A Skilled Craftsman

I’m looking for a warmer winter coat. I love my white coat with black accents but the black is starting to fray at the sleeves. I still get compliments on that coat.

I’m tired of being cold when the temperature drops below zero. I want a maxi length to keep my legs warm. I need a polyester coat because I’m allergic to wool, nylon, and feathers. I can get by with a down coat if the feathers stay inside.

See, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack!

It also needs a removable hood because fur is a no-no. And I want cuffed sleeves because I don’t like cold air blowing up my arms.

Oh, I need it in a tall size, too.

I’ve looked everywhere: Penney’s, Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, Orscheln’s, TSC, K Jordan, Shopko, Target, Talbots, Von Maur, T. J. Max, Ebay.com, Shopzilla, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Chadwicks, Metro Style, and Ann Taylor Loft.

I found one that met most of the requirements at Macy’s. David worked 10 hours for that much money and it would look like I was wearing a sleeping bag. I won’t waste money on something I don’t love.

I opened my Bible and one sentence gave me the answer.

Exodus 26:1, “…A skilled craftsman should do it.” The Message

I can buy black “pleather” (The coat has to be machine washable.) and take my white coat to Dotty’s. That’s the seamstress who shortened the sleeves on the white coat for me. She could just replace the panels on the sleeves. The coat would look like new again.

(Now I really have to go to Hobby Lobby!)

I will keep searching for a warmer coat. There has to be one somewhere. I’ve even looked at “Goodwill” and “Stuff.”

On those bitter cold days, I can always pull out David’s old coveralls. They kept me toasty at the hot dog roast and hayrack ride. (I didn’t go on the ride but we ate in an unheated warehouse. I also skipped the hot dogs.)

I got a lot of comments on those coveralls. They weren’t compliments but I didn’t care. I was warm.

Where else can I look for a heavy winter coat? Help!

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