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.
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?
Have you ever felt that way about a puzzle?
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