Friday, November 28, 2014

We give up!

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

A couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time to do another puzzle.  "Oh, this looks like a fun one," I told Mr. L.

We didn't know when we started looking for the edge pieces that we were entering PUZZLE HELL.

OMG, all the edge pieces were GREEN.  Okay, we'll start on the birds.  This wasn't one of those puzzles where the shapes all line up nicely in lines.  Noooooo!  They had to be all odd shapes (and a lot of them looked the same).

As you can see, we got about 2/3 of it done in the two weeks we worked on it before we threw in the towel.  I mean, we DID need the table for Thanksgiving dinner.  So back into the box it went.  We are the second owner of this puzzle. We pass on all those with no missing pieces, and this is going to a new home this weekend.  I only hope the next person has better luck ... or a lot more patience than us.

BTW, this is only the second puzzle we haven't finished.

Do you always finish the puzzles you start?


Anonymous said...

Haven't worked puzzles, in a while, but we always finished...unless you count a missing piece (or two), as unfinished, by the end. :)

Karen B said...

No. I work at least one/week on my card table - which is black. Now and then I run into a puzzle with a big dark spot - no shading - and just have to give up. A new favorite brand is HEYE. They make me smile when I work them and I order onlione.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I never finish them, but I love those cardinals!


Nancy said...

At least you got the birds done. I haven't worked a puzzle in years. I still remember the frustration of finding out at the end that a piece was missing. But, it was a the most fun working on a puzzle with someone.

Grandma Cootie said...

My mom used to do puzzles all the time. If you picked up a piece and tried to "help" she would smack your hand - just ask my kids.

I don't worry about finishing them anymore but they are fun.

Anonymous said...

Lately I have been doing them at my local library. great fun. They put a new one out near the reference desk and anyone who happens by can work on it. Usually they are finished within a week but we recently had one that was out for over 3 weeks with no end in sight! It had lots of green too! Finally it was quietly put back in the box still unfinished!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, that's a pretty one! DH & I haven't done a puzzle in a couple of years. This makes me want to go out and buy one to start. It's a nice way to relax and have some good quiet time together.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Wow--I know what you mean, this looks way harder than the picture on the box. There's something relaxing about doing puzzles, although I have to admit, this one looks frustrating. Love Nancy's idea about puzzles in the library, a great idea!

Unknown said...

I love puzzles. My brother and I used to see who could find the hardest puzzle to give to each other - things like a black cat on a black background, a baby harp seal in the snow, puzzles with a picture printed on both sides, so you had to figure out which side was the puzzle you were working on....etc. We drove each other crazy.

One of my biggest problems with puzzles is I have trouble stopping. I used to work on a puzzle into the wee hours of the morning and then have to go to work. Of course, I also did that with books. You know how it goes - you're going to read just ONE more chapter, but the next thing you know hours have passed..

I recently picked up several new puzzles, but I have to figure out how I'm going to do them with my cats - who love to lay on them and then take off with some of the pieces. I used to put them on a table in my "spare" room, but that room is now my "cat" room - for fosters. Hopefully I'll figure out something because I'm really in the mood to work on a puzzle, and doing them on the computer just isn't the same.