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.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

And the Winner Is.....After A few Weird Things

I bought all these things at the thrifts on Friday (except for the Nosey Cat) for less than $10.00. I got six of the Calvin & Hobbes books for 25¢ each. I always loved Calvin so it is fun to have DS read them now. He has to read every night for 30 minutes. He loves books and is in the middle of reading several different books including the "Cirque Du Freak" series which is about vampires and I cannot go there. But sometimes he just wants to read comics or a magazine, so these are good for those occassions. I thought the albums with the Elvis-wannabe were funny due to the mask and the rather garrish polyester pants. I posted them on the Yardsalequeen boards and was suprised to find out that Orion is a rather famous Elvis impersonator. But,sadly, he was murdered in 1998. It doesn't seem right to poke fun at a dead guy. But, still, those pants are LOUD.

It seems that I have been tagged by Heidi (I cannot for the life of me get a link to show up on this darn thing) to share six weird thigs about me. When I read her initial post, I joked that I would be hard pressed to narrow my weirdness down to ONLY six. As, it turned out, some weird things are just too weird to share and I had trouble thinking of six appropriately weird things. Clear as mud? Anyway - here it goes.

1. Like Heidi with her lip balm - I must be able to access hand lotion at any time. And not just any hand lotion. Curel, Original Formula in the big blue bottle. There is a bottle by the bed, one by the computer, one by the sink (kitchen and bathroom), one by my end of the couch and one in my purse. If I go somewhere without my purse, my trial sized bottle is in my pocket. I never travel by plane, but fear I couldn't, what with the new "less than 3 ounces" rule for lotions and the like.

2. My food cannot touch the other food on the plate. I cannot eat anything runny or creamy that "might" run into my other food. I eat all of one thing before I eat the next thing. Condiments have to be in their own little vessel. If they weren't, the ketchup for the French Fries "might" get on the bun of my chicken sandwich and that would be deemed "unexceptable". While I am on the subject of food - I cannot and will not eat anything white and creamy - gravy, mayonaiss-y salads, alfredo sauces, etc. Uh-uh. Not me.

3. I know where the keys are on my keyboard, but I MUST look at the keys when I type. This stems from my 9th grade typing teacher standing behind me saying over and over, "Do NOT look at the keys, Do NOT look at the keys....SHARA! Do NOT look at the keys!!!!"

4. I carry a small resin bunny with no ears in my purse. My best friend gave it to me in high school when it was new and had ears. She got hit by a car while crossing the stret one day and I rushed to the hospital. As I was walking out the door, I saw that bunny that she gave me and I grabbed it and put it in my purse. She got well after a long recovery and I decided that bunny was my good luck charm and I have carried it ever since - hence the lost ears and crumbling tail.

5. I am an only child. I married an only child. I have an only child. Not a good way to carry on the old family name, eh? (I'm not so sure that this is totally "Weird" but I was having trouble thinking of another.

6. I eat sunflower seeds when I am on the computer and after dinner and when we sit outside in the summer and at the Drive-In and..... I think this means that I would be a smoker if I smoked.

Okay -on to the BIG NEWS OF THE DAY - The WINNER. Thanks for all the comments on the blog this week. I ended up with nearly a dozen names in the jar. DS stuck his hand in and drew out........Oliveoyl - Carol. This seems appropriate since she has left the most comments in the past year - but was strictly "luck of the draw". So, Carol, please email me with your address and I will put a few goodies in with the Stripey Bag and get them on the way to you. For those of you asking what a Stripey bag is - here is a photo. They are made of a nearly indestructable sort of plastic screen type mesh. I have filled them with books and drug them across parking lots. I take one to any rummage sale or church sale and fill it up. They are wonderful to have. I have five in the back of my VUE waiting for the next big sale. Hope you use it well, Carol! Congrats! Oh, yes, and I suppose I must tag Carol to do Six Weird Things next.


  1. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Congratulations, Carol!


  2. Woo Hoo!!! I am so excited. I had a bad morning and this just brightened my day. Thanks Shara. I will pay it foward when I hit a milestone on my blog.

  3. Okay, I played the game and posted 6 weird/quirky things about myself on my blog. How do I find someone to "tag"?

    I tried putting that little "link" by your name, but it came up as someone else with "monkey" in their name, so I removed it. Should be simple, huh?

  4. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Yay Carol!! :) Good for you!!! How nice of you Shara to offer her a goodie package...can't wait to see what you get!

  5. Yay, Carol! Put that stripey bag to good use. :)

    Shara, your weird things made me laugh! We're all weird, aren't we? LOL

    On the links, you type what you want to have linked, then highlight it with the mouse and then click on the link button in the box up above where you're typing, then paste the link in the box. It took me forever to get it to work, so I know what you mean!


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