Friday, January 18, 2013

The puzzle from hell

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Two of my friends gave me different Jacquie Lawson advent calendars for Christmas.  (Thanks Ellery and Laura.)  I have to admit, I spent a lot more time with the puzzles than anything else.  In fact, I did them over and over again trying to make better time.

Then Leann told me about puzzles online.  Uh-oh!  Huge time sink.  I figured it might be better to do an actual physical puzzle, where I could spend a few minutes on it and then leave and come back later to play some more.

I bought a BIG box of 14 puzzles.  They had 100, 300, and 500-piece puzzles.  Since I only got that puzzle a week before Christmas, we only the two 100-piece puzzles and one of the 300-piece ones.  we would have done more, but ... we decided to save them until next Christmas.

Still, we were in a puzzle mood.  (And BTW, when did puzzles get to be so expensive?  Back when Mr. L and I used to do them on lazy Saturday afternoons (not all THAT long ago), they used to cost under $4.  Not anymore!)

I bought a bunch of puzzles from yard sales and gave them to my mother.  Somehow or other she never got around to doing them.  So I "borrowed" one from her last week. The picture on the box (above) is lovely.  A quaint English cottage.  Lots of contrasting pieces.  Easy, right?

OMG what a mistake!  This puzzle is a 500-piece puzzle and it is horrible! The picture to the right is many hours of work over three days! Too many pieces are almost interchangable.  The pieces are SMALL.  I have to wear reading glasses just to look at them.  There's far toooooo much roof on this house, and too much empty sky ... and too many tiny flowers.  Worse than that, there appear to be a number of edge pieces missing. Mr. L has already suggested we toss it in the trash, but I'm made of tougher stuff.  This puzzle isn't going to get the better of me!

Have you ever felt that way about a puzzle?
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