What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Frost, Flowers & Fungus

Last night it got down to 44 degrees. That is a real change from what we are used to in this area. We have been Trick or Treating in shorts and even gone to the Christmas Light lighting in shorts in the past. But, here it is September 20th and I had to break out the jackets.

All of my flowers are so pretty right now. But I know the first frost is around the corner. These pretty red impatients are in an odd old cone shaped bucket. I bought this bucket at a yard sale for $1.00 because I thought it was different and unique. Last summer we went to a Street Car Museum and there was my cone shaped bucket - behind GLASS. Ooooooooo! It is a fire bucket that used to hang on the side of the streetcar and used to extinguish fires. The cone shape makes the water come out in a huge area as opposed to a small area. The Curator told me that my bucket was most likely worth about $250.00. Oooooooooo!

I saw these mushrooms in Family Fun magazine last year. You take a log, top it with a metal mixing bowl and paint accordingly. The Electric company was topping trees so I stopped and picked up some logs. Then I found mixing bowls at Deal's for $1.00 each. I spray painted the bowls red then added the white dots for character. I think they are fun and give my garen a sense of humor. I found a fat frog and a tiny gnome later and added them to my mushrooms.

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