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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It's Bird-y Doody Time!

Here's another "Guess Where I Am?" Photo.

Sadly, I am in yet another car wash for the second time in about as many days. Here's the story - we bought this big 25 lb. bag of wild bird seed and put it in a big blue enamel washtub in the front yard. We have had multitudes of Blue Jays, Cardinals, Doves and other very unusual and pretty birds in the front yard. We oooo'ed and aaah'ed out the window all weekend.

Then we walked out to the car.Eye-yi-yi. Little crapheads! So, I guess I will be visiting the local car washes a lot in my future.

I left my tall natural looking Christmas tree in the house and thought I would do a Monthly Holiday tree. Valentine's Day is my first holiday to try it out. I think it's cute and fun to do, but I bet I tire of it in the summer when there is nothing new to change it up. I thought the angel in the window looked Valentine-y - but with the "Christmas" tree - now I'm not so sure. I got the LOVE sign at the Dollar Tree (I heart the Dollar Tree), the little heart ornaments came from Wal-Mart NEW this year (much to my own chagrin) - but they were only $3.88, the framed vintage Valentine was at the thrift last week for 25¢, the red & white pompom garland was an after Christmas score at 99¢ and lastly, the little red cardinals were 5¢ each at the thrift after Christmas. The stuffed animals were won by DH in the claw machine at Wal-mart and promptly stuffed in the tree by him. There are red and whilte lights on it, but hard to photograph. At the top I have a plush red heart that says, "BE MINE."

All of this Valentine Talk reminds me of my first Valentine's Day as a young newlywed. I was working in a grocery store at the time. On each aisle they had these big six foot long signs that said, "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY" with big red hearts on them. The night crew's job was to take all the signs down on Valentine's Day night. So, as I was leaving, I asked if I could take one home, since they were headed to the dumpser. When I got home, I hung it in the doorway leading from the living room to the dining room. DH had to walk through the doorway to get to the rest of the house. He walked in, pushed the giant sign aside and said, "Whatsup?" "Uh, didn't you see the sign?" I asked. "Yeah, I saw it," he responded. And, so began a marraige of fun filled romantic holdiays. Ha ha ha.

I had several comments on the Little People so here's a photo of them all lined up. I know the one on the back that is bigger is something else. But, are the rest Little People or not?


  1. At first, I thought your picture was of bird doody...and I thought to myself, geez, I didn't realize how colorful it was, I'll have to pay more attention to the crap we are handed on our cars....then it was ooooohhhh wait, LOL..brahhhahha. Oh my goodness what an idiot I am ;) On the same note, I didn't realize the beauty one can find at the car wash!! Nice pics!

  2. That's a lot of bird doo doo. I've often been tempted to put some bird seed out so the cats could have a little entertainment (or torment) watching the little birdies through the window. But I didn't factor in the poop situation.
    I like the Valentine tree. Your story re: your first Valentines rings so true. My DH is still in training after 17 years.
    Love the fat little people. It's been a while but they may be Playschool people or FP came out with fatter people because the old versions could get swallowed.

  3. Crappy birds!!!!! Yep, you need to get that doodoo off that red paint, or it will start eating the finish. It is some toxic stuff.

    My mother and I parked under a tree in downtown Austin b/c it was hot as blazes and we wanted shade. We got shade alright, in the form of a bird poop covered car. It seriously covered the entire front and rear windows of our Citation. NO WONDER THAT FRONT ROW SPOT WAS EMPTY. DOH!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Shara: Regarding your tree, you could decorate it during the summer with red, white and blue stuff for July 4th or "manly" type stuff in June for Fathers' Day.


  5. I think they are all Little Tikes. I have at least one of each of those, and they all fit in dd's Little Tikes School Bus. You could double check at http://www.thisoldtoy.com/ or the old standby - peruse ebay.

  6. Ditto Alexandra! My little brother had a few of those. Don't know about the one in the top row, however.

    Enjoy your snow! You can have all of ours. I'm sick of it! LOL

  7. Hi Shara - The Valentine's tree is cute! How about using your watermelon pot holders to decorate it during the summer?

    The little people are made by Little Tykes. Looks like you could sell them on ebay for a decent profit.

  8. more ideas for the tree...

    -Mardi Gras
    -St. Patrick's (March)
    -Easter (April)
    - Mother's Day / Mem Day (May)
    - Father's Day / Summer Solstice - SUNS!(June)
    -4th July
    - Dog Days of Summer (August)
    - 'Back to School' (Sept)
    - Halloween (Oct)
    - Thanksgiving (Nov)
    ...just pick a color scheme - say
    'green / pink ' (watermelong) for June!!
    You'll have it looking 'FUN' all the time I'm sure - You always have such neat ideas!!


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