Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ultimate Dot-to-Dot Extreme Puzzle Challenges: Part 1

Talking about crazy (last post), how about something totally different from me!  But...when you stop to think about it, you know it it totally up my alley, which is the crazy, fun part of it.

A couple years ago an English friend of mine from our Shutterchance photoblog told me about a dot-to-dot book she thought I'd enjoy.  BINGO.  Since then, I have purchased 3 different books, all with designs of +/- 1000 dots.  I'm such a glutton.

The last book I bought is the Ultimate Dot-to-Dot Extreme Puzzle Challenges, using colored sections of dot-to-dots...a new challenge in the dot-to-dot sphere for me.

As you can see from the cover, you're also able to color the drawings once done,
which I didn't do...but I would use thicker pens the next time.
[Google image]

And yes, between 28 February and 2 July of this year, I drew all 30 designs.
Today I will post the first 15 in the book, followed by the rest next week.

Each design is 10 x 14.5 inches (23 x 38 cm),
too large for my scanner, so please forgive the poor quality of my photos.

Only one color!

You can't say I didn't warn you!

No titles/explanations/descriptions were given to any of the designs.

However, you do get a cheat-sheet at the end of the book.
And now you know what I'll be posting next week....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gorinchem 2017: Crazy River Run

How's this for some crazy fun!

Astrid has been running 5K twice a week since forever along our citadel wall here in Gorinchem, NL, where we live.  We access the wall just a few meters outside our back door!  I am crazy proud of her, seeing how much good it does her every time.

When she found out a few months ago that there would be a Crazy River Run here in September, she made the decision to do it...and so started to train for it by running along the grassy knolls and river banks nearby.

This past Sunday, 10 September, was the day!

The start-up point for the race was at our outside water port on the Merwede River.
We got there in plenty of time to get the lay of the land (me for photos)
and a chance to just chill before starting (Astrid).

While I walked around, allowing Astrid to chill, I clicked away.
Sometimes you have to give each other a pep talk!

And with shoes like that, how can you NOT run!
How can you NOT be crazy!
(that's pretty-tame Astrid in the center)

The race really IS a river race...well, at least at the beginning and end.

But because I stayed put, I saw Astrid...only at the beginning and at the end.
When she crossed the blue carpet both times, the timing chip on her shoe was activated.

I had already walked down the beach to catch the beginning part of the race.
Astrid is at the back of this 5K line, easily recognized by the time she flies by.  HA!
(red shirt, light-gray baseball cap...and, yes, that's the wind you hear)

Lucky for me, newspaper photographers caught Astrid in the places I wasn't.
That's my crazy Lady of the Polder, having so much crazy fun.

This is the collage I showed on Facebook after the race.
She did it!

And then everyone got to chill out.

There were 83 who ran the 5K race:  38 men and 45 women.
Astrid came in at 00:35:30 minutes, a couple minutes longer than when by herself.
She couldn't have been happier.  Can you tell?!

Sometimes the crazy world in which we live is a GOOD kind of crazy!