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.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

update from Shara

Hi there. I have hijacked Shara's blog on her behalf. If you read her facebook then you are up to date. There are some people/family that do not have facebook, so I am reposting for her from her timeline.

 Her mom took a bad fall down a flight of stairs Thursday and is in the hospital in Missouri. The Stacks family has had a very rough last couple months with various family issues. Please keep Shara,Curtis, Chris and her mom in your thoughts and prayers.

I will post more if she updates to facebook.

Carol (a.k.a. Oliveoyl64)

p.s. For gosh sakes would it be too much to ask that this black cloud be lifted from over the Stacks family? Amen

Thursday 11/22/12
My mom took a tumble down a flight of steps. Waiting for X-rays. She can move everything, but she hurts a lot. What a week!
 Friday 11/23/12

Mom's fall is worse than we thought. We took her home yesterday, but she cannot move her arms or legs. Cannot stand or move and is in terrible pain. We just called the ambulance to take her back to the hospital. Please send her all the thoughts you can. I have had a lot dealt to me this week, but my Mom is by far the very most important thing to me right now.
My Mom has two fractures in her back and has to be transferred by ambulance to Springfield, MO. I am on my way there in a minute. I cannot believe they sent her home yesterday only for ME to insist she go back today. She also needed blood badly. This is unbelievable to me. She will be okay someday, but not today. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We need them and sorry to be a Debbie Downer all week.
Blood was needed for anemia due to low counts from taking aspirin and Tylenol.

Saturday 11/24/12 
 In springfield. They've finally figured out most of her issues. Fractured shoulder, spinal cord contusion and fracture in her back. Nothing to do for any of them but let them mend. Due to the spinal cord injury she will need a spinal cord specific rehab that we are praying will be closer to home. They finally have her to a place where hopefully she can not be moved and get some sleep. She had no liquids or food for over 48 hours. She can eat now but is flat on her back and in a neck brace. She is in rough shape but her sense of humor is still there. I've read her all the messages and she appreciates them all. I'll update about me in another post

  At the hospital they have a floor of suites you can rent for 20 bucks a night. They are hospital rooms but have real beds. They are small and hard but I could have slept on a bed of nails after being up 40 straight hours. We got three hours of sleep and a cup of coffee so I feel sort of human. Going to see her and find something to eat. I vaguely remember eating some fries about 18 hours ago. Everyone is treating us all wonderful. I am keeping Clark Clyburn and Curtis Stacks up to date if anyone needs to call them. It's hard for me to keep up with all the texts. Thanks


  1. On no! I am keeping your family in my prayers. I hope things are improving for your Mom. Hugs, Linda

  2. Nice Job Carol!
    ((HUGS)) to Shara - wish I was closer!!

  3. Keeping your mom and your family in my prayers.

  4. Praying for you and your family

  5. Please, no more for Shara and her family. Just from her blog, we all know that she is a wonderful person! Sending hugs and positive thoughts to your mom and all of you! XOXOXO

  6. well that totally stinks. doing my best to send some good mojo your way.

  7. Shara, we are back from Raleigh and I am reading your last postings in disbelief. I am glad your Mom is now someplace where she can get some rest and hopefully try to mend.

    You should try to get some rest, too - I'm keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thanks to Carol, too for posting the update.

  8. Just came over here when I read about your mom on YSQ. I am praying for a full and SPEEDY recovery for her and a great job for the breadman. Things WILL get better. Thinking of you guys.


  9. I will add you all to my prayers. You have had a rough time lately...

  10. Oh, my word! Bless your heart, I just can not believe all that you are going through. I am praying for you and your ENTIRE family.


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