dievca is Jealous…

Master hopped a flight to ski with his son….they will have new snow for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, diecva dealt with this:

A bundled up rider crosses by the BU Bridge (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

NYC: Monday’s high temperature topped out around 14 degrees, with wind chill values between minus 5 and minus 10. A wind advisory for the five boroughs was set to expire at 7 p.m., the weather service said.

(-10 F =-23.3 C)

she looked like this –>


The sting in the tail~

Sometimes traveling goes well. Easy flights, no wait at the baggage claim area, the rental car choice is excellent.  That makes your trip roll along smoothly.

But, air travel can be likened to a scorpion.

There is a sting in the tail…

Catching a cold.

Microbiologists have tested planes and found that germs are commonplace, and can survive for hours or days after the passenger who brought them on board has departed.

Some of the 200 or so viruses that can cause the common cold can infect people for up to 18 hours after they have left the body, and flu viruses can infect people for up to eight hours after being let loose.

As well as causing the common cold and influenza, these bugs and viruses can cause everything from skin diseases and upset stomachs. Studies have found MRSA and E. Coli can live on the plane for over a week.

Where are the dirtiest places on a plane?

  • Tray table
  • Overhead air vents
  • Toilet flush buttons
  • Seat belt buckles

A 2013 report conducted for the Federal Aviation Administration in the US concluded that while fresh air is germ-free at high altitudes, aircraft HEPA filters effectively remove bacteria and viruses, as well as dust and fungi.

However, there could be a greater risk of exposure when the plane is parked at the gate, when auxiliary power units generally provide ventilation and not the aircraft’s own system. This helps germs to spread through the cabin more easily.

Another culprit could be the low relative humidity of cabin air. The typical relative humidity on planes is around 11 per cent. Some research suggests that low humidity interrupts the Mucociliary Clearance System, which consists of a thin layer of mucus and tiny hairs in the nose. This protective system traps viruses and bacteria and moves them from the nose to the throat, where they are swallowed and destroyed by acid in the stomach.

Because this system no longer works properly, bacteria and viruses get easier access to your lungs.

Whatever way it gets to you…you run the risk of becoming sick on a flight from directly inhaling particles in the air from someone’s coughing or sneezing. You can also become sick if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nasal passages.

(Note: dievca got the armrests and toilet handle – but she missed the tray table and seat buckle with her cleaning activities. And she sat at the gate for an extra hour on the last flight. Sigh.)

dievca’s solution is this:

Photo: Guy Jacques 09/2008 Sexy Sleep

And this:

(click on the photo for the recipe)

dievca’s chicken noodle soup

 


Simple Coffee

Master told me that I would be exhausted when I got back.
He’s right.
Watching someone you love, pass away, is a privilege.
But it does run you through the gamut.

I just want coffee before heading to work.
A Simple Coffee.


The giraffes of the NJ savanna

Photo: dievca NJ 12/2018


Reality Check: Older Parents

My coffee and Mom’s nebulizer stuff.

You know you have elderly parents when:

  • You’ve survived multiple episodes of falls, strokes, heart issues and you are unfazed, you roll.
  • The house or living situation has wellness paraphernalia all around (nebulizer attachments).
  • You have Amazon Prime and use it for reoccurring orders of incontinence pads and underwear.
  • You find the most simple coffee-maker for your Mom to use and write down the directions.
  • You feel like you are going deaf from “yelling” to be heard.
  • You know where the bleach, oxyclean and pee pads are located in the house.
  • You can make-up a week of Meds for both parents in 15 minutes or less.
  • You know the way to make the Meds because your Dad continues to tell you how to do it.
  • You know the neighbors, friends and home aides who assist and visit your Parents.
  • You are extremely grateful to those people and their patience with hearing a story 20+ times.
  • Their behavior reminds you to pay-it-forward.
  • You’ve learned to take a breath because you know how much your Dad hates losing his control.
  • You have seen enough bodily functions to try to figure out solutions to the bodily challenges.
  • You get excited for a Toto Washlet Toilet seat.
  • You look for things to tempt your parent’s taste buds because they don’t eat enough.
  • You really want a glass of wine at 11 am, daily when you are home.
  • Reminder: we will all be elderly at some point with Luck.
  • You make notes for when you are older.

I am sure you can add to this list, please feel free to do so in the comments.
(PS. Both, Mom and Dad, had check-ups today and things are going relatively well.)

XO


Sharing the giving of Thanks in NYC

The Mickey Mouse balloon debuted at the 1934 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

dievca has a lot to be Thankful for and she will take a moment today to think on that and she is sure a number of other people will be doing the same thing across the USA. Maybe the World would like to join in for a moment of Thanks (except for Canada…they already had their Thanksgiving~).

And if not, maybe you might be interested in the History of the NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which (like many USA traditions)….started as an advertising gimmick:

Macy’s Day Parade: The Beginnings

The first-ever Macy’s Day Parade actually took place on Christmas of 1924. Macy’s employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and other fun costumes, and traveled with Central Park zoo animals and creative floats a lengthy six miles from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan.

NYC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: The Humpty Dumpty Float- 1926

NYC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The Humpty Dumpty Float- 1926

The parade was meant to draw attention to the Macy’s store in NYC, and the gimmick worked – more than 250,000 people attended the inaugural Macy’s Day Parade. It was decided that this NYC parade would become an annual NY event in Manhattan.

In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon to ever take part in the Macy’s Day Parade. In 1928, Felix was inflated with helium, and without a plan to deflate this massive balloon, NYC parade organizers simply let Felix fly off into the sky. Unfortunately, he popped soon afterwards.

The Macy’s Day Parade continued to let the balloons fly off in following years, only these balloons would have a return address written on them, and whoever found the balloon could return the balloon for a prize from Macy’s. However, the results of this experiment weren’t exactly successful….

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Continues to Grow

The Eddie Cantor Balloon in the 1940 Thanksgiving Day Parade New York

The Eddie Cantor Balloon in the 1940 Thanksgiving Day Parade New York

Despite the Great Depression, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continued to grow through the 1930’s. The first national radio broadcast of the Macy’s Parade Thanksgiving took place in 1932. Two years later, Disney got in on the giant balloon fun, introducing the Mickey Mouse balloon in 1934. By then, more than one million people were attending this popular parade in NYC, and those fortunate enough to own a TV could see the broadcast on NBC starting in 1939.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was temporarily suspended from 1942- 1944 for World War II. In an effort to help America’s cause, the rubber used to make the Macy’s Day Parade floats were donated to the American military. More than two million people attended the 1945 Macy’s Day Parade, and this popular New York City event has continued to grow ever since.

Today, more than 8,000 people take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year, and it takes another 4,000 dedicated volunteers to put together this NYC Thanksgiving celebration. Both NBC and CBS broadcast the New York City parade nationwide, and this NYC event still attracts high-profile musicians and the most talented Broadway performers.

Fun Facts about the NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Did you know…

Like today, children then also loved the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

Like today, children then also loved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

  • The inaugural Macy’s Day Parade took place on Christmas, 1924.
  • Over 250,000 people attended the first Macy’s Day Parade in NYC.
  • In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon featured at the Macy’s Day Parade.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade New York was first broadcast on the radio in 1932.
  • One million people attended the 1933 Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.
  • In 1934, Mickey Mouse made his giant balloon debut at this famous New York City parade.
  • The Macy’s Day Parade floats were pulled by horses until 1939.
  • 1939 was also the first year NBC broadcast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. NBC continues to be the official broadcast station of the Macy’s Parade, though CBS also carries the parade unofficially. 50 million viewers tune in to this New York parade each year.
  • Because of Word War II, there was no Macy’s Day Parade from 1942-1944. During that time, the rubber and helium originally meant to blow up the famous Macy’s balloons were donated to the American military.
  • The 1945 Macy’s Day Parade surpassed 2 million people in attendance.
  • Six days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade went ahead as scheduled in hopes of raising the national spirit.
  • Snoopy – the Peanuts character created by Charles Schultz – holds the distinction of having the most Thanksgiving Day NYC Parade floats, with six different balloons since 1968.
  • Because of heavy rain, the 1971 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was forced to ground all giant balloons, making it the first Macy’s Parade without balloons since 1926.

A dachsund parade balloon in Times Square - 1950's

A dachsund parade balloon in Times Square – 1950s

  • Today’s Macy’s Day Parade features over a dozen giant balloons, nearly 30 parade floats, 1,500 dancers and cheerleaders, more than 750 clowns, several marching bands from around the country, and over 8,000 participants in all!
  • The giant balloon inflation is open to the public, and takes place from 3pm-10pm the evening before Thanksgiving on 77th and 81st streets between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
  • 4,000 volunteers take the time each year to put on this NYC Thanksgiving celebration.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route is 2.65 miles long.
  • 3.5 million people attend the Macy’s Day Parade each year.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is the second-oldest in the country, behind the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.

(Thank you to NYC Tourist for the compilation of the history, modifications made by dievca)


The first snow of 2018 and something of use.

Yes, dievca knows that there was snow in January and February 2018 – but there was snow already on the ground from 2017….

This is the first snow of Autumn.

It’s now become a wet rain/sleet mix – a mess. Walking to work and home entails carrying items in the mess and dievca isn’t known for remembering umbrellas. Her suggestion for getting by is a water-resistant backpack. And the gold standard, by far, has been her Patagonia Black Hole 26L Pack.
she has two colors:

Paintbrush

Beryl Green

Let’s just say if you are going to give up space in a NYC apartment for a second water-resistant backpack…it better be good.

(Now, dievca understands the true space-saving way would be to have just one black water-resistant backpack – but the colored ones act as reflective colors on the bike or walking. Duality.)

Click photo to buy the backpack!