i got a puzzle for valentine's day. not just ANY puzzle. it is a 2000 (yes, that's 3 os) piece puzzle of neuschwanstein castle in germany. i love it for three reasons. one, the hubs was (and still is) sick all weekend (flu i think) and so the kids did his valentine shopping for him and they picked this out for me. we got my mom this same puzzle for christmas and i kept saying how much i wanted it, and in fact almost kept it for myself. my kids must have paid attention. two, when the hubs and i were dating in high school we visited this castle together. i'll have to see if i can dig up some pictures and post. wikipedia says you aren't allowed to take photos inside, but i'm sure we did. i've heard this is the castle disney modeled cinderella's castle after--at least it looks like it. third, i love it because it has not only made me think of the hubs and i being there together but also because it made me think of my grandma.
my grandma was the puzzle queen. she almost always had a card table set up in her living room in the winter and was working puzzles. she always let me help. it was always so much fun to do stuff w/ her, even if i couldn't work puzzles w/ the same quick eye she could. she had a great eye for puzzles. she often glued them together afterwards and even framed and hung a few. i know, i know, glued together puzzles are not really "art" but i wish i would have gotten one of her glued masterpieces when she died. i think when we complete this 2000 piece mammoth i might just glue it together and hang it in our bedroom.