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.

Monday, January 06, 2014

It's Like a Newsletter

I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know I AM STILL ALIVE!  'Cause I know you were all worried and such.  My head is still clogged and I still have a raspy voice, but I am on the upside of it.  Now The Bean has it and we are on our hands and knees PRAYING that The Breadman doesn't get it.  He is so not a good sick person.  (He's a man, you know.)  (Sorry Eddie).

It snowed yesterday and it was in the negatives last night.  Today the sun is shining fiercely and almost blinding, but it hasn't gotten about 10 for the entire day.  Its not bad for the two of us that get to stay inside and watch episode after episode of 'The Walking Dead' all weekend, but not so great for certain people that have to go deliver bread in the middle of the night.  

Because of the crud in my head and the crud outside, my Christmas decorations are still up in full force.  I have the itch to pack them up now, but it's too cold to work in the driveway and garage rearranging to get the regular stuff back in and the Christmas stuff back out.  It will be done my the weekend, though.  Until then, I am cleaning and purging things.  I just threw out about a foot high stack of those free return address labels that come in the mail.  I mail about one piece of mail a month, so don't really need more than one sheet, so out they went.  

I also purged a bunch of photographs and greeting cards.  MAN, that is hard to do!  But, do I really need photos of kids from second cousins that I barely remember anyway?  Or every single greeting card that we have ever exchanged?  I did keep a lot of those...especially the ones with The Bean's scribbles instead of a signature of the ones that have his name emblazoned across both sides in five inch high letters.  Ah, those were the days.  

I hate posts without photos, so -

We went on a walk around the local lake right before Christmas and spotted these totems made by someone on a big rock.

Kind of a neat idea to leave something for others to see and enjoy along the way.  

Maybe I'll be back with some THRIFTING news soon.  Mama needs a FIX!

Stay WARM!


  1. I love found totems like that. I kind of feel like it may be an ancient artifact or something cool like that.

  2. glad your on the mend we still have our tree up but 1/2 undecorated.

  3. I finally did that purging of photos and cards when I moved here. So hard, but once they are gone, it feels so good. Stay warm!!!

  4. I feel your pain, it's been colder than cold since yesterday. We were at 1 degree this morning with a windchill of minus 16. I literally could not breathe when I stepped outside this morning.

  5. You will feel better fast if you peruse the Pinterest board CATS WITH THINGS ON THEIR HEAD. (I couldn't figure out how to reply to your comment, but it tickled me. And there are more cats with other things on their head now!) Feel better, Shara!

  6. Happy to hear you are feeling better and think of it this way... you are SO ahead of the game for Christmas next year!! Stay safe and warm!

  7. GLAD to hear you are on the mend! This cold weather must really be hitting you warm bloods hard... it is even getting to us die-hard Northerners ;-) Hang tight! A 'good fix' is on it way ~ I'm sure of it!!

  8. I'm so happy to hear that you are starting to feel a bit better. Just think of all the stuff waiting for you at the thrifts, and maybe that will speed up the healing process :) I know what you mean about starting to purge things....I will be doing the same thing this summer. I plan on having the "mother-of-all-yard-sales". There are so many things that need to find new homes. It is hard to do though. Stay warm!

  9. Keep fighting the plague! I hope all are better soon!


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