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, May 07, 2008


Today, in the mail, I received my AAPR Membership Card.


I might not be a Spring Chicken, but I did post my photo yesterday and I am not close to being AARP age yet. ("Not that there's anything wrong with that," in the words of Jerry Seinfeld).

Man, my day just went in the toilet.


  1. Not sure if it will make you feel better or not, but I started getting them too, a few years ago when I turned 40. I still get stuff from them. Seniors do get some good discounts--might be worth holding on to Ü!

  2. Luckily DH is 5 yrs my elder, so I will always feel like 'the young chick' in our home!!! He's been getting AARP stuff for a couple of years now and I have a good time busting on him!

  3. Anonymous6:53 AM

    You can't join until age 50, but I think they start their mailings about 4 or 5 years before that momentous date!

    I keep throwing mine away.

  4. I'm an AARP member and proud of it! LOL! I started getting things a few years ago and it was quite a jolt to the system to see this stuff in the mailbox! Yikes! Now that I'm actually 50 I've decided that the numbers will officially cease to increase! There will be NO 51 this year! I will remain 50 for awhile! : )
    Don't fret...they're just trying to get you used to the idea a little at a time so when you finally DO turn 50 (eons from now) it won't come as quite a shock!



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