Pushing Through!

Calvin Hobbes crabby

dievca is running in to quite a few people who are having this moment in their lives…


Thinking of you! (and your coffee)

Aerial view of various coffee

However you take your coffee – may it start your week on a positive note!


Cultural Appropriation? Its just stuck in my head…

Now aren’t you just irritated with dievca?

Its stuck in your head, too!

Heh, heh, heh – XO


Happy Lunar New Year! (your forecast for 2023)

Heavenly stems and earthly branches (via CNN Travel)

Every year, a heavenly stem (one of five elements, which fall into the yin or yang category) is paired with an earthly branch (one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals).
Gui Mao is the 40th element of the Chinese sexagenary cycle — the Heavenly Stem “Gui” represents water, whereas the earthly branch “Mao” represents Rabbit. That makes 2023 the Year of the Water Rabbit.
“Gui Mao Rabbit Year is quite a special year — when all the elements in a year are yin,” says Thierry Chow, a Hong Kong-based geomancy consultant known for blending traditional Chinese geomancy with modern design elements.
“It’s also uncommon to have the combination of water and rabbit. The rabbit represents wood. Water nurtures wood (according to Chinese geomancy).”
She says industries with wood as their main element — like culture, publishing, agriculture and furniture — would benefit. Fire industries, on the other hand, including digital and technology businesses, may suffer as fire is afraid of Water.
“The Year of Water Rabbit is going to be a gentler year. We’ll have time to take a breather. We’ve been in the tunnel for the last few years, and the light is getting bigger now,” says Chow.

Rabbit

People born in the Year of the Rabbit will be facing their “Ben Ming Nian” — their own zodiac year — in 2023. Followers believe there will be more disruptions and instabilities in the year to come as a result.
“People born in the Rabbit year have to expect big changes health-wise, career-wise and relationship-wise. It could be a bit nerve-wracking, especially for those whose birth charts don’t favor Water,” says Chow.
“But do remember it never is all bad. It may mean an opportunity to grow.”
Rabbits should try to attract positive energy and join happy events when possible.
They should also travel to destinations to their south — doesn’t matter if these southern destinations are within their city or outside their country — says Chow.

Dragon

It’s set to be a pretty good year for Dragons out there. No unlucky stars are affecting their year.
“There are no outstanding concerns, except maybe health for those born in the summer and autumn. They could easily feel stressed,” says Chow.
But the geomancy expert urges Dragons not to make rash decisions at work.
“It doesn’t mean overthinking. Just let things sit longer before you make a decision,” says Chow.
Single Dragons could meet potential romantic partners this year. Their lucky colors are metallic, such as gold or silver.
As for traveling, head west for better fortunes, says Chow.

Snake

People born in Snake years will enjoy good news and abundance as the travel star, Yi Ma Xing, and the fortune star, Cai Xing, will reign over them this year.
“Opportunities, new directions and advancements will come to you at work,” says Chow. “But Snakes need to find balance in life and take a break when needed.”
Romantically, Snakes may find love while out traveling this year. Chow advises them to wear blue or gold and travel to the west or north.

Horse

“This year, Horses will have the Peach Blossom Star (Taohua Xing) shining over them. That’s always good news,” says Chow.
Professionally, they’ll find new opportunities and meet a lot of guardians who will assist them.
They’ll enjoy good relationships. She says this might be the right year for those wanting to get engaged or married.
But Chow issues one reminder for Horses: Pay attention to their family’s physical and mental health.
“They can wear colorful clothes like pink, orange and a bit of yellow. In terms of traveling, they can head to their south,” says Chow.

Goat

This year, Goats will greet Tai Sui.
It’s generally a positive influence on their luck, but at the same time, it could also mean that the year will be exhausting too. That’s why Goats need to care for themselves and rest when needed.
“Save some time to get to know yourself better. Career-wise, you need to stay humble and keep a low profile. Observe more. Opportunities will present themselves at the right moment,” says Chow.
On the relationship front, people born in Goat years will enjoy a smooth year.
“They’re more likely to meet new people, new friends, and even new loves this year,” says Chow, adding that a bit of gold and a visit to the west could add to their luck.

Monkey

Good news for Monkeys: they will be in harmonious union with Tai Sui this year.
Chow says they will be showered with admiration from those around them at work.
But that doesn’t mean they should live recklessly. Instead, the geomancer says, “they should play safe this year, especially those who love extreme sports.”
In terms of relationships, they are prone to arguments and drama, which could be avoided by improving communication this year.
Yellow and beige are the color palette for Monkeys in 2023, and they could look towards the west for travel inspiration, says Chow.

Rooster

Roosters need to brace themselves — they will be clashing with Tai Sui this year, meaning the coming months could be unstable and present plenty of changes.
Advice from Chow: Embrace the chaos and travel more.
“Muster as much positive energy as you could and be more aware that you may be easier to attract conflicts this year,” she says. “But understand that these changes are for the better.”
To alleviate the blow, they could wear more yellow and brown and visit places in the west or north.

Dog

Being in union with Tai Sui, people born under the sign of the Dog will likely enjoy a pleasant year with significant advancements in career and finance.
But Dogs must remind themselves to be humble and listen to others, especially friends and people they trust, says Chow. They’ll tell you important things that will greatly benefit you this year.
“Their lucky colors are silver and blue, and their lucky place is to their north,” says Chow.

Pig

Pigs will be greeting Tai Sui, meaning it should generally be a positive year.
But, on the flip side, greeting Tai Sui could also affect one’s health because of the extra workload.
“You have to balance your work and play time equally,” Chow says.
People born during Pig years may enjoy professional success if they are willing to focus on teamwork.
“Relationship-wise, it’ll be a very good year for you. You will meet new friends and potential new love,” says Chow.
To enhance fortune, Pigs could wear pink and purple more often and plan a trip to the south, she adds.

Rat

People born in the years of the Rat will be in conflicts with Tai Sui, also known as Xing (torturing) Tai Sui, next year.
“Generally, it means a tougher year,” says Chow. “But when there is yin, there is always yang, too. So remember, it never really is all bad.”
Rats should be more cautious about health and work. They could be prone to minor injuries and miscommunication this year.
Chow urges them to wear cheerful colors — like pink and orange — and visit warmer places.

Ox

Oxen will enjoy an exciting year with the travel star and fortune star shining over them.
“They will find new opportunities and their finances will reach a new level. They’ll probably travel more for work and personal reasons. But since they’re traveling and working more, they need to be aware of their health,” says Chow.
Those who are single and looking for love may have some good luck this year.
Meanwhile, when choosing a travel destination, they could journey to the north, says Chow.

Tiger

For those born in Tiger years, their “Ben Ming Nian” is over.
“That means, whatever tough times and instabilities they’re experiencing, it’s going to get better soon,” says Chow. “But patience is key because changes won’t be immediate.”
Tigers, especially those born in spring and summer, should take time to recover in the first half of the year and only make big decisions in the second half of the year, she says.
They should take things slowly in relationships and “save themselves some me-time.”
Wearing yellow, blue and brown could cheer them up. They could also travel to their north and west, concludes Chow.

As a former…

Cat CalendarScreenshot 2023-01-22 093047parent/owner/servant to two cats who made it to 20 -years-old, dievca finds this Cat Calendar from the US Army Corp of Engineers Portland District – masterful.

Look, Print or Download a copy here!


If I’m up, everyone is up!

Calvin Saturday


Coffee Anyone?

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Wind on the Hill (or the 25th floor)

buildings_airNo one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

Alan Alexander Milne


The Brightest Thing on a Rainy Day!

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Isn’t the Good Morning Coffee! 

It’s catching up with your Sir or Madam. XO


Saturday Night! (and I only want to be with You)

dievca has a friend who is a Bay City Rollers aficionado —
this song applies to dievca’s plans for this evening!

Honestly, its so bad, its good.
dievca hopes your evening is rockin’ , too!

(If you let it roll. the vdeo following is another Bay City Rollers favorite – “I only want to be with You”)


Ditto (a flashback)

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spirit duplicator (also referred to as a Rexograph or Ditto machine in North America, Banda machine in the UK, Gestetner machine in Australia) is a printing method invented in 1923 by Wilhelm Ritzerfeld that was commonly used for much of the rest of the 20th century.

The ditto machine used no ink. The user typed, wrote, or drew on a ditto master sheet which was backed by a second sheet of paper coated with a dye-impregnated, waxy substance. The inscribed image appeared on the back of the ditto sheet in reverse. The ditto machine used an alcohol-based fluid to dissolve some of the dye in the document, and transferred the image to the copy paper.

Though other colors of ditto sheets were available, purple was commonly used. In elementary school, dievca remembers that teachers would distribute drawing sheets for coloring or vocabulary. The sheets had been through the ditto machine, which gave purple outlines to  drawings, letters, numbers, and anything else needed.

When dievca taught High School she used the Ditto Machines for worksheets – there wasn’t a copier available…old school!

The output of the ditto machine had a special aroma. Students could tell when a class assignment was hot out of the machine by the strength of the odor of the pages. The smell came from the ditto machine’s duplicating fluid, a mix of methanol and isopropanol.

The photo above shows a mimeograph:

The mimeograph printing process used an ink-filled cylinder and ink pad. Documents had to be prepared on a special wax-covered stencil on a typewriter which had its ribbon disengaged. The typewriter thus made impressions in the stencil, which were filled with ink and squeezed onto paper by the mimeograph’s roller. The stencils could also be used with drawings made by hand.


Welcome 2023!

Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year to you!

❤️ your dievča


dievca’s ❤️goes out to Buffalo, NY – but

she’s really missing snow this winter in NYC…

Photo: dievca Lake MI 


Winter Dawn

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Photo: dievca 6:45 am 12/2022


Any plans for today?

bOXING dAY

dievca will be braving Target…


What was under your Christmas Tree?

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Sending you Love, Joy and Peace for Christmas.
XO
your dievča


waiting for Santa

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Were you Naughty or Nice this Year?


and a sidestep with Scandal

Master was teasing His dievca about “her” music when she told Him about watching music videos on Sunday evenings for an hour because the family dievca was living with during her sports training didn’t have cable.  Weekly, at 10:58 pm, this song would come on to close out the music video hour. 

The next thing you know, Master is singing the “earworm” for the rest of the day…and dievca is flashing back to being 14 years old~


Ready to Push Onward with coffee and a poem

Christmas Coffee

May the Xmas joy percolate into your mind
May the Xmas love blend into your heart
May his grace filter down to your soul
And like a well made coffee let it revitalise your life
Merry Christmas to everyone

Jibrael Jos


3 Holiday Parties in 4 days = Grumpy Santa

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Good Morning from NYC

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Photo: dievca – Chelsea NYC 12/2022


Surviving SantaCon

Yesterday, it was SantaCon in NYC.
dievca had PT in Times Square, so she ended up in the thick of it during the late afternoon.  It hadn’t gotten super bad at that point.

Santa Con

What is SantaCon?

SantaCon is celebrated as an annual pub crawl where participants—all dressed up like Santa Claus—spend the day drinking at different participating bars.

As the SantaCon website says, “What is it? A SantaCon is a convention of santas – groups of men & women dressed like Santa. Why do it? Because it’s fun. That is all. It’s one of the few chances left for adults to be silly without any kind of agenda.”

When was the first SantaCon?

While an event of Santa-garbed people began in 1974 as an anti-consumerism demonstration, it wasn’t until 1994 that the first official SantaCon took place, which happened in San Francisco.

This is an interesting point that the SantaCon started as anti-consumerism – dievca was locking her bike to buy sushi for dinner, she asked a bouncer to keep an eye on it.  The bar had a consistent influx of “Santa’s but the bike was in his direct view.  After dievca picked up her sushi, she asked the bouncer how the afternoon was going and he pointed to the bar windows – the bar was packed. dievca then asked if SantaCon was a headache and the bouncer said that its a blessing – a boost in income for the year.

As dievca unlocked her bike, a group of 8 Ladies in their early 40’s wandered into the bar with their sparkly teal blue Santa Hats and matching t-shirts.  They had called in advanced to make reservations.  Does consuming drinks count as consumerism?

OK, Fair. SantaCon is annoying as heck when you get stuck in the middle of it while sober, but the activity does bring salvation to the Pubs of NYC.  It’s like putting up with the Tourists – New Yorkers just do it for the good of the City.


17:37 minutes of Disco Drama to start a Tuesday

A little Disco Instrumental build up goes a long way in the morning to help you wake up and shove yourself out the door in 20 minutes. If you know the words – bonus! XO


Coffee as a Stimulant….

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A few years ago Master had major surgery — the morphine was lovely, but it had consequences…

If dievca is ever stuck – just give her coffee. Leaded or unleaded will work.
It wasn’t so easy for Master…


A Cortado for the Road – Leaving Miami

Screenshot_20221127_194112_Googledievca is doing her water workout at 6:30 am, picking up a cortado at her favorite Cuban “window” (Las Olas Café), then taking an Uber to the airport.

Will Smith is on repeat in her head…its been a very good trip.
(at least dievca isn’t hacking up her lungs anymore)

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Moody Miami

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The dawn broke over the ocean, gradually expanding into pale yellow.
The day opened up into the 90’sF (30’sC) due to the humidity.
dievca looks like the players in the World Cup with sweat,
but the temperature of the water is lovely.

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Photos: dievca South Beach 11/2022


The Progression

Blow Dry Bob

dievca stepped on to the airplane, blown dry and straight.

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By the end of  eating Thanksgiving Dinner outside, her bob was moving into waves.

Curly Bob

This morning, after sleeping with the windows open and a breeze – the ringlets have appeared.
There is no fighting it.
You have to go with the flow~

What dievca wore to Thanksgiving Dinner:


Chick in Chains

Chick in Chains

Perhaps a little Tenderizing, too!
Aftercare of your Bird will allow it to cook evenly!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Photo by Thomas Buchta


A free ticket to Ride

Fashion show in the air

Fashion show in the air: entertainment for the passengers of the flights New York – Miami. The latest beach fashion is presented on board. Photography. About 1930. 

dievca had a free plane ticket to use up.
she’s heading to Miami, Florida for Thanksgiving, –
which is perfect because she should heal in the sun with Vitamin D.
The weather shows highs of 82F (28C) and lows of 72F (22C).

There is a little Catholic guilt about not seeing Family…
but she’ll get over it!
XO


Sensual Banana

Classic Moment of falling into the YouTube Rabbit Hole.

dievca hates to be photographed or videoed – but she thinks she could do this with panache!

(she just practiced on Master, yesterday…)