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So last week we were visited by Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley is the character in a children's book written by Jeff Brown. He is 'flattened' when a bulletin board falls on him. He uses his flattened state to explore the country in an envelope and see the world. Bit read the series when she was younger and loved it. A friend of ours (her adopted cousin) in Houston had read Flat Stanley for her third grade class and they participated in the 'Flat Stanley Project'. So Flat Stanley came to visit. I thought I'd document his visit here, as it was presented to Bit's cousin when he returned to her.

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Bit helped Stanley type out the letter to be read to the class, because his fingers are too small and light to work the keys properly.

Day 1.

    When I first arrived I thought that maybe the post office had sent me to the wrong place.  I was supposed to be visiting Florida, but the ground was covered in white. It looked like snow.  I took a closer look, and saw that it was actually flower pedals, falling down from the Dogwood tree over my head.  That was interesting, because I was here to visit a family and their very special dog.

    Her name is Morgan.  She is pitch black with very long hair, but none of that is what makes her special.  She is being trained for a very special job, and I am going to help!  Morgan is going to be a service dog.  She will help a person in a wheel chair, by making his life easier.

    When she is grown she will pull his chair, like a sled dog, and she will open and close doors. She will even go into stores and restaurants and things when she is old enough, but first we have train her.    We'll take her for walks almost every day, all around the neighborhood.  She has to get used to cars, and people, and working without distraction.  I'll include pictures, so you can see me working with her.


Day 2.

    Today was fun, but very wet and hairy!  I helped give Morgan a bath and then I got to brush out her long hair, and go for a ride on the resulting “tribble”.  The slight puff of breeze sent it flying across the floor!  Afterward I even got to go out and sun bathe with one of the other service dogs.  There are three working with this one family!

Day 3.

    I was curious, why this family lived so close to a cemetery, why the cemetery seemed so important to the entire town.  As an answer to my question, Bit brought out her pictures.  There were pictures of people in Civil War Uniforms, and even a picture of President Lincoln!  Lake City is the site of something called a Civil War Reenactment.  Every year a bunch of grown ups dress in period costumes, and play war!  I wasn't here in time to see this myself, but Bit and her family let me study their pictures.  

    Bit even spends time at the cemetery for fun.  She takes paper and crayons, and uses them to make rubbings of the various grave markers.  She has three now, but is making a whole collection over time.

    I'll be returning home soon, but I will never forget my friends in Florida, and all of the interesting things I learned.

And that was our visit by an important literary figure! Stanley was sent on his way back to our friend's daughter, so she has time to look over everything and prepare her presentation, due after spring break. Bit thought maybe you'd like to come along on our little literary trip and suggested I write this diary. I thought using her own words would be a better idea :).

Have you ever done a school project like this, or helped out a kid with a school project?

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:55:41 PM PDT

  •  That was really nice. (12+ / 0-)

    It is cool tonight and we should have some rain in the afternoon.  

    I hope everyone has a good day.

    •  We're supposed to be warm and sunny (5+ / 0-)
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      broths, tarkangi, carolanne, weck, Kit RMP

      the rest of this week, up into the mid 80's. I'm hoping to be able to get some gardening done, if my body lets me. Today though I'm taking it easy, I've over done the last couple of days and had seizures last night.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 04:56:07 AM PDT

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  •  i remember a flat stanley (11+ / 0-)

    craze a few years ago.  some of the celebrities at the oscars brought their stanleys with them.  it was a fun little fad and got children to read more.  it looks like you had fun with it too.
    it is 1020pm in la so i am off to bed.  i'll see you all in the morning.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:26:42 PM PDT

  •  Never heard of Flat Stanley (12+ / 0-)

    but that was really cute. Thanks!

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:41:47 PM PDT

  •  I've heard of Flat Stanley but am not very (13+ / 0-)

    familiar with him. One thing, it looks he's easy to mail!

    Speaking of which, today I finished cleaning up the mailing-boxes mess in my workroom. I recently decided to ship all of my handmade orders in Priority Mail flat-rate envelopes or boxes, which means I could finally get rid of all the miscellaneous shipping boxes I've saved from all of my Amazon orders and such. I cleared out a good chunk of my floor space, let me tell you! and I now see the surface of my work table. Also nearly filled my recycling cart. Feels good to have some breathing space in my work area. Next project is the miscellaneous stacks of paper & stuff on my desk.

    I've also adjusted all the shipping prices in my handmade store to reflect the new price realities, and this is where I start second-guessing. In the back of my mind I can someone yelling, Zomg you want SIX dollars to ship a pair of earrings!!!!

    Yeah, well, that's what it costs. Unless you want to just your earrings in a plain ol' envelope, slap a stamp on it and hope it gets there ... Thing is, when the postal rates went up this year they pretty much eliminated the cost advantage of shipping standard mail, especially if you get the tracking which is essential if you're shipping merchandise. Priority mail cost includes tracking and $50 insurance. If I packed my earrings in a plain (reused) mailer and bought tracking it would cost almost as much, sometimes more, than the Priority flat rate. So what's a seller to do ...

    Besides, Priority mail has these really nifty cardboard envelopes. They have a new that's a perfect size for earrings or a bracelet, and the mailer has a cute ribbon and bow printed on it so it looks like a gift. Isn't' that sweet! It will be so much easier on me, to just wrap the stuff in tissue and bubble wrap and seal it in the nice new mailer. I can't tell you how much time I've spent searching through my old stash of reused mailers, trying to peel old labels off or covering them with tape ... This is going to be a lot easier for me. I just hope my customers will understand.

    Oh by the way - If someone buys two pairs of earrings, I only charge $1 shipping for the second pair, so that comes out to $7 for two earring pairs or $3.50 per pair. That's better, isn't it?

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 11:10:23 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; been reading protests about "Noah" (13+ / 0-)

    (rant ahead) and I am tired of the term "Judeo-Christian tradition" since modern day Fundamentalism has very very little in common with Judaism.  While they may share common texts, the chasm between the understanding of those materials is virtually a gulf.

    It is stated by the director that he relied upon Gnostic interpretations of the Noah story and Kabbalah traditions to tell their view of Noah the man.  When it is considered that the Deluge was not part of the canon until after the Babylonian captivity, it is almost certain that the story or myth was picked up during the First Diaspora and is based upon earlier myths from other civilizations.  Therefore it is absurd for these foaming at the mouth Fundamentalists trying to shoehorn the retelling of the myth into their narrow literal reading of the English Bible.

    For an analogy, both Marlowe and Goethe wrote very different versions of "Faust" which was based upon earlier stories of a man who sold his soul.  Imagine a filmmaker who uses Marlowe's version in a movie and has the critics condemn it on the grounds it departs from the version penned by Goethe.  It is comparing apples and oranges, which is the heart and soul of biblical literalism

  •  Just after 3 AM here (10+ / 0-)

    and it is 54 deg and lightly raining. April showers and all that...

    I still haven't finished my taxes. Time is clicking, obviously. I wore my robe yesterday to get my taxes done, and that didn't work out. Don't know what I will try today as incentive.

    Spring peepers are calling from a near-by pond. That makes me happy. The season has turned, although the forecast is more up-and down.

    Happy Friday to all. Days seem to fly by.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:18:12 AM PDT

    •  Happy Spring to you! (11+ / 0-)

      Chance of overnight showers but so far ... no. And the temperature here must be about the same as there.

      Federal taxes mailed after work tonight (refund!!!!) but state taxes...not yet (no refund).

      Worst I ever did? Waited until 4/15 and went to NYC's main post office at 8th Ave. & 33rd St. and did them right there (along with a bunch of other last-minute taxpayers). That building isn't a post office anymore, I don't think, which is a shame: it was magnificent.

      And boy did they ever know how to last-minute tax payers so that everything got in (just) under the wire and nobody was late. Wow. I bow in awe to the NYC postal workers. They are The Best, and forget what you saw on Seinfeld.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:37:44 AM PDT

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    •  I need to get FlSNDad's taxes done (6+ / 0-)

      over the weekend. He won't owe anything nor get anything back. Technically he wouldn't have to file according to the Social Security office. But he's getting a subsidy for health insurance, so he has to file for that. I just need a day I can focus on it and have the time to get it done. Hopefully that will happen over the weekend.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:12:28 AM PDT

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  •  Some interesting sky watching ahead for (9+ / 0-)

    next week. The evening of April 14 will contain the closest approach of Mars to Earth this year as well as a total eclipse of the moon visible to North America.

    From the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day website.

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    Tonight Mars is between opposition (April 8) and closest approach (April 14) looping through the constellation Virgo opposite the Sun in the night sky. That makes it prime season for telescopic views of the the Red Planet, like this one from April 3rd. The clear, sharp image was captured with a high-speed digital camera and 16-inch diameter telescope from Assis, Brazil, Planet Earth. Mars' north polar cap is at the top left. Also visible are whitish orographic clouds - water vapor clouds condensing in the cold atmosphere above the peaks of Mars' towering volcanos. The exact dates of closest approach and opposition are slightly different because of the planet's elliptical orbit. Still, get your telescope out on the night of closest approach (April 14/15) and you can view both Mars and a total eclipse of the Moon. Mars will be about 1/100th the angular size of the Moon.

    If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking. -Will Rogers

    by Gordon20024 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:36:27 AM PDT

    •  No telescope and far too much (9+ / 0-)

      light pollution. But do tell more about the total eclipse: there was one about six or seven years ago, in December, and it was grand. What time? Or do you have a link I can follow? I've only ever seen the one total eclipse & would adore the chance to see another. (Hope the night is clear & it happens after work.)

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:42:38 AM PDT

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      •  According to The Oregonian website (9+ / 0-)

        it will begin 1:07am Pacific Time.

        Here's  their article.

        If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking. -Will Rogers

        by Gordon20024 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:49:07 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM

          My local paper actually had a story about it today, fp below the fold. It should time nicely for me, b/c I will be at work until sometime after midnight & therefore wide awake when it occurs. Maybe I will drink extra coffee that night...

          Now all I have to do is pray for clear (or at least not totally overcast) skies. Last time, there were clouds that partly occluded the eclipse, but they were pretty fast-moving, so it was okay: and the array of stars! Despite the light pollution here, you could see a ton of stars where normally, not that many are visible.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:04:41 PM PDT

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    •  People liveblogged the last total (9+ / 0-)

      lunar eclipse here! The only thing that sucked: for a really good view, I had to keep putting on my winter coat and going out on the fire escape.

      If I'm lucky, this time, I can ignore the coat and just go out on the fire escape.

      Oh, wow. Total lunar eclipse visible from Pennsylvania? Please tell me it's visible from PA.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:45:48 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure we're going to be up to watch (7+ / 0-)

      the eclipse, as it's happening through about 4am here and that's a school day :(. But I did send Bit an article on it. She's my 'astronomer' child. Maybe they'll do something about it on Cosmos or we can find good coverage of it online after, with time lapse or something so I can work it in later in the week.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:14:29 AM PDT

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  •  I'm awake already. (10+ / 0-)

    I set the alarm for 5, it's 4:15.  I have ultrasounds today. Woo.  We should be heading out the door in about an hour or so to the hospital.

    I'm so fat! Oh, they're going to love me, I'm so marbled! - Jack LeMans, Bounty Killer

    by Mortifyd on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 02:14:33 AM PDT

  •  Happy Friday (7+ / 0-)

    COMPLETED a shift of online grading yesterday. This year, because ETS (the people who bring you the SATs) didn't bother making it compatible for IE 11 (no, it doesn't work on any other browsers) and it flat out doesn't work in Windows 8.1, I had to restore a computer back to Windows 8.0 to get it to sort of work. Because I need the money is why.

    Next shift in three hours. Enough time to get caffeinated.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 04:22:00 AM PDT

    •  Good luck with the grading! (7+ / 0-)

      Don't you hate when they fail to upgrade programming compatibility? When I went to college I did all my generals classes online so I could work full time easier and I had to use an older version of IE to run the school's site. I wasn't using IE for anything else, and it kept crashing on me and it was a royal pain in the behind.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:17:29 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    It's going to be 62 today, 72 tomorrow and 38 Monday and Tuesday.   That's Chicago.  

    Cute diary, thanks.  

    I'm going to take my pups for a walk soon, and come back and do some cleaning.   Going to Costco later.  

    Have a good day.

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:45:19 AM PDT

    •  Had to wake Bit up to walk the dogs today (6+ / 0-)

      I'm moseying around the house with the walker this morning. My balance is off and my right leg really hurts (it tried to lock up last night and my other half had to convince it to move). But the seizing stopped at least, so far... knock on wood. If I go quiet suddenly today you know what happened.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:55:21 AM PDT

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  •  That was a fun story! (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, art ah zen, weck, Kit RMP, FloridaSNMOM

    Thanks, FloridaMom and Bit. I'd never heard of Flat Stanley; I'll keep the books in mind when I need to get a gift.

    57 degrees here, going up to low 60s with some rain on the way. I have some work to do via a pdf file. I hate those things.

    Hope you all have a good day and a good weekend!

  •  i got up at 530am and have been (3+ / 0-)
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    weck, Kit RMP, FloridaSNMOM

    a slug since then but finally, i am going to start what i have been avoiding.  i am going to the renaissance pleasure faire with my daughter next weekend.  i started taking her when she was a child and we have gone many times, often in costume.  this year, i thought i would buy a complete outfit online.  i sent the measurements they requested and in 2 weeks i got the order.  i am not blaming them, they only asked for one measurement for the bodice and they made it to that measurement, but the problem for me is i am all boobs, no chest so this bodice is HUGE!!  i have been putting off altering it, for some dumb reason i have been reluctant to cut into it.  but this morning, i cut off one side seam and now i am ready to get on with the business.  i had to tell myself that i paid for it, i can not use it as it is, it is not the fault of the business and i need to get over it!  funny how fear of mistakes sneaks up on us and takes hold.  but not for me today!

    good day to all.  

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:05:18 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (2+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP, FloridaSNMOM

    Yesterday was full of work, today there is only a last tax return to complete.  A second cup of coffee should get me to the clarity needed to put the numbers in the little boxes!

    We are riding the temperature roller coaster, when I was working outside my critters were intrigued; as in "What are you doing outside, meomy?  This is pootie territory!"

    I finished clearing one foundation bed and will work on the big nursery bed on Saturday.  We are patiently (not) waiting to see if we lost any trees over the harsh winter.

    I sort of missed the boat on books for young readers.  We went from non-reading to reading MAD magazine and SF novels over a very short two week vacation we took to Florida for my sis's wedding.  Silver lining:  I got to see my one and only learn to read; that so often happens in a school building away from the parents.  As a teacher, it still thrills me that I was there.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:19:57 AM PDT

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