As you might be able to tell from my previous posts, I’ve been in a pretty negative head space the past couple of months. Today the weather was really nice and so I decided to do some chores outside which included taking the weed whacker to our lawn (our electric mower stopped working), laundry with my husbands help and I did the drawing I’m sharing (hopefully you can make it out, using my old camera!). Doing these things and having my husband and dogs around helped me too. There have been a lot of things going on lately that have been setting me off, but I’ve been trying to deal with things the best I can. Doing things like chores, crafts and listening to music really help. I’ve started on another corner-to-corner blanket and that helps me when I’m restless watching television and also helps with winding down my mind before bed. I haven’t been reading as much as I normally do but that’s ok. It’s been a long time since I had a book/story that has kept my attention.
Yesterday I had something come up with people putting business cards and flyers in the mailbox trying to get us to call them for yard services. I got pretty upset and walked some sensitive letters I wanted to mail out down to the post office. I was concerned at finding someone had been in my mailbox that they might also mess with the mail I wanted to send out. Sometimes, with the way I can be and my military background, I can get paranoid like that. My husband and I very rarely, if ever, have hired a person to do yard work unless they have been recommended by a trusted family member and or friend. One time, recently, we took a chance to allow a young person to rake leaves and kind of regretted doing that in hindsight. He basically got money for doing nothing. I was just trying to be charitable to him and ended up having to go behind him and do most of the work! I am actually surprised his parents let him go to people’s houses like that unsupervised to begin with!
Walking to the post office wasn’t a wasted trip. It was great exercise and I found out that it’s actually illegal to put business cards or flyers in people’s mailboxes! After I found this out, I felt guilty and like a hypocrite! I think a year after we moved here, I had tried to ask people, via flyers on the mailbox, if they wouldn’t hire Kyle and I to walk their dogs. I have also put Christmas cards in people’s mailboxes in the neighborhood instead of handing them directly to them and you can’t do that either without putting postage on the letter! So I learned a lot and felt like a hypocrite for getting mad at people for stuff I was guilty of myself. This happens to me from time to time and it’s a humbling experience for sure! I did some research on my own, as the folks at the post office said there is like a $300 fine. What I found on this was from way back in 1997! Here is a link: https://www.gao.gov/products/GGD-97-85. When I went to their official site, I couldn’t find a current answer to my questions.
To me it seems like we have a lot of laws in America that should be reviewed by somebody. Are the existing laws really necessary and if so, are they actually being enforced? The example I shared is an existing law that is not being enforced at the small town level. With how large one mail carrier’s route is, how can they be expected to take care of these violations? Are such violations merely the responsibility of the United States Postal Office or are they also the responsibility of local law enforcement?
I feel bad for everyone on this deal to include the people like me who can’t afford to start a business in the conventional way and are trying to find a way to make money. Not everyone can afford expensive advertising using conventional means to get someone’s attention! Around where I live, trying to start a lawn business is very popular. When you try to just start a business on your own, however, there is a catch. For example if I had actually got anyone to let me walk their dogs, what would happen if I got bit or hurt while doing it? I didn’t have references, wasn’t licensed, bonded and or insured like a professional dog walker would be. If something had happened while walking a dog, it would have been all on me and I would be held liable. My husband and I aren’t exactly independently wealthy to be able to afford getting sued by somebody! There are similar things involved with lawn service or any other kind of business. Hiring someone who doesn’t have references, isn’t licensed, bonded or insured to do any kind of work is taking a big risk.
When I was growing up, mail was delivered directly to your front door instead of a box. Then they had neighborhood mailboxes for a time and they went away. If I wanted to, I could pay extra for a P.O box but that would mean walking and or paying for gas to drive and pick up my mail every day. Really kind of a mess isn’t it?! We’ve had mail delivered via UPS or FedEx before and it’s gone missing before. I don’t understand what happened to just having a box attached directly to your house but that’s just me. There seems to be a lot of inconsistency in the postal and legal system here in the U.S.
This is just my opinion and I wanted to share this experience as it might help enlighten someone about this issue.