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.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Saturday morning, The Bean and I got ready to go to a Fundraising Sale at the High School, two thrifts and any other yard sales we passd. As we got ready to leave, I reachd into the refrigerator for two bottles of water. They were not cold at all. In fact, they were practically tepid. Crap. I knew no one could come look at it until Monday and with the price of Service Calls, we could most likely just buy a new one. So, off to Lowe's we went instead. Luckily, Lowe's is less than a mile from our house.

We bought a bigger one than we had before, with adjustable shelves and lots of door hickeys that I am still trying to figure out what is what. I really, really wanted the one with the freezer on the botom, but we were trying to pinch pennies and didn't buy it. Now, I wish I would have gone the extra $200.00, because I would be a lot happier. Oh, well. I don't like the new couch either. I hate having to go buy out of complete necessity rather than shopping for what you want. We also had to buy one that was in stock rather than be ordered since the milk was at home curdling away. So, that narrowed the posibilities. (Did you know they have refrigerators that cost nearly $3,000.00?)

I had a lot of things inside the fridge that had to be tossed, which made me sick. I had just gone grocery shopping on Thursday. I am going to call the insurance company on Monday. We had a lot of storms and might have been struck by lightening. Not sure if they will help us or not. Everything in the freezer made it okay except for some ice cream, my beloved Pina Colada fruit bars and The Bean's Push-Pops.

The real job was removing the one million photos of the Bean and art projects from the outside of the old one. I had been planning on taking a lot of things of and "neaty-ing" it up a bit, but once again, I had to do it out of neccessity. I have a vintge fruit crate label collection that I have always had on magnets on the side of the fridge. Down they had to come to. But, last night, I had the idea to mount them all on a piece of Matte Board and then use two big magnets to attach the Matte Board to the fridge instead of all the individual labels.

As with all projects in my house, something has to get broken. My new bunny from the previous post was sitting ont he counter and for some reason, I just knew she would be "The Disaster of The Day". So, I put her up in the cabinet by the glasses so she would be safe. She made it through fine. I wish I could say the same for the junky bulletin board I posted about last week. DH knocked it off, broke the top ornamental piece and broke off the spindle on the right side. All the thumbtacks came out, popping off the buttons in proces which unraveled the ribbon which caused my mementos to shoot across the floor landing under a cabinet, the new fridge and the oven. *Sigh*

Today we are going to work in the garage installing new shelving that I bought with my yard sale proceeds. Stay tuned to see, "What My Husband Ruins". Could it be my tub of cherished vintage ornaments? My complete set of "Bobbsey Twins" books from my childhood? My Christmas Wreath encrusted with vintge Shiny Brites? Stay tuned, it will be something good, I just know.


  1. Oh crap! I'm sorry about the fridge mishap! I WISH our fridge would die!! It's over 20 years old and just keeps pluggin away! LOL! And far be it from me to buy one if this one ain't broken!! : )
    My mom and son both have fridges with freezers on the bottom and that's gonna be the next one in this house!


  2. Another great day with the spouse?

    I don't know if I WANT to know what HE broke this time. You need to title it, "As the stomach turns".

    Wonder how much you could barter dh for on Craiglist? :)

  3. I can definitely feel your pain... nothing worse than 'HAVING' to buy something out of necessity!!! Very seldom does it end up being something that you 'ever' have good feelings about!
    How did the 'shelf install' go?

    Remember: 'THINK SPRING'... it will ALL get better soon ^^I Hope!^^

  4. What a pain. Our fridge broke earlier in the year but as it was newish and still under warrantee whe had to wait for the guy to come yada yada yada and I had to get rid of so much it made me sick. I hate waste.

    Sorry your board got broken, can you fix it? And I LOVED the Bobbsey Twins! I read the ones that were my mothers and still fondly remember the one where they built the ice castle and put on the play. Sadly, all the books were lost in a flood. :(


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