I wish there was better news to report, but mom is still hospitalized. The afternoon that I posted last was a bad day – things went downhill very quickly and she was rushed to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). This is day 10 here in ICU for us, and she is somewhat of a medical mystery to the doctors – she has seen ten different doctors from many specialties so far – are they are all still trying to figure things out.

Once things return to a somewhat normal state and I’m sleeping in my own bed instead of between two chairs I hope to get back to posting as usual. Until then, here’s a picture of my sister and I finishing a puzzle together in the waiting room – just our hands of course, you know how I hate having my picture taken.

ICU Waiting room

Country Store

Country Store
Country Store by Art of Eduard – Buffalo – 500 pieces

I enjoyed this puzzle very much, and if it suits your fancy I highly recommend it! The quality is excellent, and the image makes for entertaining puzzling. Mom came over to help me finish it and we both had a great time. 🙂

General Store puzzles are usually great fun – there are so many little signs to assemble, and so many things to discover. One of my readers asked me to be sure to show what was behind the windows, and here they are…

Country Store 1

You can’t see much with all the signs and things in the way, but there are some shelves inside that you can see.

Country Store 2

I love the “Free Beer Tomorrow” sign – it’s never tomorrow! 😉

Today’s Reasons…


Puzzle piecesI puzzle because I love it. 💗

I puzzle to unwind.

I puzzle to manage my stress.

I puzzle to clear my mind.

I puzzle to take my mind off my chronic pain.

I puzzle to bring order to chaos.

I puzzle to get away from all the screens in our lives.

I puzzle to spend time with those I care about.

I puzzle to put together pretty pictures.

I puzzle to keep my mind active.

I puzzle to help relieve anxiety.

I puzzle for whatever reason today brings.

I puzzle because I love it. 💗


Review: Fall’s Bounty

Fall's Bounty

Fall’s Bounty was an entertaining puzzle with beautiful artwork by Marjolein Bastin. And I have to say it was one of the best quality Ceaco puzzles I’ve done. Shocked? I was too!

I’ve done Ceaco puzzles with very good quality and some that were awful, it’s always a guess whether or not you’ll be getting a good one. That’s why it’s normally a brand we only purchase from thrift stores. This puzzle though, and another from this series that I’m currently working on, are very good quality and I was quite impressed. The pieces are a good thickness, with a wonderful fit and beautiful reproduction.

The assembly went quickly, but the image had enough challenge to make it interesting at well; I enjoyed placing every piece. Marjolein Bastin’s beautiful nature artwork makes for great puzzling and is definitely recommended. 👍


  • Title:                  Fall’s Bounty
  • Artist:                Marjolein Bastin
  • Brand:               Ceaco
  • Piece count:     300 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)
  • Purchased:      Used – thrift store


  • Board:               Very good
  • Cutting:             Very good
  • Image:               Very good
  • Box:                   Good
  • Fit:                     Excellent
  • Puzzle Dust:     Moderate amount
  • Piece cut:          Grid cut
  • Piece shapes:   Good variety
  • Finish:               Slightly shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Very good, recommended