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The Saga of the Jigsaw Puzzle

Category: Holidays | Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:16 am

I wrote under a New Year's Eve thread that I usually worked a jigsaw puzzle on New Year's Eve. So, I thought, why not? I told dr going up to work on Saturday that I should stop on the way home and buy one as I didn't think we had any sitting around any more.
Coming down the hill on Saturday, I told dr that we forgot to stop and buy a jigsaw puzzle.
We went to Phoenix on Sunday. Now, there are a lot of stores in Phoenix. We went to my sister's house. We sat and talked with her a couple of hours and we went to lunch with her and her husband. We went back to her house. I am reasonably sure that her bedroom closet has at least a dozen jigsaw puzzles sitting on the shelf. She is a bigger jigsaw puzzle person than I am.
So, about halfway home I told dr that we forgot to stop and buy a puzzle. Then, I said,"I bet Maxine had a lot of puzzles on her closet shelf."
After a bit I said, "I forgot to ask her if she would loan me one."
We stopped at the variety store in Cordes Lakes on the way home. The owner of this variety store used to live in Black Canyon City and he had a variety store there, too. He always had puzzles and at a reasonable price. I know this store is a little smaller. Cordes Lakes is a little smaller so it figures the variety store would be smaller, too. They did have jigsaw puzzles. Not big ones, but five hundred piece puzzles would be okay if you didn't have one at all, but not at five dollars.
We stopped at the dollar store coming home. They only had children's little puzzles. They are no fun at all. Children
can work them in five minutes. We didn't buy one.
I told dr we could go to the thrift shop this morning. They always have puzzles. I know they do, but when we got there they were closed. Now, why would they be closed on New Year's Eve. It's run by volunteers for charity so maybe no one wanted to volunteer on New year's Eve.
We stopped at the hardware store but you know hardware stores don't sell jigsaw puzzles. dr said he would ask them but I told him he didn't have to do that because they wouldn't have one.
We started home and I was going up a small hill and what did I spy? A yard sale sign by the side of the road. I said to dr, "There's a yard sale, do you want to stop?" Do pigs fly?
We turned around and went back. Alas, no jigsaw puzzles. Aren't yard sales required by law to have at least one jigsaw puzzle? We looked everywhere. A man came out of the trailer. He was a little grungy looking and had an earring through his nose. He asked if we found anything we wanted. dr told him,"Actually, we were looking for a jigsaw puzzle."
The man said, "I have a jigsaw puzzle. It's in the house." He turned and went into the trailer. He came out carrying a can. It turned out to be a Coca Cola advertisement puzzle. It has a boy with a bottle of coke and a sandwich. There is a fishing pole and a can of worms sitting by him and of course, a little dog looking up at his sandwich with wishful eyes. You can't really see the eyes but you know how dogs look at sandwiches.
We bought the jigsaw puzzle.
He said that he used to sorta collect Coke things. He had it hanging on the wall but he got tired of it so he put it back in the can.
After dinner tonight, I tipped it out of the can and then I was really puzzled. He had the pieces taped together with this clear medical tape. I spent a good hour carefully undoing the tape. The pieces are a bit sticky from the tape. When dr came, I told him the pieces were all taped together. He said, "Of course, he said he had it hanging on the wall."
So, I put it together, after I had taken it apart. It took about an hour. The pieces are a bit big and it's not a five hundred piece puzzle but it was cheap and it's a Coke advertisement. But the man lied. He said all the pieces were there and there is one piece missing.
Anyway, I have my jigsaw puzzle all finished and there is still several hours left to the evening. Now, what do I do with the rest of it. Maybe, I should take it apart and start over. Or, I could sit and tape all the pieces together with clear tape and hang it on the wall.
Maybe I will start collecting jigsaw puzzles and storing them on my closet shelf so I won't have this same problem next year.
Have a Happy New Year everyone.


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glendann wrote on Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:46 am:

I'm so sorry you couldn't find a new puzzle but you did make do :)
Get ready for next year and buy one early.You ended up reading a good books so you had a good day after all.


devonpete wrote on Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:09 am:

A relative once gave me about 30 puzzles no longer needed. I picked probably the hardest one to try, and I think it's put me off jigsaws for life. They all went to another relative as it turns out I don't have the patience required.


Droopy wrote on Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:19 am:

Oh, well, better luck next year dooley. I hope you had a nice evening anyway. I've got a 4000 piece puzzle waiting for me to have time and space for it. It will probably take a year to finish.


eileen wrote on Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:21 pm:

Don't you just HATE it when you complete a puzzle and there's a piece missing!!!! Grrrr.
The most difficult one I ever did was a 1,000 piece one that was covered in baked beans - drove me insane trying to figure out whch bit went where. Put me right off beans for a while I can tell you!! LOL

Happy New Yeat to you, DR and the young ones Dooley. Give Dan a hug from me next time you see him.


CritterPainter wrote on Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:26 pm:

Guess I know what you'll be buying when garage sale season hits! I have two, both gifts, both still sealed. Between an inquisitive DD and a rambunctious cat a jigsaw is right out of the question.
I do admire your dedication, lol!


wannabe wrote on Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:57 pm:

I have about 6 new puzzles new in the box I didn't get done last year. This year I got a puzzle rug to work them on. When I have to put it away or move it I can just roll it up. Maybe you need to look for one of those at a garage sale. Wannabe


SongofJoy57 wrote on Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:55 pm:

I really enjoyed this blog Dooley . . . you should write a book. I am sorry that one piece was missing.

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