The Munster Mailbox

The Munsters....Remember these guys?  Herman is my favorite.

Courtesy of  munster.com

As summer comes around again(and I am very happy about that fact), there is green everywhere, and flowers blooming all over the place….Although, there is one thing that I really don’t enjoy about summer.  It’s a small thing, and there are probably a few (very few) other things that I don’t appreciate about summer…..but not much.  I am a big fan of warm weather.  This one thing I really don’t miss in the middle of winter though!  Anyway, here’s is something that you might like to know about our residence, should you ever be in the neighborhood. 😉

We do not live on Mockingbird Lane, have a vampire grandpa, or decorate with spiderwebs and dust.  However, I have noticed that my family has something in common with the Munsters from the TV show back in the 60’s.  It’s our mailbox.  Every time I go out to get the mail there are spider(s) and their webs, cockroaches, other insects (visiting, I suppose), and just general nastiness.  I have gone out one day with a resolution to clean it off, and succeeded with the help of a long stick.  I was NOT about to use my hand to evict all those bugs, particularly the spiders…. Anyway, I got it nice and clean- front, back, inside and out.  It looked like the lovely, rustic mailbox in the countryside, like it’s supposed to.  The next day I went out, and the unwelcome tenants were back.  Now, granted I hadn’t exactly gotten rid of the roaches because they run off whenever we open the mailbox.  But it was them AND  the spiders….again.

Honestly, I don’t know what the attraction is for these bugs!  Yes, it’s a nice mailbox, or at least I think so-  it’s old and the paint is fading, but it just adds to the rustic look. 😉  Never have I thought that any type of bugs had a taste for that though.  The cockroaches might like the darkness, but why our mailbox?  The neighbors is just as dark!  It’s not as big as ours, but I don’t exactly think roaches need space for their furniture, ya know?  I’ve thought about checking the neighbors’ mailbox, just to make myself feel better, but I think that it might be illegal to tamper with someone’s mailbox.  Don’t quote me on that though.

But just by looking at the outside, our mailbox looks much more like the Munsters’ than any other mailbox I have ever seen.  I also feel bad for the mailman/lady because it seems like on any given day there will almost inevitably be a spider making a new home on the handle.  It’s a good place to hang out I guess…. 🙂  Thankfully, there are other methods of opening a mailbox!  I have figured them out by necessity.   I have also formed the habit of shaking out the catalogs, when we get them, to make sure I am not bringing any of those little squatters into our house.  That would definitely be even worse than just seeing them once a day, maybe twice if I take out a letter to my pen-pal.  So I guess, in conclusion, there really isn’t that much about our mailbox that resembles the Munsters themselves, but I think our mailbox is the pretty close to the perfect mailbox for them.  I don’t recall ever having seen their mailbox in any of the episodes, but I’ve haven’t seen all of them, so maybe I ought to keep an eye out for it in the future! 🙂

I guess you could also call it the Addams Family mailbox…..Those TV shows were popular about the same time, I think.  IMDB says that they both aired from 1964-1966.  Apparently creepy, funny families were a topic of interest on TV in the mid-60s!

So, you now know not to tamper with our mailbox.  I’m not sure why you would want to anyway- we don’t get exciting mail very often.  But now you have extra incentive not to touch it. 🙂  Being that I’m working now, I don’t even have to touch it that much, because someone always brings in the mail before I get home!  No one else complains about it to my knowledge, but our mailbox has been like that for years!  Part of living out in the country, I guess. It’s not a bad price to pay for all the other things we get to enjoy out here though.

Have you ever owned something you thought would fit perfectly in a TV show?  Maybe you’ve thought that you should be in a TV show! 😉  What would the story of your TV show be?  If you’ve never wanted to be a TV star, maybe you can just tell me which TV show you like better- Addams Family or Munsters?  My favorite character in the Munsters is Herman, and Lurch is my favorite from the Addams Family.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!!!

The Benefits of Knitting….

And how it can lead to World Peace. I bet you’ve never heard that one before! 🙂

You might have been wondering (or not) when I am actually going to write about knitting or knotting, because I haven’t since the beginning of my blog.  Well, here goes.  I’m going to explain how knitting could bring about World Peace (theoretically).  This is merely a humorous speculation (hopefully). To accomplish World Peace, we would need a lot less sin in the world, not just more yarn, and regrettably knitting rarely has that effect on people.  I should also inform you that this revelation ‘came to me’ when I was rather young, which may help you understand why it’s so impractical.

My brilliant plan for World Peace was to teach everyone to knit.  This way, those people with evil intentions would be too busy to carry out any of their plans….  Those people without any intentions at all would be given something to do…. Those with too many intentions would be able to relax with a simple knitting project and take their stress out on that….  And those who are formulating intentions could do something productive while contemplating!  Just imagine how warm the world would be!!! 🙂  That’s another benefit-  we could clothe so many needy people!  I’m just waiting to be contacted for my Nobel Peace award…. Just kidding!

Now, obviously there are flaws with this.  I am sensible of that.  For example, I know many people who have tried knitting already, and it just isn’t for them.  Maybe we could have World Peace through knitting and crocheting…. Another flaw would be all those poor little naked sheep, alpacas, bunnies, etc., that gave their way of staying warm to others….however, they can just grow some more.

Here are some practical benefits of knitting, if you made it through the silly speculations above. 🙂

  • It really does give you something to do, if your hands need an occupation while sitting at a doctor’s office, watching TV, etc.
  • It really is stress-relieving, depending on who you talk to, and what pattern they are working on….If it’s an easy pattern, yes, but if it’s involved, no, and don’t bother trying to ask them because you’ll cause them to lose count of their stitches or rows.  Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…. 😉
  • It really is productive- you get a lovely handmade item when done, as opposed to having nothing to show for other things….like watching TV (which is why you should knit at the same time!)
  • It really is a great way to make some gifts!  That is, assuming those receiving the gifts actually need the item, and its quality renders it useful….I know some of the first gifts I made were *not* useful, that’s for sure.  In cases such as that, I like to think it’s the thought that counts…. 🙂

So, there you go.  Hopefully, if you were considering trying to knit, I have made you eager to start, and not scared you off!  The world could always use more knitters….even if it doesn’t lead to World Peace.

If you’d like to see an example (or two) of knitting, I’d love you to visit my shop on Etsy- To Knit or Knot.  Have a lovely day, hopefully with a little knitting, but I don’t wish any knots your way!

Do you have any ideas for World Peace, be they impractical or just plain silly?  Let me know in the comments below!

What It’s Like to Eat Healthy….

….in the eyes of an eight-year-old boy.

Eating healthy is good for you!  Sometimes it’s not always fun, but it’s supposed to pay off in the long run, or so I’m told.  It must be easier to grow up with the quirky health habits we have, than to start with your tastes already developed as an older person.

Quirky health habits include kefir, kombucha, homemade sourdough bread, homegrown meat, etc.  Just so you know to what I am referring.

Anywho, having adjusted quite well(ish) to our diet of sorts, my younger brother happens to have insight about some of these things.  For example- kombucha, a drink which we sometimes affectionately call ‘mushroom juice’ (if you have seen a SCOBY before, you should at least have an idea what I am talking about).  He knows when the kombucha  has sat too long, and you can tell by the look on his face.  Of course, if he is making a face, most of us are making a face.  My dad calls it our ‘Clark Gable face’.  😉  No offense meant to any Clark Gable fans out there!  Drinking kombucha that has fermented too long is somewhat like drinking vinegar….and it’s burning a hole in your esophagus.  It’s not that great really.  But it’s healthy.  So, moral of the story- don’t let your kombucha sit too long.  Side note: My dad, being an avid coffee-drinker is trying to ferment some coffee with the help of a SCOBY.  We’ll see if how it compares with the tea that we use.  So far, my personal preference is green tea.

Most recently, the young fella in our family has made an observation about drinking kefir.  To me, it is an statement fairly unlikely to come out of a female’s mouth, due to the nature of it.  He says “You know, I like to think of drinking kefir as having bad guys inside my stomach, and when you drink the healthy stuff (in this case, kefir), they are like an army going down to battle to fight the bad guys and  it’s like a war inside my stomach”.  Now, I could be mistaken, but that isn’t something typical to come out of a girl’s mouth.

I’m sure this is the first of many blogs about the baby of our family.  One never knows exactly what he is thinking….until a few seconds after he has thought it, and it has made it’s way out of his mouth.  There are very few things he thinks, and keeps to himself.  Or so it seems.  It’s good to have this characteristic in that it tends to promote honesty, and yet, a little less honesty would sometimes be greatly appreciated when we are in public.  😉