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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Peek-a-boo - I See You!

I can see - sort of. My eyes are still dialated some. I like the idea of the machine Carol (Oliveoyl) talked about, but they didn't have that where I went. I told the doctor that I have difficulties coming out of the dialation and she said that was because of the colors of my eyes. Who knew! Apparently light to medium brown eyes take longer to come out of it. I am now a member of the Millenium as I now have disposable contacts. I still take them out at night, but I throw them away after two weeks. Now, that is against everything I have done the past *cough* 28 years *cough*. Throw a contact away - are you kidding me?????? I got a new prescription for eyeglasses, but didn't get them today since I couldn't SEE the frames after being dialated. That will wait for another day. Until then, the 80's will still rock on! And, I was wrong about my prescription - I am "only" a -9.50 and a -8.50. I think my glases are a -10.50 and a -9.50. The technician sat me in the chair and asked me to cover my left eye and read the smallest letter on the chart I could see and I said, "What chart?"

After the reading of the chart and the Glaucoma puff of air in yourieye thing (I HATE that) they sent me back out to sit in the lobby without contacts or glasses. I just sat there and other patients kept coming in and looking at me. I could see that they were people and if they talked I knew it was a man or a woman, but, other than that, I had no clue what was going on. I did notice that one of them seemed to be staring in my direction while I sat in my chair. I was siting in front of a blank wall, so there was no reason to stare that way except to look at me. And, since I knew they were looking at me, I must have been looking at them, even though I couldn't see them. So, now that I am home, I am convinced that I was giving the stink eye to one of DH's hillbilly family members, a long lost best friend or possibly even Angelina Joliee! Who knows???

Jennifer in Canada asked about my friends the Harp's and I really appreciate that gesture. Gerald is still on a ventilator - off and on. He can breathe on his own, but it is still difficult. They had him sedated for almost a week to allow his brain to heal. When he woke up he winked at his daughter and said her name. So, that all seems like a very, very good sign. I had been told that his wife had two broken arms and two broken legs, but the therapists are attempting to get her out of bed and moving this week. So, I don't know how accurate that first report was or if the breaks were minor (how minor can a broken arm and/or leg be?). On a lighter note, Gerald has a Secretary, Pam, that literally does everything for him and his family. At one point Vicki sat up in bed and demanded that someone call Pam IMMEDIATELY to take her home NOW! Pain killers make people do strange and often funny things. She also announced that this was the "worst cruise she had ever been on!". Oy. They still have a very, very long road ahead of them, but now I think they can make it.

I have been out of my house for a total of five hours in the past seven days. On the bright side, I have a ton of stuff marked and ready for the yard sale. I am sending Rebecca at Thrifty Goodness a thing or two and I have my eyes peeled for everyone else's requests. Svelte - I found a sweater clip - two gold owls with a pearl strand in between. I have some Vera scarves, but they are small and packed away. Wendy - I found a Currier and Ives divided dish and I have an awesome lid for a red pryex dish. I need to take a photo of that and put it on here in case anyone knows what it belongs to or on. I don't collect Pyrex at all, but I pick it up if the price is right. Oh yes, back to that whole being home for seven days stuff - I am sooo ready to get out of here! Tomorrow is the day! Have car and contacts - will travel!


  1. That red Pyrex lid--is it sort of square shaped but with rounded corners? The bowl for that lid comes in three colors that I know of: red, yellow and aqua (I have an aqua one!). There were I think 4 sizes of bowls in that style. The top rim is square shape but the base is round. The largest bowl (that the lid goes to) was sold at times with 4 smaller bowls and called a hostess set. Could be used as a salad bowl. I have a large aqua, a medium red, and a bunch of small (but not the smallest) yellows and reds. They are one of my most favorite Pyrex patterns!

    Oh, and if the lid is not what I described--then you just got a very useless Pyrex identification lesson! LOL

  2. Anonymous6:57 AM

    Shara- By now your eyes should be all better... HOPEFULLY!! I can sympathize, I have to wear glasses ALL the time due to problems that contacts can't correct. I picked up a GREAT old vintage pair of 50's Cat-eye prescription frames (metallic with rhinestones!!) at a sale dirt cheap. I took them to the guy that makes my lenses and asked if we could use them. He said they were a very good quality frame in good shape. He removed the old lenses from the frames, made an Rx pair of tinted lenses to fit the frames , so now I have a STYLING pair of Fun sunglasses - and saved myself about $150. on frames!!
    The owl S.C. sounds like a 'must-have'!! Believe it or not I don't have one like that, so whenever you are ready to part with it (and the VERA!!) just let me know and maybe we can arrange a swap 8-)!!
    S- (svelteSTUFF)

  3. Glad to hear the Harp's are doing a little better.

    You will love the disposable contacts. DS throws his away every 3 months and learned the HARD way why they are NOT to be worn overnight.


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