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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A State of Thanks

I wanted to thank everyone for all the great homework help that I have been receiving through comments and in my INBOX. My head is swimming with rubber band balls, State Muffins and other oddities. The Bean and I are going to the library next week so we can sit side by side at two computers and "Google" our hearts out learning about all these interesting places. For years we have discussed renting an RV and going out in search of the biggest this and the biggest that and buildings shaped like hot dogs and baskets. Wouldn't that be fun? But, with the cost of gas right now, I think we will go on a virtual vacation this year.
I appreciate all the time that everyone has taken to help us out. I know I promised a giveaway, and I will get to that on Saturday morning, but I think that even if I wouldn't have promised a prize, that my loyal blog buddies would have helped me out. I have felt so alone and dejected since the whole "school issue" that it has really done my heart well to know that people care about me and The Bean and his education. So, thank you. Very much. And to all you first time commenters, thanks for reading this blog! And keep on commenting!
I really hate a post without a photo, but Blogger doesn't seem to want to upload any photos tonight. So, insert a photo in your mind here.
Oh, that's a nice one! Good job!


  1. Hi Shara, I learned a lot reading your comments too. I just wanted to let you know that I have a giveaway going on at my blog...come on over!

  2. Buildings in weird shapes?! Check out Longaberger's Headquarters!! I had never seen or heard about it before, then one day during a road trip... on the horizon... we spotted it for the first time! Even DH (structural engineer) was impressed!

  3. Huh? I must have missed the part about there being a giveaway! LOL
    I learned alot also just by reading the comments! Amazing what's out there when you really start to look! Have fun learning about all of the great things in our country!

  4. I didn't know that it was a giveaway, I would still have commented though. Since I won one of your contests last year, why don't you take my name out of the drawing? That way, someone else can win that hasn't already. I don't want to keep anyone else from winning, since you always have such wonderful prizes. DD still have the stuffed otter, she loves it.

  5. Anonymous9:49 AM

    I had fun doing it...
    There is so much that MN has to offer, both Annette and I just touched on a few of the highlights. I love just meandering through the small rural towns.
    So much history in the beautiful old houses. I don't think either of us touched on Duluth, it's another amazing city here, with the Glensheen Mansion and its history, and the huge ships that come to Duluth via the Great Lakes.


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