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, April 10, 2012

We WON! We WON! Or did we........????

I have a little obsession with scratch-off lottery tickets.  We never had the lottery until about two years ago, but I used to love and pick up a few in Missouri and Kansas when we traveled.  Now that we finally have a lottery in Arkansas, I like playing the scratch-off tickets from time to time.  Generally, I take ten dollars of my Flea market money and buy some tickets.  Last week I bout $10.00 worth of tickets and had this one in the mix.

That's one HUNDRED bucks, baby!  $90.00 profit - not bad!

The numbers have to add up to either 7, 11 or 21. I won on all six sections.

So, today I decided to buy $10.00 more with part of my winnings.  I brought them home and let The Bean scratch off a few.  It's illegal, but if no one sees, what the heck.  :)  He scratched off one and said 2 + 8 +1  "That's 11" he said. "Well, scratch it off, what did you win?" I asked
He scratched it off and was very, very quiet.  He just sat there holding it.  Finally he handed it to me.  


We looked at each other, counting on our fingers to make sure that 2 + 8 + 1 = 11.

Homeschoooling at it's best.

2 + 8 + 1 = 11

It does!  It does!

We were in disbelief.  It couldn't be.  Then........we believed it.  We won!  We won!  In my mind I was on the phone calling my Mom, calling my Dad, calling The Breadman.  Woo-hoo!  Twenty One GRAND, Baby!

As I  cleaned up the scratch off silver stuff on the rest of the card so we could go get our TWENTY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, I scratched off a "2".

2 + 8 + 12 = We didn't win twenty one grand.

Poor kid got all embarrassed thinking I was mad at him.  Or disappointed.  Heck, we only "thought" we had struck it rich for about thirty seconds.  

But, they sure were thirty SWEET seconds!


**We did "win" $15.00, so I guess we'll try it again.**

((Fingers crossed))


  1. That is funny and kinda like life isn't it! I still think you are winning pretty good even if it's not the big bucks! hugs, Linda

  2. Better luck next time. We have been doing scratch tickets as a family at Christmas for about 18 years some years there are 300.00 worth of tickets in that basket we pass around. the biggest amount won on one ticket all those years from all that money 50.00. I hope your odds are better in your state

  3. Awww...bummer!!! At least you have something to laugh about when you remember it years from now!!


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