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, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving: Trying to Be Thankful

We are having Thanksgiving Dinner in my family on Sunday.  So, I better show my decorations before I send them all to the garage for another year.  I have more Thanksgiving/fall things than I should, but after I take down the Halloween and before I put out Christmas, there is a whole lot of empty space, so I fill it up with Fall stuff.  Any excuse to buy something if the price is right and hoard it.  

Annalee mice Pilgrims are a must. 
Gurley Candles too.  Have you noticed the Gurley Pilgrim candles in my header?  Waaay over on the far right?  Obligatory General Store for my Grocery Store collection.  
Sad half melted Gurley Pilgrims.  Face kind of has a burlap texture to it.  But, I saved them for a sale for 25¢, so they have a good home now.  What's that behind them?  Why, the Mayflower of course!  Constructed of a milk carton, construction paper and a straw by a much loved Kindergartner Bean.  (Those are the best kinds of decorations.)

The squirrel area.  I never meant to have a squirrel area.  I found one, then another, and another and well, there they are.  I threw in some acorns, some fall leaves and a pumpkin or two, too.  

Window above the couch.  Nice view, eh?  :)  The vintage thermos on the left had pretty fall leaves in it from the tree out back.  But then only lasted about three hours before they were brown.  

The turkey collection.  Mostly salt and pepper shakers, but no only one pair.  I find single turkeys all the time.  But, only one pair.  And it was such an UGLY pair, I can only imagine that they were never used so they remained intact all these years.  

Pumpkins, turkeys, and scarecrows.  I like to pile it all up.

One of my favorite areas - I love the old honeycomb turkeys.  
I think they look good on the picnic baskets too.

Now here's a weird area.  See that turkey?  Not the gobble gobble one in the back, but the "Mmmmmmmmmm......Tear me off a drumstick" turkey in the front?  Well, that's not just any stuffed turkey.  It's a HAT.  And it plays "Turkey in the Straw" while the drumsticks dance.  What?   You don't have one of those?  Hmm.  Don't tell anyone I do, 'kay?  (It was a recent find at Lowe's on Halloween and was reduced 80% so it cost about $3.00.)

Now, this is my favorite thing.  That is my Mom when she was a little girl posed by the turkey. And, she certainly looks happy about it.  I showed it to her not long ago and she said, "Well, I have always enjoyed a good turkey."  
Another squirrel, a pumpkin and a hint of what is to come......

**Trying very, very hard to be thankful this year.  But, it is super hard.  I'm sure everyone has seen on the news about Wonder Bread/Hostess.  As I write this, no one really knows what is going to happen.  The Breadman might not have a job soon and that is absolutely the most terrifying thought I have ever had.  He isn't even employed by Hostess.  He works for a distributor that gets the products out into the stores.  So, the people striking are affecting a lot more people than the 18,000 people they are quoting on TV.  Also, it seems to be a bit of a running joke - "Oh well, no more Twinkies.  Big loss. Ha ha."  Interstate Brands makes so many other products than just Wonder Bread and Twinkies.  They make the generic store brand breads that Wal-Mart and other stores carry.  They make the buns for Sonic, Chickfil-A, Hardees and many more National Chains.  They service school systems.  Sure, they make snack cakes like Twinkies and Ding Dongs, but also fruit bars and granola bars.  They make breads like Wonder Bread, but also Whole Wheat, Whole Grain and all sorts of healthy varieties.  They make tortillas that are used in restaurants and sold in stores.  They service Mom and Pop stores for their shelves and for their delis.  They service small town restaurants for their hamburgers and hot dogs.  They supply buns for high school football concession stands.  It's not just about the Twinkie.  It's about the lives of thousands of families.  Maybe mine.  And, that, is some scary stuff.  


  1. So very sorry for the scary news for you and the Breadman. I do hope things are ok.

  2. Hoping all the trouble gets sorted out!

    I just discovered Annalee this fall, your little mice are sweet!

  3. Love all the decorations-- and I never noticed the Gurley pilgrims in the banner photo. How cool!! Best wishes!

  4. Good luck to you and your Family.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

  5. Your Thanksgiving decorations are awesome! You sure do like to pile it up! I would too if I had all of those adorable things!
    What a great pic of your mother :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Will certainly be hoping for a good outcome for you and your family. No one is certain of a job in this economy. That's for sure. It seems like it's the good people in the world that get affected the most by big business.
    Try to have a happy holiday!

  7. Will certainly be hoping for a good outcome for you and your family. No one is certain of a job in this economy. That's for sure. It seems like it's the good people in the world that get affected the most by big business.
    Try to have a happy holiday!

  8. I hadn't heard about the Hostess Wonder thing--and frankly, no more Twinkies is CATASTROPHIC, as far as I'm concerned! I'm so sorry that you have to have that stress and worry. I'll be thinking of you & the Breadman and resisting the urge to stockpile Chocodiles.

  9. I love the singing Turkey hat!
    The IBC deal is scary - my employer did some contract work for the bakery in Rocky Mount, NC a couple of months ago and those were the most disgruntled group of employees I have seen in a long time:( I hope the situation improves and you, the Bean and the Breadman can take a deep breath and not have this worry on you.

  10. Oh, no! I thought of you instantly when I heard the news on NPR, but I didn't know he was connected. I can relate to the fears in only that my husband delivers to restaurants like Arby's and such (but he works for another company). His company was bought our by another big food distributor and fears are mounting about layoffs in the next year.

    I will keep you all in my thoughts and hope against any issues of unemployment. Why do they pick this time of year to stress families out?

  11. First I have to tell you I love your Thanksgiving decorations. The honeycomb turkeys are my favorites. I wish I had your energy to decorate like you do!

    And now I want you to know how sorry I am that the Breadman has lost his job. I'm not going to say everything is going to be OK right now but hopefully you can hang in there and another job is in his future. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

  12. My husband was a Breadman ( now he works for Frito-Lay) and I completely understand. I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

  13. I always love it when you share your holiday collections! I know this is a very scary time for you and your family. So many people are being hurt by this and I am keeping you in my prayers.
    hugs, Linda

  14. I really love your fall decor!
    Don't worry about the turkey hat... I would have bought one too. Things like that float my boat.
    Unique items are my specialty. *LOL*


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