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, November 03, 2008

Election Day Celebrations

I have a nasty habit. A habit that costs me money and clutters up my house. A habit that temps me several times a week. No, it's not the thrifting habit that you all know about. It's a deep dark secret. Deep breath. I am addicted to Claw Machines. Yes, I said it. I have been stuffing quarters in the claw machine for years. It used to cost a quarter to play, then it jumped up to fifty cents and now, gulp (!) some of them even cost an entire dollar to play! I am more selective now when I play, trying to only get the bigger, nicer items. I have an uncanny knack to win nearly every time and more times than I can remember, I have drug two and even three items over in one scoop of the claw. I don't drink, smoke or gamble, so what's a couple bucks in the claw machine?

A few weeks ago, I spotted a John McCain doll in the claw machine. I slid a dollar into the slot and won him!

I kept commenting that I wished there was an Obama in the machine, but there wasn't then and hadn't been one in there since.

Until last Friday. There was a Hillary and two Obama's in the machine. Getting close to election day, they had placed them in places that were easy to get. A man ahead of me managed to get Hillary. But,that's okay, I got Obama.

The Bean knows that tomorrow is an important day - a historical day that will go in the history books. So, I want him to keep John McCain and Barack Obama for his kids someday. (Wouldn't I like to have a JFK doll now?)

There will be no political views, rants or raves from me. Just showing off my wins. That's all.

And, how do we celebrate any big event at my house?


Baked and decorated by The Bean.
(Today I took down the Halloween decorations, put out the Fall and Thanksgiving decorations and we baked patriotic cupcakes. Tomorrow I have a trip to the Super Cheap Thrift planned to raid the Christmas shelves and then on to Oops for even more Christmas delight. I honestly have no idea what day or month it is as I am in total holiday confusion!)


  1. Wow! I rarely see anyone win anything from those claw machines! You have quite the skill! Take care~

  2. 'OOPS' - is that the place you have posted about in the past, with the luscious cakeplates and Peeps???

  3. The cupcakes are rockin! If I'd done a better job of planning, I'd throw a party for my friends tonight. I love election day!

  4. Wish I had one of the Beans cupcakes right now! He did a great job on them.

  5. I love the cupcakes, I love the dolls, I love your attitude!

  6. Great post--and I definitely agree with edw!

  7. what cute dolls!!!!!


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