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Sliding Puzzle: Happy Independence Day! (Contest)
Thursday, July 4th, 2024

UPDATE: The winner is…Courtney Kinder!

Did I mention that our pool was deemed swimmable on Monday? Yup. You know who has been taking advantage of it twice a day since! The summer’s already half over, so I have to slip into the water as many times and for as long as I can stand it (until my fingers prune) to make up for all the lost time. I already feel better—happier, healthier, stronger. I’m a Cancer, a water-baby, and summer isn’t summer until I’m in the pool.

Today’s the 4th! Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.! We don’t have any big plans here on the farm. We don’t do fireworks other than sparklers and the like because we can’t freak out the animals. When we had a very excitable horse, she’d careen around the fields as though the world were ending when the explosions occurred. Our remaining horse is more placid (she’s 39), but we don’t want to stress her, the goats, or the chickens—to say nothing of the rest of the wildlife that lives in our backyard. If the kids are dying to see fireworks, they’ll head to the reservoir to see the big fireworks show. The 10-year-old would likely stay behind because she doesn’t like big bangs. I remember having to miss the displays when she was younger, so we could sit inside and watch a Barbie movie turned up loud to soothe her. Back in those days, before my dd’s family moved to the farm, they had some big-deal fireworks they’d set off in the yard.

What am I doing for the day? Duh. I’m working. I have a book to write and other books to edit. My job is seven days a week. No wussy 40-hours for me. I’ll break for meals and swims, but the rest of the time I’ll be parked in front of my PC. *sigh*

So, I have a puzzle for you. It’s a sliding picture one. The last time I did one of these, half the people loved it and half were frustrated. I was frustrated because I could never complete it. I think you have to possess the Rubik’s Cube gene to strategize how to get to the end.

So, solve the puzzle, or at least give it a try! Then tell me whether you like fireworks, set your own off in the yard for fun, or love the big fireworks extravaganzas for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

16 comments to “Sliding Puzzle: Happy Independence Day! (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · July 4th, 2024 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Happy 4th! I love watching fireworks, but I hate it when people set them off near the neighborhood because it scares my pets.

  2. Beckie
    · July 4th, 2024 at 12:49 pm · Link

    It took me a couple tries, but solved it.

    I love puzzles. We are home in northern Michigan. I like watching thr fireworks, except for the bangs. I definitely need ear protection. Will probably be at home as it’s to crowded.

  3. Courtney Kinder
    · July 4th, 2024 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I solved it!! I love watching the fireworks from my house.

  4. Beverly
    · July 4th, 2024 at 7:25 pm · Link

    I like seeing fireworks….but don’t particularly like the loud ones. My son in law always does a few small one because the 4th is my Granddaughter’s birthday & she always like to have a few in the evening before she heads to bed.

  5. Mary Preston
    · July 4th, 2024 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Private fire works are illegal here, but I love to watch the public displays.

  6. BN
    · July 4th, 2024 at 9:43 pm · Link

    yes, public ones

  7. Jennifer Beyer
    · July 4th, 2024 at 9:46 pm · Link

    I love fireworks. I hate it when my neighbors set them off. When I was a kid, a house down the street caught fire when someone set off fireworks and the crashed through the window of a neighbor’s house. It was so scary.

  8. kerry jo
    · July 4th, 2024 at 11:32 pm · Link

    I love the big firework extravaganzas

  9. Debra Guyette
    · July 5th, 2024 at 5:52 am · Link

    I like fireworks. From my balcony I can see three sets of them

  10. Delilah
    · July 5th, 2024 at 8:17 am · Link

    I just suck at these sliding puzzles! I know there has to be a strategy!

  11. flchen
    · July 7th, 2024 at 12:55 am · Link

    Same, Delilah–I know there are strategies, that maybe I even learned when I used to do these as a kid. But now? Got me?

    And I enjoy seeing fireworks displays, but since fire is a huge problem in our state, I prefer to see the well planned and orchestrated ones, and dislike the random ones people set off both for the fire danger and the disruptiveness for everyone who is within hearing range.

  12. Katherine Anderson
    · July 7th, 2024 at 11:14 am · Link

    I adore fireworks….. In Australia we aren’t allowed to have them for personal use and set them off in the back yard so it’s always a big special event where there’s lots of people

  13. Diane Sallans
    · July 7th, 2024 at 6:39 pm · Link

    I do like fireworks, but I haven’t seen any in person in many years. The only ones that should be used in the backyard are sparklers. As happens every year there were several bad incidents that injured people & property by people using illegal fireworks.

  14. Ann Ivey
    · July 14th, 2024 at 12:36 pm · Link

    I enjoy fireworks. The sparkly ones are my favorite.
    I gave up on your puzzle. I got all the slides into place, except for tile 6. He was too stubborn to slide into his spot. LOL

  15. Mary McCoy
    · July 14th, 2024 at 6:26 pm · Link

    I am happy that drone displays are starting to replace fireworks, better for those with PTSD and animals in general.

  16. Delilah
    · July 15th, 2024 at 8:06 am · Link

    Thanks to everyone who commented!!

    The winner of the GC is…Courtney Kinder!

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