Mendota Post Office and This Strange Cat

My day began in a surprising manner. Sam the Cat returned from being outside for about 90 minutes. He climbed into bed and began “marching” or what I call “making muffins.” He marched for about a minute and then he peed on me. Not a little bit.

Later, after everything was churning away in the washer and I’d showered,  I asked him..”what was up with this peeing in the bed thing? It’s a little creepy, Sam?”

Sam 1

“I’m getting ready to roll. Can’t answer you now.”


Sam 2

“Those 600 count sheets get wet just like the 180 count nubby ones. How did you like the smell?  You are mine now, baby!  I’ve marked you!!


Sam 3

“Nanny nanny boo boo…better to be pissed on than pissed off.”

Suffice it to say, Sam spent a very unhappy afternoon outside looking in. This time spent on the wrong side of the “Door of Shame”  has made him sleepy tonight. He’s inside, but he may be snoozing in the garage tonight. Still not certain.

Later, I went to the Mendota Post Office and decided to take you along. We are thankful for our post office. While the hours were cut, the location was spared.

US Post Office Mendota VA

The post office sits at the base of Clinch Mountain…just down from the Mendota Cemetery. It’s across from what was the Mendota Medical Center. Some day.


I had a very small package to mail to Mike’s mother in California. I’d found some lavender goat’s milk lotion made in Jonesville, Virginia — about 45 minutes away.

Evelyn Beaule Package

Have you ever went to a post office and felt you were interrupting someone’s day?  It’s not that way in Mendota.

Kim gives me a big hello when she sees me!

KimThe Mail Lady

Here’s the hours…

Mendota Post Office Hours

Have you ever seen a healthier indoor plant (picture below)?  This is the Mendota Contingency Plan for Emergencies. We’ll be cutting this for firewood if our electricity goes out.  That’s a joke.

Large PO TreeWe’re little, but we got all the fixins…

Post Office Stuff

The post office is a hub for learning what is happening with our neighbors..

The Gathering Bowl

Lifelong friend Patsy is the postmistress. She’d turned her head away… hiding…peekaboo Patsy!   Kim…well…she’s not hiding.

Post Mistress and Mail Lady

I mailed my little package. I enjoy getting anything in the mail, so I like to mail to others. It is so nice to get something delivered. Are you that way?   I bought some stamps. They will increase in price soon, and I wanted to buy a few ahead of time. Patsy always pulls out her folder and lets me pick out something pretty.


If you live in Mendota, please buy your stamps at the Mendota Post Office. If you can’t get down to pick them up, give Patsy a call. She and Kim will work to get those stamps delivered!!

Do you understand why the adage, “once you get that Poor Valley dirt on your feet, you can’t wipe it off” is true?  It’s just not the same anywhere else on earth.


Pop of Red and Other Stuff

This is a Seinfield post.   It’s all over the place.   First, let’s start with the home office reorganization/redo.   Do you like that red pillow with the black chair?   

Black Chair With Red Pillow

I like it.  

I got that pillow from Target this morning.  By 11:40 am, I had  made two trips to Bristol from Mendota!     Mike and I went to town in the truck early to avoid the crowds since it was predicted to snow.  He dropped me off at Walmart at 7:15 am  while he went to Lowe’s.   We were home by 9 am.   However, as we were returning home, headed down Nordyke Road into the valley, I knew I was going in the wrong direction.  I should have went to town alone as I wanted to go to TJ Maxx and Target to look for a few things for our home office reorganization/redo.  

So…I got home, unloaded the groceries, tidied up the house, saw Patsy at the Mendota Post Office and headed back to town.  I wanted to get there before the snow started.    

Can you see where I’m headed with this room.  It’s a working space, and it’s primarily khaki, white, red and black.  However, since it is a working space, I’ve changed the couch slipcover to be denim. Danette, who will be doing the slipcovering, will be coming over this week provided (1) the creeks are not out; (2) the river is not in the road; and (3) it is not snowing.    All three of those conditions have to be met in North Carolina where she lives and in Mendota where I live.

Introducing the denim which will be on the couch….

Black Chair Red Pillow Denim

Add the burlap pillow I’ve had for years.  I’ll probably use this on the couch and I may stencil a “B” on it.    The lanpshade on the floor is also going to be used, and this picture does not do it justice. I love it. Whimsical.


Cast of Colors Upstairs

So…that is where the room is headed.   There will be some red and black checks here and there, too.   The lampshade is a bit feminine,so you may be wondering how my husband feels about that.  The answer is that he probably will not notice it! So long as I’m happy with the room, he doesn’t care. He’s got his shop and he likes that more than anything.

Speaking of the shop, Jenna, Ashley and Mike are all down there today.   They’ve been working on a few projects such as…

My entertainment center.  Here’s the wormy chestnut top to the entertainment center. 

  Entertainment Center Top

After working on this, it’s important to have a major hit of sugar and peach tea.  Check out Ashley after her first drink…I pride myself on introducing them to Pal’s peachy tea.  They’re liking it more and more. Soon, no trip to Bristol will be complete without a swing through Pal’s!!

Jenna and Ashley Addicted to Tea

They are also working on some shelves for Helene…here’s what this looks like thus far…I love these young women! They are going to help me when Mike has his knee replacement surgery.

Helene's shelf

More later. Time for a nap with Gracie.


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