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Saturday Puzzle-Contest: Snow-pocalypse!
Saturday, January 13th, 2024

UPDATE: The winner is…Tara Leavitt!

Here in Central Arkansas, we’re getting ready for a snow-pocalypse! It could last well into Wednesday and maybe Thursday. We may get as much as seven inches of the fluffy stuff, which folks in the north would think is not such a big deal, but we’re not made for that kind of weather. Our roads crumble, our road crews aren’t equipped to service the rural areas, and folks here don’t know how to drive on snow or ice. We have to have all our prep complete by tomorrow around 3 PM, then hunker down and pray our power doesn’t go out.

Today, the Devlin household will be deep into preparations. We’ll do a last grocery shop and pick up feed for the horse and goats. Empty the ducks/geese/chickens wading pool. Throw straw into the goat’s little hutch and the horse’s walk-in lean-to attached to the barn. We’ll get two large containers of fuel filled for the generator—just in case. Not that it will do more than power the fridge and our phones/laptops. The kids are downloading movies to their phones.

We’ll be dripping water in our sinks. Refreshing batteries in our lanterns and flashlights. Have we forgotten anything? Thank goodness for the holiday on Monday. We won’t have to worry about school until Tuesday but expect the schools to close on Tuesday and likely Wednesday. It’s going to be so much fun! Or we’ll do our best to make it so.

Anyway, here’s hoping anyone else facing this arctic blast is ready for it. Stay warm and safe! I’ll have to remind the SIL to make sure there’s fuel in the tractor in case he wants to drag an innertube around the yard for the kids. 🙂

With all this on the horizon, of course, I have a snowy landscape puzzle for you to play with today. Solve the puzzle and give me ideas for keeping three younger ones (19, 15, 10-years-old) entertained while we’re snowed in for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card! 

18 comments to “Saturday Puzzle-Contest: Snow-pocalypse!”

  1. Steph
    · January 13th, 2024 at 9:19 am · Link

    Charades, card games, scavenger hunts in the house it’s even better when they have to use flashlights lol. Stay safe and warm down there!

  2. kerry pruett
    · January 13th, 2024 at 10:05 am · Link

    I would make sure I have several decks of cards, dice, and lots of board games. Maybe the stuff to make their favorite dessert or snack to make together.

    For you make sure you have plenty of books to read and plenty of space on the computer or paper to write down all those words and ideas you will get while you are snow bound. enjoy. go out and make snow angels and snowmen.

  3. Deborah A Brown
    · January 13th, 2024 at 10:32 am · Link

    cards, board games, charades, sit around the fire and have a family history lesson. Tell them the history of the family, where they came from or have them begin writing their own family history and then they can get help with adding about previous generations.

  4. Colleen C.
    · January 13th, 2024 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Definitely games… arts & crafts projects… I like the scavenger hunt idea… make up clues to find certain items around the house!

  5. Debra Guyette
    · January 13th, 2024 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Games and crafts are a plus but you can build a fort and have movie night in the fort. Do not forget the popcorn.

  6. Beth
    · January 13th, 2024 at 2:28 pm · Link

    We currently have about 6-7 inches in the yard and sloped gravel driveway…covered by a layer of ice. Since it’s too dangerous to play in the snow right now(unlike when it first came down), we are introducing the 8 year old granddaughter to board games that she has never played before. She loved Double Dominoes and Sorry(she got to beat Mommy).

  7. BN
    · January 13th, 2024 at 2:53 pm · Link

    make a snow globe

  8. cindy
    · January 13th, 2024 at 5:15 pm · Link

    We used to enjoy setting up 5 or 6 games next to each other and play through them to the end, then go backwards. Do things in reverse. Even chutes and ladders was fun because you went down ladders and up chutes. We didn’t include games like monopoly because it took too long.
    Another thing we did was take a piece of poster board and used the dull side. Take crayons and color as hard/dark as possible. No pattern, just rainbow of color. Then take a black crayon (or dark blue or dark purple)and color solid over the first layer. Then, over newspaper gently scrape out a picture. The original colors under it will show as the picture is scraped in. Make a mistake, use your original color and recolor over the booboo. Totally reusable. Just color over it again.
    Then there is always string and pasta and paint OR cardboard, glue and junk to create mosaics.

  9. Mary Preston
    · January 13th, 2024 at 6:51 pm · Link


    First of all – send some snow my way thanks. It is HOT here.

    Puzzles and crafts are always fun.

  10. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 13th, 2024 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Make breakfast in the fireplace. It’s a huge challenge and is pretty interesting. Share music with each other and talk about what you liked and why. Make popcorn and come up with creative seasonings.

  11. Diane Sallans
    · January 13th, 2024 at 7:23 pm · Link

    puzzles, board games, card games, drawing & painting, paper airplane folding … stay safe & warm

  12. Beckie
    · January 13th, 2024 at 9:08 pm · Link

    Beautiful picture. Looks like outside my house but less branches.

    Lots to do: board games, reading, charades, pictionary, art & crafts, snow family building, sledding, snowball fights, storytelling, and much more.

    So yes you can tell I’m from up north and use to blizzards, and finding ways to occupy yourself especially when electricity is not available. We’ve never had a generator.

  13. Tara L Leavitt
    · January 14th, 2024 at 5:12 pm · Link

    I would have lots of games around, cards are always fun too. You can bake and prepare meals together. Crafts are always fun too, you could all pick something to create and then make it. Maybe go sledding. Read then take turns telling everyone what the book is about. My favorite thing would be to put puzzles together it makes a great time to have family time and just talk.

  14. flchen
    · January 14th, 2024 at 9:09 pm · Link


    Crafting of all kinds, board games, books, music making/singing… made up contests for silly things…

  15. Sara D
    · January 15th, 2024 at 12:59 am · Link

    We always played card and board games as kids. Lots of family time. Scavenger hunts where the each of the kids get a turn hiding the items and the others find them. That way each child gets an award. Candy, fruit, books, puzzles can be the items hidden. The clues can be something about the item like character name for a movie.

  16. Pamela Reveal
    · January 16th, 2024 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Art projects. Have the help fix or repair something. Do a scavenger hunt but have them clean out a drawer or cabinet in order to find their item that way you get things cleaned lol or have them bring you items you kniw they arent using any more to get rid of once they finish their list lol

  17. Mary McCoy
    · January 21st, 2024 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Board games, Twister, crafts and writing.

  18. Delilah
    · January 23rd, 2024 at 9:27 am · Link

    Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions, folks! Today is the first day kids are back in school. Phew!

    The winner, chosen by a random number generator, is…Tara Leavitt!

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