(oh, the things they can make with recycled plastic these days! It's mind boggling.)
Santa brought this new mailbox and post to us this year, and I am pretty sure all of the neighbors love it too.
This post (and plan) has been a very, very long time in the making. (To give you an idea of just how long, I titled and started this blog post in May of 2012.)
To fully appreciate the new mailbox we installed last weekend, one must picture in our minds the pathetic ghetto original-to-the-house mailbox that was planted here for some thirty years. (I think describing it creates quite a visual in itself, without us needing a photo as evidence.)
Not only was the old at-one-time-black rural mailbox sad to look at, with it's slightly dented ginormous sticker label on one side, shouting in all caps, "DO NOT BLOCK", and its' red metal flag missing long, long ago,but the post was loose in the ground, so when I would open it each day to get the mail, the entire set up, post and mailbox, would flop forward. (Our mail carrier had to love that little "feature".) Upon closing the front of the mailbox, it would flop backwards at an angle.
We took it from ghetto to gorgeous in an afternoon.
(Well, technically two afternoons, as my Rock n' Roll Buddy dug the deep post-hole one day, and then it was just too darned cold to stay outside, so we waited a few days until we hit the 40's and completed the installation job.)
Let's look at it again, from another angle, shall we?
Talk about instant gratification.
Once it was installed, I rushed to plant some red primroses (which I knew would bring on a new cold weather front...and it did.) along some flags for the Superbowl party....
A thing of beauty, indeed.
Oh, how I wish I could have been there last Monday to see the mail carrier's face when she came down our street.