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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve

What do you do for New Year's Eve?

The Breadman and I had a couple fun years at the local nightclub drinking champagne and ringing in the New Year with a big old sloppy kiss and a balloon drop.  (I used to be a LOT of fun after a couple of glasses of champagne.  In fact, if he was smart, The Breadman would serve me champagne every night.  :)  )

Then we got married.

And had The Bean.

Now we are old and frumpy and just stay home.  But, that's okay by me.

For a few years, we even rang in the New Year New York time so we could go to bed early.  So sad.

Now we stay up until midnight and watch New Year's Rocking Eve and have a toast of sparking grape juice in our PJ's.  Woo-hoo.

I actually found and used my New Year's Eve decorations for the first time.  Double Woo-hoo!

Here's wishing all of you a SAFE and HAPPY New Year!



  1. Happy New Year, Shara! I love your New Year display!!! I have got to get up a post about some beautiful vintage, handpainted Polish glass ornaments that I got from my mom. I thought of you the minute she showed them to me! I will think of you every time I put them out! I also thought of you today as I shopped at the Goodwill. I found some great things for my house and couldn't believe the high prices (hence, thinking of you!). BUT the cashier forgot to charge me for a very large basket that was marked $9.99! I didn't realize it until I got home and looked at the reciept and I live an hour from the store...so I will have to figure out a way to repay the "good deed" to keep the good karma! LOL Hope that 2012 will keep you and your family healthy and happy!!!

  2. LOL, I can so relate to your post! I am sitting with an almost asleep 4 yo and my 9 yo watching the old Clint Eastwood movie Any Which Way You Can. I used to be fun after a drink or two too. 'Course that fun got me the 9 yo!

    Happy 2012!!


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