Friday, January 24, 2014

We're puzzled!

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

Cumberbatch hatYears ago, Mr. L and I used to do jigsaw puzzles down at my family's summer cottage.  We got out of the habit, but this past summer, I bought a number of them at yard sales and the game was on (to sort of quote Sherlock Holmes--Cumberbatch style)!

As rather a workaholic, I often delve into writing or networking or other WORK activities, leaving Mr. L, a lover of puzzles (be it Jumble, Crossword, or Suduku) on his own for hours on end.  That is ... until we set up a puzzle.  Oops.  Suddenly, there we'd both be, standing over the table until our backs (and everything else) ached, working on it.

I bought a number of puzzles for us to complete over the winter, but oops!, left them at the cottage. So, we had nothing to do until the holidays.  Last year, I bought a box of Christmas puzzles--ten of them in all. We only did three of them last year, and so in December, I brought out the box and before Christmas Day we'd done five of them.  What fun!  (Except for the Santa and penguin puzzle.  That one was just plain HARD!)

Just before Christmas, I had lunch with my friend Robin and mentioned we were doing a puzzle.  She said her sister did a LOT of puzzles and didn't know what to do with them after she'd completed them and would be glad to pass them on to us if we would pass them on to someone else.  Robin mentioned she had two puzzles she was going to bring over.  That seemed fine.  But--oops!--what she meant was two BOXES of puzzles.  Two VERY BIG BOXES of puzzles.  WOW--sixteen puzzles in all!!!

We did this one, called "Rooftop Garden"
OMG!  Can you say time suck?

Can you also say -- challenging and fun???

So, for the past two weeks, we've been doing puzzles like crazy.  Cats. Seashore. Old barn. Rooftop garden--and there are more cats and birds, and wolves, and castles, and boats and ... just about everything you can think of left for us to put together.

It'll be hard to part with a couple of these puzzles, they're just so pretty. (And where did Robin's sister find them???) I know a couple of them were so much fun we'll probably do them more than once.

They say that keeping your mind sharp by reading and doing puzzles (of any kind) will keep dementia away.  Sounds good to me.

What kind of puzzles to you like to do?

28 comments:

Shirley said...

Scrabble on the computer and the crossword puzzle in The Washington Post.

Lynda said...

I enjoy jigsaw puzzles but don't do a lot of them because of the cats. When I was working it was really hard because I can become obsessed with them. I often stayed up all night working on them, and then would have to go to work with no sleep.

I really enjoy cryptograms and suduku. I also like mahjongg on the computer.

Aurian said...

My whole family is addicted to puzzles by a man named Jan van Haasteren. He is a Dutch cartoonist, and his puzzles are just so much fun to look at, and filled with some naughy details and some recurring details. The website is in Dutch, but perhaps you will understand it. There are different sizes too.
http://www.jvh-puzzels.nl/alle-puzzels/naar-grootte/puzzels-1000-stukjes.html

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I enjoy putting together crossword puzzles, the one you did is so pretty!

mary kennedy said...

I love that rooftop garden puzzle! I haven't done puzzles in years, Lorraine, but I think you've tempted me to try one. It sounds like good, relaxing fun!

Liz Straw said...

I like jigsaw puzzles, scrabble on my computer (mostly because no one wats to play with me :( ). I have crytograms on my nook as well as crss dream puzzles. Actually, I like to play. A lot of games ...

Lover of Books said...

I do small puzzles with my little guys. I haven't done a big one more than 100 in a long time. maybe i will do one this summer, we'll see. :)
Krista

Anonymous said...

I love to do the little puzzles that come with Jacquie Lawson e cards.

Anonymous said...

My Mom plays mahjongg on the computer, too. Sometimes I do puzzles, but I find it takes me away from writing. Oops!

Anonymous said...

Our favorite puzzles are from a German company named Ravensberger. They have such pretty pictures, like the roof garden one above.

Anonymous said...

Mr. L doesn't like to do puzzles bigger than 500. (I'm going to try to sneak one in, though.)

Karen in Ohio said...

My husband isn't much for puzzles, but when the girls were home we used to enjoy putting them together. The best fun of all was the 3-D one of some famous church. My daughter who ended up being an engineer got it for Christmas, and she and I had a ball working on it over her vacation. Now my grandson, who will be nine next month, likes those, and he can put together the most complicated Lego constructions all by himself. It's fascinating to watch.

NoraA said...

I haven't done a puzzle in over 30 years... When the kids were little it kept them entertained. The grandchildren appear to have no interest in them at all. I do know that if you have an exceptional one that you've finished you can have it mounted and framed to show off.

SandyG265 said...

I like to do crossword puzzles and jigsaws. My boyfriend and I recently did a Where's Waldo puzzle with vampires and witches that we'd picked up at a rummage sale.

Carol N Wong said...

I love Mahjong and hidden objects on the computer but jigsaw puzzles have my heart! When I have one going, it is so addictive, I usually like 1,000 piece best. What a shock this morning when I saw that rooftop garden puzzle picture on your post today. I reviewed that puzzle for Amazon Vine. I enjoyed it too. What are the odds that it would be the same puzzle? My husband is really hooked on 'Evil" Suduko".

Nancy said...

I haven't done jigsaw puzzles for years due to a lack of flat space. I gave all my puzzles away, even ones I hadn't worked, yet. Now I think I could find a place for doing puzzles. Maybe I'll buy a medium sized one. The rooftop puzzle is gorgeous!

Nancy said...

I'm with you on Scrabble! The best game in the world!

Stash Empress said...

We all love jigsaw puzzles (me & 3 teenage kids -- husband sometimes too) -- but not enough flat space -- the kids love the 5000 piece ones that take forever & we have small apartment & only one dining room table (which is also my sewing table, the kids homework table & oh yeah -- the DINING table!) --- Last summer I discovered a program called Jigsaws Galore (jigsawsgalore.com) --- the full program costs $29 & comes with several hundred puzzles -- you can make your puzzle any number of pieces you want, chose different piece shapes & a bunch of other ways you can personalize your puzzle -- this way we can have everyone doing a different puzzle of their choice, doesn't take up physical space -- its all good -- except for the fighting over computer time LOL! They also sell many many extra puzzle sets --- but -- the beauty of the complete program is -- that you can make your own puzzle out of any photo -- your own that you've taken or anything you've downloaded off the web --- Google Images is my new best friend LOL!

Vanessa Primer said...

Jigsaw is always great and I like sudoku.

Lynda said...

I love Jacquie Lawson ecards. I just realized that my subscription expired, so I need to review it. Really comes in handy when you aren't able to get out to pick up a card in time. And they are exceptional quality.

Anonymous said...

I once received a 3-D puzzle of the Titanic for Christmas. It's still in my attic because it intimidated me.

Anonymous said...

My mother saw this blog post and said, "I'd like to do that puzzle." So we know where it's going next!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds cool. We do our on the dining room table. Since there's just the two of us (and no eat-in kitchen) it does kind of infringe on my eating space, but I don't mind.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

They are so good for you! I know they helped the little mister when his brain was healing. And they sure helped pass some of those long hours in the hospital. Thanks for a fun post.

Hugs,.

MJ

Rachelle21 said...

I own several Jigsaw puzzles. I do Hidden Object puzzles on the computer and have done jigsaws on computer. If you have a jigsaw you like you can buy glue and make a wall hanging out of the puzzle.

Karen B said...

I LOVE jigsaw puzzles. Last year I did 80 (didn't complete 7 because of the large areas of the same color.) I'm a single senior so I can keep a card table up at all times in the living room. When I'm done I pass them on to friends, relatives, my mailman and donate to various causes. There are great sites to buy from online. Target and Walmart carry a good selection, too.

Elaine Klingbeil said...

We love Jigsaw Puzzles! I do a few on a Facebook App called Jigsaw World. But we have been doing the real think this winter. We will be doing a few more yet, that is for sure!

hidden objects games said...

In the wake of spending the best part of a week working on jigsaw and truly enjoying the challenge I was disappointed when I got to the end and found there were 3 pieces of the jigsaw missing.I can't return it as I purchased it in November and put it to one side until I had sufficient energy to do it.I doubt that I will purchase an alternate.It's not justified regardless of all the effort when you're not able to complete it.

Laura Smith.