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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rain, Rain...Go AWAY!

We have had so much rain.  Nearly every day or night or both it rains and rains and rains.  I feel bad that CA is in such a terrible drought and we are SO tired of the wet stuff.  Why can't everyone have just the right amount of rain?

It floods certain areas here, but never into towns and washing away homes like it did in TX.  Just enough to close some roads and make the creeks and rivers swell out of their banks.

The little creek by our house is usually only rocks with a trickle of water - you can easily walk across it on the rocks and not get wet.  But, not this week.  (While I was typing that, the weatherman just said four more inches this weekend.) That's the creek up there.  It used to go across the street and they would close it and we would be stranded.  But they elevated the bridge and there are other street out of our subdivision now.  I never minded getting stranded at home.  But, once we couldn't get home.  I didn't care for that one bit.  

The next day, the creek was low and running slow again.  But everyday it rains more and wells up again.  I'm just thankful we get a little reprise every day or so to let it calm back down.  

The real reason the rain is driving me crazy is that I am desperately behind on my prep for The Junk Ranch.  I need some sunny days to go out in the garage and drag junk out and start pricing it. Yesterday I finally had an afternoon to do that and today is another one.  It rained in the night this time, so I have a sunny afternoon ahead of me.  

The night we drove around looking at the flooding - we came across a pile of FREE things by the street.  One of the things was a hose cart, which we needed.  We had scored a free one years ago, but it recently crapped out on us.  I figured I would find one at a yard sale or thrift sooner or later.  But another FREE one is much better!  I had my flea market junk in the back of the car so we couldn't get it in.  That didn't stop The Bean.  He got out and drug that thing a block home.  

He was wearing shorts and rain boots dragging a hose cart down the dark street.  He really gave me a chuckle.  Whenever I used to go to Spring Clean Up looking for freebies, he would just sit in the front seat and look straight ahead acting like his Mother was NOT out there getting things from the curb.  Then one day he spotted an old wooden tool caddy full of old axes and hammers and stuff.  He couldn't get out of the car fast enough to grab it.  Now he knows that there are good things to be found by the curb!

Mom's dumpster diving boy!  The hose cart works great  - no leaks and Freeeee!  

(The Breadman drove the work truck home all weekend.  That filled up the driveway!)

The sun is waiting for me!  Bye!


  1. I would have stopped for that also! I don't see lots of curb side freebies around here, but the other day I did a turn around to grab a small table with a bench at a dumpster! Yay me!
    The rain is so horrible in some places and then Calif is dry as anything. Doesn't seem fair at all. Stay safe.

  2. Hope you get some sun to get ready for the show. We have 80s coming up here for the next few days...drag your junk up here to sort it out. High five to the Bean for knowing the good things in life...

  3. Kudos to Bean for snatching that hose holder! hope your rain lets up soon... Send it to !Massachusetts, we need it. Even with all the snow we had, we're behind on water. Good luck getting things ready for The Junk Ranch.

  4. I tried to post a comment once but I hit the sign out instead of publish! Anyway, Good Job Bean taking that home on foot.
    We were in S. Texas last weekend, it was really bad. I know where a lot of those areas are, we saw a whole lot of the after affects on our drive home. We've had a lot of rain in NE OK, but not as bad as they've had in my Texas home.

  5. WE had a nice cool, sunny day. Just to the south of us in Austin, they got hail and were under a weather watch. I am still freaking out that I missed the tornados that were IN my backyard. P.S. tell Bean he is stylin with those rain boots.

  6. Ah, he's a great kid! I used to be him when I was a kid. I'd hunker down in the seat of the car so that no one would see me while my mom went to the yard sales. I didn't grow out of that until well into my 40's though :) Hope the rain in done for you out there!

  7. Oh dear! I have been seeing stories in the news and wondering how you are doing. Happy to hear it is just inconvenience. What is happening in TX is heartbreaking. You are right, if only we could gather it up and send to CA where they need it so badly!
    He is a good boy.

    1. Texas needed it, just not all at once! I hope that CA gets rain which it needs badly, but spread out a little bit.

  8. I was getting annoyed at how much rain we have been getting and how fast the grass keeps growing. Then I watched the news in Texas and shut the hell up.

    1. It's still bad, there are still several people missing.


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