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.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday Field Trip

The Bean and I took out on a Friday Field Trip yesterday. Our first step was a Public Library about 25 miles away. I'm not sure how they got it, but somehow they snagged the model of Rexy from Night at the Museum. It's not the life sized model, but the model they used in the computer stuff. He's still pretty good sized - about 20 feet long or so.

I also taught him how to use the "Card Catalog". I use quotes becuase it really doesn't even exist anymore - it's all computerized. Sort of sad. I'd like to have one of those card catalog cabinets to suet the TV on.....Oh, what? Sorry. Miss Thrift took over. I can't believe they don't reach them how to use the Card Catalog anymore!

After we left the library, we passed this sign:

No big deal to most of you, but it's the only one in the STATE and we had never seen it before yesterday. Did we stop?

Oh, yea.
The guy behind the counter gave The Bean a quick rundown of how they make the donuts. Educational, no?

Next stop - an old railroad car. We read about and learned a bit about the Frisco Railroad and what they transported from this area. (Apples, if you are playing along at home).

Across the brick street from the railroad car was the "Dollar Saver". It is in an incredibly old falling down historical building and has been there forever. I hadn't been in there for over 20 years. I remember the back corner was the fabric corner - rows of wooden racks with bolts of material and a cabinet full of embroidery floss and buttons in the back corner. I could remember it like it was yesterday. It looked just like this:

Seriously, it had not changed one itty bity bit. I think it was the same material even! Time warp!

What's that? In the corner????? Could it be the real thing? And only $129.00!

Hey! How'd they get my wedding picture???????

(If I was rich, I would buy this).

On the way home, The Bean snapped photos of clouds for Monday's "Cloud Identity" lesson.

It was a good day.

And, yes, we went thrifitng. But, I'll save that for the next post.


  1. You might check with Krispy Kreme to see if they have tours. The one in Tulsa does, Otter went on it a few years ago with school but they might have a home-school tour or even just individual tours. That way the Bean could see the donuts being made, when Otter went they all got to decorate one themselves and the manager even made her a special one since she's chocolate allergic. I'll bet that if you ask, they'll have a tour. Fun and educational!

  2. Anonymous4:41 PM

    What a fun day! It looks like you and Bean make your way around. You are like me, I always seems to be able to fit a few thrifting stores in!


  3. Hey, this is the second blog I've read today that made reference to Krispy Kreme! Must be a sign! *lol*
    Looks like you two had a fabulous day!


  4. Sounds like a super fun day, thrifting at all! I'm just sorry that big red "doughnuts are hot now" sign wasn't lit up for you. Maybe you lucked in to some hot doughtnuts once inside?

  5. I love that picture of the monkey! My Mom and I have a running joke she says I look like a monkey I say she looks like a Gorilla and we both have a good laugh. Well if I had the money and she had the room to keep it I would get that picture too for her. She would probably say oh when did you wear a dress?!? You look so pretty in it!!

    I have never eaten a krispy kreme doughnut. They look good (and pricey) but I will someday I'm sure. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are rare around here too in Oregon. I have only seen one place. I like the safeway doughnuts myself, and there is a place in Portland Oregon that is called Voodoo Doughnuts that has the best ones IMO. They have unique doughnuts too like one is a maple bar with strips of bacon on top. Mmm looks good! And a voodoo guy one (of course!) that has X's for eyes, a preztel stick stabbing his heart, chocolate frosting on top and raspberry filling for guts. Delish. Anyway that is enough talk about that for one comment!

    Here is their site:

    Oh yeah my GW has some crafts but it's rare too, it mostly has greeting cards. You can always be creative! Someone suggested getting game pieces from old board games and gluing them on stuff pretty much lol. Like blocks and inside boxes. Anyway see you around Shara.


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