with head cocked…it looks like a bird

Beak jutting out.
Round belly.
Crested head.

Standing upright.
Dubbing it – “The Bird”
Do you see it?

Photos: Dog – stock, Building in Hudson Yards NYC – dievca 05/2019


Master is helping his daughter move…

He’s Grumpy!
After the move Master is taking on IKEA bookshelf build detail:

dievca is just so entertained with the thought.
IKEA was a “Defining Moment” in Master and dievca’s Relationship.
(When dievca and Master survived an IKEA piece)


PAIN! au chocolat


dievca has a friend who is going through a tough time. The friend is dealing with shingles and setting up a surgery for a detached retina – when she should have flown on Holiday. No flying with that eyeball issue…

dievca sent her information about shingles and potential items to help with pain. The photo above is what she got back. Life is ALWAYS better with a little “chocolate bread” in it. Not sure if that will help with the shingle pain, though…

Pain au chocolat: A viennoiserie sweet roll consisting of a cuboid-shaped piece of yeast-leavened laminated dough, similar in texture to a puff pastry, with one or two pieces of dark chocolate in the center.


Gotcha!

Click the photo for directions on how to make the “coffee”.

An April Fool’s prank that would get many panicked immediately!

Here are some other fun ones:


dievca wrote about the History of April Fool’s Day
– click the photo below to find out more!

Thanks to Bored Panda, Redtedart.com. Buzzfeed and Google photos.

Jumpstart your Saturday: James Brown

dievca’s using James Brown to get her going this morning.
Maybe you need some “get on up”, too.
XO

The speedier version!


Depending upon an 8+ lbs rodent for advice….Happy Groundhog Day! (repost)

There is one day a year when Americans turn to a small mammal to predict the weather, Groundhog Day. It’s the day we celebrate the American tradition of finding out if there will be six more weeks of winter

Thousands will converge on the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to see if Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his temporary burrow and see his shadow. If that happens, winter weather will continue across the United States. But if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring temperatures are on the way.

Groundhog Day is derived from ancient Christian and Roman customs in Germany, where Europeans celebrated Candlemas, a holiday marking the Virgin Mary’s presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. Candlemas is observed on Feb. 2nd. If there were clear skis on that usually meant an extended winter. German immigrants brought the rituals to the U.S.

Punxsutawney Phil was named an official immortal oracle in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney. Rivals such as Staten Island Chuck and Gen. Beauregard Lee have tried to undermine his fame, but Phil has maintained his cultural significance.

For those who refuse to believe in the fantasy of Phil’s immortality are right. Groundhogs in captivity typically live no longer than 10 years. And the U.S. National Climatic Data Center has found that Phil is only correct about 40% of the time.

Ah, well, it inspired a great movie!

Phil Connors: (to the groundhog) “Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”

groundhog-day-bill-murray-phil

Phil Connors: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.


The giraffes of the NJ savanna

Photo: dievca NJ 12/2018