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.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Favorite Time of the Year

My Dad is doing great - back to himself and feeling good.  It was a long week!

Almost overnight, like magic, the trees have turned gold, red and orange.

We spent a day walking along the shore of the lake looking at rocks and throwing sticks.  The lake is really low.  You know out on the lake, they have those orange buoys that float to let you know BEWARE:  Deep Water or TREE under water?  Things like that?

 Well, this one is a long, long way from shore.  The lake is low, I tell ya.

See the hints of color in the background?  We went back today and there was even more color.

 This is a manmade lake, so there are things that were under the lake for fifty years.  Like this old tiure under this giant rock.  Landlocked now.
Someday I think The Bean will have a cabin by the lake.  He'll just walk the shore with a stick for poking at things.  He'll gather up pretty and unusual rocks and pile them outside his cabin.  Inside his cabin will be stacks and stacks of books.    

The Breadman is on vacation this week so we have lots of activities planned like going to another lake, going to a Mill (by another lake!), looking at leaves, a couple of picnics and a day of burning leaves and brush in the backyard.  I'll be working that day as I am allergic to smoke.  But, I am happy they are willing to do it.  

I'll be back with the usual October-y posts like The Pumpkin Patch and pretty fall leaves.


*PS. I FOUND my Halloween decorations.  They were LOST.  But, I found those rascals and now I can orange and black this joint UP!


  1. So glad to hear your dad is doing well. we have had rain rain and more rain and by the end the week more rain.
    we can't burn leaves here in NH because of air qualityl I would love to have a cabin by the lake Ihope bean gets his wish.

  2. There IS something sooo calming about the glow of those orange leaves and the 'settling' in for Winter, isn't there?

    Top that off with your father being back to himself, and life is
    G.O.O.D. - now for a junk fix (right??)

  3. Still waiting for some leaf colors here! Glad your Dad is doing so well!! Hugs, Linda

  4. Glad your dad is doing well. Yay well dads! This is my favorite time of year too, for many of the same reasons, plus one more--it means my birthday is right around the corner! Yay Fall! Yay birthdays!


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