This lapsed Catholic wonders~

Photo: dievca E. 90th Street NYC

Is there such a thing as an “Our Lady of Bad Counsel”?

A lapsed Catholic is a baptized Catholic who is non-practicing.
Such a person may still identify as a Catholic and remains a Catholic according to canon law.
Wikipedia


Dreaming of Master

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s semi-tropical and dievca will be dreaming of Master,
In a swimsuit, on the rooftop.
Master is traveling to see his family and quarantining for as long as needed.
His dievca will have to create some Fantasies while He is gone,
Maybe do a little self-care with her Master’s approval.


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To Summer

To Summer

William Blake – 1757-1827

O Thou who passest thro’ our vallies in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched’st here thy golden tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy, thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.

Beneath our thickest shades we oft have heard
Thy voice, when noon upon his fervid car
Rode o’er the deep of heaven; beside our springs
Sit down, and in our mossy vallies, on
Some bank beside a river clear, throw thy
Silk draperies off, and rush into the stream:
Our vallies love the Summer in his pride.

Our bards are fam’d who strike the silver wire:
Our youth are bolder than the southern swains:
Our maidens fairer in the sprightly dance:
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.


Master triggered the start of a Fantasy

Anita Ekberg La Dolce Vita Trevi Fountain

Master told His dievca a story about D/s in the outdoors.

Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni – La Dolce Vita

Thoughts floated around in her head for a while and she fixated on the fountains around NYC.

dievca doesn’t know where her fantasy may go during nighttime dreaming, but her practical side has acknowledged the logistical nightmare D/s play in a NYC fountain might offer: dirty water, too many people, temperature, slipping, clothing – or lack of, legalities, voyeurs – might be a bonus, etc.

Maybe the Hamilton Fountain in Riverside Park — ok, it’s a horse trough.

Let’s see what dievca dreams up this evening.
Might be fabulous – might be a dievca disaster…


Playing Detective

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So….everyone at work had tremendous sicks around the February timeframe, dievca included.
Weird sick
For dievca it was brutal headaches and exhaustion, others it was hacking coughs and exhaustion.

One co-worker recently got tested for the COVID-19 antibodies and they tested positive.
They and their family had gotten sick during the quarantine – bad. Their upstairs neighbor passed away. (duplex)

dievca is getting tested today for the antibodies out of curiosity.
Positive (+) result = she can confirm that the virus came from work. she hasn’t been sick in quarantine.
Negative (-) result = her coworker got the virus somewhere in Queens.

Its interesting being able to follow the trail.


Sampling – sometimes a dievca is clueless

The 1988 hip hop song dievca knew from dancing in the clubs:

Was sampled from this 1972 Funk song by Lyn Collins produced by James Brown and features instrumental backing from his band The J.B.’s. It’s been sampled a number of times.

dievca was pleasantly surprised to hear this out on a walk along the Hudson River.
It reminds her that even if she thinks she is knowledgable about music….she’s still missing pieces~


Restraints

If you are tied up, anything can happen. Even if nothing happens beyond kissing, the physical nature of being bound heightens everything.

With extra time on hand, dievca took a BDSM test for giggles (www.bdsmtest.org) – her results are above. she was taken aback by “Rope Bunny” being the highest percentage – especially since rope bondage (shibari) is really not one of her or Master’s interests.

she’s been pondering the high percentage ever since.

The aha! moment came yesterday after meeting and playing with Master.  Master created various cuff and strap connections during play, in response dievca switched submissive and moved all in.

Master asked her about being restrained afterward and she had a hard time verbalizing exactly why she is able to let go fully.
The gist is that dievca isn’t interested in full bondage for beauty or complete limitation of movement.
she is interested in being restrained to place full trust in Master and take away control from pieces of her body to focus fully on Master and other bodily responses. The energy from the restraints can be pushed elsewhere.

Does that make sense?


Good Advice from the Fortune Cookie

Photo: dievca fortune from cookie 05/2020

dievca had to run out to a smaller town in New Jersey for work.
BTW, groceries are cheaper.
And two Chinese Food Restaurants were open for delivery/pick-up.
(there are none open by dievca in NYC)

The monosodium glutamate (MSG) might kill you but
the taste of change and fortune is coming in a timely manner.

How are you holding up?

 

Positive Attitude Improves Your Mental Health

Approximately one in five Americans suffers from a mental health issue like anxiety or depression at any given time. While a positive outlook can’t prevent all mental health conditions, it can reduce your risk of developing depression and anxiety.


Flabile

This now-obsolete word has several definitions:

in the context of an instrument, flabile means “played by blowing”;
more broadly it means “liable to be blown about.”
The term is built on the Latin verb flare meaning “to blow.”


Why it works (Horoscope-wise)

Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) –dievca

In most areas of their lives, The Scales are always seeking balance, except in the bedroom where playing with power and throwing off balance becomes very erotic. These closet freaks love to play with domination and submission.

Libras are people-pleasers. Outside of the bedroom, they often spend much of their time mirroring the behavior of others, as the last thing they want is to cause any offense. Being the submissive party allows Libras to get the kind of direction and guidance they wish they could receive constantly. Slow and sensuous usually Libras are happiest when they are told exactly what they can do to make their SO satisfied. Those born under this air sign also have a difficult time making decisions, so if a dominating partner is in charge, a Libra can just relax and enjoy themselves.

Consent and trust matter above all, but in a healthy BDSM relationship, having a partner who’s particularly fond of submitting can make for an incredibly sexy dynamic in bed.

 

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) -Master

Aw, Scorpio. Don’t be fooled by this water sign — when it comes to getting it on, Scorpio can bring the heat. Intense and passionate, Scorpio is naturally dominant in the bedroom and wants nothing more than to tell their partner exactly what to do. Not one to be sheepish about toys or new positions, Scorpio will set the tone of their sexual encounters, expecting their partner to (consensually!) follow along.

There’s no surprise that the most sexual of all the signs like to take their bedroom play to the extreme.

Signs which are submissive

Signs which are Dominant


On the Road, again.


Actually, the rental car is new and running very well.

Travel across was very easy.
Packing food was a good idea and I’d like to give a “shout” out to Ohio for the best rest stops.
Clean, spacious — amazing.
BTW – gasoline prices ranged from $1.99 to $1.15 per gallon – east to west.

Something interesting to note – the further away from NYC, the more lax people are about COVID-19.
Yes, it makes sense when your area has 180 deaths versus the 13,168 in NYC.
But seeing 65+-year-olds without masks and gloves in a Wal-Mart really stressed me out.

BTW – it was confirmed post-mortem that Dad’s death was not COVID-19.
Why do the test?
So, the Hospice nurses who neglected Dad would come back for Mom’s appointments.
still salty bout that

As for my Mom?
My Mom has blown through the stages of Grief and is getting ready to blow through them, again.
She is eating and sleeping well, for me at least.
Yesterday would have been Mom and Dad’s 66th Wedding Anniversary.

OK – as you read this, I am back in the car – starting Day 2 of the return trip.
Drive Safe!
Ciao~
XO


Not really a problem in D/s


People always talk about Trust in a BDSM relationship.
Communication.
If it works well, the embarrassment factor of any activity disappears.
Your Sir or Madam has seen or will see all realms of awkwardness if you are adventurous.
Sexually or just within the Power Exchange.

The good news is with Trust you will look at your Dominant or submissive and think,
“Oh-Yes, I want to do that again!”


misty morning dreaming

All the long day the vapours played
At blindfold in the city streets,
Their elfin fingers caught and stayed
The sunbeams, as they wound their sheets
Into a filmy barricade
‘Twixt earth and where the sunlight beats.

A vagrant band of mischiefs these,
With wings of grey and cobweb gown;
They live along the edge of seas,
And creeping out on foot of down,
They chase and frolic, frisk and tease
At blind-man’s buff with all the town.

And when at eventide the sun
Breaks with a glory through their grey,
The vapour-fairies, one by one,
Outspread their wings and float away
In clouds of colouring, that run
Wine-like along the rim of day.

Athwart the beauty and the breast
Of purpling airs they twirl and twist,
Then float away to some far rest,
Leaving the skies all colour-kiss’t–
A glorious and a golden West
That greets the Lifting of the Mist.

The Lifting Of The Mist – Poem by Emily Pauline Johnson

Photo: NYC East River View

stream of consciousness “Orange Whip”🍊 to (something of use)🍍

It all started with the movie, Blues Brothers, and this scene:

How do you make an Orange Whip?

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That photo prompted the thought that a Pineapple Whip might be a better choice sexually – why?

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Yes, ladies — and men too, for that matter — drinking a good-sized glass of pineapple juice a couple of hours before the deed can help make your bodily fluids taste and even smell better. Fruits, in general, are good because they contain acids and sugars. May 31, 2005 NBC News

Does pineapple make your VAG sweeter?
Pineapple and citrus fruits are associated with a sweeter taste, Schmit said. … The result: Participants whose partners ate 200 grams of pineapple a day reported that the pineapple eaters did, in fact, taste sweeter. According to Schmit, vegan and vegetarian diets could also lead to a sweeter taste. Jul 12, 2016

How long after eating pineapple will you taste better?
“It doesn’t seem to matter whether the pineapple is fresh, canned or juiced,” Helmenstine explains. “The effect is not noticeable immediately after eating a few bites of pineapple. Most respondents saw a definite effect after eating pineapple for several days. Jul 10, 2018

Hmmm~so a Pineapple Whip rather than an Orange Whip

Disney’s Dole Whip was introduced to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts in 1986, the pineapple soft serve has achieved a beloved status.

Disney Dole Whip Recipe

Dole Whip Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 2 cups of frozen pineapple

How to Make a Dole Whip:

Add all 3 ingredients to a blender, and blend it until it’s smooth. You can serve it as-is, but Disney suggests putting the blended mixture into a piping bag and piping a swirl into your bowl for the soft-serve look. Top with a cocktail umbrella for an extra tropical touch.

Something of use – a dose of Pineapple for you and your partner – a lovely treat!


What do the numbers look like?

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.


Bummed out~


How are you holding out?

Here?
√ Food
√ Toilet Paper
√ Outdoor Activities
√ Work – slowed down, but things to do
√ Taxes
√ Chores avoided for years being completed

Fancy Coffee for a treat after those chores? “No go” and its a bummer.

Have a good Monday- latte or no latte. Sending Love. XO


Lingerie: Sexier On? Or Sexier Off?


Master prefers ‘On’.
Which do you prefer?


Musing about Learning to Fail (or not)

Photo: dievca -Hockey Trophies set up for an end-of-year banquet. NYC 02/2020

Did you get the sh*t kicked out of you growing up?
Not literally, figuratively?
Did you fail?
Are you a better person for it or are you bitter?

Or are you from an ‘Everyone Gets a Trophy’ generation?

It started when dievca was thinking about Generation Z, Millenials, the Greatest Generation, and World War II. Her feeling is that we couldn’t drop everything and make a united effort to save the country. But the current World and warfare are different and require different skills – so maybe it would work out.

dievca moved on to pondering failing and recovery.

Midori Ito offers an excellent example of something going to sh*t and picking yourself up to keep going. Click the GIF and a link will take you to the better quality video.

dievca rewatched the movie Miracle to celebrate the  40th Anniversary of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team winning Gold.

This flowed into thinking about the 1980’s Olympics (dievca went to watch) and she saw athletes, including hockey players, training hard.  What about the people who didn’t make it through to the Olympics. What about the last two players who got cut from the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team? Herb Brooks got cut from the 1960’s Olympics, he came back as a coach with a mission.

How did the two guys who got cut handle it?

One was devastated (UNH) and one was pissed (Harvard) – both turned out well.

The player who was devasted talked about how he got through it, with his Dad telling him about his experiences in WWII – how his daughter insisted that he watch the movie ‘Miracle’ movie with her in the theater and brought her whole University of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse team with her (35 girls) – which took the edge off the pain.

How he got an offer to play in Finland which taught him he still loved hockey and how he’s talked to kids about getting cut from an important team and helped them look forward.  How he connected with Herb Brooks afterward.

The other guy just thinks Brooks had it out for him and never wanted to meet him, again. He moved on and lived his life — never saying anything bad, raising a good family, but never involving himself with the ‘Miracle’ story.

A good article about the last two players who were cut can be found –  here.

dievca really believes that human beings need to know how to fail and push through adversity.

The ‘every kid gets a trophy’ mentality:

Curtails Character Development

Short-Changes Real-Life Preparation

Robs “Authentic” Self-Esteem

Curtails Resilience

Devalues Real Success

Not a good start for the below-average, average or exceptional human being.

But, dievca is worrying about something as an ‘old fogie’ and the World will go on. Kids who are given a trophy and have helicopter parents/bulldozer parents will figure Life out at some point.

Right?

Those ‘latchkey’ Kids in GenX did…Uhh…maybe?


Master brought it to mind.


Its been a while since His dievca has done self-care.
Might be a good time to take a moment.


After work — for your Sir/Madam


Keep it simple and clean.
Sexy will shine through.


Things that make you go “Hmmm”

dievca ran into this photo of Grace Kelly and thought, “No way”.

“The Blast tracked down Jeffrey Yarber, the artist behind the piece, who tells us the ‘photograph’ is one of thousands of celebrity fantasy artworks he has digitally created and sold over the years. In other words, he created the photo, it isn’t an actual bottomless Grace Kelly photo shoot.

(Kim Kardashian shared a ‘topless’ Marilyn Monroe photo created by Yarber.) Kim’s hardly the first to share the Marilyn portrait, and Kardashian is so art savvy that she probably knew it wasn’t genuine, but tons of people thought it was legit.

As for the faux photo, Yarber says, ‘Fakes is a genre, I, and about four other fellows, originated. My artworks are marketed around the world, and are offered in just about every medium there is.’

Yarber tells us people — including respected galleries — often mistake his prints for originals, but he doesn’t like to correct them, adamant that his pieces are ‘virtually real, depicting the actual subjects in actual settings, without flaw.’”

What do you think?
dievca can’t decide if she is offended by the “Fakes” genre or humored. It’s something that is making her go, “Hmmm”.  So, she is going to use the song to get her moving this morning.


Working the ASSets!

Work with what God gave you~


étoile du matin

The planet Venus above Otter Lake from Goddard Bay in the morning.

One of the nicknames of the planet Venus is “the Morning Star”. It’s also known as the Evening Star. Of course, Venus isn’t a star at all, so why does Venus have these nicknames?

The orbit of Venus is inside the orbit of Earth. Unlike the outer planets, Venus is always relatively close to the Sun in the sky. When Venus is on one side of the Sun, it’s trailing the Sun in the sky and brightens into view shortly after the Sun sets, when the sky is dark enough for it to be visible. When Venus is at its brightest, it becomes visible just minutes after the Sun goes down. This is when Venus is seen as the Evening Star.

When Venus is on the other side of the Sun, it leads the Sun as it travels across the sky. Venus will rise in the morning a few hours before the Sun. Then as the Sun rises, the sky brightens and Venus fades away in the daytime sky. This is Venus the Morning Star.

Lucifer ‘light-bringer’, corresponding to the Greek name, Ἑωσφόρος. ‘dawn-bringer’ is a Latin name for the planet Venus in its morning appearances and is often used for mythological and religious figures associated with the planet. Due to the unique movements and discontinuous appearances of Venus in the sky, the mythology surrounding these figures often involved a fall from the heavens to earth or the underworld.

Interpretations of a similar term in the Hebrew Bible, translated in the King James Version as “Lucifer”, led to a Christian tradition of applying the name Lucifer, and its associated stories of a fall from heaven, to Satan.

Lucifer the ‘light-bringer’.

So are you feeling the light?  Channeling Venus or Lucifer?

What’s in a name?

Thank you to UniverseToday and Wikipedia

Silence and Candles

Eight Candles surround me
Offering a soft glow
Linking Night to the Morn

Silence loud in absence
Absolutely peaceful
The healing has begun

Looking back carefully
Confident glance forward
New opportunities


Seeking “Good Luck” for the New Year!

New Year's Celebrations - Misc

1974 Times Square Ball Drop New Year’s Eve

NEW YEAR TRADITIONS FOR GOOD LUCK

Some NYE traditions probably seem a bit off-the-wall. Here are a few that seemingly come out of nowhere, but remain integral pieces of some countries’ annual New Year customs.

Colombia: One of Colombians’ favorite ways to celebrate the New Year is to carry an empty suitcase around the block. The tradition is meant to bring celebrants a year of travel (which hopefully will involve a little more packing).

Denmark: Many of the world’s New Year’s traditions revolve around the stroke of midnight: fireworks blasting off, the ball dropping, kissing a loved one, toasting with champagne, etc. In Denmark, people jump off of their chairs in unison at midnight. This symbolizes jumping forward into the new year and leaving bad things behind.

Belgium: In Belgium, Walloon and Flemish farmers rise early on New Year’s Day and promptly head out the stables to wish the cows (and other domesticated animals) a happy New Year. Though the origins of this tradition are unknown, the same thing is also practiced in Romania.

Finland: Going to a fortune-teller can either be a fun or harrowing experience. But one Nordic New Year tradition involves reading the future for yourself. Finnish people melt tin horseshoes, pour the molten metal into cold water, and use the resulting solid to gain insight into the coming year. Its shape and shadow supposedly tell-all, and a broken piece of tin is considered a sure sign of bad luck.

Japan: In Japan, Joya no Kane is a Buddhist ritual that takes place at midnight on New Year’s Eve. It involves ringing a bell exactly 108 times. Buddhists believe that we humans are entrapped by 108 different desires that keep us suffering. The chimes symbolize purification from the accumulation of these passions over the previous year.

Chile: In the small town of Tulca, Chile, it is tradition to spend the last night of the year at a sleepover at the cemetery. Locals believe that the souls of dearly departed friends and family come to hang around on the night of New Year’s Eve. So they make fires, bring food and drink, and decorate their loved ones’  graves for some ghostly quality time.

Ecuador: In Ecuador, los años viejos (the old years) is a beloved part of how to celebrate the New Year. People construct large scarecrows of those they don’t like and set them alight at midnight in order to burn away the ills of last year. Building the scarecrow is a family activity. While it’s mostly done for fun and laughs, controlling the bevy of fires is sometimes a serious undertaking.

Panama: Panama has a similar “viejo” tradition to the one in Ecuador. Only here the effigies are called muñecos. Rather than simply setting them on fire, the dolls are typically stuffed with fireworks in order to really get the festivities cranking.

A “Thank  You” to Jonathon Engels – GreenGlobalTravel.com


Low Key NYC and trying to get it moving~

dievca’s Parents wiped her out on her last visit. she came back a disaster health-wise and didn’t have much mental bandwidth left for nice, but needy people. As a result, she passed on two Holiday Parties and has been laying low in her ‘hood.

Pulling the introvert in recovery-mode option.

Working, running small errands, wrapping Holiday gifts, feeding her cold/sinus infection with homemade soup, reading, etc. The furthest she’s been from her pad is Master’s – and that was for coddling and assisting Him with buying and wrapping family gifts.

Well, the momentary introvert will be turning back into an extravert on Monday evening for a Holiday Party she cannot miss – workplace politics-wise…

Turn it on, dievca!

dievca’s skin has recovered, her eyes are de-puffed, Pedi/Mani in place – but she is eschewing sparkles – opting for leather and chains.

Wolford Lace Top Black Thigh Hi Stockings

Blush Polkadot bra and panties with suspenders

Alaia Grommet Bootie

Sonia Rykiel Red Pave Bag

Master’s Vintage Chain

Vintage Sterling Silver Bracelet

Baublebar Constellation Earrings

Herno Layered Tan Cashmere down coat

Neiman Marcus leather grommet gloves

dievca knows it is going to take her a bit more to get into the Glitzy end of Holiday Cheer,
cough, cough,
she IS showing up….


Insanity

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Sometimes you just want the same predictable results…


Giving Thanks – D/s

Would you consider using your restraints on your submissive?
Maybe filling all of her holes?
Teasing her clit so she squirts?
Playing with and clipping her nipples?
Grow large in her mouth?
Pound deeply so the bed moves?
Dominate her any way you would like?
If so, she will be ever so Thankful.

A small side note…(nothing important – musings)

dievca will no longer be experiencing Alfredo Sauce from anywhere. Just say “No”.

No one else had trouble.

Lovely to the tastebuds – perhaps not a happy match with the Liver and Gallbladder. Something new in dievca’s Life. Aging issue?

Sad really.

Ahh, well, at least she knows what to do after dealing with her Mother’s Colitis issues.