I think of my refrigerator as a giant bulletin board. I have a calendar affixed with magnets. Usually there is the beginning of a grocery list or the reminder – DENTIST 7:50AM Tuesday. Eeks.
That formerly was the “decor” of the frig. Then the craze for magnetic refrigerator poetry came upon us. Since I am a gardener, someone gave me flower poetry.
I found this rather difficult to use – shuffling through the box trying to locate an ‘s’ for a plural or an ‘ed’ to make a verb past tense. I never succeeded in writing a poem. I felt fulfilled if I could paste a sentence on the frig.
Later someone gave me a set of Italian refrigerator poetry. I was preparing for a trip to Italy. I found that helpful to put some words on the frig and then review them as I did the daily openings and closings. Alas, that set is buried somewhere in the basement. And that is unfortunate since my granddaughter is learning some Italian and would have use for it. HOWEVER, we learned upon my last visit to her house that her refrigerator door in NOT magnetic. Perhaps that is the trend with new appliances. My appliances are past their prime.
As grandchildren came along, I started putting the latest pic of each on the frig to give me a morning smile or warm feeling. Then followed the works of art.
I enjoy seeing the pictures and the momentos and the letters from my grandchildren. One does wonder how long to keep these items up. That train that I love has been on my frig for years. It is a real keeper.
When my older granddaughter was about 3, I came upon a magnetic ‘paper’ doll that she could dress when she sat on the floor as I did the dishes. This set has gone through two granddaughters and is in good shape for future users.
The girls have enjoyed dressing the girl for the beach and dance class and bed. This is called Dowling Magnets Wonder Board Dress a Doll and is available at amazon.com.
If you have read many of my blogs, you will recall that I have a squirrel named Andrew Henry that I dutifully feed each day. I introduced Andrew Henry in a blog post on 2/16/2011. When the grandchildren visit, he gets more peanuts and more corn that any squirrel needs, but Andrew Henry happily eats it all.
A few months ago I saw something that I decided just ‘had’ to grace the front of my refrigerator so I bought it.
It is a squirrel that comes with changeable outfits – all magnetic. The squirrel can be a hippie, a Zorro look-alike, a cowboy, a pilot, Santa, or St. Patrick. I confess I have so much fun changing his outfits. My grandchildren like him too. Today my grandson decided to make him half cowboy, half pilot.
My sons haven’t rolled their eyes – yet anyway – about Mom and her new squirrel.
Thank you for visiting Grandma in the Mailbox. Next week I will give you a yummy recipe for vegan snickerdoodles. My taste testers who live 3 hours away have given the recipe 4 thumbs up.
Hope you stop by again to visit.