Lagom – something of use

Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̂ːɡɔm]) is
a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount”.

The word can be variously translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, “just enough”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Whereas words like sufficient and average suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst“, literally “The right amount is best”, is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast” or as “There is virtue in moderation”.

In terms of a NYC apartment – the word Lagom is appropriate.  You need enough, but not too much of everything.

aveva – felted wool home goods based out of Malmö, Sweden has helped dievca with “just enough” storage in the apartment.

Aveva Felted Wool Home Goods

A plant bucket holds dievca’s workout gear
(yoga block, jump rope, bands, lacrosse ball, pinky ball, etc).

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A tote bag holds her road bike and swimming gear
(helmet, clothing, shoes, gloves, suits, goggles, etc.)

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Subtle softness and colors blend into the NYC skyline without a jarring effect and are easy to reach. 

Just Enough.

Aveva Felted Wool containers flower pots

Items can be found at EUROPEAN Bliss (click here).


A squall~

NYC had a Snow Squall yesterday.

What is a snow squall? According to the National Weather Service, a snow squall is “an intense short-lived burst of heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibilities and is often accompanied by gusty winds.”

Why are they more dangerous than blizzards?  Driving in a snow storm is difficult. Add in blowing wind and poor visibility, and travel can become downright dangerous. Driving in a snow squall is next to impossible.

The Squall was about 10 minutes long and dievca missed it all – she was working.  But, she was dressed appropriately against the heavy winds for the bike ride to and from work (click on photos for details):


Draped – with Bottega Veneta

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drape
/drāp/
verb
past tense: draped; past participle: draped

arrange (cloth or clothing) loosely or casually on or around something.
“she draped a shawl around her shoulders”

adorn, cover, or wrap (someone or something) loosely with folds of cloth.
“the body was draped in a blanket”
Similar:
wrap, arrange, wind, swathe, sling, hang, let fall in folds, cover, envelop, shroud, decorate, adorn, array, deck, bedeck, festoon, bundle up, muffle up, blanket, overlay, cloak, veil, enfold, sheathe

let (oneself or a part of one’s body) rest somewhere in a casual or relaxed way.
“he draped an arm around her shoulders”


Turnsole = Sun God/Goddess

turnsole is a type of plant that turns with the movement of the sun, a sunflower being the most famous example. From Middle French tournesol, the word literally means “turns toward the sun,” and was modeled after the synonymous Greek term heliotrope. As in French, when the word came into English in the 1300s it initially referred to the purple dye that came from a turnsole plant (Chrozophora tinctoria.). Soon after, turnsole broadened in meaning to refer to all types of plant that turn with the sun.

facing the sun

Is a Human a “turnsole” when he/she faces the sun to welcome its healing heat? Or is the definition only for plants. All dievca knows is that she is seeking the sun this Spring, like a sun-worshipping goddess.

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Sun Deities

Name Nationality/Religion God or Goddess? Notes
Amaterasu Japan Sun Goddess Major deity of the Shinto religion.
Arinna (Hebat) Hittite (Syrian) Sun Goddess The most important of three Hittite major solar deities
Apollo Greece and Rome Sun God  
Freyr Norse Sun God Not the main Norse sun god, but a fertility god associated with the sun.
Garuda Hindu Bird God  
Helios (Helius) Greece Sun God Before Apollo was the Greek sun god, Helios held that position.
Hepa Hittite Sun Goddess The consort of a weather god, she was assimilated with the sun goddess Arinna.
Huitzilopochtli (Uitzilopochtli) Aztec Sun God  
Hvar Khshaita Iranian/Persian Sun God  
Inti Inca Sun God The national patron of the Inca state.
Liza West African Sun God  
Lugh Celtic Sun God  
Mithras Iranian/Persian Sun God  
Re (Ra) Egypt Mid-day Sun God An Egyptian god shown with a solar disk. Center of worship was Heliopolis. Later associated with Horus as Re-Horakhty. Also combined with Amun as Amun-Ra, a solar creator god.
Shemesh/Shepesh Ugarit Sun goddess  
Sol (Sunna) Norse Sun Goddess She rides in a horse-drawn solar chariot.
Sol Invictus Roman Sun God The unconquered sun. A late Roman sun god. The title was also used of Mithras.
Surya Hindu Sun God Rides the sky in a horse-drawn chariot.
Tonatiuh Aztec Sun God  
Utu (Shamash) Mesopotamia Sun God  

A “Thank you” to Thought Co. and dictionary.com


Where you were and where you are now?


Patheodeficiency

The wrung-out feeling of being so emotionally spent you have actually run out of sympathy for anyone else.

dievca was in this space during the beginning of the pandemic – a drunk email from a friend triggered a direct reaction where dievca stated that she had no empathy/sympathy left in her body for her friend’s needs and drama.  Worry for her parents, limited working, everyone unsure about safety protocols for COVID-19, challenging political environment, etc. took up her reserves.  dievca didn’t realize there was a name for the feeling or condition.

Lately, she has just noticed that her body tension is diminishing and that wrung out, lack of energy for others feeling has lightened.

Is anyone else feeling better?

dievca hopes so!


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.”


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…


Cacophany of the Body

noun
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.


dievca experienced a cacophony of bodily noises as she slept. Every time she flipped over, reached for water, readjusted the sheets something popped or cracked. In the morning, she was amazed to find that her body was still in one piece without a lot of pain.

Various factors added to the experience:

  • Aggressive deep tissue full body massage
  • Running around with packing and errands
  • Extensive play session with Master
  • Session on a vibrator plate at the gym pre-flight
  • Passing out on the flight to Europe
  • Heavy stretching session after the flight
  • Two beers and a long hot tub soak with friends
  • A lot of salt from a BBQ and not enough water
  • Pushing through to shift the sleep schedule
  • Passing out in a very comfortable bed
  • Hot flashes

It was a symphony of noise, unlike anything, dievca had ever experienced before…

What caused the noise?

Escaping gases: The synovial fluid present in the joints acts as a lubricant and contains oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When a joint pops or cracks the joint capsule is stretched causing gas to release quickly.

Movement of joints, tendons, and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. A snapping sound can occur as the tendon returns to its original position. Your ligaments can also tighten as you move your joints resulting in a cracking sound and most commonly occurs in your knees or ankles.

Loss of cartilage: Arthritic joints tend to make more noises as the loss of smooth cartilage means the bones rub together on a rougher, more unstable surface.

Ligaments: Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect two bones at a joint. Tight ligaments are prone to popping when they are suddenly moved, this sometimes results in short-lived pain in the area or sometimes you may not experience it at all.

Tendons: Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone and can also cause popping noises around a joint. This is most commonly found in snapping hip syndrome which causes a snapping sensation when the hip is flexed and extended.

Scar tissue: After joint injury or surgery, scar tissue, known as adhesions, is formed by the ligaments which are more prone to popping and cracking.

Why did it end up feeling very good:

When you pop a joint a stretch occurs in the joint capsule which results in relaxation of the surrounding muscles meaning that it feels particularly good in those tight or stiff places! This is also a good indication of where you might be tight in the body. Another theory suggests that popping a joint releases natural painkillers (or endogenous opiates) in the body.

Whatever – dievca was just happy to wake up in one piece and be functioning after all the noise.

Have you ever had this happen?