Although I find it “challenging” to live in a coastal tourist town, I love being a tourist. I love going to new and fun places and experiencing the activities, events and attractions I find there.

And do I buy the “happy crap” souvenirs I mocked in my last blog entry? You betcha!

But I limit my happy crap purchases to what will easily tuck into the nooks and crannies of my suitcase without taking up very much room. Things like postcards, earrings, and refrigerator magnets.

I admit it; I love refrigerator magnets. My refrigerator sports hundreds of them, all mementos of places I’ve been and things I’ve seen. I particularly enjoy the quirky ones like the surfboard from Hawaii, and the sandal from Cabo San Lucas, and the alligator from New Orleans. and the fall foliage from New Hampshire, and the Liberty bell from Philadelphia, and the riverboat from Hannibal, Missouri, and…

Well, you get the idea. My magnet collection is like a living postcard display, a 3-D travel brochure. Looking at them is probably a lot more fun than sitting through hours of home videos or sifting through photo albums. And which of us doesn’t spend some of our time standing in the kitchen staring in or at the refrigerator anyway?

This might be a perfect example of time-management!