Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Hardest Puzzle We Ever Did--The Castle

My mom loved puzzles and I remember working on several with her. Not that I was much help although she was very patient and I did get better at doing them. I remember several very hard ones: the huge swan puzzle with mostly green pieces, a farmland puzzle with mostly blue and brown pieces and a very pretty bird puzzle that I bought for her. It had several colorful parrots and a cockatoo in it. The hardest one though was the 3-D castle.

This is a picture of the only 3-D puzzle we ever did. I didn’t think we’d ever get it done but my mom was determined not to let it beat her. Notice, all but a few of the pieces were gray and white. I’ve always liked castles ever since 4th grade when we had a unit on Medieval times with castles, knights and family crests on shield so that’s what kept me going—the fact that it was a castle. When we finally finished this puzzle, we felt that we really accomplished something. Neither one of us wanted to take it apart so I kept it together and very carefully moved it upstairs to a spot on my window seat in the dining room.

It spent several years there but finally when I was cleaning out dad’s house after he died, I threw it out. I knew we didn’t have a good place for it in our house and it was pretty unstable so probably wouldn’t have made the move well anyway. I’m glad I got a picture of it though. It was the coolest puzzle I ever did.

Do you like puzzles? If you want a real challenge, find a 3-D one to do. What was one of your great accomplishments?

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tahtimbo said...

I've seen those puzzles, but have never been brave enough to give them a try. Probably, because I have a hard enough time with the 2 dimensional ones :)

BeadedTail said...

That's quite a puzzle! It's good you have a photo of it and such fond memories of putting it together with your mom!

Lin said...

I like to do puzzles--especially on winter weekends. I have one that is all chocolate, so the pieces are all brown--just various shades of it. Ugh! It's tough. Can't even imagine the 3D castle!! WOW!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a challenge! It came out so well! Stopping from SITS!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness! I can't imagine the patience it must have taken doing a 3D puzzle. I don't think I better try one.

Mountain Woman said...

Wow, that's an amazing accomplishment to do that puzzle. I also love puzzles but I haven't done one in many years. I think you have inspired me to go find one and try it.

I also love castles. I always hoped I grow up to live in one but now that I'm old, I couldn't imagine having to clean all that space :-)

Thanks for a most enjoyable post.

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

Stopping by to check out your special mom moment via your request at Everyday Mom Idea... And that’s an amazing puzzle. That looks like serious dedication.

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