Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Mailbox and the US Postal Service!

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery,
By doubling our joy, and dividing our grief.
           Joseph Addison


I thought this would get your attention; all I wanted to do was thank them.

I usually do not find anything unusual or unexpected in my mailbox. I cross the road every morning open the door and stare at the bills or the flyers. In the spring it is a hub of activity for the resident ants that every year set up an elaborate ant farm. I sometimes stand there and admire their work ethic and how organized they are. I have to grab and shake my mail or I will be having some of them tagging along for the trip to the house, I am OK with them not relocating to my house.

I have found sharing my mail address or in fact sharing my real name something I am not comfortable with for many reasons. I value my right to privacy greatly but I must say over the past two years I have bent those self-imposed rules. I have learned to trust my instincts and blogger friends with this information. I love my new found friends on blogger and someday I may just reveal my real name to all. Don’t get excited I said “May”.

Oh I must apologize for my mind that wanders on and tends to over analyze my words making me sometimes forget where I am going.

As I was saying I have walked out to this old mailbox and peered in many times but a couple of weeks ago I received two things within two days of each other. Both I must say stamped US Postal Service and that is why I felt the need to thank them.


 The above photo is of a beautiful card I received from my friend Becky she is a talented crafter, her handiwork and ideas are incredible. Becky is an all-around great person who works very hard and found the time to craft something just for me. It is more than a card it is a photo holder to place photos of my Mom. The thoughtful message wrote on the back of the card made me cry. Thank you Becky. It sits on my buffet for all to see.

The very next day I received a very heavy box with the same stamp US Postal Service but this time Priority Mail. I was excited to say the very least especially when I saw the address that I recognized straight away. It was from Montana, I know you know where I am going now don’t you? Yes it was our Feral Woman. The woman who faces everything life has thrown at her (especially lately) and still comes out fighting with a smile and a laugh. I was so excited I ran to the house to get the scissors to rip into that parcel. I could not imagine why it weighed so much.


I am now the proud owner of a piece of Montana real estate. A beautiful rock from Feral Woman’s own yard. I love my rock it is shiny, very old, beautiful and I can only imagine the stories it could share with me. I have mailed rocks to others in the past and everyone I know thought that I was weird. I guess now that makes two of us. Two of a kind.

Thank you Feral Woman it sits beside the card from Becky for all to see, to remind me there are true friendships developed out there in blogger land.
I now believe that the ant farm come spring will have to be very impressive to beat these mailbox finds.

Ps. apparently there is an even bigger, heavier piece of Montana real estate waiting for me in Montana surrounded by burned trees, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It would not fit in the box. This will require a visit and an empty suitcase. I am surely up to the challenge and look forward to that day.

Later

30 comments:

  1. Wonderful boxes to lift up the spirits in the mail - how wonderful!!

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  2. I'm back! Fixed the glitch (hopefully.) How nice to receive real mail from bloggy friends. xo

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  3. Finding Good friends through blogging is the BEST.. I know your real name~~ as you know mine...I will keep it safe until the time you reveal it yourself...in the meantime my blogger friend I offer you ~~"peace" of mind~~

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  4. Sometimes we really pour our hearts out on our blogs and the folks who stick with us really do become friends- they support us, laugh with us, cry with us... all things real friends do.

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  5. Blogland is full of wonderful people...so glad you've been able to connect...and what fun surprises to find in your mailbox! :)

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  6. Oh that is so sweet to receive in the mail :) M xoxox

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  7. Super wonderful surprises, Buttons. You mean your REAL name isn't Buttons? Hmmm. ;))

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  8. That rock has to be the most original gift ever-- it just quivers with stories- and think-- hundreds of years from now, some poor scientist will be trying to figure out how it got to your house.
    The card is a forever keeper- lucky you

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  9. Your postal carrier must have been wondering what was so heavy.

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  10. Such thoughtful gifts. I love my blogging friends. I have made so many friends now beginning my 8th year of blogging.

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  11. I agree it is nice here in Blogland. Plenty of rocks all around.
    You might be too young to remember this, but pet rocks were once all the rage.

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  12. this is so sweet. love the rock. love feral. :)

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  13. What nice surprises to receive! I have never thought of mailing rocks, but what a great idea. My grandmother has always collected rocks so I just may have to mail some rocks to her from our property :)

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  14. I know what you mean about guarding your name and location! Recently, I also let down my guard and the blessings flowed. Those are some really cool gifts you received. What a wonderful community blogland is!

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  15. Trust your instincts. I'm learning the same... How beautiful it is when these blog friendships cross the line to our tactile senses and move closer to our hearts. Perhaps one day we'll 'swap howdy's' face to face, to quote Catherine Marshall's Little Burl. What a fun thought.

    Blessings, Debbie

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  16. OH B!!! Now you've made me all teary eyed... I'm just ever so glad that you like the little card. I'm planning some "Special" Christmas cards for my "Bloggie" friends and will post "peaks" as I make my way through creating them.

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  17. HMMMMmmmm... when we moved to this house the original owner had left a HUGE pile of rocks behind our garage and I spent a LOT of time moving the rocks around the yard to create flower borders. One day I came across some that looked really WEIRD...like GIANT Rabbit pellets... guess what it is?????? READY... DINOSAUR POO!!! Yep! The elderly neighbor beside us confirmed the man had bought some fossilized dinosaur poo.

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  18. It's the simple little gestures like these two that really mean the most. I love this post, as I was just thinking about simple things today, and am going to post about another one of them tomorrow:)

    Our mailbox is home to many earwigs. I marvel at their ability to climb the slippery metal post, and their lack of fear at the thought of being crushed by book packages from Amazon...

    I love buttons by the way-I even collect them. Glad to have you and your blog be my newest additions:)

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  19. My father and my brother are employees of the US Postal Service. Well my Dad is gone but my bro is still working everyday delivering the mail. I personally think it has the best bang for the buck in the US of A. 47 cents gets you a letter as far as it needs to go in this country. Pretty amazing.

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  20. I too have met some wonderful bloggy friends. If only we could all get together over a cup of coffee, how wonderful that would be?!

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  21. I know what you mean Buttons and like you I try to keep some of my personal information private. It is not the awesome bloggers out there who worry me, but the psychos who pray on people. But like you, I have learned to trust my instincts and know that some blogger friends are amazing.

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  22. What beautiful treasures you received! Bloggy buddies are the best!! :)

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  23. have to say sending a rock in the mail is very unusual to say the least!!

    Gill

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  24. receiving real mail from blog friends...priceless!

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  25. Isn't it great to get gifts in the mail now I am sure there will be some people who will wonder why you have rock sitting on your buffet..........lol

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  26. Bloggy Friend gifts are the BEST! Love your new stuff. That Montana rock is a keeper!

    Yeah, and I bring home rocks all the time. Not like rock hounds collect. Just rocks. Ones that remind me of a place I've been.

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  27. I only occasionally tell people my 'real' name, and nobody has my address.
    But I have had lunch with a dozen blog friends who live in different cities when I've been traveling over the last five years, and enjoyed it a lot.

    Getting mail is fun. The real handwritten kind:)
    The card was very pretty.
    And now you own real estate in another state too:)

    Happy Friday tomorrow, Buttons!

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