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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We Have Three Incredibly Fat Cats

You guys are so kind. Thanks for your kind words. I've always felt better after I put things on paper so my post yesterday was more for my own welfare more than anything. It's just that we went through all the motions to get him back into school and they were happy to have him and then he decides that he would rather home school. Yesterday I felt like a baffoon for doing all that for nothing, but today I realize that last year they said GO HOME and homeschool. This year they said WELCOME BACK and I said I think we will GO HOME. So, the choice is ours and I can let my bad feelings about the school go. Sort of. If it all wouldn't have happened last year, this would be happening this year. I am willing and able to do the homeschool thing, I was just surprised he wanted to keep doing it. But, he does, so we will.
I found an online Virtual Academy today that is part of the Arkansas Public school Sysytem. It is all done online and is completely FREE. They even have loaner computers and free internet if you need it. They are full right now as of today, but taking applications and adding people throughout the year as space permits. I think it would be an ideal fit four our family. But, I don't know if or when we will get accepted or not. I applied so we will wait and see. They do all the assignments online, you print it all out, follow the planner for the day and submit it back the next day. So, you cn do it 8-12 am or 8-12 pm if that fits your families schedule. They mail you a monthly box of books, papers and items needed for science like dirt and rocks. Oh, man it just sound perfect. Please, please, please, have an opening. There's a picnic and meet and greet for interested candidates, so if it sounds like he has a chance, we will get dressed up and put on a big goofy grin and be all charming. ;o)
My kid is pretty much my life, so this is consuming my thoughts and time right now. We now return to our junking and adventures.
I got a fancy new camera for my birthday and it takes gorgeous photos that I am dying to share with everyone. Expect I have no idea how to use it or download it or anything. It has bells and whistles and gears and lots of stuff. I did take some photos yesterday of the purple flowers on clover and it looks about as big as a tire. I also got a Photo Printer that I am excited to use and actually have real PRINTS in my hands instead of seeing everything digitally. I also got an MP3 player and a docking station. Welcome to the 21st Century, Shara! (On a side note, I bought an old cassette player at a yard sale this wekeend so I can listen to my old Whitesnake and Footloose cassettes. I'm not willing to go into the new century willingly!)
*I asked The Bean to title my post. This is what he came up with. Language Lesson complete. Kidding!


  1. I'm sure you already do this but...don't forget your public library as a fabulous resource for home schooling! And lots of libraries have free downloadable audio books for your new MP3 player. I listen to books all the time!

  2. That online thing sounds perfect! Wow, no wonder it's full--it sounds like a great deal. Fingers crossed that a spot will open up for you!!

    And I'm in the market for a new camera...what kind did you get?

  3. The online schooling sounds perfect...we have that in our town too and were thinking of enrolling Glenn's daughter. Haven't decided yet. She's already going to have to repeat her Sophmore year.

    I love Whitesnake!!!



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