Flat Stanley Joins the Electricians

“Fire it up and let’s roll!” Flat Stanley said when he saw the electricians truck pull up in the yard next door to work on Nana and Papa’s new house.

He went out and took care of the chickens, giving them fresh water and hay and collecting the eggs.  Today he had dried mealworms and oyster shells as treats.  They do love their treats, and happy chickens make for tasty eggs!

After compiling a dozen in a leftover egg tray that friends save for us, Flat Stanley trotted next door with a swing in his step.  He was ready for adventure!

“Hi guy! I’m Flat Stanley,” he announced to the first worker man he saw in the house.

“Well hello there little man, I’m Elliot the Electrician!” he replied with a smile.

“I brought you some fresh eggs, do you need any help in here?” said Flat Stanley.

“Ohh electricity can be a very dangerous thing to work with Flat Stanley, but I’ll keep you safe and thank you for these eggs!  My family will love them.”

Flat Stanley was indeed a good worker.  He helped him tie the blue line tight into the box that Nana’s washing machine will plug into soon.

Then he had to do some work up high for the ceiling fan that will keep Nana and Papa cool in the summer.

“Louisville slugger coming to the rescue,” Flat Stanley said with a smile as he joined the guys working on the ceiling wires.

When he strung the wire way up high, it was a bit heavy for him and Swwiiisshhhh… down he came flying like a monkey on a trapeze wire.

“Ahhhahahahahaaahhhhh” he hollared like Tarzan.”  Do you know who Tarzan is?  Well he lived in the jungle and swung from thick vines from tree to tree and he had this most particular shout he did as he flew through the air.  Can you do that shout?

“Whew…I think I’ll stick with the ground wiring.” Flat Stanley said after his flight through the air.

So he got down on his knees like Theodore and began threading the wires through the electrical boxes with him.  This is where Papa’s plugs will plug in his TV.  Papa is excited about his new TV, he says every house should start off with a new TV, and the bigger the better for watching the Red Sox play!  He loves his Red Sox baseball team.  Do you have a favorite team?

Today, Flat Stanley’s favorite team was Elliot’s Electric Company.  They kept him safe and taught him a lot of new skills.  Flat Stanley was a really good helper and enjoyed the smiles the day brought.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Enjoy your day and thank you for sharing Flat Stanley’s Adventures with your friends and family.

 

 

 

Flat Stanley on the Scaffold

Flat Stanley watched the workermen working on Nana and Papa’s house all day from early in the morning until late in the afternoon.  It was a hot day today, rising over 85 degrees.

Nana brought the workermen some ice water to drink in the afternoon.  Flat Stanley asked if they needed any help, but they said they were just finishing up for the day.

After covering the entire home in a beautiful colonial cream siding, they loaded their work truck with all of the tools and off they drove to have dinner with their families.

After he watched them leave, Flat Stanley went through the house trying all of the windows.  Someone has to make sure that they all work is what he was thinking.

When he trotted around to the front of the house, he was singing his own happy song.  Do you know what song makes Flat Stanley happy?

“Bibbidi-bobbidi-BOO” from the Cinderella movie!

“Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put ’em together and what have you got“

Wow!  Flat Stanley was surprised to see the front of the house nearly completely covered in the pretty siding now too!

The workermen left their big scaffolding up.  They used it to get the highest peeks of the siding in place.  As he walked and dipped along the rock wall out front his eyes kept skipping back to the scaffold ladder.

You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he did!

He climbed the scaffolding to the very tippity top.

Nana came out to call Flat Stanley in for dinner and could hear the singing coming from way up high.

“Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put ’em together and what have you got“

“Flat Stanley!” Nana shouted, “what are you trying to do, hurt Nana by giving me heart palpitations?”  That’s when your heart beats really fast and it feels like it’s going to come out of your chest, you know like after you run really fast for a long time, or when you’re really scared.

Flat Stanley giggled and began working his way down the scaffolding.  He was still smiling as he ran toward Nana and chased the kitty shinzee up the walk.

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A Fun Day for Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley ran outside to feed the chickens and saw the workermen out working on Nana and Papa’s new house.  He was so excited to see the new siding going up.  Flat Stanley told Nana that he was thinking the neighbors may think they chose that dark green color for their new home.  ICK!

Instead the beautiful new siding was shining!

Sylvester the siding guy was working really hard to get the siding up before the rains came.  Flat Stanley and Nana both really loved the creamy color!

As he rounded the house, Flat Stanley saw his favorite buddy working on pouring the concrete floor in Nana and Papa’s new garage.

“Corrrando!!!!” Flat Stanley hollered out toward the concrete guy.  “Look at you, you almost let me miss out on all of the fun!” Flat Stanley said.

“Oh, I’d never do that,” Corando replied.  “Get over here and let me help you run this big concrete machine that Nana can’t remember the name of.

“You got it Flat Stanley?  It’s a rockin’ machine, so hold on tight.”

Flat Stanley held on tight as the machine slid like a surfboard across the smooth concrete floor.

“Oyyy Corando!!” Flat Stanley shouted as he skidded to a halt.

Flat Stanley then looked at the freshly poured and smoothed out concrete and well…you know Flat Stanley.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he DID.

Flat Stanley left his mark on the concrete floor.

See his little footprints there.

He’s got little feet and makes every one smile, even the big workermen.

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Flat Stanley Helps the Window Crew

Flat Stanley enjoyed a relaxing morning at the house today.  He was hanging out with Shinzee the cat.

“Run, Shinzee, RUN!” Flat Stanley yelled as he threw her salmon treats as hard as he could out into the yard and just like a dog playing fetch, Shinzee would run to get them, and then return for more.

Shinzee was tired and all of the treats were gone.  So Flat Stanley was hanging out with her on the bench in Nana’s garden.

“A bit of rest is just what we need today, Shinzee”  It’s been a long week complete with friends, travel and warriors!

But then Flat Stanley heard the tap tap tap of the hammer going on next door and decided to go see what was going on.

“No rest for the weary!” Flat Stanley whispered as he smiled his lovely smile and rounded the big bush in front of the house.

When he saw the workermen putting windows in Nana and Papa’s new house across the drive Flat Stanley took off into a gallop run.

“Hey guys! Do you need any help today?”

“Oh we can always use the help of a strong young lad like yourself,” Wild Willy the Window Man said.

So Flat Stanley grabbed a hammer and started tap tap tapping the windows in place.  They let him run the glue gun around the edges and even frame in a window that wasn’t fitting just right.

The workermen were very nice and loved Flat Stanley’s help.

Flat Stanley worked with the level to make sure the window was situated just right so it will open and close for Nana and Papa with an easy slide.

When Wild Willy the Window Man was securing the last window in place, Flat Stanley ran inside and popped up on the other side of the glass with a surprising “Peek-a-Boo!!!” It made Wild Willy jump a bit, but he recovered quickly and shook his head at Flat Stanley.

“Haha, you got me! Now go grab that door.”

Flat Stanley got to secure Nana’s pretty front door in place.  He was very careful with the special panes of glass.

When Nana came out to see it, she had tears in her eyes.

“It’s fun to watch a house come together, but Flat Stanley, with windows and doors, the house is becoming a home!” she said.

Flat Stanley had enjoyed a busy day with the worker men.  He sat on the little porch with Nana for a few minutes and she talked about how she can’t wait for her rocking chair on this very porch.  It was an exciting day for them.  Nana couldn’t stop smiling.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Flat Stanley Helps Redondo the Roofer

Flat Stanley woke up to the rap tap tap of a hammer going on.  He jumped out of bed and looked out the window to see shingles going up on the roof of Nana and Papa’s new house!

He tightened his suspenders and grabbed a granola bar before flying out the door.

“Hellllloooooo” he hollared trying to be heard above the noisy compressor.  The compressor shoots air and makes the nails fly out of his nail gun with so much power it can sink through the shingle and secure it to the board below in one finger press.

“Helllooooo can I help, I’d like to work with you!” he tried again.  The roofer looked down and waved his hand to come on up.

Flat Stanley climbed aboard the special ladder that had a pully on it.  He put a few heavy boxes of shingles on the flat step and rode it up like an elevator.

“Brrrrmmmmm Brrrmmmmmm…at your service” Flat Stanley told Redondo, “Redondo the Roofer!”

Redondo handed Flat Stanley the air gun and had him try to shoot a few nails in the shingle to secure it to the roof.  These shingles will keep the rain out of Nana and Papa’s new house.

Flat Stanley noticed that it had a handle like his toy gun, Nana won’t let him play with that toy because she says she doesn’t even like people to pretend they’re hurting someone.  But this was a tool, so it was ok.

When Flat Stanley pulled the trigger, it shot him back like a rocket and he landed on the other side of the roof of the house!

“Whew, that wasn’t a good idea!” Flat Stanley said to himself.

He stood up and shook himself off, he wasn’t hurt; but decided maybe the nail gun wasn’t for him.

Redondo the Roofer asked if he could ride the pull ladder down for more shingles.

That he could do!

Flat Stanley liked riding the pully ladder up and down and brought him a lot of boxes and materials.

When they broke for lunch, Nana brought them out some egg salad sandwiches.  They were delicious!  Flat Stanley liked the crunch of the pickle relish inside.

Flat Stanley was returning from a bathroom break when he looked at the roof of the old 1700’s shed.  It had grass growing on it!

“Why don’t we use roofs like that?  They seem to last a long time.” Flat Stanley asked Papa who was working out in the garden.

“You’ve got a good point Flat Stanley,” Papa replied.  “I think that roof has been there for 300 years, since that building was built!”

It was a very old building with a very old sod roof and the shed inside is dry as a bone.

Flat Stanley shook his head and continued over to the new construction across the driveway.  He was thinking that maybe Papa was right; maybe the new ways of doing things isn’t always better.

He was shocked when he looked up and saw Redondo the Roofer on the very tippy top of the ridge of the roofline!

“Be careful there buddy,” Flat Stanley hollered.

His electrical cord that made his nail gun run from the compressor was wrapped around the ladder below and Redondo the Roofer was happy to see Flat Stanley come back.

Flat Stanley uncoiled the cord from where it was stuck and Redondo the Roofer was back to nailing fast and furious!

“Bam bitty bam bit bam,” the nail gun hammered out a tune.  Flat Stanley decided the beat needed some words, and began singing.

“Hammer Hammer Hammer on the Nails Nails Nails, as you teeter teeter teeter on the rails.  A boom shacka lacka lacka BOOOOM!”

Redondo the Roofer was shaking his head and laughing as he finished up for the day.  The shingles were all nearly laid and the sun was setting when Flat Stanley rode the pully ladder up one more time to sit and watch the sunset with Redondo.

It was a beautiful sunset, and a wonderful day.  Flat Stanley pulled a rubber ball from his pocket.  He had put a quarter in the gumball machine yesterday and this bright orange rubber ball bounced out.   Flat Stanley sat on the ridge of the roof and bounced the ball down the newly layed shingles.

It bounced and bounced and bounced and then DROPPED off the roof and did one really high bounce when it landed on the ground below.

Redondo the Roofer was smiling at Flat Stanley and his silly smile was shining back at him.  They had a good day.

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Flat Stanley Arrives Back in Massachusetts

It was a really cool drive northbound for Flat Stanley!  As they drove from Virginia to Massachusetts, Nana kept pointing out the changes from fully leafed out trees, to return to the beginning signs of springtime like the fresh buds on the trees, yellow forsythia and daffodils.  As they pulled into the driveway, Nana’s smile grew wide as she noted that her favorite bright red tulips even waited for her to return, before dropping their red blossoms!

But Everyone in the car gasped when they saw the HOUSE!  Nana and Papa’s NEW House!!  The roof will be shingled tomorrow and all of the framing is complete!

“Stop the CAR!” Flat Stanley hollered.  When Nana stopped the car, Flat Stanley jumped out and asked the worker men if they needed any help.  They put Flat Stanley to work right away working on the porch framing.

“Oh this is a perfect porch for two rocking chairs,” Nana exclaimed as she walked around her new home that is quickly taking shape.

After a hard afternoon helping the guys frame the porch, Flat Stanley went inside with Briana.  Nana and Papa were missing all the kids here in Massachusetts too!  It’s so hard to be pulled.

“We all need to live on the same street!” Nana said once again.

Flat Stanley and Nana were both as amazed as Papa when Briana and Terri indulged in a taste of Papa’s pickled eggs! Yes, PICKLED EGGS!  Papa bought them in Virginia and tried to get all of the grandloves in Virginia to try one, but they wouldn’t.  But Briana DID!!  EWWW!!  haha.. she said they weren’t her favorite, and she wouldn’t have them again, but Nana was surprised that she tried them; and that she didn’t gag!

It made Nana and Papa and Auntie Terri laugh, and then Auntie Terri tried a taste!  I don’t think she’ll be doing that again either.  haha!  Papa gets to enjoy the rest of the jar all by himself!

He was smiling…

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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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Wild Morning for Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley had a pretty wild morning today.  Nana and Papa were still upstairs, but Flat Stanley heard the working crew building next door, so he went out to see if they needed any help.

Boy did they!  They had all the wooden pieces they call “forms” up where the basement of Nana and Papa’s new home will be.  Then they had not just one but TWO cement trucks pouring cement into the “forms” to create the concrete basement walls.

The concrete crew is very nice. They were thankful to have Flat Stanley’s help.  But after some very tiring labor, Flat Stanley was ready for some fun!  You know how Flat Stanley loves to have fun.

There were a lot of slanted boards placed here and there to hold the “forms” in place.  Flat Stanley liked to use them as slides.  Then the workermen would help him back up to the top of the wall and dowwwwwn he’d slide again.

After the concrete set up and dried.  Flat Stanley helped the crew remove the “forms” and there all by itself stood the walls for Nana and Papa’s new basement.  VIOLA!!

They had all the tools loaded and were washing down the concrete slide, er, I mean ramp.  Uncle Jimmy used to do this work and said that the ramp can get REALLY heavy to clean and disassemble if you don’t get to it quick enough and the concrete starts to harden.

But the man Flat Stanley just referred to as “Santa” let Flat Stanley help him get it taken apart and loaded on the big truck.

But then we had a problem.  With all of the rain we’ve been having in Massachusetts, the big truck all loaded down with the supplies, got stuck!  It was stuck across the driveway!

“Flat Stanley to the Rescuuuuue” he shouted as he ran over to help get the truck out of the muddy muck.

He huffed, puffed and pushed, but, the truck was too big for him to push.  The truck was sitting diagonally across the driveway when ANOTHER truck came to fill Nana and Papa’s oil tank.  Oh is this a crazy day!  Thankfully, there’s another driveway on the other side of the yard, so Flat Stanley ran over to guide the oil truck driver in.

A lot of homes use oil to heat their homes in Massachusetts.  This man helps keep people warm in the winter…and this year, warm in the springtime.  Do you see that snow on the ground?!  Yes, it IS snowing on April 19th!

After the oil was filled, Flat Stanley went back to help the driver of the big equipment truck out of the mud.  He layed some of the diagonal boards under the tires to give them traction and OFF they went to the next job!

Flat Stanley saved the day!  He was excited to run inside and tell Nana and Papa all about his morning adventures.  Nana and Papa were smiling at the retelling of his huffing and puffing to get the truck out of the muck.

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Flat Stanley Drives the Crane

The morning started out about as well as the week had been going for Flat Stanley and Nana, not well.

Flat Stanley and Nana went out together to collect the eggs from the chicken coop and give them food and water.

In Massachusetts, it’s been raining for days and the ground was very soft.  The rains did a number on the mountains of dirt around the chicken coop.  When Flat Stanley hit a mound of soft dirt, he felt his feet sinking and then felt his wet ankles.

I pulled Flat Stanley from the depths of the mud.

But while I was getting Flat Stanley out of the mud, I began to sink.  My shoes were completely buried and it was rising up around my own ankles.  When I tried to pull my foot out of the muddy gunk, the muddy gunk took my shoe!  My muddy sock covered foot tried to find the opening of the shoe through the gunky mud.

Gross, but I finally found my shoe, and forced my muddy sock inside.  I was struggling to pull my shoed foot out of the mud sucking muck!

Flat Stanley heard the big truck coming to the rescue!  A CRANE!  Flat Stanley began shouting, “Help, Nana needs help over here!”

The crane operator jumped down and helped Nana out of the mucky mud without the big machinery.  Nana’s face turned a little red in embarrassment, and thanked the kind workerman.

After gathering the eggs, and providing the food and water to the chickens, (thankfully, I didn’t spill all of the water while sinking in the mud); I made my muddy way back to the house and removed my shoes outside.

I made my way upstairs to change…this was not a good start to my morning.

Flat Stanley was feeling much better!  His lip is healing nicely after his fall yesterday, and he loves all the applesauce and ice cream treats that Papa sneaks to him, to help him feel better.

He ran back out, steering clear of the muddy hills; to see the workermen.

Today they were putting up the frames for the basement walls.  The big strong workermen carried the big boards down into the muddy pit that will one day be Nana and Papa’s new house, and made frames for cement walls.

The crane helped to stand everything up straight.  Flat Stanley ran to the big crane driver, thinking up a silly name on his way. “Hey, Trucker Travis, can I have a ride?”

“Trucker Travis” got a big smile on his face.  Flat Stanley brings a smile to everyone’s face!  He hefted Flat Stanley up into the cab and then backed the big crane up closer to the building worksite.

“BEEEP, BBBBEEEEEEEPP, BBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEP,” Flat Stanley chimed in with the sound of the truck backing up.

Flat Stanley was shaking as “Trucker Travis” jumped out of the super high cab of the truck.  “Thank you, Thank you so so very much!” Flat Stanley said.  He was having a MUCH better day now!

And then, yes then, things got even BETTER!

Foreman Frank came over, you remember Foreman Frank, the one with the strong toolbelt?  Well he asked Flat Stanley if he wanted to climb up to the deck of the ACTUAL Crane with him!

“Me? Way up there?” Flat Stanley exclaimed with excitement laden with a bit of fear.

Would you go up there?

Excitement won out and Foreman Frank led him safely up Onto the BIG Crane platform!

He was up so high in the sky!  Do you see the telephone wires behind him? Yeah, he was THAT high!

He looked down on Nana and Papa’s new house from way up high and shouted at the workermen below.  “Hi Guys, Look at me!  Hi Guys!!!”

“Groovy Greg” was working today and looked up at Flat Stanley waving back.  With the sound of the big truck Flat Stanley couldn’t hear him shout, “You look cool up there dude!!”

It didn’t matter what was being said, Flat Stanley was grinning from ear to ear and it wasn’t hurting his lip at ALL!

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Flat Stanley Joins the Concrete Crew

Flat Stanley could hear the workermen outside, and when he peeked out the window, he saw a few guys lifting heavy boards out of the truck and forming the foundation of Nana and Papa’s new home.

The foreman saw Flat Stanley running towards him.  He was a bit short on his crew today, so the foreman just came out and asked him, “Flat Stanley, you look like an able young man, would you like to join our crew for the day?”

Flat Stanley’s chest puffed up a bit (as much as it could being flat and all), but he stood up straight and tall and said, “Yes, Sir!”

Foreman Frank asked Flat Stanley to work with his own son, to help him move the boards and get them in the big ditch.

He struggled a bit, but he really worked hard with his crewmates.  They placed the boards in framed squares, where the concrete would be poured.

After the boards were layed out in the exact measurements and formation of the future house, it was time for concrete!

“Ohhh boy oh boy!!” Flat Stanley said, as he was asked to help the driver get the truck placed just right so that the concrete would come out of the mighty rolling machine and set to pour into the little frames.  Then he got to FLIP the lever and ggggguuuussssshhhhhh, out came the heavy concrete pouring down the ramp.

Flat Stanley had an idea about the ramp!  It looked like a fun ramp, like a slide!  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he did.

He came down the ramp singing.. “ohhh oohhhh the landslide brought him down…down…”

The concrete crew actually enjoyed Flat Stanley’s silliness and helped him up.  Then they put a trowel in his hand.  That’s the thing they use to smooth out the concrete.

The concrete was then leveled out nice and flat with perfect grooves down the middle.  

 

 

 

 

This is when Flat Stanley got another crazy idea!  He could see the concrete begin to harden, and decided his foot prints would make really pretty tracks in the not yet hard stone.  Then they’d be there forever once they harden!

He begged and he begged Greg.  He was one of the workermen who seemed really nice. “Please, Greg, pleeeeease will you help me leave my footprints in the concrete.” Greg was feeling kind of groovy and actually let Flat Stanley leave his footprints permanently in the foundation of Nana and Papa’s new home!

“Woooo hooooo,” Flat Stanley shouted, “thank you ‘groovy’ Greg!”

After a long days work, Nana came out with her shout, “oohh it’s time for DIIINNNNNNNAAAAHHHHH”

The foreman thanked Flat Stanley for a hard days work. He told him that a check would be arriving and that if he ever needed a job, that his future was as secure as his toolbelt!

Flat Stanley was beaming! Even after a hard days work that left him exhausted, he was smiling.  I hope you’re smiling too.  Oh, there goes Nana again, “OOohhh it’s time for DIIIIIINNNNNnAAAAHHhhhh…” and into the house he ran.

I hope Flat Stanley and the concrete crew brought a smile to your face, as they did mine today.  This one was a lot of fun to put together, the concrete crew was a lot of fun and they LOVED Flat Stanley!  If you subscribe, Nana will send you an email every time a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  I know you can use a daily smile, everyone can these days.