I dont know about where you live, but here in Minnesota it has been cold. Not just any old cold (we are very used to that!) but bone chilling, frigid, you-are-not-advised-to-leave-your-house cold.

We have gotten snow storm after snow storm piling up snow everywhere around us.

Its been a tough last few months, even as a native mid-westerner, because of the unusally low temps and high amount of snow fall.

And from what I gather, the whole US has had a colder than normal winter… more snow, more rain, more ice.

But you know what has remained consistent through it all?

Know what was there for me each and every day even if I was too cold to go and get it?

My mail.

I dont know about you, but any job that requires you to be outside, in the elements, especially when the elements are a trecherous as they have been, gets my full on respect and admiration.


I wanted to do something nice for my mailman, just to let him know how appreciated he is!

So I made cookies. I know, I know. Not exactly something to write home about.

Heh. Heh. Get it. Write home??? Sorry. Couldnt resist.


On a whim I decided to jazz up this cookie with a mini postman in the corner. Then I screwed up his eyes and had to add sunglasses. Then realized he’s missing a nose.

I need to learn to control my whims better.


These are based on the UN-official motto of the United States Post Office.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

But I got to thinking… you dont have to to make cookies for your mail person… why not just say “Thanks!” next time you see them? Or wave and smile?

Or better yet, stock up on 75% off Valentines Day candy and drop some off on your way home.

Its just a good idea in general to stock up on massive amounts of cheap candy right?

Anyway, it just seemed like a good idea to give those hard working mail carriers a thumbs up from the crazy lady on the block. (me)

And that concludes my public service announcement.

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Reader Comments

  1. I love your blog. But this was super sweet of you to do. My hubby is a postman…and they appreciate things like this.

  2. Such a lovely idea! I really don’t know how these guys manage to keep things going in the middle of winter, they really do an amazing job. You have inspired me to put together a little package for our mailman this week 🙂

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