Cold outside? It’s Puzzle Time!

Alas, November has come and gone. In less than 3 weeks, Christmas will be here. Then New Year’s. That is a lot of indoor time with family! When it gets freezing cold outside, I tend to crank out more jigsaw puzzles. I should do a big post on all the Springbok puzzles I completed in 2016. Most of which I purchased from thrift stores. Until then, here are a few I have completed this year.

‘Golden Sunset’ released in 2006 – 1,500 pieces

This one my husband bought me for Christmas one year. I finally got around to finishing it and find out one of my cats took off with an edge piece. No idea where it went. LOL

‘Bear Lake’ in Estes Park, CO released in 2012 – 500 pieces

A score from one of the thrift stores I go to. This is cool because it’s complete and it’s close to home. Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park is beautiful! Perhaps one day I will show you!

‘Knit Knacks’ released in 2010 – 1,000 pieces

A friend loaned me one her Springbok puzzles. We switch puzzles with each other and try not to get duplicates. This way we work on many other different puzzles. ūüôā

‘Snow Leopard’ released in 1979 – 500 pieces

A thrift store find that has all of the pieces to it as well. You’d be surprised how many I’ve gotten complete from there! Usually there’s a piece or 2 missing. Not this time. All that white was very tedious though. Ugh! At least it’s done now! Whew!

‘Gotta Love Snow’ released in 2007 – 500 pieces

This one is from a thrift store too and is missing a piece. It snowed, so I decided to do a snow puzzle. It didn’t snow enough to make snowmen but it was the first snow of the season.

‘Book Shop’ released in 2015 – 500 pieces

I got this one for my birthday this year from the close and dear friend that switches puzzles with me. We both worked in a public library, so it was perfect.

‘Candy is Dandy’ released in the 1970’s – 500 pieces

Yet another thrift store find I finished around Halloween. Complete with all pieces. I like to do seasonal puzzles and this one was fun because, it was shaped in a circle. COOL!

That’s all, folks! Next post I will show you more puzzles. Seven puzzles in one post is long enough! See you soon!



Memorial Day Respect

I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. I did! We watched our oldest son run the Bolder Boulder 10k race on Memorial Day. He was running in memory of his grandfather.


One of Denver’s suburbs has a memorial that is dedicated to all of Colorado’s Army soldiers, Navy sailors, Air Force airmen,¬†Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have lost their lives in service to our country in all wars.

The Colorado Freedom Memorial was dedicated on May 26, 2013 and has the names of 6,023 fallen Colorado heroes etched in glass. There is still an additional 44 names to add to the memorial.

Aurora’s Buckley Air Force Base Marines watch over the Colorado Freedom Memorial

My father¬†is a retired Marine. My husband’s father was a Navy officer. I honor in memory all men and women, who have served in our country’s armed services, for their ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget.

Mother’s Day 2016


Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there! I am fortunate to be one AND¬†have my Mother with me today. She loves being a Grandmother too. I look forward to many more years with her!


I understand Mother’s Day can be tough on those who have lost their mother. My husband lost his Mom just over 15 years ago. I like to think that we all keep our best memories of our Mother close to our hearts so that she is never far from our thoughts.

Like the rest of you, who are Moms, we are¬†very proud of our babies. My children¬†make me so happy to be their mother that I feel like I could gush on and on! (I’ll spare you from that, promise!)

One works at Apple, Inc., another has finished his first year of college for Mechanical Engineering and the other finishes his junior year in high school at the end of the month. Growing up and maturing fast!


Cherish the women that are Moms in your family… your mother, mother-in-law, sisters, sister-in-laws, daughters, Aunts, Grandmothers. Giving birth to our children is one of our greatest accomplishments in life! Enjoy as much as you can with¬†them!