Waiting for the Thaw

My sister reads this blog everyday.

Our old green mailbox is on the street on the west side of the house.
Our old green mailbox is on the street on the west side of the house.

She noticed that our mailbox didn’t match the new grandeur of The renovated  Glade so for Christmas (after tons of research) she sent us a new one.

The mailbox and components came well-packaged in 2 boxes.
The mailbox and components came well-packaged in 2 boxes.
The "waiting mail" flag is sturdy.
The “waiting mail” flag is sturdy.

It’s larger than our old box, heavier than our old box, and much more elegant.

All the parts are heavy metal.
All the parts are heavy metal.
The kit includes 2 side plates with our address.
The kit includes 2 side plates with our address.

The box is cast metal as are the other components.

When we get this all put together it should look like this except with our address.
When we get this all put together it should look like this except with our address.

We’re eager to put it in but the ground is frozen so we’ll just have to wait for the thaw. Thanks, Sister, for such an extravagant gift.

Is your mailbox on the street, on the porch, or at the post office?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

15 thoughts on “Waiting for the Thaw”

  1. That’s a very handsome mailbox! Mine is a plain black one on a faded white post that unfortunately is across the street. I’m just below the top of a hill on a curve, so I have to listen very carefully before I cross the road to fetch the mail. It’s a little bit of a stroll to get to the road so I wait until late in the afternoon unless I’ve been lucky enough to see the mail carrier stopping at the mailbox.

    1. The numbers were starting to peel off of our current box so we’re happy to have a new one. It’s right by our driveway so we don’t have to far to go to get the mail. Jo

    1. I can understand charging for a PO box if it is instead of home delivery but if the post office is not delivering they should provide the service free of charge. Unlikely that it will change, though. Jo

  2. Lovely and perfect. A sweet and thoughtful sister! In our neighborhood the mailboxes are located every few blocks…large and compartmentalized with locked boxes. Oh well, it gets us out for at least a little walk.

    1. I’ve seen those, also. I wouldn’t want to walk to get my mail, on the other hand, it was the one time each day my mother took her stroll. Jo

  3. What a gorgeous mailbox! I’ve been looking for a long time for a good one. Heavy metal etc. So much out there is just junk. I’m thinking of just refurbishing what I have for now. Your home is so beautiful and everything you do is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Koko:)

    1. Wow, Koko, thank you. I’m of the mind to fix up what you have until you can TRULY afford what you want. I waited a long time and can now be extravagant in some areas while still being frugal in others. Not to mention I have a generous sister. Jo

      1. Is your sister willing to adopt? Hahaha…yes, I agree with you, fix up what you have until you can afford to upgrade. You’ve done a spectacular job with your home! 🙂

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