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Puzzles

Monday, January 28, 2019



January 29th is National Puzzle Day. National Puzzle Day honors puzzles of all size, shape and form. From jigsaw puzzles to crossword puzzles to Sudoku, there are many different types of puzzles. They fit the needs of every person, and every skill level from easy to expert. Do you like to do puzzles? Why or why not? What is your favorite kind of puzzle to do, and when do you usually like to do puzzles?



While I enjoy word searches and crossword puzzles, my favorite kind is the jigsaw puzzles. I started as a child putting together the small ones made of hard cardboard. They now make them from wood. As I matured, my parents continued to up the challenge, and I moved from the simple 25 pieces to the 2000 piece puzzles. Working on a puzzle is relaxing and challenges the brain. Out of five grandchildren, only one shares my joy of sitting down for hours as we put yet another puzzle together. While January 29th is National Puzzle Day, 2018/2019 has been the year of the puzzle for us. We've had one after another going continuously since October. My husband got tired of puzzles pieces all over our kitchen island, to the point it was unusable, so he surprised us with our very own puzzle table. Ava, my granddaughter, and I have spent countless hours in deep concentration during these cold winter months working together...sometimes we work in complete silence as we concentrate to find where each piece fits in, and other times, we engage in deep conversation as we work. There's something special about spending quiet time alone with a 16 year old granddaughter. Funny how much you can learn about each other while working in silence with no other distractions.

I came across a few quotes that I found to be thought provoking. As I came across the last, I realized that one of the many reasons I enjoy putting together puzzles is because it does minimize the chaos in my life, and brings my mind and body to a complete calmness.

Quotes ~

"Every day is sort of a jigsaw puzzle. You have to make sure that you're putting the most important things first." ~ Julia Hartz

"There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle." ~ Deepak Chopra

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." ~ Deepak Chopra
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  • BEFIT020
    I have never liked jigsaw puzzles. No patience.
    I liked the quotes!
    388 days ago
  • HAPPYDAZ1
    Great blog. I forgot about the old fashioned wooden/hard cardboard kids puzzle. Loved the quotes at the end too
    388 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    I don't like challenging puzzels.
    388 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    I like word search puzzles, but I am not a fan of jigsaw puzzles. How nice that your have a table just for puzzles. How awesome that you and your granddaughter work them together. If I had a grandchild that would work them with me I think I could learn to enjoy them. emoticon emoticon
    389 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    I like word search puzzles, but I am not a fan of jigsaw puzzles. How nice that your have a table just for puzzles. How awesome that you and your granddaughter work them together. If I had a grandchild that would work them with me I think I could learn to enjoy them. emoticon emoticon
    389 days ago
  • SKYDRAKE
    I love jigsaw puzzles, but no one will do them with me. Maybe I will have to wait for grandchildren. Also enjoy logic puzzles and sudoku.
    389 days ago
  • AMYBELLES
    What a wonderful way to spend time in the winter with your granddaughter, Ava! My guys do not like to put together jigsaw puzzles, but I have many fond memories of doing them with my family every Christmas when I was growing up.
    389 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing the puzzle quote.
    389 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    Love your blog what a wonderful picture of you both deep in concentration ...
    389 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    I love jigsaw puzzles. I would always get one every year at Christmas and would spend winter break putting it together. My youngest loves puzzles too and we will occasionally get the itch to put one together. My only problem is that I get obsessed!
    389 days ago
  • CATLOVER110
    I enjoyed your puzzle quotes. How nice of your husband to give you and your granddaughter a puzzle table!
    389 days ago
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