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, January 11, 2011



Today is 1-11-11.

11 is a big deal in my house.

11:11 on the clock is cause for celebration. 

If you see it - YELL it out. 
It's like you won a prize. 

When the date is 11 - we do something special.  A favorite meal, rent a movie, something like that.

Today, 1-11-11 is sort of a practice run for November. 


Now, that is going to be a big deal.

When The Bean was about, oh, I'd say seven or eight, he came up with the idea that when he turned 18 or 21, whatever the legal age is, that he and I would get matching 11:11 tattoos.  I swear, he thought of it. 

I have mine all designed. 

11:11 in a filigree heart with his name wrapped around my wrist, in script so that really only I know what it says.  It will look like a delicate watch.

He just wants something simple like 11:11 where a watch face would be. 

Will I have the nerve when it's time?  I may just end up with 11:11!

Enjoy your day and do something fun!

*11:11 has a whole world of followers.


  1. I forgot about what the date was until I read your post. Spooky, isn't it?

  2. so why is it so special?

  3. My daughter's birthday is 11/11/01. She is excited for her birthday this year!


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