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, September 13, 2012

Pretty, Pretty Please?

The Bean and I are looking for things to include in his Home School regimen this year that are different and interesting.  Things we can learn about that he most likely wouldn't learn about in the local traditional school.  There are so many interesting things to see and do in our area.  For instance the Walton 5 & 10Crystal BridgesUniversity of ArkansasSt.Catherines at Bell GableWar Eagle Mill and a Civil War Battlefield
 within a few minutes of our house.  Not only have we been to each of these places and learned the obvious things about each place, we have had many conversations and hours spent on the internet looking up things that we saw there.  For instance, different types of weapons used in the Civil War, what a grist mill is, who is Andy Warhol, how old is Old Main and lots of other things.  We try to learn something where ever we go.

I was wondering if I could ask each of you to send a note or a postcard to our house -  write something that you think we would like to learn about from your town or state. You don't have to tell us anything about it - that's what we will do - research it and learn about it.  

I know that I could ask you to just leave a comment with the same info, but we also want to track the letters - closest, farthest, how long each one takes to travel here, etc.  Heck, even the different stamps and postmarks are interesting to look up and research.  

We still have our regular studies.  This is just for the in between times and for the days when we just don't feel like doing the scheduled things.  It happens, you know.

For every letter we get, we will donate a can of food to the Food Bank in appreciation.  That helps with his Volunteering part of Home School.  I'm kind of killing five or six birds with one stone on this project.  :)

I appreciate and LOVE every one that sends a letter.  And if you can't - we still LOVE you too!  

Thanks in advance for helping us out!

Shara Stacks
100 North Hunter Street
Farmington, AR 72730


  1. What a perfect idea, and I love to send postcards. Win-win! :O)

  2. This sounds like fun. Watch your mailbox!

  3. Postcard is in the mail!

  4. What a fun idea!! I'll see what I can come up with!

  5. Dear Shara, You have absolutely charmed me with your blog photo and story. It was meant to be that I should come to your blog and see all of the ribbons in your Etsy shop. I can't tell you how long I have wanted ribbons for my craft room! I have chosen you as my Giveaway Winner and will send my Elf to you next week. I will also include information about Air Force One as my husband was a Presidential Flight Attendant for many many years. Thank you so much for stopping by Creative Breathing. Elizabeth

  6. What an amazing education the Bean is getting! Wish my girls had learned so much at that age! I will be sending you a card for sure!! Hugs, Linda

  7. Oh dear. Where I live the they're most famous for being a hotbed of Klan activity and I'm pretty sure that's not something we want to tell your kid! Since I'm close to New Orleans, I'll pretend I live there, ok? Great idea, Shara. But I'm wondering why you have chosen to homeschool your son. You probably wrote about this on an earlier post but I've been away from blogging for awhile. Thanks for your sweet comment on my post about my Dad, too.

  8. There are scads and scads of interesting things to learn about in Colorado. Let me talk with my husband (has been teaching for 24 years), and we will come up with something that we hope will appeal to the Bean. Watch for mail soon! Hope you will share some of the topics and research with us when finished. Great project idea!

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  10. Hope you get let's of cards...

  11. I'll be sending you a few cards just as soon as I get caught up - we took the grandkids to the fair in PA this last weekend - I'm tired today!

  12. What a great project! Look in your mailbox soon for something from my town-one rich in history and lore! :)


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