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.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

My Fifteen Minutes

As you may know, Lara is a feature writer for the state-wide newspaper.  She writes about people that run the homeless shelter, help preemie babies, help homeless people, feed schoolchildren, and the list goes on and on of the stories of the fabulous people that she has shared with our area.  

For some crazy reason, she decided that I would make a good story.  I thought it was a small human interest story in the wayback section of the paper.  But, it was for the Free Weekly that is distributed throughout our area.  And, to top it off - my story was the cover story.  Whut the whut?  

The story is a fun read, if I do say so myself.  But, Lara has a writing knack that would make her description of paint drying fascinating and funny.  :)  She is very talented.  

So, here it is - my fifteen minutes of fame.

There are a lot more photos in the print version.  If I wasn't exhausted from Junk Ranch set up, I would scan it for you.  Maybe next week.  

Until then...GOOD NIGHT.  I have a huge weekend.

And, thank you Lara for making me feel like there's a reason I am the way I am.  


  1. What a lovely article! Lara did a great job! And she captured you perfectly. Thanks for sharing it. Good luck at the JR Boo!!!! I hope you come home with an empty car and full pockets!

  2. Great article - how fun for you!

  3. I read the article and loved it! She is a very good writer. Good luck with Junk Ranch!

  4. Wendy2:00 PM

    What a great article...congrats how cool!!

  5. You also have a way with words, maybe you and Lara should publish your OWN junkin adventure book.

  6. Wonderful article. You deserve it - you’re good at what you do!!!

  7. Ditto on Lara doing a great write up. High five that girl for me! Glad the JR is behind you...well done once again!


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