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The best fruit is the fruit you grow and collect yourself. Not a lot of opportunities to grow fruit in NYC, but the local elementary school where dievca goes to vote must have classes in gardening for the kids. There are strawberries coming into season, raspberry bushes and blueberries, too! A section for tomatoes and peppers – then what looks to be a butterfly garden. All wrapping the school in a verdant hug.

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Photo: dievca, School Garden strawberries NYC 06/2021

The best part is dievca can imagine those greedy little fingers reaching for a berry
and the joy of the attached tastebuds being hit with a burst of flavor when eaten.


The First Day of Spring!

This spring flowering bulb was first brought to Europe from its native Middle East in the 1500s. It was mostly grown for the fall blooming species used for making an expensive cooking spice. However, most gardeners know it for the early blooming varieties that herald spring. It’s the crocus.

This iris family corm (a rounded underground storage organ present in plants such as crocuses, gladioli, and cyclamens, consisting of a swollen stem base covered with scale leaves) produces tube-shaped flowers in abundance in colors such as mauve, lavender, white, and yellow.

Crocus chrysanthus varieties bloom early, often while there’s still snow on the ground.

Crocus are fall planted, like daffodils and tulips. Even with winter hanging on through March, look to see the crocus blooming in warm spots or protected areas.

A crocus is often the first sign of Spring in NYC.


Morning Light

Morning LightSmell the sweet air of Spring
Sliding into the City
Surrounding the sounds of Morning
Softly blunting the edge of Reason

Photo: dievca, NYC 03/2021

“Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?” [“Anywhere it wants to.”]

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards NYC 02/2021

To raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species, public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have created a massive sculpture of the animal that arrived in Hudson Yards’ Bella Abzug Park. Titled King Nyani, Swahili for ‘gorilla’, it’s the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture and can fit two to three humans just in its hands.


Walkers with the Dawn

Photo: dievca NYC Chelsea 12/2020

Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night,
Nor days of gloom,
Nor darkness–
Being walkers with the sun and morning.

~ Langston Hughes


It’s not 42…

Photo: dievca NYC 11/2020

If you hire a moron, you get moronic behavior. (insert whatever descriptor you prefer)
Keep working, be kind, and look forward.
With small steps, Momentum should be gained. (and kept – you want to keep the + momentum)


Chain the Moon!

Photo: dievca NYC a little shy of the full moon 11/2020

The Beaver Moon will occur on Nov. 30, 2020 and will reach its fullest phase Monday morning, Nov. 30, at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time.

As the moon is becoming full early Monday morning, there will be a partial lunar eclipse — known as a penumbral eclipse. While it’s not as dramatic as a full lunar eclipse, it could be visible here on the East Coast and in other areas of North America.

A penumbral eclipse takes place when the moon drifts through the outer section of Earth’s shadow, or penumbra, and part of the sun’s rays are blocked from shining on the moon during that time, according to astronomy experts at EarthSky.org.

dievca caught an early glimpse of what is to come, heading home from the gym last night.  Looks lovely in Chains.


A Moment.

Photo: dievca NYC 11/2020

May dievca share her view of NYC on an Autumn morning?
Breathtaking.
Time to take moment to breathe during the chaos.
Love to you all.
d.


Just because…the Moon needs to be shared.


Sharing 16 hours….Union Square to Chelsea.

After work on Saturday, dievca hustled across to the Union Square Farmer’s Market to shop with a friend, she wanted to get apples or pears to make another Crisp for when Master returns. It ended up being apples.

Realizing that she didn’t eat since 6:30 am, she and her friend ambled over to The Coffee Shop – a NYC, Union Square staple. It was closed. dievca was just there at the end of September. The place was hopping at 3 pm~

Devastated that another NYC landmark was dropping out due to rents, they wandered into Flat Fix, a taco shop owned by the same people. The Manager confirmed the heavy rent increases (plus higher minimum wage and food/beverage costs) forced The Coffee Shop to close. Rumors about a bank and two chain restaurants taking over the space. FlatFix is staying.

dievca left her friend at the subway station and started to meander home. Seeing silly things in the City:

Yes, that water-resistant cashmere Herno coat is something dievca would love to buy for Master…..the hefty price tag (about 2K) will limit that purchase. It was GORGEOUS….

The next morning, with the time change she got up early and walked the High Line to meet a friend for breakfast and saw a bit of Fall Colors. Supposedly the colors in Upstate New York are not very good because of the super hot and wet Summer.

On the way home, she investigated two options for her “money from the sidewalk” homeless donation jar.

  • Church of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen (dievca sees that it is heavily in use)
  • Antonio Olivieri Drop-In Center (across from Penn Station – also heavily in use)

OK, the money collected off the street may only be $50, but that is $50 put towards helping someone eat or shower.

dievca hopes you have enjoyed your “Fall Back” time change as much as she enjoyed her 16 hours. XO

Photos: dievca 11/2018 NYC

Walk with me in my ‘hood…


Photo: dievca NYC 05/2018