Flat Stanley Sings with the Birds

Nana woke up to her favorite sound.  Birds were singing in the air outside.  When she stepped carefully down the stairs they got louder and louder.  She soon realized it wasn’t a bird, but Flat Stanley doing a perfect cardinal whistle.

He’s been practicing his whistle for a long time and has really gotten good at it.  Can you whistle like a bird?

“Flat Stanley, your whistle fooled me today, I thought we had a flock of cardinals in the yard.” Nana said to him.

Flat Stanley smiled up at Nana and told her about his morning.  He got up early and went  wandering around the yard.  The storm last night left wet grass, big mud puddles and a lot of happy birds in it’s wake.

When Flat Stanley saw the big puddles of mud, you know what he wanted to do, you know he had to; you know he did!

Jump splash boom, splasha splasha splasha GOOOOOON!!!! Who’s the goon, who’s the goon?  Not me not you, SPLASHHHH!!

Nana was giggling when she told Flat Stanley to get his muddy feet back outside and go play!  It’s a nice day!

Flat Stanley was having a blast outside!  He heard the birds in the bushes and went out to say hello.  They like Nana’s sweet lilacs.

The birds flew away when he climbed up into the bush with them, so he stayed really still and quiet until they came back and he could listen to their chirps and special calls.

Did you know that you can tell what kind of bird it is just by their unique call?

The cardinal is his favorite, viiviiiiiiiw, viiviiiiiiiw, peep peep peep peep peep peep peep.

As he was chirping in the lilacs, he saw it!  The big groundhog that lives under Papa’s old shed came out to say hello!  Can you see him there ready to crawl back into his holey home under the shed?

Nana named him “Gary the Groundhog,” she came out just in time to see him scuttle back into this home.

This is what he looks like up close.

As Nana came to join Flat Stanley on the garden bench, Nana told Flat Stanley about all of the wildlife they’ve seen here on this beautiful plot of land they call home.

Flat Stanley was surprised to hear that Nana spotted a coyote, a fox and one time a mama deer and her baby doe came trotting across the backyard.

But of course Flat Stanley’s favorite critter will always be his feathered friends in the coop!  The chickens were squawking, awaiting their morning treats, so Nana and Flat Stanley brought them fresh water and food.

Do chickens smile?  If they could, they’d be smiling now.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile delivered daily!

 

 

Flat Stanley Does the Chores

Walking out to see his favorite feathered friends, Flat Stanley had lost the spring in his step.  He was feeling pretty bad about making Nana, Papa and Auntie Terri worry so much yesterday.  His trip was fun, but he learned his lesson.

He talked to the chickens for a while, giving them their favorite treats and by the time he collected the eggs, he was feeling a little bit better.

When he came inside, Nana was making scrambled eggs with tomato and cheese.  The cheesy goodness smelled good!

“Breakfast is my favorite meal,” Nana said as she put Flat Stanley’s plate in front of him.

“And orange juice makes every breakfast even better,” Flat Stanley said as he took a sip of the citrusy sweet drink.

While eating his breakfast, Flat Stanley decided he would take care of Nana and Papa’s chores today.  This would help him feel better for worrying them so much yesterday.

He started by emptying all of the trash cans, and carrying the heavy bag to the trash barrel.  Then, he got the recycling bin and hefted it up and out to the other recycling barrel.

Flat Stanley came in and grabbed the broom from the back hall.  He swept the floors and was really careful to get around the appliances and dust from the corners.  It surprised him to see so much gunk in the dustpan, but I guess dust falls, even when you’re out of town!

The dusting was Flat Stanley’s favorite chore.  He grabbed the long pole and dusted all the corners and fixtures.

Nana was just about to stop Flat Stanley when he went for the mop, but she held back.  He was really trying to help, so she decided to let him.

That may not have been the best decision.

Flat Stanley grabbed the mop and put the pad on it kinda sideways, but it worked.  He squirted five squirts around the toilet and began working on getting the floors bright and shiny like Nana does.

But the squirts weren’t working very well.

So what do you think Flat Stanley did?

Yes, he went for the dish soap on the counter and squirted that on the floor.  Then he grabbed a bucket and filled it with water.  He didn’t mean to, but his foot slid on the slippery floor and he accidentally bumped into the bucket.  It spilled across the floor making the dishsoap suds up like it does in the sink; but this was all over the floor!

“Ohh no!” Flat Stanley shouted.  This is NOT how he planned to “help” Nana!

Nana heard his shout and forced herself to remain at her desk doing her work.  She pretty much knew what she’d find if she went in there.

Flat Stanley ran up to the linen closet and grabbed towels.  On his hands and knees he cleaned up the water and suds and rang out the towels to the best of his ability.

Papa walked by the hallway, but decided not to go in.  He was really doing what he could to let Flat Stanley be the “big boy” he decided to be yesterday.

Flat Stanley was sopping up the mess for hours.  Everytime he thought he got all of the suds up, he’d feel the sticky tackiness when he walked on it and then get his damp towels down, only to stir up more suds.  It seemed like a never ending cycle.

Eventually, it was clean!  It wasn’t sticky and it shined like Nana’s floors after she mops!  He put the dirty towels in the washing machine and started the wash.

Nana decided not to sit this one out.  She went in and ran the rinse and drain cycle a few times to get the suds off of the towels so they didn’t overflow the washing machine.

She was shaking her head, but as she looked at what a nice job Flat Stanley did on his chores, it showed how he had learned a lesson, or maybe two today.  Nana was smiling.  Flat Stanley was relieved and feeling much better by the days end.  He sighed a big sigh of relief upon seeing Nana’s smile return to her face.

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Flat Stanley is Missing Briana and Auntie Terri

As Flat Stanley and Alexa were eating their cheesy eggs that Nana made, Flat Stanley’s mind began to wander.

He was thinking about all of the fun he’s had this week with Alexa, Jake, Jaida and all of the cousins, but at the same time had a nagging tinge of sadness.  He was missing Briana and Auntie Terri.

He knew he wasn’t alone in these feelings.  Alexa is having fun with Nana and Papa here, and loves the adventures with Flat Stanley; but she also misses her mommy and daddy who are on vacation.

Auntie Shana, Alexa’s mom and Don, her dad are enjoying an anniversary trip in paradise island; but Flat Stanley could even hear a tinge of sadness in their voices when they called home to check on everyone.

So Flat Stanley didn’t feel alone in his mixed emotions of overwhelming joy and excitement, and missing someone.

Auntie Shana recorded a fun good night video where she sings her special “good night sweetheart” song to Alexa.  Nana plays it for her at bedtime and although she smiles while she does the “tickle tickle” part back to her mom in the recording, Flat Stanley could see the sadness behind her eyes.

Flat Stanley’s happy heart strings are super excited about spending such a fun time on adventures with Alexa, but at the same time those other heart strings are pulled because it’s hard when you’re missing those you love. I wish we could all live on the same street!

It was nice to hear Auntie Terri’s voice when she called, but the pictures Briana sent, made Flat Stanley really miss home.

Briana was playing in the basement of the barn.  Briana likes to bring her friends to the creepiest places, but her friend Claudia didn’t seem to mind. She found a caterpillar!

And they finally have springtime in Massachusetts!  Look at those spring smiles in front of Nana’s forsythia bush!

And Flat Stanley loved the picture of Claudia holding Penelope the chicken!

Their BBQ looked fun too!  Flat Stanley can eat three hot dogs!  He likes his with extra extra ketsup, which usually makes a big mess, but that’s what outside BBQs are made for!

That and lots of laughter!

“You know what keeps me happy Flat Stanley?” Nana asked.  “I focus on the good heart strings, the ones that make me laugh out loud.  Like a chicken dance in my chicken pants, and the laughter of my grandloves!”

“Another thing that helps us through a sad moment is to think about tomorrow and something you have to look forward to.”

“Yes, Flat Stanley!” Alexa exclaimed. “Think about all of the hugs and kisses and tickles to come when we’re all reunited again!”

Alexa was smiling as she went on to cheer Flat Stanley up by mentioning the Cinco De Mayo party this weekend! On THE day her Mom and Dad return!  Something to look forward to brought a smile to all of our faces.

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Flat Stanley is Off for New Adventures

Flat Stanley woke up with a spring in his step and danced to the breakfast table.

“Cha Cha Cha I see Alexa todayyy” Flat Stanley sang a little ditty to the movement of his feet.

Nana and Papa were busy packing up  the car.  Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy had been collecting their egg cartons and Nana asked Flat Stanley to pack up the eggs for Auntie Shana and Auntie Tanya’s households.

The spring in Nana’s step went in two directions.  So happy to be on their way to spend a week with their nine grandloves in Virginia, and sad to be leaving Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy.

“We hope you’ll be able to come over for lunch next week. It’s about an hour drive, so maybe we can meet halfway.”

The thought of a short-term goodbye made it easier.

While Nana and Papa were busy saying their goodbyes, Flat Stanley said “adios amigos” to his new pet friends Riley, Penny and most friendly Henry.

Before hitting the road they stopped for lunch at the local Bobby K’s in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

This is where flat Stanley spotted the giant Rooster!

“Oh Papa, You know I want to, you know I need to, you know I have to!”

Papa’s smile grew wider as he hefted Flat Stanley up on the giant Rooster.

“Yippeeekayayyyyyy!!! I’m off to see Alexa!” Flat Stanley shouted in the crowded restaurant.

Nana gave Papa “the look,” and Papa brought Flat Stanley back to the table.  He was smiling wide and ate very quickly ready to be on the road for more adventures!

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Flat Stanley is Ready for Travel Again!

Last night Nana, Papa and Flat Stanley had our bon voyage dinner with Auntie Terri & Briana.  Tomorrow is our day of travel!  Stay tuned for lots of travel pics, but tomorrow the adventure will be delayed by a day.

Briana dressed Flat Stanley up really nice.  She said she’d like to give him a makeover for their “bon voyage date.”  He seemed to enjoy wearing different clothes than the ones Nana always sets out for him.

“I’m the king of polka dots,” Flat Stanley said.  Then he began dancing the polka like they do in Poland.

Nana got up early this morning to finish up the last minute details in the house, getting ready for their trip!  Flat Stanley helped gather and clean the eggs that she’s hoping to share with the family.  That’s a LOT of eggs and Flat Stanley cleaned them “eggcellently!”

The bags were packed and Flat Stanley helped Nana carry them down the stairs.

But Flat Stanley’s favorite last minute task was definitely watering the plants!  He pretended he was a monkey in the mighty jungle of Borneo.  He had to swing high and wide to escape the wild leopards.  Flat Stanley has a wild imagination.

What do you like to pretend to be in a jungle?

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Flat Stanley Gets Hurt

Flat Stanley woke up this morning and wanted to surprise Nana again by gathering the fresh eggs from the coop and feeding the chickens for her before she came downstairs for her coffee.

When he stepped outside, he saw that ice and some snow had covered the yard and walkway.  Between patches of ice, were the stepping stones.  Flat Stanley looked at the path as a challenge, a hopscotch trail challenge!

“Hoppity hoppity, Boop Boop Boop!!!!!”

Jumping down the path he aimed for the dry patches of rocks on the walkway as he chanted, “Hoppity hoppity Boop Boop BOOOoooooooop…, OUCH!” ooohh Flat Stanley didn’t make the last rock of safety and landed on ice instead.

Down he went so fast, he wasn’t able to protect himself very well.  It just all happened so fast.  It hurt bad.  He went in the house and found Nana making her coffee.

“Nanaaahhhh…”

When I looked over I could see Flat Stanley was hurt.  His lip was bright red and there was a scratch on his knee and scuffs on his clothes.

“Oh, come here honey and let’s get some ice on that lip of yours.”  Nana knew he had fallen hard and was worried that his lip was going to swell up like a balloon.

The bag of corn in the freezer will make a great ice pack.

I layed Flat Stanley down on the couch and wiped his teary eyes.  Then I gave him the frozen bag of corn to place on his lip.

“This will hurt a little at first Flat Stanley, but then you’ll begin to get numb and won’t feel the pain.  It will help your lip from swelling too much as well.”

Flat Stanley carefully placed the bag up to his lip looking at Nana, and hoping it wouldn’t hurt too very much.

It did hurt a little when he touched the frozen bag of corn to his lip, but after a while, like Nana promised, it began to get numb and not hurt anymore.

I put the TV on and let Flat Stanley browse through the stations.  When he came across “Mighty Machines,” he was all set. This is a show he likes, but one that won’t make him laugh too much.  It hurt too much to smile.

Flat Stanley had to be careful with what he ate, so he didn’t hurt his lip too much.  He loves applesauce, so I brought him a cup, and he found he could eat that without hurting his now puffy lip.

Flat Stanley has a hard time not smiling, even when it hurts.  He’ll feel better soon with Nana’s care.

I hope your smiles don’t hurt and that you enjoy your day.  Stay safe!  New England is not a fun place to be this “spring.”

This post is dedicated to my granddaughter Alexa.  I heard you fell off your bicycle and hurt your lip.  I hope you’re feeling better and that it doesn’t hurt when you smile now. 😘 Nana and Papa love you.

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Flat Stanley and the Chickens

Nana and Papa slept in later than normal this morning.  Flat Stanley got up early and went out to check on the chickens.  They’ve been doing fairly well with all of the big construction trucks and earth moving around their coop.  Flat Stanley wanted to give them some special treats and top off their water, but while doing so, he noticed smells coming from the coop, and they were pretty bad.

When Nana got up, Flat Stanley asked if he could let the chickens run free so that he could clean the coop for her.  Well this was music to Nana’s ears!

“Yes, Flat Stanley, I think the chickens will enjoy roaming free today.” I replied.  I went to bed with music ringing in my ears from a concert and now I wake up to the sweet sound of kindness? Life is good!

The chickens enjoy the special hay that Nana puts in the chicken’s nesting boxes.  It’s softer for them to snuggle in and lay their eggs.  The stuff on the ground level of the coop is more scratchy; but that’s what they do most of the time, scratch the ground looking for bugs and treats.

Today the chickens were roaming free and decided to dig in under a bush for a nice dust bath.  Did you know chicken’s bathe in dirt?  They fluff up their feathers and the dust takes any mites away.  It’s nature’s way…

When Nana came out to check on things, one chicken tried untying her shoelace!  Her name is Cagney, you can tell by her very red mane around her neck area.

After cleaning the coop, Flat Stanley decided to go ROCK CLIMBING!

The rocks are really stacking up from the big crater they’re digging for Nana and Papa’s new house!  Flat Stanley ever so carefully climbed to the VERY top and sang to the chickens running around below him.

“I’m on the top of the world, looking down on creation, and the only explaination, I can find…”

On his walk through the woods behind the house, Flat Stanley found more signs of spring returning to Massachusetts!  When he brought one of these pretty flowers to Nana, she told him they were purple periwinkles, and she winked at him.

He winked back with his two eyed wink, he hasn’t mastered the wink with just one eye thingy, but he tries.

Can you wink with just one eye?

Nana just winked back at you!

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Flat Stanley and the Sky Bucket

Flat Stanley was enjoying his morning breakfast.  Today, Nana made scrambled eggs with cheese made from goats milk.  The chickens lay the biggest eggs, just one egg and Flat Stanley is full.  While he was finishing up his egg, he looked out the window and saw the big claw machine carrying a full tree up the driveway!  He quickly brought his empty plate to Nana in the kitchen and ran for the door.

As he ran around the house he heard the loud chainsaw cutting trees and looked up.  When he saw the big bucket truck carrying a man with a chainsaw way up high in the air, he jumped up and down and ran back into the house!

“Nana, Nana come quick! You’ve got to see this!” Flat Stanley shouted in his high pitched voice that gets ever so higher when he’s excited.

Flat Stanley grabbed my hand and led me to the door, and then around the house.  It was a sight to see!  The bucket truck was way up high in the sky!

I asked Flat Stanley if he would like to do that job.  Flat Stanley looked at me in wide eyed wonder and then shook his head from side to side.  “No, NO Way,” Flat Stanley replied. “I’d like to drive the trucks on the ground though, like Bobcat Bob” Flat Stanley said.

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They were pushing the dirt around, lifting logs and creating a big flat space where Nana and Papa’s new house will be built.

Flat Stanley sat on the rock wall out front and watched them for most of the day.  It was fun to see the big dirt pile growing bigger and bigger.  He was careful to stay out of the way today as there were trees coming down with loud crashes from way up high in the sky.  Then the big claw machine would pick up the logs and carry them to the log stack that’s growing higher than a house.

A giant would have fun playing lincoln logs with that stack!

The chickens liked eating the little bugs that were gathering on the wood pile.  Flat Stanley was happy to see the chickens running free today.  They seem to be getting used to all of the loud noises around them.  Nana saw Flat Stanley looking at the chicken’s little ears.

“Did you know that you can tell what color eggs your chicken will lay based on the color of the little flap around the chicken’s ears?” Nana asked Flat Stanley.  Flat Stanley thought Nana was playing another one of her little jokes, but no, she was serious.  “It’s true.” she said.  “So, you learned something new today!”

Nana has a lot of crazy facts stored up in that brain of hers. Flat Stanley thought as he looked up at her smiling his beautiful smile.  Nana smiled back at him…crazy kid.

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Flat Stanley watches over the Chickens

Flat Stanley woke up to the sound of a large boom that shook the house!  He knew the workermen must be running those big machines and couldn’t wait to put his clothes on!  He remembered the snow we had yesterday and grabbed his thickest sweatshirt and beanie knit hat (like Bobcat Bob’s) before going out to see what the noise was all about.

That BIG Black box is a called a dipsy dumpster!  That’s a funny name.  I’ll bet you can’t say that three time’s really fast!

The truck driver explained to Flat Stanley that the stumps were going to come out of the ground today and they’d be put in the dipsty dumpster.

There are a lot of stumps that need to come out of the ground before Nana and Papa’s house can be built.

This BIG claw machine was clawing up under each root and then the driver operator would lift the big claw up high in the air with the root in the claw and dump each one in the dipsy dumpster trash barrel.

Flat Stanley was playing on a stump, watching the big clawed machine and feeling the ground shake under his body.  Then Nana hollered, “Flat Stanley come off of that stump, here comes the digger!”

Flat Stanley quickly jumped down off of the stump and ran really fast across the driveway to safety!  That stump is gone now.  It was sitting where Nana and Papa’s living room will be.  The roots run very deep on these old stumps.

All of the shaking and pounding on the raw earth made the chickens very nervous.  Nana and Flat Stanley moved the chickens to the other side of the yard, far far away from the noise.  They gave them special treats and Flat Stanley stayed outside to play with them.

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Flat Stanley Meets Bobcat “Bob”

Flat Stanley arose after a very good nights sleep.  As Nana cooked breakfast, he was happy to tell Nana about his day in Nashville with Johnny.  While he ate his hot cereal with fresh blueberries, Nana told him about “breaking ground” today on Nana and Papa’s new house!  Flat Stanley could see Nana was happy about her day.

Flat Stanley jumped out of his chair and shouted, “Let the BUILDING Begin!!!!” as he twirled in a circle with his arms spread out as wide as they would stretch.

Then he heard the trucks coming up the drive, and he ran to the window.  It WAS going to be an exciting day!

The workermen brought out their tools for clearing the trees and brush for Nana and Papa’s new home.

The BIG Clawed Bobcat caught Flat Stanley’s eye!  When Bobcat Bob rode the big clawed machine up the driveway, Flat Stanley’s eyes got as big as saucers!  He had to ask, he just had to!

“Sir, um, Bobcat Bob, can I please have a ride in your clawed machine?  Please?” Flat Stanley said in his MOST sweetest voice.

Bobcat Bob smiled at Flat Stanley, the little cutout cutie steals hearts of even the biggest, bravest men!  “Come on up here son, and I’ll show you how this machine works.” Flat Stanley was so excited when Bobcat Bob let him work the controls to pick up big bushes and logs.  It was thrilling, like a roller coaster thrilling!

Flat Stanley yelled “TIMBER” as trees were falling to the ground, one after another after another.  He asked Nana if he could let the chickens out, because they seemed scared with all the cutting and grinding going on.  It was LOUD!  Nana said yes and was pleased to see Flat Stanley cared so much about the brood.  When he opened the gate to the chicken coop, they followed him to the other side of the house to scratch and play.  Flat Stanley fed them their favorite treats to keep them happy.

Then Flat Stanley resumed watch on the workermen.  He LOVED watching them pick up and carry full trees to a big pile!  Then CRASH and Down fell another tree by the chainsaw guy!

Flat Stanley saw a tear fall from Nana’s eye when the big Mulberry tree went crashing down.  It was one of her favorites, but would have stood right in the middle of where the kitchen will be, so it had to go.  Flat Stanley came up with a great idea.

“Hey Nana, we could cut a good chunk off that tree and get something really neat carved for you.  Maybe someone can make a bowl or statue or something out of it.”  Nana smiled down at Flat Stanley, “that’s a great idea, thank you,” she told him, but the sadness still showed in her eyes.

After all the trees were cut and you could see where the big house was going to be, Flat Stanley looked at the BIG PILE of logs stacked up and began to climb.  “Lumber Jack Time!!” Flat Stanley shouted.  He loved this day!  Nana came over quickly to help him down, “that could be dangerous, honey.” 

..but it was fun, Flat Stanley thought to himself (very quietly).

Flat Stanley was worried about the chickens after the workermen and Bobcat Bob left.  He ran around the yard and looked in the woods out back.  Nothing.  He didn’t think any scary animals would want to be around the noisy machines, so he didn’t think something hurt them.  He was worried that they ran away.

Then from the other side of the clearing he sees one, two three.. here they ALL come running toward him, just as fast as their little chicken legs could carry them.  All eight were soon safe in their coop and Flat Stanley went in for his dinner.

When he laid down to sleep that night he knew.  He knew he wanted to grow up to BE Bobcat Bob and ride one of those claw machines that picks WHOLE trees up and moves things around.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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