Happy National Puzzle Day!

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Enjoy National Puzzle Day everyone!

Of course I’m most partial to jigsaw puzzles, but enjoy National Puzzle Day however you like. Crosswords, sudoku, video games (man I loved Tetris!), word searches, anacrostics, whatever puzzles make you happy! If you’re not in the US, we’ll share our day – enjoy puzzles anyway!

I have my grandmother to thank for my love of jigsaw puzzles. She was always working on puzzles, for as long as I can remember. I will never forget her sitting in her chair in the living room with a big board across the ottoman/footstool working on a puzzle. When I would spend the night at her house sometimes she’d be working on a jigsaw puzzle in her chair and I would kiss her goodnight, then I would wake up in the morning and there she was still sitting there working on the puzzle!  It was much more complete than the night before because she’d been up ALL NIGHT working on it! 😮 I remember thinking “I can’t wait till I’m a grownup and can work on a puzzle all night if I want to!” Wouldn’t it be great if adulthood was like we thought it would be as kids? Staying up late, eating ice cream for dinner, buying candy whenever we wanted, controlling the tv – no phone bill, boring job, people to take care of, house to clean – being an adult is gonna be AWESOME! 😐

I always loved working on puzzles with her and not just jigsaws, she loved crosswords and logic problems and all sorts of puzzles. I always got to do the easy crosswords in her puzzle magazines because she was so good she was able to do the expert ones and even the expert crossword puzzles that were diagramless (you have to figure out where the words go – no numbers or shaded boxes to help you!) She always helped me with the answers I didn’t know and even taught me how to work the diagramless ones, although I can usually only do the easy or medium ones. My love of puzzles of all kinds came from her and I always think of her when I buy a puzzle magazine or spend too much time working on a jigsaw late into the night. How cool that National Puzzle Day is exactly one week before her birthday – she would have loved that!

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Me and Grama on a sleepover night – check out those awesome 70’s pajamas I’m rockin!

So enjoy national puzzle day everyone, maybe do a simple crossword with a child or help them with an easy jigsaw puzzle. You might instill a love of puzzles in a child that will be with them forever. Perhaps carve out a little “me time” and work on a jigsaw puzzle or a brain teaser all by yourself, or ask a loved one to help you and spend some time together. You might just create a wonderful memory. 🙂

Saturday 01-28-17 70% Done!

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28,224 pieces assembled – 12,096 to go!

70% complete! Woooooo hooooooo!! This was the section I was dreading the most and it’s all done! Of course I’m posting this before it’s been taken off the board and put away for safekeeping. Yikes. Think good thoughts for the transfer on Monday!

Having said that I was dreading this section the most, I must admit that it wasn’t as difficult as I had assumed it would be. To be perfectly honest, Peter Pan was more difficult for me. It had many more dark pieces with nothing else on them to show where they would go. In Fantasia almost every piece has something else on it to help with placement – foam, water spray, bubbles, etc. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I believed, I’m just no judge of these things apparently. It only took 15 days to complete, not too shabby!

Ravensburger got the replacement section to me with perfect timing, right when I finished the The Little Mermaid! When I started sorting the Fantasia section that came in the box back in October, I found a mangled piece with part of the front (picture) missing. Just one piece, and to be honest in a 40,000 piece puzzle who really would have seen it? I would have! Ravensburger was great about sending me a replacement section, although I did have to wait until it was actually available for sale in the United States. (I bought the puzzle last September from Germany, and it wasn’t technically available for sale in the US until after the first of the year). So it arrived precisely when needed – Thanks again Ravensburger! That’s why you’re my favorite puzzle company. 🙂

So now there are only 3 sections left to complete, and the next one up is The Lion King. Doesn’t it look like fun?

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In this image the blue around the edges seems almost purple, that’s not the actual color. Otherwise, it looks great!  I’m looking forward to the 2 sides with filmstrip, and only 2 sides with twinklies. I’m hoping the animals aren’t too difficult to distinguish from one another and are fun to assemble as well.

I’m excited to get going on it, but it won’t be until Tuesday at the earliest. I plan on having it sorted by Monday evening though, so I will be ready as soon as Fantasia comes off the board!