Vintage dress-No idea where I bought it, or when (probably late 70's/early 80's)
Green bangle-Salvation Army
Vintage tote bag/shopper-Goodwill
Cameo ring-Jordan Marsh circa '92
Fragrance-Vintage perfume concentration Emeraude
Speaking of feathers...
My eiderdown bit the dust last year (after 25 years). It had numerous patches, but I was tired of waking covered in feathers, so that was that. Last weekend I bought a down-substitute comforter at K Mart for $45.00 that so far seems like a nice replacement...and the budgie has stopped giving me dirty looks when I come downstairs in the morning covered in white tufts of down. I'm sure I won't get 25 years from the replacement, but I'll no longer traumatise Xerox the budgie so I get points for sensitivity. I still haven't turned on the heat, but I might need to tonight-we'll see. My Dad wouldn't turn on the heat until Halloween at the earliest, which can be rather cold in Chicago. He felt years of working outdoors in all weather, "Built character." He was a character, that's for sure. On the farm we'd sometimes need to stretch the propane between deliveries which could be unpleasant, but nothing on the scale of what I endured living with my dad. Danny seems to take after him, walking around in an undershirt complaining it is too warm in the house!
This seems like a good time to share a very simple hot cocoa recipe.
3 cups milk (any kind you like)
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
Dash of vanilla
Marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream as required
In a heavy pan, combine the milk and chocolate. Over medium heat, whisk until milk is warm and the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat, add vanilla and pour into mugs. Adorn as desired. You can use more chocolate if you're feeling generous.
How do you take your cocoa?
Marshmallows? Whipped cream? Ambergris (I shit you not, it is a "thing")? Do tell.