It’d be a novel way to make money, that’s for sure!
I love puzzles! Seriously, if I could get paid doing ’em, well, I’m sure I’d go punchy, cross-eyed and stir-crazy after eight hours of staring at ‘n’ puttin’ together the pieces day after day.
But I do love ’em!
Been a long time since I’ve been in a place and had the space for puzzles. Now that I just purchased a table — a thrift store workbench, actually, an interesting story, that — the space & place are arrived!
I was all excited for my first puzzle in a few years. Soon after finding none of any appeal at the Goodwill, I was told the most amazing thing by someone:
You can get ’em at the library!
Don’t even need a library card. Though of course I have one. Whenever I move (a lot!!), I arrange for a new library card way before the driver’s license!
A sign at the puzzles shelves reads: “Take One Leave One.” So I did. Had none to leave; no worries, I’ll return whatever I borrow.
Details. Colors. Things happening. A scene with appeal.
My keywords for a puzzle.
Oh, and size. Size matters. My table isn’t all that large. A 550-piece puzzle exceeds my table’s limits. After crammin’ ’em side by side like sardines, I was layin’ ’em on the window sill off to the side! Pieces were dropping to the floor. Not ergonomically comfortable or relaxing “puzzling.”
A 500-piece puzzle is about right. It engages and challenges the brain for a good while but doesn’t commit ya for life.
A 300-piecer would be my minimum. One day, with the right table, I’d go up to 1,000. A girl can dream. 🙂
Since it’s the season and I do loooooove detail, I went with a lively Christmas scene. A 550-piecer. Which I completed in two days! With two work shifts thrown in there!
How’s that possible, you wonder?
You don’t sleep! haha
Seriously. As a nocturnal creature, being up ’til 3-ish is par for the course unless there’s reason to be up early. Once I start puzzling, though, I can’t stop! I think one more piece. Plug it in. Just one more piece. Then I’m gonna stop. Really. Plug in another. Then another.
Hours later, I’m lookin’ at the clock, wincing. It’s 5 in the morning.
Hence while puzzling, it behooves me to recite: Just walk away.
So with no further ado, the Christmas Time puzzle done in two days:
I quite like the scene but it was a bitch, uncomfortable ergonomics and window sill aside. How so?
See all that foliage? Foilage is tedious.
See the sky? Tedious.
Minute differences in shading especially in upper right corner made it a bear. Is this black? Royal blue? So subtle were the shading differences that I was like a scientist in a microbiology lab, under a bright light, peering into a microscope discerning different pathogenic forms of Escherichia coli.
Anyhow, it was fun (though I wasn’t as charmed by it as other puzzles). It’s ready to go back to the library:
And a new one begun. Maybe one with a little less microbiology lab, a little more buzzing pub!