVAC units goes kaput and maintenance needs to order a whole new unit– it gets chilly in the evenings and on poor weather days.
dievca is layering up with clothing and blankets, but she refuses to wear a ‘nose warmer’. dievca will stoop to wearing wool Mukluk Slippers.
Remember those? Wool knit top with a leather patch bottom? dievca’s first pair were from Pier One, then she wore holes in her Aunt’s pair – had them ‘repaired’ with patches of leather and is onto her 3rd pair.
These mukluks are not for Presenting, but they solve the problem of cold feet.
Which comes under the definition ‘something of use’ in dievca’s book.
And, yes, dievca’s nose is still cold.
Cold nose warm heart.
Master loves garter belts and stockings. dievca has avoided wearing panties in that role because the few times she did, she put the panties under the garter belt for looks and then everything has to come off for access. Seeing the photo above….she’s been doing it wrong!
Here’s what the internet said:
Panties on top if you’re wearing them for functional reasons (to suspend your stockings). Panties beneath if you are wearing them just to look sexy. If you want to actually HAVE sex in the garter belt and stockings, panties on top. I’ve always worn my garter belts over my panties because it looks better.
I believe in the garter belt and stockings. I read some statistics, and it’s the most requested lingerie article that prostitutes hear.
Another tip I always say when wearing garter belts, you wear your underwear over your garter belt for easy access. I believe in wearing lingerie because we love it, I don’t believe in putting it on for a man. I believe that we wear it for us, and if someone is lucky enough to be in our presence and experience that, so be it. But the ultimate seductress is one who realizes in everyday practice the cultivation of your sensuality, and how it radiates to other people. That’s what makes others want to be around you.
~ Dita von Teese
Aha! An old dog has just learned a new trick. How about you? XO
It’s something that is not quite as easy to clean as the spill in the photo….
Maybe this is a sign that dievca needs to shift over to her new computer, bought in August?
she’s been dragging her substantial a** on it.
Um, the rubbing alcohol she poured on the wireless keyboard made the screen turn upside down…..and that irritation might just give her the impetus to switch.
Yeah~we all know what her weekend will entail.
So what’s the grossest thing you’ve spilled on your computer keyboard?
Master is traveling to family for the Holidays.
dievca is staying in NYC.
she proposed a Christmas dinner to some friends
and they took her up in it!
It looks like those Christmas decorations do need to be put up.
dievca might have to wear her version of an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’.
This is as close as she gets….something a smidgen cheesy.
dievca’s washed a lot of sheets and items of clothing these past few days.
All towards getting a sleeping schedule and meds correct. It’s still not down solid.
The all-encompassing Family challenges have taken their toll.
Normally dievca tries to start out the week with a bit of coffee happiness – on Mondays.
Apparently, her coffee post went out on a Sunday.
That doesn’t really matter in the big picture until dievca flies out on an early flight and needs to figure out which day of the week it was for work. she was thinking the Coffee post went out on a Monday – when it didn’t… then she panicked about which day it was~
It took brain dead dievca thirty minutes to figure out the correct day of the week.
dievca’s Parents are alive – maybe not kicking hard, but still kicking. dievca is not kicking it.
Lisbon is a lot of walking on hills paved with cobblestones.
Gorgeous views, excellent wine, heat, plus a lot of people in August.
Avoiding the trams due to crowds
Age comes into it when you pull a hamstring and your hips/back step in to carry the load. Makes for a really hurting 7th day.
dievca is laying low, stretching and trying to get her muscles to relax before the flight on Sunday… Wish her luck. XO
Is it the tide? Is it a dry dock?
Or is it a big problema?
Photos: dievca, Tagus River Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
In a nutshell: Advice giving usually doesn’t work, and often completely backfires.
To be fair, we all find ways to tell others how to live. We can’t help it. We all have strong points of view and believe that others should do or think as we do. And most of us are comfortable expressing those views to others, whether they’re interested or not.
Yet, research using reactance theory informs us that whenever someone tells us what to do and how to do it, we respond with defensive defiance because we want to maximize our personal freedom and decision making.
If we really want to encourage behavior (or belief) change in others we actually need to move away from advice-giving (especially when our advice is unsolicited) and toward modeling. In other words, we need to be an example for others rather than telling them what to do.
Research on observational learning (in conjunction with an understanding of reactance theory) suggests that while people will resist unsolicited advice and instruction, they will follow the behaviors of others—especially when there appear to be good and reinforcing outcomes from these behaviors (or beliefs).
dievca is still going to give you her advice:
TRY ON YOUR PRESENTATION OUTFIT BEFORE SHOWING UP AT YOUR MASTER OR MISTRESS’ PLACE.
dievca ended up with a Corset Disaster, yesterday. It shrunk from handwashing and dievca’s boobs are running larger. All the hooks closed and she could pull the ties, but she looked like a muffin popping over the tin.
Master’s solution to dievca’s problem was easy:
“Try the outfit on before meeting for D/s”
dievca does plan to heed Master’s advice, will you plan to heed dievca’s advice?
dievca was setting up a Presentation Outfit for Master and couldn’t find the correct suspender belt. After 20 minutes of digging without success, she moved on to Presentation Outfit #2.
It was a repeat of a past Outfit, but it channeled the 2019 Summer Solstice!
dievca needed to wear nude stockings for three reasons:
- Master loves stockings
- Stockings allow easy access in a visually pleasing way
- dievca isn’t scheduled to be waxed until next week…..
Outfit Choice #2 was panning out nicely and dievca had some great shoes in mind!
Lanvin Chain-Embellished Stilettos from Summer 2010 — the sandals added a little heavy metal to cut the floral and lace sweetness.
dievca packed everything up, adding the gold play collar and lead. she made her way uptown to Master’s apartment.
When she arrived, dievca knelt before Master. They took a moment to connect and shift – then Master told dievca she had 5 minutes to change into His Presentation Outfit.
The timing worked well, all pieces of the Outfit slid-on easily, including the Lanvin Sandals.
It was when dievca tried to walk —
dievca never took into consideration that wearing stockings in open, strappy, leather sandals would be VERY slippery. she had to move at a shuffling mincing walk to make it back to Master. And when Master led dievca to the bedroom after Cock Worship. He guided her along with the lead at a good clip – she almost took herself and Him down! And the sound effects emitted from dievca’s mouth?
Not elegant, at all~
Master absolutely loved the heels, so they stayed on.
What’s the solution for next time?
(or grippy pads)
This process happens with new “outer” clothes, too.
dievca wore this dress while shopping, with:
she was starving and bought a lamb gyro. After sitting in the sun, on the fire hydrant in front of the Ed Sullivan Theatre (the Late Show) ummmm, let’s just say that dievca’s new dress worked very well, but it needed a dry cleaning after she dripped red sauce down the front… That said, the Gyro was very good. Almost worth the dry cleaning fee — dievca was that hungry.
Are you missing the spelling application that was a part of WordPress? dievca is, she would hit the “ABC” button on a post prior to scheduling…. There’s no more button.
Is anyone else having a problem with their spelling?
dievca did notice that her ‘furtile immagination” should have been ‘fertile imagination’ and she’s sure that she has missed more items. Please let her know if you spot misspellings or rotten grammar.
dievca did turn on her Google Chrome spelling option. Maybe it will help.
Until something happens know that…
After the move Master is taking on IKEA bookshelf build detail:
dievca is just so entertained with the thought.
IKEA was a “Defining Moment” in Master and dievca’s Relationship.
(When dievca and Master survived an IKEA piece)
Showered and lotioned up. A towel on the bed for squirting. Accoutrements on hand. Hood on. Gag in.
Feel the vibration.
Ahhhhh, on the edge of orgasm~ STOP!
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?
Did the Cat just attack my foot?
NOW, she’s licking my toes?!?!?!
GET OFF KITTY…YOU ARE NOT A PART OF THIS!
Wow. That fluff ball cat gets involved with everything.
dievca is cat sitting for two months.
Obviously, the Kitty has made herself at home.
Really. (eye roll)
Yesterday morning, dievca listened to her brother tell about how her parents both fell and stayed down until the morning, when the CNA arrived.
Where was the evening person?
They quit because dievca’s Dad was such a pain-in-the-a**.
Her brother was working on it and dievca had the talk with her Father, the day before about if they were paying someone 100K, he could demand people to do things exactly his way. Since we are not paying that, he has to be patient and tolerant or no one would stay…
dievca knew something was going to happen, it was expected. and her Dad only learns through drastic lessons. Apparently, he is still insistent that he and Mom need minimal help. Yeah, right.
OK, dievca is flying through the clouds to go research options: assisted living, home care, 24/7 caregivers. set up meetings for assessments, etc. And, of course, hang out with her Parents…..if she doesn’t kill them, 1st.
Wish her luck.
As she was buying tickets for the flight and rental car, dievca found herself looking out the window at the clouds and drifting off in her mind:
“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations…
What do you think you see, Linus?”
“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean…
That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor… And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen…
I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side..
“Uh huh… That’s very good… What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”
“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
― Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960
And then dievca ran into these items from Lacoste and they made her smile through the tears:
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all
― Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now (pieces) © 1967 Gandalf Publishing Co.
Saved by an Waist-cinching Open-bottom Control Garter Belt.
Last Lingerie Thursday, dievca offered a sneak peek at what she was planning to wear for Master:
Disaster! When dievca was setting out the pieces it was NOT going to work. dievca was too chubby for the blue corset, she had a major run in the nude stockings, she couldn’t find the nude garter belt (and still does not know where it is…)
Once she admitted defeat with the corset, she decided it was time to tap dance.
Best tap dance ever!
dievca did a dry run through with the corset and pieces – she could get it on in the 20 minutes allotted from arriving home from work to Master’s arrival, expecting a kneeling dievca.
dievca caught site of herself in a window reflection (back-lit), the control garter belt and corset made her body look amazing!
Vavavoom Curves – which Master appreciated fully.
Plus, the open bottom of the garter created a hint of what was underneath, then easy access when needed. The corset was a larger size than the blue and could be cinched-in safely, and the stockings had no runs.
dievca has learned the hard way, take time to plan your presentation outfit. And she is planning to add more Waist-cinching Open-bottom Control Garter Belts to her lingerie collection.
dievca had a party she forgot about and an 85th birthday party drop on her lap.
Both casual. One very casual Poconos…..PJ’s.
she got through 1.5 hours in NYC wearing:
Someone bought dievca Cuddl Duds from QVC.com
dievca looks absolutely horrible in baby pink and she had to wear the PJs over Lululemon tights and a long sleeve top because she was freezing her a** off. That is what she is writing this post in….as everyone else is snoring away. That’s what you get when you are exhausted after work on a Sat. and you always get up early. Not glamorous.
Back to NYC – ASAP.
dievca and Master connected this week to celebrate the end of dievca’s Jury Duty. A simple evening: Prosecco, Dinner, Apple Crisp, Sex.
The sex got a bit interesting when dievca went all in and raised her head up to meet Master at a quick clip and Master dropped his head down to meet dievca at the same time. dievca heard a….
as her forehead connected with Master’s nose and blood dripped onto her chest. A flying leap out of the bed brought Master a towel and a dodge into the kitchen added some ice.
Master went into the bathroom to clean-up and dievca checked His nose to see what damage was done. she didn’t feel anything on the bridge of Master’s nose and he said he wasn’t in pain. The crunch might have been underneath and more internal. Master grabbed dievca’s hand and lead her back to bed to continue on, albeit at a more gentle rate.
Can’t let a little blood stop the Joy.