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, March 12, 2007

I (Heart) Muscinex

Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes. I think *maybe* I am going to live. I took a three hour nap today which is only about the second nap I have had in the past ten years or so. My chest is still rhaspy and my head is congested, but at least my thinking is a bit clearer today. I appreciate everyone's kind words.

We are planning a little getaway next week for two nights. Just over the mountain to a neighboring town. But, I do so enjoy a night or two in a hotel with no obligations of laundry or cleaning. Go ahead, drop those chip crumbs on the carpet - no worries. We are staying in a room near the pool and hot tub. DS loves the hot tub. I find them to be big bacteria pits. DH and I got in it last summer and then this other couple showed up in itty bitty swim suits and asked if they could "join us". Eeeww. We got out of there. We are going on a trolley ride and to a museum and do some shopping. I've already "Googled" THRIFT STORES and have my route planned. The three of us will go Tuesday and my Mom and StepDad will join us on Wednesday. The men will return home to feed the cats and dogs and go to work and be responsible, while my Mom, DS and I hang out in the hotel and do a little sight seeing of our own. Then we will come on home the next afternoon. It's only a little over an hour away, so driving home will be quick and easy.

We are planning on going to Branson this summer. We are going to see the Titanic Museum. The building is a replica of the ship and there are lots of artifacts and a real iceberg. How cool is that? (Well, pretty cool I suppose considering it is an iceberg.....) You get to stand on the Grand Staircase and take photos. I think it might be an emotional place once I get there. We plan on visiting the Wax Museum as well. Stay tuned for photos of my family with famous waxy folk! I have "Googled" thrift stores in Branson too. We have this tradition of going thrifting loking for a shirt from the town we are staying in rather than forking out $20.00 for a souvenir. We got DS a nice shirt in Tulsa from the Aquarium for 50¢ and we had just been to the Aquarium and seen them for $24.99. I keep thinking DS will outgrow it and say, "Mommmmmmmmmmm...I want a new shirt." But, he knows the extra $24.00 we save on the shirt will go towards something else fun.

Two comments - What the hell was Congress thinking moving Daylight Savings Time this early? The sun was just cresting over the horizon when we had to leave for school this morning. It is dark far too late in the morning when kids are waiting for the school bus and such.

And also, Regis announced that he is having heart bypass surgery this week and will be gone for quite awhile. I just love Regis. He is so sweet and honest and a really good man. I think I have spent more quality time with him each morning the past ten years than I have with any adult man in my family in the past ten years. So, come back to me Regis! I need my laughs in the morning! Take Care.


  1. Hi Shara--glad to hear you're feeling a little better and got some rest. Did you resolve your picture problem?? I had that happen to me once, the whole toolbar got missing. I read through some trouble shooting and it ended up I had way tooo many days in my history, once I deleted all that, and rebooted my toolbar was back up and running again to upload pictures.

    Your little trip sounds like fun, everyone needs a getaway from it all from time to time.


  2. Shara - Glad you're feeling better. Your trips sound fun. Have you tried searching for thrifts on this site: http://www.thethriftshopper.com/index.htm
    It's great for when I go visit my mom and need a new place to thrift!

  3. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Shara: Glad you're feeling better. Bronchitis is awful. I too will miss Regis. I saw the show yesterday and he seemed a little nervous (I would be too!) and Kelly cracked me up with her talk of giving him a sponge bath. Last week when Jeff Propt (from Survivor) was on, he was really funny, I'd like to see him on more while Regis is gone. Anderson Cooper was cute today, but not very funny. Oh well. Libby

  4. Sharra, I hate that you've been so sick! But you seem to be improving, which is a good thing.
    I usually try to find thrift stores when we travel - which is usually back Home to Texas. But I think I need to follow your tradition of thrifting for shirts - DD paid over $20 at SeaWorld last summer for one shirt. And the Acquarium here (Tulsa area) is nice but the shirts of so overpriced! You have inspired me.
    Feel better soon.


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