A Puzzling Problem

I found a new hobby recently. Puzzles! And I especially enjoy putting them together on the porch outside Mr. Basketmaker’s workshop.

I never thought I would be interested long enough to delve into a puzzle. I’m more of an instant-gratification type of gal.

But I have found that it has therapeutic benefits! After trying to be creative and coming up with several ‘great’ ideas for a client, my brain doesn’t want to think anymore! And puzzles really help in ‘cleansing’ my mind!

But I have a problem. See this pic?


In case you didn’t catch it, here’s a closer look…


Yup, there is one piece missing. I bought it new so I know it most likely sat on this table at one point.

However, I believe I know the culprit. He’s right here…


How do I know? Well, I went inside to get more water and as I opened the door to return to the porch and continue with my puzzle, I saw this inquisitive thief with both of his large white paws up on the table, investigating what I have been doing up there.

At the time, I thought nothing of it because I retrieved a few of the pieces he knocked over on the floor.

But now that it’s finished and that final missing piece is nowhere in site, I know this canine delinquent stuck out that big tongue of his and decided to see what one of those cardboard puzzle pieces tasted like!


Yeah, that big tongue right there.

So, my advice to anyone who enjoys doing puzzles but has curious furry friends? Even if you step away for 30 seconds, put a heavy mat on top covering the entire puzzle and all its pieces!

10 Things I did While Being Unplugged

Yesterday, I shut off my computer and it stayed that way until this morning. No internet at all. I haven’t done that in a very, very long time (which I’m slightly uncomfortable to admit… sort of). I honestly cannot remember the last time I did that. I also did not check my email on the iphone (well consciously that is. I’m sure there were a few times I checked just out of every day habit!).

So it was a total day of disconnection. And it was nice.

I’m sure other self-employed people out there will understand that it is very hard to do this. When work comes in you do it! And if a client is looking for you over the weekend, it is hard to not be available. That is what being a “freelancer” is all about.

Often times, clients hire freelancers because they need things outside of the normal workday. If their designers are tied up with projects or it’s 4 pm on Friday and they have a hot project that needs to be done Monday morning, who is going to do it? Not the employees who check out at 5 pm. They will call their trusted, reliable freelancer! Which is me, most of the time.

Except for yesterday. I was one of those “checked out employees.”

So what did I do instead of working?

1. Cut Chance’s hair and gave him a good trim. I’m sure he felt much better in this heat!

2. Helped Mr. Basketmaker paint the porch ceiling blue. Until we ran out of paint. (I didn’t buy enough)

3. Dropped off three boxes at the local Goodwill.

4. Bought Mr. Basketmaker two pairs of shorts at the same local Goodwill.

5. On my way home, stopped off at a farm stand and bought a large watermelon.

6. Chopped up all the watermelon into nice snack-size wedges that we can have during the week.

7. Took pictures of a large corner tub standing on its side in the middle of Mr. Basketmaker’s workshop! (Ah, what? Yeah, more on that later.)

8. Did a little reading on my old little Kindle.

9. Did five loads of laundry! Along with bleaching some of our cloth napkins — someone in this household accidentally used them as shop rags.

10. And my most favorite thing… Annoyed Mr. Basketmaker a little in his workshop by following him around for no reason at all.


He’s Untrainable I think…

Q: Do you think it’s very nice to call your dog “DumDum”?
Eric: Ah, he doesn’t know the difference. He’s dumb!
(That’s so not nice. And I think he does know the difference!)

Q: Speaking of Jackson, why does he torture moles?
Eric: It’s a good question. The only thing I can say is that maybe he does because the mole continues to stay alive. But I’m not complaining. From where I stand, I don’t like the moles and what they do to the yard so I see him doing this as paying his rent.

Q: Do you think your mom had a good time during her visit?
Eric: Yes. She definitely did because she told me so. And my mom cannot tell a lie.

Q: How much do you miss our crab apple tree?
Eric: Yeah, every time I look out the window in the morning I see this large void and I take a deep breath and sigh. And now we can’t have a courtyard without a tree in the middle!

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Besides you? If I can’t pick you then I would say Jackson. I thought I had him trained to not take off down the road and today he looked at me several times as I was calling him and then he took off.
(He quite possibly could be untrainable. You will have to work harder…)