Gustave Adolphe Désiré Crauk, Le Combat du Centaure, 1900. Photo: 1971 Robert Doisneau

Walk side by side,
listening and sharing.

Gain strength with skin to skin contact,
comfort through olfaction.

If one cannot regroup via travel,
traveling though the mind helps.

Look at beauty with someone close.
Dream through their eyes.

If that is not possible,
just remember you are loved.

Photo: Robert Doisneau, Sidelong glance, 1948

ˈkəmfərt fo͞od/

com·fort food
ˈkəmfərt fo͞od/
  1. food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.

Sexy, it is not, but sometimes your Sir/Madame (and yourself) need to be served and warmed via childhood memories. Traveling the World or dealing with Family/ Work stress: Midwestern Meat and Potatoes comes as comfort. (That’s what dievca’s Brother says~)

dievca’s Basic MeatLoaf:

2 eggs
2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or 2 cups soft bread crumbs (4 pieces)
1/2 finely chopped medium onion
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf sage, basil, or oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds lean ground beef, lamb, or pork
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water

In a large bowl combine everything. dievca uses her hands to mix. Lightly pat mixture into a dome shape or use a 9×5 loaf pan.

Bake in a 350 degree F (175C) oven for 1.5 hours or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F (70C).Add ketchup to the top as a glaze in the last 10 minutes.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes:

In a casserole dish, mix together potatoes, olive oil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes at 350F/175C or until the potatoes are tender.

If you want crispier skins, roast at 425F/ 220C.

Add a small salad to even out the heart attack factors and be cozy while eating.
Lose the stress. XO

Voila! Serving in a different way.
from dievca’s home to yours. 🏙

Good Morning! Decision made~

A fully coherent Father made his choice, clearly and verbally, “I will do the feeding tube in the stomach and rehab.” I know that this elongates the process, but we were so relieved that the choice was taken out of our hands and put into the hands of the main participant. Today, after coffee, I will work with the people who will help my Mother stay in their (Mom and Dad’s) home.

All this has made me think….I have no children, I need to make these plans ahead of time for myself. I cannot wait. (But, it cannot be done today…)

Have a Lovely Morning!

Update…three choices…and a potential game changer.

1.) Feeding tube in stomach and go to rehab place.
2.) Feeding tube in stomach and full-time nurse at home.
3.) No feeding tube. Hospice in home.

I’m pretty sure some of you have been here, or somewhere close, before.

“You know those young doctors – “well, he’s 87 and had a good Life”, they don’t care unless it’s their Dad.  Then she walked in, a Geriatric Doctor, slightly older and she didn’t understand why she hadn’t been called earlier.” – dievca’s brother

There is a Geriatric Doctor?
She’s sharp?
On it?

There are two seizure meds?
It may be one too many?
Might be causing the drowsiness?
Removal might help with………..swallowing……..

And the game changes. We will see~ Crossing fingers. Knocking wood.

Seniors over age 85 are the fastest-growing segment of the population. If you or any of your loved ones are over 65, being treated by a geriatrician can make all the difference. Geriatricians are primary care doctors who have had additional training in the health care needs of older people.

PS. The staff of the facility where dievca’s Dad is being treated has been stellar. Sometimes pieces and people get tangled, you learn as you go. Sometimes you don’t know the right questions to ask – but dievca is keeping notes for herself, Master, family, etc. None of us are getting any younger.

misty eyrie

Here I sit in my bower of fog
sipping my coffee
feeling wombed
in this giant City

I lived in Iceland during a past life and one of the greatest Joys was seeing the views change in the fjords with the weather. I became obsessed. It’s happening again with my new vista (modern definition).

Watching the weather roll in over the Hudson River is becoming a great Joy.

(click on photos to enlarge)

Photos: dievca NYC 02/2018

Heartbeat of the City

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY. 💋 Sending my 💌 to you.

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