January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


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 dillards.com - 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: www.vautecouture.com/c-2-coats.aspx
    Thank you for this blog, it made me happy. :)

  2. Hi Jill,

    Thank you for the link to vautecouture.com. 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!