Wednesday, 20 December 2017

December 20th and the Jigsaw puzzle

Way back in April at a charity shop somewhere I found a jigsaw to do over Christmas.


For the life of me I can't remember where I got it from but my accounts say I paid £1.

Got it out to make a start and immediately hit a problem, it's long and thin, panoramic and won't fit on the bit of board I have for jigsaws.
So Plan B, the table in the living room which we eat at when we are not feeling posh enough for the dining room....... that is all the time when we don't have visitors.
Then I hit another problem - it's a blinkin' difficult puzzle - took me an age to even get the edges sorted and the perennial problem with second-hand jigsaws.........are there any bits missing?
 I'll let you know........probably next year.........or I might just  give up in a huff!

Update from Addenbrookes........ When I went up to see Col on Sunday I said how good it was that he hadn't lost any hair after the chemo, in 2016 it went quite quickly. I spoke too soon because yesterday I had to use the clippers to take all the remaining hair off his head to save any more hairy pillows!   He is beginning to feel better, his mouth is less sore and he's eating a little. The blood counts are looking better too so hopefully onward and upward, and our son got the dongle working so he's connected to the world again. He has had one or two small temperature spikes but no trace of infection.......thank heavens - infections caused so many problems when he was in Ipswich.

And the A14 update - not too bad yesterday, busy but moving well but it's a pity everyday isn't like Sunday morning, I think I only saw 4 trucks all the way there. Yesterdays' delays on getting home were caused by the traffic lights at the hospital bus station getting stuck on red and about 6 buses had to back up and shuffle about to get out a different way.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

42 comments:

  1. It must have been absolute chaos - not fun at all.
    Love the jigsaw and fingers crossed that it has all the pieces.
    And good news about Col; I'm so pleased.
    J x

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    1. All the drivers got out of their buses and had a discussion on what to do - it was quite amusing, they got sorted out after about 10 minutes

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  2. Did you play the perennial game of 'count the pieces'? I always start a jigsaw with that! Glad Col is connected, he must have felt quite cut off, as well as poorly. Fingers crossed his body can do what it needs to do, and not deal with the complications of fighting extra infections. Love from all of us x

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    1. I've counted second-hand childrens puzzles, but 1000 pieces? That would take an age!

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  3. It is good news about Col, so we must all keep our fingers crossed. There are some very rational people out there, have never, ever counted the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle but what a good idea!

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  4. So pleased everything seems to be going the right way for Colin. When I worked in a charity shop I always counted the pieces before selling them. Hope yours is all intact, lovely picture.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. Some charity shops have people who take home the puzzles to do and check the bits are all there.

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  5. So pleased that there is positive news about Col and I am praying that he goes from strength to strength now. The mouth ulcers etc must have been so nasty and so I bet he is glad to see the back of those. Sorry about his hair . . .

    Good luck with the jigsaw and sorry it is an awkward shape. I hope you can find one of those jigsaw puzzle mats (wot roll up) in the charity shops . . .

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    1. Yes, a nasty side effect called Mucusitis - or something - sounds horrible. But he is picking up fast now he can eat again

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  6. Before I read a word, I thought "That's an unusual shape puzzle" ~ well good luck, I'm sure you'll get there.
    Glad to hear things are looking up for Col, despite the loss of hair, poor chap.

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    1. I hoped it would just squeeze onto my board but about 6inches too wide.
      He'll need a hat for a while, but it grew back quite quickly last year.

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  7. Good news about Col and happy news about the dongle working. The jigsaw certainly looks difficult and that's from someone who really likes jigsaws. Happy to hear that your journeys weren't too bad and you are safely home. Catriona

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    1. We couldn't get the blinkin' dongle to work anywhere but that's what children are for!

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  8. Glad to hear it's better news about your husband. I'm currently doing a puzzle of Stonehenge. It's second hand but we've done it before...if there are any pieces missing it will be our fault!
    Arilx

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    1. There don't seem to be many photo jigsaws about nowadays. Stonehenge sounds like lots of grass and sky!

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  9. Wishing Col continued progress. It is a shame about his hair, but it will regrow. Mouth ulcers are vile, it is good to hear they are also diminishing. Hope your journey continues to be tolerable. I can't do jigsaws, no patience, you see!

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  10. I am used to jigsaws ending up with pieces missing because of my cats so I don't get bothered about it any more. I could happily tackle this one, the snow edge is only that, an edgd. I would sort out all the blue and get that out of the way into a separate box and do either now or at the end and with lots of trees in the blue it will not be too difficult. I am a bit of jigsaw nut but admit I stopped doing one the other day and gave it back to a charity shop, it was three brown horses in snow with no trees or anything and all the horses looked identical and all the snow was just that, snow. I thought, no I am not doing this, I am not that desperate. Good news from the hospital.

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    1. Have sorted out the bits of the blue snowy sky and the front of the pub and got the coloured shop fronts done - photo tomorrow.
      I'm ever so fussy about what jigsaws I do.

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    2. Me too. I am so fussy these days I will only do Ravensburgers because of the quality of cutting but the picture still has to be what I want to do. I started a new one this afternoon.

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  11. Glad to hear that things are going as well as they can for Col. Hope that the jigsaw works out!!

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  12. Good luck with the puzzle, just looking at it gives me a headache!

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  13. That's a lovely jigsaw Sue. I hope you don't find it has pieces missing.

    Tightly crossed fingers here for continued progress for Col.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. The outside straight edges were all there so I'm hopeful.
      Col is feeling loads better again today.

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  14. Good news that Col is feeling better.

    Lovely puzzle, I do hope you manage to finish it.

    God bless.

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    1. I hope I have the patience to finish it
      He's feeling a lot better thank you

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  15. When my family is all together, we love to do jigsaw puzzles, but, like you, finding a place to put one is the biggest problem. My son, or his son, always steal a piece in the beginning to drive us all crazy. In the end, the piece magically appears and they have the honor of finishing it.

    It is good to read that Col is handling the treatment well.

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  16. Good news about Col. Fingers crossed that he continues to improve and feels better every day.

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    1. He said he had a good breakfast today for the first time for weeks, so certainly feeling loads better

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  17. So glad that everything seems to be going well. Seeing your jigsaw has made me want to do one again!

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    1. The charity shops have 100's to choose from, I usually just do one around Christmas

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  18. Give my love to Col, that brave man of yours. Hope the roads stay fairly traffic free and ice free for your visits

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    1. Just seen a forecast, no more ice for several days now - thank goodness.

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  19. Such good news for you both, glad Col is showing signs of improvement, you have both had such a hard few years.

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  20. I put a jigsaw I'd started back in the box a few weeks ago and gifted it back to the charity shop I bought it from. The pieces were very odd and I didn't have the brain space to think about it. Glad to hear Col is doing well. Fingers crossed for you all that it stays that way. xx

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  21. Good luck with that jigsaw, I've stopped doing them since I've needed reading glasses, it just gives me a headache.

    Good news about Colin, I'm glad the dongle is finally working for him too, at least he's in touch with the outside world for Christmas.

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