Posted by J L on January 18, 2013
Posted in Home and garden • Life | Tagged With: home, mailbox, street, window sills
One thing that is unusual in our area is that it is such a mild winter. The weather has been a little cold at times, but overall it has been warm. This warm weather has allowed my wife and me to work in the garden and to fix up our home when we have some free time. It has been a very nice change from the years before. Last weekend we saw a large flock of robins in the front yard, and that led us to believe that even though we have only officially been in winter, that the really cold weather might just skirt around our town. To be honest, I would not mind that one bit!
We are interested in how our house looks from the curb. My wife like to watch the television shows about landscaping and curb appeal, and she has been talking about replacing a few of the out-of-control shrubs with a cottage garden. We hope to sell the house someday, perhaps retire in a warmer climate (wouldn’t a tropical island be awesome!) and the look of a house from the street can play a huge part in selling it and getting a great price. We fixed our mailbox as well as our window boxes. The curb appeal is looking good and I know it will be a great summer.
It isn’t uncommon these days to see some pretty unique and very cool mailboxes for sale that are in all the numerous catalogs and websites that I see. Gone are the days that you see our street lined with the plain silver metal boxes that were really the only residential mailboxes for sale for so very long.
My all time favorite mailbox ever that I have actually seen at the end of some one’s drive way was a regular mailbox on a post and then the second one (painted white) was on a pole some 5 or 6 feet up in the air with red letters printed on it saying “Air Mail” I have to admit that I still crack a smile when I think of that darned thing. Makes me wonder if the person who owns it actually checks it once in a while!
We can always tell when our regular mail carrier isn’t working. We have had the same mail carrier for over 7 years now and he always does a great job getting the right mail to the right person and in the right mailboxes. So when we start getting other people’s mail in our mailbox we can bet our bottom dollar that, for what ever reason, there is a substitute carrier on the job.
I wouldn’t want the job of being a mail carrier these days for a variety of reasons. It must be a real drag to have to get up early and go to work in the rain, hail, snow, sleet or what ever the weather is because we all know that no matter what the weather brings us the mail will be delivered unless of course we have a hurricane or a an earthquake of a large magnitude that brings everything to a dead stop.
Mail carriers are still driving their personal cars out here in the boonies, which means that they have to drive while sitting in the middle of their front seat and stretch all the way over in order to get the mail in and out of all of the mail boxes, which must be a real pain in the neck (and various other body parts as well) but better than getting in and out of the vehicle at every stop. That in itself would keep me from getting a job as a country mail carrier, while the city ones are using the vehicles specifically made with the steering wheel and pedals on the right side instead of on the left.