December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


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!