'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Fridge Stuff

I always look at people's fridges.  I think they are as individual as fingerprints.  Over the years mine has reflected the changing nature of the house's inhabitants.  When we were homeschooling there was a constantly changing display of Piaget-like developmental art.  Then followed writing and projects which later of course moved to other locations like the bookcases as they become too heavy to stick with even a heavy-duty magnet.   On the farm, there were always fertiliser agent or stock agent phone numbers, and I've always been big on Sayings That Improve You.  "Boost Your Self Esteem!" or "What have you done for yourself today?" etc etc.  Good to have those little reminders that your yang (or is it yin?) hasn't been seen for five years, when you have 3 under 5 and live out in the country.  Mine was probably hiding under some bed chatting to a dust bunny as big as a plastic inflatable Death Star.
At times the fridge has become like an archeological dig in the Rift Valley, to the point that one browsing visitor, waiting for the kettle to boil (regulars make their own tea here - it's a sign that my usual anal obsessions for Being the Perfect Hostess have been replaced by my relaxed regard for you) has commented "I can't keep up with all the reading on your fridge!"

These days it's a bit tidier and elegant.  I'm especially fond of the piggy 'Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm' magnet.  If you're ever near Salisbury I highly recommend a visit.  A marvelous place - not just for the animals, but for the people who run the place.  In a four-month holiday brightly lit by strangers'  friendship and kindnesses to my daughter and me, they shone the brightest.

So, what does your fridge say about you?


  1. Well right now my fridge 'says' I've travelled in America a lot and I'm also on a starvation diet.

    The front is almost totally covered in magnets from most of the places I've been to over here and the inside is empty as I'm over here in America now. Hopefully the door is still open or else there may be nasty stuff growing on the shelves - although I could probably create my own yogurt flavours on my return.

  2. Hm... I can just 'see' it. Green flavour, blue-green flavour, pink flavour, and that scary orange flavour, fluffy spores on top and all with 5% toxic bloom and sticky bubbles...

  3. My fridge says I have a large (and lovely) son-in-law called Gareth. He's large: the fridge is nearly empty. I am not saying there's any connection between these two facts. Draw your own conclusions.

  4. Because of the cramped space in my NYC apartment, I rarely face the fridge. I have to stand beside it to open it and lean over to my side to get anything out of it.

    I don't have anything on the front of my fridge.

  5. Our fridge says - 'I wish you'd thought more carefully about where you were going to put the fridge magnets before you got one of those hidden fridge-in-a-cupboards'.

    Congratulations on being made official by the WBC by the way.

  6. Loved the post and now I'm laughing. Why? Well, looking at my fridge did it. First there are the 3 name tags we wear when attending functions at our park. Silverback's on top and very visible. I thought ours were missing until I studied further. Den's is holding a list of what's in the freezer and mine is holding a sheet of coupons for Pizza Hut. Not so odd really, until you look at the next few magnets...my awards from Weight Watchers for losing 25, 50, 75, then 100 pounds! Oh do let's hold down the pizza hut coupons with those!!

  7. Our fridge says we have a grandson! And random magnets!

    JIm in Utah.

    Interesting idea, though. Get pictures for me blog of all of my readers' fridges!


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