Working On…

Currently this gorgeous wooden puzzle is on my board. It’s slow going; partly because I don’t sit in the puzzle room for long periods of time, and partly because I’ve put the box away and am working without an image.

When working with wooden puzzles I prefer to work without any helpers, it makes it take a little longer and I can enjoy the feel of the pieces and the way they fit together for just a teeny bit more time. It’s nice to only think about the colors and shapes, where this oddly shaped piece might go, and does this section connect here….. I find it easier to be mindful about what I’m doing and one hundred percent engrossed in the puzzling itself.

I’m extremely thankful that we’re in a place where I can afford to get myself some wooden puzzles if I am so inclined, and I don’t take it for granted at all. Honestly, the wooden puzzles I’ve been working with lately have done wonders for my state of mind, they’re almost a therapy substitute – it’s difficult for me to be in a crappy mood when working with them, they take me completely out of my head so I stop thinking too much and they’re just so much fun!

Kellogg’s Vintage – Day 2

Kellogg’s Vintage – RoseArt – approx. 125/500 pieces

All the mascots have changed so much, it’s interesting to look back on where they started out. You probably can’t read it, but underneath Toucan Sam’s bowl it says “Real fruit flavor in a crystallized oat cereal”. That doesn’t sound very appetizing to me at all – crystallized? Ick. 亢

If you haven’t tried any of these sets from RoseArt/Lafayette Puzzle Factory I highly recommend giving them a go. There are so many great sets out there and they are good quality. They aren’t premium quality puzzles, but they’re extremely entertaining and great for when you don’t have much time. The backs are color coded so that you can sort them easily and if you want you can grab a pile of pieces and a cup of coffee and complete an entire image. Love it!

Kellogg’s Vintage – Day 1

Kellogg’s Vintage – RoseArt – approx. 125/500 pieces

After many months of zero puzzling I was too chicken to start with a larger puzzle right away upon my return; so I got one of my multipack puzzles out and worked on these 12 mini puzzles instead. You won’t be surprised to find out I had a great time assembling them – as usual.

It was so fascinating to see all the older mascots for Kellogg’s cereals. Quite a few of them I’d never seen before; and many of the older versions of the current mascots were just as entertaining to see. Vintage Tony the Tiger looks very odd to me.

Update on Me…

Oral surgery is no joke, and to be completely candid I am feeling pretty damned awful. I desperately want to sleep, but it’s constantly eluding me; all I’ve been able to manage are small naps. My entire face hurts and the swelling is impressive, as is the pain. Ugh. Finally this morning I am starting to feel the smallest bit better, and I’m thankful for the progress however slow it is.

I appreciate you putting up with my whining. I’m doing my best to have a positive attitude (am very much looking forward to losing some weight from feeling so awful and not really being able to chew); but it isn’t easy to be in a good mood and look at the bright side when you are really hurting. I’m grateful for being able to vent and let you know how I’m really feeling. Thanks again for “listening”.

On a happier note, I’ve been forcing myself to get up out of bed when I can and sit at the puzzle table. Sometimes I just work on the blog and upcoming posts; and I’ve started a larger collage puzzle that will hopefully serve as added incentive to keep puzzling and not wallow in bed.

So there’s a 1500 piece collage on my table, a 150 piece bathroom puzzle that just got started (double-sided apple pie image with the recipe on the back), and in bed I’m working on a stunning 140 piece Wentworth puzzle of a lion.

Never fear, the puzzling continues – I’m making up for lost time. 妝妝

Fireplace Cuddle

Fireplace Cuddle – Karmin – 100 pieces

Such a sweet image! Perfect for my first day back at the puzzle board. It went together super quickly, and honestly, as I was putting it together I told myself “Hey, you’re still pretty good at this”. It was my very own little internal pep talk, and at the very least it made me smile.

I’m pretty sure that Penny was the one who sent me this puzzle, but I can’t be 100% positive. The memory definitely isn’t what it used to be, that’s for certain. Although, being that this is an image of a Boston Terrier puppy, it is almost doubtless that Penny sent it to me – we both have a deep and abiding love for Boston’s. 毋

It might have been better to save this little puzzle for after my surgery, but I also needed a smaller one to get myself back into the swing of things to start recovering my puzzle mojo. No worries, there are PLENTY of smaller cardboard and wooden puzzles that have found their way to my puzzle room in the past week.

The PADS is severe and I self-medicated with a few online and in-person shopping sprees.

I told hubby that this month I was spending a chunk of my disability money on a bunch of puzzles for myself. Being the awesome man that he is, he said “It’s about time you spent some on yourself.”

I love that man.