Good Morning!?!?!

Overwhelmed and coffee
Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showin’ you?
Where are you going to?
Do you know?

Do you get what you’re hopin’ for
When you look behind you, there’s no open doors
What are you hopin’ for?
Do you know?

(I think dievca may need to lay off the coffee – a bit)


Mmmmmm~

Roger Rabbit

“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”

— Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner) in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)


How the Strong add Coffee!

coffee workout graphicDrinking coffee around 45–60 minutes before a workout allows for caffeine to reach its peak effectiveness. Most studies indicate that caffeine is highly effective for workouts when consumed in doses of 0.9–2.7 mg per pound (2–6 mg per kg) of body weight.

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Feeling the urge to ski~

Skiing

It seems like everyone dievca knows is skiing… In Upstate NY, a friend flew to Austria, another friend will be heading out to Tahoe, CA.  How can dievca get on that train?  She would really like to go to Banff or Whistler in Canada.  Nah, probably not in the cards this year after that 3 week vacation out West.

But it would be really fun to go skiing!

Is anyone planning to ski any time soon?


Shovel the Snow

to get to the Laundrymat to clean towels, pads, and clothing because the wash machine went out….It’s been years since dievca has had to gather quarters for the machines. 

dievca’s desperation of not initially recognizing a wine bottle shape in the bottom cupboard was a bit pathetic. The wine is a solid Malbec and a good way to end a day of chores. 

Mom is good, dievca got her best – but she is fading. Mom is going to go down with dignity and a healthy splash of humor~

dievca absolutely loves that her Mom cannot remember that she broke her hip twice or what she ate, but she damn well knows that dievca brought her favorite chocolates and asks about dievca’s Apple Green Dries van Noten Platform Sandals. (Note: Mom is bed/wheelchair bound, but dievca has put all the shoes on her Mother’s feet – just to get the “look”.)

dievca schlepped two pair of kick a** boots for Mom to review, platform leather Chuck Taylors, a +J Uniqlo Mixed Knit Sweater a friend gave to her and the crazy print LA Double J reversible down coat. dievca’s Mom loved it all. 

Chocolates and Fashion – there is some kind of philosophical “Meaning of Life” in those choices.


Good Morning – or later. Um, yum?!?!

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OK, for some it may be considered an interesting mix…
dievca caught up with Master for coffee (Cortado) and she caught up with a really belated meal.
Master just laughed and said He would go for it, too.

Photo: Grumpy Cafe Cortado and Whole Foods sushi 12/2021

Happy New Year!

GLORIA DeHAVEN New Year's Eve

May you have a very Healthy, Happy and Positive Year in 2022!

Sending love, dievča

Photo: Gloria DeHaven


Get your Groove Back! (BDSM style)

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Supplier color: Black
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You’ll be ready to SWING!

Swing Dance


Even if you ARE hosting a NYE party…what part of “no”~

rooballs red kangaroo balls bottle opener

Yes. Yes, it is what you think it might be. Yes, there is a whole website dedicated to this animal part harvested and processed in accordance with the Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service rules and regulations. www.rooballs.com

dievca was doing a gentle wander around the after Christmas sales and ran into this on the Huckberry website.  she didn’t believe it until she looked up the “brand” RooBalls!.

kangaroo-opponentIf someone can explain the appeal for any of the products – deivca would be grateful. (i.e. yesterday was Boxing day and Kangaroos can box…) Please note that she is always up for someone being able to make a $, Australian or otherwise, she just feels these products may be a reach. OK, obviously not.

dievca will be moving on to having that Christmas cookie with wine now…XO


From my home to Yours~

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Sending Warm Wishes!

XO your dievča

Pin-Up: Baron von Lind

Christmas Eve with Ann Margret

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Setting the mood:


Might add to delays due to X-mas logistics~

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Photo: dievca – a Mini who hit an elf in NYC 12/2121


Holiday Hooch Coffee

dievca is heading to Master’s for Christmas Eve, as He just got back from Ireland – she knows He brought home some hooch…

OK, maybe we shouldn’t be using the word “hooch” (noun – informal)

  1. alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or illicit whiskey.

Irish Coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey (excellent), and sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original Irish Coffee was created by an airport chef named Joe Sheridandievca, who worked at the little Foynes airport near Limerick, according to the Ireland Whiskey Trail. He whipped it up one rainy winter night for passengers whose plane got turned around due to a storm. He later moved to the Shannon Airport, and took the drink with him.

(Note: In 19th-century France, a mixture of coffee and spirits was called a gloria.)

Irish Coffee

Main alcohol: Irish whiskey
Ingredients: 1 1/3 oz (2 parts) Irish whiskey, 1 oz (1½ parts) Fresh cream, 1 tsp. Brown sugar, 2 2/3 oz (4 parts) Hot coffee
Preparation: Heat the coffee, whiskey and sugar; do not boil. Pour into glass and top with cream by carefully pouring it over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little until the entire layer is floated.
Served: Hot
Drinkware: Irish coffee mug
Inventor: Joe Sheridan


Perseverance

Jane Dickson Stairwell 1984 Etching

We have not wings, we cannot soar;
But we have feet to scale and climb
By slow degrees, by more and more,
The cloudy summits of our time.

The mighty pyramids of stone
That wedge-like cleave the desert airs,
When nearer seen and better known,
Are but gigantic flights of stairs.

The distant mountains, that uprear
Their solid bastions of the skies,
Are crossed by pathways that appear
As we to higher levels rise.

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Success
(from The Ladder of St. Augustine)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), American poet and educator.

Etching: Jane Dickson
(American b. 1952)
Stairwell, 1984

dievca won an auction and became the lucky owner of Jane Dickson’s Stairwell.
What she sees in it is perseverance.

Art speaks in different ways – another person recommended the song “Following” by ChungKing to be played while viewing the etching for a different perspective. 
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Buy? or DIY? Tabletop Fireplace

Have you seen the Tabletop Fireplaces?

FLKR personal fireplace

  • Offers all the benefits of a regular sized fireplace in a compact, portable design
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Utilizes isopropyl alcohol for a clean burn that doesn’t create soot and is safe to eat over
  • Built from a nearly magical cement material that doesn’t overheat or crumble after hours of exposure to heat
  • With only five ounces of isopropyl alcohol, you can achieve 50 minutes of burn time
  • Excellent accent piece in the home to add functional ambiance
  • The FLIKR Personal Fireplace is $99

You can also build your own DIY tabletop Fireplace:

An ethanol fireplace (also bio-ethanol fireplace, bio fireplace), is a type of fireplace which burns ethanol fuel. They are often installed without a chimney. Ethanol for these fires is often marketed as bioethanol (ethanol produced from biomass).

A simple glass ethanol burner or spirit lamp The main part of the fireplace is the burner. The burner is a container filled with fuel – in this case a thick glass votive. It is surrounded by glass marbles and glass pieces held in a concrete container.

In dievca’s case: she doesn’t have a car, so getting to a Wal-Mart or Michael’s for the pieces is awkward.  If you have a car – the process will be much easier and cheaper to make the fireplace, rather than purchasing one online.

BTW:  Ethanol fireplaces should be operated with care, since ethanol is highly flammable, and severe burn accidents can happen, mostly while refilling or lighting the fireplace, even when safety instructions are followed. Emissions from ethanol fireplaces include carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate emissions, which are released into the room.

Ethanol fireplaces — irrespective of the type of fuel used — are a source of fine and ultrafine particles and have a considerable influence on the quality of the indoor air; ventilation reduces the effect. Ethanol may also generate odors. Burning hydrocarbons causes indoor air pollution. Emissions include airborne particulate matter (such as black carbon) and nitrogen oxides. These harm health; some forms of fuel are more harmful than others.

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Good Morning ~ Sunshine!

Photo: dievca NYC 12/2021

Christmas curmudgeon

dievca is NOT feeling it.

Normally she embraces the Holidays and decorates at the beginning of December.  The tree is in storage, the decorations are in storage, the Christmas Cards for the tips are not done, she is NOT motivated…

Except friends are coming over for dinner and they have children. Tomorrow morning, dievca will schlep her a** to storage and dig everything out, then clean house and set-up the Christmas decorations before making dinner.

UGH.

NOT motivated.

Pick which Christmas Curmedgean fits….


A moment this week…


Stepping away from Christmas for a moment~

Best in Show
And moving on to a little bit of BDSM fun with Etsy Shop GayPigeon Cards.


“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

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~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Santa Lingerie – a discussion

Santa lingerie has permeated our culture.  You can probably picture the garments in question: cherry-red babydoll nightie with white fur trim lining the hem, paired with matching thong, or maybe a red satin and white fur teddy.

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How did lingerie evoking Santa, a wholesome and kindly childhood figure whose presence signals a religious virgin birth, get so popular?

Undergarments for women have long been costume-like, and were often meant to dramatically alter female silhouettes. (Whalebone corsets, giant hoops worn under crinoline skirts, a bustle.) Bloomers and petticoats might look dowdy and utilitarian, but eroticizing lingerie isn’t a new trend. Lingerie really started becoming more decorative and luxurious in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In1898, after noting a “mania” for colourful, decorative and seductive lingerie throughout Europe, the French journalist Octave Uzanne wrote, “the last remains of feminine modesty sunk out of sight.”

But underwear as a costume is a newer phenomenon. It might be linked with the provocative “underwear as outerwear” period of the 1980s and 90s. At the end of the 20th century, seeing visible underwear became more shocking than the nude body. An example is Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” cone bra.

That’s the culture that led up to the “fast fashion” lingerie that was so popular in the early 2000s. And the inexpensive “Halloween Slutty” and “Santa Baby” costumes multiplied.

Santa may be a wholesome concept, but he is asking people to sit on his lap, he’s keeping a naughty and nice list, there are songs about Santa kissing women when he comes to visit, people are getting cozy with fur and sitting by a fire, and let’s not forget the unknown quantity of Ms. Santa Claus.   Perhaps people who buy Santa lingerie are buying into the commercialized, sexualized lens of those forces~

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Gird Your Loins

We are in the midst of the 2021 Holiday Season

  • For the USA – Thanksgivng happened last Thursday,
  • Hanukkah started last night,
  • We pushed through Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday is today
  • Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s are upcoming

That means Holiday Coffee:

Holiday Coffee

Peppermint, Pumpkin, Whipped Cream, Gingerbread, Apple Cider, Cardamom, Sugar Cookie, Egg Nog, etc.

dievca wants a black coffee. Keep it simple.

Just incase you wanted to know how to “Gird Your Loins” – or “prepare for battle”, here is a diagram:

Grid Your Loins Dress


Grateful and Thankful

Food Porn

Some New Yorkers do a Joyful Chicken for Thanksgiving.

dievca goes for the Big Bird in Bondage.

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Whatever meal you share today –
dievca wishes you a very
HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
she is thankful for you!

Photos: top - unknown, botton Lazy Mom via VICE

Cutting the Cheese

MilkyPrint Cheese Pun Coffee Mug

dievca is craving cheese like a crazy lady – she’s not quite sure what it means…

Maybe this motivational cheese mug will help her past the calorie count~

Good Morning!


Ground Control to Major…

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Photo: dievca, NYC Chelsea Graffiti 11/2021


Coffee Communication


dievca and Master went beyond that point with coffee many moons ago~
Good Morning! Have a great week. XO


The Date ~

dievca’s been watching friends Zoom date, navigate around COVID-19 and death,  sort through the ashes of a relationship that crashed hard and, in one case, is watching a friend reunite happily with an old Flame.

L’appuntamento
Ho sbagliato tante volte ormai
che lo so già
che oggi quasi certamente
sto sbagliando su di te.

Ma una volta in più che cosa può cambiare
nella vita mia…
Accettare questo strano appuntamento
è stata una pazzia!

Sono triste tra la gente che
mi sta passando accanto,
ma la nostalgia di rivedere te
è forte più del pianto.

Questo sole accende sul mio volto
un segno di speranza.
Sto aspettando quando a un tratto
ti vedrò spuntare in lontananza!

Amore, fai presto,
io non resisto…
Se tu non arrivi, non esisto,
non esisto, non esisto…

È cambiato il tempo e sta piovendo,
ma resto ad aspettare.
Non m’importa cosa il mondo può pensare,
io non me ne voglio andare.

Io mi guardo dentro e mi domando,
ma non sento niente.
Sono solo un resto di speranza
perduta tra la gente.

Amore, è già tardi
e non resisto…
Se tu non arrivi, non esisto,
non esisto, non esisto…

Luci, macchine, vetrine, strade, tutto quanto
si confonde nella mente.
La mia ombra si è stancata di seguirmi,
il giorno muore lentamente.

Non mi resta che tornare a casa mia
alla mia triste vita.
Questa vita che volevo dare a te
l’hai sbriciolata tra le dita…

Amore, perdono,
ma non resisto…
Adesso per sempre non esisto,
non esisto, non esisto…

The Date
I was wrong so many times by now,
I already know
that almost certainly today
I am wrong about you

but what difference can one more time make
in this life of mine..
Accepting this odd date,
it was insanity! (some folly)

I am sad among the people
passing by
but the wistful feeling (nostalgia) of seeing you again
is stronger than the tears

This sun lights up on my face
a sign of hope
I am waiting and suddenly
I will see you appear yonder (in the distance)

My love be here soon (hurry up),
I can’t take it (resist)
if you don’t come, I don’t exist
I don’t exist, I don’t exist …

The weather has changed, and it is raining
but I stay and wait (keep on waiting)
I am not concerned (don’t care) about what the world will think [of me]
I don’t wanna go.

I look within myself and wonder
but I feel nothing (hear nothing?)
I am just some remains of hope
lost among people

My love, it’s already late
and I can’t take it (resist)
if you don’t come, I don’t exist
I don’t exist, I don’t exist …

Lights, cars, shop windows, roads
they all confuse into my mind
my shadow got tired of following me
the day slowly dies

All that’s left is to go back to my house
to my sad life
This life I wanted to give to you
you crumbled it between your fingers

My love, forgive me, but I can’t take it…
Now forever, I don’t exist


A Glimpse of NYC in November

click on the photos to enlarge

The Dawn is breaking cloudy in New York.
It’s rare to see the clouds head in from the East – but they are heading towards the Hudson River.
dievca is sending you a quiet, “Good Morning”.


30 minutes, just give me 30 minutes~

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How long does it take you to come alive in the morning?

Master wanders around in a daze for awhile and then He gets His coffee.  It takes about 2 cups.

dievca? Coffee or no coffee – needs 30 minutes.
Don’t talk to her, don’t ask questions, don’t offer pleasantries.
Just No.

And you?


What she wore ~

The day of the La Pavillon dinner was cooler, so the floral dress option was off the table. Something a bit warmer would be necessary for comfort:

  • Autumn Cashmere Green Ribbed Knit Dress ($52 on sale OutNet)

  • Khaite Patent Leather Thigh-Hi Sedona Boots ($550 on sale SSENSE)

  • Vintage Missoni Textured Tan Knit Trench ($120 eBay)

  • Lily and Lionel Paisley Cashmere Scarf ($150 on sale Neiman Marcus)

  • Reed Krakoff Snakeskin Ayers Clutch ($75 RealReal)

Its been a long time since dievca has truly put on make-up, so that was a bit of a trick…

La Pavillon NYC:  The FOOD was amazing!  Everything was well-done and 3/4 of it was unique and spectacular.  The cost was about $200 per person, but dievca feels that the food and the atmosphere were worth it. Note: the menu evolves with food availbility, so sharing her dinner choices won’t help another diner in the future.