Passed out.


Have you ever had a tough week, expended all your energy and just passed out?
dievca did – she found herself in the position she started in.
Strange.


A Toasty Cup and off to work…


The NY City Kids have a “Snow” Day – dievca does not…
she does have a later start time.

May you have a later start time, too.
XO

PS. dievca won’t be riding her bike.


Being Passionate.

dievca went to a Bat mitzvah, last evening. It was the most formal presentation of a Young Adult she has experienced in the 16 years in the City. What she means is that the Rabbi was passionate, the celebrant was well tutored and it was a lovely service.

dievca is not Jewish and she doesn’t understand Hebrew – but, again, the Rabbi was so passionate and explained the service clearly, dievca paid attention and was engaged.

What it reinforced is that dievca ends up enjoying going on someone’s ride when they are passionate about their Life, Talents, Calling or Crafts.

What are you Passionate about?

Take dievca on your ride!


~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)


Year of the Pig 2019

Year of the Earth Pig 2019 :
a year of fortune and luck!

The Pig occupies the last (12th) place in the Chinese Zodiac. You are a “Pig Chinese Zodiac native” if you are born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 .

2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.

A Sneak Peek Of What Year 2019 Will Be Like For You

  • 🐀 Rat – A year full of happiness and prosperity!
  • 🐂 Ox – A good year for Ox. A time with good opportunities to make money.
  • 🐅 Tiger – Born in a strong and independent zodiac sign, as a general rule, you do what you please. This year through, you will need to learn how to come to terms with others.
  • 🐇 Rabbit – An excellent year is waiting for you! A bit less wary than usual, you will easily get close to others and make new friends.
  • 🐉 Dragon – For you, the impact of the Pig’s calmness will mean a year of reconsideration.
  • 🐍 Snake – This year you’ll have to be combative and persuasive
  • 🐎 Horse – The year of the Pig 2019 is going to be more auspicious than the Dog Year 2018 !
  • 🐐 Goat – A 2019 year under the mark of chance, when all your ambitions will be fulfilled .
  • 🐒 Monkey – A year under the influence of chance !.
  • 🐓 Rooster – This year you need to actually pay attention to the quality of your relationships with others, if you want to succeed.
  • 🐕 Dog – This year count only on your own efforts to succeed.
  • 🐖 Pig – The year 2019 is yours, right? Start by setting your priorities and then get to work: once you start moving, you will start seeing results.

Perhaps some things to grease your way into the Year of the Pig:

Thank you to TheChineseZodiac.org


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.

 


MLK

The time is always right to do what is right.

If someone consistently tries to do the right thing. You cannot fault them. They are trying to be good people. Good humans.

It doesn’t matter which religion, nationality, political party, skin color.

Just try to be aware, listen, be kind, think, act and do right.

It will work out.