Missing Child.

Child’s name:  Flat Stanley

Last Seen: Saturday, November 25th. Stanley was in an envelope placed in the streetside mailbox and bound for Galena, IL.

Wearing: Red short sleeved shirt, blue jeans with front pockets and one button, brown shoes.

Overall Appearance: Wide-eyed, curious gaze, full lips, short brown head hugging hair, no fingers, nose or ears.

Recent Photo:  Stanley2.jpg

Foul play is not suspected. If seen, please contact me.

(Not everyone here trusts that Stanley’s AWOL stature is accidental.  He’s a playful child and known to pull pranks.  Sliding under doorways and slipping between book pages are among his favorites.  I am currently attempting to recreate his “things gathered by Stanley” file.  Which meant microwaving more Spanish Moss.  Ugh. Stinky.)

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Adventures with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley came to visit us for Thanksgiving. If you aren’t familiar with Stanley here is the back-story. Flat Stanley is a series of books by Jeff Brown. The premise? A bulletin board falls on Stanley, flattening him so thoroughly that he’s able to fit into an envelope.

A third grade class in Colorado listened to the book. Each kid then made their version of Stanley. The teacher laminated them, wrote out a letter explaining the Flat Stanley project is a social study undertaking.

A boy named Frankie made our Flat Stanley. So far he’s been to Bainbridge Island, WA, Hana, HI, and here to Palm Harbor, FL. I just mailed him off to friend Jane in Galena, IL. She’s married to a Welshman, so I’m hoping Stanley has a visit to Wales in his future.

Here are the photos we took during Stanley’s visit. We printed them at Walgreens, and they are now on the way to Frankie’s third-grade classroom.

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Stanley drew his self-portrait and was pretty pleased with it.

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Eeek.   Stanley took a terrible tumble to the kitchen floor.  Frankie’s teacher specified adult supervision at all times.  Who was watching him when this accident occurred?

 

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This is just before the turkey went into the oven.

 

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This is just after the turkey came out of the oven.  It was HOT there.

 

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Standing in the ice cube maker helped him to cool down.

 

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One of five pies!  Two were pumpkin with gluten-free crusts, one apple, one bourbon pecan with chocolate chips, and the fifth was banana butter brickle. Bet you can’t say that three times fast.  I was really worried Stanley would get too pudgy to be jammed back into his travel envelope. Fat Stanley, not Flat Stanley stuffed into a shoe box.

 

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Here he is doing some stunt riding!

 

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He rode that cow so far and fast he decided to take on a horse.

 

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It didn’t end well.

 

 

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Here he is confessing his sins to Father Steve.

 

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The day after Thanksgiving, chillin’ with Bronson Dog.

 

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Friday we went out to lunch at Barfly because we hadn’t had enough food and needed to eat more.

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The mail-lady just picked Stanley up and he’s off to Galena, Illinois.  He has a small baggie filled with Spanish moss.  I microwaved it.  When we were kids we hauled home a brown paper bag stuffed with moss.  When we opened the sack it was crawling with insects.  Hopefully the nuking killed any critters.  Note to readers-Microwaving Spanish moss stinks up the kitchen.  I don’t recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thankful for Dinner by the Pool

We are all ready for Thanksgiving. Table set, flowers arranged, food-except for the bird- prepared.

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I made my friend, Anne’s, “make ahead mashed potatoes”. I fixed them last year, and every single bit was scraped from the bottom of the serving dish.  One guest longed for seconds, but too bad, so sad.

This year I made twice as many. It’s in my 125-pound LeCreuset pan. Tomorrow neighbor Lynda is heating it in her oven. Jimmy may need a hand truck to lug this monstrous pot of potatoes across the street.

Everyone is bringing something, so I’m only responsible for potatoes, green beans, gravy and the turkey. And lots of wine.

I used Ina Garten’s make-ahead gravy recipe and her green beans with shallots.

Martha Stewart gave me some pointers on how to prepare the bird. I’m to drench four layers of cheesecloth with a butter and wine mixture, lay atop the turkey and baste with more of the concoction every hour.

He’s to go into the oven feet first. If he doesn’t fit that way, I’m supposed to turn his pan each time I baste him.

I killed our electric knife when sawing through the tops of pumpkins in which I arranged the flowers. So yesterday found me at Bed Bath and Beyond purchasing a new one. Plus the cheesecloth, kitchen twine, and various cleaning supplies. Lynda and I keep a file of BBandB coupons here at my house. I got twenty bucks off at check-out!

This time tomorrow we’ll be just about to sit down and stuff ourselves. We have a small flat guest, Stanley, joining us this year. I hope I’ll be able to jam him into his envelope after this large meal. Perhaps he will need a shoebox.

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