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, November 05, 2007

Nature's Crayola Box

I love Fall. It is my favorite time of the eyars. Long sleeves, jackets, sturdy shoes for adventures. Saturday The Bean and I went to the Battlefield Park. We go there a lot to play on the playground equipment or to walk the walking trail. Saturday we decided to read all the historical monuments and enjoy it the historical way. We have done it before, but we always enjoy it. I tell The Bean that many people travel hundreds if not thousands of miles to visit historical sites, paticularly actual battlefields, and we have one five miles from our house. I want him to appreciate that we are surounded by beauty, history and fascinating places. I have always taught him that it is more fun to go to the Battlefield or a Grist Mill or some other interesting place than to the movies, or the mall or Chuck E. Cheese. He likes those places too, but he'd rather be out seeing something "Cool".

The most awesome thing about the Battlefiled Park are the fabulous old trees in the park area around the old General House's and outbuildings. The colors never photograph as brilliant as they are in real life. But, they are still pretty.

I picked up this bouquet of leaves off the ground. I saw Martha smash the ends of leaves and soak them in Glycerin to preserve them once. Every year I think I will do it, but, I have never actually done it. Maybe next year?
The high today is to be near 80 degrees, but it will fall drastically throughout the night and only be 26 degrees in the morning. Talk about your frost on the pumpkin! Brrrr.


  1. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Your pictures are beautiful. Because we have been so hot this summer and in a severe drought, our leaves are way behind in turning this year. The city has even moved back the date where they will begin going around the city collecting raked leaves. Most leaves are still green whereas in a normal year, they would have turned and be half on the ground by now.


  2. Our trees have started loosing leaves, but they are still green. They are as confused as the rest of us with this mild, beautiful weather. Oh how things will change tomorrow. I have been soaking up every ray of sunshine I can for the past several days.

    Always love your pics, they are like a painting.

  3. Oh Shara, thanks for posting the pictures!! I so miss the changing leaves! Beautiful pictures!



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