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 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 Portal

Flat Stanley was out in the yard again today.  He loves springtime and all of the beautiful flowers.  More flowers were blooming all over the yard, it was so pretty.  He walked up the long driveway, kicking up gravel as he stepped.

He cut across the front lawn toward the rock wall by the street that is lined with gigantic maple trees.

The tallest maple tree looked like it would be fun to climb.  Flat Stanley began placing his feet in the deep crevices of the bark and made his way up higher and higher.

When he got up as high as the telephone poles, he had reached large holes in the tree.

Flat Stanley looked inside thinking that maybe there would be a bird’s nest in there, but when he got really close, there was a swooshing sound and a vibration that pulled him in.  He felt a spinning sensation and closed his eyes for a second.

When he opened them again, he was in a magical land of gnomes.  He felt like a giant as he circled around a mushroom and watched the friendly gnomes sing and dance in the distance.

Flat Stanley walked up to them with his usual big smile on his face.  His feet started moving to the beat and the gnomes welcomed him into their circle.  Flat Stanley picked up on the chorus and joined in.

“We dance, we dance, circling around we dance.  Come fly over the rainbow of love as we dance, we dance, circling around we dance.”

Flat Stanley let his legs fly high and clapped under his knees just like the gnomes.  Their laughs were really high and cute.  Flat Stanley was having fun.

At the end of the song, a rainbow arched down and like a bridge all of the gnomes began to walk up the lines of green, red, yellow and blue.  Flat Stanley joined in the line and when he reached the top of the rainbow, Swoooosh!

Flat Stanley was swooshed back to the tree in Nana and Papa’s yard.

“Wow!  That was fun!”  Flat Stanley exclaimed as he ran back across the yard and up the driveway.  He has a great imagination.  His smile was wide and eyes were bright as he went inside for lunch.

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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!

 

 

 

 

Springtime in Virginia with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley woke up early.  He was anxious to go outside and explore the lake and yard around Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy’s house.

“Come on Henry!!” Flat Stanley said to their dog and then he tried to whistle.  It wasn’t much of a whistle, but Henry caught his intention and ran by his side.

Henry ran across the grass ahead of Flat Stanley. He’d scuttle three steps ahead and then turn around to make sure Flat Stanley was following.

The water was so beautiful.

Flat Stanley went out on the dock to look for fish swimming below.  He didn’t see any fish, but two big ducks paddling their feet with a flutter, scuttled past.

He walked back up to the house and found springtime!! Nana is going to be so happy to see this!  He laid in the middle of the phlox flowers, rolling around and around, breathing in the scent of spring!

“Ahhhh springtime!!” he said as he exhaled.

He wanted to pick an Iris for Nana.  The flowers were in perfect bloom their petals blew softly in the spring breeze.  Flat Stanley decided the flowers were happier in the garden.

Uncle Jimmy lined the gardens with bowling balls!

Flat Stanley wanted to go bowling, you know he really had to; you know he did.

He picked up one of the heavy bowling balls.  He couldn’t quite lift it when he stuck his little fingers in the holes, so he got his hands underneath the heavy ball, and hefted it up. With a mighty push throw, he projected the heavy bowling ball forward on the grass.

That’s when Nana came out on the porch. She didn’t look very happy about Flat Stanley’s lawn bowling.

And then Flat Stanley’s last hefty finale came, but the ball went a little too far and went crashing against the rocks.

Flat Stanley clenched his teeth as the bowling ball careened and crashed down the rocky bed.

A loud voice screeched “SteeerrrIKE!!! From across the yard. Auntie Elaine had come out on the porch just in time to save the day.

It made Flat Stanley giggle and yes, even Nana, who stood shaking her head,  smiled and chuckled.

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Flat Stanley Travels to Virginia

Flat Stanley helped Nana pack up the last minute items and load them in the car, and then found his favorite seat in the cup holder.

“This is going to be a long day of driving, but tomorrow we will wake up next to a beautiful lake, overlooking the Potomac River.  Did you know that this is the river that George Washington crossed on Christmas night in 1776 during the Revolutionary War, before he became our first president?” Nana asked.

As they drove through Massachusetts there were still patches of snow on the ground and no signs of spring.

In Connecticut there was a lot of traffic on the highway, so Nana took the side roads for a while.  This is where we saw a beautiful park and playground.  Flat Stanley wished he could get out and slide down the slide just one time.  You know how much he loves to slide!

Nana was thrilled to see the daffodils and forsythia in full bloom!

No sliding today, just driving.  The trees are still bare and Papa said they looked like stick figure people.  Then he spoke of a poem yet to be written about the barren trees.

The next state we drove through was New York!  The traffic was awful, and it was feeling stuffy in the car, so Nana rolled her window down.  That was a big mistake!  Although the air was warmer as we were driving south, the fumes and pollution didn’t give us our much needed oxygen. Nana quickly rolled the window back up.

Every time we crossed a long bridge, Nana told Flat Stanley to hold his breath and make a wish.  She said that if we hold our breath for the entire bridge, that our wishes will come true.

Flat Stanley wished for lunch.

What would you wish for?

The skyline of New York City came into view as we crossed the George Washington bridge.  Do you  remember who George Washington was?

New Jersey has this really busy highway called a turnpike.  Flat Stanley was happy when Nana pulled into the service area for lunch!

“Wishes do come true!” Flat Stanley exclaimed.

Papa was very hungry and loved his Popeye’s spicy chicken!

After a quick lunch we headed back to join the “rat race” as Nana refers to the turnpike.

Nana was counting all of the states we were going through today, she was naming six.  Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC and finally, Virginia!! That’s a lot of states!

Flat Stanley looked up and saw the “Welcome to Delaware” sign.

“You forgot Delaware, Nana.  But it’s ok because you’re still right.  Washington DC isn’t technically a state, so it’s still six states we’ll pass through today.

Delaware went by very quickly!  It’s no wonder Nana forgot it.

We stopped at McDonald’s in Maryland.  Flat Stanley loves the chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce.  What’s your favorite thing at McDonald’s?

We watched the sunset from a VERY long bridge crossing the Potomac River.  Flat Stanley wished for this ride to end as he held his breath this time.  Then he saw the “Welcome to Virginia” sign! “Yeahhhhh!!  See, I told you wishes come true Flat Stanley said.

When we pulled into Auntie Elaine’s and Uncle Jimmy’s driveway, Flat Stanley was happy to be treated with so many kisses from their dog, Henry.

It tickled when he kept licking Flat Stanley’s ear.

Uncle Jimmy brought Flat Stanley’s favorite potato chips out, Sour Cream and Onion! Yum!

Uncle Jimmy is a silly man!  He made Flat Stanley laugh as he got ready for bed.  He was still smiling when his head hit the pillow.

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