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Ever since I was a little girl, the few times my family would go out to eat Chinese food, I would be more excited about the green tea than the pu pu platter we always shared! In fact, during the 7 years I lived in England, people were always floored that “the Yank” didn’t want the proffered cup of coffee they assumed I’d want, but matched them cup for cup in the tea department (and believe me, Brits drink gallons of tea). CONTINUE READING

December finds most children making lists of all the toys they want Santa to bring them but it finds me delighting in assembling puzzles that feature toys instead! My toy-themed tour starts with this 1000-piece Eurographics Ye Olde Toy Shoppe. This puzzle is urging us to go in by tempting us with an array of toys in the window, many of which were childhood favorites of mine including Pick-up Sticks, Etch a Sketch and Magnetic Wheel. CONTINUE READING

November is National Aviation History Month, which propelled me to land the following puzzles onto my table! Aviation is near and dear to my husband’s heart, which means it holds a special place in mine as well. His father was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force – his claim to fame was flying President Johnson’s helicopter after he was out of office. CONTINUE READING

I have always loved Halloween! My birthday is just a couple of days before the holiday, so I always claimed it as an extension of my special day. I remember one year when my friends had a Halloween party and I was crushed that nobody wished me a happy birthday that night. Didn’t they know that this was MY holiday? I went home and cried my eyes out. The next night, I was quite sheepish when it turned out the reason why they kept mum was that there was a surprise party for me the next night! Needless to say, tackling a Halloween-themed blog was a treat for me! CONTINUE READING

Ever make an offhand comment to someone about liking something and suddenly, everyone starts sending you stuff relating to that? That’s what happened with me and Volkswagen buses. I mentioned how cool they were and that I wanted to own one someday and the next thing you know I started getting all sorts of items with VW buses on them. Including the very first puzzle I ever did two and half years ago - this 1000-piece Eurographics puzzle, Funky Jam. CONTINUE READING

Music is near and dear to my heart. My father was the church music director and music always filled our home. My mother said she’d lay me down for a nap as a child and I never slept – I’d just lay in bed and sing at the top of my lungs. So, doesn’t it figure that a music-themed puzzle would be the one that sucked me into my love affair with puzzles? CONTINUE READING

Upon hearing that I live in Florida, people often say, “I don’t know how you live there in the summertime.” My response is always the same – “You hide indoors in the winter. We hide indoors in the summer!” And what better way to entertain yourself and make yourself feel a tad cooler than to do than a Christmas-themed puzzle in July. CONTINUE READING


June, a month that is the height of “kitten season” when large litters of kittens are born, is National Adopt-A-Cat Month. When I heard this, I knew I had to – like a cat – pounce on featuring cat-themed puzzles. As I look back over my past blogs, I’ve realized an underlying theme…apparently I love to do jigsaw puzzles that allow me to experience things I cannot do or have. I.e. I wrote a blog on puzzles featuring quilts because I love quilts, but am the least “crafty” person I know. I created a blog on flower-themed puzzles, as I adore colorful blooms, yet I have a “brown thumb.” CONTINUE READING


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