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.


A final walk

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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!


Cali-vibe, NYC style

Two dinners with friends!


And the Southwest squirted dievca back

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to the West Coast.  Rain in Sedona, AZ – Taos, NM – Albuquerque, NM – Flagstaff, AZ squirted dievca back to the West Coast.  Maybe dievca is a “rainmaker”.  Those rains were mostly good soaking rains (except for Flagstaff), not enough to help with the drought, but better than nothing. 

This afternoon should offer some sun. Stay cool, stay dry! XO

Photo: dievca: Morning on Coronado  08/2021


Santa Fe – dievca style

dievca had two days in Santa Fe to wander the downtown area. she was having a foot issue after walking the trails in Sedona, so her choices were driven by shoes:

Outfit #1 – Museums and Shopping

Outfit #2 – Dinner and Music

dievca bought the red sneakers and two other items:

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Golightly Cashmere Rainbow Oversized Scarf $405 modelNew Mexico Red Tee

  • Golightly Cashmere (Designed and Made in Santa Fe) Rainbow Wrap
  • New Mexico Flag Red T-shirt

CA to AZ is flat until…

The drive from San Diego to outside of Sedona is a long one. The gas prices dropped from $4 a gallon to $3.09 to $2.99.  After a long gradual incline of 4000+ feet and an uneventful ride – beauty arose:

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Photos: dievca 08/2021 – travel on I8, Sedona area Sunset, Sedona area Dawn, Walking the trails.


Dog Friendly Del Mar and the Pineapple Whip

dievca finally got her Disney-style Dole Whip!


The Fat Friars – whoops, Swinging Friars

Now that dievca’s beloved Chicago Cubs have traded the team away to rebuild, (Note: Anthony Rizzo is playing well for the NY Yankees…) dievca is open to perhaps choosing a second favorite.  A Fat Friar with crossed toes might fit the bill!

San Diego Friars

The San Diego Padres (Petco) ballpark is easy to manage, the crowd showed a lot of families and an equal amount of male and female fans, food choices can spin healthy if you are in the mood.  The Women’s bathroom had lots of loos with vacant/not vacant signs. dievca and another Lady watched a guy dash in to use the facilities – they both just laughed. Cripes, dievca’s done that to the Men’s room enough times… And both Male and Female bathrooms offer baby changing stations.

If you get a chance to see a game – do it!


Go West, my dievca, Go West!

Packing for the trip

dievca is doing it! she is going on a trip that does not involve staying with her Mom, and the guilt has already set in… It’s been fun to pile ALL the clothes she wanted to take on the bed and then weed out a curated selection. And because dievca has tried on EVERYTHING in her closet – all the choices fit well. she’s good to go!


Continuing the NYC Staycation Mode:

So, dievca has stayed at The Standard, The TWA Terminal Hotel JFK and is now heading to Roosevelt Island for a stay at The Graduate hotel.  she’s never been to the Island and hasn’t taken the tram — it should be something different from work, the apartments and her Mother’s.  That’s the point of a Staycation, right? Something different without heavy travel.

Until she heads out on the 7 train, she is going to admire the Peonies Master bought for His dievca:

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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

Home!

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The Holland Tunnel just about put me over the edge.
Wine glass, now in hand.

Getty Image: 1935 Traffic at the Holland Tunnel

Making your own headache

Lucille Ball with Vacuum Cleaner in I Love Lucydievca doesn’t know if she cleans the house for her Mother, the Caregivers or herself….but she kills herself to get the inside and outside done as much as possible in five days. Yes, her body pays for it afterward. No, she won’t hire someone to do it.

she is feeling like Lucy, right about now.

26 Oct 1952 — “Sales Resistance” is the name of this I Love Lucy episode, in which Ricky insists that Lucy get rid of a vacuum she bought from a door-to-door salesman. After a hectic day of trying to sell it to someone else, Lucille is worn out. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS


Lush

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Photo: dievca, Mom’s Yard 05/2021


It’s a long drive to Mom

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Do you think they will look at me strange when I take all of the coffee at the motel?

Good Morning!


Feel your way~

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While your Sir/Madame is traveling,
why don’t you close your eyes,
and feel your desire to serve.


Cross-country travel

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As dievca watches Master’s plane fly over Ohio (flightaware.com) on His way westward – she is having  an inkling of a fantasy:  Flying during yesteryear – no masks, no TSA, elegant or sassy flight attendant uniforms, meals with silverware – the Mile High Club.  Hmmm~ the Fantasy might need to be developed further.

PSA Airlines is an American regional airline headquartered at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, that flies under the American Eagle brand for American Airlines. PSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group.


Catskills

It’s always interesting to see how a brand names its offerings.

Does the Only Hearts Catskill Summer Cami and Shorts bring to mind the Catskill Mountain Range?

Maybe~

But its a sweet set to sleep in. 

Lingerie set available at ShopBop – photo by dievca 3/2021


Looking for that inexpensive Michelin Star


Michelin LadyThere are restaurants with Michelin stars in 34 countries. Five of these countries don’t have a Michelin-starred meal for less than $100. For example, Norway’s Statholdergaarden is a 17th-century home that became an eatery in 1914. The restaurant serves classic Scandinavian cuisine at a rate of 1,275kr ($151) for the set menu.

Hostellerie la Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises is the world’s most inexpensive Michelin eatery. The French restaurant offers a seasonal menu for €20 ($25). Outside of Europe, the most affordable meal is at the Three Coins in Taipei, Taiwan. “The menu is classic Cantonese, with occasional Taiwanese touches, such as the simple but tasty steamed abalone with dried and fresh tomatoes,” writes the Michelin Guide’s reviewer. The set menu costs NT$1,000 (US$36)

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Key Findings

●  The lowest cost Michelin-starred restaurant is Hostellerie la Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France, where the set menu is €20 (US$24.52).

●  The inexpensive American eatery with a Michelin star is State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, with a 3-course-meal for $45.

●  The lowest cost three-star restaurant is Le Palais in Taiwan, with a set meal for NT $3,800 (US$138.63)

●  America’s most inexpensive three-star meal is at Le Bernardin in NYC, where the Prix Fixe is $175.

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Click here to to see the full article from TopDollar.

Why is dievca even offering this information?

 

Fully-vaccinated Americans can now travel freely without having to quarantine or test for COVID-19, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Specifically, Americans who are two weeks out from their final vaccine shot can travel both domestically and internationally and do not need to quarantine when they arrive home unless required by their local jurisdiction, the CDC announced Friday April 2nd, 2021.

Al Brule Travel Pin Up

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • You should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
International Travel Recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers:
 
  • Before you travel
    • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
    • Check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.
  • While you are traveling:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Before you arrive in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated peopleare required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

 

 


Coffee and the morning commute – Moynihan Train Hall

It was silent, it was clean, it’s beautiful as it is new
and dievca managed to drip her cappuccino on the floor as she took a photo.
she felt like an a** as she scrambled to wipe the drips up with her glove.

The new Train Hall at Pennsylvania Station, NYC:

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall is an expansion of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station into the adjacent James A. Farley Building, the city’s former main post office building.

Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road are served by the Hall and you can get to the subway.

One of the controversies is that the Hall is closed from 1 am to 5 am (Pennsylvania Station is open 24/7 and many homeless people find refuge there).

An excellent article about Penn Station’s History and the new building can be read here (Bloomberg City Lab).

Photos: dievca NYC Midtown Moynihan Train Hall 01/17/2021


Country Roads and Coffee (Westsylvania)

As dievca is making her way through Western PA via I 80, Coffee and John Denver are making the drive a bit easier. Too bad her acapella version doesn’t sound like this:

By the way, did you know that Pittsburgh was almost a part of West Virginia?

In the years before the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), the jurisdiction of the region west of the Allegheny Mountains around Pittsburgh and along the Ohio River had been disputed between the British colonies of Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Mason-Dixon line, which officially established the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, would have also settled the Virginia-Pennsylvania boundary dispute, but the surveying of the final miles of the Mason-Dixon line was abandoned in 1767 and would not be completed until 1784. In the early 1770s, it was therefore unclear whether Pittsburgh and its environs were in Pennsylvania or Virginia. Both colonies proceeded as if they had a better claim to the area. Virginia administered the region as the District of West Augusta, while in Pennsylvania it was considered a part of Westmoreland County.

Complicating this border dispute were the vast land claims of the Ohio Company of Virginia and the Indiana Land Company along the Ohio River. The two companies combined forces in 1769 to create the Grand Ohio Company with the intention of creating a colony known as Vandalia, which would have had similar borders to Westsylvania had it been recognized. The outbreak of the American Revolutionary War effectively brought an end to the efforts to establish Vandalia.


Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho! a Winter’s drive I go~

Vintage Canada 1940s Car and Snow

Hitting the Highway and Thinking of You!

dievca’s Mom kept getting anonymous postcards from around the country when she was a young gal. The tagline on each of them was the phrase above. She never found out who sent them.

So, dievca is hitting the highway and making her way to her Momma. Her Mom might not last too long, so now is the time. she’s bringing that black Burberry Cashmere coat she bought when the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus closed (September) – her Mom was asking to see it.
Once a Style Maven – always a Style Maven.
dievca has so many clothes she would love to share with her Mom – her Mom isn’t tracking too well. That’s why the Burberry coat request, as ridiculous as it seems, is very important.

OK, hitting the highway and thinking of you. XO

Burberry 100% Cashmere Hoodie Overcoat $3590

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater black

I.am.Gia black cargo pants

ACNE Studios Plaid Scarf

Cougar Pillow Boots

Smartwool Black Grey Socks

Portolano Black Cashmere mittens

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

San Diego Hat Co. Bomber black


Sweet Holiday

The most googled food items to be enjoy at home for the Holidays.

Zippia, a career builder website, used Google search data to create a map of people’s favorite holiday treats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cheesecake was a big favorite all over the country, with New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Connecticut all opting for this rich and creamy dessert. Pennsylvania is apparently a fan of gingerbread cheesecake in particular and Hawaii loves Oreo cheesecake.

What do you crave during the Holiday Season?

What does your State seem to favor?

A "Thank You" to Zipia and Andrea Romano for Travel & Leisure

BDSM in the trees

Can you imagine being an exhibitionist to an audience of Trees?

Impact Play while bending over a bench viewing Nature?

Kneeling to your Sir or Madame in front of a fire?

Being bound or chained to a Tree?

Becoming a part of the scenery?

Aftercare in a hot tub and finishing with a rain shower rinse.

The epitome of a family retreat, Forest House sits nestled among tall trees in a forested hill area in Northern California. The dwelling was designed by the Envelope A+D architecture studio as a space that perfectly blends into the landscape, making the most of the natural setting at the same time. Unlike traditional cabins, the house features not one, but nine separate structures connected to each other and to the forest. The expansive building aims to provide a welcoming retreat space for the clients’ family, friends and colleagues.

Click HERE for the Gessato Post about the house

Photography © Richard Barnes


Losing Days~

dievca’s having a moment, time to flashback with the band New Order – Shellshock

Moving into this:

And down the Youtube Rabbit Hole.
Not going to help with losing days.


And now for that coffee~

Photo: dievca – Governors Island 09/2020

A visit to the Nail Salon would be good, but dievca’s spot closed pre-COVID.  There are some pockets of COVID upsurge in NYC, so dievca will have to find a new place ASAP or let it go for now. Doesn’t really matter on Governors Island.

Hmm, dievca just realized that Governors Island has taken the place of the Lake House she sold.  she is a total Midwestern dievca in the City. (Note: a 30 min bike ride, 3 min ferry ride and no mortgage has something to do with it…)