Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Puzzle!

Opening the box!
Four years ago today, the UPS man delivered my 28-pound package of puzzling joy, and yesterday marked the four-year anniversary of starting this blog!  Wow, it's hard to believe that I have been doing this for so long.  Click here and here to see those historic posts once again.  :)

This puzzle entitled, Life: The Great Challenge, has certainly been a metaphor in my journey with this big, beautiful beast.  Here are some of the many Life challenges / highlights from the last four years.

  1. Derek, my oldest son, was 5 months old when I got the puzzle.  He's now getting ready to go into pre-K!
  2. My husband quit his job, then took us to southern CA for 8 weeks to do consulting work.
  3. We put our house on the market, packed up all our belongings, and moved to Atlanta, GA for a new job opportunity. 
    Status of Section 1 at time of move to Atlanta, GA.
  4. We lived with Randy's sister and her family for 5 months while waiting for our house to sell.
  5. We lived with great friends for another 6 months while waiting for our new house to be built.
  6. We moved into our new house in mid September and 2 months later hosted Thanksgiving for about 20 people.  
  7. After 1.3 years of neglect, I was finally able to pull out the puzzle and work on it again.
  8. I got pregnant with our second child.
  9. I finished Section 1 on April 2nd, 2013 - 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days after starting. 
    Section 1 finished!
  10. I gave birth to our second son, Cole, on July 30th, 2013 - 3 weeks earlier than planned. 
  11. I finished Section 2 on April 13, 2014 - 1 year and 11 days after starting (I'm getting better!)
  12. Section 2 finished!
  13. On July 1, 2014, I got this "brilliant" idea to join a group puzzle project with my friends from the Flickr Puzzling group I belong to....yeah, everyone but me finished within 10 days!  LOL  What was I thinking?!
  14. Goal date for completion of Section 3 is October 18, 2014.  Wish me luck!
  15. Section 3 status as of 7/23/14.


  1. Found your blog Penny ;-) Even if it has already been more than 4 years... You will get to the finish line eventually. As will I with at the waterhole... And then we will both start on a smaller project called NYC window. LOL :D

    1. Thanks, Maarten! Looking forward to doing NYC window together hopefully someday soon.

  2. We have just ordered this puzzle today after wanting something impressive for our dining room/kids play area! We haven't got a clue how long it's going to take or how we are going to mount it, but it's going to be a fun challenge I'm sure. Great work with yours :-). Kevin & Caroline, UK

    1. Hi Kevin and Caroline! Congrats on your purchase of the Life puzzle. You will have a wonderful time putting it together! I have lots of information in previous posts on mounting techniques using contact paper and foam board when you're ready for that part.