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, September 06, 2015

Three is the Right Amout

Two weeks ago I came  home and there was a cat laying on top of a table on the porch.  It was not our cat.

I spoke to her and she did not run away.  In fact, she came up to me and let me pet her.  I gave her some dry food and water and she ate it all up.  Every time I went outside for the next few days - there she was - she never left the porch or the front yard.

I called City Hall to ask about any lost cats, I put her on my FB page, the local Lost and Found FB page and Craigslist.  She has no collar and no microchip.  I had several texts and phone calls about a lost cat, but none of them were her. That made me sad for all the people that were missing their pets and sad that she was missing form someone's life too.  

We have our two cats that are older and very set in their ways.  I didn't think they would ever accept another cat into the house.  I wasn't sure The Breadman would be on board either.  My heart has been missing my Little Lady for almost a year now.  I can never, ever replace her.  But there was a part of me that knew that this cat came to us for a reason.  She needed a good home.  We are a good home!  

She stayed outside until about last Monday when we brought her in "just to see".  Our cats looked at her and growled a little bit and then went on their way.  We let her in and out for a couple days.  

When she would come in, she would stay right by the front door and wait for it to open so she could dart back out.  

I brought her in the next night and she went straight to my quilt and slept for twelve hours straight. She wanted back out that morning, so we let her.   We've been letting her go out, but trying to keep her in most of the time.  The last time she went out she got closer to the street that I wanted so we shooed her back up towards the house.  The neighbor came out and said "There's the kitty!'  We've been letting her come in our house too."  That was when I decided if she was to be our cat, it was time to bring her in and make her our hostage.  :)  

I brought her in and showed her the bed.  She laid down on it and slept all day long.  She hasn't even looked at the front door since.  Our big boy old man cat got up on the bed and slept about three feet from her all day too.  It's going quite well and we are all pretty darn happy about it.  

She had been picking at her food and hardly drinking water (that I have seen) so I was worried about feeding her.  The other night I was sitting in the floor and I had a cup of milk sitting beside me.  She made a beeline to that milk and drank every drop of it.  So, whoever had her before gave her milk and let her sleep on the bed.  She is a super sweet cat.  Her name is Dory since she a) stays by the door.  b) is a-dor-able and c) is a lot like Dory the fish - can't find her way home.  :)  

I assure you we are not a "crazy cat" family.  There are three of us and three cats  one per lap.  It's just right. 


  1. She is adorable and I'm so glad she is staying. I do believe that animals find us sometimes and it's just meant to be! Dory is an a'dor'able name for her. 3 kitties+3 laps=perfect

  2. Junk lover, JT lover, and now cat lover. I knew there was a reason we are friends!


  3. She is as sweet as can be and meant to be. I think cats pick US, not the other way around.

  4. I am a firm believer that Cats pick us. We are not a big cat family always dogs but our last cat Sadie as a tiny kitten jumped into my husband's truck when he was at a friends house. Well long story short no one wanted her we had her for 20 years and every time we talk about her there isn't a dry eye. That is one lucky cat.

  5. She's very pretty! Maybe Little Lady sent her your way -- and who wouldn't want to stay if the people are handing out fresh milk and naps on the big bed!

  6. I think our pets pick us and she obviously picked you. Smart kitty, she knew you needed her and she needed you. What lucky girl!

  7. <3 !!!
    Definitely MEANT TO BE!!!

  8. She's sweet as can be and I'm glad she found her way to the purrfect cat family!

  9. Congrats on your newest family member! She is beautiful and looks very sweet!

  10. You can't get any better than that.

  11. Congrats Sarah on your new Dory. She is just beautiful and you are all so lucky to have found each other. Blessings

  12. Shara, so sorry I misspelled your name in my first comment. But note that I got Dory's right. Love your blog!

    1. No worries! Thanks for leaving a comment I love hearing form "new" people! Dory is fitting in just perfectly so far. WHEW!

  13. Dory knew you needed her at this moment. She will show you why in her own time.

  14. What a sweet and lucky cat!

  15. Your a good family! She's a lucky kitty. Love her name!

  16. I believe that not only do our cats pick us, but that the departed one will send the one that most needs you your way when the time is right. Both Chiquito and Kosh were strays who needed an indoor home when they crossed our path. You gave her the right name, because she is truly adorable. What a sweet face.


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