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.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Name - Finally!

Long time readers might remember when I scored my KitchenAid Mixer from an on-line Black Friday sale through Lowe's for $18.00 in 2010.  Yes, you read that right - EIGHTEEN DOLLARS. There was some sort of a Facebook promotion and you signed up and then deals went "live" every night at a certain time.  The first so many people to go to the Lowe's site, put the item in their cart and completed check out got that item at that price.  One night it was a Kitchen-Aid Mixer  - the first 100 people got it for 90% off - only $18.00!  I sat by the computer and waited and waited for the deal to go "live" and suddenly - there it was!  I went to the Lowe's website and choose to shop through my local store instead of through the main online site.  I think that was the magic touch because even though it took a very long time and a great many times of refreshing to get the order to go through, IT DID!  I had an email confirmation in my inbox that my credit card had been charged $18.00.  I still couldn't really believe it could be true, but the next morning, I had an email telling me that my order was ready to be picked up at the local Lowe's.  

I didn't waste a minute getting there - it's only about one mile from my house.  When I got there, I said I was there to pick up an order of a Kitchen Aid Mixer.  The clerk looked at me and said, "Oh yes, I know about that one..." and went off to get it.  As she passed several employees, she pointed back at me and said, "SHE's the one that got the Kitchen-Aid!"  Anyway, long story short, if it's possible after all THAT ^..... :), They had called corporate to verify the price and they were told that it was a legitimate deal.  All of the employees kind of gathered around and were really happy for me. It was a fun experience.  All for a mixer.   

So, my family is known for naming their cars, their appliances, the things that they love  We drive Mr. Harris currently (any "The New Adventures of Old Christine" fans here?) and used to drive Stu the Vue and before that Stan the Van.  :)  When my new mixer came into my life, I knew it needed a name.  I toyed with "Martha" for either Martha Stewart or Martha White (baking mixes) and then I toyed with "Betty" for an Aunt of mine or Betty White (the mixer is white).  Martha and Betty were okay names, but none of them really FIT.  This mixer is strong, it works hard, it's beautiful and it makes my life easier.  Hmmmm.........a name would come to me one day.  

And, last week on Christmas Eve, a photo appeared on Instagram and I KNEW what the Kitchen-Aid Mixer's name would be,


It's gorgeous.

It's strong.

It works hard.

It makes me happy.

Justin it is.  


(That Justin could lose the stocking cap and beard though.....)


  1. I remember that deal and what a deal it was! I bought a vintage one avocado green for 5.00 and still that thing works like breeze. I love it and wouldn't part with it for anything.
    but no names not even for my car although I do think it is a girl (I don't know)

  2. Shara, you crack me up..lol. Love the name, and what an awesome deal! Happy New Year to you.

  3. I'm smiling from ear to ear. Long live justin!!!

  4. I was telling this Shara story recently at work. Some how we got on the subject of stand mixers and how expensive they are. I said, "not if you are my friend Shara". I still don't think they believe the price you bought it for, but I remember the story well.

  5. You crack me up! Justin it is. I had totally forgotten that Justin was married. The person, not the mixer, because mixers can't marry in California. I just never think of him as the married kind :) Hope you and Justin are mixing up some good stuff for New Year's Eve. The mixer, not the person.

  6. momsav6:32 PM

    Perfect! Just in time to mix it up! Just in time to feed the masses! Just in time to …...

  7. Oh yes I remember reading about that amazing deal and spreading the word to my friends and coworkers. It was quite a bonus to see Justin with a Kitchenaid...sweet!!!
    Mine isn't named but is well loved.

    Enjoy your mixer and have a wonderful year!
    Hugs Vonlipi :)

  8. Who doesn't love JT? Justin is a great name, I hope you have a long and happy life together :)

  9. Well obviously I think this is THE PERFECT NAME FOR ANYTHING ON THE PLANET!!!


  10. You are so funny! Yes I remember the deal of all deals you got and now he is called Justin! :)


  11. You cracked me up and what a deal!!!

  12. PERFECTION - any way you look at it ;-)

  13. Ha! Perfect name for a mixer and a man.... a gorgeous man... a gorgeous mixer! Such a great deal... reminds me of the time we got round trip tickets to California from Boston for $100 each. A newpaper glich and the airline honored it. Love a great deal.


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