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Fridge-Magnet Wisdom and assorted ramblings

I’ve been thinking about refrigerator magnets lately.  (Don’t ask why, because I have no idea.)

Still, one can tell a great deal about a person, I think, by studying the various items affixed to their refrigerator door.  The most obvious example: children’s art, schedules for soccer games, ballet lessons, etc., and school photos.  Here we have proud parents or, of course, grandparents.

My own attachments reveal me to be a motivated type, I expect–and a slightly irreverent one at that.  :)

Some of my favorites:

(From the Cowboy Poetry set): “If my nose was full of nickels, I’d blow it all on you.”

“Your proctologist called.  They found your head.”

“There is no use in trying,” said Alice, “one can’t believe impossible things.”  “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen..  “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Lewis Carroll

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning.”  Louis L’Amour

“All I ask is that you treat me no differently than you would the Queen.”  (Fat chance that’s going to happen around here, but I can dream.)

“Let us go forward together.”  Winston Churchill

“Never, never, never give up.”  Winston Churchill again.

“What if we just pretended everything was easy?” Mary Ann Radmacher.  (A fine idea, I think.  If only I could manage to do it.)

“Old enough to know better…too young to give a rat’s ass.” (By that artist who does the funny cocktail napkins.)

And finally, “Avoid making irrevocable decisions when tired or hungry.”  Robert Heinlein.  (Amen, Mr. Heinlein!  Low blood sugar and exhaustion are not condusive to clear thinking, not in my experience anyway.)

Now for the assorted ramblings: Weight Watchers went well enough–I was up half a pound, but that isn’t surprising since I always retain water when I fly.  I’m following the program and expect to do better next week. 

What I’m listening to: LADY OF ASHES, by Christine Trent.  Christine was among the other authors signing books at Turn the Page–this is the first of a mystery series set in 19th century London, just as the American Civil War is beginning.  The heroine is, interestingly enough, a mortician.  It’s a good story, well-written and well-researched, including appearances by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, among other notables.   I’ll be following up with STOLEN REMAINS, the second installment. 

I’ve just finished WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, by Susan Crandall.  This is an excellent book, but not for the faint of heart.  I had to skip one part when an animal was injured, and the story demonstrates the cruelty and short-sightedness of racial prejudice.

As promised, I tracked down the name of our one male author at last weekend’s signing–Matthew Mainster.  I’m sorry I didn’t get an opportunity to meet Matthew, but I certainly saw a number of his books in the hands of Turn the Page customers on their way to the cash register.

That about covers the waterfront for today–and yesterday.  :)  I’ll close with a favorite quote from the Course in Miracles.  “Resign now as your own teacher.”  (Page 272 of the text.)  Guess that’s God’s gentle way of saying that when ever I try, I do a lousy job.  :)

Until tomorrow.

32 comments to “Fridge-Magnet Wisdom and assorted ramblings”

  1. Ruby Norwood
      · July 24th, 2014 at 8:20 pm · Link

    I think I will take a picture of my refrigerator one day Linda, and just show people on my Facebook what mine looks like. It is full of magnets holding up my granddaughter and grandson pictures and also have their picture on magnets. I am glad you tracked down the man author Matthew Mainster.

  2. Diane Sallans
      · July 24th, 2014 at 8:34 pm · Link

    My fridge is very full of magnets – from places I’ve gone, but also many credit card sized magnets for authors – I’ve got quite a collage going there!

  3. Roberta Giordano
      · July 24th, 2014 at 8:38 pm · Link

    My fridge is full with magnets too. And appointment cards,restaurant phone numbers etc etc. have a nice weekend !

  4. Janet Finlayson
      · July 24th, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    WOW, I really love todays Blog, but that’s not to say I don’t love the other days blogs as well, I love them ALL, but I love to hear what QUOTES other people like, believe, and keep close to them. It definitely opens my eyes, and thoughts, to new ideas and “wisdoms” if you will. So glad to here you had a grand time “back East” and you had a safe trip. I also have some magnets on my fridge, but at the moment can only remember the numbers “3” and “88” for my favorite Nascar drivers, the late Dale Earnhardt, and his son Dale Jr. and a Momma Mia from the movie with Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, and others of course. Fun movie. Wishing a great rest of the week and a better than great week-end.

  5. judy
      · July 24th, 2014 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Hope you have a great weekend coming up.

  6. Lois Rotella
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:06 pm · Link

    I have magnets on my fridge also. Most of mine are movies I have seen( children movies ). I also have ones of places I have visited. Have a great weekend everyone.

  7. Gloria
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Well Linda, usually when you lose weight, I find it, so…I’m wondering why when you found some extra this past week, I didn’t lose any????? :lol:

    I’ve mentioned this before, but I collect quotes, and have thousands of them…all over the place…except on the fridge. :)

    Take care!

  8. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:23 pm · Link

    I have 2 magnets on my fridge. #1has the date to change the water filter on the fridge–the other holds a list of birthdays , & Anniversarys. without them I’d be lost . Linda & all you other Ladies have a great weekend . And don’t do anything that I wouldn’t do …

  9. Virginia Horton
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:25 pm · Link

    I have magnets on my fridge also. A lot of different things like husbands word calender along with book magnets and B.J. Daniels bookmark with the cowboy on the horse, have that stuck up there with a magnet, love me some cowboys so I get to look at one every day. I have hip replacement surgery on Monday so will be off line for a while. Maybe after that I can get out and walk again. Its been rough this summer.

    • Gloria
        · July 24th, 2014 at 11:52 pm · Link

      Virginia, I pray your surgery goes well for you on Monday.

  10. Rita Crofoot
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Link

    A little peek into your psyche,interesting ! Now,I expect you will hear about everyone’s fridge.

  11. Leanna
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Link

    Those quotes would make great magnets. I do not have any magnets on my trudge.

  12. Dawn Roberts
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    My fridge has many magnets, most are from places I’ve been. Sites I’ve seen, and pictures of my family

    • Hilda
        · July 25th, 2014 at 9:36 pm · Link

      Same here. My fridge is loaded with magnets from different places all over the world. Some I bought myself, some were gifts from friends/family who traveled. I love to look at them!

  13. Marcy Collins
      · July 24th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    I love your magnets, they were great! You sound like you’ve have a great week away, and even a better one now you’re home! Hope your weekend is peaceful.

  14. Shirley Miller
      · July 24th, 2014 at 10:13 pm · Link

    My, it disturbs me that as my eyes first followed the words, “Resign now as your own teacher,” my brain read them as, “Reign now as your own teacher.” Hmmmm…pause for reflection… Undeniably, I need glasses. But I think I may have been due a message. Thanks, Linda.

  15. Paula L Rollins
      · July 24th, 2014 at 10:18 pm · Link

    Love to read your blogs….hope all is well with you…busy canning and putting up hay here in McLouth, Kansas :-D

  16. Lea Williams
      · July 24th, 2014 at 10:39 pm · Link

    Oh magnets on the frig. That is usually the first thing I buy when visiting a new place. Also lots of this and that. Several are missionaries that have passed through our church and they remind me to pray for them. Horses, sayings about horses and some holding dr. appt dates etc. I am rereading Richard Hobson’s series about settling in British Columbia in the mid 30’s. Grass Beyond the Mountain is the first one. I bought Bob the set of three last year. I think they were out of print for a while. Had some girlfriend time today with some of my young friends. Always enjoy that. I hope that you did not suffer too much damage with that horrendous storm that went through yesterday afternoon. We lost some trees and all but one of my sunflowers. Scared our visiting grandsons. Have a great weekend. Summer is supposed to come back. Blessings.

  17. Maria Rutella
      · July 24th, 2014 at 10:44 pm · Link

    I love magnets on my refrigerator and my sister loves shot glasses. We try to buy these for each other when we travel to different places.

  18. Patricia Hann
      · July 24th, 2014 at 11:23 pm · Link

    One I have is not only count your blessings but make your blessing count.

  19. Kathie Patterson-Loy
      · July 24th, 2014 at 11:34 pm · Link

    My refrigerator door holds the story of my life at any given moment. A hodgepodge of everything from pictures to important receipts to restaurant menus to the current months calendar and lest we forget the infinite number of notes/lists held in place by a variety of cleverly placed magnets. My information station, I would be lost without it. When the grandchildren were small, I kept magnetic alphabet for them to practice spelling. That and the drawer that held plastic lids were favorite play spots in my kitchen. So many memories there.

  20. Donna Harris
      · July 25th, 2014 at 12:59 am · Link

    I have a fridge full of magnets too. A lot of them are of animals made out of yarn. I have a favorite a duck in flight. I even a ceramic of a pig’s face/head. My one son gave that to me when he was young, got it at those Christmas buys they have at school. I think he was in first grade. I guess he was telling me something, lol!! Of course a few colored drawings (grandkids) and not but least a big dry erase board so I can write down what I need at the store. Really what good is it I still forget half the stuff, lol!
    I like the quote “If my nose was full of nickels, I’d blow it all on you.”!

  21. Terri Shortell
      · July 25th, 2014 at 5:27 am · Link

    Those were some great quotes and sayings. I like refrigerator magnet logic to. Some good things are printed on them. Thanks for the author info. Good luck everyone. Hope y’all have a great weekend. :lol: 8)

  22. Patty
      · July 25th, 2014 at 7:46 am · Link

    I have 2 refrigerators and both are covered with magnets pictures and quotes. Have a Blessed weekend.

  23. Carol S
      · July 25th, 2014 at 7:52 am · Link

    One time I took everything off my refrigerator and it looked so lonely and plain that I put all the magnets back. Have a nice weekend.

  24. Deborah
      · July 25th, 2014 at 8:38 am · Link

    I always enjoy seeing what people have on their refrigerators. One of my favorite fridge magnets says, “People who don’t like cats were probably mice in a previous life.”

    • linda
        · July 25th, 2014 at 1:02 pm · Link

      I love this one!

  25. marilyn
      · July 25th, 2014 at 10:02 am · Link

    my favorite magnet: Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city! George Burns

    Do not mettle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup! (bumper sticker)

    Have a wonderful week!

    • linda
        · July 25th, 2014 at 1:02 pm · Link

      These are great, too!

  26. Glenda M
      · July 25th, 2014 at 11:10 am · Link

    Love fridge magnets! Along with kids pics etc, my family has magnets from all our vacations that represents something fun we did on each trip. If we can find them, we also enjoy getting a Christmas ornament from each area we travel to.

  27. Brenda I.
      · July 26th, 2014 at 10:10 am · Link

    Enjoy your day!

  28. Valdi McCoy
      · July 31st, 2014 at 12:13 pm · Link

    I had a teacher in High School who use to say “You never learn anything while YOU are talking.” I have tried to learn to listen so I can learn what others know. Sometimes it works. I also remember a Bible verse that says , It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove them right.
    I have learned the hard way that silence is truly golden.

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