A very good day. A Lovely Day.

My Dad made it home.  So what if he has to be a “tubie”, he’s walking better, cognitive skills are excellent, can do everything that is important – heck, we can’t ask for anything more.  Dad went into the hospital on his Birthday and he made it home for his Anniversary. 62 years – May Day! Mom’s skinny as a toothpick, but she is holding up, too.

Me? I’m pooped (tired). It was a long day of squeezing in work, NYC traffic, flight, rental car, drive, learning the tube feeding process and fighting with the pharmacy. Add Dad getting on me that it’s garbage day tomorrow — yeah, that brain is doing just fine~

But the Sunset after a lovely 71 F (22 C) day? Amazing!

That extra shine is the sun hitting the water of a lake.

All-in-all, a very good day.

Click photo to play Bill Wither’s Lovely Day.

Photo: dievca 04/2018


Hot Mulled Wine or a Bishop (recipe)

grogdievca’s been sick and she’s been drinking fluids like a horse. Master has made her a mug of Rum Grog in the evenings – just to take the edge off and help her feel warm and cozy. (dark rum, lemon juice, whole cloves, brown sugar, hot water).

Having a warm libation reminded dievca of the mulled wine she would have in Maryland, years ago. It’s something she hasn’t found in NYC. So , she is determined to make it for herself when she feels better.


In her research, dievca learned that what she was actually drinking was a BISHOP — a type of mulled port. Here’s the recipe she is planning to try – it’s from Epicurious.com – original source GOURMET.


YIELD: Makes 4 drinks


    • 1 navel orange
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 1 (750-ml) bottle Ruby Port


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.

    1. Stud orange with cloves and roast in a small shallow ceramic or glass baking dish until browned and soft, about 1 1/2 hours.
    2. Carefully quarter orange, then bring orange quarters and Port just to a simmer in a 2- to 2 1/2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and serve warm.

The reviews are really positive and, yes, you do put the orange in at 400°F (about 200 Celsius) for 1.5 hours.  The orange caramelizes.

Let dievca know how it goes and CHEERS!

For the Gods, for myself.

Wine and hips

I forgot to tell you that I drank a half bottle of wine, yesterday.  I was hung over, slightly, at work.
Actually, I didn’t forget…I wasn’t sure to mention it or not…I’m mentioning it, now.
I brought you home from the hospital, a year ago, yesterday. Tubes/bags and all. Measured and emptied the bags. Helped you shower. Gave you big pillows. Gave you Purell. Helped you to sleep.
This year? I worked, cleaned up my apartment, masturbated and drank wine.  More than two glasses. No one to photograph me – Thank Goodness.
It was a good day, both years.
Not sure what you did this year — if you even acknowledged there was cause for celebration.
But, I did~ for the Gods…and for myself.