Hope in the City

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From the train
it’s a city of roses
and rose keepers,
bald men in spectacles
and torn shirts.
There are miles of roses
in Elizabeth, New Jersey,

backyard arbors
shadowed by refineries
and the turnpike,
jungles of scrap,
still brown water, and poisoned marsh.

None of this matters
to the rose keepers of Elizabeth.
From the backyards of row houses
they bring forth pink roses, yellow roses
and around a house on its own
green plot, a hedge of roses, in red and white.

Surely faith and charity
are fine, but the greatest of these
is roses.

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Photos: dievca, Hudson River Park 05/2021

Elegant Ebba

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Ebba by Dora Larsen
Sky Blue and Earth.
Something fun for Presenting in Spring!


Do you remember where I parked the truck?

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Here it is!
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Always a problem with a rental car~

Photos: dievca Midwest 05/2021

Lush

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Photo: dievca, Mom’s Yard 05/2021


Elegance with Alexander McQueen

Is anyone else seeking elegance?

The year plus of sweatsuits has taken a toll for dievca, it took her awhile to gather an outfit for that event.

she used to be able to grab something and get ready in 30+ minutes. Maybe this McQueen dress could inspire a ‘quick change’? Too bad there isn’t anywhere to wear it at this point. Day dresses, maybe – formal dresses, not yet.

It is still a beautiful dress.

Could Chuck Taylors and a jeans jacket dress it down?

(Click photo to purchase)


Shopping the closet worked…

dievca didn’t look pregnant and received multiple compliments on the dress. Note – its been long enough since Melania Trump wore the Big Pink Dress (2017) and its still in style. Plus, it was the perfect choice for an outdoor event.

Wipe the sweat off that brow – whew!


May Day – Sing a Song of Spring!

p-nadarpaul.jpgSing a song of May-time.
Sing a song of Spring.
Flowers are in their beauty.
Birds are on the wing.
May time, play time.
God has given us May time.
Thank Him for His gifts of love.
Sing a song of Spring.

Photo: Paul Nadar 1874-1939
Rue d’Anjou, Paris, France

The son of the Famous French photographer Felix Tournachon (Nadar). Paul began working at his father’s studio in 1874. He investigated the many possibilities of photography such as capturing views from hot air balloons. In 1890 he made a trip to Central Asia using George Eastman’s new flexible bromide film. The collaboration worked so well that Nadar became the representative for Kodak products in France. Both Paul and his father photographed many famous people of their time but Paul’s emphasis on those at the cutting edge of society strained their relationship. Paul not only produced portraits of celebrities of the stage, he hosted the first exhibition of Impressionist painters.

In the 1920’s a good number of real photo postcards were produced under the Nadar name, most of them of full nudes with some of them having hand coloring. But there is serious doubt to whether the cards of nudes were actually made from Nadar’s photographs. Another unknown publisher may have borrowed Nadar’s logo to enhance the prestige of these cards and make them more sellable.

A “Thank You” to metropostcard.com


Smell the blossoms – or not…

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It’s hard to know when the blossoms burst and you cannot smell them because of your mask.
Normally, dievca can smell them while riding her bike past the Hudson River Walk.
If you make a point of stopping and take off your mask – they smell divine!


In the Pink

Super Moon GifThe final week of April will kick off with a full moon, known this month as the Pink Moon. It’s also a “supermoon”.

The moon will officially become full at 11:32 p.m. ET Monday, April 26, but will look plenty full when it rises above the eastern horizon Monday evening. The moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and look white as it moves overhead.

So why is it called the pink moon?

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or moss phlox on flowerbed

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or moss phlox on flowerbed

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name ‘moss pink’.


Think on it…

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Sustainable Seed Company’s Window Herb Garden Kit $34.99

dievca is trying to figure out if she should to replant her hydroponic Mason Jar Garden or just go with this Window Herb Kit. Maybe both….the trick is that her large windows generate a lot of heat. Are you starting to plant a garden?


a POP! of color

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards NYC 04/2021

A is for APRIL

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And for APPLE!

dievca is persenting for Master in the Baserange Ava set in Green with nude heels for Spring.

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Hartman & Rose Gold Collar

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April Flowers

Flower Tushy

Or is that May Flowers?  

All dievca knows is that NYC is starting to blossom.  

Something lovely to see. XO


Prepare yourself

in_the_rain_pin_up_Gil ElvgrenFor those April Showers!


Turnsole = Sun God/Goddess

turnsole is a type of plant that turns with the movement of the sun, a sunflower being the most famous example. From Middle French tournesol, the word literally means “turns toward the sun,” and was modeled after the synonymous Greek term heliotrope. As in French, when the word came into English in the 1300s it initially referred to the purple dye that came from a turnsole plant (Chrozophora tinctoria.). Soon after, turnsole broadened in meaning to refer to all types of plant that turn with the sun.

facing the sun

Is a Human a “turnsole” when he/she faces the sun to welcome its healing heat? Or is the definition only for plants. All dievca knows is that she is seeking the sun this Spring, like a sun-worshipping goddess.

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Sun Deities

Name Nationality/Religion God or Goddess? Notes
Amaterasu Japan Sun Goddess Major deity of the Shinto religion.
Arinna (Hebat) Hittite (Syrian) Sun Goddess The most important of three Hittite major solar deities
Apollo Greece and Rome Sun God  
Freyr Norse Sun God Not the main Norse sun god, but a fertility god associated with the sun.
Garuda Hindu Bird God  
Helios (Helius) Greece Sun God Before Apollo was the Greek sun god, Helios held that position.
Hepa Hittite Sun Goddess The consort of a weather god, she was assimilated with the sun goddess Arinna.
Huitzilopochtli (Uitzilopochtli) Aztec Sun God  
Hvar Khshaita Iranian/Persian Sun God  
Inti Inca Sun God The national patron of the Inca state.
Liza West African Sun God  
Lugh Celtic Sun God  
Mithras Iranian/Persian Sun God  
Re (Ra) Egypt Mid-day Sun God An Egyptian god shown with a solar disk. Center of worship was Heliopolis. Later associated with Horus as Re-Horakhty. Also combined with Amun as Amun-Ra, a solar creator god.
Shemesh/Shepesh Ugarit Sun goddess  
Sol (Sunna) Norse Sun Goddess She rides in a horse-drawn solar chariot.
Sol Invictus Roman Sun God The unconquered sun. A late Roman sun god. The title was also used of Mithras.
Surya Hindu Sun God Rides the sky in a horse-drawn chariot.
Tonatiuh Aztec Sun God  
Utu (Shamash) Mesopotamia Sun God  

A “Thank you” to Thought Co. and dictionary.com


Weather Proverbs – a truth

Have you ever heard of the saying, “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb”?

Sexy LionWhile the saying most likely started as a reference to astronomy, referencing the position of the constellations Leo (a lion) and Aries (a ram, or lamb) in the night sky — it quickly evolved into a succinct summation of March’s changing weather as the seasons change from winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Like many proverbs  it can be traced back to Thomas Fuller’s 1732 compendium, “Gnomologia; Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British.” Fuller compiled numerous proverbs and studied weather lore across many countries through the late 1600s and early 1700s.

North American colonists realized that the New World’s weather pattern was much like their native lands across England and surrounding countries, where extreme weather shifts could profoundly affect their livelihoods from one week to the next.
The Northern Hemisphere shares the same jet stream, providing similar swings in weather, in America as they do across Europe.

In Scotland they say, “March comes in with adders’ heads and goes out with peacocks’ tails.” An Adder is Scotland’s sole venomous snake. A timid creature and unlikely to bite unless threatened. Again, showing a feared image of winter, with the beauty and splendor the weather at the end of March can bring.

In the Netherlands, they say; “Maart roert zijn staart,” which means “March stirs its tail” — evidence of the variety and extremes that can come day to day this time of year.

Weather proverbs also originate from days gone by from almost every country in the world. But, only those with similar weather patterns usually hold true where you live.

As March closes – we can welcome the gentle kiss of
“April Showers which bring May Flowers”!

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A Thank You to CNN online.

The First Day of Spring!

This spring flowering bulb was first brought to Europe from its native Middle East in the 1500s. It was mostly grown for the fall blooming species used for making an expensive cooking spice. However, most gardeners know it for the early blooming varieties that herald spring. It’s the crocus.

This iris family corm (a rounded underground storage organ present in plants such as crocuses, gladioli, and cyclamens, consisting of a swollen stem base covered with scale leaves) produces tube-shaped flowers in abundance in colors such as mauve, lavender, white, and yellow.

Crocus chrysanthus varieties bloom early, often while there’s still snow on the ground.

Crocus are fall planted, like daffodils and tulips. Even with winter hanging on through March, look to see the crocus blooming in warm spots or protected areas.

A crocus is often the first sign of Spring in NYC.


Dear March

Dear March – Come in –
How glad I am –
I hoped for you before –
Put down your Hat –
You must have walked –
How out of Breath you are –
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest –
Did you leave Nature well –
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me –
I have so much to tell –

I got your Letter, and the Birds –
The Maples never knew that you were coming –
I declare – how Red their Faces grew –
But March, forgive me –
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue –
There was no Purple suitable –
You took it all with you –

Who knocks? That April –
Lock the Door –
I will not be pursued –
He stayed away a Year to call
When I am occupied –
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come

That blame is just as dear as Praise
And Praise as mere as Blame –

Emily Dickinson


The Quest: Chloé and white jeans

In 2016, Chloé x Net-A-Porter offered a collaboration in the form of a Denim Blue Cable-knit Cotton Sweater ($995). dievca was very interested in the sweater, but the only size available was an XL. she’s been watching the resale sites every since and a sweater came up for sale in her size. It’s now hers.

dievca was looking to add white wide-leg jeans. she bought a pair from J Crew, on sale.

she had this oufit in her mind before she saw this Street Style photo from Paris Fashion Week 2021:

Getty Images – Alexandra Pereira wearing a Stand Studio coat, Zara jeans, a Fendi bag, and New Balance sneakers.

dievca will add the pieces she already owns: Stand Studio Raincoat (2019), white leather Tretorns (2020) and Acne Studios Shiloh Bag (2014).


Morning Light

Morning LightSmell the sweet air of Spring
Sliding into the City
Surrounding the sounds of Morning
Softly blunting the edge of Reason

Photo: dievca, NYC 03/2021

Wishing for Spring with Johnny Was

Johnny Was

Rain Jacket $320
Rain Boots $160
Umbrella $75

Anyone else ready to move on from Snow?


Master triggered the start of a Fantasy

Anita Ekberg La Dolce Vita Trevi Fountain

Master told His dievca a story about D/s in the outdoors.

Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni – La Dolce Vita

Thoughts floated around in her head for a while and she fixated on the fountains around NYC.

dievca doesn’t know where her fantasy may go during nighttime dreaming, but her practical side has acknowledged the logistical nightmare D/s play in a NYC fountain might offer: dirty water, too many people, temperature, slipping, clothing – or lack of, legalities, voyeurs – might be a bonus, etc.

Maybe the Hamilton Fountain in Riverside Park — ok, it’s a horse trough.

Let’s see what dievca dreams up this evening.
Might be fabulous – might be a dievca disaster…


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

who stays? me or him?

You better say me!


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


Find the Sun and avoiding ‘scolds’

 

Several groups of researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients often have the lowest levels of vitamin D and that countries with higher death rates had larger numbers of people with vitamin D deficiency than countries with lower death rates.

Note: The early research is not yet peer-reviewed, and other experts say the scientific proof is lacking that vitamin D could prevent COVID-19 or make the infection milder.

dievca is getting her Vitamin D early and away from as many humans as possible for the following reason:

scold

/skōld
verb
remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily.

noun ARCHAIC•US
a person, in particular a woman, who nags or grumbles constantly.

Two women in full PPE suits and masks, power-walking in the middle of the road at Central Park scold the biker (15 feet away) for not wearing a mask.

Warning – the scolds are out, do not respond, and move away quickly. It could turn dangerous in more ways than one.

Photos: dievca, Hudson River NYC 05/2020

The Smell of Spring

Photo: dievca Crabapple blossoms Hudson River Path 04/2020

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity.

~Emily Dickinson


misty morning dreaming

All the long day the vapours played
At blindfold in the city streets,
Their elfin fingers caught and stayed
The sunbeams, as they wound their sheets
Into a filmy barricade
‘Twixt earth and where the sunlight beats.

A vagrant band of mischiefs these,
With wings of grey and cobweb gown;
They live along the edge of seas,
And creeping out on foot of down,
They chase and frolic, frisk and tease
At blind-man’s buff with all the town.

And when at eventide the sun
Breaks with a glory through their grey,
The vapour-fairies, one by one,
Outspread their wings and float away
In clouds of colouring, that run
Wine-like along the rim of day.

Athwart the beauty and the breast
Of purpling airs they twirl and twist,
Then float away to some far rest,
Leaving the skies all colour-kiss’t–
A glorious and a golden West
That greets the Lifting of the Mist.

The Lifting Of The Mist – Poem by Emily Pauline Johnson

Photo: NYC East River View

A delicate Peach from the 1940s

Sometimes something delicate is called for in a D/s or Vanilla relationship. A simple elegance that allows participants to drift and dream. Open windows let in the sun and a warm breeze, spring blossoms kiss the air. The soft-touch of sensual silk.
A vintage whisper. 

ABOUT:
Beautiful vintage pale pink/peachy slip c. 1940s. The nightgown is delicate and lovely. It features intricate embroidery along the bodice and butterfly sleeves with beautiful netted lace. Impressive vintage seam work throughout, with three delicate tie-backs on each side to tighten it.

MAKER: n/a
SIZE ON TAG: n/a
FITS LIKE: fits small best

 


April Showers in COVID-19 NYC

Seen on the way:

  • One sad male young adult in cotton shorts and t-shirt soaked
  • One fit female runner in matching bra and leggings with pink Beat headphones
  • One millennial dog owner with a Husky mix the female runner kept admiring
  • Four soaked Navy Corpsmen in shorts and masks running back to the USNS Comfort
  • One dievca always prepared in a huge raincoat.

Vetements Libra Raincoat

Photos: dievca Hudson River 04/2020