May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Red Coats!

After the heads-up from a fellow blogger Jill Bielawski about why I shouldn't be thinking about anything with wool in it (except the kind that I knit myself, produced by humane producers), I started digging around for a red coat without any wool - no wool blends!

I found these coats at - neither has any wool in them.  Both are designed by Jessica Simpson:

Jessica Simpson Notch-Collar Coat
$99.00 Dillards

Jessica Simpson Pocket Coat
$129.00 at Dillards

Both coats are made of a polyester/viscose/spandex blend.  Not exactly environmentally friendly because of the use of petroleum products to make the synthic fabrics, but on the other hand, no sheep are being tortured to make wool for these coats, either.  We KNOW how to raise animals in a humane way.  We know how to shear sheep's wool in a humane (not "by piecework") way.  Let's just start doing it, and leave the petroleum for gasoline and vasoline production.  Geez, people!  This is the 21st century.  Aren't we better than our barbarian ancestors?


  1. Great coats! I'm so glad you've decided to avoid wool and have been successful in finding nice red winter coats that are synthetic. Although synthetic often does mean bad for the environment, I'll still take it any day over the suffering and death inherent in today's wool industry. Even the "humane" wool producers kill ... not so humane. And not all synthetics are bad for the environment. This line makes gorgeous, animal-friendly coats out of environmentally friendly materials, although they are too pricey for me:
    Thank you for this blog, it made me happy. :)

  2. Hi Jill,

    Thank you for the link to I checked out the website and I really like the message and the ethics. I also happen to love the some of the coats! Unfortunately, every design that I really liked is already sold out for the third run! So, I signed up for the email newsletter and hope to get a heads-up when the next production run is scheduled. As far as the coats being more expensive, yeah, they are. But they are also custom-designed and produced by American-based designers, sewists/tailors and craftspeople, and the materials are sustainable and not animal-based. I've seen coats at Nieman-Marcus' website that cost more than two times as much as the most expensive coat at Vaute Couture and I like Vaute Couture's better! Truth! I was looking during lunch hour at the office today at some Nieman-Marcus coats. Well, you never know when they might have a sale, you know - and the ones I liked were all wool or wool-blends that I will no longer buy. I'm thankful all the new sweaters I bought have no wool in them!