June Coffee

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Think of Sex on a Sunday


Layering for temperature changes

dievca has a day where she will be running in and out from 80F (27C) to 35F (1.7C), plus temperatures in between.   She needs to look semi-professional while adding and removing layers.  Nothing fancy, but it should work. Wish her luck! (click on the photos for more detail)


An easy pack with Dries van Noten sandals

The green embossed leather Dries van Noten Sandals worked well with the Vince dress, Cynthia Rowley dress and the Chloe long skirtVince Boy t-shirt + Dries van Noten pareo worn as a wrap.  An easy way to pack for three dinners.  The Cesta bag was a great help, too.

Sometimes dievca gets the easy way right. 


Made it home!

Driving home

Whew!  A bit of a drive (12 hours, 735 mi (1182 km)) excellent roads (Thanks Waze) and excellent weather – cannot ask for anything more.  Just need to stretch desperately and sleep.  Hope your Holiday weekend was lovely, too.

XO d~


In Nature – Indianapolis


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

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“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.

the completed seaglass project

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Interesting, right?  Its the “French Blue” Jelly Color with the Matte top coat.  Apparently, the color has been renamed as “Morningtide”.  Two ladies stopped on the sidewalk to comment on dievca’s nails as she took the photo.  They liked the combination…


Fleet Week NYC 2023

Fleet Week 2023

dievca finished her swim this morning and caught sight of the Fleet Week ships entering into NYC on the Hudson River.  Note the haze from the wildfires out west.  If you would like to watch a timelapse of the Fighter Planes, Helicopters, and Ships – https://www.fox5ny.com/video/1225154


Caffeine at the pool on a Monday morning~

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Forward Crawl and Backstroke doing well.  The dolphin kick was a bit of a mess. Not using the quads enough to match the top and bottom kicks – working on it.

Today dievca’s building is shutting down the elevators from 5 am to 7 am for a full fire inspection. dievca  has a plan for coffee on the sundeck to watch the sunrise and an early swim.  How packed are the elevators going to be at 4:45 am?  Who knows – worst case scenario, dievca has coffee at home and she cancels the swim reservation.

Good Morning! have a lovely week.


fugly

fug·ly

adjective

VULGAR SLANG
  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…


Sea glass for Summer

seaglassnails-IMARNINAILS Instagram dievca is not a “nail goddess”, she’s not going to be on the cover of a magazine showing off her manicure (each of her nails is a different shape)
dievca is interested in this nail trend for Summer – “Sea Glass”

“Sea glass” is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass.

Is there a difference between sea glass and beach glass?

sea-glass-primer-1“Genuine sea glass” can be collected as a hobby and is used for decoration, most commonly in jewelry. “Beach glass” comes from fresh water and is often less frosted in appearance than sea glass. Sea glass takes 20 to 40 years, and sometimes as much as 100 to 200 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.

Sea glass nails are exactly what they sound like: a semi-sheer, cool-toned manicure with a matte finish like a piece of glass that has been swept around in the ocean for months, if not years.

Jelly polishes, which give nails a sheer, translucent wash of color reminiscent of Jell-O, are ideal for creating the see-through charm of sea glass. Jelly colors are what makes sea glass nails unique from other pastel manicures. The finish is sheer so one can still see through it after two coats. dievca plans to use Cirque Colors Jelly in Aqua, Jade and French Blue, finishing with  Orly Matte Topcoat to complete the sea glass look (Note: its recommended that you use a fast dry top coat before the matte coat for longer wear).

dievca has everything ordered from online and will let you know how the “sea glass nails” step out goes!

Photo: sea glass nails from IMARNINAILS @instagram
A "Thank You" to the website BYRDIE for guiding dievca to a cool trend!

“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:

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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!


TMI

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


Net Value

Clare V., J. Crew, Amazon, Shein, Old Navy, etc. offering a Woven Tote for Summer ($22-$145).  dievca is really shopping her closets before buying, here’s what she has:

OK, not quite the “net” look, but dievca thinks she has an olive green cotton net bag for grocery shopping in a drawer…

French Mesh bag olive


A little help from science

Screenshot_20230511_203151_Chromedievca ran track through high school (sprinter, high jump) and the school trainer was a very kind man who assisted injured athletes from various sports. He had a pat answer for the tricky question female athletes would ask about dieting in the 1980’s —>

This comment came back into dievca’s mind as she cruised through perimenopause  and into menopause, she felt like she was eating everything she saw – like a seagull. 

Now, dievca is ending her second week of Estradiol (HRT) and her appetite has dropped and is much more under control.  Yes, her breasts may get larger, hopefully her weight may shift out of her belly – but its the feeling that her joints are moving more freely (#1) and her overwhelming desire for food has diminished (#2) that is making her feel very happy relieved.

Note: the addition of progesterone will happen in 2 weeks. (helps protect from breast cancer and helps with sleep)

Is this a placebo effect?  Who knows, who cares – its a positive change in dievca’s life. 

Illustration by “Beast Flaps” a UK artist who has books available on the Amazon UK site.


Well, someone likes the weather we’ve been having!

The azaleas are gorgeous this Spring.  An explosion of Joy!

Photo: dievca azaleas Hudson River 05/2023

Last Minute Gala

 

Vivienne Westwood Plum Cowl Neck Dress

 

Under protest, dievca got roped into a fundraising Gala.  The weather was lovely, the crowd was muttering about how to remember to put make-up on and dievca was just trying to slide on by….

dievca cannot figure out if she is a curmudgeon or has gone back to her loner Generation X roots or what~ she needs to get it together and just have fun at these events rather than whining.

Yeah, ok, next week she will try again. And another week in June.

Is there anything you are pushing through?


Good Morning, Sexy!

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Have a good week!


30,000 of your closest friends : 5 Boro Bike Tour

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Today, more than 30,000 participants from all over the world will meet in Lower Manhattan, before cycling the NYC Five Boro Bike Tour. The route is 65 kilometres (40 miles) long and has been made completely car-free for this event.

dievca’s Dutch friend would really like to ride this tour – dievca isn’t interested in joining the 30K for joy.  The race makes for some interesting traffic patterns in Manhattan and the Special Olympics race through the Lincoln Tunnel made for some interesting traffic patterns in NJ.  Just a weird traffic weekend overall.


toccata and fugue in d minor with Vanessa Mae

Starting out the morning with Grand Drama and a “giddy up- get it together” prod.

Happy Saturday!


L’Indécise

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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.

M is for Masturbation, N is for…

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 …Nipples, O is for Orgasm

Master is traveling so His dievca is flying solo. XO


dawn coffee

dawn coffee

After two days of non-stop rain and dievca having to travel in it all weekend; subway delays, wild-a** bus rides, a flat bicycle tire in Times Square where the tourists walk 5 abreast with umbrellas, and wearing full rain gear…the sun has appeared. dievca is enjoying her coffee in its lovely rays. Have a good week.


Reason for the Rhyme

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Rain, rain, go awayCome again some other dayWe want to go outside and playCome again some other day

The rhyme remembers the fiasco of the Armada from the English point of view. A version very like the one we know was written about by a famous diarist called John Aubrey in 1687. He said little children used it to charm away rain so they could play outdoors.

Its thought the song dates back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, over 450 years ago. At the time, there was a rivalry between England and Spain, and the Spanish planned to invade England with an enormous fleet of ships.

In 1588, the Spanish set off with over 130 huge ships called galleons. Each galleon needed 2,000 oak trees to build, cost the equivalent of several million pounds and needed a crew of more than 200 men. It was a huge investment for Spain.
The Armada ran into the English, who had faster ships, and then a terrible storm that scattered the galleons. Only 65 made it home. The rhyme remembers the fiasco of the Armada from the English point of view.

dievca just has to get through the workday and PT – the rain is going to be a pain-in-the neck…will it please go away?!?!


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~


Coffee and a strange sight~

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What’s with the pink tree on the High Line and 10th Avenue?

A 25-foot-tall fluorescent pink tree, a sculpture by the Swiss conceptual artist Pamela Rosenkranz, will land on New York’s High Line next April like a synthetic being, rising amid its budding-green brethren where the elevated park bridges 10th Avenue at West 30th Street. Reading as a tree (but obviously artificial), this rendition will have visceral qualities, with branches tapering into blood vessels and roots reaching over the earthen-clad plinth as though poised for flight.

“The whole tree might remind us of an organ,” said the artist, 43, who is based in Zurich and is the winner of the third High Line Plinth commission, a rotating program for monumental public artworks on view for 18 months at a time. (The first artists were Simone Leigh and Sam Durant.) Rosenkranz’s work, “Old Tree,” was selected from 80 proposals solicited from artists in 40 countries, nominated by international advisers and posted on the High Line’s website in 2020 for public feedback.

Digitally merging scans of actual trees with those of human circulatory systems and muscles, Rosenkranz fabricated an armature in metal on which she is sculpting layers of tactile polymer, tinted with pigments of vivid reddish pinks. “This color has a history of being quite attractive,” she said in an interview, “but I’m looking for a dissonance, something that also awakes or repulses.”

She was inspired by Louise Bourgeois’s monumental sculptures of spiders when designing her tree’s animated roots that appear to be scrambling from the plinth. “There’s a bit of a humoristic aspect,” she said, “as if the tree would like to leave its planter.”

From a NYT Article from Hilarie M. Sheets

Photos: dievca NYC High Line 04/2023

View of the Earth via NYC

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Photos: dievca – NYC and th Hudson River 04/2023