It’s TMI – so no one tells you directly (something of use)

No one talks about peri-menopause. No one talks about colonoscopies.
For both topics, there are “hints” and “innuendo” – interspersed with potty humor (colonoscopy) or the suggestion of mental instability (perimenopause).

dievca is looking at both topics straight in the eye. One came to the attention of the other this week….

The colonoscopy prep is tedious. Here are some things of use to help one get through it:

  • Chill your prep solution as long as you can before drinking
  • Don’t sniff the prep solution
  • Don’t swish the solution in your mouth because you are pondering swallowing
  • Use a straw to keep the texture and salty and sweet taste away from your tongue
  • Take small to medium sips
  • Swallow as fast as you can to limit the taste in the mouth
  • Take a small sip of water/clear fluid to dilute and rinse the taste from your mouth
  • If you feel nauseous, take longer pauses between sips – even if you go beyond the time limit for drinking the prep
  • If you feel like you need something more substantial in your stomach than liquids, suck on hard clear candies, eat light-colored Jello, apple sauce, and Italian ice. No red or purple colors.
  • Keep a cream available for a sore bum
  • If everything coming out stays neon yellow – don’t panic. As long as its clear, you are ok.
  • Finish the prep as best you can, but know that if you throw some up – it is not a problem as long as emissions are clear
  • Your blood pressure is going to be high due to dehydration, don’t panic
  • Schedule the procedure in the morning, so you don’t have to wait if someone before you has a problem and you can get to your caffeine as soon as possible after the surgery.

For the Ladies:

Perimenopause?
When dievca checked in for the procedure – they insisted on her taking a pregnancy test (!)…..on the hint that she still gets periods. That’s where perimenopause rears its head.  How old are the people getting their 1st colonoscopy? In their 50’s – when does perimenopause start? late 40’s early 50’s on the average.  The question, “Do you still get your period?”, can be a loaded question and awkward to answer~ Be aware. It’s tough to pee in a cup when you are dehydrated.

The procedure itself is quite simple and your a** does not hang out for everyone to see.

A side note: A close friend’s sister died at 40 from colon cancer. dievca’s friend was constantly on people to get a colonoscopy ASAP. Sadly, that friend was the one who beat gallbladder cancer only to die from pancreatic cancer at 50. dievca finally honored her promise to her friend, she knows her friend was watching. All clear.

 


This lapsed Catholic wonders~

Photo: dievca E. 90th Street NYC

Is there such a thing as an “Our Lady of Bad Counsel”?

A lapsed Catholic is a baptized Catholic who is non-practicing.
Such a person may still identify as a Catholic and remains a Catholic according to canon law.
Wikipedia


Time to commune with nature.

Hilda and the Frog: Duane Bryers

Air Conditioning can be so artificial.
Time to squeeze into that bikini and be with the natural elements.
You may be hot, but your soul will feel better facing the Sun.

 


Coffee as motivation~

So, what’s your method for getting it done on a Monday?

Still working from home, Zoom meetings…and trying to get the clothing items not going to the RealReal listed on eBay.
Using self-bribery with fancy coffee and a treat to get it done.

Think Coffee iced cappuccino

sliced kolachi

 


Time to visit LAS VEGAS for NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY!

Valerie Stunning wants a better Las Vegas—one that’s intersectional and filled with plenty of ice cream. But not just any ice cream. Bougie ice cream. Indulgent ice cream. Adult ice cream.

Stunning founded Paradise City Creamery last May, combining her knack for gourmet, plant-based ice cream with another of her passions: advocating for sex workers.

For years, the “Head Creamstress,” stripper, writer, activist and former burlesque dancer made artisan ice cream as a hobby and for her friends. Eventually she realized it was tasty enough to sell to the 18+ masses.

Last summer Paradise City Creamery ran a monthly pop-up inside Downtown’s Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen and also had a booth at Life Is Beautiful. On January 17, Stunning will celebrate a new residency at Artifice (along with a new winter menu featuring four new flavors), which will continue every third Friday through 2020.

Just don’t expect your average trip to Baskin-Robbins. There’s a peepshow-inspired photo booth, plus lots of gold and neon, and each flavor (starting at $12) comes decked out with its own signature toppings, like dripping, dazzling disco cherries. And there’s a sexy story to accompany each cone.

“Our yuzu-wasabi [flavor] is inspired by shopping for a sex toy,” Stunning says. And the espresso chip flavor is “inspired by my work as a day-shift stripper—how I would be in New York drinking my coffee on the subway with a full face of makeup while everyone’s wearing their suit and tie.”

It’s a tongue-and-cheek way of bringing two seemingly opposite worlds together, breaking the ice around conversations about sex and sex work in a fun and delicious way. “These stories tie in everything and cater to that no-shame, no-guilt celebration,” Stunning says.

With sexy-meets-glam marketing, Stunning has already made a name for Paradise City Creamery on social media, and with her motivational, no-holds-barred writing (she’s written for Hustler, and she blogs at valeriestunning.com). She’s a cheerleader for her community, and hopes her playful, gourmet ice cream can get folks to see a bigger picture.

Stunning explains that part of Paradise Creamery’s goal “is to create visibility and promote intersectionality”—a theory and way of looking at discrimination through multiple avenues that often include race, class and gender. “This is the world I come from. Community organizing is what I will always be about, and so to have this platform gives me an entryway to another type of person who may not have considered these issues before.”

Most importantly, Stunning says she wants people who are typically excluded to feel welcome. “Everything is constantly catered to straight, white, f*cking middle-aged people,” Stunning says. “I feel like, if I’m able to hire people that I want to celebrate and represent who I identify as, it really contributes to this conversation about visibility.”

She’s quick to add that Paradise City Creamery’s ice cream game is serious, too. A one-day-only white cacao and truffle ice cream was featured at Picnic in the Alley in October, and her Mezcal vanilla bean and balsamic caramel flavors will also be out on the 17th.

“I really strive for this balance between the strong messaging behind the brand, but also, we’re not f*cking around culinary-wise,” Stunning says. “We’re using really high-end ingredients.Everything we do is top-notch and bougie.”

by Leslie Ventura for the Las Vegas Weekly


Happy Social Media Day!

Did dievca tell you, “Thank You” for coming on her ride?
Thank you.

Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th. In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate, and share with family, friends, and the world. With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media had become mainstream.

In its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read, and share news, information, and content. Technologies include blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and voice over IP, to name a few.

And Master has never minded that dievca has shared pieces of their Life on the blog.


I may miss my Dad…but these made me smile.

Something for the NEW Dad~

Happy Father’s Day to my favorite Men.

It takes a lot to be a good Dad.


(NOT) leaving on a jet plane

dievca was able to get her tickets to Europe refunded.
It was a relief to get the money back rather than receiving vouchers.
Now there is $5000 sitting on an Amex card.
she will just have to pay her rent with the Amex card…
or maybe she should splurge and buy this espresso maker to remind her of traveling.

Aviatore-Veloce coffee maker – price upon request

Designer and engineer Paolo Mastrogiuseppe developed the Aviatore Veloce Espresso machine. It is intentionally designed to resemble a military jet engine and can prepare a refreshing dose of espresso and tea with the help of high-pressure brewing. The hand-made, limited edition design isn’t just a visual delight but gets as authentic as one could be. It is built from a combining aviation-grade aluminum alloy, stainless steel, and aluminum bronze.


who stays? me or him?

You better say me!


I love my Mother, I love my Mother…

Give me the damn coffee!

~You get by with a little help from your friend~


Pearls before Swine (choose one)

1.) The Bible:

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:6

2.) The Comic Strip

Pearls Before Swine Comic – Steven Pastis

3.) The Canadian Jewelry Company

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE MANIFESTS VIA A COUNTER-RESEARCH MODEL THAT EXPLORES DEFECTED PRECIOUS METALS AND PEARLS. PURITY IS A UBIQUITOUS FACET OF QUANTIFICATION WITHIN TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS OF THE FINE JEWELLERY SECTOR. THE CURRENT CLIMATE IS A CONGLOMERATE OF BRANDS FABRICATING JEWELLERY AT MASS. PBS STANDS AS ONE OF THE FEW ARTISANAL JEWELLERY BRANDS, HANDCRAFTING EACH PIECE FROM VANCOUVER, BC, USING DEFUNCT APPARATUS PRESENT IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND CORPORATE COSMETIC DENTISTRY

dievca chooses #3


Something for your submissive’s morning coffee routine. ☕

Good Morning!

 


Find the Sun and avoiding ‘scolds’

 

Several groups of researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients often have the lowest levels of vitamin D and that countries with higher death rates had larger numbers of people with vitamin D deficiency than countries with lower death rates.

Note: The early research is not yet peer-reviewed, and other experts say the scientific proof is lacking that vitamin D could prevent COVID-19 or make the infection milder.

dievca is getting her Vitamin D early and away from as many humans as possible for the following reason:

scold

/skōld
verb
remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily.

noun ARCHAIC•US
a person, in particular a woman, who nags or grumbles constantly.

Two women in full PPE suits and masks, power-walking in the middle of the road at Central Park scold the biker (15 feet away) for not wearing a mask.

Warning – the scolds are out, do not respond, and move away quickly. It could turn dangerous in more ways than one.

Photos: dievca, Hudson River NYC 05/2020

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.


I can think of a few things….

Blue Q Kitchen Dish Towel $12.99 (click photo to purchase)

But the list is short.
Good Morning!


Why it works (Horoscope-wise)

Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) –dievca

In most areas of their lives, The Scales are always seeking balance, except in the bedroom where playing with power and throwing off balance becomes very erotic. These closet freaks love to play with domination and submission.

Libras are people-pleasers. Outside of the bedroom, they often spend much of their time mirroring the behavior of others, as the last thing they want is to cause any offense. Being the submissive party allows Libras to get the kind of direction and guidance they wish they could receive constantly. Slow and sensuous usually Libras are happiest when they are told exactly what they can do to make their SO satisfied. Those born under this air sign also have a difficult time making decisions, so if a dominating partner is in charge, a Libra can just relax and enjoy themselves.

Consent and trust matter above all, but in a healthy BDSM relationship, having a partner who’s particularly fond of submitting can make for an incredibly sexy dynamic in bed.

 

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) -Master

Aw, Scorpio. Don’t be fooled by this water sign — when it comes to getting it on, Scorpio can bring the heat. Intense and passionate, Scorpio is naturally dominant in the bedroom and wants nothing more than to tell their partner exactly what to do. Not one to be sheepish about toys or new positions, Scorpio will set the tone of their sexual encounters, expecting their partner to (consensually!) follow along.

There’s no surprise that the most sexual of all the signs like to take their bedroom play to the extreme.

Signs which are submissive

Signs which are Dominant


Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday UNITE! (little history on both🌮)

CINCO DE MAYO:

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.

Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans (such as Juárez) over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla.

Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s unlikely victory occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration.

Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla, and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks, and stores remain open.

 

TACO TUESDAY:

Cheyenne, WY-based Taco John’s – which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states – put its legal stamp on “Taco Tuesday” 30 years ago and has since zinged cease-and-desist letters at offenders far and wide.

Like “raisin bran,” ″escalator,” ″nylon” and other formerly trademarked products, “Taco Tuesday” has suffered from “genericide” – it has become too well-known to continue to be identified with a particular company, said Seattle-based attorney Michael Atkins. The term even made a fairly significant appearance in “The Lego Movie,” a 2014 kid film based on the popular plastic toys.

“It’s kind of asinine to me think that one particular taco seller, or taco maker, would have monopoly rights over ‘Taco Tuesday,’” Atkins said. “It has become such a common phrase that it no longer points to Taco John’s and therefore Taco John’s doesn’t have the right to tell anybody to stop using that.”

Taco John’s offers Americanized Mexican fare advertised as “West-Mex.” Mildly spiced, fried potato nuggets called Potato Oles – dipped in salsa or nacho cheese or packed in a burrito – are a signature item.

The company trademarked “Taco Tuesday” in 1989, claiming a Minnesota franchisee began using “Taco Twosday” to advertise two tacos for 99 cents in the early 1980s. The trademark applies in every state but New Jersey, where another restaurant already had secured the right to “Taco Tuesday.”

~Excepts from Mead Gruver’s Associated Press article for USA Today click here for the whole article

Old El Paso Taco Kit $2.69 Target, click photo to purchase


The energy you expend


has to be regenerated, somehow.

dievca passed out early and hard, woke up late, and is re-energized.

Happy Sunday to you!


On the Road, again.


Actually, the rental car is new and running very well.

Travel across was very easy.
Packing food was a good idea and I’d like to give a “shout” out to Ohio for the best rest stops.
Clean, spacious — amazing.
BTW – gasoline prices ranged from $1.99 to $1.15 per gallon – east to west.

Something interesting to note – the further away from NYC, the more lax people are about COVID-19.
Yes, it makes sense when your area has 180 deaths versus the 13,168 in NYC.
But seeing 65+-year-olds without masks and gloves in a Wal-Mart really stressed me out.

BTW – it was confirmed post-mortem that Dad’s death was not COVID-19.
Why do the test?
So, the Hospice nurses who neglected Dad would come back for Mom’s appointments.
still salty bout that

As for my Mom?
My Mom has blown through the stages of Grief and is getting ready to blow through them, again.
She is eating and sleeping well, for me at least.
Yesterday would have been Mom and Dad’s 66th Wedding Anniversary.

OK – as you read this, I am back in the car – starting Day 2 of the return trip.
Drive Safe!
Ciao~
XO


It’s been a long time…


and dievca is out of practice.

 


Master has been productive, dievca hasn’t


Granted dievca has had a lot on her mind and in her Life — and its effect on writing shows.
she might take a little break  OR NOT because she knows if she stops – she won’t come back.


Well, something to think about other than her Mother. XO

Comics from Writer's Digest 1952

My hands look like his…a story that ends well in death

My Dad died.
I could hear the death rattle while video chatting with my Mother – trying to think of every humorous or lovely moment with Dad and other family members to distract her. Dad was gasping for air. 99% sure it wasn’t COVID-19, the Speech Therapist said that as Dad lost swallowing capabilities – food/water would go down the wrong pipe, and pneumonia would set in. It did. Hospice wouldn’t come unless Dad was tested…Dad wasn’t going anywhere to get tested.

It didn’t end ugly.
I can Thank our amazing careworkers, morphine, my brother, and the great-grandkids for that. I wouldn’t have called the kids in time to say, ‘good-bye’ – they are all under 7 years old – Dad was such a mess I thought it would terrify their dreams. My brother called and they all trooped over (6+ of them) to see Dad with little masks and gloves.

Dad rallied.
He passed out Tootsie Pops.
Turned over and died in the chaos with Mom on his shoulder and holding hands with the chain of kids.

That thought sustains me more than the painful video call earlier. Dad would do anything for a kid. Kill himself for a kid. Works for me. Thank Goodness my brother called in the troops. A better way to go.

So, will the kids have bad dreams? I don’t know.
I just know that as I look at my hands which are the same shape as my Dad’s,
I am really craving a red Tootsie Pop.

Painting by Mick McGinty


Happy Secretary Administrative Assistant Day!


To those who work through the challenges of others.

Keep the World running
and look sexy to boot!

Many fantasies have been developed over the job title.

The Secretary: Kate Slyvester 2002 Fashion


Say What? (foreign idioms)

dievca was mumbling about changing careers on the phone to her Dutch friend. Rambling about doing something related to Fashion and Clothing Upcycling/Resale/etc.

The friend replied:

Translating the Dutch Expression directly to English:

Binding the cat to the bacon

it means:

” to tempt someone so much that they can’t resist it. The result is usually that he/she does something bad or unwanted.”

In this case – dievca already has so many clothes, shoes and accessories – she shouldn’t tempt herself with more….

There may be a hold on travel, but not on humor.

Learning any foreign language is tricky, then add that idioms come with their own challenges — misunderstanding can turn into a great deal of fun!

When describing someone who lives luxuriously, Germans say

‘Leben wie die Made im Speck’

– which translates into English as: ‘to live like a maggot in bacon’.

In Sweden, the phrase

‘Att glida in pa en rakmacka’

refers to someone who hasn’t had to work to get where they are. Literally, it translates as: ‘to slide in on a shrimp sandwich’.

The French language has a number of amusing idioms which get lost in translation;

“le démon de midia”

literally means ‘the demon of midday’ for a ‘midlife crisis’,

The term

‘J’ai d’autres chats a fouetter’

means ‘I have other things to do’ but directly translates as: ‘I have other cats to whip’.

Or even Australian English:

“She’ll be right, mate”

means everything will be okay

Or

“it was chockers”

means something is really full.

Infographic by City Base Apartments


stream of consciousness “Orange Whip”🍊 to (something of use)🍍

It all started with the movie, Blues Brothers, and this scene:

How do you make an Orange Whip?

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That photo prompted the thought that a Pineapple Whip might be a better choice sexually – why?

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Yes, ladies — and men too, for that matter — drinking a good-sized glass of pineapple juice a couple of hours before the deed can help make your bodily fluids taste and even smell better. Fruits, in general, are good because they contain acids and sugars. May 31, 2005 NBC News

Does pineapple make your VAG sweeter?
Pineapple and citrus fruits are associated with a sweeter taste, Schmit said. … The result: Participants whose partners ate 200 grams of pineapple a day reported that the pineapple eaters did, in fact, taste sweeter. According to Schmit, vegan and vegetarian diets could also lead to a sweeter taste. Jul 12, 2016

How long after eating pineapple will you taste better?
“It doesn’t seem to matter whether the pineapple is fresh, canned or juiced,” Helmenstine explains. “The effect is not noticeable immediately after eating a few bites of pineapple. Most respondents saw a definite effect after eating pineapple for several days. Jul 10, 2018

Hmmm~so a Pineapple Whip rather than an Orange Whip

Disney’s Dole Whip was introduced to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts in 1986, the pineapple soft serve has achieved a beloved status.

Disney Dole Whip Recipe

Dole Whip Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 2 cups of frozen pineapple

How to Make a Dole Whip:

Add all 3 ingredients to a blender, and blend it until it’s smooth. You can serve it as-is, but Disney suggests putting the blended mixture into a piping bag and piping a swirl into your bowl for the soft-serve look. Top with a cocktail umbrella for an extra tropical touch.

Something of use – a dose of Pineapple for you and your partner – a lovely treat!


The Silver Lining

of Staying Home.

You can play YOUR own music at almost any moment.


Your personal productivity increases with limited distractions.

The alarm doesn’t ring at 4 am.

You get a chance to work on unused skills.

You can attend dance or workout classes at any time.


You hear or connect to people you haven’t seen or heard from in years.


You have a chance to just “be”.


A use for the leftover peeps…


Good Morning!
So what do you do with your leftover Peeps?
XO


What is helping EVERYONE get through…

Click photo to purchase

dievca’s good friend in Europe has found a similar solution as to how many New Yorkers are getting through ‘social distancing”…
Looks like her friend has found a really good bottle of wine. 😉

XO


Use your imagination to start your Monday.


Yes, the coffee will smile at you this morning.
…promise…
Good Morning!


What do the numbers look like?

Local gyms are offering free online classes, Peloton is offering a free 90-day subscription (including classes that don’t need bike), people are doing classes via youtube, etc. dievca sees her neighbors working out in their apartments (Remember, she lives in a fishbowl). she’s been doing personal workouts and online workouts, too.

So…how many weekend warriors are getting injured?
Where do they go if the injury is more severe and cannot be taken care of at a clinic?
The hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19.

Maybe at the USNS Comfort:

The Comfort’s 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms will largely be used for non-coronavirus patients, freeing up much-needed space at the city’s overtaxed hospitals. The ship is typically used to support military campaigns and humanitarian crises abroad, along with earthquake and hurricane relief. Most recently, it was deployed to Latin America, helping countries with inadequate health care systems. It was last stationed in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks where it helped treat hundreds of first responders.
~ the Verge

During the conversation dievca had with the Millenials who gave blood there was a discussion about how they were so astounded at the amount of time, effort and clean-up involved with cooking at home.😳 Maybe the USNS Comfort will be dealing with kitchen knife incidents or burn issues for these newly minted cooks.

What are the numbers?

At least no one is really driving the city – so auto accident numbers should be down.