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
Now that NYC has moved into a new climate zone…
New York City, after years of being considered a humid continental climate, now sits within the humid subtropical climate zone. The classification requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.
A simple 100% Cotton Summer Dress is a necessity.
Wal-Mart bought the rights to a NYC brand which personified beach style to Millennials.
Scoop NYC, the boutique chain that billed itself as “the ultimate closet,” announced last week that it was closing its 15 remaining shops.
The store relives as a Brand at Wal-Mart and is offering a simple summer dress, on sale for $28.50
Photo: dievca NYC 05/30/2021
And now you know dievca’s BIG question this morning….
What crap weather for the start of Summer.
Practical is kicking in:
dievca’s Missoni and Burberry fold-up umbrella’s are flipping inside out and the handles are getting gummy – it might be time to look into a new folding umbrella.
Rifle Paper Co. is offering four lovely editions:
From Top Left: Camont, Garden Party, Strawberry Fields, Marguerite
Printed in full color
40″ open diameter
17⅛” closed length
Wooden duck handle
Folds up to a portable size
Matching storage sleeve
Rifle Paper Co. was founded in 2009 by husband-wife team Nathan and Anna Bond. Over the last 10 years, we have grown our company from two people to over 150. Our world is full of bold colors, hand-painted florals, and whimsical characters—and our goal is to create quality products that bring beauty to the everyday.
It’s a slow morning in NYC – clouds are hanging low.
The perfect time for elegant non-sense before the grind begins.
The 1974 female cover-version is stunning.
Or is that May Flowers?
All dievca knows is that NYC is starting to blossom.
Something lovely to see. XO
A 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.
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.
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|Utu (Shamash)||Mesopotamia||Sun God|
A “Thank you” to Thought Co. and dictionary.com
Have you ever heard of the saying, “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb”?
While 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.
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”!
A Thank You to CNN online.
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 –
Rain Jacket $320
Rain Boots $160
Anyone else ready to move on from Snow?
Whiteout, white-out, or milky weather is a weather condition in which the contours and landmarks in a snow-covered zone become almost indistinguishable.
dievca’s Dad had a High School kid who would help him around the house, that kid has since graduated from college. But, he would still visit her Dad and help when he could before Dad died. dievca looked in the garage and saw a rebuilt Corvette being stored in one stall. It’s the kid’s and he must have asked dievca’s brother to store it. No problem.
So, what is dievca’s Mom getting in return?
Driveway snow clearing services — but notably this morning at 6:00 am it is not the kid clearing the drive, it’s his Dad….
Photos: dievca Midwest 12/2020
There seems to be a snow theme going on here at the blog. Amazing what the kiss of a flake can do.
dievca is wrapped in a blanket this morning.
How is your morning? XO
“November Rain” by Jaroslav Seifert (winner of the Nobel Prize)
Tranlated from Czech to English by Ewald Osers, with editing and prose translations by George Gibian 1998
New York City — formerly a humid continental climate — is now within the humid subtropical climate zone. The city has met the National Climate Assessment’s requirements to classify as humid subtropical for the past five years.
What do those requirements entail?
- Temperatures have averaged above 72 degrees in the summer
- Higher than 27 degrees in the winter.
During the first three months of this year, the average temperature in Central Park was over 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.
Newer climate maps place NYC inside of the subtropical zone and instead of the humid continental warm summer climate zones similar to Pittsburgh and Chicago. This makes sense when you look at vegetation and plant hardiness zone maps. NYC’s native birch and sugar maple trees are NOT flourishing in the heat while plants and trees that have historically thrived in Southeast Asia and South America are loving the weather.
The main culprit is assumed to be climate change. Climate zones around the world are shifting at an alarming rate. dievca expects her steaming concrete jungle to continue to get warmer. Per one study’s estimation, by 2050, the city could be as hot as Alabama. But who knows what will happen after COVID-19.
Time to treat NYC like a seasonal beach resort!
10 hours to go with a little color to spark some energy!
The Midwest is beautiful.
Photo: dievca 06/2020 rainbow midwestern road
It was an interesting evening, Glamping in the wind. Governors Island
You could hear the rotational ramp-up of the winds, a die down and then another pass. This morning?
The calm after the storm.
Normally, weather moves from west to east. In the mid-latitudes, the prevailing winds are westerlies. This means storm systems generally move in from the West.
The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the gases, water vapor and particles. The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions. They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.
During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. The shorter wavelengths, such as blue, are scattered and broken up. We see the red wavelengths. the longest in the color spectrum, are able to continue through the atmosphere.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
A red sky at night means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west and good weather will follow.
Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.
A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.
dievca had the pleasure of a beautiful sunset, yesterday.
Made her evening.
Photos: dievca 02/2019 NYC
When the dark clouds finally create a breeze.
and when rain removes the Tourists from the Highline
Photos: dievca NYC 08/2018
What does one wear when its melting outside?
When you can hear an egg sizzle on the sidewalk?
If you know, let dievca know.
She’s trying to beat the heat.
dievca is going with the lightest, most breathable fabrics she can find.
Starting her day naked, waking up surrounded by 100% linen bedding.
After that dievca has been (links will show you):
In the end, all she really wants to do is:
And Master? He’s cooling it on the West Coast for Sunday~ sitting in the 70’s (around 24 C)
NYC is going to be 100 F (38 C) and add 48% humidity, feels like 115 F (46 C)
June Gloom is a Southern California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer. … On a strong June Gloom day, the clouds and fog may extend inland to the valleys and Inland Empire and may persist into the mid-afternoon or evening.
Go figure~ this is the time dievca can take a quick jaunt to visit friends in CA. she wanted to park it on the beach….but she’s been told it isn’t the best time.
This is quite annoying since the weather in NYC has been heavily gloomy, too. With dievca’s luck, NYC weather will be gorgeous and CA a mess. Ah, well. At least she is out of the City.
HAH! dievca’s plane arrived 45 minutes early,
her luggage was the first off the plane
and the WEATHER IS AWESOME!
Master bought His dievca peonies.
A Midwestern treat in the City.
Don’t have to shake off the ants.
$12.00 per three buds.
dievca’s Mom asked the Home Aid to take and send a photo of the Iris’ in their garden.
Lovely to be thought of.
dievca’s favorite flower.
The sun finally came out at the end of the day, yesterday.
And today is supposed to be nice.
dievca will be taking a nap on the rooftop.
Master can’t make it…
(at least dievca’s Raincoats have been useful and cute)
Here I sit in my bower of fog
sipping my coffee
in this giant City
I lived in Iceland during a past life and one of the greatest Joys was seeing the views change in the fjords with the weather. I became obsessed. It’s happening again with my new vista (modern definition).
Watching the weather roll in over the Hudson River is becoming a great Joy.
(click on photos to enlarge)
Photos: dievca NYC 02/2018
Two aspects of Nature can be very Raw: Weather and Sex
Both are tied to the Seasons
dievca has been dealing with Weather for the past 3 days.
she would like to move her attention to Sex
Yes, Sex can be gentle and loving. It can also be harsh and demanding.
In BDSM there is always the elements of domination and submission
surround by messy, earthy, direct and indirect actions.
Man Ray captured what dievca is desiring with his work for the Seasons.
Models: Man Ray and Kiki de Montparnasse
When the Brussels-based art magazine Varits was unable to pay a printers’ bill in 1929 it was suggested that they publish an erotic edition to raise working capital; Louis Aragon approached Man Ray for some photographs to include in the volume, and was presented with a sheaf of closely cropped pornographic prints featuring a couple widely assumed to be Kiki Montparnesse and Man Ray himself. The edition was entitled simply 1929, and some 500 copies featuring four of the photos were printed. Most of them were promptly seized by French Customs, but the few copies that got through were soon on sale clandestinely in Paris at greatly inflated prices. (1929, by Benjamin Pret, Aragon and Man Ray is currently published by Alyscamps Press, Paris & London, ISBN 1897722 885).
(click here for the History of the photos via the Tate Modern 2003 article)
dievca’s working in a Nordic country and it’s about 30 degrees Fahrenheit colder than NYC and…its been raining.
But, there is a beautiful view, occasionally.
So, dievca is not complaining. Really.
(she thought it was supposed to be Summer…)
Have a fabulous Saturday!
At 12:00 Noon.
It was coming down pretty heavy.
Parade started at 1:00 pm – rain or shine.
Apparently Mermaids don’t melt.
At 4:00 pm?
A Saturday, late in February.
High of 61 F (16 C), sunny — while dievca worked all day.
As she rode home, the clouds rolled in.
The wind was rattling the front door to the apartment, so dievca closed the windows – even through the clean, crisp smell was lovely.
Torrential down pour, with sideways sheets of rain.
Text to Master:
“When the bathroom window is cracked open
and you are getting spritzed on the toilet…
you know it’s a wild, wonderful storm!”
Apparently, dievca missed one window and got a little wet, while her Master got drenched in the storm.
Addendum 03/08/2017 — leaving for work at 5:45 am, the doorman said it was just drizzling…sideways squalls, having to walk the bike two avenues west because of the wind and ending up completely drenched at work 20 minutes later….dievca isn’t feeling too fond of wild wonderful storms….
There is one day a year when Americans turn to a small mammal to predict the weather, Groundhog Day. It’s the day we celebrate the American tradition of finding out if there will be six more weeks of winter
Thousands will converge on the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to see if Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his temporary burrow and see his shadow. If that happens, winter weather will continue across the United States. But if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring temperatures are on the way.
Groundhog Day is derived from ancient Christian and Roman customs in Germany, where Europeans celebrated Candlemas, a holiday marking the Virgin Mary’s presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. Candlemas is observed on Feb. 2nd. If there were clear skis on that usually meant an extended winter. German immigrants brought the rituals to the U.S.
Punxsutawney Phil was named an official immortal oracle in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney. Rivals such as Staten Island Chuck and Gen. Beauregard Lee have tried to undermine his fame, but Phil has maintained his cultural significance.
For those who refuse to believe in the fantasy of Phil’s immortality are right. Groundhogs in captivity typically live no longer than 10 years. And the U.S. National Climatic Data Center has found that Phil is only correct about 40% of the time.
Ah, well, it inspired a great movie!
Phil Connors: (to the groundhog) “Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”
Phil Connors: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.