one hundred and seven puzzles

in celebration of july 31, the anniversary of the day my husband and i got married, this week’s blog posts will be about the ways we mark the passage of time.

in the voice of a new character, john

i have one hundred and seven.
one hundred and seven that are complete.
i hang them on the walls of my shed out back.
but i might move them here to the house if i can convince janet.
i probably can't convince janet.
that's okay.
they look good in the shed.
they're all the same size, so they fit together real good on the walls.
i only do 5,000 piece puzzles.
40 by 60, not 42 by 62.
i like them all to be the same size.
i do one every month, you know.
mostly i work on them at night, after supper and before i watch the eleven o'clock news.
i have to stop at 10:47 because it takes me thirteen minutes to brush and floss my teeth before the news comes on.
i like to watch the news in bed, and i don't want to have to get up out of bed to do my teeth after the news is over.
sometimes it's hard to stop when i'm in a pivotal place in the puzzle, but i do.
i always stop at 10:47.
or earlier.
this one is from february, but i don't remember what year.
i know it's from february though because i was cold when i worked it.
that part there in the trees was really hard, and i remember i was wearing my orange gloves when i was trying to get it done.
it's hard to work a puzzle with gloves on.
but i needed to have them on anyway because it was really cold in the house because i forgot to pay the heat bill for a few months in a row and they cut the heat off.
i was kind of a mess then because janet had left me.
she left in november, and i didn't pay the bill for november, december, january, or february.
february is when they finally cut it off, when i was working this puzzle.
eventually, i paid it all and they cut the heat back on and janet came back in april when i was doing this puzzle over here with the tower of london on it.
that was a long time ago.
i'm running out of room out here in the shed.
maybe i'll try asking janet again about hanging my puzzles in the house.

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