I got all nostalgic yesterday and picked up two jigsaw puzzles at the Dollar Tree. After rustling around the garage this morning to find a piece of plywood to put it on, I set about separating the pieces.
|The 'edge pieces'|
|The 'insides' of the puzzle|
Everyone knows you have to put the 'outside pieces' together first to make the frame, then fill it in with the rest of the picture. The frame is the easy part ... right?
The scene is one of Thomas Kincaid's paintings, complete with picture frame and wire hanger. Well the picture frame is the same on all four sides of course, so that means the 'outside pieces' of my puzzle all look pretty much the same. I don't think this is going to be as easy as I thought.
|They all look the same! How puzzling ...|
Since this was a cheap dollar store item, it's not of the highest quality. So far some of the edge pieces seem to fit together by color, but not quite as snug as I think they should. I've looked each piece over several times and can't see where the boo-boo might be, but I've got two stretches that just don't fit together to complete the frame. Hmmmm ....
I'm going to take a break to check on the chickens (Ophelia is still residing in my living room), then come back with fresh eyes.
Isn't that just like life? We get so busy fixing things, determined to put all the pieces together and make something fit, when maybe they weren't meant to fit at all. Sometimes all it takes is to step back for a few minutes and perhaps focus on something completely different, for things to take shape.
That's what Marie Anne is doing today - working on life's puzzles, but making sure to take a break.
Doing jigsaw puzzles.