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, June 21, 2007

Nifty Thrift Thursday

I hadn't been thrifting in nearly two weeks so today was the day. But, I had to show restraint. And I think I did pretty good in that department. Showing restraint was my rule - the house is full and I am preparing for the YARD SALE OF THE YEAR so I needn't drag more crap into the house. But, we all know how that goes - I found some things that made the cut and came home anyway. But,compared to my usual piles, I did pretty good.

I went to the Super Cheap Thrift Store this morning. We got there with only 45 minutes left until closing time. They are only open 9-12 Tuesday and Thursday and 10-2 on Saturday. So, it is difficult to arrange my schedule with theirs. They should be more flexible, I say.

DS found some sort of 200 Science Project Electronic Experimental thingamabob with batteries and wires and fuses and I don't know what all. I expect to have him in the Emergency Room in the next 24 hours with a jolt. That was $2.50. He also got an Egyptian tomb book complete with a solid sand sarcophagus that you chisel away until you find the skeletal remains of a mummy. Well allrightythen. I remember the good old days when he brought home Barney dolls and Hot Wheels Cars. Tyat little jewel was 75¢.

I got a Pot O' Cookies Cookie jar sans the lid, but I will most likely put a plant in it or some of my old kitchen utensils for 10¢, tiny trophy that reads "WORLD'S GREATEST LIAR" for 15¢ (to be used at my discretion for any family member), Old tin with flowers for 10¢, Chinese hat complete with ponytail for 25¢ (I spotted this very same hat at a sale last week for $2.50), wooden beehive with bee for 45¢, old metal cheese grater for 10¢ (these make great votive candle lanterns) and the green glass egg/relish dish for 45¢. I thought the egg dish would have to have a chip or a crack at that price, but it is very heavy and in perfect condition.

Oh, what's that in the back, you ask? That, my friends, is the cutest darn little high chair ever. It is for a doll. All wooden with the red back and tray complete with dutch dancing couple. I have another one already that I thought was the same size, but mine is missing the tray. When I got home, I discovered the other one is half the size so I will sell it and keep this one. Does a grown woman need a doll high chair? Yes. Yep. Uh-huh. Yes, sirree Bob. You betcha. Oh yes, I forgot to mention - that was from a different thrift that I rarely frequent for the princely sum of $5.00. Sigh.

When we returned home, I noticed the house felt stuffy. I checked the temperature and it was warm in here. I checked the cental air unit and it was encrusted in ice. We had freon added not too long ago, so that worries me. I am hoping for a small leak in a pipe - a bit of sautering and it will be fixed. Yea, that's the ticket. (Cross your fingers). First the truck, then my contact, now the A/C. When it rains, it pours.

Our garden is growing at leaps and bounds. In Arkansas we have this terribly rocky red dirt and it is nearly impossible to grow anything in it because you simply cannot dig into it to plant anything in the first place. When they built our house, they brought in truck after truck of rich black dirt. You can dig down for about six feet before you even hit a pebble. We've always wanted a garden, but never done much more than a few tomato plants. This year we planted cucumbers, zuchinni, red and orange bell peppers and cherry, roma and beefsteak tomatoes.

Cucumbers. If every one of those yellow flowers makes a cucumber I'm gonna have more cucumbers that Vlasic.

Zuchinni. I like it grilled, in stir fry and an occasional zuchinni lasagna.
Tomatoes. They are still small and green. But, they are coming!

We didn't even plant this giant vine. It came up "Volunteer" according to Hillbilly Husband. We tossed out our rotten Halloween pumpkin last year and now we seem to have ourselves a Punkin Patch. We have corn planted too, but I failed to photograph it or the Bell Peppers.

I planted about 1o packages of sunflower seeds. This is the only seed that, apparently, the birds didn't dig up and eat.


  1. My late husband made a zucchini casserole that was divine. He also made a chocolate zucchini cake that was so moist and rich. I would be happy to share either recipe if you're interested.

  2. I have several of those old cheese graters that I was using to make windchimes out of. Now I see them in a different "light" since you mentioned the tea light idea. You so smart!!!


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