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Two's Finished....

News Flash: Tuesday morning we had frost on the lawn and the neighbor house across the street [the whole city] was cold! 33 degrees on our thermometer. Supposedly, it's gonna get colder as another cold front drops this far south.



Bud and I finished the 1500 piece puzzle. It took us a long time working on it off and on over the last few weeks. For me there were quite a few 'snags' that were challenging. The white center peacock most of all. When it's a puzzle that has that many cut pieces [quite small in size], the one you want most of all to fit...it is elusive...hidden; and frustration sets in, we quit for the day!! But finally, the last piece was put in. We tore it apart after taking a photo of it while still on the puzzle table. We debated whether to fold up the table in its casing and not work on one for a while, then changed our minds since we had no family coming down for the holiday. Why not work on another? We started another the very next day. This one we have the framing up and done, now I like to separate all the pieces and lay 'em out. By separating them [all one tip, then two tips, and three, four tips and the last grouping is the one with NO tips.] It takes a lot of time, but in the long run, easier to find the exact piece we need.  That'll take another day or two before we proceed.  It's of a woman in the 1940s Out on the Town.
Here is the last one, of the peacock, finished:



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The other 'finished' subject is the book I read recently. Where the Crawdads Sing  Most all bloggers had such positive reviews on their blog posts, so when I found the book, I was more than happy to grab it and read it. Tho, it did keep my interest [only with the promise of a surprising ending] throughout the entire book...I was still a bit disappointed in it. For the first half of the book it was more or less [in my opinion] nothing but a coming of age teenage fantasy romance after being abandoned. Of which I have never cared for that genre ever. But, I got through it, mainly 'cause of the Biology background of her fascination and love of the swamp, birds and shells. The author, tho, was a bit too 'flowery' in her descriptions and detailing...she got carried away. For example [and this is my own words, not hers]...His hair was curly and unkempt, hanging in his eyes, blowing in the strong wind from the squall along the swampy outlet and the intermittent sunlight sparkled and danced like animated lights on the strands giving it a golden luster as salty sweat dripped off those tendrils escaping from his red woven hat during the heat of the day. Okay...too much? Yes, I think so too, and I know I am guilty of such at times. In Creative Writing I was taught to be sucsinct and little words to get the thought across to the reader. What's wrong with His curly, unkempt, hair dripped sweat from his woven hat. The author over-killed with text.
Now the 2nd half of the book was a bit better. By now, I was used to her style of writing and mostly ignored the over use of adjectives!! It became more a mystery which it promised. All in all the 2nd half made the book worth reading in its entirety. But I probably won't read another book of hers. Oh, and the surprising ending? Not really. This too was typical. Movies, books, and TV mysteries end nearly the same. 
 
I do have a question tho, that will remain unanswered..."Why was evidence kept all this time?"  Hmmmm.




43 comments:

  1. The puzzle is so lovely. I don't know HOW the two of you manage to work 1,000 small pieces, even despite separating them all out. We like the large piece ones. And for some reason, it seems that all the most beautiful ones are at least 1,000 pieces!

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    1. We do the smaller amount of pieces too fast! The more pieces, the more challenge.

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  2. Nice puzzle. I saw some advertised on Facebook the other day and thought of all the bloggers who have been doing them. It had pieces that were shaped like different objects like dragonflies.
    I don't think I would have cared for that book. I hate reading things that over do it with descriptions.

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    1. Now, that's a pretty cool idea to have shapes for pieces.

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  3. Your puzzle is very beautiful! I don't know if I can be so patient to make a puzzle like that. I was absent when the "patience" was divided! LOL

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    1. It's always good we can walk away from it when frustration sets in.

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  4. Hello Anni,

    The puzzle looks pretty, I like the peacock. LOL, I agree with your description that the Author over killed with the text. Take care, have a happy day!

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    1. I'm glad someone else agrees about the author's style.

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  5. Romance books.... uggggghhhhhh!!!!! Give me a serial killer book over a romance one any day! *haha* You're brave to have stuck with it, Anni. I admire you for it. ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. Me too...me too. Romance novels ...ugh!

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  6. You sound like a professional puzzler! I can see how that would make it easier to complete them. I know liked the book but can't remember much about it today.

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    1. The book wasn't all THAT bad ...it was just her over-kill of descriptive words.

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  7. Your puzzle is beautiful! I only have room for 1000 pieces. I never thought to separate them the way that you do.

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    1. It helps in the long run! Try it next time.

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  8. Congrats on finishing such a challenging puzzle. The finished picture is lovely.

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  9. Admire your perseverance with such large puzzles. As for Crawdad, I was very disappointed in the ending. Don't like "surprises" that make me angry.

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    1. That last question I asked myself at the end of the book/and blog post...it haunts me still!

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  10. I love Elvis comment about she was absent when the patient's was handed out because I was too. But that is one beautiful puzzle and I can't wait to see the one of the lady out on the town I'm had all these things going through my head of what it's going to look like. I would never be able to read that book. I like mine and sentences that make sense and not over describing. And it sounds like a Hallmark movie which gags me. Every now and then I make it through a Hallmark Christmas movie if the acting is good. We watch the movie the other night not a Hallmark movie and at the end I said to Bob well that was a glorified Hallmark movie and he laughed and said he was thinking that all the way through. I do feel bad when I start a book and don't finish it when it comes from my Kindle unlimited subscription because the authors only get paid buy Amazon if you read the whole book I get paid by the page. So when I start a book and six pages in I dump it or 20 pages and I dumped it I always think of that but I just can't make myself read something that I don't enjoy

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    1. Hallmark movies ARE too sugary, I agree.

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  11. It's cold here on Florida too, but not quite as cold as it got there. It was 40 when I got up this morning, still very chilly for us. I love the gorgeous puzzle you finished. I have that book on my list to read, but with your description I don't know if I would enjoy it much. Stay warm and cozy!

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    1. You may like the book. So many others have. (I must add that my sister's book club -10 members- agree with me tho).

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  12. IF I had the room I would love to put puzzles together. As for the book - I love descriptions to the top, as my mind is visual and the more the better. I liked the ending too. To each his/her own, I guess.

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    1. Get one of the collapsible puzzle tables. They store away to almost nothing.

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  13. Congratulations on this huge puzzle! She's quite a beauty. I remember completing a large puzzle and then hanging it on the wall because the colors went well with the room. We've had some cold nights recently, but it's expected here. Thankfully, today it's in the 40's. Still chilly for you, I'm sure. Sorry that the book wasn't as promising as you had hoped.

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    1. Yep, 40s is darned cold for us Texans!

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  14. The finished puzzle is lovely.

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  15. I love your puzzle. Its like entering a dream world.

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  16. Well, I probably won't read that book..too flowery and wordy wears me out.
    The puzzle with the peacock would almost defeat me before I got started. Maybe sorting it as you do would help a lot.
    Hubby got the lights up on the outside of the house yesterday so I guess it's time to drag out all the "debris" as Linda Chapman calls it. At least the outside looks like we are ready..HaHa
    Sue

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  17. Whew. You're right, waaaay too much! I think I could have made two interesting paragraphs out of that one loooooooong sentence. The title of the book draws me, but..nah. LOVE that peacock puzzle.

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    1. I really dislike those over-colorful authors!

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  18. um....is it snowing on your blog? ;)

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    1. This is the kind that needs no shoveling or blower!

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  19. Well done on completing the 1500 piece puzzle.

    We've had cooler weather today, I needed a thicker coat on when out walking.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I have been wearing sweats, but by mid-day, I change back to shorts.

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  20. That puzzle does look like a hard one! We are about to finish our latest puzzle this evening or tomorrow.
    I read the book with my book club and thought it was good.

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    1. It took a while! I didn't mind reading the book...but, now that I know her style, I won't read any of her next publications.

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  21. Those photos are lovely with their touch of frosty magic ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
    I love that puzzle... gorgeous!!!
    Books are wonderful companions...I think your words were much better ❄☕🎅🎄

    Hugs ❤

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  22. My parents worked on puzzle, this time of year.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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  23. I'm impressed by those jigsaw puzzles!

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