Flat Stanley Does the Chores

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That may not have been the best decision.

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

But the squirts weren’t working very well.

So what do you think Flat Stanley did?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flat Stanley 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…

I hope this finds you smiling too!

Flat Stanley Shows Kindness

Nana woke up not feeling well today.  Flat Stanley could see she was pretty miserable when she finished her first cup of coffee and that didn’t bring about her usual smile.

She took some cold medicine and layed on the couch with a lozenge in her mouth to sooth her sore throat.

Flat Stanley rummaged through the kitchen until he found a nice blend of ginger and green teas that he knew she would enjoy.  He put the cup of water in the microwave and waited for it to steam.  After steeping the teabags for a few minutes, he brought Nana a nice cup of hot tea.

“Oh, Flat Stanley, you didn’t have to do that, but I’m so glad you did.  The steam will really help my sore throat,” Nana said.

As Nana sipped on her hot tea, she began to let her mind wander…do you learn kindness or are you born either being kind or not so kind.  All of us have kindness within us, but some of us let that kindness shine more often.

What brought about these thoughts was a book written by a new friend  Rhonda Paglia.  It’s called “The Kindness Kids Project.”

Flat Stanley and Nana were reading the book together yesterday, and really enjoyed the creative ways the kids expressed how they show kindness in so many ways.

How do you show kindness?

This is a really nice book that is full of art and examples of how kid’s show kindness in their own special ways.

“Kids really do want to make this world a better place,” Flat Stanley said.  He loved looking at the beautiful pictures and descriptions on how each kid shows kindness.  It gave him some great ideas.

Nana is going to visit her grandloves soon and plans to have the kids draw pictures and write about how they show kindness.  It will be a fun thing to do together.

Are you a kindness kid?  Do you help protect the earth.  Some kids talked about recycling, picking up trash others had thrown on the ground and remembering to turn off the lights when not in use.

I hope you are thinking about ways to show kindness.  This makes Nana smile, even when she’s not feeling well.

I hope you’re smiling too!  If you’re interested in getting your own copy of The Kindness Kids Project book, you can ORDER it from Amazon.

Have a beautiful day and spread the love through kindness.  Our world needs more kindness kids!

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 Enjoys Time with Papa

Today, Flat Stanley enjoyed some time with Papa!

Flat Stanley and Papa just cruised in the car for much of the day.  Papa likes to turn up the music and they were singing the blues together.  Papa had to put his dark sunglasses on for the “coolness” factor.

“Dark glasses are a must when cruising in the car singing the Blues,” Papa told him.

We were jammin’ to Ray Charles as we cruised down the boulevard.  “Georgia, ooohhh Georgia, Georgia’s on my mind…”

Papa took Flat Stanley out for a nice lunch at Chili’s.  As we all know, Papa likes the spice!  But this time he kept in line with the southern blues line of food and went for the ribs!  Flat Stanley enjoyed an enormous plate of chicken fajitas.  They came out on a sizzling hot plate that was kind of scary, but Flat Stanley was very careful not to burn himself.

He liked the green guacamole and sour cream rolled up with chicken in the wraps they give you.

Flat Stanley started rappin’ to the beat.  The music in Chili’s is pretty loud and they were playing some upbeat music that had Flat Stanley a hoppin’ in his seat!

There was a really cool gaming system on the table and Flat Stanley wanted to play!  Papa found a video game that asks questions and he had to choose between four answers.  They call it “trivia,” and I’d agree…it was trivial!  But Papa has a lot of little weird information stored up in that brain of his, just like Nana.

“So, that’s why you like that Millionaire game so much,” Flat Stanley said after he did the millionaire tune while Papa tried to figure out the answers .. “do do do do, do do do.. bum bumm bumm bum bump bump BUMP!”

Flat Stanley chose the Creepy Spiders game!  It was fun.  While he was playing, the waitress came over and asked if they wanted dessert.  Papa has been so good at being careful with his diet, but Flat Stanley wanted that lava cake soo so badly!

Papa smiled at the waitress and Flat Stanley, who were both waiting for his response.

“Yes, Flat Stanley can have his cake, and I’ll steal just ONE bite.”

Papa caved.  It’s hard not to give in to Flat Stanley’s cute, pleading eyes.

Flat Stanley was wiping his chocolate covered face with the back of his sleeve, as they left the restaurant.

It was a fun day with Papa!  Flat Stanley was smiling his big beautiful smile!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  If so, please subscribe, so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

 

Flat Stanley Goes Shopping

Grocery shopping is never a fun task, unless of course Flat Stanley comes along!

Nana always starts off in the produce section.  She loves her fresh fruit.  Flat Stanley loves fresh fruit too!  His favorite as you know is cantaloupe, so Nana bought a nice ripe one.

What’s your favorite Fruit?

While Nana was picking out some fresh herbs and getting carrots, Flat Stanley climbed up on the pineapple bin and began singing in a high pitched wail:

“Pineapple princess, he calls me pineapple princess all day, as he plays his ukulele on the hill above the bay.  Pineapple princess, I love you, you’re the sweetest girl I’ve seen.  Some day we’re gonna marry and you’ll be my pineapple queen.”

Nana didn’t even flinch.  She’s getting used to his silly ways.  She actually just continued shopping, shaking her head.  Other shoppers seemed to enjoy his singing, so he continued on.

Nana was three isles up when Flat Stanley thought of a trick.  He went up the next isle where Nana was heading, where the cereals were, he squeezed his body in tight next to Nana’s favorite.

When Nana came upon the cereal isle she was wondering where Flat Stanley had gone off to and was just about to turn around to go find him when she spotted her favorite cereal box.  She reached up to grab it and out popped Flat Stanley, making her shout in surprise!

“Flat Stanley!!  You got me!”  He’s so good at hiding in tight spaces.

Nana continued on and stocked up on milk and bread for the family.

As they were checking out and Nana was putting her groceries on the conveyor belt, Flat Stanley jumped onto the candy shelf.

“Pleeeeeease Nana, pleeease can I have one, just one?!” Flat Stanley asked in his voice that’s sweeter than candy.

Nana couldn’t resist his sweet voice. “Yes, you can have a candy bar,” she said.

Which candy bar do you think Flat Stanley selected?

Which one is your favorite?

Papa’s favorite is an Almond Joy, Nana’s is a Kit Kat, but Flat Stanley chose the M&M’s.  He likes the one’s without the nuts, because he’s quite nutty enough.

Flat Stanley left the store smiling with his bag of M&M’s in his hand.

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Flat Stanley Goes to Fairy Land

It was a magical morning for Flat Stanley…

He was looking through a small hole, as if in a little bird house.  Looking out, he could see Alexa there!  She had a paintbrush in her hand.  It was a fairly broad wide brush and she was painting the base board brown.  Flat Stanley could hear a lot of people in the room, they were laughing and listening to what sounded like an instructor giving lessons, ideas and direction.

Through the small hole Flat Stanley could see Alexa was very serious about the task at hand.  As she was picking out her seashells and putting them ever so carefully in place, Flat Stanley heard the magic words…Fairy Garden!

“When you create your fairy garden,” the instructor explained, “you’re creating magic. For it is within the fairy garden that fairies feel safe to come out and play.”

Flat Stanley wondered if he had turned into a fairy, because he definitely wanted to come out and play!  So he did!  He squeezed through the little peep hole while she was carefully painting the little bird house with her pink colored paintbrush.

Alexa was very surprised to see Flat Stanley come out of the fairy garden she was creating!  She gave him a big hug and then let him help her place the special charms back on the house.  Because you see, when he popped out, the little butterfly charm at the top of the eve and the little key below his hidaway hole fell off.  So, they fixed it together.

The instructor allowed Alexa and Flat Stanley to use some of her teal paint to create a wading pool for the fairy’s to play in.  She and Flat Stanley created waves with a lighter color.  This was FUN!

Alexa’s sister Jaida and their Mom Shana and grandma Christa were all making their own little fairy gardens.  Flat Stanley had to help Auntie Shana put her cranberry strand back in place after he swung high and wide from the top of her magical fairy garden!

After they were all finished creating their masterpieces, Flat Stanley took a nice picture of all of them, with their magical creations…where fairies reside and hide.

Next thing Flat Stanley knew he was dancing.  Flat Stanley loves to dance!  He was dancing with Alexa!  He started Breakdancing!  The music was loud the beat was thumping through his bones and he was so happy!

…and then Flat Stanley woke up.

IT WAS ALL A DREAM!  A wonderful beautiful magical dream!  Flat Stanley shut his eyes really tight to see if he could return to his magical dream with Alexa…but no.  He was awake, hungry and needed to use the restroom.

Have you ever had a dream that you loved so much, you really hoped that closing your eyes and trying to get back to sleep would return you to the same dream?

Although he couldn’t return to the land of fairies, he was happy to tell Nana all about his magical dream over breakfast.  He made Nana smile.

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