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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.

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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.

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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....

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or all the animals into the woods.

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March 14, 2009

Finished!

Received at 4:44......

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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!)

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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!

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

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

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April 10, 2009

Birthday Weekend

We celebrated Julie and Heather's birthdays on April 4th and Pat and Chrissy came up for the celebration. It was a weekend filled with fun, laughter, great food (check out the cake!) and Stave puzzles! Take a look.

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We started Friday night introducing Patrick and Chrissy to a Stave puzzle.

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Coming together

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Eureka!

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Did it!

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And it's on to another! They're hooked!

On to the birthday...on Saturday, the girls came over, Julie, Heather and Lily Chamberlain.

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Julie and Lily

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Heather and Lily

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All the girls

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Let's not forget about Mom

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Patrick and Chrissy brought up a very nice bottle of champagne.

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Heather got her introduction to a Stave puzzle.

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And then there was the cake....yes, this is a cake!

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Birthday girls

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Yum!

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Spa Day!

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Lily's gift

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George and Lily

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Fun day!

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Back to the puzzles!

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Did them all!

Now it's on to Easter!

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