Flat Stanley Meets a New Friend

Papa made his really good scrambled eggs and ham steak for breakfast this morning.

“MmmmMmm, thank you Papa, you make the best scrambled eggs EVER!!  They’re so buttery and yummy.” Flat Stanley said as he cleared the dirty dishes from the table.

The chickens were really happy to see Flat Stanley when he went out to give them fresh water and snacks.  Nana had some fruit that was going bad, so he brought it outside and the chickens LOVED the special treats.

After his morning chores, Flat Stanley decided to go for a little walk.  He saw a big truck backed up to the house a couple of doors down so he went to check it out.  He saw “Monstrous Movers” written on the side of the truck and the two men were struggling with a large couch.  Flat Stanley offered his help to get the couch into the house.  The movers asked him to open the door for them, and he did.  He was a big help and got out of their way as they moved the couch inside.

As he was leaving, he heard fast footsteps stomping down the stairs and turned to see a young boy about his age!

“Are you moving in here?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Yes.  My nayyyme is Kyle, and we moooved heeere from Ayylabama!” Kyle replied.

Kyle had a funny way of talking.  His drawl really drawled!

“Do you want to come over and see our chickens?” Flat Stanley asked him.

Kyle’s smile grew really wide and he asked his mom.  She was busy unloading boxes and was quick to answer.

“Yeah, just make sure that you’re back before dark, ok?” She said with an equally drawly drawl.

Nana looked out of the window and was surprised to see Flat Stanley and his new friend playing king of the mountain on the rocks and climbing on the pile of trees.

The chickens were squawking pretty loud.  They obviously wanted to meet Flat Stanley’s new friend.  Flat Stanley brought Kyle over to the chicken coop and then he wanted to go inside the coop.  They did, and Kyle liked the way they came to him and let him pick them up.  The chickens had eaten all of the cantaloupe and strawberries.

“You shuuuure are a pretty little hen aren’t youuuu” Kyle said as he held Ms. Lacy, the loudest chicken of the bunch.

After spending a little time with the chickens Kyle heard a woman hollering from the porch and watched as Nana brought a soda out for them and a beach ball they had bought for Flat Stanley in Maine.

“Thank you Ma’am,” Kyle said as Nana handed him a soda.

“What nice manners you have,” Nana replied. “Did you just move here?”

“Yes, I’m Kyle McCallister and my family just moved into the house up the road.”

“Oh is that wonderful news! I’m Nana and I have this big tomato I need to use today.  I think I’ll make BLT’s, do you like BLT’s Kyle?”

Kyle shook his head yes, who doesn’t LOVE Bacon!

The tomato was really special!  It was yellow and HUGE.

After they finished a nice lunch, the boys were back outside with the beach ball. Bouncing to a tune.

“Keep it in the air, don’t let it fall, keep it in the air, come one come all.”

Tossing the ball made them tired.  They sat on the grass to rest for a bit.

Today was a fun day for both of them and as they sipped their cold sodas, they were smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe, so Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Plays “Digger Dan”

Flat Stanley got up really early today.  Long before Nana and Papa made their coffee, he ran outside to watch the workermen play in the dirt.

Digger Dan was using the monstrous claw machine to dig a hole in the earth that will one day be the basement in Nana and Papa’s new home.

Flat Stanley’s heart was racing and he was so excited when Digger Dan hollered over at him to join him in the big machine!  He ran over the big rocks that Digger Dan had pulled out of the raw hole in the ground and then climbed up on the loud, rumbling machine and into the controllers cabin!

Flat Stanley got to use the controls to pick up dirt from the gigantic hole and then drive the digger machine over to the mountain of dirt and dump the claw of dirt on top of the growing mountain.  Back and forth, time and time again he’d go.

This is when the song hit him and came bubbling up and out of his mouth in his usual high pitch.

“Dig it uh oh oh
Dig it
Dig it uh oh oh, (oh)”

Digger Dan let him know really nicely that Flat Stanley was kind of hurting his ears; but Flat Stanley persisted.  Digger Dan soon found himself singing along with him and enjoying the silly song!

“Dig it uh oh oh
Dig it
Dig it uh oh oh, (oh)”

They sang together.

Nana came out to find Flat Stanley up on top of a giant pile of dirt in the clawed digger machine!  They were trying to get a heavy piece of bedrock out of the crazy big hole in the earth, and it was making the whole digger machine rock back and forth with only the claw itself providing some balance.

Digger Dan looked over and knew I was worried about the little cutout cutie rocking it at the controls.  So, he had Flat Stanley ride the big machine off of the mountain of dirt and Nana brought Flat Stanley inside for breakfast.

“I got to BE “Digger Dan!” he exclaimed with excitement.  “He let me move the lever controls and everything!”  “Nana, did you know that the cabin spins in circles if you turn it around and around?”

Flat Stanley went on with his chatter throughout breakfast.  He was one happy boy today!

After breakfast, Flat Stanley looked out of the window and saw snow flying!  Yes, snow in April! “Nana! Look!!” Flat Stanley shouted.

“When is spring coming?  I’m ready for tulips and forsythia flowers!” I replied in utter disbelief as I finished up the morning dishes watching the snow fly out the window.  “This is one crazy spring!”

Unfortunately, the snow made the grounds and dirt piles turn to mud and started clogging up the machinery, so the workermen had to leave.

Flat Stanley couldn’t wipe the smile from his face all day though, it was such an exciting morning!  The song in his heart stayed with him all day long.

“Dig it uh oh oh
Dig it
Dig it uh oh oh, (oh)”

It was kind of catchy, even Nana found herself singing the tune after putting Flat Stanley to bed with a beautiful smile that wouldn’t leave his face.  His smile was catchy.  She left his room smiling too.

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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 is Looking for Spring

Yesterday morning, Flat Stanley and Alexa were playing in the yard and  they found little crocus flowers with their purple and yellow blooms beginning to sprout!  Today, Flat Stanley was missing his friend Alexa, and was very surprised when he looked out the window and saw SNOW! “She would have enjoyed playing in the snow with me,” Flat Stanley thought.

“Is this a late April Fool’s joke?” Flat Stanley asked.  April 2nd in New England brings snow?  What happened to spring?

Nana took the water heater out of the chicken coop yesterday and we wrapped up the electrical cord running from the barn.  Chickens can’t have their water freeze.  So, Flat Stanley and Nana went out first thing in the morning to pour some warm water in their waterer.  The water was fine and the chickens loved the fresh veggie scraps Flat Stanley fed them this morning.

After collecting the eggs, Flat Stanley and Nana began walking toward the house when they heard a BIG Truck and looked out at the street to see another BIG claw machine, coming up the driveway!

Flat Stanley’s smile grew really wide!  It was Bobcat Bob coming back, but this time with a BIGGER Claw!

Bobcat Bob was having trouble seeing out of the window, so he was looking around for a solution.  “That big machine has a LOT of really important mechanical parts and special features, it’s a shame that they forgot windshield wipers,” Bobcat Bob said.

When he left to find a solution, Flat Stanley was quick to take advantage of the situation.

Seeing the key left in the ignition, Flat Stanley was just about to start ‘er up, when Bobcat Bob came back around the side of the house and started down the driveway.  Flat Stanley JUMPED out of the big clawed monster and whistled his way past Bobcat Bob as if nothing had happened.

Maybe someday, he’ll get his chance to operate this big machine.

Unfortunately, nobody will be operating it today.  The snow kept them from being able to see through the windshield.  At least the chickens were happy!  They hate the noise of the big machines.

Hey, do you know how to whistle?  Flat Stanley has a really high pitched whistle, kind of like his singing voice.

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