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, October 05, 2009


Every once in a awhile, some lovely "stranger" will contact me and ask for my address. Each one wears they are not a stalker and say they want to send me something. Usually they say they saw something while they were thrifting and thought of me. I always think it is sweet that someone somewhere thought of me when they don't even really know me. I have been the recipient of watermelon potholders, watermelon stickers, cupcake picks, Shiny Brite ornaments and a variety of other items that I have mentioned liking or loving or coveting.
Flash forward (or would that be Flash Backward....)to last Friday - A sweet girl from Kansas City emailed me to say that she had something for me that made her think of me and would I mind if she sent it to me. Now, Amy has never left a comment (That I know of. Amy?) and has never emailed me before, so I wondered what she had found that made her think of me. And, more importantly, why did it make her think of me?
Today, a box arrived on my door step and the answer became all too clear.

A book! A book called "Shara Tiara!" OH MY GOD! Now, my name is not common, I never see it anywhere or hear of another Shara ( have met a few online but never in person). It certainly isn't a name you except to see on the cover of a BOOK! "Shara Tiara." Squeeeeeeeal!
"Shara Tiara was no ordinary Princess." On no, she wasn't. You go, Girl!
Amy works for Hallmark and this is a new Hallmark book. She knew about it and had been waiting for it to be ready for sale to send it to me. I am beyond stunned to see my name on a book and to have received such a sweet thoughtful gift! In all years, I had never realized that Shara rhymed with Tiara either. Doh!
She also sent The Bean a huge pile of Hallmark Sound Cards. He loves the Greeting Card department. When he was little he would have me read all the cards to him. And, I do mean all the cards. I was beyond happy when he learned to read and he could read them all himself. Now he is obsessed with the Sound Cards - I usually leave him in the card aisle at Walgreen's while I shop. I always know where he is because I can hear all the different cards talking and singing. (I'm fairly sure that the Walgreen's employees hate us.)
So, thank you Sweet Amy for such a thoughtful, thoughtful, wonderful gift. It really made my day. Heck, it made my year!


  1. Anonymous6:52 AM

    Wow!!! How fun!!! When I was little I had a book called Melissa Molasses and Taffy and I thought it was sooooo great because nobody had the name Melissa. Isn't it fun to see your name in a book? And I think you have a whole new collection to start....tiaras. :o)

  2. Oh, that is so cool! Isn't the blog world a wonderful place? And just remember, all girls are princesses! And you are definitely not ordinary!

  3. Oh how cool! What a sweetheart Miss Amy is. I'm tickled for you!

  4. Well, that is pretty nice of Amy. Just think: Hallmark could have named it Clara Tiara.

  5. I wonder if someone at Hallmark read your blog and decided to name a book after you. Maybe you need to contact the author.

  6. Anonymous9:49 AM

    Shara--you are so very welcome. It was my pleasure. I read the blog daily, but no, I have never commented. The small gift was the least I could do after all the enjoyment I get reading about your finds! Enjoy (& tell the Bean that I will send Christmas sound cards in a month or so!).

  7. How neat, love it!! I know exactly how you must feel because I would be so excited too... I never see my name, 'Sharla' either!!

    I came across this my friend took a picture of the Shara Tiara book and tagged me. So I googled it. It's not in Srilanka (my home country) or Australia (where I'm currently studying) yet. BUT I WANT IT TO BE SO BADLY! It's hilarious coz all my friends/family tease me about what a princess I am :P

  9. my daughter Shara just got this book from my daughter-in-law, also Shara!
    You seem to be attracted to the same things I am...I have past collections of picnic baskets, watermelons, and on and on. Loved seeing your junk( treasures!)


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