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.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Snow, Snow, Go Away

The weatherman has in in for us. They are forecasting anywhere from 1/4" of snow to 8" of snow. Uh, that's a bit of a vague forecast, dontcha think? I had to go grocery shopping yesterday just for the normal weeks supply. The store was absolutlely packed with people stocking up for the snow. Actually, it's not such a bad idea as a lot of peole around here have discovered. Less than 45 minutes from me there are three areas that have not had power for the past week. I could deal with no cooking and no heat - but no computer??? Just kidding. We have an all electric house so without power we are pretty pathetic. And the temperatures have been in the teens and twentys all week. I imagine it has been terrible for them. I know we won't have anything like that to deal with - but it is still scary.

As I returned home from my frantic shopping spree, I read this sign my my front door - "Welcome Winter" - Bah Humbug! Actually I like Winter just fine. I prefer the cold to the heat. But, Winter is memories of fluffy snows and sledding and hot chocolate and no school. Now that I am, er, a "growed up" - I see that snow and ice can wreck havoc and missed snow days now means school in June when it is hotter that youknowwhat.

On to more fun things. Here's the wreath on my front door this month. I found the snow covered wreath at Target a year ago for 90% off (Do I even need to say that at this point in the ballgame?). I added a bunch of icicles, crystals and irredescent beads that were Christmas markdowns too. I found the blue jingle bells with snowflakes on them at Hobby Lobby a week ago for 80% off. And the bow is from a gianormous bag of very expensive ribon that I salvaged from someone's trash. I hope it looks Wintry and not too "Christmas-y".

Thanks for eveyone's comments. I'm enjoying reading them all. As I do, I mentally "shop" for things for your collections to put in your goodie box! It's going to be FUN!


  1. Love that wreath! Really pretty. You put all the pieces together really nicely!

    And winter? Yeah, SO over it.

  2. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Your wreath looks great. It looks wintery, not Christmasy. Even though I figured that you got everything on sale, it is fun to find out how much on sale you got it for. Hope you don't get too much snow/sleet/etc. I get tired of that really fast.


  3. The wreath is beautiful Shara. Love the blue - wintery, but not too Christmasy. I thought of you today when I bought a 2 lb. box of "Luxury Chocolate Covered Biscuits" at Sam's Club for $2.74!They'll be great with a nice cup of tea.

    It's even cold in California right now - frozen pipes every morning for the past week! Spring can't be here soon enough. Of course, by July I'll be complaining about the heat. In the meantime..stay warm!

  4. Love the wreath, the blue bulbs really make it more wintery than Christmassy. You'd be proud, I bought some fall decorations at Bath and Body today for 90% off..whooohooo! Hopefully I will remember where I have them stashed next fall!

  5. I looked at it and it made me go, brrrrr, not ho ho ho, so it is more wintery than Christmasy


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