I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Friday, May 25, 2012

Monkeys in the Mail

My friend Jan (blogs at Little Pink Houses) sent me MONKEYS.
Look at the packaging of these little guys. Is this not the most wonderful package to receive in the mail?
The artistic drawing of Banana Liqueur came with a warning...
"Keep your banana liqueur bottled up and those monkeys should be just fine." Ha! I have it in writing so if anything happens, my lawyers will know who to contact. I don't have any banana liqueur but I've got Adult Chocolate Milk (Have you heard of this?) I will have to watch these little monkeys. You never know what  they might get into.
Jan found the see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil monkeys at a garage sale because they reminded her of herself, my sister and me. She says she's the one who can't hear... but, according to the Prospector, I would have that honor. He thinks I should have my hearing checked. He doesn't know that I just have selective hearing.

 The last monkeys that Jan sent were monkey slippers and they are safely put away in a shoebox, in the closet, because Carl wouldn't leave them alone.
You have to understand that Jan and I have had a long standing debate on the subject of monkeys... their endearing qualities and their perceived similarities to humans. I have always been afraid of monkeys so I'm guessing that, in Jan's mind, I need to face my fears. I thought that I had "Faced my fears" when I watched all the Planet of the Apes movies. It was no help at all.
 I won't go into all the details but we have had this monkey discussion many times and I think that she believes exposure is the answer. Like giving someone who hates snakes a rubber boa or holding a real spider close to an arachnophobic. Yes, she's THAT kind of friend.
It's ALWAYS about monkeys! She must be a relative of Jane Goodall.

However..... These cute versions, of what I refer to as "Jan's Obsession", are something I can live with.
So... I asked them where there would be comfortable in my house.
They didn't like being on the edge of the begonia planter. Too precarious. 
They really didn't like sitting on the edge of the computer either. Too precarious... and  too much computer radiation. They ARE like the three of us. Worry, worry, worry...

This house plant was better. The view was good but that serpent made them nervous.

They felt overwhelmed by the big rabbit towering above them and they thought they might slip off of that rock.
So finally, after a lot of discussion and many opinions about which would be the "best" place to settle into, They chose this spot.

 They said that they could see me at the computer and were high enough that the dogs couldn't get to them.
I think that they liked the fragrance of the felted soap and the bear was something warm and comforting in their new home. It was the place that soothed their little monkey minds.
"Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamoring for attention. Fear is an especially loud monkey, sounding the alarm incessantly, pointing out all the things we should be wary of and everything that could go wrong."
 ( see the credit for this quote here. Good article!)
Maybe they will settle down MY monkey mind and remind me to speak with kindness, see clearly and hear others with compassion and understanding.
Thank you Jan. See you soon.


  1. Love the little ceramic monkeys. Great post and photos as usual. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

  2. cute little monkeys...a little finicky in their choices but...haha...neat gift and love the artistry of the package...

  3. What a wonderful friend you have! Jan's gift was lovely and I've also been sent a monkey in the mail :)

    I have two looking me as I type. I believe you chose the perfect spot for them.

    LOVE the Buddha quote...completely agree.

    Glad you are doing well, hon ♥

  4. Yes, monkey's are an interesting subject...they can be kinda creepy and freaky and endearing all at once. I so admore Jane Goodall and would love to hear her opinions of the 'Monkey Mind'. Lord knows I've got a few up there as well!

  5. I looked up Adult Choc Milk & found that the grocery down the street has it! I want to try the bev. with Amaretto & cream.................almost sounds like something I used to consume in my youth!

  6. I'm so glad they made it to you safely--who knows what 3 monkeys packed in a small box might do unsupervised in the mail. I had to ask at the post office if it was OK that it said "Liquier" on the outside, lest they tear it open in the transit office to find out.

  7. I'm so glad they made it to you safely--who knows what 3 monkeys packed in a small box might do unsupervised in the mail. I had to ask at the post office if it was OK that it said "Liquier" on the outside, lest they tear it open in the transit office to find out.


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