A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
I can't even imagine wanting to sort 1000 pieces of a puzzle and then proceed, piece by piece, to put it together. But isn't there a life lesson learned here, also? We make changes, little by little, a small change here, another foregone habit there, and the first thing we know we have a better life and another completed jigsaw puzzle.
How my wife manages to persevere and have the patience to put these 1000 piece puzzles together, I don't know. At least it gives her some diversion and some variation in the day's activities. She uses her patented pie pan method where she uses a half dozen aluminum pie pans to sort different colors. She usually says something like "I don't know if I can do this one" at the start of a puzzle, but then the next thing I know, she is half through. She never gives up. And then she fits the last piece and then hates to take the puzzle apart. So I take a photo or two of it so she can remember what she spent a few dozen hours on and then she is off to the next one. Which I made sure I had available for her, so we'll see how this next one turns out. I think it is a seasonal spring scene.
My wife had intended to have this puzzle finished by Christmas, but the previous one she worked on was one of the most difficult puzzles she had ever tried to put together. So here are the Twelve Days of Christmas in late January.
My wife finally completed another 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. She thinks this one is one of the two most difficult puzzles she has ever completed and she almost gave up when she started it. The colors are rather drab and similar but the final picture is quite amazing. My wife wonders if she is accomplishing anything by working on these puzzles and I tell her she is exemplifying perseverance and that puzzling takes her mind away from her various chronic pains and aches. In fact, I was reading in a WebMD piece on pain management today that working on crossword puzzles and, I assume jigsaw puzzles, can help alleviate pain. At any rate, I am extremely proud of her for finishing this difficult puzzle. The hard part is to take it apart after spending a couple of months off and on working on it. But at least she has this photo to remind her of it and she has a nice puzzle of the Twelve Days of Christmas that she intended to do before Christmas but which I assume she will work on next.
Step 2: Sort the pieces into 4 or 5 pie pans and then put the outside together. Every time my wife starts a new puzzle she says something like "I'll never be able to put this together. The pieces are all the same shape or color." and then the next thing I know, she finishes it.
I started buying my wife stuffed critters when she was so sick several years ago because they brought a smile to her face. So I have contined adding to her collection. These fierce critters guard the puzzle and keep my wife safe from harm.
Interesting guitar sculpture from St. George's great Art Around the Corner project. Unfortunately, I've misplaced the name of the sculptor and the name of this sculpture. If any of my St. George friends can help me out here, please comment. Thank you.
Dad was always looking for new ways to expand his creativity and use of different kinds of wood veneers. Making inlaid Christmas cards like this one was one way he did something new. Each piece in the card is cut out by hand, then glued to a background. Probably made some time in the 1950s.