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, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

Happy Mother's day to all you Mom's out there.  

This year I am especially happy to still have my Mumsie with me in this world.  I'm not sure what I would do without her.   I am also happy to be the Mother of my son.  He is a fine, fine boy and he makes me proud every day.  We watched The Guilt Trip tonight.  The end really got to me.  The Mom says you marry who you were meant to marry because without them, you would never have your child.  And, your child is really all that matters in this world.  *sniff*

In honor of Mother's Day, I bring you the Annual Mother's Day display:

 All my "Mother" items, my china babies (because you have to have a BABY to become a MOTHER) and some flowers to round it all out.  
A "Maw", "Mother" and two "Mom" cups about sum it all up.  

 I just bought that cup in the middle last week.  Just in time!  Whew!  
Another "Mother" cup, another "Maw" cup and another baby.  Are you sensing a theme here? :)

I love this sweet little set of "Mother's Encyclopedia's."  They contain all sorts of useful, albeit dated, information on becoming a Mother and taking care of baby.

I love these little babies.  I found a pair at Goodwill a few years ago.  

 My one and only much coveted "Mother" pin.  

There is the other baby I found at Goodwill.  Those flowers are made out of old nut cups.  

This plaque with the crown is one of my favorites.

My most recent find and a "Mother" hankie.  

This "Mom" cup came from an auction today.  I also found it's "Pop" counterpart.  Those babies are salt and pepper shakers.  They belonged to my Great grandmother.  We found them in my Grandmother;'s house and it was one of the few things I took.  Such, sweet babies!

No Mother's Day collection would be complete without a book written by The Bean in first grade.  

Complete with coupons that I never redeemed!

A nicely written Letter to Mother from Linda Sue that I picked up at a yard sale.

And another vintage Mother's Day poem from a child.

A couple of years ago, I bought a  huge scrapbook filled with old greeting cards.  There were over 150 cards from one daughter to her Mother.  The handwriting went from childlike handwriting in pencil to ink pen cursive with a husband's name attached. They were from every single holiday and every one of them says Merry Christmas Mother, or Happy Easter Mother or Happy Valentine's Day Mother.  She went the extra effort to always buy a Mother card.  I laughed at some of them - under Mother, she had written in ink pen (And Dad) like he was some sort of an afterthought.  

These are all of the Mother's day cards.  They all have satin linings or velvet ribbons of metallic sheen - something to make each one extra special.  
This one is my favorite.  Cute little bellboys!

All of them signed Love, Georgie.  

I love it that Georgie's Mom saved all of the cards she sent.  I have all of the cards The Bean has given me and I know my Mom has all the cards I have given her too. They might not be fancy or pressed into a scrapbook. but they are special to us all the same.

Today is also the Breadman's birthday, so you know who will get all of the attention today.  It's only the second time that his birthday and Mother's Day have fallen on the same date. So, I guess I can live with it!

Happy Mother's Day to YOU!  


  1. Great collection! Happy Mother's Day!

  2. After looking at your pics, It made me think that I have never been given a Mom trinket but I used to give them to my Mom all the time!

    Love the cards!

  3. Happy Mothers Day, Shara. Glad your mom is doing better.

  4. Happy Mother's Day to you, and to your Mumsie too! So glad she is doing better. Your display is wonderful, as always. It made me think, that I very rarely run across "Mother" themed stuff in my travels so you are lucky to have such a nice selection.

  5. I love your collection and the cards are so cute! I have saved many of the cards my kids have given me. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  6. Happy Mom's day and a super collection. Enjoy your day..even if you have to share the spotlight.

  7. What a sweet picture of The Bean -- such a sweet smile on his face and that t-shirt is ADORABLE! Love everything in your mom collection. Those "Mother's Encyclopedias" were the Internet of their day!


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