The Flannel Shirt Tradition

My Dad has always loved him a flannel shirt.  They wear like iron.  Get softer the older they get.  And allow you to keep that furnace on a lower setting during the winter.  What’s not to love.

I smiled when Rigel come dashing up from downstairs in HIS flannel shirt, knowing that Parker would also be sporting his flannel shirt on Thanksgiving day as well.

But would their “Happy” (my Dad) be wearing his?


The flannel shirt tradition continues.

Flannel shirts

It’s been a crazy few months here at the Hotel Hodson.  For the first time ever I think I’ve spent more time in doctor’s offices than Parker has.  Nothing major.  Just stuff buggy enough to make life a little less upbeat.  I know that everyone goes through these periods though and that I will come out the other end with a smile.  It just might be a really long tunnel that needs to be traveled through.

I know I need to get back to exercising, but the weather has gotten so cold that walking outside is out of the question. I’ve contemplated a treadmill, but know that isn’t feasible right now.  I may look into the price to walk the track at the local rec center instead.  I believe that there is a HUGE correlation between your health and your outlook on life.

This leads me to ask, what do YOU do to help keep both physically and mentally upbeat when you spend large amounts of time at home, hunkered down to avoid as much sick of the sick season as possible?



About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Maria Cordner says:

    What’s not to love about flannel?…It’s like cloth hugging! I had postpartum depression which eventually picks up as seasonal depression, especially during hard winter months. I found I do better when I keep myself active but I remember when I was house bound, it was extremely difficult to find a window of time to do something for myself. I do well during warmer months, when I dive into gardening and walks. My sister says that dancing has kept her floating. Maybe find 30 minutes a day to really shake in a dance video or loud music. I find that on top of that if I had a rewarding activity that pleased me, other than eating or cooking, like watch a good period romance drama or knitting or reading, that kept me up for sure. My friend in Portugal, who is a recreational therapist, says to keep it focus in something other than or main focus (which in our case are our children). Hugs, Tammy!

  2. Chris says:

    Very cute picture, of course!

    I hope you are OK. That was just vague enough to be worrisome (who, me? worry about you? ;) ) Anyhow, as I said, I hope you are OK.

    • I’m hanging in there, I promise. Have another doc appt. on Tuesday. Hopefully this time will be the magic time that they get my BP under control for the long haul. And always worrying about Parker, who just gave me 30 minutes of a workout getting his cutting time assignment done. :D

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