Saturday, November 10, 2007

Puzzles Solved

A couple weeks ago, Amanda and I were browsing around our not-so-local Target store. For some strange reason we ended up in the toy department and decided we just had to have a jigsaw puzzle. Ummm, like I have nothing else to do, right? This is the puzzle we bought. I was a lot more difficult than we anticipated and drove us nuts for over a week of occasional struggling with it. We still haven't done the "I Spy" part of finding the hidden items.

It was even more frustrating when at the end, in a mad frenzy to complete the puzzle at about 10:30 one night, we found out that there was one piece missing. We've looked everywhere. No luck.

No 1000 piece puzzle. We only got 999.

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Remember a month or so ago I mentioned that our shower was merely drizzling? I had tried to remove the shower head to see if there was sediment clogging the holes, but our to-remain-nameless idiot plumber for our addition had over-tightened the shower head and I couldn't budge it. Well.....looky here! I ran in to our much loved new plumber while having lunch at Ellen's (before they closed for the season). He stopped by the following day and took the shower head off for me. He did it so easily, I remarked that it must have been because I had already loosened it! K. R. told me to remove the water saver device in the shower head and that we would love our shower!

Here's what the water saver device looked like when I took it out. Sorry for the less than great photo, but this thing is only about 3/8th inch diameter. Not only was it doing it's job of restricting the water flow to a fine spray, but it was half clogged with bits of teflon tape (the white stuff sticking out of it)! No wonder a lousy shower. I'd love to know how plumber 1 accomplished that!

It's been a few weeks since K. R. of Keating and Ramsden Plumbing was out to help me and I have received no bill. Yesterday, I made him a thank you card. It's a tri-fold. Only the top third is visible and then it unfolds to show the rest. I had to photograph it rather than scan it as I used some sugar-like glitter to highlight the water and I didn't want to risk scratching the scanner. We love Keating and Ramsden!

8 comments:

mary Malcolmson said...

The puzzle! Wow. I can hardly pull off doing the kids' little puzzles without hyperventilating and having a meltdown. And to think you got this complicated one all done and one piece is missing. That would send me right over . . .

Deb, you can do anything - make the missing piece (in your spare time haha).

Love the card!

deb said...

Yeah, I wasn't very happy thinking about the time I had spent looking for that piece while doing the puzzle. I accused Amanda of stealing it. She used to do that just to drive me nuts. After a week or so of finished puzzle minus one piece I've decided she really didn't steal it.

Gee, Mary, what a shame. You should have made your suggestion about creating the piece before this morning...when I took the puzzle apart and reboxed it. I couldn't stand seeing it with the one gaping hole!

Mr. R. should get the card tomorrow. Tuesday if the USPS has decided to Monday the holiday.

mary said...

No problem, Deb. While it is still fresh, put it together again and make the missing piece. No need for someone else to get only 999 pieces.

. . .Ducking .. . you probably can throw well also!

deb said...

Hmmm. I tell you what...I can give it to you next Sunday, YOU put it together and then I'll make the piece! I'll even tell you which piece is missing so you won't waste time looking for it.

Elizabeth said...

Girls, girls, now, now! ;-) And we love K&R too!

deb said...

Okay, you can help too! I can tell you'd just love to.

mary said...

Okay, I can't stop looking at the picture of the puzzle and its title. I can't read the fine print. What would one be looking for once one (not me!) had put the puzzle together? No fair putting it away so soon.

With all that is going on in our lives and the world, why am I fixated on this? Maybe because it is harmless and so I can think about it and obsess?

Thanks a lot (sarcasm here) Deb! Now you've gone and done it - given me a headache, albeit a little one . :-)

deb said...

Well....among many other things not listed....
Listed on the box....
a dog, a dragon, a gingerbread house, 2 wolves, 3 pigs, a worried mouse, a red brick oven, a knight, 4 bears, a cat, a mermaid, and a prince on the stairs.

And now I'll tel you. If you left click on the photo it will enlarge for you. Happy hunting.