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.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Word To Your Mother: Happy Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day.  I collect Mother's things.  Or things for Mother.  Or something like that. I started picking up the sweet old Mother plaques to sell.  But they sat in the booth and never sold and that made me sad.  I brought them home and fell in love with the sweet words and sentiments. So, another collection was born.  I've never really seen any other Mother's day collections, but I'm sure they are out there.  

Mom, Mother - what do you call yours?  Mine was Mama when I was little.  Then Mumsie about the time I started Junior High.  She's still MY Mumsie.  I never liked "MOM".  But, guess what I am to The Bean - MOM.  I love it, of course. :D

I added in some of my favorite babies, because you can't really be a Mother without a baby of some sort.  The set on the right is one of my favorite things - they belonged to my Great Grandma.  They are salt and pepper shakers.  Can you imagine using them????  Not me!

I bought a big scrapbook full of vintage cards  - all from Georgie to her Mother over all the years. There are cards from every single holiday and they all say Mother on the cover - if it's a holiday like Christmas, Georgie penciled in "and Dad" under MOTHER.  Georgie really liked her Mom.  I get that.  

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

Happy Mother's Day.


  1. You too, Shara, I hope your day is just what you want it to be! Love your collection for this special day!

  2. I adore that collection of Mother cards! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  3. I don't really have a Mom's day collection, but this a.m. when I did an IG post I did realize I have a tiny collection...collection challenge time perhaps. Happy Mom's Day!

  4. It's an awesome collection!

    And remember, MOM spelled upsidedown is WOW ;)

  5. Shara, I had a great day. Both my girls were here and tomorrow we get together with my Mom also.

  6. Hope you had a good one!


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