Yes it is ~ puzzling and challenging! I bought myself this puzzle to occupy my hours during this cold month of January. However, I think I will still be putting the pieces together in February. All 1000 pieces!! I have it on a card table in the dining room as we use our dining table daily.
It took me hours to do the outside edge. Well, maybe not hours, but it sure seemed like it. I finally had it all together, measured all 4 sides and found one side was an inch shorter. I had all the straight edges on the table connected together but something was amiss. I examined it carefully and found the 'missing piece' on the left side (hey, it fit!) and found where it should be along the bottom edge. That part was done and surely the rest would be easy.
Hahahahahahahaha!!! Who am I fooling.
Tip: Use your dining room table space to lay out the pieces and don't fish from the box! I finally figured this out 2 days ago. We still have room to eat.
These pieces represent parts of a tree with tiny coloured lights going up the trunk. They have been in this position for 2 weeks as I can't figure it out. I don't have the patience to do puzzles. I want it done now. Also, my fingers and thumbs are not as nimble as they used to be and even picking up pieces to try them in spots is quite frustrating. Maybe this is all good exercise for me - my fingers and my brain. Do you think?
This is the picture. See the tree on the right? And all those pretty clouds? and all the bluish white snow? And the people? And the train station windows? When you get all the pieces laid out it becomes very overwhelming. I have sorted them out by colours which helps. I've found faces and legs and parts of the train and wreaths, and the dog. I found the Lionelville sign and the words on the train...they were easy. So was the signature of Thomas Kinkade in the bottom right corner. The 4 boys in the foreground have been challenging.
Here was my progress on Jan. 19. I missed a few days. Some days I'd make the effort to find one piece and place it....which sometimes led to a few more pieces.
Look at this! I spent some time on Wednesday evening then again last evening (until 12:30 am!! waiting for Murray to get home from a business trip) and made some huge progress. I'm still looking for the top of the heads for green shirt boy and red shirt boy. Blue boy is missing his body and head but it's coming.
I haven't done a puzzle in years so this is a great accomplishment for me. I see my friend Vee is doing a puzzle too and I'm sure there are more puzzle-doers out there this winter. It really is a good pastime and the challenge is excellent for the mind. Right Vee?
Are you making a puzzle this winter? Perhaps you've tackled more than one. Kudos to you!!
The white tulips are still going but I had to throw 3 out as they flopped right over. Aren't the yellow centres pretty?
I sat the vase on the window sill in front of the snowy outside then changed it to black and white and a bit of HDR.
Sunrise this morning was so pretty and look where the sun is coming up now. It was further to the right a couple weeks ago so it is gradually moving left to the east and rising earlier too.
I mentioned in my last post about the deer tracks in our yard and wondered when the deer were visiting in the night. Last night, with the almost full moon shining on the snow, I noticed a dark shadow under the bird feeders (which are on the clothesline) and it was a deer eating the seed on the ground. I tried to get a photo but it was too dark and the camera wouldn't focus. It saw me too, and decided to run to the back lawn so I opened the door and tried to take a picture but still no luck. You'll have to take my word for it.
I hope those of you who are in the storm's path today in the eastern US are safe and don't have to be out on the streets and roads. Up here we stock up on food and 'storm' chips. You gotta have potato chips to get through a storm. :-) There is a potato chip company in New Brunswick called Covered Bridge Potato Chips that makes 'storm' chips..... a large bag of 4 different savoury flavours. I found some just before Christmas and we ate them one weekend when it wasn't even storming. Haha.
Thanks for visiting and your comments on my last post. Have a great weekend my friends. Be safe! And maybe dig out an old puzzle for something to do.