Yep Jigsaw puzzles. That’s what I said. Not for the first time my own dear Him Indoors has suggested we start doing Jigsaw puzzles and I currently have two large very intimating (can a jigsaw be intimating)
Boxes containing jigsaws perched on the end of the table. I have never done a jigsaw in my entire life. Apparently He did lots as a kid. Strange how you can know somebody for so many years and still find out new things about them
I have never before really had any completely spare time that needed to be filled with seemingly pointless activity. No need to do something, anything just to pass the time however now with another Lockdown and the worst part of winter ahead just maybe. So I reach for the computer and open up the whole strange new world of Jigsaws. Gobsmacked by the sheer size of the modern finished article vague memories of dabblng with a few pieces of my younger brothers Christmases years ago I am positive unlike, most things since, Jigsaws have actually got bigger over the years. So researching size and being the person I am once interested I just have to know all about it. No half measures with me. Then it began to get interesting …
‘Jigsaws exercise the left and right sides of your brain at once. Doing a puzzle reinforces the connections between the brain cells, improving your mental speed and and is an especially effective way to improve short-term memory. Jigsaws improve your spatial/visual reasoning which helps with driving a car, using a map, learning and following methods. … Jigsaws are a great meditation tool and stress reliever’.
It seems just looking at the picture is a form of meditation. Fuller info at
‘Dopamine is released every time we put a piece in the right place’ according to www.cronicaspuzzleras.com which also expounds further on the subject.
So perhaps it’s not such a pointless exercise as I first thought. Whether I enjoy it remains to be seen but I just thought others might just like to know it’s seeming potential. Helen