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 29, 2007

Whoopsie - No Duggars on Oprah Today!

I watched Oprah - but no Duggars on today's show though. Sorry for the false alarm. They did fly to Chicago on December 9th to film an Oprah show, so I know it is coming. DH works with Jim Bob's Uncle, so he will find out tomorrow if he knows the exact date. It's so funny that many of you are familiar with the Duggar family since I went to school with them and they live not too far from me, it still seems odd that other people have heard of them. Of course, I still freak out when I see a Wal-Mart in a movie or in a book. The first Wal-Mart was in my area too and I knew Sam Walton as a kid. I mean, when I was a kid - not him. That would make me rather old, wouldn't it?!! Anyway, this is rather short notice (!) but, the show when they go to CA to Disney World comes on in 10 minutes on TLC - so it is being shown again if anyone has missed it. They go to the place where the Cadillacs are buried nose down. That is worth the whole show - they guy in "charge" of the Cadillacs is a bit, er, whacked.

I sent DS to school this morning with a teeny bit of a runny nose. He got to school and the teacher saw him blowing his nose. She sent him to the nurse, who in turn, called me to come get him. He was not feeling 100% himself today, but he was close to 95%. I am a very overprotective Mom and I wouldn't have sent him if I didn't think he could handle it. I know they had his best interest in mind. But, I wish he could have just stayed. He would have been alright. Now there will be make up work, missed Art or Music which counts against his grade, etc. If he would have been really sick, he should have come home. (Of course, I wouldn't have sent him in the first place.) I dropped him off at 7:45 and had him picked up at 8:30. World's shortest school day!

I was randomly clicking on blogs last night when I came acros my name mentioned on Sweet Repeats! Lucy mentioned the fears I have about my neighbors watching me drag in fancy store bags when, in reality, they are really from the thrift store. If you aren't familiar with her blog, check it out - she's thrifty just like the rest of us. Thanks, Lucy!


  1. Hi!

    I get Google alerts when anything new is posted online about the Duggars. That is how I found you! Anyway, would you e-mail me when you find out when they are going to be on Oprah? I didn't get to watch today so I was glad that it didn't come on yet. My e-mail address is TracieLS@aol.com

    Thanks! I hope your son feels better!


  2. I read the Duggar website. There are actually families in my town that remind my of the Duggars. Maybe they are affiliated with the same church. I think the largest family here has 8 or 10 kids.

    Our school district(state)does not require the nurse to send a student home unless the temp is 100.1. At .99 they are considered contagious so I don't get the 100.1 at all. We have really great school nurses, but their hands are tied when they have to follow the guidelines.

  3. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Question. What does Jim Bob do for a living? Despite how thrifty and organized they are, it is very expensive to raise one child, let alone 17. However, I have seen this family on the Discovery Channel and no doubt, the household is a wonder to behold. Every child is taught responsibility from a very early age and all seem to be very well adjusted and happy. Mom and Dad don't seem to have their hands full because from birth they teach their children what is really important in life and not one of them is spoiled or pretentious. Hats off to a this inspirational family!


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