Traveling, again.

Yep, with the knee still wrapped, dievca is heading west to what Master calls “Flyover Country”.  she will be consolidating storage units (with good help), seeing family and friends, taking Mom and Dad’s ashes to Mass, etc.

The corn should be knee high by the 4th of July!

dievca might even get a chance to attend a Midwestern small town 4th of July Parade.

What are you up to for Independence Day? (USA located viewers 😘)

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Summer Solstice: midsummer or the beginning of summer?

So, The summer solstice was on June 21, 2022 and Midsummer is today, June 25th.
Which is truly the start of Summer?

20220616_183426_resized_1The June Solstice is often referred to as the first day of summer, and yet celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year carry the name Midsummer, which is pretty confusing.

Midsummer and the summer solstice are used interchangeably, but they refer to different things.

The solstice is the beginning of the astronomical summer that has been celebrated since ancient times as the longest day of the year, whereas Midsummer now refers to numerous celebrations that are held over the solstice period, between June 19 and June 24, with both pagan and Christian origins.

With celebrations originating in ancient times as a festival for the summer solstice, this could be where the name comes from. Bonfires were lit up to ward off evil spirits as the sun turned southward.

Meteorologically,

Because the Earth actually takes 365.24 days to travel around the Sun we add an extra day every fourth year, we call this a Leap Year. This means the longest and shortest days vary from one year to the next.

The elliptical shape of the Earth’s orbit causes the lengths of the astronomical seasons to change and this mean it is difficult to compare climatological statistics consistently for a particular season.

This is where the meteorological seasons come in.

Meteorological dates mark the start and end of seasons for statistical purposes. Meteorologists split the year into four quarters, each made up of three months, based on the annual temperature cycle.

The length of the meteorological seasons are more consistent than the astronomical ones, so that we can observe, forecast and compare season statistics reliably from year to year.

  • Autumn: September 1 – November 30
  • Winter: December 1 – February 28
  • Spring: March 1 – May 31
  • Summer: June 1 – August 30

This means that for meteorologists it’s been summer since the beginning of June…

Honestly – the Joy of Summer was probably dictated by when your school let out!


Prepping for Midsommar

dievca’s friend had a delivery from her Father – new potatisar (potatoes) and jordgubbar (strawberries) from their Summer House garden.  We have a dill plant, chives in the garden, sour cream and pickled herring.  Lamb will be on the grill.

The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps.

dievca’s task? Scrub the potatoes…

photos: dievca – Scandinavia 06/2022


Missing a day~

Sometimes when you travel the days blur, dievca lost that yesterday was a Monday.

So, the coffee love is coming a bit late:

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Photo: dievca, Cappuccino in Porto, Portugal 06/2022


The Gardens of Santar


Last Evenings’ Super Moon Rising

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Did you shake your wallet at the Strawberry Full Moon?

May you come in to money!

Photo: dievca – Full Moon over Mideõs Portugal 06/2022


Made it

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Flight was Amazing!

Passport control – Hell… 3 hours in the line.

Missed train and couldn’t rebook because all was sold out on a Sunday… dievca’s friend had to drive 3 hours to pick her up.

The Eco – Lodge is a paradise.  Fresh lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, apricots, raspberries, nectarines all for the picking.  32 C (90F) during the day beside the pool, dropping to 19C (66F) during the night..

Can you find the house (left) and the edge of the pool (right) in the photo above?  It’s taken from down below by the fruit trees!

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Uma bica, por favor~

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obrigada


The Start of Summer

Hilda Beach Tube

Warm summer sun,
    Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
    Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
    Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
    Good night, good night.

MARK TWAIN


Load the Love

In Vacation Mode:

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Flight leaves in about 48 hours.

dievca’s rosé wine is honoring or cribbing the Bleeding Hearts Love Wall, NYC


Look for Less –> Wal-Mart

So, dievca completed that New Jersey Wal-Mart run this weekend and she took time to wander around their clothing department.  Why?  Years ago, dievca’s favorite T-shirt came from Wal-Mart for $2.58 – she wore it to the woof~ so she always takes a moment to wander Women’s clothing for another inexpensive find.

Two items came to view!

A Linen-Blend White Wide Sleeve Shirt Dress by Free Assembly ($28).

Imagine dievca having a full-blown conversation with the sales lady at 7:30 am – all about the Free Assembly line and how it is selling out quickly.  The fabric of this dress is amazing.   The conversation informed dievca about what’s hot at a New Jersey Wal-Mart and what’s not.  dievca loves to listen to people who are passionate about their jobs.

WalMart Free Assembly Wide Sleeve Shirt Dress white $28

The second Dress is from their Scoop line.  SCOOP NYC was a store in NYC and surrounding areas. It was “hot in the aughts”.  They decided to close (Pre-COVID) and dievca still has some of their cashmere sweaters in her closet rotation.  Anyways…the Scoop owners have been designing capsule collections for Walmart and every piece that dievca has picked up has been good (shorts, t-shirt, pants).  Granted the quality is not as nice as the original SCOOP NYC, but the price is much better. This time, dievca choose their Black Linen-Blend Sundress with smocking ($40):

Two Summer Dresses for $68? Flattering fits? Nice Fabric?
Well Done!


Smell the Roses

As dievca made her way to the composting area along the Hudson River there was a double blossom rosebush that gave off the most delightful of smells:

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The composting guy has a passion for what he does and he explained the various plants grown by the volunteers to the Hudson Riverway Park.  In return, dievca was able to share the breakdown of corn starch packing materials via composting –> Carbon Dioxide and Water… 

Equals Happiness.

XO

Photo: dievca – Hudson River Greenway 06/2022


Coffee Percolators – does anyone know?

dievca’s Dad and Mom grew up poor, so when Dad started to make a bit of money he wanted to try all kinds of activities that he associated with people who had a bit more money – tennis, bridge, etc.   Both of dievca’s parents ended up playing tennis for a long time, but only dievca’s Mom got into Bridge.

she was a demon at it

bridge-player-gift-cardsBridge players play weekly or more.  Depending on how many tables are going – each participant will host a Bridge Party monthly or bi-monthly.  These hostings would include food or a meal.  And in dievca’s Mom’s case – lunch could be a Waldorf Salad or Phyllo dough individual Chicken Pot Pies.

Anyways…

General Electric Coffee PercoatorCoffee service was involved.

dievca’s Mom used a percolator and she always said the coffee was considered excellent. So, dievca was looking for the percolator when she closed up her Mom’s house and never found it.  she thinks it might have been a General Electric version.

Does anyone have any experience with an electric percolator – vintage GE in particular?


Amazing

PT bumper sticker

Someone who helps me figure out which muscles are failing.

Someone who helps me fire up those muscles, again.

Someone who digs into my muscles to get the fascia to release.

Someone who assists my game plan for moving better.

SIGN ME UP!

Our dievca had her first PT session and felt the benefits immediately and almost cried with Joy.

Master voiced dievca’s thoughts that returning to a physical training process brought trust, release, and relief.


And they WON!

(Click on Photos for a larger view of the OT goal.)

dievca was the lucky recipient of a last-minute offer to see the NY Rangers play Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s always a treat to catch live hockey, but the game was tight and the energy in MSG (Madison Square Garden) was ROCKING!

The Rangers will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes, next. They are a good team – we will see.

Fingers crossed.🤞

Photos: dievca NYC 05/2022


Words of Wisdom: Elderly Parents on Aging.

So, a total knee replacement is in dievca’s future. But, the chipped knee cap and the floating bone piece, and the osteoarthritis behind the kneecap are the culprits for the current swelling and ligament strains.  Physical Therapy, 1st.  If that’s not enough, removal of bone chip 2nd.  dievca is looking to get into a study for cartilage replacement – maybe? Then knee replacement 4th?

As dievca’s Mom said, “It’s hell to get old.”‘

dievca’s Dad said, “Just keep moving!”

Smile.


feeling a little 80’s – right now

Master laughs at His dievca’s penchant for 80’s synthesizer hits.  What can she say? she’s an 80’s Throwback – a product of Generation X:

  • They’re Expert DIY-ers. …
  • Their Sartorial Style Is Decidedly Dressed-Down. …
  • They’ve Got the Whole Work-Life Balance Thing Down Pat. …
  • They Tech-Savvy… But Not Tech-Dependent. …
  • They’re Fiercely Independent.
  • They’re Fiercely Attached To Their Music AND Don’t Really Care If You Like It Or Not.

Lyrics:

You saw me standing by the wall corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain’t much fun so you’re looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go

Don’t save a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you’ll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance like all dreamers can’t find another way
You don’t have to dream it all, just live a day

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after

Pretty looking road I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don’t ask me why I’ll keep my promise I’ll melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after (doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after


On the hunt for Bling (for a friend 😉😉)

Rhinestone Coffee Mug

Jazzing up your MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!

dievca has a very good friend who encases her phone in this:

Large Crystal Phone Case

she can’t find a coffee mug embellished with those large crystals, so she’s looking at the colorful one above…  Hmmm, maybe dievca could make the mug for her friend – a little DIY project.  Something to ponder.

In researching sparkly, glittery gifts for her IRL friend – dievca started to think about another blogger, a virtual friend, a “little” who loves color and bling.
“Cinnamon and Sparkles” has stepped away from the WordPress account with that handle (
vanillawithatouchofcinnamon.wordpress.com) and her Cinnamon email account is closed. dievca is wishing her the best and sending love her way if she stops by for a peek. XO


in the Pink of well-being

A box of mental, beauty, and well-being as a $499 treat!

La Box en Pink

Le Bon En Pink Champagne Beauty Box

La Box en Pink: A Must-Have from Harper’s Bazaar! Our appreciation of the Parisian It Girl runs deep, which is why we’re thrilled to present La Box en Pink. This limited-edition collection of rosy-hued must-haves from iconic brand Champagne Laurent-Perrier and emerging French labels celebrate effortless style and joie de vivre.

Wine Gift Set Includes:

  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose
    The Cuvée Rosé from Laurent-Perrier is the most recognized rosé champagne in the world. The house uses its proprietary maceration technique and the wine is crafted for a fragrance and not mixed for a color. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henri IV, it has been widely acknowledged for its consistent high quality for more than 40 years, and it is the benchmark for rosé champagne around the world.
    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is truly remarkable for its highly expressive bouquet, stemming from the very careful preservation of fresh fruit aromas during the winemaking. Made with 100% Pinot Noir from 10 different “crus ” (or villages), from the North and South areas of the Montagne de Reims, as well as the famous village of Bouzy. Grapes from carefully selected plots are meticulously sorted and de-stemmed before going into the vats, and the controlled maceration helps with the color extraction and the development of the full aromatic richness of the Pinot Noir.
    Intensely fruity flavors, clean and slightly sharp, the wine opens to the sensation of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, Morello cherries, black currants, and raspberries. The finish is supple and rounded.
    Rated 96 Points: Connoisseurs’ Guide
  • La Box en Pink
    La Box en Pink is comprised of a 750ml bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, a crepe de chine scarf by ba&sh, Delina Hair Mist, Feminine Discovery Set, and votive candle by Parfums de Marly, Le Stylo in Emilie and Les 4 Rouje cream lip palette in Chaleur by Rouje, and a pink quartz necklace by Bôneur, and French Glow supplement and a Simple Skin Mini Routine Set by Aime.

Singing in the Rain!

Photo: NYC Midtown 04/2015
And dievca’s favorite version of Singing in the Rain featuring Kurt Browning!


Spring Colds (elfje)

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Leaky Nose
Four Years Old
She grabbed my hand
Love

Common Colds can be caused by over 200 different viruses. These viruses can enter your body when you come in contact with a person who is already sick with a virus. Since most cold viruses are spread through respiratory droplets, covering coughs and sneezes and proper hand washing are extremely important to prevent spreading your cold to others around you.

When your immune system recognizes that there is a cold virus present, it begins to attack it. Your body experiences “side effects” of this attack, like congestion and cough. When your immune system successfully fights off the virus, symptoms resolve. Most colds will last 5 to 7 days.

Allergies, unlike colds, are not contagious.  They are caused by exposure to allergens; such as dust, dander, mold, or pollen. When your immune system senses a specific allergen it is sensitive to, chemicals called histamines are released. These histamines trigger symptoms like runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Since your immune system has no way of fighting off the allergens, symptoms caused by allergies tend to last much longer than symptoms from a common, viral cold.

Differences between a cold and allergies:

Characteristics

Cold

Allergy

Duration

3-14   days

Days to months, as long as there is continued exposure to the allergen

Time of   Year

Commonly during the winter, but possible at any time.

Any time of year, but some allergens appear seasonally.

Onset of   Symptoms

A few days after infection with a virus

Immediately after exposure to the allergen.

Symptoms

Cold

Allergy

Cough

Often

Sometimes

Aches

Sometimes

Never

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Fever

Sometimes

Never

Itchy.  watery eyes

Rarely

Often

Sore Throat

Often

Sometimes

Runny or  stuffy nose

Often (usually thicker discharge)

Often (usually thinner discharge)

Thank you to PhysicianOne Urgent Care Website


Happy Garden

Happy Garden

The crocuses, blue lily of the valley, hyacinth, daffidils, and tulips have blossomed in NYC — their timelines have blurred and it is creating a lovely burst of color along the Hudson River Pathway.


i thank You God

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

From “i thank You God for most this amazing” (1950) ee cummings


Thrown into a World you remember

Norman Rockwell Muse

12 and 13 years old can be tough ages for Kids – Girls in particular.  It’s a lovely, awkward, silly, loud, insecure, sad, joyous time.  As dievca is rolling towards menopause, she’s recently been thrown into the company of those new to menstruation.  Both camps are riding the rollercoaster of hormones and emotions.

The funny thing is that dievca is finding patience with her own body through finding patience for the kids.

As she listens and soothes – she is soothed in return and it brings back memories of her Mom, Aunts, Cousins, and female coaches.  dievca finds herself saying things that those lovely Women said to her and she rolled her eyes at 13.  Now she knows why they said them and meant them to be true.


Cock Worship

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3. A sexual activity that involves kneeling before a penis, gazing at it, playing with it, kissing it, licking it, and sucking it slowly and deliberately to prolong the experience. Often includes ball sucking and rimming to show absolute reverence for the man and his cock.

Urban Dictionary

dievca always finds it interesting that there is a large act of trust displayed by the individual who is being worshiped — it’s a delicate piece of equipment and teeth can be sharp. XO 


“Friends bring happiness into your life…

coffee Tom Boyle Getty ImagesBest friends bring coffee.” — Unknown

Photo: Tom Boyle – Getty Images


dressed wrong (a dievca disaster)

Sooooo…..dievca didn’t pack well for the South Beach crowd.  she didn’t have bodycon dresses, sparkles, running shorts with crop tops, and glamorous nails. she forgot her jewelry and a purse.  Square sunglasses are the rage and with dievca’s square face – they were a disaster.

dievca rocked her breezy cotton gauze, silk maxi dress,  wide-leg terry pants, Jackie-O round sunglasses with verve. Enough so, that she caught people looking at her because she was just different from the crowd.  Was it a good different or a bad different? dievca does not know.

she didn’t bother to shop because she was parked on the beach — until she had enough of the sun.

There was one store she wanted to stop by in Miami Beach – the Webster.

dievca was prepared to buy nothing — until she saw a ladylike dress for Master.

A linen A-line sundress from Saloni (the Rachel) – in an orange pattern.  

So, something good comes out of dievca’s South Beach dressing disaster after all.

Saloni Rachel Linen Dress the Webster


A really low dew point


can make a Beach Holiday that much more enjoyable.
(dievca has been incredibly lucky with the weather this weekend).


Photo: dievca South Beach FL 03/2022


Feelin’ the Funk on a Tuesday

Express Yourself” was written by Charles Wright and performed by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.


The Cowboy

As dievca is sipping her coffee and eating oatmeal – she wondered if the oatmeal could be cooked with coffee or mix the two….

Apparently, the mix of coffee and oatmeal is called the Cowboy.

Check out the Buzzfeed article.

Photo by Jeff Barron