Get it together, dievča!

Natalie Wood, pie fight from The Great Race

The idiom: брать/взять себя в руки
Literal translation: “To take oneself in one’s hands.”
What it means: “It means ‘to pull yourself together.’”
Other languages this idiom exists in: Translators tell us that there is a German version of this idiom too: “Sich zusammenreißen,” which translates literally as “to tear oneself together.” And in Polish, the same idea is expressed by the phrase, “we take ourselves into our fist (wziąć się w garść).” 


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!


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.


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

 


Working ‘the Back’ – lingerie with Vikki Dougan

Vikki Dougan: Did she inspire the drawing of Jessica Rabbit?

Maybe….or maybe not…
Her back and lingerie might just inspire a Presentation Outfit:

dievca might just have to pull out the Agent Provocateur ‘Baroness” silk slip in Navy.


“No man is a failure who has friends.”

dievca is worried about this happening at Christmas dinner:

But she has fantastic friends, so dinner should be more elegant:
It doesn’t matter as long as everyone feels welcome and enjoys themselves.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
from dievca’s home to yours

XO🎄

Quote from 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Just lounging around this Christmas Eve!

Graphic: Al Moore, pin-up