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.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Makes 8 Dozen - Yeah, Right.

I seem to be a bit gabby lately, updating this more than I probably need to or even should. But, the snow is outside and we are all hunkered down inside and I find myself with more time to blog and take pictures and read other blogs.

We watched the birds today. With the car all covered in snow I know their uh, doody, won't make such a mess. So, I am able to enjoy them a bit more. We counted nie birght red cardinals at one time. That is our school mascot so it is a big deal to see one Cardinal, let alone nine at once.

We baked our cookies (that's why we needed chocolate chips yesterday) today and they turned out quite yummy. That has been a snow day tradition since DS was very little. Another tradition on a snow day is Hot Chocolate. It rarely snows here. But, when it did we always bundled up DS when he was little and went out to play. He never wanted to come in, but the offer (can you say bribe?) of a cup of hot chocolate always got him inside. It wasn't until he was about 8 and I offered him a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day that he announced that he thought you could ONLY have hot chocolate after being in the snow. Poor kid. Back to the cookies. The recipe said it made 8 dozen and I made exactly 2 dozen out of it. My cookies were about 2 1/2" across. If you made 8 dozen then each cookie would have only been about 1" across. Why can't the recipe just say, "Makes 2 dozen"????

I bought this vest at the thrift this week for 50¢. It is all hadmade, quilted and appliqued. Although it is sweet, it isn't my cup of tea. I like the elements of the vest, but not the vest itself. I do know that someone must have worked really hard on it. But, that didn't stop me from dismantling it tonight. I'm not sure what to do with the pieces. I might make the hearts and hands into ornaments for the Christmas or Valentine tree or maybe a garland. I saved the back of the blue quilted material in case I decide to fashion it inot a stocking or something. Any ideas are welcome as long as I can assemble it with a glue gun and not a sewing machine. ;o)

There's no school for three more days, so I'm sure I'll be blogging again soon. I have thrifty photos to post. Yeah for me!


  1. Mmmmm...the cookies look delish!
    I'm not sure what you could do with the quilted fabric and a glue gun. I've been using my glue gun to build a race car. You can see it on my blog, along with the "how to" for the "Try Five Challenge". You've been tagged!

  2. Shara, I would so do that! Repurpose, remake, redesign that vest! You will think of something sooo awesome and give it a second life. Good for you and good luck!

  3. COOOOOKIE!!!! I was just sitting here thinking about what I wanted to eat for lunch and the pic of your cookies popped up and my tummy growled. How appropriate!!!

  4. I immediately thought that hearts and hands would make good ornaments. But your banner idea sounds cute too.

    That's too cute that your son thought he only got hot chocolate on snow days. That really would make a cup of hot cocoa special if you only got it once and a while.

  5. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Shara: I love reading your stories about what your family does. I don't think you write too much.


  6. I think they would be a great garland or ornies for a V-day tree!


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