Tuesday, September 16, 2008

j is for jigsaw

this weekend I realized that there are two types of folks in the world - those that enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles and those that don't. within the set of those that don't enjoy doing jigsaws is a subset of people who like to watch others do jigsaw puzzles. no judgment - just an observation. in case you are wondering, I'm a member of the group of people that finds much joy in working on a jigsaw puzzle. in fact, as with many things I enjoy doing, I can become quite obsessive; so it is probably a good thing that I don't find myself around jigsaw puzzles very often!

since we're on j I have to share this jewel I heard over the weekend - the remark is directed to ms. pain who many of you might remember belittled the O man's experience as a community organizer during her address of the rnc. well, ms. pain here's what we have to say:
jesus was a community organizer and pontius pilate was a governor.

and while we're talking about jesus I thought I'd also like to share another line which graces a bumper sticker in my office (the downside of not having an automobile is no bumper to stick a piece these jewels!) this remark is directed to w and darth:
when jesus said, 'love your enemies,' I think he probably meant don't kill them.

j is also for jelly bean. joyous hugs to you! you know who you are!

and one more - j is also for java! this song is dedicated to coffee messiah. thanks for the jukebox of java jumping tunes! coffee you rock! here's al with his jazzy java drinkin' time!

photos: top status of puzzle friday night before heading to bed. lower puzzle status early saturday evening - after our walk and before dinner. we did NOT pull out a second puzzle! (since my camera was on the fritz the second picture was taken with my cell phone's camera - thank goodness for I could still feed that obsession!). flushing, ohio - september 2008


tut-tut said...

Someone told D that Susan Sarandon came up with the Obama quote.

I like jigsaws, and I like crosswords, too.

Barbara said...

I have spent many an hour on a vacation with our friend Kris and her husband working into the wee hours to fill in a blank hole in a jugsaw puzzle. They guys don't even like to watch us, but we are both crazed about puzzles. It is truly an addiction. But there is a lot of time for wonderful conversation as you search for a place that has two outies and two innies.

Dumdad said...

J is for jigsaw and I like doing them (although haven't for a long while), J is for joy, J is for jest, J is for jam, J is for justice and J is for my real Christian name too.

bitchlet said...

I used to have a huge world map jigsaw. I loved it!

Bob Dylan said...

I just finished a crossword puzzle--I keep jigsaw puzzles for winter days.

Java --good tune.

Liking this alphabetical series very much, always wondering what you'll do.

R.L. Bourges said...

You should enjoy this one, then:


We call them "casse-tête" - head-breaker - I was addicted to them when we had more space. Specially the ones made up of tiny photos making up a larger mosaic. Hours of ... head-breaking.

Al Hirt was cool - and those I Dream of Jeanie look-alikes, they made all the difference :-)

à +

WAT said...


"J" is for Jesus! One of my heroes!


Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

One of the most pleasant recent holiday memories I have of my dad before Alzheimer's made it impossible, was being at my parents' house when a huge ice and snow storm hit. We spent several days by the huge stone fireplace piecing together an enormous puzzle, sipping warm drinks and not having a need to talk. Just that closeness of working on something together in silence is a glorious memory more precious than any conversation we ever shared.

Steve Reed said...

Jigsaws are OK -- I don't love 'em, but on a rainy day they're not bad to have around. (Particularly if entertaining children is involved.)

Coffee Messiah said...

Wow, it's been awhile for puzzles here. Exceptin' for the way things have been going here in the usa the last 7 yrs, more than previous ones. ; (

Glad you liked the coffee issue....

a. said...

My dad used to take over the dining room table for days at a time doing the 5000 piece ones... Edges First!

Megan said...

Annie stole my comment. But we share the same dad, so I guess that's ok...

Unknown said...

Some great observations there, Kim! As for jigsaws, yeah, bring 'em on - just not too often because they do make one become sort of obsessive... :-)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tut - I could see susan coming up with that one! I'll make sure to get a jigsaw for when you come to town. I wish I did crosswords - only time I do them is on airplanes.

barbara - it was interesting to see who were the jigsaw buffs in our group this weekend - there were 2 women and 2 men that were the hard core doers....

dd - and you are a jewel jules!!

b - that would be a fun and educational puzzle to piece - definitely help one's geographical knowledge base!

bob - re last sentence - me too! xx

rlb - space is an asset that's for sure. I love those photo mosaics - but have yet to come across a puzzle made of one (of course I'm just a party puzzler these days)

casse-tête perfect!

wat - one of mine too!

junk - thank you for the beautiful story. hugs.

steve - ah, a third category - the just ok group! ;)

coffee - can a quagmire be a puzzle? love the coffee issue!

annie & megan - nice shared memory! I wonder if there is a puzzle person that doesn't do edges first?

av - oh yes....why I don't keep them around. but making a pieced quilt is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle. so, I definitely satisfy my hunger and feed that monkey...

Saretta said...

I'm a puzzle doer, too. But, haven't had the time for a while... You've just given me a good idea!

lettuce said...

i love jigsaws and all my family do
it seems to be partly a family-culture thing...?

Don Parker said...

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't.
--Robert Benchley, Benchley's Law of Distinction
US actor, author, & humorist (1889 - 1945)