Fall Fell, or How Many Hours Until Friday Night?

No Telling
If I were any sexier it would put your eyes out. I’ve waited a long, hot Arkansas summer to slip into something a little more comfortable, and I found it at Land’s End. The price? Completely ridiculous.

Flannel, baby. The granny nightgown of your dreams.

In fact, I’m so crazy in love with this evening wear, that I may just loll around all weekend in this or the kicky solid-red number that came with it. The only thing better than one flannel nightgown is two. You know it’s true.

The wind is howling cool and the leaves are dropping. Finally. All I need now is a good soup recipe and Big Fat Novel.

30 thoughts on “Fall Fell, or How Many Hours Until Friday Night?

  1. I had an Esmerelda (from the Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame) nightgown when I was tiny. Haven't had one since. I like having snuggly flannel pants and a button-down flannel shirt to wear to bed.

    Coat weather is starting to get here, I can't wait. *bounces*

  2. Mmm, flannel.

    Yeah, I had a heirloom flannel nightdress when I was little; it had been my aunt's before it was mine, and she'd held her breath in the shop until her mother bought it for her.

    Bought under duress but full of character.

  3. red is the colour of power
    and flannel is good.

    scraps of red flannel tied to the fences around our farm stopped the gas company putting down gas pipes through our fields [they do a dog-leg around our farm now!]

    should guarantee a good night's sleep.

  4. Maybelline, it IS close to holiday-list time.

    Girl Meets Gun, I love that it takes so little to make us happy.

    Aw, Julia. The Esmerelda nightgown sounds too sweet. We're nowhere near coat weather yet – that may be a good month away.

    You know it, Jociegal. Living gets too crazy – sometimes the good stuff has to be simple.

    There's a fella like that at my house, Nathanael. He's workin' the Spiderman boxer-briefs, though. Snazzy.

    Ooh-aah, Lindiz! Thanks for the link. Stories and food – that's the way it should be done.

    Heirloom flannel! Teresa, if you haven't written that story yet, you should.

    Good Lord, Kate. Everything about that recipe makes me happy!

    You know it, 5thsis! And these aren't easy to find, either.

    Red flannel flying, India – better than garlic to keep the beasties at bay.

  5. It's sweat pants and a zippered sweat hoodie for me. Love flannel too. It was 74 and muggy when I got up this morning, so I am still in the t-shirt, gym shorts and flip-flops right now.

  6. My favorite winter night wear is a pale pink thermal (long underwear waffle weave) night gown that comes to my ankles. 🙂 I love it!

  7. Love it! I prefer pants and shirt though. The night gown gets all weird when you are sleeping and I feel like it is strangling me. I only recommend not having flannel sheets AND flannel pj's, too much! LOL!

  8. MMM – I totally agree with you! I can't sleep in a nightgown. And flannel on flannel – you only do that once!

    Jeff, I'm jealous. It's COLD in Colorado right now. We by-passed fall and jumped right into mid-winter. Brrr…

    Monda, if I could wear a nightgown without strangling at night it would be one of those sexy numbers you've got pictured. 🙂 And, I hope you don't mind, I added you to my buddy list on NaNo (CSWilson, not GunDiva).

  9. Yes, flannel jams (I, too, prefer pj's to gowns), a big cup of tea and lots of books is the best way for me to pass the cold Canadian winter!! Though I do admire your lovely new gown, too. Happy wearing 🙂

  10. I have told Excy many many times — Do you want me to look sexy and be trussed up and miserable, or do you want me to be comfortable, loose and sexy? He's slowly getting the idea that flannel or tshirts with cats on the front have an edge than forcing me into dental floss thongs and bras that hoist the girls to just under my chin…….

  11. Jeff, we had a warm spell this morning, too. Then the floods came and the temp dropped nicely into the 50s. My flip-flop students were shivering and soaked by 1:00.

    New Hampshire Erotica! I have to laugh, Gretchen, because while I was in that Land's End catalog I saw all manner of layering pieces to wear under the flannel. Where do these people live, I wondered, Antarctica? I guess that stuff is for New Hampshire customers.

    Bring the soup, Mister Mike. And you could write that Big Fat Novel during NaNoWriMo next month. Yes you could.

    I want one in pink, Amy!

    BCP, I forgot about LL Bean. I'm going online right now to see what they have. Thanks!

    Flannel-on-flannel is a crime, MMM and GunDiva. It's like being velcroed in your own bed.

    GunDiva, I'm so glad you're my writing buddy! Three more weeks…

    Macy, you're so right! Big bouncy socks and a quilt. I'm on it!

    NanU, I've got this peppermint cocoa I've been saving for just such a moment.

    Pat, the flashes are intermittent right now – I could do a whole post on this process, but we'd have to send the fellas out for drinks or something. Let's just say there's a fan on and rotating in my office.

    I can't even imagine a Canadian winter, Jackie. Our secretary is from Up There and every time she talks about ('aboot') the weather, it sounds like she's making it up. We have no concept of a winter colder than 20F.

    I Wonder Wye, it's the woman that makes 'sexy' work – no matter where her Girls are, geographically.

    Laura, I'm workin' the solid-red flannel right now and there's nothing better. Nothing, I tell you.

  12. Strangely enough I am not down with the flannel. I love a good pair of flannel pjs to lounge around in but I find that they cause too much friction in bed and I can't flop around as easily haha.

    However, since I am in Canada warm pjs are a necessity if you don't want to freeze your toes off. I have had nights where I have had to curl up in a tight little ball just trying to keep myself warm, and that's under heavy comforters and blankets, too!

  13. I love the idea of a cozy flannel nightgown, but even the thought of wearing one is enough to send me into a hot flash. But when this is over and I'm a normal temperature again I fully intend to live in flannel all winter.

  14. Flannel is superb, but I always opt for the PJ version because my nightgowns have the habit of riding all the way up to my throat a I sleep. Like a flannel scarf.

    I'll be heading over to Florida in 3 days. No autumn there. Sadly, no need for flannel.

  15. Well I dunno about the thick novel but heres the soup recepie!

    the link is the actual mag I took it from years ago w/a yummy steaming pic of a bowl full of this soup. Everyone loves when I make it!

    Serves 4
    Hands-On Time: 05m
    Total Time: 15m
    Ingredients
    1 12-ounce jar salsa verde
    3 cups cooked chicken pieces (1 small deli-counter rotisserie chicken or leftovers)
    1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained
    3 cups chicken broth
    1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
    2 green onions, chopped
    1/2 cup sour cream
    tortilla chips (optional)
    Directions
    Empty the salsa into a large saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes over medium-high heat, then add the chicken, beans, broth, and cumin (if desired). Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Top each bowl with a sprinkling of onions, a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla chips (if desired). For a soupier dish, use 4 cups of broth.

    http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/southwestern-chicken-soup-10000000780308/#

  16. Whoa, Filthy Gorgeous! That recipe contains my three favorite food groups – chicken, salsa, and sour cream. That's so easy. I'm making it tomorrow, probably with Kroger rotisserie chicken because it sounds too easy. Thanks, gal!

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