As a young girl growing up, my mom would set up a puzzle on the card table in the family room just before the holiday break...then we would work on it a little here and a little there until the puzzle was completed. So like mother, like daughter --winter is for working puzzles!
All these years that Steve and I have been married we have not just one puzzle to do during the winter, but often 3 or 4. Well, after 32 years, one starts collecting more puzzles than will fit on the puzzle shelves!
Right after Thanksgiving I decided we had to reduce the amount of puzzles that were piling up. Hmmm...we could give them to people that enjoyed working puzzles! So we made a list...with plenty of people on it. But, we couldn't send the puzzles unless we knew ALL the pieces were in the box.
That meant we had to work them -- all of them!
We started with the small ones...all the pieces were there -- so we mailed them out to the happy puzzle people!
Then we started on the harder ones.
One, Two, Three, Four, Five...1000 piece puzzles we worked All with missing pieces....into the woodstove. Would we be able to give another one away this year? We worked a couple more puzzles that we really like..but thought we would keep those. Like the puzzle of Tampa, with several missing pieces, --but my Hubby grew up there..so we will ignore the missing pieces. Then there's the Answers In Genesis puzzle that we purchased at the Creation Museum last year...can't get of that one just yet. Then there's the Robert E. Lee puzzle we got at Gettysburg a few years ago. My Southern spirit won't let go of that one!-- The grandchildren will need to know their true roots!!
So we are still putting puzzles together this winter, trying to find a few to bless others with!
So if you get a puzzle in the mail...just know that you are are neighbor...Love they neighbor!