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, August 15, 2013

August 15th

There comes a time in your life when you have to get over "the number".  
Being two was fun.
Being ten times that plus ten times two again plus even MORE is not so fun.
But, nonetheless, it is still a reason to decorate.
Throw together a wreath.
Drag out the birthday decorations.
I do it mostly because it is one of my favorite collections.  
And, The Bean's birthday is just around the corner.  
So, we share decorations and make it last a month.  
There's an awful lot of PINK and a lot of cuteness in there.
Probably too much to pretend that it is in any way for a teen aged Senior in High School boy.  
Mmmmmm.  Frosting.  
Sorry.  I got sidetracked.
The See's truck doesn't really belong, but then again, if a truck full of See's candy showed up in the driveway today, I wouldn't make it leave.  
I guess you can't do anything about your age.  
Or the fact that your kid is growing up.
And about to become legal.
And be able to vote.
And be drafted.
God Forbid.
And those AARP brochures keep showing up in the mailbox.  
(For the record, I am NOT yet old enough for AARP.)
(Illustration taken from a book.  Isn't it adorable?  Framed in a very nice 50¢ frame I picked up last weekend.)

So, what the hell.
Here's a toast from me to you.

Even though it's MY Birthday today.  
YOU should have some cake, buy some junk.  

Happy Birthday to me!

(Love all you guys!)


  1. Happy Birthday Shara! It really is just a number. And kids do grow up and get legal and get lives of their own...and it gets really fun (sometimes) to watch them do that! Meanwhile, enjoy this day and know its perfect!

  2. Happy Birthday! I can't do math this morning so I lost track of how old you are, but hope you have a fun day. And I think you are the only person I know who has a birthday stuff collection. That is pretty cool!

  3. I'm a frequent reader, who doesn't often post. But, my birthday is tomorrow, so I just had to say Happy Birthday to my almost birthday twin! I love your blog and all your treasures! There's nothing more fun than a cheaply found treasure!

  4. Happy Birthday! And to the Bean - who looks just like you:)

  5. Happy Birthday...take the day off, put your feet up and enjoy everything. Any it really is just a number. AARP can wait... Love the birthday collection

  6. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...
    HAPPY! HAPPY! DAY... er, um... MONTH!!!
    (and for the record, those AARP mailings ~ they are actually for our spouses!!)

  7. Happy Birthday!! And as my mother used to remind me, when you consider the alternative then each one is quite nice!

  8. Happy Birthday Shara, and to the Bean too! Just enjoy and look at all your junk it is aged to perfection as are you!
    Blessings to you both,

  9. Happy Birthday. And what a great and unique collection.

  10. Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

  11. Happy Birthday! Love your awesome birthday collection! I hope you had a great day!


  12. Sorry I'm late to the rodeo! Love seeing all your birthday décor. Hope your day was a happy one!

  13. Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was a good one and you behaved. ;) Love ya, Shanna

  14. Happy birthday to you! Love the displays. What a great idea. My birthday as well as both of my kids are in June so I think a vintage birthday display is in order for next year!


  15. Happy, Happy Birthday to you Shara! Hope you had a great day!

  16. Happy Birthday, and thanks for sharing your beautiful collection with us. Makes me almost feel like it's MY birthday, too!!! BTW, if it makes you feel any better, a guy asked me if I was the twins' mom or grandmother the other day. EXCUSE ME?

  17. Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you had a great day!!!

  18. Happy birthday to my birthday buddy! I loved this post, what a great collection. Sorry this is late but Heidi and I were busy celebrating MY birthday. I am sorry you are feeling old, that is something that somehow seems to come along with our special day. Enjoy your birthday month! Love Tina

  19. Happy belated birthday! Don't know how I missed this post.
    There are too many cute things (to pick a favorite) in your Birthday display! I just love it!
    Erica :)


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