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, May 31, 2015

May 31st

As of today, I have been married one half of my life.  That is a scary thing to realize, isn't it?  Half of my life.  I was never the type of girl that dated or had a real boyfriend until I met The Breadman. And, even then, we were friends for a year or so (after I got through a period of thinking he was a creep) and then we decided we didn't want to not be together so we decided we liked each other. Then we we did that, whatever it was, for a year until a friend pushed her checkbook calendar at him one night at dinner and said, "Pick a Wedding Date."  He chose May 31st, looked at me and said, "Does that work for you?".  So, suddenly we were getting married, yet I hadn't had a proposal?  Anyway, I never thought I would get married, let alone be married half my life.

Here's the whole story to anyone new here or if you just want a good laugh.  It's a favorite post:  The Creepy Guy

*Notice how I gracefully didn't mention how long I have been married so you can't go the Math to get my age????  Clever, right?  It's our 24th Anniversary.  So, 24 + 24 = 29 OF COURSE!

**Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.  I love it when you appreciate my sense of humor and my writing.  It makes me feel all squishy inside.  I am not really traumatized by those filed trips  - but I will NEVER forget them!  


  1. Happy anniversary!

  2. I've been married half my life too! 15 years...so that makes me 30 :-) And Alex is 19. And Maddie 13. Talk about teen mom!

    I'm a total liar.

    Happy Anniversary, Shara!!


  3. Happy Anniversary Shara! I'm going on 23 years so I know the feeling. Good bad and ugly, a lot happens over half a lifetime, am I right?

  4. Happy Anniversary! It's not easy being married so I admire your longevity!
    hugs, Linda

  5. Happy Anniversary! I loved reading about your accidental marriage!

  6. Happy Anniversary. Mine is on Wed and I have been married half of my life as well. That is a crazy thought....

  7. Happy Anniversary!! I have actually been married now more than half of my life! Scary thought! LOL!

  8. I hope you did something special for your anniversary. We celebrated our anniversary this weekend too. On Sunday afternoon, we left the girls at home, ate lunch, hit two antique malls and a home improvement store for lumber projects. It was a perfect four hours of peace and quiet. PS. Until you said the "half your life", I hadn't even made the connection for my own marriage. Duh.

  9. So tell me what you got for this special occasion? I know he is the BEST gift giver. LOL. One of my fave posts from you is about helping him get his truck jump started on a cold morning. I need to go find that one.

  10. Happy anniversary to you both. Not easy these days, so you "done" good! I have an anniversary coming soon....WAY MORE than half my life. We will celebrate 48 (ouch) years July 1st. I was a child bride...


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