Despite being the king (oops, I meant jack) of all hobbies, I have to admit, I haven ‘t done a lot of hobby related things lately. I could blame the weather, or I could blame myself and the fall TV schedule. Either way, I haven’t had a lot to write about.
I have been writing my other blog, whose links you can find on the right side of this page under the title “cool blogs”. Mine is called Today’s Perfect Moment. I have been putting a lot of energy there and have grown a rather large community in a short time. There seems to be a lot more cross blogging done there and the page is set up to encourage followers.
While I haven’t done a lot, I have done some things. Most recently, I got the itch to do a puzzle. Maybe it is because I associate puzzles with Christmas. I am surprised that no one gives these things as stocking stuffers anymore. Knowing how addicting that can be, I really wasn’t in the mood to tackle a monster 5000 piece puzzle. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money. What was my answer…the dollar store of course.
I found a couple of decent puzzles at the dollar store (Dollar Tree in this case) and purchased them for $1.25 each. Even with Canadian tax, that still brought in two puzzles for less than $3.
I spent a couple of nights on the first one. There seems to be no deterioration in my puzzle building skills and I was able to do it rather quickly. Of course, that first night, I did the usual “just one more piece before I go to bed” thing, and wound up spending a hour or more when I should have been sleeping. This probably was to the detriment of my students but I didn’t actually yawn while teaching.
The puzzle wasn’t the best quality. The fit was a little loose and it came apart a couple of times. Some pieces still had untrimmed edges (there seemed to be extra paper at the bottom layer of some of the pieces) and one was a little crumpled. However, it only cost $1.25, so I can’t get tremendously angry about that.
When I lived in Japan, I bought frames and puzzle glue for the puzzles. However, these days, now that I have finished, I will probably take it apart and give it to someone else to do.