Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Winter Wonderland and My Bat-proof Mailbox

I was thinking that I'd take a few pictures of the lovely weather we are having here in Iowa. This top picture is of the pretty snow effects on my kitchen window.

I thought I would take several, but than I got a picture of my mailbox and thought I'd show you how to make your very own baseball bat proof mailbox.

We have lived here for 11 years and are on our third mailbox. Fallen victim to the shameless shenanigans of teenagers armed with stupidity and a baseball bat.

This last time they hit it so hard, they whacked it into the ditch weeds(not ditch weed, actual weeds in the ditch) and we just thought they must have taken it.
A souvenir of sorts.

When the farmer mowed the ditch months later, he found it.
I don't think he was too happy about that.
He ran over it with the mower attachment.

And the post office just seems to expect you to rush right out and get a new one.
That very minute.
They get mad if you don't have a mailbox.

But, Honeyman decided he needed to do something to protect our newest mailbox.
So, he came up with this set up.

It can't be bashed in from either side.

You'd have to hit it straight on and driving down the road it isn't doable.

So, if they want to destroy it, they are going to have to blow it up.
Which could happen.
They like to light firecrackers and stick them in people's mailboxes too.

It makes it a little tricky for the road grader.

But, Honeyman says that they could destroy the box but they are going to have to earn it.

He's big on making it so people have to "earn it".
The idea for that is to make something really hard to destroy or break into and if they can they have "earned it".

Is that cute or what?
I vote for Or what.


  1. I grew up in a house on the same road as a high school. I feel your pain with losing mail boxes. My dad ended up cementing ours into the ground so that the last time someone rammed it with their car, they totaled it (their car). They couldn't even drive it away.

  2. Oh, that's funny. My dad did that too.

  3. I love ice crystals on glass. I think your storm is going to miss us snow wise...just wind and rain here, I hope. We've had mailbox bashings in our neighborhood over the years, so we have never replaced our old rusted rickity mailbox; as it appears to be too ugly for anyone to pick out for destruction. It keeps trying to fall apart from old age, and I keep repairing it. It's 26 years old now and hasn't disinegrated yet.

    1. Yvonne, I don't know how I missed this or why I never answered. I love ice on glass too. Our has to be replaced cause it was just gone. The one before that had to be replaced because it couldn't be opened.


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