Coffee on the Upper Eastside


dievca took a friend to an early morning outpatient medical procedure. One is not allowed to sit in the waiting room for the pick-up, so dievca wandered down to the East River to enjoy her coffee. An excellent choice.

Note: dievca brought her own coffee in an amazing Japanese brand ZOJIRUSHI thermos that a friend gifted to her.  

Photos: dievca UES 07/2020

Roadside Farm stand – Something of Use – NYC style

Photo: dievca E. 93rd St

dievca remembers stopping by farm stands in the Midwestern Summers to buy fresh produce. There was even a place that dievca’s Mother found to dig up and buy mushrooms – a dark, musty space with soil.
As she was driving to the Delaware River dievca spotted similar stands along the road in New Jersey, she forgot to stop on her way back to NYC.

The NYC farm stands are not as good as the local ones, but they offer a reminder and convenient option to eat healthily.
Something of Use!


How to beat the heat in NYC – old school

Mayor Hylan turning on the water for the first shower, July 6, 1921. West 47th Street near 8th Avenue, New York City. Photo by International Newsreel.

Enjoying the Croton Surf Under the Fire Department Sprinkler on 85th Street Near Lexington Avenue, August 17, 1920. Fire Department erects sprinkler for kiddies at 85th Street & Lexington Avenue, NYC. Kids enjoy bathing during hot weather. Photo by International Newsreel.

Kids in New York City splash around in a street flooded by fire hydrants, circa 1957. Keystone/Getty Images

Play Street and street shower alongside the Queensboro Bridge, June 22, 1934. Department of Bridges, Plant & Structures Collection, NYC Municipal Archives.

Denis P. Gorman Memorial Playground, Jackson Heights, Queens: Opening ceremonies, children grabbing for melon, August 11, 1934. Department of Parks & Recreation Collection, NYC Municipal Archives.

Kids in Harlem, New York City, cool off in front of a fire hydrant, circa 1966. Harry Benson Getty Images

dievca is ready to run under a fire hydrant sprinkle shower if the FDNY would oblige…


What Macy’s is doing with their Fireworks~

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Getting the Party Started! (a slideshow)

dievca had the unexpected pleasure of looking out of her window to see two Macy’s barges offering a personal Fireworks display. she and Master had a conversation about the fireworks just that afternoon – Master thought they would cancel it all. dievca thought that the fireworks needed to be used and wasn’t sure of a solution.

Apparently, the Macy’s barges will be offering fireworks around the city along the Hudson and East Rivers (Harlem River?) in smaller and more personal displays. An absolutely lovely and elegant solution for limiting the crowds, yet still bringing Joy to NYC.

Photos: dievca Hudson River 06/2020

You can’t cancel PRIDE – it’s in you.

The NYC Gay Pride March scheduled for June 28, 2020, was canceled due to COVID-19.  The march was inaugurated on June 28, 1970 – it would have been the 50th Year.  There will be virtual celebrations and WABC in New York will be broadcasting NYC Pride programming the month of June.

“We are a community that thrives when we are united,” added Correa. “We may not fill the streets of New York City this year, but LGBTQIA+ people carry pride with them all year long.
I have no doubt that we will be together again soon.”
~ David A. Correa, Interim Executive Director Heritage of Pride

dievca has found her dress for this year’s celebration:

Banana Republic Gay Pride Dress $129.99 (click photo to buy)


moist with a hint of the ocean

Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River 06/2020

The sun is peeking up to reveal a world cocooned by humidity.
Moist air smells of the ocean, a river glistens like glass.
Suspended motion

broken by the cry of a seagull, the honk of a car horn

 


…and the results of the COVID-19 test are….

A quick recap:
dievca tried to get a COVID-19 antibody test the morning after the riots started in NYC. she walked to three midtown urgent care centers and they were all closed. Apparently, the decision to close was made that morning for workers’ safety – it wasn’t known to dievca at 8 am. Then she drove 2000 miles, roundtrip to her Mother.

dievca was finally was able to get an antibody test last week and play detective when she scheduled an appointment at the NY.gov temporary tent medical center in her neighborhood. On her walk to have blood drawn she ran into some new park artwork:


The COVID-19 antibody test came back negative. That means that her co-worker who ended up with a positive test did not get sick at work, they picked up the virus in Queens.

PS. she’s not planning on kissing the Frog Prince with COVID-19 lurking about~

Photos: dievca NYC Hudson Yards 06/2020

A chance for coffee in the City…


NYC starts Phase Two.


Playing Detective

(click photo for purchase $69.99)

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.


Mists in the Silence

New York, New York, 1955©Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

It’s a misty morning here in NYC.
That and the silence of the relatively empty city
make for strange bedfellows
A surreal and beautiful moment

I am really going to miss the silence


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.


Dreaming of Coffee made well by someone else~

Photo: Coffee in all forms Getty Images

The bodega downstairs’ attempts at a cappuccino just don’t cut it…

bodega is a small corner store or market that sells groceries and wine. … If you visit New York City, you’ll see bodegas, little shops where people buy groceries and small items. A bodega is kind of like a convenience store such as 7-11 — it’s small and more convenient than a supermarket.  http://www.vocabulary.com


April Showers in COVID-19 NYC

Seen on the way:

  • One sad male young adult in cotton shorts and t-shirt soaked
  • One fit female runner in matching bra and leggings with pink Beat headphones
  • One millennial dog owner with a Husky mix the female runner kept admiring
  • Four soaked Navy Corpsmen in shorts and masks running back to the USNS Comfort
  • One dievca always prepared in a huge raincoat.

Vetements Libra Raincoat

Photos: dievca Hudson River 04/2020

Searching for extras and the ways to share


dievca spent the day calling Midwestern small town ACE hardware stores and Farm/Fleet stores, she contacted both her Alma Maters Nursing and Biology programs, work maintenance group and friends. Searching for masks.

Not the ones people are so generously sewing. The heavier duty ones that can be used for a swamped ER in a local hospital. A personal friend who runs the ER has severe asthma – reusing a mask is unsafe.

Everyone dievca called/emailed were very kind in replying and searching their facilities or stores. The Nursing departments and Biology departments already donated. Work needed their masks. The ACE hardware stores were out but took their time to look properly. Farm/Fleet came through with a small amount. Better than nothing and dievca had the time to search. she’s still trying to figure out how to get in touch with the closed NYC nail salons.

dievca was doing this for a specific individual and could have them shipped directly.

But, if you have some spare masks or other supplies and are willing to share, here are suggestions where to share the items safely: https://thecity.nyc/2020/03/how-can-i-donate-supplies-to-new-york-hospitals-in-need.html


Empty Nest


And the City echoes in its Silence

Photos: dievca Hudson Yards 'the vessel' 5pm on a Friday 03/2020

COVID-19 navigating the City

The subways are empty but if a train is full, everyone gives one another the beady-eye.
Haven’t seen any sick people on the go.
The streets are young.
Many people working from home.
Some people put on furlough.
Some empty shelves in the grocery stores, but toilet paper is available.
Restaurants in action about 75% full.
Quiet.


A ray of hope

The first sign of Spring, the symbol of hope:

daffodils

Too funny.
They are the first thing dievca saw when the craziness about COVID-19 broke into her Life and she was riding home. 

Symbolism of the Daffodil Flower

The daffodil has similar uplifting meanings across cultures, probably because this bright flower appears as the cold, dark days of winter wane and the warm rays of spring appear.

  • China: The daffodil symbolizes good fortune in Chinese culture. In fact, it is so esteemed for its ability to bring forth positive things that it is the official symbol of the Chinese New year.
  • Japan: To the Japanese people, the daffodil means mirth and joyousness.
  • France: In France, the daffodil is a sign of hope.
  • Wales: A Welsh legend claims that the person to find the first daffodil bloom will be blessed with more gold than silver in the upcoming year.
  • Arabian Countries: The Arabians believe the daffodil flower was an aphrodisiac and cure for baldness.
  • Medieval Europe: The medieval Europeans believed that if your gaze caused a daffodil to droop it was an omen of impending death.
  • United States: In the United States, the daffodil is the official symbol for the American Cancer Association, symbolizing hope for a cure. It is also the flower for March and the symbol of the 10th wedding anniversary.

Photos: dievca NYC 03/11/2020

booty enhancing, butt lifting, junk building, derriere increasing underwear

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been an astounding 80% increase in butt implant surgeries since 2001.

dievca came ‘eye-to-eye’ with a non-invasive shapewear solution in K-Mart:

Anya Hindmarch “Earl Bottom Pinch” Tote/Shopper

Hmmm, right?

So, if someone pinches your bottom – do you react? What if one glute slips to the side? How do you gracefully take off your butt for Sex?

Well, dievca’s a** is very solid and large enough – no butt lift procedure or shapewear in her future.

XO 🍑


Release your burdens: NYC efficiency

“Come to Me all youth that labor and are burdened.
I will give you rest.”

dievca slid out of bed knowing she finally had to return a pair of pants to Target. They were a pair she bought for her Dad in the Midwest, were too large and she didn’t have time to get back to the store. The pants have been sitting on her entry bench….

So, at 7:15 am, dievca got dressed and grabbed the pants.
In one hour and a half, she:

  • Took out $ at an ATM
  • Bought a coffee and a donut at a busy Dunkin Donuts
  • Walked to Target in the 34th Street morning hustle.
  • Returned the pants
  • Wandered through Old Navy and tried a sundress on
  • Wandered through the closing K-Mart and bought socks, gloves, a tote bag, and two t-shirts.
  • Stopped in CVS to buy Draino with a 40% off coupon
  • Sat in the sunshine for a moment in seating out front of a new building
  • Took photos of St. Michael’s Church (above)
  • Bought a tuna sandwich from a place that makes great tuna salad
  • Walked home.

Something avoided became an enjoyable NYC efficiency moment.

About Saint Michael’s:

Original location
The parish was founded in 1857 as an offshoot of the Church of St. Columba and Holy Cross Church, with boundaries from “28th to 38th Street and from 6th Avenue to the banks of the Hudson.” The community initially met in a chapel structure of renovated townhouses. The original church plan was begun in 1861 and completed in 1868, with a front on 31st Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. The church was built in phases surrounding the chapel and without disturbing services there. When finally completed according to the original plans, it was 80 feet (24 m) wide by 200 feet (61 m) long and had a stone facade and 105-foot (32 m) high tower on 31st Street and an interior nuns’ gallery on two sides. It was designed by the founding pastor, Arthur J. Donnelly (1820–1890), and architect T.S. Wall. The church complex also consisted of a rectory, convent and schools, the latter designed by architect Lawrence J. O’Connor, FAIA. From 1874–1884, the complex was the original home of the Presentation Sisters in the northeastern United States, and enrollment grew to become the largest parochial school in New York. The Sisters and the parish also founded the Mount Saint Michael Home for destitute children, in Greenridge, Staten Island.  The Manhattan church contained an 1862 Henry Erben mechanical action organ. On May 4, 1892, a fire destroyed much of the church and the organ.

Second location
O’Connor was contracted to design a new structure that incorporated the original tower and acquired a new Indiana bluff limestone facade on 32nd Street. Other details include a roof elevated six feet (two meters) higher than the original church, a vaulted ceiling, aisles with groined arches, fourteen Munich stained glass windows, and a gallery in the form of a choir loft with a new 1893 Odell organ at the rear of the church. The blessing Mass was scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 1894. The total dimensions were 75 feet (23 m) wide by 200 feet (61 m) long. In 1892, the address was listed at 408 West 32nd Street.

Third location
In 1904, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company began proceedings for the construction of the North River Tunnels and Pennsylvania Station, which would require the demolition of St. Michael’s 32nd Street church and complex. At the suggestion of the pastor, John A. Gleeson, the Archdiocese sold the parish properties in exchange for a new church, school, convent, and rectory on 34th Street. The office of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons was responsible for the construction of the new complex, which involved the salvage and re-use of the altar, organ, stained glass windows, and limestone facade. The church was dedicated on November 10, 1907. It was described at the time as Romanesque, 75 feet (23 m) wide by 200 feet (61 m) deep and 60 feet (18 m) high. It also had a 2,000-person basement chapel with an 18-foot-high (5.5 m) ceiling.


Diner Coffee


Having a little Sunday Breakfast before the noon NY Rangers Ice Hockey game,
dievca witnessed Philadelphia Flyers fans and Rangers fans being cordial.
Must have needed some coffee before getting fired up for the game.


Flyers won, 5-3


Lookin’ for inspiration & Takin’ Care of Business

Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Reminding dievca of her older brother
And getting some giddy-up to get moving to work on a Saturday.
Enjoy your day off…😘


Ummm, busy, please call back later.


Football and Groundhog Day 2020.


Two typically American Psuedo Holidays…Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday.

Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog in PA) saw no shadow, predicts early spring. For many in the Lower 48, it’s been a year without a winter. Temperatures have stayed well above average, while snow has been scarce. It sounds like the mosquitos will be fierce this summer.

As for the Super Bowl? The two teams are not of interest to dievca – Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. She’s making Rotel Dip and rooting for Kansas City, just to be social at a friend’s Super Bowl Party.

If you are going or hosting a party, have fun!


Cold Weather Comfort in the City

Sometimes you walk the City in complete wonder. Viewing the Empire State building on a clear Sunday morning after a messy weather Saturday night. (Zoom on the photo, its lovely)

Then you head to a grocery store for items to make a Ham Bone and Potato Soup using the Christmas Hambone.

The recipe turns out to be a keeper.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ham bone, with visible meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 12 teaspoon celery seeds or 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 12 teaspoon white pepper
  • 12 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 medium red potatoes, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 12 cup butter
  • 12 cup flour
  • 1-pint half-and-half 

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the first 6 ingredients in a Dutch Oven, bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat easily comes off the bone with a fork. Shred ham from the bone, discard any fat, return meat to the pot. Add diced potatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  • While potatoes are cooking, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat being careful not to brown. Add flour, stirring constantly until incorporated well. Bring heat to medium/high and gradually stir in the Half n Half until creamy, thick and bubbly, stirring constantly, being careful not to scorch. Once it thickly coats the spoon, remove from heat.
  • When the potatoes are tender, stir the sauce mixture into the potato pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let simmer until soup reaches the desired consistency. You can add milk to adjust.
  • There has been no salt added to this point. Add salt, pepper, garlic, herbs or seasonings to your taste.
  • dievca added a finely chopped garlic clove and a chicken bouillon cube at the beginning. 3 chopped carrots and cauliflower pieces were added with the potatoes.

Recipe from Food.com – Shelley Lee is the author

 


And sometimes you just want a cookie~

Tea Party circa 1910

When discussing Hospice and a DNR-order becomes too much,
just do what dievca’s Mom did to stop the conversation –
ask for an Apricot Cookie.

dievca’s brother isn’t sure how much Mom absorbed,
but the cookie went down well with tea.

A tactic dievca plans on using in the future when facing something unpleasant.

do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient’s breathing stops or if the patient’s heart stops beating.


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


A little love from NYC

Photo: dievca NYC 12/2018

Sometimes we are a small speck in the wide World.
But Joy can still shine through.
Love to you in this challenging time of the Year.


Duality – Ashley Williams

du·al·i·ty
/d(y)o͞oˈalədē/

noun
1.
the quality or condition of being dual.
2.
an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism.

Ashley Williams rhinestone hairpins offer a duality of personality or sexuality preference. Available at ssense.com


A cozy upgrade – something of use.

Floor to ceiling windows make for a great view,
but dievca’s apartment doesn’t warm-up quickly before the morning sun.

Enter a gift received over 3 years ago:

Ugg Duffield Blanket Home Collection (click photo to purchase the latest version)

  • 50″ x 70″
  • 100% polyester with 95% cotton, 5% spandex trim
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • $98

Fuzzy, cozy, light and wash machine friendly, the throw has been extremely useful, but not super stylish.

Enter Missoni Home:

Missoni Home Jocker Throw Multi (dievca bought hers on sale at Yoox, click photo for a place to purchase the throw)

  • Material: 80% wool, 20% polyamide
  • Dimensions: 130x190cm
  • Soft chunky weave
  • Neutral colors with multi colors in between
  • Made in Italy
  • $523

dievca thought she would upgrade with Missoni and donate the Ugg to Goodwill. Instead, she’s been using both throws consistently, one on the sofa and one in the bedroom.