25 Feb


Judy Wills



Puzzles. Do you like them? Enjoy working them? I’ve never been able to do crossword puzzles or any kind of word puzzles. My brain just doesn’t work that way. And especially when I’m told the crossword puzzles have a “language” all their own. Well, I have enough trouble with my native language – I don’t need any “hidden” language to trip me up!

But there is one kind of puzzle I’ve come to enjoy – jigsaw puzzles! Surprised? So am I. A few years ago, our daughter, Karen and her husband, Brian, gave us a Disney jigsaw puzzle for Christmas. We set up the card table in the family room and got to work. It was a fun thing to do, and took our minds of anything except the puzzle while working on it. Sometimes it’s a bit frustrating because that particular piece looks like it really should fit in that place – but it doesn’t! Hmmmm….why not? Oh, it fits over here instead!

I don’t remember just how long it took us to finish it, but here is the finished product.



When Fred and I were trying to sell our house in Virginia, before moving to Florida, we were a bit stressed out. So again, we set up the card table – this time in our large bedroom – and got to work on another jigsaw puzzle Karen and Brian had given us. It was of the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working on that puzzle was a wonderful way to release that stress. All we could think of at the time, was finding just the right piece to fit in a particular spot.

Fred parents lived in a retirement facility for several years before they passed away. One of the interesting things about that facility was that puzzles were left out on tables in the hallways. Any of the residents could come and “pick up” just where the last person had left off, at any time. I thought it was a wonderful way for them to keep their minds sharp while trying to do the puzzle. It was also an entertainment for them. This facility was one of the most pleasant we had seen. It had lots of windows, was bright and airy, and smelled wonderfully clean and fresh. It was a delight to visit them, and they seemed to enjoy living there.

Karen and Brian gave us another puzzle this past Christmas. It has 21 pictures on it – all of Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. Norman Rockwell is one of my favorite artists, so this puzzle is a joy to work – and a bit of work with all that many pictures – some quite small. I’ve learned to use the magnifying glass a lot to help identify some of the pieces. No…that is NOT cheating!! Here’s a picture of the front of the box – the puzzle isn’t finished just yet.



So how ’bout you? Are you into jigsaw puzzles? They can be a great deal of fun – sharpens your attention span, and is just a great way to kill some time. Give it a try. You just might like it – we do!







One Response to “Puzzles”

  1. Onisha Ellis February 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    Puzzles are an often overlooked source of entertainment. When my mom was unwell, putting together puzzles filled her time and brought pleasure. Your Disney puzzle is beautiful.


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