Brian in Shipping

Brian in Shipping – MicroPuzzles – 150 pieces

This adorable puzzle sat in the bathroom for a while, but in the end it was one of those puzzles that had to be brought into the puzzle room so that it could be worked on under good lighting. The darker or more difficult images really need to be assembled with a proper light source, otherwise they become frustrating.

Feeling as though a puzzle is tedious, too difficult, or frustrating is bad for my puzzle mojo – I avoid it if at all possible. All this baby needed was proper lighting and it was finished in no time!

The image online seems so much lighter than the actual puzzle, especially the blue background. The darker blue does make for a better contrast with the picture frames though.

This is two-time MicroPuzzles employee of the month – Brian – he allegedly works in shipping. 😉 He looks like a model employee to me, but I hear that he sometimes gives out discount codes without authorization. My goodness!

Cat Selfies In Progress

Cat Selfies by Howard Robinson – Cra-Z-Art – 500 pieces

After finishing The Artist’s Desk (which was quite a challenge) I decided that I needed something quick and entertaining. Regular readers might remember that I’m not really a fan of cat puzzles, but I am definitely a fan of the Cra-Z-Art multipacks of mini shaped puzzles – no matter the subject. Even though there are twelve cat puzzles to assemble it’ll still be engrossing and fun, and that’s all I really need.

I took a little break from puzzling for about 4 days; just couldn’t get myself motivated to get out of bed and sit myself in front of the pieces – but I’m back at it now and feeling a little bit better.

Hopefully these kitties will put a smile back on my face and more pieces on the board. 😊


Love – MicroPuzzles – 150 pieces

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and dads out there! I knew when I received this in my monthly MicroPuzzles subscription box that it was definitely the best puzzle I had on hand here at the house for Mother’s Day this year; and so I got right down to it in order to be ready for the “holiday”.

I knew the border would have to go last on this one. The letters were not easy, but they were much easier than all the white hearts, dots, and swoops – and definitely easier than that border! Still, it’s a beautiful puzzle, isn’t it?

My only request every Mother’s Day is always that I don’t have to take care of anyone or make any decisions. I don’t need gifts or breakfast in bed, those things just aren’t me.

My kids have all been adults now for well over a decade, and both my injury and my anxiety make it so that having them take me out to a restaurant for a meal isn’t pleasant for me. I’d much prefer to stay home, have my kids tell me they love me, and make sure that I don’t have to cook dinner. (I’m a cheap date!)

I hope your day is wonderful, and that all of my PADS Posse friends out there get to spend today doing something you love, or spending time with those you love. I appreciate all of you that hang out with me here every day – it’s truly a blessing to have so many puzzle pals. ❤

Happy puzzling my friends!

Jungle Selfies – Day 4

Jungle Selfies by Howard Robinson – Cra-Z-Art – approx. 125/500 pieces

Our final day of jungle selfies has come, and that will be the end of the ridiculous life stories of these adorable jungle animals. I’m sure some of you come to see the cute puzzles, some enjoy the off-her-rocker bios that Stacey dreams up – and some of you may enjoy both. Today’s the last day for a while, until we get to the next set (providing the next set has subject matter that includes faces, that is).

Even if they aren’t premium quality, these sets by Cra-Z-Art are still well made and enjoyable to assemble; and that’s enough for me. I highly recommend you give them a try if you’re of a mind to, I find them charming, relaxing, fun, funny, and overall just great puzzles – especially if you’re needing a break from larger piece counts.

Have I convinced you yet?

Chuck here is a sweet soul full of kindness, giving, and good thoughts for every creature he knows. Unfortunately he’s about as intelligent as a box of hair….maybe slightly less so. Luckily his friends all keep an eye on him and protect him from those who might want to take advantage. Chuck earns his living as a mailroom employee at one of the jungle’s biggest corporations. He is happy there, and has no plans to move up in the organization or change jobs. He’s content.

I think I may envy Chuck, just a little bit.

Brad and Cassi, also known as Brassi to their besties are the most adorable couple in their circle of friends. What matters most to them is making sure that they’ve always got each other’s backs; it’s the two of them united no matter what happens. Brad and Cassi work together from home; their Etsy shop (selling handmade safari hats) is flourishing and they’ve even hired a few employees to do the bulk of the work. Their semi-retirement years are upon them and they’re making the most of it!

The Jungle Joyriders are a “biker gang” that rides around helping their fellow creatures and spreading positivity; you’ve already met a few of them, beautiful souls that care about others and love speeding across the country on their custom rides. Their holiday parties are legendary, and one of these days I’m hoping to be lucky enough to wrangle an invite to one of their New Year’s Eve blowouts. Wish me luck, maybe it’ll be this year!

Hope you’ve enjoyed our trip through the twisted mind of your friendly neighborhood Puzzle Goddess. It’s a weird place, I know – but you get used to it. 😎

Jungle Selfies – Day 3

Jungle Selfies by Howard Robinson – Cra-Z-Art – approx. 125/500 pieces

This set of selfies was lots of fun, partly because of the varying sizes and interesting shapes. With some sets you get many that are close to all being the exact same shape, so some variety made this one a little more interesting for me.

If you’re new here and haven’t seen any of these puzzles before, they’ve got colored backing so that if you choose you can separate each one by color. If you’re looking for a little bit more of a challenge you can forget the backing and assemble these like a 500 piece puzzle made up of smaller shaped puzzles. The quality is good/very good and there are many different kinds of images to choose from: teacups, butterflies, unicorns, birds, animals, cottages, etc. There’s something for pretty much any taste, and I definitely recommend checking them out if they look like something you might enjoy.

These names and small bios for each puzzle are just something I do because it amuses me, and hopefully it amuses a reader or two as well.

Kimmie is an exotic dancer at the local “gentlemen’s club”. She is working her way through school and hopes to one day be a doctor of neurolinguistics and a psychiatrist. She is an expert in seeming to be the dullest cat in the room, and learns much more from careful observation of others than she does from her textbooks. Not all those who work as dancers are simpletons with issues; Kimmie has a great head on her shoulders and is going places!

Best friends Magdalena and Geraldine can usually be found together out on the savannah, they’re tried and true compatriots. They’re still young and in school, but I have no doubt that one day they’ll grow to be amazing ladies. Magdalena hopes to be a wildlife photographer (her height should give her photographs excellent perspective); Geraldine just wants to grow up to be a great mother (like her own mom). With true friends like each other in their respective corners, I’m certain they’ll both achieve their goals.

Geoffrey is the music and choir teacher at Jungle Junior College, and bringing beautiful music into the world is his true passion. The kids try his patience at times, but in the end he helps his students find a love for music – we need more teachers like Geoffrey in the world. He loves learning to play different musical instruments, and is currently working on mastering the theremin – it’s quite difficult with to play with wings!