Posts Tagged ‘Grandpa John’

Grandpa John’s Trains

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Bobby and Arthur J followed the sound of a hammer hitting nails to Grandpa John’s workshop in the basement;  there they saw Grandpa John playing with a set of trains.

They couldn’t believe their eyes!

Grandpa John was running a set of trains on a long track and singing a song they had never heard before…something about a Casey Jones. The trains didn’t look like any trains they had ever seen. He looked so happy!

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Bobby couldn’t stop himself from saying, “Grandpa, are those your trains?” Grandpa John turned and smiled, saying, “Come on in boys and see what I played with when I was your age…a set of Lionel trains. Oh, they were the best! They still are as far as I’m concerned. I’ve had these trains for over 60 years.”

These trains, like all Lionel trains are now collectors items. Lionel trains, were made from 1901 to 1969. They are known  for how solidly they are constructed and  how much they look like real trains from long ago.

Why in 2006, Lionel’s electric train became one of the first two electric toys  and the only trains to make the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Arthur J was so excited seeing the trains. He just wanted to play with them, so he asked, “What are you going to do with the trains grandpa?” Grandpa John smiled and answered, “Unfortunately you ruined my surprise. I was getting them ready for Christmas so when you came over you would see them under the tree.”

Arthur J and Bobby looked sad for a moment and wondered if, since they ruined his  surprise, maybe Grandpa John wouldn’t let them play with the trains.

Grandpa John saw the looks on their faces and said, “Let’s have a Christmas in June party. Help me carry the trains and the tracks upstairs and we will set them up on a wooden board on the big table in my den. We will set up the small artificial tree in the middle of the wooden board surrounded by the train village I got so long ago. The trains will run along the outside of the board, around the village and the tree. “

Bobby and Arthur J were thrilled! They both said, “Grandpa, your the greatest!”

Grandpa smiled and with a far away look in his eye answered, “Somehow I don’t think you and your friends will be the only ones playing with these trains. I’ve got a few friends of my own who’ll be coming over to play conductor.”

“But grandpa, said Bobby, “You and your friends are too old to play with trains!”

Grandpa answered with a grin, “You are never too old to play with trains!”

Name That “Can Do”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

How well do you know the “Can Do” Kids? Name that “Can Do”

____________is the “Can Do” usually seen dribbling a basketball.

____________and __________live with their grandma while their mom is in the Army.

____________ wears glasses.

____________is the smartest kid in class.

____________ is the school nurse.

____________is grandma of Kathy, Annie, Arthur Jay, Bobby and Orrie.

____________visits his grandparents on the Indian reservation every summer.

____________is the coach who helps the “Can Dos” with being good sports.

____________is director of the recreation center and grandma to Yundi and Wendy.

____________is good on a skateboard but has trouble sharing.

____________always carries a note pad and wants to be a writer when she grows up.

____________wins at jump rope.

____________rode in an ambulance when he fell off his bike.

____________got lost, but Grandpa John and Policewoman Paula helped her.

____________is Nellie and Willie’s grandpa.

____________is the “Can Do” kids teacher.

____________is Hector and Maria’s grandma and an EMT.

____________has a service dog.

____________is the service dog’s name.

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Cold weather…a Play Date…Making Resolutions

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

resolutionsIt was bitter cold out, too cold to ice skate, or to go sledding, or even take a short walk. School was closed. So any “Can Do”who could catch a ride was welcome for a play date at Orrie’s house.

Grandpa John and Grandma Maureen had come by to help out with table games and serving snacks Willie asked, “Grandpa John why do adults make New Year’s Resolutions”? Before Grandpa John could answer, Annie asked,”What are resolutions anyway”?

Grandpa John stopped handing out fruit and sat down at the table with the “Can Dos”. All eyes were on him as he thought of the best way to explain what a resolution is.

He cleared his throat and began by saying, “Well, resolutions are kind of like promises to do things that you need or want to do. It’s about doing things that you need to do but may not having being doing such a good job about doing so far.

For instance, let’s take sharing. You know that sharing is usually the right thing to do, but it is hard to do. So, you might make a resolution, a promise to yourself or to someone else that you will be better at sharing.”

The “Can Dos” were all quiet for awhile, then Nellie asked,”Why do people make resolutions on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day”? Grandpa John smiled and answered. “That’s a very good question Nellie. The new year is seen as a new beginning, a time to begin again. A time to do things you want and need to do. So people promise themselves and their family to make changes in themselves and their lives.”

“Hmmm,” said Arthur J. “Maybe we should each make a resolution for the new year.” Hector shook his head. “Not me,” he said. “I like myself just the way I am. I don’t think I need to change a thing about me.”

Maria, his sister tossed her head and said, “Think again brother. There are a few things you need to change… like being late for school a lot and using my stuff without asking.” Hector turned red and answered, “Okay, I’ll stop taking your stuff without asking but I can’t make two resolutions, so I’ll have to wait on promising not to be late for school.” Everyone laughed.

Grandpa John said, “Let’s go around the table and each make a resolution. I’ll start. “I promise to help Grandma Maureen around the house more.” Grandma Maureen gave Grandpa John a big smile and said,”You heard that children. You are my witnesses, he promised to help me more.” The “Can Dos” all laughed.

Then it was their turns to make resolutions. Nellie promised to help Grandma Hattie with the housework. Orrie promised to turn off his computer each night the first time he was asked to do so. Willie promised to empty the trash without moaning and groaning about it. Kathy promised to share with her sister Annie more and fight less. Arthur J. promised to help his brother with his math homework when he was having a problem.

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you going to make any resolutions? What do you promise to do?

Does “Can Do” Cat Have 9 Lives?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bobby, Hector and Willie were passing by Grandpa John’s store when they saw “Can Do” cat walking on a narrow ledge above the front door. 

catThe “Can Dos” ran in to tell Grandpa John. “Grandpa John, Grandpa John they shouted,  “Can Do” cat is going to fall. Come quick.” Grandpa John dropped what he was doing and quickly went outside to see if “Can Do” cat was okay. He looked up to see Can Do” cat balancing himself on the ledge. Grandpa John smiled and said, “Can Do” cat is fine. He is just doing what he always does.”

Hector asked, “Is it true cats have nine lives”? How many lives has “Can Do” cat used up already”? Grandpa John chuckled and said, “Boys, that is just a saying. Cats have a quickness, and the ability to land on their feet, which has kept this saying around for a long time.

Cats are amazing. They seem to be able to get themselves into trouble and get out of trouble unharmed, but…they don’t have nine lives. They are good at running from a dog, dodging a car, or jumping from a high level. Their muscles, bones, and even their inner ears are constructed to help them right themselves during a fall and increase their odds of  landing on their feet, and absorbing the shock. Even with these survival skills, cats do get injured.

I do everything I can to help “Can Do” cat live a long life, so I can enjoy him for many years. I am a responsible pet owner. If someday your mom lets you adopt a  kitty, and give him or her a place to live, remember that this is a lifelong commitment.

A cat is not a toy or a decoration, but a living creature that deserves your love and care as long as he or she lives. If well cared for, a cat can live up to 20 years. That’s how long I hope “Can Do” cat lives.”

The boys nodded, Grandpa John started back into the store, and “Can Do” cat just kept doing what he had been doing…walking on the ledge.

More Marbles + Cabolders!

Friday, August 30th, 2013

After the “Can Do” kids finished playing Marbles in the Box, Grandpa Dooley said, “OK, who’s ready to play my favorite marble game”?

Hector wasn’t so sure, since he didn’t do so well playing Marbles in the Box.” Come on Hector, said Willie. “Be a sport.” Arthur J chimed in saying, “Come on Hector we always play what you want to play. Now it’s your turn to play what we want to play.

Not wanting to be left out, Orrie said, “Hector, you don’t even know what the game is about. Maybe you will be better at this game than your were with the last game.”

Grandpa Dooley took out a really large marble; it was huge! “Does anyone know what this is called.”? The “Can Do” Kids shook their heads. “Well, continued Grandpa Dooley,  “back in the olden days, when I was young they were called caboulders, the most valuable of all the marbles, especially the ones that you could see through.

The name of the game we are going to play is Hit the Caboulder, and this is how it’s played:

marbles 1. Place a caboulder on one end of a long table, or on a flat surface on the floor

2. Stand or sit at the other end of the table, or kneel if on the ground

3. Flick the small marble with your thumb pressed against your pointer finger, or, with your pointer finger  against your thumb

4. There are no do-overs once you have flicked the marble and it is moving

5. If you miss the caboulder, you lose the marble you were shooting with

6. If you hit the caboulder but it doesn’t move, you get to keep the marble you were shooting with and go again

7. If you move the caboulder, your win 10 marbles

8. If you knock it off the table, or out of the playing area, when on the ground, you win the caboulder”!

Grandpa Dooley looked at all the eager faces and said, “Okay, what I want to know  is who is going to be the Marble Master and be in charge of the caboulder“?

The boys voted Orrie in as the Marble Master. This time when Grandpa Dooley suggested taking some practice shots, Hector was at the front of the line.

Hector didn’t win the caboulder, but he did win a few marbles!

Who won the Caboulder… no one yet; maybe next time.