Last I heard there were only a couple of spots left to join us at our Puzzle Party at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, February 18-20. It’s a beautiful place to spend some time and we always have a blast at this event. Fellow Staver Carol, and her husband, Hank, will be joining me and Rick. Come see us. We promise to thoroughly entertain and puzzle you!!
www.StavePuzzles.com for more information.
For reservations call Blackberry Farm, 800-648-4252.
Set The Scene
I’m always interested in hearing where and how people puzzle. My husband, Rick, has created a nice little spot in our home that we refer to as the Library/Puzzle room. Rick spent some time working at a used book store in his earlier years so he has quite a collection of books. He’s also a Puzzle Nut…Tavern puzzles, Manipulative puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles, old and new. If you’re looking for something to occupy your mind, this is the room to be in. Needless to say, we usually have a puzzle going on the table. More often than not, it’s a Stave, but sometimes Rick brings out one of his old Tuco Puzzles. (I don’t work those. The push-fit style of puzzling drives me crazy!) And as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a prerequisite that any family gathering at my house must include puzzling.
Who Got You Hooked?
My mom and dad often had a cardboard (gasp!) puzzle going on a table, so I feel it has always been a part of my life. What about you? Do you have a grandmother who brought out a puzzle when the family came to visit? Was it your spouse who introduced you to puzzling or is it something you have always been drawn to?
What’s In It For Me
One of the things I enjoy most about working a puzzle is the fact that you can see your progress as you go along. I’ve heard some people say they like making order out of chaos. Others like the fact that it can bring the family together, several generations working side by side. What is it you get out of puzzling?
Share Your Stories
So tell me about your puzzling life. Do you puzzle on a cookie sheet or do you use a special tray or table? Do you have a designated space in your home or do you puzzle wherever you happen to be? How about favorite puzzling times? Early mornings when no one is up or late at night with a glass of wine? Puzzlers are such a unique group of people and I know everyone would love to hear from folks who are just as puzzling as they are.
Set the scene and I’ll share your pictures and stories with everyone. Email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
I had never seen one of these before. What do you think it is?
Take a close look at Puzzling Photo #2 and you’ll see wing tip impressions in the snow. I think this means that a hawk swooped down and grabbed whatever was running through the snow. We have a Coopers Hawk that uses our backyard bird feeders as its fast food outlet.
OK, OK, I admit it. Sometimes I, Chief Tormentor, accidentally torment my wonderful Stave crafters. This time I went too far and they rebelled. They ‘forced’ me to sign a contract that I would never, ever design a certain type of TroubleMaker puzzle again…. see below. That’s Paula giving the signed contract the official Stave seal. Hmmmm.. … live and learn.
Puzzling Photo #2 was taken out our back window. What’s your take?
And you thought it was a backyard ice sculpture? …. Wrong! Just old, melted together ice cubes I was throwing into backyard. Below is photo of ice maker tray.
Groundhog Day and it snowed so much we gave Staveland the day off… a Snow Day! So Martha and I decided to take advantage of all the snow and we went tubing in our front yard. The Stave weather vane is in our front yard flower garden, a gift from our employees. No groundhog shadow here!