Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday is nut day!

Went to check the mail today and lo and behold!  A nut!  I ran back to get my phone to document. 

I asked my older son (the little one can't reach the box) and husband. They claim no knowledge of how this nut (or any previous ones) arrived. I'm sure I've asked them before but I've recently gotten some questions about whether they have been playing a trick on me all these years. I don't think they would have been able to keep it up this long. 

The propane guy came for a fill today. But he hasn't been here in months and he gave my husband the bill. He wasn't near the mailbox at all. 

Mail carrier? Neighborhood kids?
The mystery continues. 

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

State of the mailbox

No nuts today, as of 8:20 am.

If you are curious about this mailbox, here are some more views. 

It is a newish mailbox.  We replaced the falling apart, plastic box, strapped to the fence mailbox, that was there when we bought the house, a few years ago.  I think the nuts started arriving after the mailbox was replaced, but honestly, the old box was so ratty I might have missed something like a nut.  

There are no obvious large holes in the box for something like a mouse or chipmunk to get through.  The largest things I've seen in the box are spiders and ants.  In fact an entire colony of ants moved in last summer--maybe looking to live off the occasional nut.  I got tired of shaking ants out of my mail, so I finally cleaned the box out with some bleach bathroom spray--that seemed to do the trick.  

Could a squirrel be storing snacks in my mailbox?  

The squirrels around here do seems smart enough to unlatch the mailbox.  The box is held closed with a magnetic clip.  But I've never seen any squirrels sitting on/opening my mailbox or any others in the area.  

But . . .
These peanuts do seem to look like the kind you might find in fancy mixed bird food.  They are not the salted peanuts you might find in a can or at the neighborhood bar.  

So, the mystery continues.

Anyone else find odd things in their mailbox?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Note to perp

Not sure if you are trying to entice us to eat these found peanuts?  We don't have any peanut allergies in the house, so it wouldn't kill us anyway.

We tend to prefer our peanuts squished.  And we prefer roasted, unsalted almonds.  Just in case you want to toss a bag of those in the mailbox.


Introduction to a nut

Some of you know me as a knitter (  Some of you know me as your sister (waves).  Some of you might not know me at all.  Who is this crazy person posting photos of their mailbox?

I have lived in my home, in a semi-rural suburb, north of Boston for over 10 years.  Over the past few years I have been finding a nut, or two in my mailbox.  I've asked my neighbors about this--they think I'm a bit nutty.  No one seems to know where these nuts come from.  And no one else seems to be finding them in their mailbox.  My sisters suggested documenting the mailbox findings--so here I am.

This morning I was running late.  I forgot to set the alarm on my phone last night (yes, I should have a M-F alarm set, but I don't).  I woke up at 7:52 am and jumped out of bed.  I found the 5 yr old still in pjs, playing with legos.  My husband and 12 yr old were doing their own thing.  I got lunch and breakfast and clothing all set and we made it to the bus stop on time.  Phew, aerobic exercise for the day--check.

On the way back up the hill to my house I checked the mailbox.  I know that the mail carrier usually arrives around 11 am, but I can't help but check the box if I walk past.  Sometimes neighbors leave stuff for each other in their mailbox or maybe I missed something sticking my mittened hand, out of my car, into box while it was pitch black last night.  The image you see is the nut that I found in my box.

This did not surprise me much.  Every so often, sometimes daily, sometimes not for weeks, for quite a while now (years, I think) there will be a nut in the front right corner of my box--sometimes two.  I took the nut and tossed it in the woods, but not before snapping a photo to share with my sisters--and now with you.

I'll post the nuts here, as they arrive in my mailbox, for all to see.