Oiy! Trying something new…

Think Royln Pickle Ball Bag Greenwhat-is-pickleball-group-rallyPickleball is an indoor or outdoor racket/paddle sport in which two players, or four players, hit a perforated hollow plastic ball over a 36-inch-high net using solid-faced paddles. Opponents on either side of the net hit the ball back and forth until one side commits a rule infraction.
Equipment: Plastic pickleball, composite or wooden paddle, and net
First played: 1965, Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S

dievca will be trying her hand at Pickleball, today.  she’s thinking that if she can keep it lowkey and wear the brace – her knee should hold up fine. dievca has played tennis in the past, but this should be interesting.  (Note: this goes hand-in-hand with her experience of the Indy 500 Party she went to last night with friends.  They belong to a “Country Club” and that entails random socializing, golf, tennis, pickleball, swimming, mahjong, etc.  Something that dievca’s parents avoided and dievca hasn’t sought – now she remembers why.  Nice for a weekend, but its not the type of socializing she is in to…)

Pickleball Bag from Think Royln in Green $218

Something of a smile


“He’s very good looking and very sexy and all of those things, but all of that goes out the window and what is finally left is, if you can make somebody laugh … And he sure does keep me laughing” -Joanne Woodward

Paul Newman attributed their relationship success to “some combination of lust and respect and patience.
And determination.”
Paul Newman claimed that “Joanne gave birth to a sexual creature”.  dievca attributes a similar opening up experience to her Master.




  1. very ugly or unattractive.
    “we all thought he was fugly”

dievca has refused to wear Birkenstocks or Crocs because she thinks they are absolutely “fugly”.  Then she had knee surgery and had to whittle her elegant, no padding sandals and ended up with three pair that look like this:

Apparently, she is doing “fugly”, too.  Yeah…

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” —Victor Borge

Sexy humor

If I can’t joke around with a guy and hold at least a decent conversation, there is no way sex will ever be on the table.” —Julia

Both genders prefer a partner with a sense of humor, believing that it is important not only in flirting and dating, but also within an enduring relationship. However, whereas men tend to look for a partner who appreciates their sense of humor, women tend to look for a man who makes them laugh. These tendencies are complementary. Indeed, research suggests that when two strangers meet and the man succeeds in making the woman laugh, the chances of her becoming interested in forming a relationship increase (Hall, 2015; Cassata, 2016).

Humor crops up in various forms between Master and His dievca – makes for diversity and is a Joy.

Dealing with drag ~ in the physics sense

In fluid dynamics, drag (sometimes called fluid resistance) is a force acting opposite to the relative motion of any object moving with respect to a surrounding fluid. This can exist between two fluid layers (or surfaces) or between a fluid and a solid surface.

Unlike other resistive forces, such as dry friction, which are nearly independent of velocity, the drag force depends on velocity.

Drag forces always tend to decrease fluid velocity relative to the solid object in the fluid’s path.

So, dievca wore this swimsuit to WaterWorks class today:

bleu-rod-walk-the-line-1-pc-square-neck-ribbed-one-piece-swimsuit-coral chic

The class was canceled, last minute, and dievca decided to swim laps instead.  The Bleu by Rod Beattie “Walk the Line” swimsuit above has a scoop neck and an underwire “bra” which is great for bouncing in the pool, not so good for swimming laps…  The scoop neck, scooped up water and the underwire kept it in the suit longer – almost like a solid creating drag.  Let’s just say that dievca was pretty darn slow. But, she looked good sunning herself on the sundeck after her swim!



As dievca rushes to the restroom, she wishes you the best for your week!

Sunday Morning

Car Peugeot, 1924

2537411 Car Peugeot, 1924; (Peugeot race-car taking a corner on two wheels on Mont Ventoux, France, 1924); Spaarnestad Photo.

Down the road someone is practising scales,
The notes like little fishes vanish with a wink of tails,
Man’s heart expands to tinker with his car
For this is Sunday morning, Fate’s great bazaar;
Regard these means as ends, concentrate on this Now,

And you may grow to music or drive beyond Hindhead anyhow,
Take corners on two wheels until you go so fast
That you can clutch a fringe or two of the windy past,
That you can abstract this day and make it to the week of time
A small eternity, a sonnet self-contained in rhyme.

But listen, up the road, something gulps, the church spire
Open its eight bells out, skulls’ mouths which will not tire
To tell how there is no music or movement which secures
Escape from the weekday time. Which deadens and endures.

Louis Macneice


admiring the lingerie

Photographer:  Brassai (pseudonym of Gyula Halasz, 1899 – 1984) – historically important Hungarian photographer, sculptor and filmmaker who rose to fame in France.
Subject:  “L’Indécise” (Indecisive)
Date Of Negative:  circa 1930’s
Type Of Print:  Authentic Vintage Sheet Fed Photogravure/Héliogravure.
Date Of Print:  1939 (80+ year old print)
Printmaker/Engraver:  Desfossés-Néogravure, Paris, France.
Paper:  Medium weight, matte finish.
Print Origin:  France
Approximate Image Size:  5 x 3.75 inches 
This print made dievca smile. she’s been here, herself.

And it worked to the best of her ability~

Two outfits for the viewing and funeral – flew in at 4:30 pm, viewing at 6 pm, dressed and did make-up in the car backseat which scandalized prudish friends. Deal with it.

The viewing:

dievca has not said the Rosary in years – she finally realized that its a form of meditation.

The funeral Mass:

The black Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots were a challenge to dievca’s right foot.  she had to solicit help to get it on – a 7 minute process of pulling out the heel out from being crushed, getting it over her heel bone and profusely sweating.  she donated the boots to a Gen Z who admired them and had a smaller foot after the funeral.

Flying back now – a < 36 hour go~

One Perfect Rose

Roses embroidered dressA single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—
One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
“My fragile leaves, ” it said, “his heart enclose.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

— Dorothy Parker


coffee confused

Master and dievca figured it out.

We hope you do, too.

Happy Monday!

Master caught dievca muttering to herself~

talk to myself coffee cup

It’s a learned behavior, dievca’s Dad would talk to himself, too.
The good news is dievca is willing to look at both sides of the story and she always wins the argument.
Do you talk to yourself?
Have a good week!

Quirky for a Friday

Master’s description of dievca’s style is “Whimsical Chic”.  In other words – sometimes weird.

dievca ran into this belt on SSENSE as an exclusive and it is really making her smile:rose-murdoch-ssense-exclusive-multicolor-pj-harvey-rules-belt 2rose-murdoch-ssense-exclusive-multicolor-pj-harvey-rules-belt

SSENSE Exclusive Multicolor PJ Harvey Rules Belt

Hand-woven elasticized belt.
· Reclaimed metal toy cars in multicolor at length
· Hook-eye fastening

Available exclusively at SSENSE.
Supplier color: Car toys

Metal, plastic, textile.

Made in United Kingdom.


It’s gone now~

But it made for a GREAT snowball fight when needed.

Photo: dievca, Midwest Snow 03/2023

Friday Night Fish : Andalusia vs. US Midwest

Whelp – more fresh color on the Spanish version of “Fish for Lent”. Mayo-based coleslaw can’t compete with fresh tomatoes. dievca will argue that her Lake Perch was lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. And the experience is not something you can find in NYC. Even through she grew up in the Midwest, dievca felt like an Anthropologist watching the behaviors of a new species. 

dievca’s Dutch friend is enjoying the sun and heat of Spain.

Photos: Fish Fry in Antequera, Spain and Fish Fry in Wisconsin, USA 03/2023

Yesterdays fun~made Master laugh

dievca’s touches of GREEN in a sea of NYC black made her Master laugh. XO

Are you ready for the week ahead?


Good Morning!

And the wind knocked dievca off her bike

Windy Weds

An eye-opener, for sure~

Running a bit late this Monday morning

Coffee Pillow

BUT FIRST COFFEE pillow from Amazon $21.99

It’s funny when people notice~

A gay work colleague noticed dievca’s tiny lock and key Lauren Klassen earrings, admired them and gave her a deep “look”. she couldn’t tell if he just liked the earrings or was intrigued by the symbolism.  dievca imagines that its hard for a young handsome person to realize that 50+ with a few wrinkles has an interesting relationship and a vital sex life.

she just smiled.

Well, it wasn’t much~


The Snow wasn’t very impressive at 10 pm, last night.
dievca doesn’t think it will be a problem this morning on the bike…
Carrying the cake will be tricky.

(It was sweet to pull out Mom & Dad’s measuring spoons plus dievca realized that her mixer is 25 + years old and going strong)


Lingerie. (a poem)

PhysicistPhysicists are perverts. They keep
trying to peek under Mother
Nature’s dressing gown- asking
Her questions like “why
do electrons behave as both
particles and waves?”
when what they really want
to know is

if Mother Nature’s lingerie
is red or black, and which
she prefers to wear
on Fridays.

Tawanda Mulalu

Other people’s energy and a long Thursday

Sexy Woman in Heels

Did dievca in…

How was your Thursday? 
How does it look for today?

Go get’em Tiger. XO

Cultural Appropriation? Its just stuck in my head…

Now aren’t you just irritated with dievca?

Its stuck in your head, too!

Heh, heh, heh – XO

Made me laugh – a description of readers magnification

Caddis Eyewear offered this description of magnifications for Reading Glasses (readers, cheaters, magnifiers, blue light glasess)

dievca just started to laugh…see below. XO

 0.00: No magnification.

1.00: If you’re new to corrective eyewear, 40 or older, or believe that you don’t need glasses and you’re at least 45 years old, start with a 1.00. In the last several years we wish we had a buck for every time one of our friends said , “Cool company…but I don’t need reading glasses..” then we handed them a pair of 1.00 and without fail, “Holy shit!….this is awesome”. This is the gateway drug, game changer magnification level most start with.

1.50: As you begin to recognize the need, and eventual addiction, to seeing things clear again, you’ll want to upgrade and have a pair of +1.50 around. There are times of the day where the extra boost is welcomed.

2.00: More than likely, you’re already a buyer and user of corrective eyewear, so from here on out, you have some idea of what you need. More times than not, your first rodeo is not with a set of +2.00. You’ve probably flirted with the tower of shame at CVS, Walgreens, Krogers, etc.…the one that sits between the Dr. Scholls display and the Sonicare refill kits. You probably didn’t feel all that awesome…our goal is to change all that.

2.50: Varsity league user. We don’t need to tell you anything that you don’t already know. We also want to thank you for being a model citizen for those who will come after you. You’re a pioneer.

3.00: We got one word for our people in this group…… Magoo. You know who you are, and you know what we mean. Who loves you….we do. Caddis has a Magoo user on their team at headquarters, known as the Secret Squirrel, he sends you all a fist bump.

As a former…

Cat CalendarScreenshot 2023-01-22 093047parent/owner/servant to two cats who made it to 20 -years-old, dievca finds this Cat Calendar from the US Army Corp of Engineers Portland District – masterful.

Look, Print or Download a copy here!

If I’m up, everyone is up!

Calvin Saturday

Cleaning the closet for Master: “The Basics Ma’am, just the Basics”

dievca found this blog title in her “drafts” file.  It was from 2016.
she just went through Master’s Closet this past Monday, 2023. 

The sorting/clear out is not an annual activity, but every two to three years.

The process consists of emptying everything out of the closet and drawers.  Taking a good look at each piece and sorting into a keep pile, repair pile, rag pile and Goodwill pile. Master loves to get rid of items. Then there is the painful process of buying replacement items either online or in person.  

dievca steps in with the second part of the process because Master tends to avoid shopping for replacement items.  But if you have tossed 3 faded/stained black t-shirts that you wear on repeat – you will need to replace them.

So, a large Nordstrom’s credit dictated the shopping destination for this year. Instead of Barneys and Banana Republic t-shirts, Master will be trying Vince, Rag & Bone and Frame Denim.  Apparently, dievca will be watching a fashion show of “the basics” the next time they meet. 

she thinks she will love this Rag & Bone Dexter waffle -weave cotton sweater:


The Brightest Thing on a Rainy Day!


Isn’t the Good Morning Coffee! 

It’s catching up with your Sir or Madam. XO

dievca wasn’t this bad, but~


she hasn’t gone out much and she rides her bike to work at 5:40 am — that makes her useless around 11 pm.
Add alcohol? Yeah, the eyelids want to shut. XO