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


Prepping for Midsommar

dievca’s friend had a delivery from her Father – new potatisar (potatoes) and jordgubbar (strawberries) from their Summer House garden.  We have a dill plant, chives in the garden, sour cream and pickled herring.  Lamb will be on the grill.

The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps.

dievca’s task? Scrub the potatoes…

photos: dievca – Scandinavia 06/2022


Missing a day~

Sometimes when you travel the days blur, dievca lost that yesterday was a Monday.

So, the coffee love is coming a bit late:

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Photo: dievca, Cappuccino in Porto, Portugal 06/2022


The Gardens of Santar


Built on a Rock – Viseu

(click on photos to enlarge)

The origins of the city of Viseu date back to the Celtic period when it was called ‘Vissaîegobor’. With its Romanization, the settlement gained importance and was renamed ‘Vissaium’, being at the intersection of a series of Roman roads linking Mérida, Lisbon, and Galicia.

Viseu is associated with Viriathus, since it is thought that the Lusitanian hero may have been born in this region. After the Roman occupation of the peninsula, under the Visigoths, the settlement was elevated to the status of city and to the seat of a diocese by at least the 6th century.

Viseu is a regional economic hub with a strong wine industry and is the seat of international conglomerate Visabeira. The city is also a cultural center, home to the nationally acclaimed Grão Vasco Museum, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Viseu, and center of national universities, including the Catholic University of Portugal.

(Thank You to Wiki)

Photos: dievca, Viseu Portugal – 06/2022


Magpie Nest

The internet at the Eco-Lodge is dodgy and weather dependent, which makes the sharing of photos and information tricky.  The photos dievca is sharing today are the ones she could download in a shorter period of time (40 min) – the store is in Viseu and was an oddity for the area. 

A store with a lot of bling and merchandise – a Magpie’s Nest.

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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


Made it

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Flight was Amazing!

Passport control – Hell… 3 hours in the line.

Missed train and couldn’t rebook because all was sold out on a Sunday… dievca’s friend had to drive 3 hours to pick her up.

The Eco – Lodge is a paradise.  Fresh lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, apricots, raspberries, nectarines all for the picking.  32 C (90F) during the day beside the pool, dropping to 19C (66F) during the night..

Can you find the house (left) and the edge of the pool (right) in the photo above?  It’s taken from down below by the fruit trees!

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Uma bica, por favor~

Bica-Coffee-Portugal

obrigada


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


Ready, Steady – Packing

Master flew out to Europe for Work this week.
dievca is going for Pleasure this weekend.
Both Master and His dievca will be gone for two weeks.
dievca packed for Master – easy peasy – He is in one place with laundry services.
dievca is having trouble with her packing as the climate will be warm and then cooler.

Her Plan (click on the photos for more detail):


Load the Love

In Vacation Mode:

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Flight leaves in about 48 hours.

dievca’s rosé wine is honoring or cribbing the Bleeding Hearts Love Wall, NYC


dressed wrong (a dievca disaster)

Sooooo…..dievca didn’t pack well for the South Beach crowd.  she didn’t have bodycon dresses, sparkles, running shorts with crop tops, and glamorous nails. she forgot her jewelry and a purse.  Square sunglasses are the rage and with dievca’s square face – they were a disaster.

dievca rocked her breezy cotton gauze, silk maxi dress,  wide-leg terry pants, Jackie-O round sunglasses with verve. Enough so, that she caught people looking at her because she was just different from the crowd.  Was it a good different or a bad different? dievca does not know.

she didn’t bother to shop because she was parked on the beach — until she had enough of the sun.

There was one store she wanted to stop by in Miami Beach – the Webster.

dievca was prepared to buy nothing — until she saw a ladylike dress for Master.

A linen A-line sundress from Saloni (the Rachel) – in an orange pattern.  

So, something good comes out of dievca’s South Beach dressing disaster after all.

Saloni Rachel Linen Dress the Webster


Grateful for another Day

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Photo: dievca Sunrise South Beach FL 03/2022


Dipping my tootsies!

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Completely appropriate for traveling to the Beach this weekend!

Photo: dievca Chelsea Sidewalk NYC 3/2022


Packing for the Beach

~First thoughts~

(Click on the photos for a closer look)


travel (elfje)

Simon Bolz Ibiza

Bright

sizzling heat

head down south

sand in strange places

Beach

Photo: Simon Bolz

Amazon to the rescue – Lingerie (2 options)

dievca sleeps in the nude.
But she is sharing a hotel room with a friend and – well, you know.
In college she would toss on a cotton tee shirt and underwear – she wants something a bit more sophisticated and it needs to breathe during her hot moments.

Amazon to the rescue – cross fingers the bamboo fabric will be cooling:

Latuza Bamboo PJ Set Coral

Latuza Sleep shirt and Shorts Set

  • 95% Viscose (made from bamboo), 5% Spandex
  • Top features v-neck collar, short sleeve; Boxer shorts with comfy elastic waist
  • Wide smooth satin trimmed at the collar and the leg open
  • Soft and light weight, loose fitting with ease
  • Washing instruction: Do no bleach, Iron low heat, Do not dryclean, Do not tumble dry, Machine wash cold gentle
  • $28

OR a more expensive, elegant, handmade option from Lithuania – on Amazon

Linen Nghtgown

EpicLinen Nightgown

  • ABOUT: Handmade sleeveless linen nightdress is a perfect addition to nightwear collection.
  • FEATURES: This washed linen nightie is with adjustable strap. Ideally to may choose the best suitable way how to wear it – looser fit or more firmly. Good option for breastfeeding mother. Basic yet romantic linen nightie is a wonderful nightgown around the house item as well as a slip dress to wear out. It is handy to take on a trip as it is lightweight and occupies little space in luggage.
  • SIZE: available in three sizes: XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL. Recommend body measurements you will find in the one of the pictures. The length of linen nightdress dress laying down on the floor is +/- 39.4″ (100 cm).
  • COLORS: Available in 20 colors, please select from the drop-down menu on the right.
  • MATERIAL: Our linen nightwear is made from pure, soft wash linen which is Oeko-tex certified fabric, that does not contain any harmful substances and meets human-ecological requirements.
  • $75

I am a mess. I am a disaster.

Chaos Coffee

I will crawl back from the Gates of Hell and get this sh*t done.

~ dievca


let’s just say I haven’t started…

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You name it for travel problems – they happened yesterday.
Ice, Snow, flights canceled, reroutings failed, no rental car.
Noon arrival ended up at 8 pm.

Attempting to start over this morning…


Wicked Grounds – San Francisco

Wicked Grounds

Coffee. Kink. Community.

Since 2009, it’s been Wicked Grounds’ mission to make a safe space to explore kink, queer and sex-positive communities. That means a place where we all can be ourselves, in all our parts.

From live & online classes to munches & game nights, Wicked Grounds aims to create a space where kinksters and other cultural revolutionaries can gather, cross-pollinate, and build community.

They are proud of the podcast, educational videos & other programming that is offered through our Patreon

Wicked Grounds have always offered high-quality toys made by kinksters for kinksters, and aim to have the widest selection of BDSM and related non-fiction on their shelves.

Somewhere to visit!

289 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 – wickedgrounds.com


Feeling the urge to ski~

Skiing

It seems like everyone dievca knows is skiing… In Upstate NY, a friend flew to Austria, another friend will be heading out to Tahoe, CA.  How can dievca get on that train?  She would really like to go to Banff or Whistler in Canada.  Nah, probably not in the cards this year after that 3 week vacation out West.

But it would be really fun to go skiing!

Is anyone planning to ski any time soon?


Shovel the Snow

to get to the Laundrymat to clean towels, pads, and clothing because the wash machine went out….It’s been years since dievca has had to gather quarters for the machines. 

dievca’s desperation of not initially recognizing a wine bottle shape in the bottom cupboard was a bit pathetic. The wine is a solid Malbec and a good way to end a day of chores. 

Mom is good, dievca got her best – but she is fading. Mom is going to go down with dignity and a healthy splash of humor~

dievca absolutely loves that her Mom cannot remember that she broke her hip twice or what she ate, but she damn well knows that dievca brought her favorite chocolates and asks about dievca’s Apple Green Dries van Noten Platform Sandals. (Note: Mom is bed/wheelchair bound, but dievca has put all the shoes on her Mother’s feet – just to get the “look”.)

dievca schlepped two pair of kick a** boots for Mom to review, platform leather Chuck Taylors, a +J Uniqlo Mixed Knit Sweater a friend gave to her and the crazy print LA Double J reversible down coat. dievca’s Mom loved it all. 

Chocolates and Fashion – there is some kind of philosophical “Meaning of Life” in those choices.


(looking for a little motivational push through) Put One Foot in Front of the Other

ChiBird Motivationmotivation(Chorus)
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door

You never will get where you’re going
If you never get up on your feet
Come on, there’s a good tailwind blowing
A fast walking man is hard to beat

(Chorus)

If you want to change your direction
If your time of life is at hand
Well don’t be the rule, be the exception
A good way to start is to stand

(Chorus)

If I want to change the reflection
I see in the mirror each morn (Oh you do!)
You mean that it’s just my election (Just that!)
To vote for a chance to be reborn

(Chorus 2x)

Looking for Motivation


A lovely thought, but:

Businesswoman relaxing aboard private jet

  • dievca’s flight is too short
  • The small plane probably doesn’t have Champagne on board
  • dievca will be wearing a 3M N95 mask (she’s not sure all of the caregivers are vaxxed)
  • dievca has to drive to get to her Mom

Please have a flute of bubbly 🍾 for her, ok? (dievca’s Mom or dievca)  dievca will be praying there is a bottle of wine leftover from her last visit 🍷 XO


Something of Use – the 7 train

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dievca had to rush to Grand Central from the Westside to catch the Metro North.  she took the 7 train across.  It was 5 min 30 sec  from Hudson Yards to Grand Central during an “off-peak” time. she had enough time to get that coffee which saved the day.

Sometimes dievca really ❤❤❤’s New York City.

PS. Happy Marine Corps Birthday!


Remember when ~ Luxury Air Travel

Luxury Travel

dievca is pretty sure that her Master doesn’t have a pair of those plaid socks – but she does know He is planning to travel in style this weekend.  Too bad with COVID-19, it won’t be quite as cozy as in the past…  Honestly, wouldn’t it just be nice to fly without wearing a mask?


Disconnection

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A day of little sleep.
A day of barely functioning.
A day of minimal production.
A day of of waste?
Or was it a day of healing?

~putting one foot in front of the other~

Photo: Lane Coder - Underwater Photography

Coming up for Air

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It was a quick trip to Mom, 4 days.  Packed a lot into the time. POA shift, moved Mom on to hospice, need a new hospital bed – motor died (made do with a log and seat cushion to change the angles for Mom), attempted to get quality WiFi (need a new router), attempted to get the gardens/yard into some semblance of order (including picking up 15 cigarette butts on the driveway from a caregiver – what is wrong with people. Are they born in a barn? We have a cigarette repository out there.), maintenance man/snow removal man is no longer working – looking for help (Note his kid moved away and they no longer need to store his classic car in the garage…hmmm? Maybe that had something to do with being unavailable…), cleaned the odd places in the house and the upstairs as best as possible.

Grocery shopped at night and saw ⇑⇑⇑ the MOON!

It’s Full this Evening.  Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the Moon!

And think of dievca flying home late tonight. XO


the ride home


Yes, its ridiculous in the realm of Life and Life’s current challenges – but – dievca finally feels like she has mastered a comfortable & clean look for traveling. A personal success.