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, July 04, 2011

Happy July the 4th?

It is the 4th of July.


On Wednesday, June 29th, we went to the 4th of July parade.  It is actually the Rodeo of the Ozarks parade, but it is usually on the 4th of July.  Not June 29th.
Lots of Rodeo Queens and horses and, well, poop.  Stinky horse poop on steamy 100 degree asphalt streets.  Need I say more?  But, it is a tradition.  I have only missed going one year in forty years.  There used to be dignitaries in it such as Bill Clinton and Jerry Clower.  Well, one of them was a dignitary.  Now there are just the Queens and the horses and the Marching Band and Ronald McDonald and....you get the idea. 
It took every fiber of my being not to snatch this little one and run towards the hills.  Holy Moley, Me oh My, she was adorable.  I really need to have a little girl.  But, I think it's too late for that. I digress.
Saturday, July the 2nd, we went to the mall and watched the City Wide Fireworks demonstration.  That is usually on the 4th of July too.  No photos of the actual fireworks, although I do have a video of them.  I will spare you that - if you've seen one, you've seen them all.  But, it is tradition to go to the Fireworks, of course.
Today, July the 3rd, we took The Bean to the Fireworks Stand to buy Fireworks.  I hate them, think they are dangerous and a waste of money.  But, my kid thinks they are fun, only picks out tame ones and limits himself to $20.00.  So, what sort of a Mom would I be to deny him some fun?  He still likes Sparklers, so that makes me happy.

His fountains were safely lit in the middle of the street and safely extinguished with Mom's trusty watering can.  All the trash was disposed of and the 4th of July festivities are officially over.


Today is the 4th? 

Holey, Moley, Me oh My. 

Better go buy some more stuff to blow up. 

Have a happy.

(and a safe!)


  1. I agree, I'd rather go see fireworks than buy them. Once you blow them off, what have you got? Hey, did I miss your post on your patriotic decor? I have to go back and see now. Hope your 4th is a great one!

  2. Have a great 4th of July! I went to a party and they had fireworks. Nice and I didn't buy them so that made them even better! Hoping for a quiet day today! hugs, Linda

  3. Ohhhhhh she is beautiful! I love tutus! I only have boys, so I missed out on the dress up stuff. Darling!


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