Flat Stanley and his Suspenders

Nana was sitting out on the back porch with an iced tea in her hand this afternoon.  It was a hot day.  She was pondering Flat Stanley and all they’ve done since he was sent here by her granddaughter Alexa.

When Flat Stanley first moved to the farm with Nana and Papa in Massachusetts, he was slim and trim and had no idea what a chicken ate, or how to care for them.  He was a wide eyed boy full of wonder, with that beautiful smile.  He learned quickly.

He never lost this wide eyed sense of wonder.  He loves everyone and appreciates all of the kindness Nana and Papa give him.  He likes to return the favor by helping out on the farm in any way he can.

When Nana saw how well Flat Stanley did on the farm, to show her appreciation; she awarded him with a brand new pair of red suspenders.  He loved his red suspenders, and he loves helping Nana, still.

Yesterday it was gardening, today it was feeding the chickens and helping her gather and cook the eggs for Papa.  He made sure the chickens had plenty of water.  Today it was over 90 degrees and very humid.  Chickens can handle the heat, but they do need extra water; just like humans.

Nana likes to repay kindness and help around the house and farm, in any way she can.  With Flat Stanley, it was easy.  He loves her chicken fried steak, macaroni and cheese and dill potatoes with sour cream.

With the added calories in his diet, Flat Stanley soon found he didn’t need the suspenders to keep his pants up.  With all the work he was doing to help Nana and Papa, he wasn’t getting fat, but he was filling out and growing.

So the red suspenders ended up in his drawer upstairs in the bureau.  Nana calls it a bureau, but Flat Stanley knows that’s just a fancy word for “dresser.”  He still calls it a dresser, and has his red suspenders rolled up in a nice round circle in the corner of  his top drawer.  It’s a daily reminder of when he was awarded the label of “farmer,” a label he wears proudly.

Just looking at those suspenders makes him smile.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  If so, please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.

 

Flat Stanley The Gardener

Nana and Papa had a garden party.  Flat Stanley was excited about everyone coming over to help Nana and Papa plant their garden this year.

“This is going to be a fun day!” Flat Stanley said with great excitement in his voice.

“Yes it is!” Nana smiled as they browsed the rows and rows of plants in the nursery.  She had to decide what vegetables she wanted in the garden.  It was hard to choose.  Who knew they had so many different varieties of tomatoes.  Nana finally settled on the little cherry tomatoes, the Better Boy tomatoes and Roma’s for the tomato sauce she likes to can in the fall.

Flat Stanley chose the banana peppers.  When Nana told him that they don’t grow bananas, he put them back.  But Nana likes banana peppers, so she put them back in the basket and added bell peppers, spinach, different kinds of lettuce and all kinds of herbs.  Nana’s favorite herb is basil.  What’s your favorite thing to grow in the garden?

Friends came over and the party got started!

Flat Stanley enjoyed playing in the pool with the kids.

But he also liked getting his hands dirty and planting the vegetables.

These are the “better boy” tomatoes.

“You can plant me right here,” Flat Stanley said, “cause I’m the BEST Boy!”

“You are the best boy in town sonny!” Nana told him with a smile.

Turning the soil was fun.  Flat Stanley loved getting his hands all dirty!

“Here you go Nana!  Here’s your favorite Basil.” Flat Stanley shouted as she left her pots boiling with corn and potatoes on the stove, to come out to see how the garden was coming along.

After all that hard work it was time to feast!

Nana had a dozen lobsters for everyone and fried chicken for any crazy soul that doesn’t like lobster.  She boiled corn on the cob and potatoes.  Flat Stanley’s favorite part of the meal was the fruit bowl!  It had fresh strawberries, blueberries and grapes.  His mouth looked like a rainbow of colors when he smiled.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day!

Flat Stanley Yells BINGO!

Nana and Papa kept their promise to Grandma Great.  They promised her last week that they would take her to go play BINGO this week.  Keeping a promise is important to Nana and Papa.  Do you keep your promises?  It’s so very important that we try to follow through with what we say we’re going to do.

When they pulled up to the bingo hall with Grandma Great, Papa was not a very happy man.  He doesn’t like BINGO very much.  But, he’s a trooper and likes to make others smile; so in he went.

We bought our stack of BINGO cards and Flat Stanley helped Nana put the colored cards in the order of when each game will be played.  The first game was on the blue bingo card and the last game was on the magenta colored card.

Papa got the bingo dabbers out and began dotting all of the free spaces on the cards.  Flat Stanley liked this BINGO hall.

There were a lot of nice ladies here at the senior center.  They loved Flat Stanley and his silly ways.

He decided to entertain them while they waited for BINGO to begin.

What could be more fitting than the BINGO Song?

“B-I-N-G-O ~ B-I-N-G-O ~ B-I-N-G-O and BINGO was his name-OOOoooo,” he sang the whole song and everyone clapped along.  They loved it and some even joined in to sing with him.

Then it was time for the games to begin!

Flat Stanley helped Papa with his cards.  He didn’t like how fast the lady was calling the numbers and Papa had six cards to keep up with.  When B-2 was called, Flat Stanley shouted “BINGO!!!!”

He and Papa had been sitting on that number for what seemed an eternity; and that’s a VERY long time.

The kind man came over to double check their numbers and cleared them with a “GOOD BINGO!”

Guess what Papa won?

He won chocolates!  Now, they didn’t know he’s not supposed to have chocolates, but he loves them so much he was smiling!

When BINGO was over we went for a nice lunch at Holy Cannoli’s.  This place in Worcester makes the best sandwiches and pastries.

After a fun day, we dropped Grandma Great off at home.  She got out of the car and said, “even though I didn’t win, I still had a lot of fun!”

It was a fun day and Briana LOVED the chocolate treats when Papa opened them to share with her and the grandkids.  This made EVERYone smile with the taste of chocolate dancing on their tongues.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day!

Flat Stanley I am I am

Flat Stanley woke up in a pretty good mood, but his mood got way better when Nana pulled a BIG Mango out of the fruit bowl.  Flat Stanley’s eyes lit up and his mouth began to water as Nana cut into the juicy fruit and he could smell the sweet mango scent in the air.

When Nana handed Flat Stanley an entire plate of sweet juicy mango, his smile lit up wide and bright!  He devoured the sweet juicy fruit.

Nana shared hers with Papa and everyone was smiling with this tropical taste on their tongues.

This made Flat Stanley start the “Mango Tango Dance!”  This is where your feet fly high and your hands clap under your knees.  He wobbled his head from side to side and then broke into the slide.  Side to side swooop, side to side swooop.  Flat Stanley is a good dancer.

He’s a good singer too!  After Papa finished the dishes he spotted Flat Stanley in the corner jamming on his guitar.  Papa pulled up a chair to listen.

“I’m just a boy, I am, I am, I’m Flat Stanley and I love to jam.”

“You can do the Mango Tango if you please, do the side swoop and drop to your knees!  We do the Mango, TANGOOooooo; we do the Mango, TANGOOOoooo.”

Nana and Papa were both enjoying Flat Stanley’s silliness and it brought a huge smile to their faces.  I hope Flat Stanley brought a smile to your face too.  Smiles are definitely contagious and we all need more smiling in today’s world.

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Flat Stanley Finds a Kennel

Flat Stanley sat in his favorite cup holder as he was riding down a country road in Massachusetts with Nana and Papa.  Flat Stanley spotted the dogs on the hillside.  There had to be 100 dogs on that hill.

Nana pulled the car over at Flat Stanley’s request and got out to visit with the dogs.  They all came running to the fence and barking their loud barks.  They were beautiful and had fur in every color, some were really white, some really dark and some had spots and some did not.

“Hey Doggie Doggie, Here Doggie Doggie,” Flat Stanley shouted.

The dogs came charging down the hillside.  Thankfully, there was a fence or Nana and Flat Stanley may have gotten themselves into trouble.  The barking was loud and somewhat scary.  There were so many of them!

“I know if I could get in there with some nice doggie bones and treats, that they’d be happy dogs and wouldn’t bark at me,” Flat Stanley said.

They were really barking.  Nana and Flat Stanley quickly got back into the car.  That fence didn’t look very high and these dogs were big and very loud.

Flat Stanley came home to the chickens and instead of grabbing doggie bones and treats, he grabbed chicken food and treats.  He helped Nana clean the coop out today.  If chicken beaks could smile, the chickens would be smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Thanks for subscribing so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Two Parties in Two Days? Flat Stanley is LOVING Life!

Auntie Terri came over with a surprise for Flat Stanley today.

“We’re having a party!” It’s Shay’s birthday and we’re going to have a BBQ today!”

“Two parties in two days?” Flat Stanley couldn’t contain his excitement.  You know how he does it; he tucks his hands up under his arms like a chicken?  Well he was doing that and flapping his wings.

“Cluck Cluck little hens, I’m the one at the party again!” His smile was so big as he went to feed the chickens today!

When everyone arrived, Flat Stanley got the drinks.  The kids loved the Hi C as blue as the sea.

Flat Stanley was showing off his basketball skills, Joseph and Blain were showing him how it’s really done.  SLAM DUNK!  Joseph was 20 feet from the hoop, and in it went.  This boy has skills.

After shooting some hoops, they sat on the log pile beside the barn and found a little ant.  Joseph named the aunt Adrien.  Blain explained to Nana that the ant was a boy ant and that’s why the ant wouldn’t climb on Nana’s finger.  The ant then went to play hide and seek and snuck inside the crevice, hiding from everyone.

Then Nana came out with BUBBLES!  You know how Nana loves her bubbles.  Flat Stanley was playing with Promise and Blain.  Promise would blow the bubbles and Blain would chase and POP them.  POP POP POP.

Flat Stanley had a lot of fun blowing bubbles with Joseph and Blain too.  This was a fun party!

Promise found the peony flowers on the property and her eyes lit up as bright as her smile.  Nana let Flat Stanley pick one when he asked.  The blooms are so delicate and pretty, just like Promise!  Flat Stanley’s face was just a little red, can you see it.  He was a little embarrassed, but loved the smile this flower brought to Promise’s face when he gave it to her.

But today was all about Shay.  It’s Shay’s birthday!  Shay is Briana’s friend.  Flat Stanley LOVED hanging out with the birthday girl and the “teenagers” that were so cool on the log pile.

Look at their beautiful smiles!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe, so Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Flat Stanley Enjoys Play Time with Jenna

Flat Stanley was munching on his third piece of pizza, yes, THIRD piece.  He loves pizza.  His favorite is pepperoni.  Nana likes to cover her pizza in vegetables, it’s good, but Flat Stanley prefers the pepperoni. So today we had “the works” pizza pie with vegetables and pepperoni.  What do you like on your pizza?

After his late lunch Jenna and her friend came over for a piece of pizza.  When  she filled up on pizza she said she was going out to the barn to shoot some pool.  Nana and Papa have a pool table in the barn, but Flat Stanley has yet to see it.

“Can I come play pool with you guys?” Flat Stanley asked.  He needed to work off some of that pizza.  He was feeling bloated and needed to move and groove a bit.  He had his hands tucked up under his armpits like a chicken and was twisting from side to side as he asked.

Jenna looked over at her friend Nick and smiled.

“Of course you can come shoot pool with us.” Jenna told him.

Flat Stanley ran outside and climbed up the pole of the basketball hoop on the paved area in front of the barn.  This is where he waited for them to come out.

When Jenna and Nick came outside, they looked around for Flat Stanley and Flat Stanley giggled from high above them making them look up and see him dangling like a participle waiting for a party.

“Rim shot ready!” Flat Stanley shouted down before Jenna helped him to the ground.

They played basketball for a while.  For his short stature Flat Stanley can shoot some hoops!   He was also good at sneaking the ball away from Jenna when she was dribbling, Flat Stanley snuck between her legs and grabbed the ball.  He raised his arms and shot the ball toward the hoop.  As it was going through the hoop he raised his hands and ran for the pile of logs waiting to be cut into firewood.  The long trees laying on their sides are stacked up in a huge pile beside the barn.

“He shoots; he scores!” Flat Stanley shouted from atop the log pile.

and then he got kinda stuck in a spider web.

“Ew!”

“I think it’s time for some pool,” Flat Stanley said.

Nick helped Flat Stanley out of the icky webbing hoping that the little guy didn’t become a projectile from the slingshot of a web, but he got him out safely and they went inside.

“What? No swimming?” Flat Stanley asked in surprise.

“No, this is a pool table,” Jenna said and continued with “look, I’ll show you how.”

Flat Stanley had a hard time with the really long pool stick, but Jenna showed him how to line the stick up with the white ball you tap, to get that ball to hit another ball into the corner pocket.

He didn’t quite clear the table, but he did well.  Jenna was a really good teacher and he was so happy that she let him join the party.  I hope this finds you happy too!  Smiles are contagious, you smile at someone and they pass it along to someone else.  Thank you for sharing the smiles and telling your friends and family about Flat Stanley’s Adventures with Nana in Massachusetts.

Flat Stanley and the BIG ol’ Egg

Flat Stanley woke up with one thing on his mind today.  That big ol’ egg was waiting to be cracked and he wanted to surprise Nana and Papa with breakfast!

Remember that big ol’ egg that Flat Stanley collected from the coop yesterday?

Flat Stanley carefully retrieved the egg from the refrigerator and got a little dish to crack it into.  He wanted to make breakfast!

He was surprised to see not one, but two yolks fall from the cracked shell of that huge egg.

When Flat Stanley heard Nana coming down the stairs he showed her the one shell and the two yolks.

“Look Nana!  Twin yolks!  That big ol’ ostrich looking egg had two yolks in it!”

“Good, because I’m double hungry this morning,” Nana said with a smile.

Nana helped Flat Stanley turn the stove on and stand with him for safety.  He gingerly dropped the eggs in the pan, and then she smiled when he ever so carefully flipped them without breaking the yolk.  That’s very hard to do!

Nana looked at the fruit basket and noticed a big orange that was ripe and ready to eat.  She sliced that juicy orange as Flat Stanley buttered the bread.  The butter was a bit hard, so he just had to leave it to sit and melt on the warm toast.

Papa was one happy man when he came downstairs.  A nice breakfast was waiting for him.  His smile was huge when he heard about that big plate of two eggs coming from one eggshell!  I hope your smile is big right now too.  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you a note when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile a day!  Share the smiles.

Flat Stanley on the Farm

Flat Stanley woke up to his usual routine of feeding the chickens their favorite treats and grains and then giving them plenty of water.  But when he went to collect the eggs, it was anything but routine today!

Flat Stanley had to hold the JUMBO egg with two hands as he brought it in to show Nana and Papa.

“I think an ostrich snuck in the chicken coop last night and laid a BIG egg,” Flat Stanley exclaimed in his high pitched voice, full of excitement.

“WOWZA!!  That IS a BIG egg!” Nana replied with equally as large eyes showing her surprise.

We couldn’t close the top of the egg container when we put it away and cannot wait to crack it open tomorrow to see if there are two yolks inside.

Today, they enjoyed the fresh fruit, BACON and fried potatoes that Nana made.

Nana and Papa had an appointment to pick out the carpet, tile and other flooring for their new house.  Flat Stanley had fun hiding between the carpet rugs that hung from the high ceiling.

He squeezed his flat body between the tiles and scared Nana as she walked by.

When it was time to go, Flat Stanley found his favorite seat in the cup holder and his stomach growled really loud.  Nana and Papa were hungry too and this made everyone in the car laugh.

Nana looked in the car computer “GPS” for restaurants in the area because we were in a place called Upton, MA.  It’s not as far up the road as a ton, but close. So Papa didn’t know what restaurants were nearby.

The GPS mentioned The Red Rock Grill and we were on our way!

While browsing through the menu, Papa started laughing and asked Flat Stanley if he wanted what they called “Jeb’s Burger.”

Flat Stanley looked at the menu and both agreed that Jeb’s Burger sounded pretty gross.  It has Peanut Butter, Bacon, Pickles and Cheddar Cheese, ON a BURGER with a bun! Would you try it?

Although, noone decided to get that burger, the food was absolutely delicious!  Papa was so happy with his Arctic Char fish that he was literally moaning.  Nana had a salad and Flat Stanley chose the ginger carrot soup.  It was all delicious.

“We’re coming back again, VERY soon,” Nana told the nice waitor as she handed him the payment.

We left and drove by a farm on our way home.

Flat Stanley loved tickling the little hairs on the chinny chin chin of the horse.  He was a handsome fellow and loved eating the fresh hay from Flat Stanley’s hand.

The pig was BIG!  Her name was Ezzie, short for Ezmerelda.  What a beautiful creature with her curious eyes, monstrous snout and cute ears.  Flat Stanley was talking to Ezzie for quite a while.

“What do you like to eat for breakfast?” Flat Stanley asked Ezzie; he continued with “I won’t tell you what I had,” sporting an evil grin.  He’s a crazy boy that loves his bacon, and making Nana smile.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Adventure with Flat Stanley in Massachusetts is posted.

Flat Stanley Enjoys Bubbles and Puddles

Flat Stanley wasn’t having a very good couple of days.  He wasn’t feeling very well and spent most of his day resting.

After dinner tonight, Flat Stanley began feeling much better.  A few friends came over and Nana came out with BUBBLES!  Flat Stanley was so excited about meeting a new friend.  Her name is Eris and she was pretty taken by Flat Stanley too.

All kids LOVE bubbles and Flat Stanley and Eris are no exception!  Nana proved she was a kid by showing how much she loved popping the bubbles out of the air too.

“Pop, Pop, Pop,” she said as she finger poked them in mid air.

Flat Stanley enjoyed doing the blowing part.  He loves watching the bubbles fly from his wand like magic.

Eris liked chasing the bubbles that Flat Stanley blew and she also said “Pop, Pop, POP,” as she plucked them out of the air with her finger.

Then Flat Stanley and Eris found the big puddle.

You know they wanted to, you know they had to; you know they DID!

…and then he went swimming.

Eris had her rain boots on, so she was able to save Flat Stanley from his swimming hole.  Everyone was so happy to see Flat Stanley get up and laugh.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe if you’d like Nana to send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.  Who doesn’t like a smile delivered daily?