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.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Little Lady

This afternoon our little kitty girl, Little Lady, seemed to have a seizure. She was asleep in her bed while we were watching "A Wrinkle In Time". Suddenly, I heard what I thought was her banging on the window with her paw at a bird or something. But, I couldn't see her sticking out of her bed, so I went to check on her. She was seized up and had her head back convulsing. I got her out of her bed (it's on a shelf up high so she can look out the window) and laid her on the floor in a blanket. She started drooling while she was convulsing. I was completely freaking out, thinking I was losing her. I begged her not to leave me and to just let it pass. After the convulsions stopped, I wrapped her up in the blanket and held her, but then she moaned to be let down. I set her down and she tumbled over to her side. I picked her back up and went to get the phone to call the vet. While I was looking up the number, she cried like she usually does when she wants down and sort of kicked off my chest. I laid her in the floor and she just popped up like her normal self. She ran to her food bowl, ate some dry food, took a nice long drink of water, walked into the living room and started playing with her toy mouse. Just like that. It was amazing. I have been staring at her for about six hours since this happened and she seems to be fine. I researched it a bit on line and it said that cats sometimes have seizures when their brain switches over in their sleep. I will be watching her like a hawk and will take her in if anything looks out of the ordinary. I don't want to blog about my cats like a crazy cat lady, but she is my sweet girl and it really upset me. The Bean handled it okay while it was happening, but completely dissolved into tears when she was back to herself. He is a very sensitive kid and loves our cats too. Hopefully, all will be well. But, I will be nervous for a long time.
A few recent thrifty finds to clear the mind:
A set of circus themed cookie cutters. The plastic is a red and white mottled color and appear to be fairly old.

Children's Book of Knowledge from 1959 - I bought it for the great old illustrations and the pages about "Computer Brains of the Future" which describes (sort of) modern day computers and Internet. Sort of. The green glass dish isn't marked, but looks like it could or should be something. The little trick or treat pumpkin had the itty bity pumpkin candle inside it, so I grabbed them both. The funny Santa was cute for 10¢, but mostly made me giddy realizing that the Super Cheap Thrift was putting their Christmas stuff out NOW!

There wasn't a ton of Christmas, but since they are putting it out already, I know that must mean they have a ton to put out. This is a very old town with very old houses and lots of cool vintage trinkets being donated daily. The 1968 Empire blow mold Santa was 50¢ (yes, Sue, another one for the Army), the stacking boxes were 45¢ and the Pfaltzgraff dish set was 75¢. That is destined for resale, if it's worth it.
We picked about 50 lbs. of apples yesterday, so I am off to Google apple recipes. And check on the kitty girl. G'Nite.


  1. How scary! I'm so glad your kitty girl is better--hope it never happens again. You and the Bean did good, it's quite all right to fall apart afterward!

    Use some of those apples for tarte tatin, it is the best!

  2. Oh, the story of your 'kitty scare' just about brought tears to my eyes! I KNOW how heartbreaking it is!!

    How did a member of MY army go AWOL???

  3. Argh, sick cats are the pits, hopefully she is ok now.

  4. If it makes you feel better, my kitty did this once - completely freaked me out - was fine and never did it again. She lived for many years after (til she was 16 or 17 - a good long life!) My retirement plan is to be a crazy cat lady (but a clean, sane one) so none of this sounds crazy to me. Loved your comment on my blog today...LOL!

  5. Shara - I tagged you for a meme - visit my blog to check it out! Hope your baby girl is on the mend.

  6. Your cat looks so much like mine! I would have been totally FREAKING out if that happened to my kitty - I totally understand. We nearly lost our precious kitty and are eternally grateful to our vet for saving his life. He is our miracle kitty cat - exactly 10 years ago yesterday he came to live at our house. 10 wonderful years of ultimate kittylove -and hopefully many, many more to come!


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