Tuesday, I hit up a few thrift shops and found some real treasures. I bought some jewelry at a charity shop I’d never been to before. They sell mostly dishes, books, knick-knacks, home decor and the like but the bling is what I stopped in for.
Among other things, I found this unusual feather necklace that reminds me of Stevie Nicks. I’m already referring to it as my “Stevie” necklace. It’s got a boho vibe that I instantly liked.
After the charity shop, I decided to drop by my favorite Goodwill. I found a wool coat just hanging there all by itself at the end of the denim aisle. The moment I saw the label, I knew I had to buy it.
As much as I wish I’d heard of Aquascutum prior to finding this coat, I hadn’t. The fact that the tag makes mention of “H.M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother” was enough for me to know I had found something special. When I arrived home, I immediately Googled ‘Aquascutum’ and confirmed my hunch. Special and then some!
Some vintage Aquascutum coats fetch quite a high price tag! Much higher than the $5.99 I paid.
It needs a little tightening on the buttons and a good dry cleaning but otherwise, it’s in excellent condition. I did a little research on the label, a suggestion of Alicia’s, and found that this coat is from either the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. Maybe 1967, the year of my birth. Wouldn’t that be nifty?
I am looking forward to some cold weather so I can wear my new find. I am sure I will feel like H. M. Queen of the Thrift Stores while wearing this regal coat.
Are you familiar with Aquascutum?
~ Wednesday morning I went to the county court house for jury duty selection. I tried to look on the bright side of jury duty: it’s an opportunity to give back to my community, a chance to read a book without feeling like I should be doing something else and a potential learning experience. But truthfully, I did not want to be there.
My wish to not be there came true. After watching a video and listening to dozens of names being called off – none of them mine – I was dismissed! I spent just 40 minutes at the court house then had the rest of the day to myself.
This was my fourth time being called in for jury selection and my fourth time being dismissed. Have you ever served on a jury?
~ We are fortunate to have a strawberry patch here in our tiny town that is open from late spring to sometimes as late as November.
I often stop and buy several baskets to take home to snack on and to freeze for smoothies. They’re gorgeous berries, full of flavor and so fresh.
I had a sweet tooth the other evening and wanted something fruity for dessert but I didn’t want plain old berries. I saw a few recipes for roasting fruit online and decided to try roasting a few pints of berries.
I used BR Cohn white balsamic vinegar, sweetened it with agave syrup (about 1/4 cup total, 1:1 ratio) and poured it over strawberry chunks spread on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I put them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes until they started to bubble a little.
Once out of the oven, I let them cool to room temperature then served them over plain Greek yogurt sweetened with sugar-free Torani vanilla syrup. It helps the yogurt stay firmer if you put it in the freezer for about half an hour.
~ You might recall earlier this year I applied to be genetically tested for the BRCA gene. My mother had breast cancer at a young age but my family history did not show enough evidence of the BRCA gene and I was turned down for testing – twice. The last option was to have my mother tested. If she was positive, then they would test me.
I asked my mother if she would do this for me and she didn’t hesitate for a second. Over the last two months she has gone through the process of getting tested. It wasn’t easy. Many were reluctant to give her (cover the cost of) the test. She talked to a lot of people, made many phone calls, wrote letters and drove all over the Raleigh-Durham area to make it happen.
By the end of August, she had the test done and on Tuesday the results came back negative for BRCA. This means, according to the genetic therapist, I do not have the BRCA gene either. What a relief!
I am certainly not going to be cavalier about these results and I do realize I need to continue my annual check-ups and mammograms but it sure is wonderful to check BRCA genes off my list of worries.
Thank you, Mom, for your persistence. And for taking the time and making the effort to do that for me.