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.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Photo Challenge

I took this picture yesterday - anyone care to venture a guess where I was???

I'm sure you can tell, I was at the car wash. We just got this new car wash in town and it scares the crap out of me. I get very claustrophobic in there. These giant foam mop thingys come at you from every direction and encompass the entire car, making the car shake and making it shudder.

These big jets of water come up from the bottom and make the car vibrate. It feels very violent in there. But, you do get a really clean car. Of course, it is spitting rain and snow this morning, so there's $7.00 I'll never see again....

I've started carrying my camera with me everywhere I go. I've always taken pictures at the holidays, birthdays, etc. But, I've discovered some of the best photos have come at the most regular times. Days at the park, a ride in the country, an impromptu ice cream cone or even just a walk around the block have given me some of the bet photo opportunities. I'm not some great photographer or anything - I just recommend taking your camera with you today on a normal everday outing and see what you come up with. Anyone ready for a challenge?


  1. Yeah, I'll play. First I have to remember to TAKE the camera, then I have to make sure it HAS batteries AND be able to FIND the cable.

    You truly have an eye for things that I don't. My friend Tina can take a picture of a rock and make it look like a masterpiece. Me, it is still just a rock in a picture. HA HA.

    Now I must rise to the challenge!

  2. I truly had no clue what your picture was, how cool!! You are right though, taking your camera everywhere really opens up your eyes to turn the ordinary to the extraordinary. I was trying to take a picture a day but I SOOOOO often walk out the door without it, it's hard to do. I better get my rear in gear for my own little challenge.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your offbeat pics :)



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