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January 25, 2017






It turns out that I don’t need to check my peculiar picture file to find peculiarities: I’m surrounded by them. There are countless peculiar items at Casa Chatterbox. Some of these have stories, others are a mystery and I have no idea where they came from. Little unintentional arrangements seem to be springing up like mushrooms, perhaps a commentary on our ability to keep an orderly home. These items can be attributed to our eclectic style and sense of whimsy.


Señor Chill was purchased on a trip to Mexico. Painted in bright colors and crafted in various sizes, millions of these brightly painted grinning skulls greet tourists to Mexico, but this tiny fellow caught Mrs. Chatterbox’s eye. The Mardi Gras beads were given to me by a guy in a Cat-in-the-Hat costume outside a bar in Key West.




This next one doesn’t come with an explanation, except to say the little rubber ducky was lifted from a Munich hotel. If you look closely you can see HILTON stamped on it. How he ended up in a bathtub filled with Tums, on the edge of our bathtub, is beyond me.






I have no idea how long this little bear made of soap has graced our bathroom. He’s tucked into a corner near my side of the vanity. I noticed him several years ago. Putting him here was Mrs. Chatterbox’s idea, a joke to make me laugh, but she can’t remember when she first placed him here.






This one needs an explanation. When CJ was in grade school, he received an assignment in his art class to make a clay container. CJ, like his old man, thinks outside the box, waaaaay outside the box. I wouldn’t have thought to make a container in the shape of a person, but he modeled a clay man. When asked, he informed us it was Ross Perot, who was in the news a lot back then. You might remember that Ross Perot ran for president against Bill Clinton and Bush Senior. I won’t explain how or why we acquired some artificial feces, plastic doggie doodoo, but it fit perfectly inside Perot’s head. For years we’ve referred to this guy as Mr. Shit for Brains. I no longer think of this as a representation of Ross Perot. Someone else comes to mind.







This could be a regular Chubby Chatterbox feature, what with all the stuff lurking in corners of our home. Do you have any peculiar items that defy explanation?




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I have way too much stuff to dust that carries memories. Maybe I will do a post on some of my interesting collections...not nearly as ribald, though.
By: Tabor on January 25, 2017
What an odd choice of person for your son to mold. We have a lot of odd items as well. Most we remember, but others, we have no idea and can only hope it was a Christmas gift from somebody one year.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 25, 2017
OMG- yes we do have oodles of wacko stuff in our house- and I will definitely be posting some next week! Thanks for the giggles ( shit for brains mademelaugh!)
By: Kathe W. on January 25, 2017
I have lots of Mardi Gras beads (and King Cake babies) around the house, but not a single pretty skull. I would love to have one like that!
By: Kelly on January 25, 2017
I love all your items, especially Mr. Shit For Brains. Larry the Lizard lives on the book shelves in my living room. He has a little button on his back. I press it and he opens his mouth, turns red, and makes a freaky noise. A friend sent him to me after I moved here and told her about the lizards that sometimes invade my house. I also have some unusual ceramic items my daughter made in an art class. I cherish them all. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 25, 2017
Okay I thought I had some strange crap in my house, but nope you now take the prize for that.
By: LL Cool Joe on January 25, 2017
I love your son's sense of humor as well as yours. Mr. Shit for Brains...priceless!!
By: Bee BB Bee on January 25, 2017
I just have a lot of shot glasses and action figures lying around.
By: PT Dilloway on January 25, 2017
Sweetie got his M.A. in archaeology, and to this day he and the kids will bring home "perfectly good" stuff that someone else was throwing away. That's where archaeologists make most of their discoveries, is by going through people's trash, you know.
By: messymimi on January 25, 2017
Love the Perot. I, too, have a house full of crazy stuff. Maybe not as crazy as yours but . . .
By: Catalyst on January 25, 2017
I can't think if anything that defies explanation but there are a few things that I've completely forgotten about.
By: red Kline on January 25, 2017
Love the container head your son made. He would just have to change the "hair" up a bit, then it would fit another "shit for brains." I have a number of rocks around the house, but they make sense to me. I picked up the habit of bringing rocks home from trips after I started working with geologists.
By: Pixel Peeper on January 25, 2017
I love unique things people keep and that Mexican skull is quite unique and great for Mardi Gras. I love that teddy bear and that ducky looks like he is with tums or those sweet and sour candies. The last one is just...funny and I do think of some orange man that has been in the news. I have a little family of worms in ceramic.Papa worm has a pipe, Mama a bonnet and baby a beanie on his head. They were my mom's and I decided to keep it.
By: Birgit on January 25, 2017
Ross Perot risked his fortune (lost a bunch of it) when he stepped up to save a major wall street firm from going under in 1970. By his doing that, he saved the financial community from a serious collapse. He is an American hero and few people today know it.
By: cranky on January 25, 2017
Well...somewhere around here, we have Thomas Jefferson sitting on a boot taking a crap.
By: Val on January 25, 2017
I love love, LOVE this idea for a post! I have all sorts of weird knick knacks around my home. You have inspired me to share a post like this in the near future!!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on January 25, 2017
I LOVE Mr. Shit For Brains (well, maybe LOVE is too strong a word). Soap bear is in the perfect spot. Mrs. C is so clever. The bathtub filled with TUMS does make one wonder. As for the Mardi Gras beads, don't you usually have to expose yourself to receive those? Tell us the truth. What did you show the Cat in the Hat?
By: Mitchell is Moving on January 26, 2017
What a scream. I think you could market those for CJ and make a fortune :)
By: Rick Watson on January 26, 2017
You could probably get a fortune for those on Ebay but look at all the whimsy you would lose. That does look like Ross--especially the ears.
By: Arkansas Patti on January 26, 2017
When we first moved to our house I would pass a barn with PEROT painted on it in giant letters. Made me laugh. My dad voted for him. I might have to show him this little sculpture :)
By: The Bug on January 26, 2017
Poo head... priceless!
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 26, 2017
Mr. Shit for Brains is priceless!!
By: fishducky on January 27, 2017
I love having tons of little funky knick-knacks laying around that catch people's attention. "Ooooo! What is this?" I have a chunk of rock that I broke off a meteor that crashed in my grandfather's field when we was a boy. I have the tooth that I pulled out of a homeless man's mouth (he asked me to) in an alley in San Juan. A pencil sharpener in the shape of a hearse. I love my little peculiarities.
By: Brett Minor (Transformed Nonconformist) on January 28, 2017

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