Thinking of you! (and your coffee)

Aerial view of various coffee

However you take your coffee – may it start your week on a positive note!


Back to the OG!

dievca had a large project to complete by 11:59 PST – she made it and slept in to 6:30 am this morning.  Watching the dawn break across the city is a cozy experience.  she’s wearing the fourth rendition of inexpensive Afghan Slipper Socks and thinking of her family.  

dievca bought three pairs from Pier One in college as gifts for her Mom, her Aunt and herself.  She wore out her pair, wore out her Aunt’s pair (taken when her Aunt died from Cancer) and wore out her Mom’s when Mom could no longer wear them because of slipping. 

A 30 year process.

Pier One stores have closed and the J. Crew rendition ripped in the heel after 3 years.  dievca didn’t know where to get her next pair of slippers…until she looked on Etsy!

Back to the OG!

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Coffee Anyone?

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Winter Dawn – poem

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WINTER DAWN

The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.

Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth

Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”

dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.

Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023


Gracefully with Personality: Vivienne Westwood at YOOX and dievca’s closet

The first 7 Vivienne Westwood dresses are available at YOOX.

The second 8 Vivienne Westwood items are in dievca’s closet (starting at the 2nd green dress). she’s missing photos of her indigo “Hangover” dress that has been worn to the woof and her “go to” jersey funeral dress in a very dark burgundy.

When Century 21 was open in NYC – dievca would haunt the Vivienne Westwood racks and if they had a sample sale – she was there.  The items are cut for curvy in mind and ladylike enough for Master, quirky enough for His dievca.

dievca will be wearing the sequin dress for New Year’s Eve.

Obviously dievca did not know Vivienne Westwood, but she admired her boldness in growing old gracefully with personality. May we all grow older gracefully with personality!

Vivienne Westwood Juergen Teller fame laid bare


dievca’s ❤️goes out to Buffalo, NY – but

she’s really missing snow this winter in NYC…

Photo: dievca Lake MI 


What was under your Christmas Tree?

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Sending you Love, Joy and Peace for Christmas.
XO
your dievča


Ready to Push Onward with coffee and a poem

Christmas Coffee

May the Xmas joy percolate into your mind
May the Xmas love blend into your heart
May his grace filter down to your soul
And like a well made coffee let it revitalise your life
Merry Christmas to everyone

Jibrael Jos


Marshmallow Fluff Fudge

dievca’s Mom was a HUGE fan of Marshmallow Fluff or anything marshmallow. dievca used the “Fluff” recipe for Fudge when she asked what baking people wanted for the Holidays – they requested fudge.  Argh! dievca is really out of practice and doesn’t have the correct size pans.  Whatever, she made do~ it tastes fantastic, but a little goes a loooong way.

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Photo: dievca plain fudge on the left, walnut fudge on the right. 12/2022

Never Fail Fudge

  • 7½ oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ stick butter or margarine
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz (~2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. In large saucepan combine first 5 ingredients. Stir over low heat until blended. Increase heat to medium and bring to a full-rolling boil being careful not to mistake escaping air bubbles for boiling. Boil slowly, stirring constantly, 3½ – 5 minutes to the soft ball stage*. Remove from heat, stir in semi-sweet chocolate pieces until they are melted.  Stir in vanilla. Add nuts. Turn into greased pan and cool. Makes 2½ pounds.

*The soft ball stage is a test to see if the fudge has been cooked to the proper stage. Before you start cooking, fill a small dish with ice water and set aside. After you have brought the recipe to a full boil for 3½ minutes, dribble a few drops of the mixture into the ice water from a wooden spoon. After it cools in the water (about 10 seconds), you should be able to roll it into small ball with your finger tips. If you put it in your mouth, it will be slightly chewy. If it passes these tests, you are done and should remove the mixture from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Otherwise, cook for another 30 seconds and try the test again. Most of the time, cooking time will not exceed 5 minutes.

Hint: As with all fudge recipes, cooking time will vary depending on factors such as humidity, altitude, and cooktop temperature.


Good Morning from NYC

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Photo: dievca – Chelsea NYC 12/2022


Fog

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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg

Photo by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Tribune


XOXO-OOOOOOO

Loewe Hug Dress

The Loewe “Hug” Dress

Are you covering your assets or is your Mistress giving you a hug from behind?

dievca will be giving Master a HUG and more – its their anniversary.


~Autumn has finally arrived in NYC~

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What
Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 expected.
Where
In New Jersey, Hudson County. In New York, New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Northern Queens, Southern Queens and Southern Nassau Counties.
When
From 8 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Monday.
Impacts
Frost and freeze conditions will kill sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Additional Details
The growing season will be coming to an end for these areas Monday November 21, and Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings will no longer be issued for this season after Monday.
WARM COFFEE A NECESSITY AFTER THE BIKE RIDE TO WORK!


Sliding into Sunday

Because dievca has been sick – she has a lot of catching up to do around the apartment.

The good news is that she woke up at 5 am, raring to go!

A little Booker T. to get her (and you) sliding into this Sunny and Chilly NYC Autumn Sunday. XO

According to Booker T. Jones, the composition was originally to be called “Funky Onions”, but the sister of Jim Stewart thought it “sounded like a cuss word”; it was therefore renamed “Green Onions”.


Urban Hawker – NYC (recommended)

Urban Hawker Ramendievca’s been off her game for a couple of days. Allergies into Sinus Infection into Bronchitis.  she’s been masking at work and otherwise laying low.

she’s out of Chicken Noodle Soup and she needed to shake off and move a bit, so she rode up to 50th Street between 6th/7th to get a bowl of Ramen at Urban Hawker — early enough so the crowds weren’t in evidence (4:30 pm).

Putting Anthony Bourdain’s dream into reality – Urban Hawker is a food market curated and helmed by KF Seetoh, who is the founder of Makansutra, a company revolving around Asian food culture. Urban Hawker features 17 different vendors, 11 of which are directly from Singapore.

dievca chose a soup (above) from Prawnaholic, a Hokkien-style prawn noodle soup stall.

she had a hard time of choosing because the selection of Asian street food that looks very appetizing is immense. she though the soup would be good for her health and soul.

Matcha TartAfter following up her dinner with a Matcha Tart, dievca hopped on her bike to follow the 7th Avenue Bike Path home.

Urban Hawker, which boasts a 200 person capacity and a 14,000 square foot space, is located a few blocks away from Times Square in Manhattan at 135 West 50th Street.

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Ticking the boxes for Autumn 2022 by shopping your closet

Here are dievca’s offerings:

√√ Wide Leg Faux Leather Pants
√ Fair Isle Sweater
√ Chunky Shoes
√ Camera Bag
√ Wood Eyeglass Frames
√ Cashmere / Wool Baseball Cap
√ Over-sized Coat
√ Over-sized Chain Necklace
√ Pearls

What’s in your closet that works for 2022?
dievca bets that there are some fabulous pieces!


One more cup of coffee before I go~

Bob Dillon Coffee


All Saints, All Souls

Communion_of_saints_baptistry_padua_2016-2The All Saints’ Day (November 1st) celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

It is celebrated on the first Sunday of the Pentecost by Eastern Orthodox Churches. It is an official public holiday in Catholic countries. It is not an official public holiday in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. Other names for it are All Hallows’ Day, Feast of All Saints, Solemnity of All Saints, and Hallowmas.

All Souls’ Day (Novermber 2nd) is a Catholic day of remembrance dedicated to those who have recently died.

dievca is not going to make it to Texas for coffee on her friend’s grave.

All Saints’ is a reach for dievca, but she has a list for All Souls’ Day – her parents, college roommate, college good friend, workmates, family members, etc. Maybe dievca will head up to Saint John’s the Divine in Manhattan Valley (112th and Amsterdam) to visit a lovely lady interred there and stay a moment for others.  Might be a good place to reflect on Life.

dievca is sending love and prayers for your Souls, too. 


dievca’s Jack-o’-Lantern offering 2022

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Reality Check (a small dievca disaster)

20221020_194723So, dievca was on a bit of tight schedule. Work ended at 5:30 pm in Chelsea she had to get up to Manhattan Valley to look at a Coop for Sale (1930’s building, good views, well-maintained, excellent price, VERY SMALL). She then had to get down to 55th for a Twyla Tharp performance at City Center.  A cab ride downtown got her into the area, but not early enough to meet friends for dinner.

subway-meatball-marinara-subAt this point, dievca was feeling successful about quick cab rides, navigating the subway stairs, etc. she had time to step into Subway Sandwich shop to get a meatball sub…

Sometimes in NYC, you can buy your food but there isn’t anywhere to sit and eat. dievca decided to eat on the street and then head to the Theater. With her first bite of the meatball sandwich – a meatball shot out the back end, hit her her shoe and rolled on to the sidewalk.  dievca thought, “Ugh! I’ll eat the sandwich then pick up the meatball before feeding the rats.”  It was working, until a tourist kicked the meatball on to the subway train air vent and squashed it into the grate…  “OK, rats fed for this evening.”

With the sandwich finished, dievca made her way to the Theater, early, and was able to catch an empty elevator up to the “cheap seats”. (Her ticket was $45 total).  Note: masks were required for the performance.  

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Since dievca had a bit of time, she thought she could visit the restroom and wipe the meatball sauce off of her shoe.  Perfect!  The bathroom was empty.  The only problem was that the retrofitted stalls didn’t have much space between the toilet and the door.  dievca had a full backpack, coat, scarf draped over the door and managed to knock her face mask into the clean toilet…  she fumbled around to find clean napkins and thankfully the inside of the mask was not wet.

Stepping out of the stall, gathering her plethora of stuff – dievca tried to look more graceful washing her hands and cleaning her shoe wearing a slightly soggy mask. No one noticed.

The performance was amazing and dievca managed to make it home without any more mishaps.

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Photos: dievca City Center 10/2022

The Dom and sub who

Couple Cleaning

clean together, preen together!
preen
/prēn/
verb
congratulate or pride oneself.
“it did not prevent them from preening themselves on their achievement”

Master has friends and family coming for visits this Autumn, so dievca went over to help him do a “deep clean” for their arrival.  Windows washed inside and out, Floors wiped, Heavy duty dusting, Leather conditioned, Granite conditioned, Bathrooms scrubbed, etc. — Master’s apartment is GLEAMING!

Hey, it was what Master asked for as a present for His Birthday. dievca was happy to serve. XO


Master and His dievca agree

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Autumn in New York is key!

We hope you are enjoying your Fall, too. XO


A touch of Autumn

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One to cut for Halloween and two for décor into Thanksgiving!

Have you stepped into Autumn, yet?


It’s a Beautiful Day!

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Cue the U2 Song – “Beautiful Day”

Photos: dievca – NYC Harbor Ferry Terminal 10/2022


Harvest Moon this evening.

The Harvest Moon appears this evening. dievca attempted to get a slice of it this morning on Governor’s Island.  She still needs a larger lens – but the process of watching the Moon Set in 46 F (7.77C) wearing down slippers, polar fleece pants and a cashmere turtle neck was worth it. We have an amazing planet.

Please don’t forget to shake your wallet at the moon to come into $ this evening. XO

Photo: dievca, NYC Harbor 10/2022


Lindy Hop Dancer

So, during COVID dievca got sucked down the YouTube Rabbit Hole watching Phil Wright Choreography videos of families performing after learning a dance piece together.  The first video she saw was this and she absolutely loved the first group of a Mom and two daughters.

The beginning of another video has this Mother/Son duo and dievca thought the Mom was an amazing dancer – perhaps she was a professional Lindy Hop dancer:

Comparing the Jon Batiste Video (above) and the Rockin’ Robin – they are not the same dancer.
But, watching these videos, again, made dievca smile because she shared them with her Mom before she passed and they had a good time watching together. Mom keep saying she would have loved to get the lessons for the Great Grandkids and their Parents, but the Midwest is an awfully long way from Los Angeles…

Anyways, dievca’s Mom and Dad met at a Dance Hall – they were an amazing Jitterbug couple.

Here’s the Jitterbug:

Is jitterbug the same as Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop, also known as the jitterbug, was developed in the 1920’s and is said to be the original form of swing dance. The term ‘jitterbug’ is however commonly used to describe any swing dancer and is derived from the visual display of the dancers on the floor who look like jitterbugs with the fast, bouncy movements.

Can you tell that dievca is getting desperate to dance again?


A good night’s sleep

Some of dievca’s best sleep is when, after Play, she is tucked into her Master’s armpit – making an earmark on His arm.
That earmark is pretty drastic.
Perhaps an earmark on an a** would be better.

Or following HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL’s “8 secrets to a good night’s sleep”:

1. Exercise
Going for a brisk daily walk won’t just trim you down, it will also keep you up less often at night. Exercise boosts the effect of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin. A study in the journal Sleep found that postmenopausal women who exercised for about three-and-a-half hours a week had an easier time falling asleep than women who exercised less often. Just watch the timing of your workouts. Exercising too close to bedtime can be stimulating. Morning workouts that expose you to bright daylight will help the natural circadian rhythm.

2. Reserve bed for sleep and sex
Don’t use your bed as an office for answering phone calls and responding to emails. Also avoid watching late-night TV there. The bed needs to be a stimulus for sleeping, not for wakefulness. Reserve your bed for sleep and sex.

3. Keep it comfortable
Television isn’t the only possible distraction in your bedroom. Ambience can affect your sleep quality too. Make sure your bedroom is as comfortable as possible. Ideally you want a quiet, dark, cool environment. All of these things promote sleep onset.

4. Start a sleep ritual
When you were a child and your mother read you a story and tucked you into bed every night, this comforting ritual helped lull you to sleep. Even in adulthood, a set of bedtime rituals can have a similar effect. Rituals help signal the body and mind that it’s coming to be time for sleep. Drink a glass of warm milk. Take a bath. Or listen to calming music to unwind before bed.

5. Eat—but not too much
A grumbling stomach can be distracting enough to keep you awake, but so can an overly full belly. Avoid eating a big meal within two to three hours of bedtime. If you’re hungry right before bed, eat a small healthy snack (such as an apple with a slice of cheese or a few whole-wheat crackers) to satisfy you until breakfast.

6. Avoid alcohol and caffeine
If you do have a snack before bed, wine and chocolate shouldn’t be part of it. Chocolate contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. Surprisingly, alcohol has a similar effect. It makes you a little sleepy, but it’s actually a stimulant and it disrupts sleep during the night. Also stay away from anything acidic (such as citrus fruits and juices) or spicy, which can give you heartburn.

7. De-stress
The bills are piling up and your to-do list is a mile long. Daytime worries can bubble to the surface at night. Stress is a stimulus. It activates the fight-or-flight hormones that work against sleep. Give yourself time to wind down before bed. Learning some form of the relaxation response can promote good sleep and can also reduce daytime anxiety. To relax, try deep breathing exercises. Inhale slowly and deeply, and then exhale.

8. Get checked
An urge to move your legs, snoring, and a burning pain in your stomach, chest, or throat are symptoms of three common sleep disrupters—restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. If these symptoms are keeping you up at night or making you sleepy during the day, see your doctor for an evaluation.

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dievca desires (no, not that – clothing)

dievca is selling off her closet to revamp her selections.  she is up to $1500 via eBay and continuing the process — here is what she is considering for purchase:

Here’s the good news – things that she already owns that work with this year’s trends:


Taking a Moment

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To appreciate a Masterpiece.

Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River Sunset 09/2022


Thank you and Happy Anniversary!

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dievca received a notice that the Blog hit 9 years yesterday.
Thank you for sticking with Your dievca through thick and thin.
Sending love and champagne!
XO