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 Goes to the Petting Zoo

Flat Stanley’s eyes were sparkling with excitement when Nana told him that we were taking him and Briana to the petting zoo.

“I don’t know what kind of animals will be at a petting zoo,” Flat Stanley said, “but I love all animals!  So this is going to be a fun day!”

We piled in the car and drove out of town to where the special petting zoo was being held by Klem’s in Spencer, MA.

*** If you’re local, check it out!  They’re there all weekend. ***

When we got out of the car, we were greeted with the smell of fresh hay and cotton candy!

“This is what I’m talking about!” Flat Stanley said as he smiled up at Nana.

Briana took Flat Stanley’s hand and they ran ahead of Nana and Papa to see the baby goats.  Oh she knows how badly Nana wants goats.

“I want screaming goats and fainting goats,” Nana said, as she and Papa caught up with them.  “When the screamers blat out their screams, the fainters faint like they’re playing dead!”

Flat Stanley and Briana decided they wanted to see that too!

There were food receptacles set up near every stall with the animal’s favorite treats.  They loved being fed.  Briana was a little skittish at first, but the goats showed her how it’s done.  They’re not shy!

Papa’s favorite was the baby emu.  She was so cute with her little feathers and long legs the same length as her neck!

“It looks like a walking squash,” Papa said.

“Imagine what they’ll look like when they’re fully grown.” Nana pondered to herself thinking of their long legs and neck rising much higher than her own.

Flat Stanley liked the Llamas, and as you can see, the llamas LOVED him!

Briana posed for a picture with the big Australian Cow.  It was tame and let Papa grab his horn.

Nana said she took this picture for Auntie Shana, Alexa’s mommy.  She said she was waiting for them to dance like the ones in Barbados!  But they were very still.  Flat Stanley thought they were two large rocks in the corner, until Nana pointed out their little legs protruding from under their tortoise shells.

The sheep were very hungry with their calls for food.

Can you make a sound like hungry sheep?

We kept returning to the Llama pen.  They were so friendly, and they loved being scratched and talked to.

Papa was having a nice little chat with Eliandra the Llama, when Flat Stanley came up to do a little photo shoot.  They all smiled for the camera, even Eliandra.  Can you see her smile?

Wait, here’s a close up.

Flat Stanley saw the ponies and wanted to ride!  Unfortunately, Briana said she didn’t want to, so we had to just watch the other kids.  After a bit, Flat Stanley agreed that going in a circle being held on to, was more for babies.

He wanted a lasso, and to be let loose in an arena. As he imagined this he accidentally shouted out “Giddy up and RIDE!” The toddlers on the ponies loved it! One boy raised an arm in the air playing along with him.

After a lot of fun with the animals, Briana was drawn to the smell of cotton candy.  Flat Stanley, Nana and Papa followed her to watch the man spin the sugar on a stick round and around, until it was bigger than her head!

Flat Stanley enjoyed the fun adventure and skipped to the car smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you a smile tomorrow!  Who doesn’t need smiles delivered every day?

 

 

 

 

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 Learns Shadow Dancing

Nana went out to feed the chickens this morning and had to wear her heavy coat.  The chickens were squawking like loud hawks, rather than chickens.

“I KNOW,” Nana shouted back, “it IS supposed to be spring!” In Massachusetts, it’s mid April and temperatures are still below freezing at night!

Nana let Flat Stanley throw the chicken’s favorite treats into the coop and thanked him for a wonderful job on cleaning the coop yesterday.  He’s quite the little helper.

Nana’s granddaughter, Briana invited her friend Jianna over for another sleepover.  They came next door to visit with Nana and Flat Stanley.  When Jianna spotted Papa’s drumset, she was itching to play.

“Can I, can I please?” she asked Nana in her sweet little voice with her feet dancing beneath her in a jumping beat.

“Of course you can, just be careful not to topple anything and I’ll bet Flat Stanley would LOVE a lesson!”

“So let the drumming begin!” Flat Stanley shouted. “Booom Batcha Booom Booooom…,” he was hyped!

I don’t know if it was a drumming lesson, but it was FUN!  Jianna loved the sounds that came through her headphones.

“Can you hear us Nana?” She’s shouted, because she couldn’t hear how loud she was speaking with her headphones on.

“NO,” Nana shouted back just as loudly, not sure if she could hear through the headphones she was wearing.

The beats went on .. and on, and on.  Booom BBaba Boooooom tap tap tap, Boooom!!

Flat Stanley then saw the guitar and wanted to join in with a riff to compliment the drumbeat!

“Twank shilang a bang bang…” wonderful music filled the house.  Papa came in singing “Papa was a rollin’ stone…” in his low voice that made everyone laugh.

After the music “lessons,” it was time for some dancing!

“Flat Stanley have you ever danced with your shadow?” Jianna asked him.

“How do you dance with a shadow?” Flat Stanley asked with his little nose crinkled in disbelief.

“Come on I’ll show you!”

And she did!

 

With the light behind them, Briana, Jianna and Flat Stanley danced with their shadows.

“Everybody Dance Now!!” Flat Stanley sang in his high pitched wail.  They danced and sang together until they were exhausted and hungry!

Nana has a special snack drawer.  You’re only allowed ONE treat a day, but it’s fun to choose.

Brianna and Jianna both selected chips.  What do you think Flat Stanley selected?  Yes!  You know it was the M&M’s!  The sweet taste brings a big smile to his face.

What would you choose?

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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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