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, July 02, 2007

Rain, Rain,Go AWAY

I hate the heat. Summer is not my friend. Give me air conditioning, dark rooms and a fan or two and I am a happy camper. (Not that I would go camping - but you get my drift.) But, this summer has been icky, wet, damp and down right yucky. It rains buckets several times a day even when the sun is trying to shine. Sometimes it gets hot afterwards, but for the most part, it has been geting cool in the evenings. That part I would enjoy, if it was dry enough to go outside.

This afternoon it rained. It poured. It rained cats and dogs. You couldn't see across the street. Cars could barely drive. It was terrible. I was lucky enough to be home and inside. (Well, lucky if laying on the couch clutching a coffee can with a nasty case of the stomach bug is lucky).

Once it stopped raining we went outside to have a look around at what is normally our front yard.
You're only a kid once, so we let DS have a swim in the ditch. Before long, the rest of the neighbor kids came out to play too.
There is rain in the forecast every day for the next week. Eh gads.


Here are my most recent finds. I say my latest finds because they are just that - found items. In my own home. I am on a cleaning binge, gathering for a yard sale and donating the rest. But, every once in awhile amist the "pile" that is my ebay room - I find a treasure and it makes all the hard work totally worth it. So far I have found, two Matte White Pottery pieces for my collection, a fantatic old Santa, four old blown glass candles, a heavy old Stork planter, a sweet pink Dakin Mouse, a fun old stuffed poodle, a stuffed dog with a rubber face and a fastastic fabric covered dollhouse couch that I swear I have never laid eyes on before now. Gremlins? (Outrageous, yes, Mumsie?) I'm halfway throgh the pile so I'm sure I'll find more treasures down the line.


Tuesday, July 3rd is my Mom and Step Dad's 15th Anniversary. It's funny that I've been married a year longer than my own Mother! Happy Anniversary!


Just as news on my friends the Harp's continues to improve after their accident, I heard of a death of one of our best teachers. She was killed in a car wreck this weekend in nearly an identical sort of wreck as the Harp's accident. She was only 29 years old, and even sadder, she was 8 1/2 months pregnant with a baby girl. Her husband is in very critical condition as well. She was the Drama teacher at the high school and everyone knew her. Her husband is the Band Director at the next small town over. only mention this as I think that as each one of you read it, it sends a thought to the family. In the six years we've been in this school system, we have lost three students and now a teacher. It is all so very sad.


  1. Thoughts and prayers to that family.

    You don't even have to know a teacher personally to feel touched by the tragedy. Just think of all the students lives she has touched, but sadly all the ones that will miss out on her education.

    One town over from me lost 3 teachers from the same elementary school. They were going to pick peaches and tragically lost control of the car on a rain slick road. One of the ladies husbands was waiting for them at their destination and he was talking to her(passenger) on the phone and heard the whole thing.

    I wish when I was cleaning that I would find treasures like you did. Unfortunately all I am finding is my buying regrets. Some things I have to wonder what I was thinking when I bought the piece of crap.

  2. WOW! That's lots of rain! Living in the desert we don't see ANY rain for months on end and I'd love to see just a sprinkle! Supposed to be 108 here today...dry and sunny. *sigh*
    So sad to hear of the teacher's accident. Just so tragic!
    Our high school is pretty big...dd's Freshman class started out with almost 600 kids...graduated with 350+. Every year there are several kids who are killed and it's just so senseless. Alot from accidents, most from suicide. Just can't figure it out!
    Take care of that precious son of yours! He's a doll and looks like he's having so much fun swimming in the ditch! Ah...memories!!! LOL

  3. First and foremost--prayers going out to your teacher's family. It's a terrible tragedy. :(

    Secondly--my oh my--look at that rain!! DS does look like he's having a blast. To be a kid again :)


  4. That is so sad about the teacher and her family. So, so sad.

    Just found your blog and am enjoying it - I love what you've done with your plants! I have very different decorating taste in my house, but also love old linens and old dishes - I'd buy a set old thrift store dishes every week if I could!


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