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, November 18, 2015

Winner, Winner, Winner

I have been on a bit of a bit of a good luck kick winning things lately.  At night, before I go to bed, I enter a few online sweepstakes.  I like instant win contests like this one:  Mars Candy  Last week I won three candy bars, a $5.00 debit card, a $10.00 debit card and a $15.00 debit card.  Hey, that's $40.00 plus some candy!  Not bad!

Then I also entered this sweepstakes:  Thanksgathering You can win a $1,000.00 VISA card to be used to go home for the holidays (you can use it for anything, but that is the point of the sweepstakes) or you can win a $250.00 VISA to help you host the holidays.  It is an instant win contest, so you know right then if you have won or not.  And GUESS WHAT?  I won the $1,000.00 VISA card.  In the words of Gomer Pyle "SHAZAM!"  When the confirmation screen popped up that said, "WINNER" I just stared at it for about ten minutes like "Whut?"  I got the email and faxed in my affidavit and the VISA should be here in the next day or so. You guys really need to play!  I know many people online that have won - it is possible!!!

BUT WAIT, there's more!  

Friday I went out to all the Holiday Open House events out on the street where I have my booth. About a dozen shops were having an Open House with refreshments and drawings.  I, of course, signed up for those drawings.  I'm no dummy.  :)  I never pay attention to what the prizes are - I just sign my name, fold it up accordion style (more edges to grab when they reach in the bowl) and go on about my way.

Sunday I had a text with the photo of my entry on it saying, "You won!"  I texted back a big thank you and said, "What did I win?"

That's when they sent me a photo and a message that said, "A lot!" Apparently everyone in each booth had donated something and I WON THEM ALL!!!  Eighteen handmade and very nice things.  

This wooden sign is big - 3 feet across.  It's heavy and well made, but needs a bit of pizzazz.  I might have my buddy Lara fix it up somehow.  The French sign is on canvas.  

This is a gallon size vessel - super heavy - full of what looks like glass glitter with a Mercury Glass Candle holder inside.  It is incredibly fancy and really pretty.  

A very big handmade Santa doll, a set of fancy cheese serving tools, a fun coffee mug, a neat divided box, six primitive candles and a Joyeux Noel sign.  

A giant metal angel - I mean it's BIG, a nice handmade book page wreath, a pink vase, handmade brooch made just for the raffle, a barn board rack with bird hooks and a couple packages of hand-painted clothespins.

When I picked it up, they told me that the vendors had thought that each item would be given to a different person, so they were all generous in their prizes.  I think if they had KNOWN it was all going to one person it would have been a lot more smaller things.  And, it really should have been!  I mean, that is a LOT of stuff!  And, not to sound ungrateful or anything - but most of it is not my taste really.  But, it was a heck of a nice thing to win!  I'm keeping the divided box, the clothespins, the Joyeux Noel sign, the cheese knives and maybe the barnwood hook sign.  The other things I will give as gifts or they will make it to the booth in town.  I hope that isn't tacky.  I mean, it is mine now, right?

Anyway, I have to go buy some Powerball tickets.  IT COULD HAPPEN!!!!! 

*Thank you for all your nice words about our boy, Tiger.  He is surely missed.  I know everyone has gone through it and understands what it is like to lose a pet.  I can always count on you guys for a virtual hug.  :)


  1. Well you are one lucky ducky and SHAZAAM!

  2. Definitely hope that winning streak keeps up. Congratulations. I'm sorry for your loss.

  3. That is so awesome! Cash, candy and prizes...WOW. def time to play lottery, OR dig a hole in the back yard and strike oil!!

  4. Now you just need to find a contest where you and a friend (ME ME ME!) win front row tickets to all of JT's concerts as well as backstage passes and invites to all of his family get-togethers :-)


  5. Luckeeeeeee girl! (I don't blame you for not keeping all that stuff. I would be doing exactly the same thing you are doing and letting some go to a new home) congrats!

  6. WooEE!! Great wins (I've been playing since you won the $1000) and now all these goodies. So many pretty things but many of them wouldn't be my style either. I love the French Canvas!! The pretty book page wreath and the pink vase!! They are yours so you do what you want with them, not tacky at all! I need to come get some of that good luck from you!

  7. Well, winner, winner turkey dinner! You need to find a way to bottle your mojo and sell it. Be sure to buy something nice for yourself with the Visa. You deserve it. I often enter giveaways and raffles with the intent of passing on (selling) most of the prizes if I win. It's yours now. It's kind of like finding it on the curb, but it's nicer stuff. If you ever win a bunch of Batman stuff, I'll be glad to help you re-home it. LOL

  8. EBOR!
    ...karma trying to THANK YOU for being such a great Human to Tiger for so many years😍!

  9. Wow! you're definitely on a roll. You won some great things... I love the wreath, so pretty. I keep entering the $1,000 giveaway, but nothing... enjoy your wins!

  10. Congrats! I always enjoy hearing (reading) that someone I know even virtually won!

    Enjoy your prizes!


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