December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

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!