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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Home again, home again, yippee

I'm back home, the cookies are in the oven, I am wrapping presents, my Dad is doing great and all is *hopefully* KNOCK WOOD well in the world!  Whew!

Here's my Dad in the hospital. wearing his jeans and his couture gown awaiting the doctor to say "GO HOME". He was very ready to go.  We spent one night with him, just to make sure he could do everything for himself.  By the time I left at noon, he had done a load of laundry, washed the dishes, made breakfast and sorted through his closet.  He likes to stay busy!  His only limitations are a)no lifting your arm above your head, b) don't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk (that's nine pound if you are wondering) and c) no driving for a week.  That's the hardest on him, because he doesn't like to stay home.  He wants to go!go! go!  But, considering what could have happened, he's quite content to be home.

So, let's bring on the Christmas Cheer!  KNOCK WOOD one more time, just to cover my own a$$.  :)

Merry Christmas everyone!  I'll be back next time with what's it like to spend the night in your childhood home for the first time in 27 years.  And how my room isn't like you see on TV - preserved in my childhood.  Oh, no siree, it is NOT!

*Still nothing on the computer issues, but I will deal with that next week.  


  1. He looks great for a guy that just had a pacemaker put in! Glad to hear he is doing well, and that he is home and so are you. It's been a crazy December for a lot of folks this year. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

  2. That is just great news!! So glad he is home and doing so well. Let the holidays begin! hugs, Linda

  3. LOVE your German twirly Christmas pyramids. My Grandmother had one. I will ALWAYS think of her when I see one. I will work on finding myself one.


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