Oriente

Talk to the hand.

Meow!

The most clouds seen in a week.

Relaxing and stretching on the Tagus River.

Killing time while waiting for a friend to fly into Lisbon…dievca wandered Oriente.

Photos: dievca Lisbon - Oriente 08/2019

Taking a dip into the sun~


“How did you get so tan with working long days?”

It doesn’t take me much.
A little sun here, a little sun there
and an hour of being naked on the Terrace for two days took care of my ass
.

“Nice”

(Do you think Master will appreciate the lack of tan lines on my ass?) Read the rest of this entry »


Bem vinda = Welcome

Twisted, cobblestone streets add to the intimacy of sharing a flat with three people. One of which had no luggage arrive. Shared clothes and underpinnings (new Bjorn Borg underwear passed along permanently) – after a shower… The plan for the evening:

Tapas
Metro Ride
First Portuguese Football Match of the Season, Liga NOS

Benfica vs. Pacos Ferreira – Benfica won 5- 0

Great stadium, fun crowd, uneven teams, awkward yet passionate cheerleaders.
From a past Life, dievca still tries to catch a soccer match while traveling for the flavor of a city.

Photos: dievca, Lisbon Portugal 08/2019

 


Cykels – remembering

Do you remember the heat of the Summer?
Cruising along on your bike?
Bicycles = Freedom

Stopping to flirt with the girls or boys?
Time had no meaning.
~Summers were Endless~


Photos: dievca Sweden 08/2019

Learning about Life via Death

dievca was one of the few people at her Aunt’s funeral a couple of years ago.
Eleanor Rigby kept playing in her head.

Yesterday, dievca’s friend had a Memorial and Service to inter her ashes.

It was lovely. Friends of all ages and different phases came to celebrate. Siblings gave the realistic view of their sister with humor. dievca wore bright colors and listened with a smile. Her friend had set aside money for a buffet meal at a cafe across the street with an open bar. Great venue, good wine.

She was loved, is loved and will be remembered with love.

Why? What’s the difference between dievca’s aunt and dievca’s friend?

Her friend was open to new ideas, willing to try new things and try-on new viewpoints. She was able to accept change. She accepted people for who they are, not who she wanted them to be. She didn’t pass judgment. She stood up for what she felt was right and that would include the thought that all people should be treated fairly and equally. She gave in simple ways – nothing grandiose – an ear to listen, advice if asked, expertise if needed and company with silence, her time. Things that people truly need or want.

What dievca has learned:

Be yourself. Work to keep old friends and work to gain new friends. Enjoy life and share your Joy and knowledge. Mentor. Accept idiosyncracies and people/situations that make you step out and grow. Don’t stop moving. Life is to be experienced. not watched.


A deep deposit…

in the Family Karma bank.

Manhattan power outage 07/2019

The blackout last night came to roost on dievca’s doorstep.

dievca had power – Master had just left and had power up at His apartment. But, family members of the friend who passed, flew in and were scheduled to stay in a UWS hotel for the Memorial Service. No power.

No power = no AC, no lights, no food with one person in a wheelchair.  dievca called to check on them, they were in a cab and needed a place to go. So, dievca gave up her apartment to the Family and rode her bike up to Masters for the night.

That worked out fine.

The challenge was that she returned at 9 am and they weren’t out of bed. Then she made them breakfast with the random food she had. And then they stayed at dievca’s until 2:00 pm.

Her treat of having two days off in a row – washed away.

Speaking of wash, dievca needs to do the sheets and towels they used.

That’s Karma in the Karma bank, right?

 


Special

Christopher Kate Black Intarsia Special Sweater

dievca really wants to buy this sweater for a close friend. It would be given with a great deal of humor.

Because dievca is returning to Scandinavia for work, she’s been running around buying hair dye, allergy meds, Coach items, etc. Some are items people have requested and the rest are gifts dievca has found for friends.

One of her very close friends speaks excellent English. But sometimes words take a different meaning in another country.  Like the word “Special” – here’s the Mirriam-Webster definition:

special

adjective

spe·​cial | \ ˈspe-shəl  \

Definition of special

1distinguished by some unusual quality especially:: being in some way superior our special blend
2held in particular esteem special friend
3areadily distinguishable from others of the same category: UNIQUE they set it apart as a special day of thanksgiving
bof, relating to or constituting a species: SPECIFIC
4being other than the usual: ADDITIONALEXTRA
5designed for a particular purpose or occasion

noun

Definition of special

1one that is used for a special service or occasion caught the commuter special to work
2something (such as a television program) that is not part of a regular series
3a featured dish at a restaurant the specials of the day

 

None of these definitions apply to how, dievca’s friend uses the word, “Special”. The friend uses the word to describe someone who is high maintenance and demanding or a little bit crazy. Someone who is a pain-in-the-neck.    that one? she’s special

The word is said with an inferred eyeball roll.

OK – its sarcasm.

Wouldn’t this sweater be great for someone who is (wait for it….) special herself? dievca’s friend would laugh so hard if she received this sweater as a gift.

Do you know anyone who is…..Special?