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.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year - Hope Your's Was Better Than Mine

My New Year's "resolution" for lack of a better word, is to get organized, de-clutter and find a place for eveything. I got up this morning and even though I have had a stomach ache the last day or two, I went straight to work in my closet. The clothes bar on DH's side had broken loose from the wall several weeks ago. Last night, about 6:00 after much grumbling and hinting from me, he finally put it up. So, this morning I was anxious to get all the clothes off the bed, the dresser drawer handles, the coat hooks on the closet door and every other creative place I hsd thought to hang clothes lately. I got right to work orgainzing and getting a large pile of clothes ready to be donated. I kept throwing things out onto the floor and ended up getting trapped on the closet. That's when "H" - (I shall not use DH on him today for I fear "Dear" isn't the "D" word I have in mind)- Anyway, he came in the bedroom and amnnounced the kitchen sink was stopped up. Then he goes further to say that he will go get Drain-O after the Capital One Bowl is over. Mind you, the Game wasn't even scheduled to start for an hour at this point plus the actual game time and half time and the countless time-outs and commercials. My much needed Drain-O wouldn't even be arriving until I needed to do supper and all other sorts of kitchen related items. So, I stopped what I was doing, climbed out of the closet and over the mountain of clothes, got dressed and went on a Drain-O hunt. I went to Lowe's first since it was first in line of stores that sell Drain-O. They didn't. So, on to Wal-Mart. Got the Drain-O (and almost $40.00 worth of impulse items!) and returned home to do the treatment. Treatment one did nothing, treatment two did nothing. I had bought an air pump plunger at Lowe's so I decided to try that bad boy out. I failed to mention that while I was gone, DH rather hurridely took the plumbing apart ('cause the GAME was coming on) and look for a clog. When he put the plumbing back together, it apparently wasn't very tight. So, when I tried out the new air pump plunger, apparently I blew water out through the pipes, onto the shelf in the cabinet and under the cabinet. (About five years ago we had a leaky sink and that ended up getting us - compliments of the insurance company - new cabinets, new countertops, new flooring, etc. But it was also a HUGE headache that lasted for nearly a month. I had flashbacks and thought this was all going to happen again. Particularly when I stepped on the linoleum and felt the water squish under it.)

Long story short (a little too late for that now, huh?), DH took the pipes apart again, snaked the drain and used the Drain-O one more time. Then he sopped up all the water and tried to dry it with a hairdryer until I said he was probably going to electrocute himself, so he quit. Everything is pretty much dry now and the sink made that lovely sucking noise when I let the dishwater out tonight. It only took about 8 hours total to get it done (time out for the entire Capital One Bowl included). Sheesh. Then I still had to deal with that closet. I had quite a mess in there. I ended up donating two industrial sized trash bags of clothes. Note to self and anyone reading this: It is probably not the best idea to clean out a closet when you are really P.O'ed. I may have to go naked this week - I think I gave most of my stuff away today!

This blog reminds me of my diary when I was so little! Gt it on paper and out of your head. Deal with it now so you can get a good night's sleep. Ahhhhhh.

On to better things. Friday I went to Wal-Mart after DH called to say all Christmas things were 75% off. They had Ziploc bags for 97¢ the day before so that made them 50¢ then. I had found 16 coupons for 40¢ off a box and sent them with DH to buy. I thought they would end up costing 57¢ a box, which is a good deal, but the ended up costing 10¢ each and that is an awesome deal! I have enough Ziplocs to last an eternity. And all for only $1.60. And, Oliveoyl, I bought another Cloche when I discovered they were $5.41. I bought it with the intention of reselling it. But, we'll see about that now won't we? This one has a house with a long porch on it.

Sunday I heard that Walgreen's was sitting at 75% off so we hit there too. We found three two packs of Sparkling Grape Juice for $1.25 a two pack. DS thinks he is getting his "party on" when he drinks that stuff. We toasted in the New Year with it last night and it was terrible. I realized later that I had just brushed my teeth and of course it tasted nasty. I had a glass today and it was good as usual. They also had Hershey's Kisses, Kisables and Nuggets for 62¢ a bag. I was going to resist until I reached in my "Coupon Queen" folder and found $1.00 off 2 bags of Hershey's bags. MOVE OUTTA MY WAY. We ended up buying 16 bags at 12¢ each. They will be shared and sent to school for Teacher Appreciation and various other uses. I have also put a "Kiss" in DS's lunch every day since Kindergarten, so Mom needs the Kisses!

I know that Target will go to 90% off on Wendesday. I shouldn't go. But, I know I will. I have no will power. But, at 90% off - it's hard to spend very much in the end after discounts anyway. But, it'sstillhard to find a home for all the clutter!


  1. Anonymous12:22 AM

    lol---poor terrible day.

    GREAT DEALS-nothing like a shopping high to get you through the annoying stuff. Too bad you did not go bargianning AFTER THE MESS was over.

  2. PO'd shopping is DANGEROUS. I know you got good deals though. Stupid football anyway!


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