“Cicadas.”

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Finally, after nine years
of snouting through darkness
he inches up scarred bark
and cuts loose the yammer of desire:

the piercing one note of a jackhammer,
vibrating like a slow bolt of lightning
splitting the air
and leaving a smell like burnt tar paper.

Now it says Now it says Now
clinging with six clawed legs
and close by, a she like a withered ear,
a shed leaf brown and veined,
shivers in sync and moves closer.

This is it, time is short, death is near, but first,
first, first, first
in the hot sun, searing all day long
in a month that has no name:

this annoying noise of love. This maddening racket.
This – admit it – song.

Poem: Margaret Atwood

Photo: Wil Hershberger, Annual Cicada Emergent
Swamp Cicada, Tibicen chloromea, sheeding
the last juvenile exoskeleton and emerging as an adult. Princeton, New Jersy, USA.


Feeling the End of Summer

Coffee sun and hair

End of Summer:
Long, curly hair with gold amongst the silver from the sun and chlorine.
Toasty brown skin moisturized via suntan lotion and aloe.
Give it a month or two and it will be back to a blown dry bob under a hat.
Fair skin refinished with retinol and heavier UV protection.

This is the first summer in years where dieca’s healing situation has allowed her to revert back to childhood behaviors of Sun, Swim, Play (PT) and Laziness. It’s been a gift she will treasure.

How was/is your Summer?


Dreamy Dress

Christopher John Rodgers Dress

Christopher John Rogers Dress

A chance to look ladylike for Master, again! XO
On sale at Saks 5th Avenue:

Fit-and-flare midi-dress with chevron color blocking at neckline.

  • V-neckline
  • Adjustable spaghetti straps
  • Side seam pockets
  • Concealed back zip
  • Trim: 100% silk
  • Lining: 100% silk
  • 51% acetate/49% cotton
  • Approximately 50 inches from shoulder to hem
  • Dry clean
  • Made in USA
  • MSRP $2795

Swim : dievca & Waterworks (she wishes)

Photographed by Francesco Scavullo
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Debbie Dickinson
Vogue, May 1977




Hitting the Highway

Routes across the USA

And thinking of you!

The Map above is suggesting ways to see the USA — some are the roads (#10 – Route 66) and others are routes trasversing the United States via multiple routes using Moon Travel Guides. With air travel being a great challenge – maybe splurging on a car trip might be an option for Summer Travel.


Seeing Pink (without filters)

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Photo: dievca, Sunset in NYC 07/2022


Repurposing a Caprese Salad – really. (Summertime Goodness)

Heirloom Tomatodievca had her first experience with ordering fruit and vegetables from Whole Foods.

Her knee is still gimpy and the stores around her are too close for a cab ride and too far for a walk on her knee. So, she ordered online and had it delivered.

Buying fruit and vegetables is more personal than pasta or milk, dievca made her choices and hoped for the best.  The shopper did pretty well.  The peaches were a bit riper than dievca buys and the two heirloom tomatoes were HUGE.  A single tomato barely fit into dievca’s hand.

The tomatoes needed to be used immediately, so dievca chopped BOTH of them into cubes combined them with a package fresh mozzarella pearls, then added fresh basil chopped with herb scissors, olive oil, red balsamic vinegar, and salt/pepper.

Fresh Mozarella Pearls

Multi blade Herb ScissorsMaster and dievca could only eat half the tossed salad, so dievca put the leftovers into the fridge for later.

When she pulled it out there was a lot of liquid and as a salad it didn’t appeal.

What to do?

Cod was on the menu within two days and dievca had seen recipes of Cod baked with tomatoes, so she decided to be creative.  dievca removed the mozzarella pearls from the leftover caprese salad and marinated the wild caught cod with the salad liquid, tomatoes and basil. She then baked the cod, including the tomatoes and liquid, at 400 F (205 C) for 15 min. (she started with 10 min, but the liquid didn’t look like it was evaporating enough so she went to 5 min more) When the cod came out of the oven she put the mozzarella pearls on top to melt and added a dash of lemon juice.

She served the cod, tomatoes and cheese over plain white rice with a side of sautéed fresh sugar snap peas.
(recipe below)

The meal was a success!

dievca thinks it worked because cod has a tendency to take on flavors very well.
she was very happy to use the rest of the heirloom tomatoes!

Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas inspired by the Pioneer Woman blog recipe:

Sugar snap peasIngredients
1 lb. sugar snap peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Directions
  1. Snap the stem end of the peas; pull the string off of the length of the pod, and discard. (you may need to do both sides of the pea – dievca did)
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and oil swirl to coat the pan. Add the snap peas, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir well to coat.

Rain rolling in~

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When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day …

Shakespeare (or Robert Armin) from Twelfth Night

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(Photos: dievca NYC 07/2022)


Bucolic

bu·col·ic

/byo͞oˈkälik/
adjective
  1. relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
    “the church is lovely for its bucolic setting”

Photos: dievca – Midwest USA 07/2022


The “Hero” travel outfit

dievca has found a simple travel outfit that works in heat and cooler environments. 

From the Beach to a Sidewalk Cafe, to the Mountains, to a Roadside Bar.

No worries about wrinkles, drips and damage.

You can click on the photos for the item descriptions, but dievca’s exact run down is this:

  • Anthropologie Gardner Cotton Gauze Utility Pants
  • Garnet Hill Tank Mushroom
  • Surface To Air Crochet Knit Sweater Taupe
  • Zimmerman studded Sandals Tan
  • 4 Melissa Joy Manning Sterling Silver and Recycled Gold Cuffs (various)
  • Ippolita Cherish 18K Ring
  • Jack Vartanian 14K Gold Chain Ring
  • Pomellato Dodo 18K charm necklace – Monkey and Swallow
  • Etsy 14K Gold Post earrings
  • Scunci Hair clip

Looking a little ruff around edges

1st Class Passanger

dievca got home from Europe and her knee was paining her quite a bit.   A long Passport line (where a gentleman dropped with a seizure) and a heavy backpack/luggage didn’t help.  Today, she caught up with Master, did  her PT and has been stretching her legs to the best of her ability – it doesn’t really matter, the knee surgery is tomorrow. Please wish her luck! XO


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!


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


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


Cheeseburger in Paradise 🍔

Master will be rolling His eyes this morning – but Presenting would be a good bit of fun as a Cheeseburger with Jimmy Buffet in the background.

Eat a little Meat…a sensual treat!


Jimmy Buffet would roll through dievca’s hometown every summer and it was an easy concert to get to ~ ~ outdoor seating and cheesy fun. 🧀

Holy Cats Batman!  It appears that Jimmy Buffet is still performing!  A full Summer Roster of Concerts!

Go, Jimmy, Go!

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french-fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
Well, good God almighty which way do I steer?


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!


Elegant Italian Presentation

How lovely for the Sweep of Summer.
Chain Collars from Saint Laurent, Outfit from Zimmerman.
Your Master of Mistress would be proud. XO

From Matches Fashion:
Curated By Marie-Louise Sciò
Who better to showcase enviable looks for a Roman holiday than the CEO & Creative Director of the Pellicano Hotels Group and ISSIMO, as she tours her hometown with her close friend and stylist, Robert Rabensteiner?


Basket weaving 101 with MUUÑ

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dievca took a photo of her new MUUÑ basket bag – its measurements are length: 20 cm / width: 10 cm / height: 14 cm. Very adorable and ladylike for summer.  dievca started playing with effects on her new phone and ended up saving the photo with the effect above and losing the original photo (it’s the user, not the phone…)

Anyways, this French Brand is trying to do good in the World by creating a sustainable bag, handmade and utilizing an underrepresented workforce.  A lovely piece for Summer (photo below).

The straw base is hand-weaved with resistant elephant grass, taking 2 or 3 days of work.
. This bag is finished and assembled in our workshop in France.
. The inside pouch is sewed by people with disabilities working for ISTA.
As MUUÑ bags are handmade products, variations in shape or size may happen.

The Charles in Dark Green vegetable tanned leather handle and strap. 173 Euros

Straw bag with a removable pouch.
Hand and shoulder bag.
HANDMADE IN GHANA.

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Advantage – US Open

dievca had a friend come up earlier in the week and ask if she would like to go to the US Open. Yes, absolutely! she had never been to the Open.

The day after Storm Ida steamrolled low areas of NYC, dievca checked the subway schedule to see if the 7 train was still up and running.  It was, the track runs above ground in Queens.

The trip was easy, people were chill walking in to the facility. They checked vaccine qualifications and bags before the ticket check – it rolled along quickly.  Getting a cocktail was a bit trickier, but offering a nice tip for a bartender who slipped them in guaranteed service for the future.

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The best part?

The luck of the draw chose the match, dievca and her friends were able to watch and boldness helped them sit closer, it was:

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The match was good fun.  The Dutchman offered some challenge to Djokovic and it gave you a good sense of what 10 years of experience offers in Tennis.  Smart shots.  BTW, those serves went up to 126 mph – crazy!

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The second match was #75 Amanda Ansimova (USA) vs #4 Karolina Pliskova (CZK) and both were more evenly matched – it got to be a long match, so dievca had to head home.

Because the Met’s game was letting out at the same time, the  MTA ran an express train into Manhattan – which skimmed 20 minutes off the trip.  dievca didn’t know she could run that fast anymore to catch a train!


Flowing water presentation

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Loup Charmant Gathered Shorty in Blue

  • Cotton gauze layers float lightly with motion
  • Deep back shows sexy shoulders and low cleavage
  • Easy access for your Sir or Madam

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dievca will Presenting for Master in a yellow version – she has a tan from traveling and its the one time she can wear yellow successfully. In a seduction manner, too. 


A final walk

Check out
A trip to the Zoo
A rinse at a beach shower
Red Eye Home

It’s been a lovely trip, but its nice to get back to Master.


Beach Coffee – a bit dear…

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Photos: dievca Coronado, CA 08/2021


7 Bridges, Diner/Drive-In/Dive, and a Nap

San Diego 7 Bridges Walk

A lovely way to see some of the San Diego neighborhoods is to walk the 7 Bridges Urban Walk – passing the Zoo, Balboa Park,  the LGBT+ community, etc. dievca’s watch logged 5.68 miles.  With a short drive to Hob Knob Hill for brunch, the restaurant was featured on Diner, Drive-In and Dives with Guy Fieri. dievca just had a normal breakfast (eggs, bacon, waffle) and it was a like a normal diner in NYC.

San Diego 7 Bridges Walk

Afterward, dievca passed out on the Coronado Beach for two hours – sunscreen was applied!


BoomBoom Beach with Bembien

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Something of Use!

A bag with heart. A bag for the Beach! Entirely hand-woven with plastic recycled off the beaches of Bali and repurposed into a gorgeous tote to treasure forever. No stranger to sand and salt, the Jolene is perfect for beach days. Toss in your towel and book of Proust enjoy your day in the sun. 100% handwoven recycled plastic 14” x 10.5” . It’s $211 and available in Cherry, Pearl, Sky and Black. There is a medium size, too for $175

Click photo for link


Olympics 2020 (2021)

Normally dievca is in to the Olympics. This time around, she finds herself detached. All the Athletes have worked really hard and dedicated their Life to their Sport – so she wishes them an excellent competition and a great performance. Go USA!


Ethnic-cool = Brunch

Actually – this outfit is “cool” temperature-wise and it will cover dievca’s road rash from the sun.

Ulla Johnson Simona Linen and cotton blouse with volume to allow air to flow. Theory Cotton black wide-leg pants.

Theory Black Wide Leg Cotton Pant

Adding Master’s Lauren Landa Sterling Silver WI Moonstone Hair Pin, Aigner Black Sandals, and Officina del Poggio Water Bottle  bag.


Make me Melt

Ice Cream Sassy

Fleur du Mal‘s Ice Cream Embroidery Demi Bra features playful custom ice cream cone embroidery on sheer stretch tulle. Demi style cups with scalloped edge detailing. Stretch charmeuse bands with back hook and eye closure for a customized fit. Unlined. Pair with the matching Ice Cream Embroidery Cheeky and Garter Belt for a mouthwatering set.

Click HERE for all of Fleur du Mal neat to eat ICE CREAM TREATS!


Master laughed

dievca was a vision in green with the Xirena Aiden cotton gauze dress in Juniper:

Xirena Aiden Dress Juniper

The dress wasn’t the problem – it was that she added these two items to the mix:


What grounded the Green Monster? Nike Thea Print Comic:

Nike Thea comic print white


Might have to soak up some sun!

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Ava Gardner soaks up the sun while shooting Pandora and the Flying Dutchman in 1951.