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March 1, 2009


Quick....grab the camera! It's not often we are together without extended family at the holidays, so when we found ourselves yesterday, sitting around in the kitchen and chatting, it was time for a photo! Wish Chrissy had been with us but she was in sunny Florida.


March 12, 2009

I May Be in Trouble!

Today I did something I've wanted to do for 30 years. Two years ago when I said this, it resulted in the whole family white water rafting down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and I even took the Gourmet article I had read in the '80s to show our guides.

Today Julie and I took a road trip to Norwich, Vermont (well, Wilder actually) to visit Stave Puzzles.


Stave Puzzles was started back in 1974 by Steve and Dave, hence Stave, who decided to they wanted to do something different with their lives and so started a small game company. When a man called one day asking if they made wooden puzzles, they decided to give that a try (check out the Stave timeline). After a year, Steve bought out Dave, kept designing and jigsawing and voila. Stave puzzles have been made for Presidents, the Queen of England, heads of corporations as well as for "we, the little people."

Now, I first learned about Stave in one of those small, intriguing ads at the back of The New Yorker magazine around 1978. The ad was for wooden jigsaw puzzles which I loved. Unfortunately the puzzles were quite pricey and having just had our first child, I decided to wait.

Well, I've never forgotten about Stave puzzles and from time to time I've checked in on their website, envious of any and everyone who could own these gems.

Hole in One

That brings me to today's road trip. Julie and I headed up to Wilder, Vermont for a tour of Stave Puzzles and a first hand look at their teaser puzzles. As I explained my New Yorker story to our tour guide, Julie commented, "It takes her a while to get around to things."

We had a great visit, saw fabulous puzzles, and learned how these beautiful treasures are created. Take a look below for your own "tour."

So what was the outcome of today road trip? Well, I took advantage of Stave's "Whacky Deals" and purchased my first Stave puzzles!

Come for the weekend and fit all the cats into the ball of yarn....


or all the animals into the woods.


March 14, 2009


Received at 4:44......

Have a Ball (solution is not shown)

Warning to Stave puzzlers - this is the finished puzzle! (Stave never shows completed puzzles on their website or in their catalog so that the solutions are not given away!)


Finished in 2 hours 20 minutes with a little help from John and Julie.

March 21, 2009

Bitten By the Bug!

Here's the second Stave puzzle we worked on! This one took much longer. There are 25 animals that have to fit into the woods somewhere!

(Of course, Stave does not show the solution on their website.)

Don't look at the following if you like doing your own work!!


"What Did You Do Over Your Spring Vacation?"

Besides turning into a complete Stave puzzle nut, I did manage to do a few other fun things over my two week vacation. It started out out with Julie's and my trip up to visit the Stave Puzzle company in Wilder, Vermont. Yes, it was a three hour ride but I've always enjoyed that stretch of I-91 and it brings back many memories of swim meets and water polo matches at Northfield, Deerfield, Dartmouth, Middlebury and Williams. So we drove up, visited Stave Puzzles, drooled over their puzzles that we can't afford and went over to Hanover, NH where we had a great lunch at Murphy's Pub.

We also took some time to visit Ikea in New Haven. That brought back memories of Heather in Sweden her junior year when her host family insisted they show us Ikea one night after dinner. This Ikea was much the same (follow the arrow!) and they truly are clever in that store.

Julie and I then headed up to the New Britain Museum of American Art where we enjoyed the artwork and lunch.

This piece of artwork is made up of colored paper and painted plastic cups!

My favorite, a Maxfield Parrish



Julie loves Milton Avery

Besides looking a many Hudson River artists (also a favorite), there were the Thomas Hart Benton murals that originally hung in the Whitney in NYC.





Vacation is over now and now it's back to work!

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