Over on the other blog I posted this picture it’s of a partially made jigsaw puzzle we’ve been doing over Christmas. I saw we. Hubby and DD started -then abandoned it – I’ve been picking up (looking and then putting down again) pieces eversince.
We almost always do a puzzle at Christmas. I guess it’s a sort of Koskela tradition, one I inherited from my own family. I remember eating Christmas dinner (usually at about 3pm) and then pushing back the tablecloth and starting the puzzle. We still ate at the table for every meal – but put a board and then new tablecloth over the puzzle. It worked. Mother would never have counternanced tv dinners. And actually we didn’t have a tv as the reception in that part of North London was so bad in those days no-one would allow us to rent one. Mother never had us eating more than Sunday tea (horrible sandwiches and limp lettuce and cucumber, followed by ghastly angel cake most weeks) on our knees. That’s another tradition I’ve brought with me – not the limp lettuce and angel cake (God forbid!) but in this house almost all our meals are eaten together, around the table.
Back to the puzzle ..
I was challenged earlier this week to pick up my camera again and continue to look for God in our midst.
It’s not that I haven’t been taking photos – I do – if not everyday, almost everyday, but in recent weeks my focus has shifted. The photos have become more about me, about what I’m up to, where I am – a sort of photographic journal if you like. Nothing wrong in that, God is in me and with me, but nonetheless the whole idea of eyesoffaith was to see the world through His eyes, and note what He was /is up to in my neck of the woods. Hence the challenge to get back to basics.
The trouble was yesterday was wet grey and dull, dull, dull. I did walk I did have my camera but it stayed in my pocket – so I was reduced to indoor shots – and the puzzle.
We’re usually quite good at puzzles. Most years we have a 1000 or 1500 piece puzzle. This year I didn’t buy one. DD is only home from Italy for a week – and plenty of places to go and friends to see during that time – so I didn’t think we’d have time to do one.
But tradition wins. Again. And DD found a small – 400 piece- puzzle we’d given hubby for his birthday last year. Undone. Time to do it.
It’s proving quite a challenge. There are 11 (eleven!) golden retriever pups on a shelf. They all have similar colourings … and to make it even worse, the picture on the box is printed the opposite way to the puzzle itself!
Yes life is a puzzle, but sometimes things are even more puzzling than they ought to be.