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, February 08, 2010

Return to Sender Part II

I get some pretty important mail in my mail box.  Unfortunately, it's not for me.  In August of 2009 I received a letter to the Supreme Court of Virginia that was mailed from Norfolk, VA.  It should have traveled about 100 miles, instead it traveled 1,294 miles. It never should have left the state, let alone traveled halfway across the USA.

Today I got this in the mail:

To the Curator of the Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. 

CANADA, my friends!  CANADA!

Yea, that's pretty close to my house in Arkansas. 


Mailed from California to Canada.  2,976  miles.

Went to Arkansas on it's way.  3,165 miles.  I guess that's not so much out of the way.

Return to Sender!

*I'm not knocking the Post Office, I just think it's interesting when something so incredibly bizarre shows up in MY mailbox.  I expect the right house number and wrong street or visa versa.  Not CANADA!

**Taking a Snow Day at home with The Bean.  Mental Break from the hospital/Grandma situation.  She's going to a regular room, so she is better.  They are setting up Rehab and a Home Health Care Service.  Thank heavens!  Thanks again for all the comments and the people that took the time to email me too.  And, yes, I am a clone of my Mom.  That is a good thing!


  1. That is wild! Wonder what your post office might have to say about this coming to you??? Enjoy your day off!

  2. I got a christmas card sat 2/6 that was mailed in november from a person who lives about 60 miles from us. Did it end up in your mail box?

  3. And you know what's even funnier, neither California or Canada have Aboriginal people! Australia has been removed from the picture! i want to know if you opened it? You can tell us!


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