Wednesday, November 17, 2021


It's week two of the long-term special ed class at the adult transition center, and I'm starting to get the feel for the schedule. Since I'm basically an interim person here, I decided not to make any major changes to the way the class is run. Why start from scratch when there's a routine that's already working? 

After lunch, the class has "leisure time". This consists of a half hour of board games and a half hour of "student choice". The girls have been working on a jigsaw puzzle. 

And I stayed far away from the jigsaw puzzle. 

I love jigsaw puzzles. I can get lost in them. I don't do them much anymore as I don't have a place to really set them up, and when I have down time, I'm generally knitting (or crocheting). 

But, this puzzle was what the girls were doing, and I wasn't going to go and do it for them.

Until I was invited...

I stayed away for nearly a week. It was around Thursday that the aides informed me that the girls had been working on this particular puzzle for a very long time, and they wanted to get it finished so they could move on to another. Well, okay then... 

It was Monday of last week that I really got sucked in. I spent my off time standing over it. (While they were on some task or other, I could stand over the puzzle. While they were outside on break, I could stand over the puzzle.) 

And, as I do, I got most of a corner complete. (The puzzle was about halfway done when I started. I probably got a little under a quarter more of it done.) That's where I ran into a problem. 

There was this one piece that belonged in the spot. It fit two of the surrounding pieces. But it didn't fit the third. So, I set it aside.

I had maybe six pieces left. They belonged in that corner. But they didn't fit into the eight blank spots left. 

I walked away. 

The aides returned. Sydney returned. I showed them the problem. 

Clearly, the puzzle was not going to be completed. It was time to give it up as a lost cause. 

On Tuesday, the girls started a new puzzle.

And I am again determined not to ruin their fun by doing it for them. But then Sydney called me over...


  1. That last sentence made me grin. lol

    1. We've almost got the edge done (it's circular). I got a good portion of it put together today. (Well, the girls got a lot done, but I pieced together their work into a more complete picture.)

  2. I see lots of puzzles in your future....

  3. I love jigsaw puzzles! Unfortunately cats and jigsaw puzzles don't go together well.

  4. I used to like puzzles but I haven’t done one in a long time.

  5. So with a bit of an algorithm on your hands to assemble with pieces of the remaining jigsaw at odds, I do wonder has anyone committed an error with the positioning or locking criterion of the processed jig saws in the overall puzzle?

  6. When I was younger I wasn't jigsaw puzzle fan, but who knows now.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  7. Oh, I love puzzles to! Jeckle has one that isn't finished from last holidays, so I am giving him a few days of these holidays to finish before I dive in. Then I have a puzzle from my birthday to do, and then... there's always a puzzle on the go in our house.


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