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.

Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Turkey Time...For Now

I decorated for Fall and Thanksgiving this year. Well, I always decorate some, but this year, I dug in my stash and brought it all in. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I am contemplating taking it all down this weekend. Before the big day. I am really, really anxious to see all my Christmas things this year. I really don't know why. Well, really I do. Money is tighter this year, so we have decided to have a more laid back Christmas. We're not going to worry so much about lots of gifts and spending money. I am going to decorate to the hilt. We are going to make cookies. We are going to every parade that we can find. We are going to the Mall to hear Middle School Choirs sing "Hallelujah." We are just going to have fun and not stress. (After the decorating is done - I stress over that a lot. But, I love it too!)

So, before it is all gone....a quick house tour:

Top of my bookshelves. I've never found too much vintage fall stuff, so I still have my scarecrows and crows. (The Bean's Cherokee name is Crow Walker, so I have a lot of Crows in his honor.)

A whole lotta stuff crammed on the bookshelves. I have had those "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" blocks since we got married. You can turn them all different ways to make them say "MERRY CHRISTMAS, BE MY VALENTINE, HAPPY EASTER, HAPPY HALLOWEEN and HAPPY 4TH OF JULY." I considered getting rid of them this year since they are getting older and are a bit more cutesy than I like now. But, The Bean got sad. "We've had those my whole life!" he said. They won't be going anywhere anytime soon.....

The corner of the living room. I love my big old enamel Turkey Platter, the vintage turkey planter and my latest find - four Gurley Pilgrim candles for 10¢ each. I had not memories of that big tall turkey in the corner. He must have been an after Thanksgiving find last year. It's always fun to find "new" things each year.

I left up my paper lanterns. I like the glow they add to the living room. I have an entire General Store Village that will be put out at Christmas. In the center of the shelf, I have my one single Thanksgiving General Store. It gets harder and harder to find a new General Store each year.

The Mayflower made from a milk carton, construction paper and a drinking straw. Loooooove those Kindergarten craft projects!

These silly Pilgrim squirrel salt and pepper shakers always make me smile.

So, now you've seen it.

I'm off to go cram it all in a box and bring on the Christmas decor!

If you don't hear from me for awhile....that's why!


  1. KUDOS on your 'LIVING IT' theme for the holidays this year!!

  2. Anonymous7:12 PM

    You have the right idea for Christmas. Relax and have fun and don't stress. Sounds like a plan!


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