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, July 14, 2009

Lily Pads

Last weekend we drove out to our local man made lake. It's a pretty good size lake, but you can only access it by boat. There is a boat ramp with a fishing pier and then a back dirt road where the partiers go to hang out. But, there is only about fifty feet of "beach" area there. it's completely a body of water to be accessed from a boat. When we parked, I couldn't believe my eyes. Look at the lily pads!
Tons of beautiful lily pads with gorgeous yellow flowers all around the edge of the lake. And, I do mean all the way around.
They extend about thirty feet out from the shore completely around the entire lake. This photo was as close as I could actually get to the lily pads. If you click on this one, you can see the lily pads on the other side of the lake in the very back.
See? They just go on forever. I've never seen anything lie it before - it is amazing!
Lily pads - as far as the eye can see.
I realize that a lot of these photos look alike, but I just couldn't get enough of all those lily pads!

This Fall we plan on going back to see how many of those pods we can scrounge up for our Nature Basket. Actually we plan on going back this weekend to chekc on the lily pads again.
Nature. Dontcha just love it?


  1. Those are so beautiful!! Green everywhere! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. WOW! Do I dare ask 'how' you will get to the pods ?? L-o-n-g net? I think that may be a scene worth watching ;-)

  3. I think big snakes live under lily pad fields. And gators. Yeah, a net with a r-e-a-l-l-y long pole would definitely be a good idea! ;o]

  4. Anonymous10:06 AM

    Lily pad flowers are protected here. Really big fines if you pick any of the flowers. I know because about 15 years ago we were let off with a warning! Great pics by the way!


  5. Oh look at all that green! How wonderful! I do miss the green-ness of it all! Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

  6. I will show this to Loopy... she lurrves frogs, so we call her bedroom "the lily pad".


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