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A Chocolate Infused Puzzle

This week I made a mess, a frustrating mess and I can not blame it on anyone but myself!!!! I had a cup of steaming hot chocolate and sat it down by the puzzle I was working on. I intended to work on it while a drank the chocolate. I knocked over the almost full cup on the puzzle. It ran off the back and sides of the table, down the wall and on the floor. About a third of my 1000 piece puzzle was instantly soaking wet. Cardboard puzzles act like a sponge and soak up the moisture immediatly.

The whole right side is soaking wet. I am surprised the picture looks so good!

I quickly dabbed up the mess with a dry tea towel. I put all the wet loose pieces upside down on a plate to dry. Fortunately I didn’t have many on the table. As carefully as I could, I lifted up corners of the puzzle and wiped underneathe. The wet pieces had already swelled so they stuck together amazingly well. Then I cleaned up the floor and wall and set a cookie sheet and plate over the wet puzzle as the pieces were starttng to buckle. I let the puzzle rest overnight.

The next morning the pieces were still damp but the tray had pressed them flat. I removed the tray and let them finish drying. Amazingly, the puzzle is not harmed or discolored. Tonight I finished the puzzle. It is beautiful with just a whiff of chocolate!

Puzzles-2022

I have been having so much fun with putting together jigsaw puzzles, it has become quite addicting! My love or addiction for puzzles started in 2020 when Covid hit and the ladies at church started a puzzle table. We all brought puzzles to share. After a while it was time to get rid of the puzzles so I decided to take the puzzles and start a puzzle library. This year I put together a whopping 70 puzzles while recouping from all our health issues including my torn ham string and broken ankle. I had to have something to do! One little interesting tidbit I learned this fall was that Queen Elizabeth loved to do puzzles. She and I could have had a lot of fun together!

This is a little rabbit trail, but my mention of Queen Elizabeth reminded me of another unique encounter of sorts with her. In July of 2004, Gene and I flew into Salt Lake City and drove north through Utah, Idaho, Montana to Calgary in Alberta, Canada to visit a processing facility that we were buying our compressed hay from. It was very interesting. After watched the slicing, compressing, and packing process, our salesman took us out to the huge warehouses where they stored large square bales of hay and told us to pick which stack we wanted. After considerable evaluation, Gene picked out his hay. The salesman said, “You can’t have that stack, it belongs to the Queen of England for her horses”. We touched the hay, paid our homage and took a picture!!!!

Now back to the puzzles…. all the following puzzles are in my puzzle library in our store for check out, just like you would a library book. To date, I have 156 puzzles in inventory; 300, 500, 550,750, 1000 and even one 48 (pieces are huge) and one 1500 piece. Someone recently added about 25 to my collection but before that I could say I had put together most of them. In counting this post, I did 75 puzzles this year. I had no idea I had done that many!!!

“Christmas in the Cabin” (a wooden puzzle by Mosaic Puzzles)-1000 piece, January 2022

This was a very challenging puzzle and you had to have patience and think differently. The worse part was the pieces did not connect together tight (from looking at them you would have thought they did) and I was constantly bumping them and having to fix the issue. When I first started it, I was overwhelmed. My sister-in-law was helping me and she was intrigued and kept saying we could do it. By the time she left she had done the left chair and I was working on the right one. I kept plugging and did it. It felt like quite an accompolishment and I didn’t want to take the puzzle down. And no, I do not have room to glue them together and hang on my walls/

This is a sample of the pieces to the wooden mosaic puzzle. They were all kinds of shapes. There is no need to do the edge first as you can’t tell what the edge pieces are! They just happen as you go.
“Home Sweet Home”-300 piece, January 2022
“Lakeside Cottage”-300 piece, January 2022
Amazing Natures “Hidden Birds”-1000 piece, January 2022
“Library”-1000 piece, January 2022
“Summer House”-500 piece, January 2022
“The Candy Store”-500 piece, January 2022
“Farm Scene with Round Bales of Hay”-500 piece-January 2022 (missing 2 pieces) by Golden Guild
“Mom’s Pantry”-1000 piece, January 2022

“Pasture With Horses”-300 piece, January 2022 (missing 1 piece) by Golden Guild
United States- 1000 piece, Janaury 2022, by Master Pieces
Snow-Deer-Bird Feeder-500 piece, January 2022, by Bits and Pieces
“Yoga Cats”-1000 piece, January 2022
“Cobble Walk Cottage”-500 piece, February 2022, by Eurographics Puzzles
Assorted Wild Birds-500 piece, February 2022, by Springbok
“Lures Fishing Tackle”-1000 piece, February 2022, by Charles Wysocki
“Beautiful Butterfly”-500 piece, February 2022, by Mega Puzzles. This one was not as hard as it might look. The two sides are mirror images. Usually if I found one piece, I would find the matching one also.
“Millside Picnic”-1000 piece, February 2022, Hometown Collection by Bonnie White
“Songbirds”-1000 piece-February 2022. This one was challenging. Almost gave up and then a burst of determination got me going again.
“Songbirds”-750 piece, February 2022, by Hautman Brothers Collection
“Frederick the Literate Cate”-750 piece, March 2022, by Charles Wysocki. Also have in 300 piece size.
“Country Meadow”-300 piece, March 2022, by Hautman Brothers
“Old Pumpkin Farm”-300 piece, March 2022, by Eurographics Puzzles
“Three Sisters”-500 piece, March 2022, by Charles Wysocki
“Rule the Rooster”-1000 piece, March 2022, by Lori Schory. I loved this puzzle. It is the onlyp puzzle I bought.
“Chickens”-1000 piece, April 2022
“Home is My Sailor”-300 piece, April 2022, by Charles Wysocki.
“Lichtenstein Castle”-300 pieces-April 2022, by MB Puzzles
“Mountain Lake Lighthouse”-300 piece, April 2022, by MB Puzzles
“Prairie Wind Flowers”-300 peice-April 2022, by Charles Wysocki.
“Tea By The Sea”-300 peice-April 2022, by Charles Wysocki.
“Volkswagons”-1000 piece, April 2022 by Muchos Pieces.
“Morning Deliveries”-300 piece, April 2022, by Master Pieces.
“Old Cape Cod”-300 piece, April 2022, by Charles Wysocki
“Family of Owls”-1000 piece round puzzle, April 2022, by Lori Schory.
“Weekend Market”-1000 piece, April 2022, by Master Puzzles.
“1856 Country Store”-500 piece, May 2022, by Puzzle Bug.
“Old Store”-500 piece, June 2022, by Puzzle Bug
“A Day Out At the Farm”-1000 piece, July 2022
“Castle Country”-1000 piece, August 2022, by Hometown Collections.
“Dog Days”-750 pieces, August 2022,
“Dream Day First HOme”-1000 piece, August 2022
“Fireside Companions”-1000 piece, August 2022, by Charles Wysocki.
“French Estate with Vineyards”-1000 piece, August 2022
“Union Square”-1000 piece, August 2022, by Hometown Collections.
“Sunset on the Farm”-1000 piece, August 2022. (Borrowed from a friend. Not in my library collection).
“Quilts”-1000 piece, September 2022, by Arlette Gosieski at Ceaco Puzzles.
“Spring Fawn”-1000 piece-September 2022
“San Francisco Conservatory”-1000 piece, September 2022, by Hometown Collections.
“Spring Mill”-1000 piece, September 2022, by Abraham Hunter.
“Toadstool Cottage”-1000 pieces-September 2022, by TCG Toys.
“Wooden You Like A Ride”-1000 piece-October 2022, by Charles Wysocki.
“Family Pride”-500 piece, October 2022, by TCG Toys.
“Small Town Christmas”-1000 pieces, October 2022, by Charles Wysocki.
“Winter Treats”-500 piece, October 2022, by Bits and Pieces.
“Beauty and the Beast Falling In Love”-1000 piece, November 2022, by Thomas Kinkade.
“Cabin In the Woods”-1000 piece, November 2022, By David Maclean.
“Spring Patio”-1000 piece, November 2022, by TCG Toys.
“Sasha Salutes the Flag”-1000 piece, November 2022, by Linda Nelson.
“Summer Afternoon on the Farm”-500 piece, November 2022
“Toyland”-1000 piece, November 2022, by Master Pieces.
“The Bluebirds Song”-1000 piece, November 2022, by Country Life Puzzles.
“Sempione Italy”-1000 piece-December 2022, by Springbok.
“Labor Day”-1000 piece, December 2022
“Carpathian Mountains, Europe”-1000 piece, December 2022, by Mind Blogglers.
“Christmas Traffic Jam” (Corkboad back & scalloped edge)-500 piece, December 2022.
“Christmas Train”-300 piece, December 2022, by Gift Craft.
“Winter Barn”-1000 piece, December 2022, by Susan Winget.
“Rooster” (Mosaic Wooden), December 2022, by Mosaic Wooden Puzzles.
“Glow in the Dark-Family 8 Traditions”-300 piece, December 2022. If you expose this puzzle to 20 minutes of bright light it will glow in the dark. I forgot to try it!

And now for the fun gag gift this Christmas…..

My dear friends, Donna and Sheila, gave this to me as a fun gag gift. They designed and made even the packaging. They knew I would get a big kick out of it and I did! I was tempted to open it and try to put it together but decided to keep it instead. There are three canes in the package.

Puzzles 2020-21: I did 36 puzzles.

Puzzles: 2020-2021

I think I have become addicted to puzzles! For me they are not only fun, but also very relaxing. When I start one, I can hardly stop until it is put together. I have sleeked off to bed in the wee hours of the night quite a few times. I did 36 puzzles during this time period.

Let the fun begin!!!

Last year the ladies at church had a puzzle table where we all contributed our puzzles and shared them around. We had to have some kind of entertainment during covid!!! It was a lot of fun and we collected a significate amount of puzzles. This spring when it was time to move them out, I took them home and made a puzzle shelf in our store as most did not want their puzzles back. You can borrow a puzzle just like checking out a book in the library. Feel free to stop by the store and help yourself.

2021 Puzzles

“Songbird Favorites”-1000 piece by Hautman Brothers
This was a gorgeous picture when I finally got it done. It almost stumped me as there was too much birch tree! I put the puzzle in two separate ziplock bags, dividing by birch trees. That should make it easier for the next person.
“Stan’s Loft”
“Springtime Bird Melody”-1000 piece, by Kim Norlien
“Merry Moonlight Skaters”-500 foil pieces, by Joy Laforme
General Store
Map of Virginia
Butterfilies
“Virginia’s Nest”-1000 piece, by Charles Wysocki

“Sugar and Spice”-1000 piece by Charles Wysocki
Ice-Cream Parlor, not in my library.
“Mystery of the Sunflower”-550 piece, by Nona Hengen
Village with Rainbow-1000 piece by Jane Wooster Scott.

Cabin with water wheel, not in my library.
The Presidents, not in my library.
Covered Bridge with Buggy 3-500 pieces, by J. Charles
“Chatting with the Neighbors”, 1000 pieces, By Bits and Pieces.
“Rustic Lodge”-1000 pieces, by Ceaco Puzzles.

Puzzles from 2020

“Cabin In the Wild”-750 pieces, By Bits and Pieces.
Market with quilts and ducks. Not in my puzzle library.
Valley Farm with Amish children. Not in my puzzle library.
House on pond with geese and dogs-Sunset. Not in my puzzle library.
Red Barn with Horses. Not in my puzzle library.
“Sweet Corn and Summer Dreams”. Not in my puzzle library.

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