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, December 20, 2011

Poor Pitiful Me Post

Thanks for all the well wishes for my Dad.  He is doing good, in fact, I am logging off the computer in a minute and headed to pick him up.  I will stay with him tonight and see how it goes.  Mostly he is just sore from all the IV's in his arms and having the pacemaker put in his chest.  But, he is feeling pretty good and ready to GO HOME.  I asked the doctor if I needed to stay with him for days or weeks or ???? and he P'shawed me and said, "He'll be FINE!  If he was fine before, he'll be better than fine now".  Of course, a heart surgeon thinks heart surgery is just a daily affair.  He didn't have heart surgery, he had the pacemaker implanted (not installed as I was saying - he is not a Transformer.)

Sunday morning I opened my email and I had some sort of terrible horrible WORM virus - I didn't even open an email...the whole system just shut down on me and went black.  After about two hours, I finally got one screen to come up - factory Restore.  That is the only thing that would work.  So, I did it.  And, man oh man, did that do terrible horrible things.  All my bookmarks are GONE.  My passwords that I had saved are GONE.  Our ITunes library is GONE.  A book that I had sort of been writing off an on over the past couple of years GONE.  And, the WORST - all my PHOTOS...GONE.  I sobbed over this one.  A few people have told me that you can take it to a computer shop and maybe they can retrieve them from the hard drive, so I will do that once things have settled a bit around here (like I am home again).  I have learned a lesson - print out your photos, put them on a web hosted site, get an external hard rive or put them on a memory card (I'll probably do all of these now....)

I'll end this with this picture - one that has nothing to do with me or this blog, but hey, it's on the computer.  Stupid, stupid, stupid......

If any of you have time and money for a plane ticket - can you come over and bake some cookies, make Christmas dinner, buy stocking stuffers and wrap the presents.  Great!  Thanks!


  1. Hope everything goes well with your Dad. All is not lost as far as your computer is concerned. A computer expert should be able to retrieve your files for you. Merry Christmas!

  2. here's hoping Santa brings you some flash or thumb drives....really easy to download pics and doc's to one (like less than a minute or two) and they don't take up much room at all! hopefully you can retrive your precious items!

  3. Oh Shara it's so hard sometimes when it feels like nothing is going right! I must say it's wonderful to hear you Dad is doing so well. If I could I'd come and help you, but I can't even get all my stuff done!!! I need to back up my photos...I agree that would just kill me to loose all of them! Sigh...something else to do. Good luck with getting them off your hard drive. hugs, Linda

  4. So pleased for you that your dear Dad has done so well through surgery, a weight off your mind I'm certain. Sending continued best wishes for a quick recovery.
    I lost about 400 photos off a memory card that decided not to work so I know just how you feel

  5. Feeling your pain, if that helps ... your computer problem may scare me into action.

  6. 2012 will be better,2012 will be better,2012 will be better....keep repeating that mantra!

  7. I keep telling myself to back up our computer...now I think I may do it so I don't end up with a sad kudu or some African antelope looking forlorn. Chin up..the year is almost over.

  8. Am glad your Dad is doing well.

    Am not glad your computer did not do so well. Hopefully you can recover what you lost - I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  9. Shara, I can sympathise with you. This week my washing machine died and my kitchen drain clogged. If you don't laugh you'd seriously freak out. But all things will pass. I'll send "good karma" your way. Merry Christmas!


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