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, March 23, 2007

Home Again

We're back home again. And, even though I enjoyed our little jaunt, it is always nice to come back home to your own bed, your own shower, your own coffeepot, etc. What is UP with those itty bitty teeny tiny little coffee pots in the hotel? And WHY do they put them in the BATHROOM? The coffeepot was teetering on the edge of the bathroom counter about 6 inches from the toilet. Eeew. I moved that sucker out to the desk in the room. And why isn't there a decent chair in the room? We had a straight back hard wooden chair and chair that I can only assume they found sitting by a dumpster. It was a 1980's low, low, low style swivel chair. DS did discover he could sit in it on his knees and push off on the wall and the bed and spin, spin, spin. Kind of like Disneyland right there in the room.

We did leave the room and do some fun things too. My batteries are charging, so I can't download my photos right now. I'll share the educational and historical things we did later.

I did learn a few things on this trip:

1. I think I do to much for DS. I usually make his breakfst on school days so he can wolf it down and head for school. At the hotel they had loaves of bread and a toaster. So, he wanted toast. First he asked which way the bread goes - right side up or up side down. "Uh - right side up", I decided. Which side of the toaster do you use- "Uh, it doesn't matter", I decided. What setting do you use? "Uh, 4?" I decided. Finally the toast was done - anyone knows what to do next, so I left him on his own while I got some cereal. That's when I watched him butter both of his pieces of toast and then, FLIP them over and buttter the other sides. I asked him why he was buttering both sides and he said, "Shouldn't I?" Me thinks I need to teach him some things....

2. Michael's has way too much cute stuff. DH needed a nap after our arrival, so DS and I went to Michael's across the parking lot. Oh my. Such Eastery cuteness. And lots of Clearance. Thank heavens we don't have one here....(Photos to come...) And thank heavens DH was not with me.....

3. Not all Goodwill's are created equal. We went to one that was icky, smelly and very high priced. And, people were buying cartloads of crap. The Goodwill that I go to occassionally a few towns over is clean and moderately priced. The Goodwill I visited in KS was HUGE, well stocked and very inexpensive.

4. A very bad name for your city's Water Treatment Plant is...."P" Street Water Treatment Plant. I didn't get a photo of that - wish I would have. DS laughed over that one for a long time.

'Til later -


  1. LOL about the toast! I totally agree about all thrifts of the same brand not being equal. Glad you're back!

  2. Welcome back to the land of bloggers. Can't wait to see your haul.

    Christopher is just now getting to the age where you CAN teach him to take care of himself. Boys are just not ready much younger than 10 or 11. I have been letting Dylan get his microwavable foods "ready" for some time, but just recently have taught him how to "manage" once it is cooked and hot. The one dandy thing about teaching them self sufficiency, is if YOU are sick they can fend for themselves.

  3. Anonymous9:53 PM

    Glad you are home and hope you had a great time! My ds is 12 and now knows how to make Ramen (sorta-he once BURNED THE PAN-we weren't home lol), toast he's mastered, he can handle box macaroni and cheese and is an EXPERT on eggs-scrambled or fried, tv dinners-EWWW, pizza rolls, canned soup (he eats it COLD right out of the can-usually w/o adding the can of required water...tuna fish, instant oatmeal, micro popcorn, his very special grilled cheese-2 toast in toaster-add slice of cheese and then put it in the MICROWAVE-double ewww! he made hamburgers and sometime when I was definitely MIA he made some sort of hamburger helper...more ewww. He kinda likes to help me but never has time do to his homework issues. He also knows how to operate the washing machine and dryer...not well but enough. It'll come but yeah, you do have to give him the PUSH.


  4. I decided today that this is the week that Jack starts learning to dress himself, so I totally understand the "doing too much for your kid" thing!

  5. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Glad you are back; I missed your blogs. Sounds like you had a good time. There is a Michaels near my house and I try to avoid it if possible so I don't buy too much.



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