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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Blends Right In

The neighboring town to mine is a college town, very trendy with a lot of treehuggers and earthy people. The town has a lot of ordinances about signs, building codes, etc. Signs cannot be over a certain height, there has to be a certain amount of trees in every parking lot. I think there has to be one tree for every twenty five cars or something close to that figure. Buildings have to be made of natural materials, no steel and glass monsters lurking on the streets. Every intersection on the Interstate has flowers and landscaping. It is a beautiful town.

So, one of the cellphone companies needed to install a new cellphone tower. They had codes to be met and it needed to "blend into the surroundings."

Can you find it???????

Here's a hit: It's right beside the two story firestation. Come on. Isn't it riduculous? It's like something you would see in Disneyland or some fantasyland. Crazeee. This is Arkansas - not a lot of giant Redwoods in the woods. It's way on the other side of town, but we have mde three trips over there just to laugh at it. I say they should throw some tire sized ornaments on it and some full sized light bulbs and light that baby up for the holidays.

About six years ago I wrote the Tootsie Roll company asking them to please, please, please consider making bags of Vanilla Tootsie Rolls. You can by the cocolate Tootsie Rolls and you can buy the bags of fruity flavored ones too. In the fruity bags, there is usually about six of the blue wrapped Vanilla Tootsie Rolls. True bliss. I received a letter stating they had no plans of selling bags of Vanilla Tootsie Rolls but they appreciated my patronage. Blah, blah, blah.

Well, I guess they had a second thought after all:

****Angel Chorus****

This will be on my "look for" list on the day after Halloween. I do not need anymore decorations, but I will be out looking for useable items. I noticed that Target had an entire aisle of Halloween themed useable items - Cheetos, Chex Mix, Bounty paper towels, Mardi Gras napkins, Jones Soda (not too sure about Candy Corn soda though) and lots of other things. The Chex Mix just had a monster on the bag, so it's not funky flavored or anything. I "make" Chex Mix every year at Christmas. Here's the recipe: Open bag, dump in bowl Viola!


  1. Wha? Where? I don't see anything out of the ordinary. :D I'm with you on the Christmas tree idea--they should have just turned it into some giant piece of modern art and played it up, instead of making it look completely ridiculous.

  2. It IS a piece of modern art, Heidi. It's a giant mascara brush stuck in the ground.
    Gotta love city codes and regulations.

  3. Sandy and I had the same thought, that it looked like a giant mascara brush. RIDICULOUS on both parts, city regulations and that monstrosity.

    I am going to look out for some of those vanilla tootsies. YUMMO!!!!

  4. Anonymous6:51 PM

    Thanks for reminding me about the Halloween stuff going on sale at Target...hopefully soon. I have not noticed the vanilla Tootsie Rolls, but I will be on the look for them now! How many bags have you bought so far?


    Hope the Bean is still feeling better.

  5. Shara, you crack me up!!

    In my neck of the woods, the cell phone towers are disguised as palm trees. Much more realistic than that mascara-brush-pine-tree-wannabe.


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