Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow
Go with the Flow by Thaneeya McArdle – Ceaco – 550 pieces

Cue the fireworks, there was finally a puzzle in this series with all of it’s pieces. Congratulations Ceaco, it seems you finally did your job. Correctly. For once. Well done.

This one was much harder than I anticipated, and it seemed more difficult than the previous two puzzles from this series – but that is only perception and not something easy to quantify. It has been more than four months since I completed the second puzzle in the series, so it seems quite a challenge to remember all the way back to the beginning of January. And remembering the first puzzle that I put together in August of last year seems almost impossible! It’s harder for me anyway, I’m old and on lots of pain meds, my memory ain’t what it used to be.

Even though it was difficult I didn’t mind at all, it kept me completely focused on the puzzle and not on everything else going on in the world and in my house. That’s one of the reasons working on jigsaw puzzles is such a popular form of entertainment – even more especially right now – it’s almost a form of meditation. Your brain is only concerned about what shape, color, or pattern is next and there’s no room to think about your worries or stresses; it’s only the puzzle and what piece fits in next.

Blissful meditation.

It’s All Good

All Good
It’s All Good by Thaneeya McArdle – Ceaco – 550 pieces

Another sleepless night, another puzzle finished more quickly than it should be. I’m not complaining mind you, I relish the time at night when the house is silent and I’m left with my puzzle and my only thoughts are which piece fits here, and where does this pattern go. No one needs anything from me in the middle of the night, and I’m free to puzzle with no interruptions.

This is the second puzzle from a trio of images by Thaneeya McArdle that I’ve assembled. The first one was so enjoyable that I immediately had to return to the store and pick up the other two. It’s been a while since the first one was put together, but I distinctly remember that it was missing a piece. Guess what? Yep, you guessed it, another missing piece!

All Good 1

I’m not one who immediately assumes it’s the company’s fault, in fact I’m certain most missing pieces are the fault of the consumer. This is very odd though, it seems unlikely that I would lose a piece from each of these puzzles (although it very well may be what happened). Perhaps it’s purposeful; do you really believe “It’s All Good”, even with a missing piece? Can you remain calm and happy with an incomplete puzzle? 😉

That may be a bit too existential for Ceaco though, and most likely the missing piece stowed away on my sleeve to another room. It’s most likely hiding under a pillow, near the baseboards, or in the pantry, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Other than the small problem of an errant puzzle piece possibly hiding somewhere in my house, the quality was pretty good for a Ceaco; there were the odd pieces still connected, a slightly bent piece or two, and a LOT of puzzle dust. But overall it was good quality and the assembly was entirely captivating. The image is so bright and interesting that it totally sucked me in and had me completely engrossed. Isn’t that what a good puzzle is supposed to do?

I’d better finish the third puzzle soon, any bets on whether or not there’ll be a piece missing? I’m going to say the third time will be the charm and it will be complete – here’s hoping!

Live for Today

Live for Today
Live for Today by Thaneeya McArdle – Ceaco – 550 pieces

Loved this one, but it wasn’t easy. And as an added bummer, I lost one of the edge pieces. I’m not one of those people who find that there’s a missing piece and immediately decide that it must be the puzzle company’s fault – I’m certain it was me and that I just wasn’t able to find it. It’s a bit disappointing, but not the end of the world by any means. I still enjoyed putting it together, and that’s what matters – at least it is for me.

This Ceaco had a great fit, so much so that I was able to take one of my favorite kinds of pictures. I stood it up on it’s edge to take a picture…

Live for Today 1

I don’t know exactly why, but I really like doing this when the fit is good. It makes me happy.😁 Most puzzles, even those with a good fit, aren’t tight enough to stand on the edge, and when I find one tight enough it’s fun to stand it up for a picture.

This was more challenging than it looked, but the challenge was both absorbing and entertaining. I started with the word “Live”, but that was a lot of pieces and it took longer than I thought to put it together. The same went for the word “Today”, lots of pieces to work through. I loved it though, and the end result is a very nice puzzle.

There are 3 images in this series, each with it’s own quote. They’re all colorful and fun like this one, and I’m pretty sure I’d have a good time assembling the other two as well. Unfortunately I never found the missing piece for this one, so I can’t pass it on for anyone else to assemble.