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Well, this post is a little late but…

 another 2010 goal  (5000 puzzle pieces) was achieved!

I started the vintage puzzle but couldn’t finish it due to my allergies kicking up.  I’m allergic to some cats and apparently the previous owner of that puzzle had such a cat.

The final 1000 pieces were completed using a couple of $1,  500-piece puzzles from Dollar General.

For cheap (price) puzzles, the die cuts were clean and accurate.  The images were clear and easy to follow.  They were well worth $1.

The 2010 puzzle count ended up being 5,100 pieces, thanks to a cute 100-piece puzzle Lisa got me for Christmas.

The 2011 goal has been set at 6,000, and thanks to Mike and Peg’s Christmas gift, it can be started any day now…


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NOTE- this post was originally published on my other blog, EnjoyTimeOutdoors.com, on 14November2010.


The third jigsaw puzzle for 2010 is complete! This brings the progress towards the 2010 goal to 3000 pieces.

2010 Puzzle 03

2010 Puzzle 03

This puzzle was started back in March and sat idle for most of the summer and early fall.

Thanks to Lisa’s continued efforts the puzzle slowly worked it’s way to completion. The final 100 pieces were finished today.

This was an inexpensive puzzle that had a consistent “two-out, two-in” pattern (click on photo for larger view). The lack of randomly shaped pieces made it very time consuming to assemble the ivy background areas.

To reach the 5000 piece goal by the end of the year I’ll need to complete roughly 44 pieces per day. Time to get busy on Puzzle 04, Caeco Puzzles’ Thomas Kinkade Nature’s Paradise Puzzle!

Puzzle4- Thomas Kinkade Nature's Paradise

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Return of the puzzle…

kitty puzzle

Kitty contemplates the next piece

With summer drifting into autumn the days are shorter, the nights cooler, and the pace of life seems a little more relaxed. This IS my favorite season!

After taking a break from puzzling for the summer, autumn reinvigorated my interest to complete the 5000 piece goal I set for this year.

Puzzle three, which was started in early March, sat idle while we went about our busy summer. It, like this blog, is idle no more!

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Fort Wayne Tincaps logoWith opening day for the Fort Wayne Tincaps less than two weeks away, It’s time to refresh my play-by-play baseball scoring skills.  

While there’s a scoring sheet included in the programs handed out at the games (at least for the Single A Tincaps), it doesn’t provide for full at-bat statistics.

The thing I like best about full scoring is the ability to look back and read the score card and understand the detail behind the boxscore.   I think this skill is nearly lost in this technical age.

A few years ago, I was re-introduced to baseball scoring while perusing one of my favorite blog sites, Chistopher Swingley’s “Swingley Development” .His site is a very good resource for learning to score baseball (and many other cool things).

Christopher offers some fantastic resources!  He offers, free of charge, a number of printable scorecards for both baseball and softball, an example of  a fully scored card, and a top-notch inning-by-inning tutorial.

My personal favorite is the “Scorecard with pitching statistics in black” .

Related Links-

Swingley Development

MLB Baseball Rules

Fort Wayne Tincaps

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As I mentioned in my last post, one of my 2010 goals is to complete 5000 jigsaw puzzle pieces in 2010.

Last week my step daughter Lisa and I began working on a Ceaco Jigsaw Puzzle she gave me for Christmas.  Today we finished it.  It was the “Trump’s General Store ” puzzle from the “Joan Steiner’s Can You Find” series.

We estimate that it took about 20 man hours to complete.

Joan did a great job using over 150 real items to create the miniature scene.  Very clever!  Check out the link here for a better image of the puzzle.

This was a very fun puzzle to complete.  The pieces were small, there was a very good variety of shapes, and the fit and finish was very nice.   I am extremely pleased with the quality and value of this puzzle.

I was also happy to discover that Caeco  makes their puzzles in the USA.

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Puzzle complete

On the surface it may appear that working on puzzles is just an old fashioned waste of time.   Much to my surprise I’ve found it to be an extremely relaxing  and thought provoking experience.

Living a life surrounded by technology and computers, I find myself longing for the low tech.  This has helped fuel my interest in primitive technologies (traditional woodworking, archery, bushcraft, puzzles, gardening, hand crafts, etc.)

Unlike watching television or surfing the web,  which for me usually ends up being a low value time-wasting activity, working on a puzzle  while listening to music, the latest episode of The Survival Podcast, or in complete silence, helps calm and relax my mind in a way that few indoor activities can.

As an added bonus, puzzles are very inexpensive, considering the hours of entertainment the bring.  Plus, when they are finished, they can be disassembled and given away or traded.

I do not make ‘new year’s resolutions’, per say, but I do maintain daily short and long term to-do/goal lists.   For the long term list, I’ve added the goal of assembling 5000 puzzle pieces before year’s end.

The new puzzle begins today.

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