Stanley spends a day at the Log house

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Stan got to visit a Log house in the Woods!

Stan got to visit a Log house in the Woods!

Stanley, being the wonderful guest he is, offered to spend the day at my Log House and get to know everyone and help out. Boy was he in for an adventure! He got to meet the cats (Shadow and Indy) and the dog (Niki). He got to help carry wood from the woodpile. He tried to play with our dog Niki. He helped with dinner and shared a coffee break with me! Whew–he really got a workout!

First, he met our pets….

Some new friends are just a little nosy!

Some new friends are just a little nosy!

Indy and Stan hanging out on the deck.

Indy and Stan hanging out on the deck.

Not that close!

Hey, that’s too close!

Sometimes making new friends can be a little bit scary! But that can be part of your adventure and you can make new adventures with them!







We decided to go work outside and do some yard work and stack some firewood. Stan really tried his best to help but some of the pieces were pretty big. We found some that he could handle….he was a big help gathering the kindling for us!

Those are some big pieces of wood!

Those are some big pieces of wood!

That is more like it!

That is more like it!


Yard work




After all the hard work we decided to play with Niki a little in the yard. Stan wanted to help but…I think we need to find a smaller toy for him to throw!



Guess he needs to find another toy for Niki!

Guess he needs to find another toy for Niki!

We decided to have a coffee break  while checking on our friends on the computer.

Coffee time!


Since my daughter was home from college we treated her to some homemade mac and cheese–Yummm!!


Stan decided he likes mac and cheese!

Stan decided he likes mac and cheese!

Since Stan worked really hard today we decided he should go on another hike really soon….but that is another adventure!


Please note all images are my own except the yard work image (found on Google images). This Stan was made by Brady. Please do not share without permission–thanks!

“Stanley” visits the New York countryside

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Flat StanI recently was given the opportunity to have Flat Stanley come and share some adventures with me. Neither of my children have ever read the Flat Stanley books but I was intrigued by the prospect of sharing my little part of the world with his classmates in Massachusetts.

The first adventure we went on was with a friend of mine named Diane and we took Stanley to Sterling Forest State Park for some hiking. Here is a copy of our trail map:

I love hiking– you can see some beautiful areas and views because you need to slow down and be mindful of where you are walking, especially in the Fall with all the leaves! We started at the Visitors Center which is by the bottom of the lake (if you are looking at the map ) and after talking to the  ladies inside decided to take the Bare Rock trail.  We took a little trail through the woods to the paved road that led our path just up the street (yellow trail to blue one).

Stan admiring the view of Lake Sterling

Stan admiring the view of Lake Sterling

The trail head for the Bare Rock Vista

If you look at the map we took the orange path and started the climb up to the ridge. Let me tell you that we warmed up quickly and had to remove our outer layer!! It is quite literally all uphill! My friend and I like a bit of a challenge to our hikes and this certainly offered one!


We finally made it to the trail head for the Bare Rock Vista and headed to the cliff to see the view–it was worth the climb!


Greenwood Lake

Overlooking Greenwood Lake







Stanley and Greenwood Lake








It was very windy so we had a quick sip of water and decided to keep going. We went back to the Trail head and continued on the orange trail which thankfully was mostly level for this part. But not for long– then we started heading down hill a bit.

Bare Rock trail and creek









Stan taking a break on the trail– he really liked the stream (but not the creaky trees!)

Around mile 4 we stopped for a quick lunch on top of a small knoll so that we had a good view of the area below us in case there was any wild life in the area. Fortunately there weren’t any and we got to enjoy some quiet time.  I am so glad we did– mile 5 began a complete uphill climb– almost literally a rock scramble!!

Sterling Forest climb


Although it is a rougher climb than just a smooth hill there is just something fun about challenging yourself to keep going when you encounter something like this!  Good hiking boots and a bit of planning out your route make a huge difference between getting stuck and overwhelmed and having a good time!

We finally got to the fire tower but since we were losing daylight we opted to take the shorter 2 mile path back to the visitor center. Still a bit rugged in spots but at least it was down hill from there.

Overall, a really great hike and I will definitely do it again in the spring!

Please note the original image of Flat Stanley is an image from Amazon’s website. The Stan pictured here was drawn by Brady and the photo images were taken by me during our hike.

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