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I’m Still Here . . . May 6, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Home & Garden, Less IS More, Life Balance.


I’ve got so much to tell you.

I hardly know where to start.

Let’s see . . .

Time is getting the best of me.

And I don’t know where it’s going.

I get up.

I get dressed.

I enjoy a cup of tea.

I go for a walk.

I come home.

I check e-mails.

I read and comment on friends’ blogs.

I think about writing a blog post . . . and procrastinate.

I do the NY Times puzzles.

I have lunch.

I go for a bike ride.

I “work” on jigsaw puzzles ~ we’ve completed six!

Oh, what puzzles?

Glad you asked ~ VW Buses, Sea Turtles, Birds, an Attic Stuffed with Stuff, Great Americans, and a Tall Ship.

What size?

I’m going to assume you’re asking about the # of pieces, rather than the dimensions of the finished puzzles:

VW Buses (1000), Sea Turtles (500), Birds (500), an Attic Stuffed with Stuff (500), Great Americans (1000), and a Tall Ship (750).

4,250 pieces total!

Minus a few missing pieces.

One puzzle was missing 7 pieces!

I bet the dog ate them!

Bad dog, Pluto!

Wipe that grin off your face.

You are in the dog house!

What’s that, Pluto?

You think it was Goofy?

You might be right.

Goofy’s got opposable thumbs . . .

So he could be the piece thief.

I’ll give him a good cross-examining and see what he has to say for himself.

OK, readers, that’s enough goofy-ness for now.

It’s time for my Cinco de Mayo siesta.

Wait!  What?

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo?


The days seem to run together.

Oh, well.

I’m still inclined to recline for a Siesta Fiesta before dinner!

Aah . . . that’s better!

So, what’s “new” with you?


1. Rivergirl - May 6, 2020

I used to love to do puzzles, the old wooden ones.
As to what’s new? Absolutely nothing. Which, considering how often I blog…. is remarkable.

nrhatch - May 6, 2020

But you share amusing posts . . . so it’s all good!

2. Jill Weatherholt - May 6, 2020

Writing, puzzling…repeat!

nrhatch - May 6, 2020

Sounds like a recipe “for disasters” . . . :mrgreen:

3. joyroses13 - May 6, 2020

Good to hear from you! Yes Bad Pluto! 😄
I don’t have patience for puzzles but they do look cool when completed! My brother in law loves puzzles!

nrhatch - May 6, 2020

Until the recent stay at home orders, we had completed a total of ONE jigsaw puzzle in 10 years. Now, we’ve done 6 in 2 months ~ if we continue at that rate we could complete 36 this year.

I guess I have more “patience” for puzzles during a pandemic when I’m all shut up with no place to go. 😀

joyroses13 - May 7, 2020

Haha! Who knows I may resort to doing puzzles! 🙂

nrhatch - May 7, 2020

We have a puzzle & book exchange in the neighborhood so we can puzzle for free. It’s been a decent time waster during the Stay At Home! order.

4. Ally Bean - May 7, 2020

You’re good puzzlers if you can put together puzzles with a few pieces missing. Does that mean that you are a few pieces short of a picture? And if so, is that a good thing? 😉

nrhatch - May 7, 2020

We’re OK, but we haven’t graduated to your level yet:


That was an intriguing idea and fantastic follow through!

I’m always disappointed to find out that pieces are missing. There is something special about snapping that last piece into place before turning our attention elsewhere.

One puzzle was missing a piece of the edge ~ we kept looking for it as we worked on the puzzle only to find it was MIA. Another puzzle was missing a single interior piece (marked on the cover of the box by a previous puzzler) so we didn’t waste any time looking for it.

But the one with SEVEN missing pieces was annoying ~ we kept sifting through pieces looking for a bright red piece for the cardinal’s breast. Not there. And we searched high and low for a blue, white, and black piece for the blue jay’s wing. No dice. We were also missing a piece from the woodpecker’s beak, the goldfinch’s head, etc.

Before we return puzzles at the neighborhood exchange, we note the # of missing pieces and their approximate location on the cover.

Ally Bean - May 7, 2020

So helpful of you to note the holes and location. Good on you.

nrhatch - May 7, 2020

It keeps puzzlers from puzzling over missing pieces. :mrgreen:

5. Rainee - May 7, 2020

I enjoyed that Nancy – very creative 🙂

nrhatch - May 7, 2020

Thanks, Rainee. I have been terrible about posting during the pandemic. I should have plenty of time on my hands to craft posts that will tickle readers’ curiosity (or funny bones) but time is slipping through my fingers.

I find myself thinking, “Oh, well . . . there’s always tomorrow. Next Tuesday at the latest.” And another week flies by!

Stay well.

6. Kate Crimmins - May 7, 2020

Sounds like you have a full and productive day. Naps are good.

nrhatch - May 7, 2020

Our days have a nice flow . . . but there has been very little in the way of productivity. 😛

7. Erica/Erika - May 7, 2020

Hi Nancy, A fun, cheerful, humorous post! I have many creative projects on the go and an increasing list of “shoulds” which I am ignoring. The puzzles sound fun and very popular right now. 🙂

nrhatch - May 7, 2020

Thanks, Erica. Ignoring “shoulds” during a pandemic is OK . . . just don’t ignore any “musts.”

Enjoy your creative projects and stay well.

8. L. Marie - May 8, 2020

Yay! Glad to see you!
What’s new? Well, I’m writing, playing video games, eating, getting mentally prepared to go to the grocery store, meeting people on Zoom–that sort of thing. 😀

nrhatch - May 8, 2020

Sounds strikingly similar to my pandemic behavior. Stay well!

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