A Puzzling Hodgepodge

 Joyce asks the questions, and we provide the answers. See how others answered at From This Side of the Pond.

1. January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Do you enjoy puzzles? What kind (crossword, jigsaw, sudoku, etc)?  How often do you work a puzzle? 

I like puzzles. I had a couple of jigsaw puzzle apps on my tablet but took them off because I was spending too much time on them. I've been doing Wordle for a few months. Some of my sisters & I text our results daily. We're also doing Connections, also from the New York Times. You're given 16 words that you have to put in 4 categories. You only get 5 tries though. Some of them are extremely difficult. I also do the free mini puzzle from the NYT.

2. Something you currently find 'puzzling'? 

There are so many things I can say to answer this question. From politics to social media, there are just so many things...but I'll keep my mouth shut.

3. What's your go-to dish to take to someone who needs a meal (new baby, bereavement, etc)?

I haven't taken anything to someone in forever, although I appreciated the food that was brought to the house after CH's passing. A friend brought some excellent tortellini soup; another lady brought some amazing ziti. 

4. Do you watch any HGTV and/or The Food Network? If so, what's your favorite program there? 

Every now and then I'll watch International House Hunters. I usually only watch the Food Network around the holidays.

5.  Wrap up your January in five words, with a five-word phrase, or with a five-word sentence. 

I'm so glad it's over. The cold snap we had with the snow that stayed on the ground for over a week (very much a rarity!) was mentally exhausting. I was so worried about the camper van...the battery can't get below a certain temp. and CH & I decided we weren't going to winterize. (This is a 4-season van; all of the water pipes are inside the van except for the gray water tank which has its own heater.) I didn't think just a space heater would keep the van warm so I used the van's heating system instead. This was the first time it had been used for any amount of time and I was concerned about it not working properly. There was a little bit of trial and error with setting the heat to be on continuously and not stop after a day, and there was an extremely nervous minute or two that had me shaking (literally...I was really anxious about it!) but I figured it out with the help of the FB group. She behaved exactly as she was supposed to and the temps are back where they should be, if not a little warmer. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Gurl Dogg and I went on our first solo camping last week. We only went to a KOA 30 minutes from the house, but it was a good first run. It would have been better if it hadn't been raining; we had to stay in the van most of the time. But, GD did well for the first time; she was a little nervous at first until she found "her space". I'm still thinking about what to do with the van and if I even want one. I found a small one that would be perfect, but this is the first year it's been out so I'd need to wait until the next one comes out to make sure the kinks are worked out. 

Maeve Anne in our camping spot

Gurl Dogg all tucked in. Since the bed is so high, I had to lift her to put her in/take her out of the bed.


  1. Wow, good for you managing the heating in the camper. I would have been nervous too. I'm impressed you made a solo trip. Have a nice week!

  2. Your camper van looks so nice and your furbaby looks so comfortable..

  3. I would have been scared too with managing the heat in the van. Yay!! for you!

  4. Good for you for heading out on a solo trip to test the waters. Glad you got the heat sorted and things worked well for you. You have a sweet little companion. Happy last day of January to you.

  5. I can see how figuring out the heat in the camper might have produced some anxiety! Glad it all worked out well!

  6. I agree with your #2 puzzling answer for sure!

  7. I agree, so much of what is going on in our country is definitely puzzling. Enjoyed reading your answers. Glad you got the heater figured out. Good for you trying out a camping trip. Giving you a pat on your back.


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