On the Hunt

I have searched everywhere…Meijer and Target while grocery shopping. Online…Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google in general.

I could not find my way of staying calm and relaxing. With the current pandemic, there were not any puzzles to be had! Who knew so many people were into completing puzzles?

Finally, I saw an email from my local bookstore, Anderson’s. They were open and doing curb side pickup. I could call and they would help me find puzzles over the phone. An interesting concept to say the least. But, it was worth a try.

I called and spoke to the nicest lady. I told her what I was looking for in a puzzle and she went to search the shelves. She came back and described the puzzles to me. I told her that they sounded great. I then asked if there was a limit because if there wasn’t, I was looking for six puzzles for my friend and I! She went back and forth two more times before I had six puzzles that I thought would be fun to complete.

I drove to the bookstore later that morning, and parked right out front, as there was ample parking. I called and the puzzles were brought outside in a very large, green bag. She waved to me and then went back inside. I then exited my car, grabbed the bag, and was quickly on my way.

While not the conventional way to shop for puzzles, I am truly grateful. Puzzles help me stay calm and relax, a major necessity in my days. While most might not call picking up puzzles essential, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to pick up some puzzles.

Now, the question is which one to start???

Published by booksonthebackporch

I am a wife, mom to two girls, a reading specialist, and avid reader and writer! I am excited to share my experiences through the different books of my life!

8 thoughts on “On the Hunt

  1. Oh, I love a good puzzle too. As I am sure you are aware, the Ravensburger brand makes some really nice ones. We broke out a puzzle last week. At times I’ve worked alone at it and at other times my husband and son (25 and home temporarily from grad school) have worked at it. You can often find some good ones marked down at Target….where I got the Coke a Cola one (albeit a couple of years ago) we are doing now! Stock up after the pandemic!


  2. Great idea! We usually think of the big online companies when we want to get something, without knowing that by buying local we support small businesses and store’s owners that have been immediately impacted by the crisis. My daughter’s birthday was last week and we didn’t know what to give her that kind of remind her that we were thinking of her. She is a huge supporter of her community in Richmond, Virginia. I found the number of Marcelo, a local business that sells Chilean empanadas in a cart in front of the main campus at VCU. His cart was one of the first one in being shut down. I asked Marcelo to deliver a dozen empanadas to my daughter’s front door. We added some delicious alfajores also (Chilean pastries). She sent me photos of her and her roommates devouring the empanadas. She was happy,Marcelo was happy and we were happy. A gift card from Amazon wouldn’t have make the present so special. My apologies for writing almost another slice of story in my comments. I guess I got carried away when I read about the excitement that you transmitted in your quest of finding a puzzle and how was your local store and the connection you made over the phone with the lady what made you realize where was the missing piece. I could see her waving.


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