Extremely Puzzling

Welcome! Here we are well into our third week of self-isolation. I feel so fortunate that my family and friends are safe and well fed and that the only challenge we have is finding ways to fill our time. We’ve been doing pretty well so far. My daughter and I lean towards “introvert” so we are more content than the men but they too have found ways to keep busy with movies and walks and little projects.

Last week, in search of a diversion, I was rummaging around in the Attic and came across this:

This belonged to my mother originally. I brought it home when my sisters and I were cleaning out and dividing up mom’s things after she passed away. She and I both had a love of trivia and puzzles so this was right up our alley and we did attempt to finish it back when it was new. However, this particular puzzle proved too much for us and we were never able to quite finished it. We could have used the poster that came with it but that didn’t seem fair. Some of the quotes were so obscure that we eventually gave up.

Luckily, Miss Dee and I now have the advantage of Google!

Yes, I admit, we cheated. That “enclosed poster with all the answers” has long since disappeared and some of these quotes are really challenging. For example:

“She believed in nothing; only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist”

Perhaps there are some of you out there who could easily attribute that saying to Jean-Paul Satre but I’m just a chick from Jersey with a degree in Fine Art. This guy is way outside my range of knowledge. I did great on the movie quotes and D-man and Mr D were a big help when it came to American Wars or Politics. Miss Dee even figured out some of the more current quotes but since the puzzle was copy written in 1994, four years before she was born “current” was a relative term.

Whatever method we used, we still had fun matching the quotes with the proper person and it has provided a great distraction, helping to fill some of the unstructured hours. We even learned some new stuff. Now we are down to fitting the actual pieces together, harder than you would think since they are all the same size and you only have slivers of images on the edges to try and match up. It may get to the point where we give up and move on but for now I’ve been adding a piece here and there. Who knows, with at least another month in front of us, we might get it finished.

What’s been keeping you busy?

Random Quote Wednesday the Finale!

Well, here it is, the last “Random Quote Wednesday” post. This has been a fun way to fill in the summer. I will  be taking a break next week then starting in September I’ll go back to my “Grade School the Second Time Around” post where I share weird and wonderful tidbits I learn (or relearn) while I work with my grade schoolers. This year I will be having science and social studies with the 5th grade. They do some pretty cool stuff so I can’t wait!

Last week’s quote….

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere!

…was actually guessed by two people. George at The Off Key of Life and Holly’s Mom at The Barking Chain both knew that the brainiac I was looking for was Albert Einstein! Way to go guys and thanks for playing!

Random Quote Wednesday

Here it is Wednesday again! The hint for last week’s quote was “First Lady” and there were some good guesses but none were on the mark. The source of our quote…

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

…was the lovely Jacqueline Kennedy. Thank’s to all those who took a shot! Here is a chance to try again!

This week’s random quote is…

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere!”

hint: brainiac

As always, those fabulous guesses should be left in the comments below! Good luck!

Random Quote Wednesday

Last week’s quote proved too elusive so there’s no shout out but thanks to everyone who took a guess!

The source of last week’s quote…

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

..was none other than the man behind Peanuts fame Charles Schultz.

This week’s random quote deals with one of my favorite subjects-reading…

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

Hint: First Lady

Any guesses go in the comments below! Good luck.

Random Quote Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday! My shout out this week goes to George over at The Off Key of Life, a man who has a wonderfully unique way of seeing the world. Pay him a visit and see. George correctly identified the source of last week’s quote….

“Sometimes it’s fun to do the impossible!

as the wonderful Walt Disney! If you haven’t seen the film “Finding Mr Banks” yet I highly recommend it. The entire cast does an amazing job but Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as Disney. He is a joy to watch.

Sorry, I digress!

Presenting this week’s random quote…

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

hint: “All I got was a rock.”

Quotes about chocolate are so inspirational! As always, the first person to leave the source of this quote in the comments below, recieves an all expense paid vacation to…nowhere. Sorry, all you get are bragging rights and a shout out on next week’s post. Play anyway!

Random Quote Wednesday!

No shout-out this week, sadly no one guessed that last week’s quote…

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

…were words of wisdom from the wonderful Maya Angelou.

This Wednesday’s quote is….

“Sometimes it’s fun to do the impossible!”

hint: imagination

Anyone who would like to make a guess at the source of this quote, leave your answer in the comments below. The first right answer get a shoutout in next week’s post! 😊

 

Random Quote Wednesday

Whoo-hoo! It’s Wednesday again! Didn’t know Wednesday could be so exciting did you?

First things first…a big shout out goes to my pal at Spoken Like a True Nut for guessing last week’s quote…

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”

….as belonging to the talented Roald Dahl. We read the “BFG” in class each year. Love that book.

Now for this week’s totally random quote:

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

Hint: famous female

As always, the first person to post the source of this week’s quote in the comments below gets next week’s shout out!  Go ahead, take some guesses!

Random Quote Wednesday!

Happy mid-week!

A big SHOUT OUT this week to a very cool lady Holly’s Mom at TheBarkingChain. I loved her post last week about celebrating July 4th as a child. She correctly identified the source of last week’s quote…

“As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself and one for helping others.”

…as the lovely Audrey Hepburn. A truly amazing person.

thank you also to the others who played along.

Now on to this week’s quote. READY!

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

hint: writer

As always, the first person to leave the source of this quote in the comment section below wins the incredible prize (?) of being mentioned in next week’s post! Yay! 😊

Random Quote Wednesday!

Here it is Wednesday again! First I have to give a shout out to Jill at Jill’s Art Journal who correctly identified the source of last weeks quote…

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

as that rascal Sir Isaac Newton. Yay Jill! Not only is she a very talented artist (check out her site and see) but she is a quote master as well!😊

Now onto this week’s random quote:

As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself and one for helping others.

hint: Hollywood glamour and humanitarian (and incidentally, one of my favorite people)

Remember, the first person to identify the source of the quote in the comments below is awarded amazing prizes! Actually all you really get is bragging rights and a shout out at the beginning of next weeks post! 🌞

Random Quote Wednesday

I love words! I love the power they have to make us think, to make us laugh or even make us cry. And I love it when someone uses words eloquently.

So, just for fun and to celebrate the awesome power of words, I’m going to post a random quote each Wednesday. It may be a quote from a famous person or from a book, a movie or even a song. I’m not telling!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and I sincerely hope some of you do or else this whole idea is going to crash and burn) is to post the source of the quote in the comment section below. The first person to get it right (don’t be afraid to guess if you don’t know), will receive bragging rights and a shout out at the beginning of the next weeks post! Fabulous prize, right!

Ready! Here goes….

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

hint: think science