Its been gridlock all day…

even on the bike.


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!


A sweet start to the Chinese New Year~

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The Pet Friends mugs can be found at Interismo – dievca prefers the Fox mug, but one should go with the season! XO


As a former…

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Look, Print or Download a copy here!


Back to the OG!

dievca had a large project to complete by 11:59 PST – she made it and slept in to 6:30 am this morning.  Watching the dawn break across the city is a cozy experience.  she’s wearing the fourth rendition of inexpensive Afghan Slipper Socks and thinking of her family.  

dievca bought three pairs from Pier One in college as gifts for her Mom, her Aunt and herself.  She wore out her pair, wore out her Aunt’s pair (taken when her Aunt died from Cancer) and wore out her Mom’s when Mom could no longer wear them because of slipping. 

A 30 year process.

Pier One stores have closed and the J. Crew rendition ripped in the heel after 3 years.  dievca didn’t know where to get her next pair of slippers…until she looked on Etsy!

Back to the OG!

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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


Nipples in the Sun

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Master has an apartment with Southern Exposure.
It makes for lovely D/s play in the sun.
The nipple on the cloud looked like dievca’s nipples yesterday,
at attention for their Master.


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


Mysterious Mist – NYC

We do not have snow, but we do have interesting weather~ 

Click on the photos for more detail.

Photos: dievca Hudson River Walk NYC 12/2022


Winter Dawn – poem

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WINTER DAWN

The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.

Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth

Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”

dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.

Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023


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?

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dievca will be braving Target…


waiting for Santa

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Were you Naughty or Nice this Year?


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


Laying Low

Laying LowApparently dievca is out of practice with Partying.  The season is taking its toll.  she is going to ‘Lay Low’ and watch the World Cup — anyone else doing the same thing?

 


Marshmallow Fluff Fudge

dievca’s Mom was a HUGE fan of Marshmallow Fluff or anything marshmallow. dievca used the “Fluff” recipe for Fudge when she asked what baking people wanted for the Holidays – they requested fudge.  Argh! dievca is really out of practice and doesn’t have the correct size pans.  Whatever, she made do~ it tastes fantastic, but a little goes a loooong way.

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Photo: dievca plain fudge on the left, walnut fudge on the right. 12/2022

Never Fail Fudge

  • 7½ oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ stick butter or margarine
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz (~2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. In large saucepan combine first 5 ingredients. Stir over low heat until blended. Increase heat to medium and bring to a full-rolling boil being careful not to mistake escaping air bubbles for boiling. Boil slowly, stirring constantly, 3½ – 5 minutes to the soft ball stage*. Remove from heat, stir in semi-sweet chocolate pieces until they are melted.  Stir in vanilla. Add nuts. Turn into greased pan and cool. Makes 2½ pounds.

*The soft ball stage is a test to see if the fudge has been cooked to the proper stage. Before you start cooking, fill a small dish with ice water and set aside. After you have brought the recipe to a full boil for 3½ minutes, dribble a few drops of the mixture into the ice water from a wooden spoon. After it cools in the water (about 10 seconds), you should be able to roll it into small ball with your finger tips. If you put it in your mouth, it will be slightly chewy. If it passes these tests, you are done and should remove the mixture from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Otherwise, cook for another 30 seconds and try the test again. Most of the time, cooking time will not exceed 5 minutes.

Hint: As with all fudge recipes, cooking time will vary depending on factors such as humidity, altitude, and cooktop temperature.


Lunch with Friends Holiday Party

Watching the World Cup and Chatting outfit for Harlem, NYC:

Hostess Gift on sale at Anthropologie:

Holiday Gift Anthropologie


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.


Fog

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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg

Photo by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Tribune


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


Always on your busy day…

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Bike to work, bike home.
Shower.
Bike to PT, bike home.
Formal Dinner.
All while navigating the Rain and the Wind….

 


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


~Autumn has finally arrived in NYC~

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What
Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 expected.
Where
In New Jersey, Hudson County. In New York, New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Northern Queens, Southern Queens and Southern Nassau Counties.
When
From 8 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Monday.
Impacts
Frost and freeze conditions will kill sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Additional Details
The growing season will be coming to an end for these areas Monday November 21, and Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings will no longer be issued for this season after Monday.
WARM COFFEE A NECESSITY AFTER THE BIKE RIDE TO WORK!


Sliding into Sunday

Because dievca has been sick – she has a lot of catching up to do around the apartment.

The good news is that she woke up at 5 am, raring to go!

A little Booker T. to get her (and you) sliding into this Sunny and Chilly NYC Autumn Sunday. XO

According to Booker T. Jones, the composition was originally to be called “Funky Onions”, but the sister of Jim Stewart thought it “sounded like a cuss word”; it was therefore renamed “Green Onions”.


Workout, Work, PT

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dievca is on the MOVE this morning – are you?

Good Morning!


Urban Hawker – NYC (recommended)

Urban Hawker Ramendievca’s been off her game for a couple of days. Allergies into Sinus Infection into Bronchitis.  she’s been masking at work and otherwise laying low.

she’s out of Chicken Noodle Soup and she needed to shake off and move a bit, so she rode up to 50th Street between 6th/7th to get a bowl of Ramen at Urban Hawker — early enough so the crowds weren’t in evidence (4:30 pm).

Putting Anthony Bourdain’s dream into reality – Urban Hawker is a food market curated and helmed by KF Seetoh, who is the founder of Makansutra, a company revolving around Asian food culture. Urban Hawker features 17 different vendors, 11 of which are directly from Singapore.

dievca chose a soup (above) from Prawnaholic, a Hokkien-style prawn noodle soup stall.

she had a hard time of choosing because the selection of Asian street food that looks very appetizing is immense. she though the soup would be good for her health and soul.

Matcha TartAfter following up her dinner with a Matcha Tart, dievca hopped on her bike to follow the 7th Avenue Bike Path home.

Urban Hawker, which boasts a 200 person capacity and a 14,000 square foot space, is located a few blocks away from Times Square in Manhattan at 135 West 50th Street.

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The more you know: dublé

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A spoon rest (also known as a dublé) is a piece of kitchenware that serves as a place to lay spoons and other cooking utensils, to prevent cooking fluids from getting onto countertops, as well as keeping the spoon from touching any contaminants that might be on the counter.

Perhaps a simple gift for Thanksgiving or the Holidays? (click on the photos for brand and prices)