one hundred and seven puzzles

in celebration of july 31, the anniversary of the day my husband and i got married, this week’s blog posts will be about the ways we mark the passage of time.

in the voice of a new character, john

i have one hundred and seven.

one hundred and seven that are complete.

i hang them on the walls of my shed out back.

but i might move them here to the house if i can convince janet.

i probably can't convince janet.

that's okay.

they look good in the shed.

they're all the same size, so they fit together real good on the walls.

i only do 5,000 piece puzzles.

40 by 60, not 42 by 62.

i like them all to be the same size.

i do one every month, you know.

mostly i work on them at night, after supper and before i watch the eleven o'clock news.

i have to stop at 10:47 because it takes me thirteen minutes to brush and floss my teeth before the news comes on.

i like to watch the news in bed, and i don't want to have to get up out of bed to do my teeth after the news is over.

sometimes it's hard to stop when i'm in a pivotal place in the puzzle, but i do.

i always stop at 10:47.

or earlier.

this one is from february, but i don't remember what year.

i know it's from february though because i was cold when i worked it.

that part there in the trees was really hard, and i remember i was wearing my orange gloves when i was trying to get it done.

it's hard to work a puzzle with gloves on.

but i needed to have them on anyway because it was really cold in the house because i forgot to pay the heat bill for a few months in a row and they cut the heat off.

i was kind of a mess then because janet had left me.

she left in november, and i didn't pay the bill for november, december, january, or february.

february is when they finally cut it off, when i was working this puzzle.

eventually, i paid it all and they cut the heat back on and janet came back in april when i was doing this puzzle over here with the tower of london on it.

that was a long time ago.

i'm running out of room out here in the shed.

maybe i'll try asking janet again about hanging my puzzles in the house.