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, July 25, 2007

I'm Still Here

As it was pointed out to me by Ms. Oliveoyl, I have been AWOL. It seems that I have been really, really busy doing nothing blogworthy. Case in point, we have had plumbing issues in the kitchen. I don't have a dishwasher which is a SIN, in fact, I have never had a dishwasher in my entire life. So, when I have to wash dishes, the sink stops up and it won't drain and it ends up taking me hours to do the damn dishes. Which, in turn, makes me, slightly less than desireable to be around. Read - cranky. So, the Roto Rooter guy is out there snaking the drain as I write this post. (On a side note - Mr. Rooter is Fine.)

I did got to several sales and the thrift last weekend. Now, a few days later, I don't even remember what I bought. I tend to do that - get all wound up about my finds, then a day or so later, they seem most unremarkeable. I need to remember that when I am shopping and not just buy, buy, buy. The last sale of the day had a box at the end of the driveway with a sign on it that read "EVERYTHING IS FREE". I assummed that meant the things in the box was free, but EVERYTHING was free. Luckily, there wasn't much that interested me. I did get about 60 brand new hardcover books that I passed on to my Mom and Step-Dad. They are readers in the truest sense of the word. There were two shoes that had been decorated sitting on a table. I mean, these things were frug-ly. I would not have spent good money for them, but since they were free, DS grabbed them. See for yourself:
What were they thinking????

On Monday the mail lady delivered a most delightful box of goodies. I didn't recognize the address at all and was surprised to find a box of goodies and an Anniversary card from one of my readers and fellow YSQ memeber, Sveltestuff. She said it wasn't right that I had to host a giveaway when it was my 300th post Anniversary. So sweet! She sent metwo pieces of matte white pottery for my ever-growing collection, a pink and green crocheted potholder that she said was "almost a watermelon" and three fun little vintage Santas. She also sent DS a bundle of keychains for his collection and a bookmark. He was very excited to get goodies and I thank her for including him.

We're off to Chuck E. Cheese after the Roto Rooter guy leaves. I have been saving coupons off the back of the CEC String Chees packages. We have 108 tokens to spend. The boys will play the arcade games and I will bowl and maybe, just maybe, sneak off to the thrift that happens to be in the same parking lot. Hmmm....

Have a great day!


  1. I meant to ask in my email if Mr. Rooter was good looking, but you answered that.

    Yep, thems some frug-ly shoes alright. Looking at the first pic, I was wondering,"what were they thinking". Scroll down and that was YOUR exact comment too.

    Great minds think alike.


  2. Anonymous2:33 PM

    OMG, Shara you are hysterical!
    Those are the FUGLIEST chatckes I ever saw and I can't believe someone spent time and money on them...Glue guns should be kept out of some peoples hands...I would LIST THEM on ETSY :-).

    I would buy a dishwasher at a GS-once you haveone you will LOVE it forever...PLUS there can be a whole NEW place to put fridgetaor magnets and the hangy thinds w/ potholders one! YOU DESERVE it!


    ps-i will be thinking of you next week while you are on VACATION at home w/ your beloved....bwwwwaaaahaaa (evil laugh)

  3. I was wondering where you had wandered off to! LOL

    Those shoes are without a doubt the UGLIEST things I've ever seen. They almost make me weep. Damn.

  4. Anonymous7:10 PM

    I had wondered where you had been. My MIL would have loved those shoes...enough said.

    I think that they boys need to play the arcade games by themselves and you would just be in the way. Maybe you can find something close by like that thrift store to go to.

    Have fun.


  5. Hey Shara, I share your Duggar obsession and your thrifting obsession. :) I was wondering if the newest Duggar had been born yet? Will you post about when she is born? Plleeeaaseee.... :)

  6. Anonymous2:39 AM

    Glad you are back!
    Those are some nasty shoes!
    Glue Guns should have a license when we see then abused in this manner (LOL!)

  7. Yep....wondered where your cute little self had gotten to! :)
    And I have to go along with everyone else....NOT a nice lookin' couple of shoes you have there! So glad you got them for free!! Perhaps something for YSQ's Christmas exchange!!!


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