Sunday, December 23, 2007

Around the World

It’s been a while since I posted a puzzle picture (the last was of the Edmund Fitzgerald back in 2006). Things have been busy and stressful and I haven’t done much blogging, but one of the ways I work out my stress, especially when the gym is closed for the evening, is to do a puzzle. Of course, I’m not sure I reduced my stress by trying to work this size of a puzzle on a table that not quite large enough (each of the corner pieces hung off the edge and once the dog’s tail cleared off an entire section). But last night I finished—a trip around the world. There are 36 different cities represented in this 1000 piece puzzle (the 1000 Places to See Before You Die folks published this puzzle). Anyone want to see how many cities you can get right? There were several surprises for me. (If you take me up on the challenge, start at the top left and work across and then down, like you’re reading a book--thanks Murf for correcting me as I don't think I have many native Hebrew readers.) You can click on the photo to have it blown up to super-size. I’m sorry the picture isn’t the best. I may try photographing it again with some daylight adding to the mix and if I get a better shot, I’ll change photos.

Weather Update: The wind has been blowing crazy since about 3 AM (that's when the dog first woke me to inform me of the problem). I got up at 5:15 and it was 50 degrees outside. It was warm yesterday (in the low-40s) and with all the rain, our snow is now gone. Overnight, the temperature actually went up. But we’re in a winter storm warning and sometime this morning, the temperature is to nosedive and the rain is to become snow and between noon today and tomorrow morning, we’re to get our white Christmas. I’m hoping we get enough to ski on, but ain’t holding my breath.

Thinking of others: This is the season to think about others and at least three of the regular folks whose blogs I read are going through tough times. Kontan lost her dad and step-father this fall and this past week, Bone's mother had a stroke and Dawn lost Dakota, her loving beagle. Say a prayer or send a good thought in their directions.


  1. I hope you get your snow, Sage, but don't send it down here. We are getting some direly needed and much prayed for rain today, and we all hope it continues for 3-4 weeks! Our drought is in the desperate stage. Merry Christmas!

  2. start at the top right and work across and then down, like you’re reading a book

    I think you're the only person who starts reading an English written book from the top right. Sure explains a lot though. :-)

  3. Thanks know what song is stuck in my head...

    ~ Does any one know where the love of god goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours ~

  4. It was low '40s this morning at 6:30 when I was walking Nanners and Noodles - then warmed up to the 70s - I started the day in a heavy sweater w/ a cap and gloves and finished the afternoon in a t-shirt and shorts!

    I love puzzles!

  5. 8:30 PM update. Between 5:30 AM and 12:30 PM, we lost over 25 degrees! The wind is still blowing and it's snowing, but no real accumulation.

    Kenju: Enjoy your Carolina Christmas--for many years Christmas day meant a long stroll on the beach

    Murf, you got me there--I was reverting back to my Hebrew roots

    Mistress: I love that line!

    Diane, when I left the house early this morning, I didn't need a coat, but by the time I got back home I was glad I had it.

  6. We're having a wind storm. Not sure about the temp
    My last Christmas-New Years week in New York as a New Yorker

    Merry Christmas Sage. Hope it's wonderful

  7. Hello, Michele sent me to say that the puzzle looks awesome! Think that same storm is heading toward us tonight...I will be thinking of those you listed...

  8. Sage, you had me laughing about your dog, smiling at your white Christmas and then tearing up with your kind thoughts. Thank you.

  9. Pia, enjoy it--I've always wanted to see NYC at Christmas--I've been there a few times, but never during the holidays

    Sara--may you enjoy the snow!

    Kontan, don't suppose you'll have a white Christmas down there--may the holidays be good to you and your family.

  10. I'm always watching and reading, Sage. Always. Watching. And. Reading. :-)

    Happy Christmas Eve Day.

  11. My puzzle putting together days are on hold until the little explorer grows up enough to help put them together rather than scatter the pieces.

  12. Happy Xmas Sage! And I hope the oncoming storm in your neck of the woods is as delicate as possible. Keep safe! And I, too, hope you get enough snow to ski on!

    Happy Holidays!

  13. The third from the top left corner is the Ryman. Right? No?!? :D

    Merry, Merry Christmas!