Flat Stanley Explores Spring Flowers in Massachusetts

Flat Stanley awoke very early this morning.  He tossed and turned in his bed a bit, tried to get his pillow fluffed up just so, hoping to get back to sleep; but sleep wouldn’t come.

So, he trotted downstairs and poured a bowl of his favorite cereal, Cheerios! He likes the little circles and the crunchy chrunch as you munch.

After breakfast, Flat Stanley decided to go out and see what was going on in the yard.  There were no workermen working on Nana and Papa’s house, so he strolled out back.  He was surprised to see how many plants that were just bushes yesterday, had beautiful flowers blooming.

The hotter days really do sprout pretty flowers, he was thinking as he took a selfie with a few of them.

The rhododendron stands nearly as tall as the old farmhouse.  It’s covered in pretty purple blossoms that had yet to open, but there were a few starting to sprout their beauty.

The dogwood is one of Grandma Teresa’s favorite flowers.  Whenever Nana and Papa go for a ride in the car, she points them out and admires their beauty.  The Dogwood Tree is the state tree of Virginia…or is it the state flower?  Maybe someone in Virginia will tell Flat Stanley in the comments below.

Nana loves her pretty pink lilacs!  This bush is huge too, but you can’t stay close to it for too long.  The bees really like it and they need a safe place to buzz around.  So Flat Stanley left them to gather their nectar and do the pollination thing they do so well to help grow a lot of the food we eat.  They don’t call them worker bees for nothing, we really rely on them.

When Flat Stanley got near the chicken coop, they were very loud this morning.  They were squawking for extra treats!  So Flat Stanley ran into the barn and grabbed a few handfuls of treats.  Did you know that chickens like to eat grit?  It’s like gravel and it helps their food digest through their gullet.  They like to eat hard oyster shells that are crushed into small pieces too.

The chickens were happy to have Flat Stanley bring them extra treats today.

Flat Stanley walked back to the house and Nana was outside.  She was pulling weeds and admiring the Iris that bloomed this week.

“Oh there you are Flat Stanley,” Nana said with a smile as he trotted up.  Look at how pretty this Iris looks today!  Did you know this was my sister Valerie’s favorite flower?  I planted them all in a row here beside my porch the year she died.  I think of her and her beautiful soul when they bloom.

Nana’s smile was shadowed a bit…she seemed happy and sad at the same time.  But when she leaned down to smell the flower, it was all smiles.

I hope this finds you smiling too, hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight.  Our world needs more hugs, and of course smiles!  Please subscribe and Nana will send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.

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.

Would you like to do this bucket job way up high in the sky?  Let us know in the comments below.

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 Meets Bobcat “Bob”

Flat Stanley arose after a very good nights sleep.  As Nana cooked breakfast, he was happy to tell Nana about his day in Nashville with Johnny.  While he ate his hot cereal with fresh blueberries, Nana told him about “breaking ground” today on Nana and Papa’s new house!  Flat Stanley could see Nana was happy about her day.

Flat Stanley jumped out of his chair and shouted, “Let the BUILDING Begin!!!!” as he twirled in a circle with his arms spread out as wide as they would stretch.

Then he heard the trucks coming up the drive, and he ran to the window.  It WAS going to be an exciting day!

The workermen brought out their tools for clearing the trees and brush for Nana and Papa’s new home.

The BIG Clawed Bobcat caught Flat Stanley’s eye!  When Bobcat Bob rode the big clawed machine up the driveway, Flat Stanley’s eyes got as big as saucers!  He had to ask, he just had to!

“Sir, um, Bobcat Bob, can I please have a ride in your clawed machine?  Please?” Flat Stanley said in his MOST sweetest voice.

Bobcat Bob smiled at Flat Stanley, the little cutout cutie steals hearts of even the biggest, bravest men!  “Come on up here son, and I’ll show you how this machine works.” Flat Stanley was so excited when Bobcat Bob let him work the controls to pick up big bushes and logs.  It was thrilling, like a roller coaster thrilling!

Flat Stanley yelled “TIMBER” as trees were falling to the ground, one after another after another.  He asked Nana if he could let the chickens out, because they seemed scared with all the cutting and grinding going on.  It was LOUD!  Nana said yes and was pleased to see Flat Stanley cared so much about the brood.  When he opened the gate to the chicken coop, they followed him to the other side of the house to scratch and play.  Flat Stanley fed them their favorite treats to keep them happy.

Then Flat Stanley resumed watch on the workermen.  He LOVED watching them pick up and carry full trees to a big pile!  Then CRASH and Down fell another tree by the chainsaw guy!

Flat Stanley saw a tear fall from Nana’s eye when the big Mulberry tree went crashing down.  It was one of her favorites, but would have stood right in the middle of where the kitchen will be, so it had to go.  Flat Stanley came up with a great idea.

“Hey Nana, we could cut a good chunk off that tree and get something really neat carved for you.  Maybe someone can make a bowl or statue or something out of it.”  Nana smiled down at Flat Stanley, “that’s a great idea, thank you,” she told him, but the sadness still showed in her eyes.

After all the trees were cut and you could see where the big house was going to be, Flat Stanley looked at the BIG PILE of logs stacked up and began to climb.  “Lumber Jack Time!!” Flat Stanley shouted.  He loved this day!  Nana came over quickly to help him down, “that could be dangerous, honey.” 

..but it was fun, Flat Stanley thought to himself (very quietly).

Flat Stanley was worried about the chickens after the workermen and Bobcat Bob left.  He ran around the yard and looked in the woods out back.  Nothing.  He didn’t think any scary animals would want to be around the noisy machines, so he didn’t think something hurt them.  He was worried that they ran away.

Then from the other side of the clearing he sees one, two three.. here they ALL come running toward him, just as fast as their little chicken legs could carry them.  All eight were soon safe in their coop and Flat Stanley went in for his dinner.

When he laid down to sleep that night he knew.  He knew he wanted to grow up to BE Bobcat Bob and ride one of those claw machines that picks WHOLE trees up and moves things around.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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