My Neighbor's Mail, Emergency Eye Exam Found Blog Post (2024)

Today, there was no rain forecast, so it was time to go get my mail in Cullman. There was only once piece worth anything. It had been about two weeks, so it was time.

The pick-up church lunch was today, so it was a good day to go up there. The lunch was a chicken breast, green beans, potatoes, and a roll and a sweet Little Debbie treat. After we delivered hers, we pulled forward a bit and ate in her very shady driveway lined with Hostas. She divided Hostas for years to get this lush edge to her circle driveway. We had a pleasant atmosphere to eat today.

One of my older friends has a hard time walking. I told her about this place. Today, as we went up, I told Tommy we would pick two meals up for her and her son. I called and could not reach her...about six times. I decided to go ahead and get the meals and maybe she would be home by the time we arrived.

She was not home after we drove twelve miles beyond Cullman! I have known her since 1980 and knew she would not care if I went into her house. So, I did. I knew where the refrigerator was, walked straight in and moved the milk over and put the two plates inside. I left a message saying what I did. She called, thanked me, said it was okay I that I went inside when she was not home. Also, I know her daughters who live across the street, plus, even if the police were called to me, she would say it was okay.

As I was trying to step up into the house, about a five-inch step up from the porch, I had to put the food inside so I could haul myself up. As I raised up, I saw a huge grab bar that I used. It was quite hefty.

When we talked, I asked her where she got it. Her son who drove trucks for a living had it. Her grab bar was something that goes onto a truck! She said he cut it and screwed it to front door, one on back door and another by her tub. It was amazing.

I had been telling Tommy we needed a grab bar between the doors. Now, we will have one put up. I bought three for $3 each at a yard sale about three years ago. Even though he said I could not put them up, he wants them now.

Now that I have driven abut 25 extra miles to deliver her lunch, I will let her son do it from now on. My 93 yo friend did not get lunch. Somehow, her son did not get one for her. When she had a car, she always drove to get lunch.

We got three letters in Tommy's mailbox. I opened one before I knew it was not ours. It seems the city of Hueytown is going to put a lien on the house next door that has the barking dogs and tall grass if they do not mow their front and back yard. It seems have grass over 12 inches high is illegal. We drove the mail to their house and I opened the box from the car to put the mail inside. It looks as if they come by and don't get their mail! I have NEVER complained about the grass. The letter said "numerous people" had complained.

I had made an appointment for an emergency visit to eye doctor in Cullman. If you remember the nurse/tech that popped my blue mask into my eye and threatened to make me leave without the test last year, well this is ongoing problem with my eye. Finally, this last week, I picked at the scab that was on lid between lashes and eye. There has been a hard spot there for months. It made my eye water and hurt. After I picked at it, it really hurt.

The doctor said there was a stye starting to form. I imagine that making it raw opened the way for bacteria. Now, I have two antibiotics. One is to take and one is to put on eye.

While I was being examined by everyone, I asked if I could get an exam for glasses. So, I now have a prescription for glasses. I asked for my astigmatism to be corrected. The woman told me my glasses needed a coating to fix my astigmatism. I have never heard that and cannot find that anywhere.

When I asked about an eye exam last week, this place had no openings. The doctor was the one who okayed the exam for glasses today, not the front desk.

This morning after I had six hours of sleep and went back to bed, I did sleep another hour and a half!

No questions. I am too tired.

My Neighbor's Mail, Emergency Eye Exam Found Blog Post (2024)

FAQs

What can I do if my neighbor opens your mail? ›

According to 18 U.S. Code 1702, it is a potentially serious offense to deliberately open someone else's mail. Notify this neighbor, “This has happened twice now. We look at all the mail that lands in our box very carefully and make sure it is ours before opening it.

What to do if someone puts a note in your mailbox? ›

The Post Office has their own police. Contact the local Postal Police and report the conduct to them. "My neighbor is leaving items & threatening notes in my mailbox.

Can you put a card in someone's mailbox? ›

It is against federal law to open and put anything but official US mail in a mailbox. However, you can put things outside of the mailbox, by either taping or securing it under the flag. This isn't always a welcomed practice, and your cards could end up as litter.

Can I put a Christmas card in my neighbor's mailbox? ›

Anyone else who opens the box or puts anything inside of it is a criminal act. The U.S. Postal Service explains that "by law, a mailbox is intended only for receipt of postage-paid U.S. Mail."

Can I stop other peoples mail from coming to my house? ›

Approach your mail carrier directly.

Explain the problem either to your specific postal carrier or to a clerk or postmaster at your local post office. Ask them to stop delivering the previous resident's mail to your mailbox. Be pleasant about it.

Is opening someone else's mail a federal offense? ›

A federal statute known as 18 USC Section 1702 makes it illegal to open correspondence addressed to someone else. However, the law cannot be applied if you did not recognize that the mail was not yours when you opened it.

Can I leave a letter in my neighbor's mailbox? ›

It may seem harmless, but legally speaking, you should not put anything inside someone else's mailbox. Mailboxes are considered federal property, protected by rules set by the United States Postal Service.

Is it a federal offense to put something in someone's mailbox? ›

Federal law prohibits anyone from putting materials into a mailbox without postage, according to the United States Postal Service — that covers anything from Christmas cards to cupcakes.

Can you throw away mail that isn't yours? ›

Stealing, destroying, defacing, or interfering with the delivery of mail is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison or a $10,000 fine. To avoid potential legal troubles, here's what not to do with mail that isn't yours. Throw It Away. Tossing someone else's mail into the trash is tantamount to stealing it.

Can I drop postcards in my mailbox? ›

Once your envelope or postcard has the correct addresses and postage, you can send it several ways, including putting it in your mailbox or dropping it in a blue collection box or at a Post Office location.

Can you put a flyer in someone's mailbox? ›

It is illegal to place flyers in mailboxes and newspaper boxes. In order for your flyers to lawfully land in mailboxes, you must pay for postage and send them through USPS. In addition, some communities have ordinances against door-to-door solicitation, in which case you cannot go door to door and hand out your flyers.

Can you put a letter in a mailbox without a stamp? ›

Yes, you do need stamps to mail a letter both for domestic and international routes. The number of letter stamps will depend on the weight, size and destination (domestic or international). Post offices require this proof that postage was paid to help them scan and orient the letter further.

Are there rules for a mailbox? ›

Here are some helpful guidelines to follow when placing your mailbox: Position your mailbox 41″ to 45″ from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry. Place your mailbox 6″ to 8″ back from the curb. If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance.

Can I put invitations in the mailbox? ›

You can just put them in the mailbox! If you want to hand-cancel them, or are suspicious of your mailbox or mail carrier – take them in. It never hurts to mail wedding invitations at the Post Office, especially if you need a confirmation on your postage amount.

What happens if you leave mail in your mailbox? ›

If a mail receptacle is deemed by the letter carrier to be full, the letter carrier will leave a "We ReDeliver for You" form (PS Form 3849) in that receptacle and return the overflow mail to the local Post Office™ location for pickup. The LPO will automatically hold accumulated mail for up to 10 days.

Can I call the police if someone opens my mail? ›

Provided there is no malicious intent, the legal system typically does not treat the accidental opening of another person's mail as a criminal act. However, intentionally misusing mail belonging to someone else may fall under obstruction of correspondence, mail tampering or mail fraud.

What can I do if someone keeps opening my mail? ›

Everyone with torn statements should file a complaint with USPS.” Informed Delivery is a tool anyone can sign up for to get emailed images of the mail that's expected to arrive.

How do you report someone for opening your mail? ›

To report mail fraud to The U.S. Postal Inspection Service online, you may fill out and submit the Mail Fraud Complaint Form . You may also call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service hotline at 1-800-372-8347 to file a complaint about suspected mail fraud.

Can someone in your house open your mail? ›

The Federal Government has stated it is not legal to open another 'adult' persons mail without their explicit consent (such as in a wife opening a husbands or vice versa, a secretary opening the mail addressed to her boss, neighbor under your direction while your on vacation, etc...)

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