Iced Coffee for a Friend

When you have a guest over for coffee, you want everything thing to be “just so”.

Brew your coffee the night before using good-quality coffee beans, and make it very strong as it’ll be diluted with ice and milk. That way, it can come to room temperature by the time the morning comes around. As always, add cream (milk), sugar, simple syrup to your taste!

dievca’s friend likes to add simple syrup to her brew, so dievca will be making her own syrup – directions below.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coffee, at room temperature
2 tablespoons half and half*, or more, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
To make the simple syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and stir in vanilla extract; set aside.
Serve coffee over ice with half & half and simple syrup, to taste.


A ūüćĎ plan for your Sir or Madame


dievca’s plan to be a feast for the eyes and the tummy came to fruition, last week.
she offered up her peaches to her Master. Perhaps you might be interested, too.

First up was the ICONE VeraCruz lingerie set:

Followed by a peach bottom:

Finishing with fresh-baked peach crisp:

Click photo for recipe

A fitting Summer send off for your Sir or Madame!
dievca’s Master loved it.

 


Coffee on the Upper Eastside


dievca took a friend to an early morning outpatient medical procedure. One is not allowed to sit in the waiting room for the pick-up, so dievca wandered down to the East River to enjoy her coffee. An excellent choice.

Note: dievca brought her own coffee in an amazing Japanese brand ZOJIRUSHI thermos that a friend gifted to her.  

Photos: dievca UES 07/2020

Dreaming of Master

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s semi-tropical and dievca will be dreaming of Master,
In a swimsuit, on the rooftop.
Master is traveling to see his family and quarantining for as long as needed.
His dievca will have to create some Fantasies while He is gone,
Maybe do a little self-care with her Master’s approval.


Roadside Farm stand – Something of Use – NYC style

Photo: dievca E. 93rd St

dievca remembers stopping by farm stands in the Midwestern Summers to buy fresh produce. There was even a place that dievca’s Mother found to dig up and buy mushrooms – a dark, musty space with soil.
As she was driving to the Delaware River dievca spotted similar stands along the road in New Jersey, she forgot to stop on her way back to NYC.

The NYC farm stands are not as good as the local ones, but they offer a reminder and convenient option to eat healthily.
Something of Use!


Inexpensive, Handmade, Socially Responsible Lingerie

Working with handblocked fabric designs and upcycled Sari silk,
Brothersindia on Etsy offers handmade goods from Jaipur, India.

Summer weight Cotton Kimonos –
-prices range from $39.99 to $42.99 with free shipping:

Or upcycled elegance with Sari Silk Kimonos –
-prices range from $44.99 to $59.99:

Elegance in Aftercare


Hot in the City : Living in the (sub) Tropics?!?!?

Hot in the City : Chelo Alonso Cuban Dancer

New York City ‚ÄĒ formerly a humid continental climate ‚ÄĒ is now within the¬†humid subtropical climate zone. The city has met the National Climate Assessment‚Äôs requirements to classify as humid subtropical for the past five years.
Climate of New York (state) - Wikipedia

What do those requirements entail?

  • Temperatures have averaged above 72 degrees in the summer
  • Higher than 27 degrees in the winter.
    During the first three months of this year, the average temperature in Central Park was over 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Newer climate maps place NYC inside of the subtropical zone and instead of the humid continental warm summer climate zones similar to Pittsburgh and Chicago.¬† This makes sense when you look at vegetation and plant hardiness zone maps. NYC’s native birch and sugar maple trees are NOT flourishing in the heat while plants and trees that have historically thrived in Southeast Asia and South America are loving the weather.

The main culprit is assumed to be climate change. Climate zones around the world are shifting at an alarming rate. dievca expects her steaming concrete jungle to continue to get warmer. Per one study’s estimation, by 2050, the city could be as hot as Alabama. But who knows what will happen after COVID-19.

Time to treat NYC like a seasonal beach resort!

LES Hotel Indigo: Mr. Purple rooftop pool and bar.


Busy Morning – Coffee Break!


Keepin’ it cool~


How are you battling the heat?


So Hot, You’re Cool – a recipe

 

It’s called the TRPV1 receptor. So when you eat¬†or drink¬†something hot, these receptors get that¬†heat¬†signal, and that tells the nerve to let the brain know what’s going on. When the brain gets the message “It’s¬†hot¬†in here,” it turns on the mechanism we have to¬†cool¬†ourselves off: sweating.

dievca has exchanged recipes with friends and family during the COVID-19 quarantine and this is a recipe she tried and enjoyed: Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Warning – dievca didn’t have any Cajun Spice mix so she made the offering from the same blog (recipe below)
It’s got a serious kick.

And her cooling system works efficiently. Hello, sweaty upper lip!
Maybe this is something for Temperature Play?!?!?

 

Photo: dievca Cajun Shrimp Pasta

CAJUN SHRIMP PASTA

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 429 kcal
Author: Krissy Allori – recipe found on the Self Proclaimed Foodie Blog

Ingredients

  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†kosher salt
  • 8¬†ounces¬†penne pasta
  • 1¬†pound¬†raw shrimp¬†deveined, cleaned, tail removed
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†cajun seasoning¬†*see note below
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†olive oil
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†butter
  • 1¬†cup¬†heavy cream
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Add salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente doneness. Before draining, scoop out at least 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cook the shrimp and sauce. Combine shrimp with cajun seasoning and olive oil in a bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and melt. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook until golden brown on each side, turning only once. You may have to cook shrimp in two batches to allow enough room. Once done cooking, transfer cooked shrimp to a clean plate and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add heavy cream to pan and scrape bottoms to release any food that is stuck to the bottom. Allow the cream to bubble. Reduce heat to low and stir in parmesan cheese to melt. Add cooked pasta and shrimp and stir to coat. If the sauce needs to be thinned, add pasta water, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.

Photo: dievca Cajun Spices 06/2020

Cajun Spices (if needed)

Ingredients

  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†smoked paprika
  • 2¬†teaspoons¬†garlic powder
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†freshly ground pepper
  • 2¬†teaspoons¬†onion salt
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†cayenne pepper
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†dried oregano
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†dried thyme
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Combine all spices in a small bowl. Use as a dry rub on poultry, beef, shrimp, etc. You can also add to sauces and soups. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Makes 1/4 cup
Equal portions of onion powder and kosher salt can be used in place of onion salt


Who’s that Lady?

or maybe you prefer the original

What type of Sex Bomb are you? (click)

PS. The lady is Mamie van Doren


Aftercare = whole body and mind care

A graphic of a BDSM ‘win-win’!

Sexually active older adults tend to have less inflammation
and, in turn, a higher quality of life, suggests a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Avocados are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat and antioxidants,
which can dampen your body’s¬†inflammatory¬†response.
In fact, the anti-inflammatory properties of avocados are so strong
that they may actually offset less healthy food choices. 

Master and His dievca are catching up for a little playtime and lunch today.
They’ve been sharing a Lenwich Vegetarian sandwich during aftercare:

Photo from Lenwich Instagram

Avocado,
Green Leaf Lettuce,
Tomato,
Carrot,
Cucumber,
Alfalfa Sprouts,
Shredded Red Cabbage,
Sweet Peppers,
Honey Mustard

Aftercare = whole body and mind care

 


Coffee – How much is the “right” amount?

Four cups of strong coffee a day might be the recipe for a healthy heart, especially for older adults.

That amount may vary from person to person – but it seems to be a good solid number. Also, note that though caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee, it also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.

The following focuses on caffeine intake – about 250 – 350 mg a day.

A team of German researchers, led by the molecular biologists Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied, thinks it has discovered clues about how coffee works its caffeine-fueled magic on our heart health and how much caffeine we should drink each day to see the best benefits.

By studying caffeinated lab mice and dosing human tissues with caffeine, the researchers discovered how a jolt of the stimulant could improve the way cells inside our blood vessels work — essentially, by making certain proteins inside older adult cells perform more like young and nimble ones. The study was published Thursday in the journal PLOS Biology.

“When you drink four to five cups of espresso,” Altschmied told Business Insider, “that seems to improve the function of the powerhouses of our cells, and therefore seems to be protective.”

Scientists have for years noticed that people who drink coffee seem to be less likely to die from all sorts of causes, including heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Perhaps the best evidence yet for this comes from two massive studies: one of more than 400,000 people in the US by the National Institutes of Health, and another of more than 500,000 Europeans. Both studies found that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to die from any cause than people who don’t sip a daily brew.

Coffee is also associated with a whole host of other health benefits, including a lower risk of liver disease (cirrhosis), a lower risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, lower rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and a reduced risk of depression. It’s also great for your heart — people who drink three or four cups a day may be 19% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

Altschmied said he hoped his new study would debunk the old advice that people with heart problems shouldn’t drink coffee, and he argues that drinking the equivalent of about four shots of espresso a day could help reduce the risk of heart attacks, especially for people who are obese or prediabetic.

“It will not replace other things,” he said. “Keep on doing your sports, eat healthily, and add coffee to your diet.”

If you don’t like the taste, green tea has similar levels of caffeine and could also be an effective way to boost heart health.

It’s important not to overdo it with the new recommendation, as too much coffee can quicken your heartbeat and cause other health problems. But drinking up to six cups a day should be OK, cardiologists say, and may even reduce arrhythmias in people with irregular heartbeats.

One caveat: The study wasn’t done in humans — only in human tissues and lab mice. What works in a hyper-controlled environment of mice, dosed with very specific amounts of caffeine, may not be the same as what happens when you drink a cup of joe at home.

“If I had four cups of espresso and you had four cups of espresso, we cannot guarantee that we reach the same level in the blood,” Altschmied said.

He also offers a word of caution: Because caffeine can make blood vessels grow, providing more oxygen to fuel tumors, the coffee-drinking advice might not hold for people who have cancer.

“Where people have a diagnosed tumor, we would say better take your hands off the coffee,” Altschmied said. “But if you’re otherwise healthy, it will not harm you, and it might help your heart and circulatory system stay better functional for a longer time.”

This post originally appeared on Business Insider.


Time to commune with nature.

Hilda and the Frog: Duane Bryers

Air Conditioning can be so artificial.
Time to squeeze into that bikini and be with the natural elements.
You may be hot, but your soul will feel better facing the Sun.

 


Bits and Pieces


The remnants of Master and dievca’s Power Exchange bring a sense of peace.

Photos: dievca, Fleet Ilya collar with silver curb chain lead

What Macy’s is doing with their Fireworks~

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Getting the Party Started! (a slideshow)

dievca had the unexpected pleasure of looking out of her window to see two Macy’s barges offering a personal Fireworks display. she and Master had a conversation about the fireworks just that afternoon – Master thought they would cancel it all. dievca thought that the fireworks needed to be used and wasn’t sure of a solution.

Apparently, the Macy’s barges will be offering fireworks around the city along the Hudson and East Rivers (Harlem River?) in smaller and more personal displays. An absolutely lovely and elegant solution for limiting the crowds, yet still bringing Joy to NYC.

Photos: dievca Hudson River 06/2020

Happy Social Media Day!

Did dievca tell you, “Thank You” for coming on her ride?
Thank you.

Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th. In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate, and share with family, friends, and the world. With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media had become mainstream.

In its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read, and share news, information, and content. Technologies include blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and voice over IP, to name a few.

And Master has never minded that dievca has shared pieces of their Life on the blog.


You can’t cancel PRIDE – it’s in you.

The NYC Gay Pride March scheduled for June 28, 2020, was canceled due to COVID-19.  The march was inaugurated on June 28, 1970 Рit would have been the 50th Year.  There will be virtual celebrations and WABC in New York will be broadcasting NYC Pride programming the month of June.

‚ÄúWe are a community that thrives when we are united,‚ÄĚ added Correa. ‚ÄúWe may not fill the streets of New York City this year, but LGBTQIA+ people carry pride with them all year long.
I have no doubt that we will be together again soon.‚ÄĚ
~ David A. Correa, Interim Executive Director Heritage of Pride

dievca has found her dress for this year’s celebration:

Banana Republic Gay Pride Dress $129.99 (click photo to buy)


moist with a hint of the ocean

Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River 06/2020

The sun is peeking up to reveal a world cocooned by humidity.
Moist air smells of the ocean, a river glistens like glass.
Suspended motion

broken by the cry of a seagull, the honk of a car horn

 


A chance for coffee in the City…


NYC starts Phase Two.


I may miss my Dad…but these made me smile.

Something for the NEW Dad~

Happy Father’s Day to my favorite Men.

It takes a lot to be a good Dad.


And then something brings absolute Sparkle to your day~

Like everyone, dievca has her worries.¬† They add up to create fatigue. Then there is evidence that one of the worries is bucking the trend and involved with something you know brings them shear Joy. dievca started crying when her Mom’s caregivers sent photos of something beautiful:

Mom looks like the Goddess she is…


a gift for the ride


10 hours to go with a little color to spark some energy!
The Midwest is beautiful.

Photo: dievca 06/2020 rainbow midwestern road

I love my Mother, I love my Mother…

Give me the damn coffee!

~You get by with a little help from your friend~


It’s Gorgeous to be Gardening

Hilda weeding the garden by Duane Bryers (American, 1911‚Äď2012)

So maybe your back hurts
Sweat is dripping between your breasts
Insects are buzzing around your moist upper lip
Dirt is ground into your nails

High heels can irritate your back
Glitter lotion can cause your cleavage to shine
Lip plumper inflames your lips
Nail polish can hide messy nails

You would be in the same position body-wise and look a heck of a lot better, but….
you would be missing the natural glow gardening gives to a body and soul.

dievca’s hands are in the dirt!


Pearls before Swine (choose one)

1.) The Bible:

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:6

2.) The Comic Strip

Pearls Before Swine Comic – Steven Pastis

3.) The Canadian Jewelry Company

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE MANIFESTS VIA A COUNTER-RESEARCH MODEL THAT EXPLORES DEFECTED PRECIOUS METALS AND PEARLS. PURITY IS A UBIQUITOUS FACET OF QUANTIFICATION WITHIN TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS OF THE FINE JEWELLERY SECTOR. THE CURRENT CLIMATE IS A CONGLOMERATE OF BRANDS FABRICATING JEWELLERY AT MASS. PBS STANDS AS ONE OF THE FEW ARTISANAL JEWELLERY BRANDS, HANDCRAFTING EACH PIECE FROM VANCOUVER, BC, USING DEFUNCT APPARATUS PRESENT IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND CORPORATE COSMETIC DENTISTRY

dievca chooses #3


Sampling – sometimes a dievca is clueless

The 1988 hip hop song dievca knew from dancing in the clubs:

Was sampled from this 1972 Funk song by Lyn Collins produced by James Brown and features instrumental backing from his band¬†The J.B.’s. It’s been sampled a number of times.

dievca was pleasantly surprised to hear this out on a walk along the Hudson River.
It reminds her that even if she thinks she is knowledgable about music….she’s still missing pieces~


Mists in the Silence

New York, New York, 1955©Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

It’s a misty morning here in NYC.
That and the silence of the relatively empty city
make for strange bedfellows
A surreal and beautiful moment

I am really going to miss the silence


Restraints

If you are tied up, anything can happen. Even if nothing happens beyond kissing, the physical nature of being bound heightens everything.

With extra time on hand, dievca took a BDSM test for giggles (www.bdsmtest.org) – her results are above. she was taken aback by “Rope Bunny” being the highest percentage – especially since rope bondage (shibari) is really not one of her or Master’s interests.

she’s been pondering the high percentage ever since.

The aha! moment came yesterday after meeting and playing with Master.  Master created various cuff and strap connections during play, in response dievca switched submissive and moved all in.

Master asked her about being restrained afterward and she had a hard time verbalizing exactly why she is able to let go fully.
The gist is that dievca isn’t interested in full bondage for beauty or complete limitation of movement.
she is interested in being restrained to place full trust in Master and take away control from pieces of her body to focus fully on Master and other bodily responses. The energy from the restraints can be pushed elsewhere.

Does that make sense?


I can think of a few things….

Blue Q Kitchen Dish Towel $12.99 (click photo to purchase)

But the list is short.
Good Morning!