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, August 10, 2010

I Heard It Through the....

A few years ago I bought a couple of grapevines at Lowe's marked down to $1.00. We planted them in the side yard by the fence. It only took about two summers before they were taking over the fence!
In the Spring, the birds nest in them.

In the summer they get thick with leaves.  

In the Fall, The Breadman cuts them down and I make a big Grapevine wreath.  (It is super easy to make a wreath  Everyone always seems amazed that you can make a Grapevine wreath.)   

But, there have never been Grapes on the Grapevine.
Until this year! 

Not a lot of grapes because we never sprayed them and because we never actually realized they had Grapes on them until tonight.  We are definitely going to spray them next year and see how many we get.  It is fun to have a surprise snack out of your very own backyard!


  1. I love the grapevines and making your own wreaths! Bonus to have real grapes on them!!!

  2. :) My great grandfather, aptly called Pop Pop Music as he always played the harmonica on the phone when we called him, was a farmer and grew muscat grapes among other things. It wasn't summer without grabbing a handful of those sweet grapes! Fun!

  3. Yuuum! Maybe next year you will have enough for a batch of grape jelly.

  4. make a chicken salad with grapes and walnuts yummm. What kind of grapes are they?


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