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, May 21, 2013

Last Night

Last night I had texts from New York, Texas and California asking if I was okay in the storms.  People I've never even met in real life - worried about me.  You guys are so sweet.
We had some heavy rain, damaging winds, lots of hail and flooding, but no tornadoes.  Thank goodness.  Scary stuff those tornadoes. 

  The TV is full of news from Moore, OK.  I had to stop watching yesterday afternoon when they reached the school and started pulling out kids.  I didn't want to see them pull out a body, plus it seemed like a very, very personal thing to broadcast on TV.  I just didn't want to see anyone before a family member even got to see them.  
 This morning I felt guilty laying in my warm bed and got up to see what the news was saying now.  Terrible stuff.

These photos were all taken from my front yard in a span of five minutes.  It changed really fast.  T hat first one made the whole neighborhood an eerie green color.  I know before a tornado comes, the skies get green, but this was different than that.  It was pretty, but scary too.  

This photo is all over Facebook today.  Normally, I hate these sort of cheesy signs because you know I DO love my junk.  But, today, it is so true.

Stay safe, my friends.


  1. I'm so glad you are OK. It was so scary to watch TV last night I had to stop and I've not watched any today yet. Keeping those touched by this storm in my prayers is all I can do. I too love that sign cause it is so true. Puts many things in perspective!

  2. so glad no bad storm for you. I have had to turn it off I just cry all the time.
    We have basements so I was shocked that they didn't have them but I heard the soil is lose or it would be wet.

  3. I shared that same pic off farm fresh page.

  4. Acorn Hollow, most places in Oklahoma don't have basements because of the way the soil is and the water table being shallow in most places. I wish that we did. I'm in NE Oklahoma, we were in the firing line after the storm went through Moore and Ok City but it dissipated before it got to us. But it did so much damage, I'm trying not to watch the news reports but they are hard to avoid. All I can think of is the death toll, and the schools that were hit.

  5. Here it is, only May. Did anyone ever suspect when 2013 started that the Motto of the year would need to be "KEEP-ON, KEEPIN'-ON!"? This blog post may have to be my 'go to' post for the year... http://ssveltestuff.blogspot.com/2013/04/so-many-heavy-hearts.html

  6. Am glad you and other members of the board are OK. The people that were affected are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm not watching too much TV either - it's just so sad.

  7. Glad that you are okay!


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