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.

Monday, September 08, 2008


Last Friday half of the front of our house got ripped off. Literally. Gone. When our house was built in 1993, for some insane reason, they didn't put guttering or an overhang on it. So, for all those years, every time it rains, the rain has ran down the siding and under the siding, causing the particle board to rot over time. Oh joy. Just what everyone wants - rotten walls. But, they are being fixed and we are having guttering installed, so the problem will be over soon. I suppose once you have lived in the same house for 14 years, things start to go wonky and you have to do some work on it. We are the talk of the neighborhood - everyone keeps showing up asking what is going on? and why are we doing this to our house?
I installed a new porch light fixture yesterday which spruced things up too. It looks like an old railroad lantern. I got it on clearance at Lowe's for $3.00 marked down from nearly $50.00. I love the Clearance at Lowe's - they go bananas and just mark things a few dollars to move it out. I've replaced nearly every light fixture and outlet cover recently by finding things on clearance at Lowe's. I also bought new house numbers and a HUGE rusty looking star for the front porch. We are going to paint the front door, garage and shutters a new matching color too. I am leaning towards a charcoal gray.
To make me not remember that my house is being ripped apart - I present to you some diversions.
Found at The Dollar Tree today:

A box of candy boogers. We haven't eaten any, nor do we plan to eat any. The gross factor is just a little too eeeeeeew.
Does anyone watch Drake and Josh on Nickelodeon? This boy, Josh Peck, is one their. He was once a cute chubby kid, then he returned one summer and had lost some weight and gotten taller. He was still a teenager and just a good looking kid. But, then this happened:
Ha-cha-cha. He got HOT! Smokin' hot. He was answering phones on "Stand Up To Cancer" the other night and I was the only one that recognized him. Yowza.

Let's see......a few more diversions. Here's a funny story. The Bean has a Kajeet phone which is a phone for kids. The parents control the time and the money based on behavior, grades, etc. We got it for free as a Beta tester two years ago. Since we were beta testers, they set up the account under The Bean's name and not mine. I've never had to contact them for any reason. Until today. The Bean asked for a new camera phone for his birthday and I needed to activate it. But, the Kajeet dude wouldn't let me access the account since it was in The Bean's name. He wanted to talk to the Bean and get his permission to let me access his account. The entire purpose of Kajeet is for the parent to control the phone - not the kid! Since I wouldn't let The Bean talk to the dude (just because I was feeling pissy about the whole thing), I made my husband call them later and pretend to be The Bean. The Kajeet dude kept asking him, "How old are you?" "What is your favorite subject?" It was really quite comical seeing my husband pretend to be thirteen. Right before he was finished he said, "Can you add my Mom to my account so I don't have to do this next time?" Great, now I am my husband's Mom.

Hmmm..what else? Yeterday I was headed into the bathroom when I made a sharp left to go through the doorway and three of the toes on my right foot went with me, but two went to the other side of the door jamb. Ouch. I have the purplest toe ever and it hurts. And, did you ever notice that when you have an injury like a broken toe that you tend to drop things on it, stub it and even your family tends to step on it???????

I've made a few changes to my blog concerning comments. No more Anonymous comments. 99% of the comments I get are not Anonymous, but the few that I do get are sometimes not so nice. Especially concerning a few posts I made a year ago or so about the D*uggar family. So, I am hoping if anyone really wants to make a good useful comment, they will become a registered user. I really don't see the point in leaving a hurtful comment on a blog when that person will most likely not be returning to follow up on it anyway. It's just hurtful and makes me feel violated in my blogworld. Also, if you don't have an email attached to your account when you comment, I can't follow up on your comment. So, if you make a comment or have a question and don't hear back from me (or from anyone else's blog, for that matter)- you probably don't have an email attached to your profile.

So, how's that for a random post - house repairs, boogers, a hottie, a phone story, a broken toe and a bunch of whining by ME!


  1. Is your next career going to be as an electrician? KUDOS!!

  2. I cannot even believe that is the same kid. I mean CAN.NOT.BELIEVE. LOL

    P.S. Even if they have an email address on their profiles they must tick the box to make that email address available to the blog owner or you never see it.

  3. We used to have some cute little neighborhood kids who found my husband fascinating. They would ring our doorbell and ask me if he could come out and play. Gave me that same funny feeling as hearing yours refer to you as mom!

  4. OMG...that does not even look like the same kid...can you say "HOT".??? I'm cracking up about your husband pretending to be 13...and you're his mom!!!! What a riot!


  5. Hi, It has been quite awhile since I have commented. I haven't been writing on my own blog for a long time either.
    Anyway, I noticed your love of Lowe's clearance and my Mom used to work for them. Here is a little tidbit that may work for you in the future. Try to ask them to lower the clearance price. Sometimes you will get the right person who can make that decision and they will give it to you for less than cheap! Sometimes it works and sometimes they are sticklers. But they are told to get the stuff out of their inventory so it doesn't hurt to try. If you love plants then shop the clearance plants too!

  6. My girls watch that show and I noticed he had lost some weight, But wow he looks WOO WOO in that picture, crazy! I am pretty sure Money Helps:)

  7. I have the same porch light as you do! I have three of them. I bought them at full price, and I know they were much cheaper than $50.00 each. But they look really good.
    I think it's funny that the phone guy had to talk to the Bean - my daughter's phone is paid for by her grandparents and when it broke last year, I couldn't authorize the repair but she could. I was surprised that a 15 year old girl could authorize something, but that's the way it is now.
    Be careful with that toe! I know how bad they hurt, I strongly suggest you go to the doctor if it doesn't get better soon. I ignored a similar situation once, and it turned out that my foot bones were damaged along with the toes. Not fun!

  8. I hear ya on the Lowe's clearance. I picked up Layla a really cute curtain rod (I can never find any for Blake because we have huge windows and would need two for his room. She only has one window). DF also got a new faucet for the bathroom that was $178 for $48.

    And Josh defiantly has changed A LOT!


    WOW he all growed up!!!


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