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Sunday, July 15, 2012

My Oh My How Things Change

Because I have no access to my puzzle until we close on the new house (September 13th) and get our stuff delivered from storage, I thought I would go back and re-read / edit this blog.  I wanted to fix any typos and re-word some posts.  While doing this I discovered a few interesting things:  1)  When I purchased this puzzle, my son was a 5-month-old infant.  He's now almost 2-1/2 years old and I've just barely started to scratch the surface with regard to putting this monster project together; 2) I blogged several entries stating that I would start with the balloons, and then move on to the clownfish before the animals -- I didn't; and 3) I can really babble...endlessly it seems!  LOL

One really cool thing about the puzzle is that I'm still early enough in the process that it shouldn't be too difficult to switch the puzzle over to a piece of plywood that will be cut to fit one complete section.  Now that I will have an entire room dedicated to my puzzling, I am thinking of purchasing two 6-foot resin tables, putting them together, and then lay the piece of plywood overtop.  This will make a nice, solid surface for me to work with, and I'm thinking the pieces will move around better on top of this.  The pieces tend to buckle a bit on the felt when you try to move a few pieces or section around.

With all this spare time, I've also gone back and re-read ALL of the Hall of Fame stories on the "Life" website.  I think I've read most of them at least 3 or 4 times.  Some even more.  The stories and pictures are so inspiring to me.  It really makes me miss my puzzle.  :o(

September 13th cannot come soon enough!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

OK....Not Quite As Ugly As I First Thought

After looking at the "Double Retrospect" puzzle by Ravensburger again, and reading a few blogs from people who have either completed or are currently working on it, I have decided it's not quite as ugly as I first thought. LOL I still don't have any desire to purchase and do this one myself, but I can at least find a few cool things about it now. I guess part of why I didn't like it initially is that it doesn't have the pretty details like the Life puzzle has.

It seems that the same people (or a good copy cat) who created the Life puzzle website have created a new site for Retrospect. The site is almost identical to the one created for the Life puzzle, and it's been fun reading the new Hall of Fame stories as almost all of the people who have completed this new one were also members of the original Hall of Fame from the Life puzzle.

I especially liked seeing the story from Andrew and his family of Singapore. For this new puzzle, it appears they were the first in the world to complete. I remember their story on the Life puzzle site. His little girl was only 12 months old at the time they first started working on it. He posted a really cute picture of her sitting in the Life puzzle box. In the Retrospect Hall of Fame posting, she's now 3 years old. It's like watching his kids grow up. It's neat to see that both she and her older brother helped their parents work on the puzzles. What awesome memories they will have as they get older and remember all the fun times they had working on it as a family. That's what I'm hoping I will have with Derek when he's old enough to start helping me with mine. Right now all he would want to do is throw the pieces, pull the puzzle roll off the table, and demolish my painstaking progress to date. LOL So until he's about 4 or 5, I think he will have to be banned from the puzzle room. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day: Ahh....Who the He** Knows! LOL

Well clearly I've made just about ZERO progress since my last post which was over a year ago! So many things have happened over this last year that has prevented me from working on this project. Here's a few of the many things: Randy changed jobs, we lived in a hotel in southern CA for 8 weeks, we relocated to Atlanta and started commuting back and forth every couple of months to our house in Florida until it sold, finally, in April of this year. We stayed with my sister-in-law and her family in Atlanta for the first four months, and now we're spending five months living with our good friends (in another suburb of Atlanta) until our house is completed in mid-September. We have slept in our own bed in our own house for about 4, non-consecutive weeks, over the last year. We are EXHAUSTED!

It has been a really rough year, but luckily we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with the new house. And one of the best parts of getting this new house built is I will have my own separate room to put my puzzle together and not have to move it or roll it up every few days! Hallelujah!!!! So, sometime after September 13th, I will be able to unpack my puzzle and really get going on it full force. I cannot wait! I have missed working on it so much, and I'm so thrilled to have the additional space in my new finished basement to have a "puzzle room" that I can lock and keep my 2-year-old out of!!

So contrary to what everyone probably thinks, I have not fallen off the face of the planet, and I haven't thrown the puzzle out the window thinking I'd never finish. I'm still here, still planning to finish the puzzle, and still blogging (just not very often obviously). Thanks for hanging in there with me, those of you who are left.