It's become a self imposed ritual to begin a new year by cleaning out something. In recent years it seems to be computer or photo files. This year I unloaded and deleted a lot of stuff from computer and phone and feel better now!
IT IS NOT TEDIOUS
When we arrived to visit friends they were in the final stages of finishing a puzzle, but finding the going very slow because they were dealing with a section of sky and the pieces were similar. Lana is a dedicated puzzler so she, Marcos and Bill, put an end to the challenge.
Were it up to me, I might have framed that puzzle or laminated it so that it's completeness could be kept and celebrated forever. But it was not up to me and all too soon I thought, they were off on another challenge.There appears to be a kind of mania that seizes puzzle workers in the grips of a new 1000 piece challenge.
So many pieces this time, they had to be spread around the room.
The theme was comedy and as I started looking at some of the jigsaws I was captivated by old TV and movie memories.
Soon I was doing my best to add an ear, or eye, or hat or some such. I'd hit a dead end and go back to reading, saying that is tedious work.
"It is not tedious to someone who enjoys it" Marcos observed, "it is part of the challenge."
I took note that part of the challenge is also working up an appetite for sweet, or a drink.
Eventually, again, with assistance from Norma Jean, not pictured here, our champs, solved another one.
A SO CAL TOASTThe mid west is so deeply imbedded in Lana and me that we excite, like a kid on his or her first trip to Disneyland, when we are around fresh fruit trees. Especially so for Lana who loves fresh OJ.
Happy New Year.
I feel good about getting these snaps off my phone.
And I'm happy for the great memories.
See you down the trail.