The latest craze for adult stress relief is colouring-in. It seems like every woman and her dog has jumped onto the colouring bandwagon. The young guy at the supermarket checkout even told me he'd just bought an adult colouring-in book from his local bookstore while he was away on holidays. Then he started waxing lyrical about the specific brand of colouring pens he needed to buy to be able to do the tricky bits with!
My husband has no understanding of why jigsaws appeal to me. He sees me spend days putting one together and then I cheerfully pack it up and put it back in the box. What he fails to understand is that it has two sides to it - one: I get to use my slightly OCD talents to piece together the puzzle and, two: I get to keep my clutter free self happy by not having to find somewhere to put it when it's finished. So for me it's a win/win situation!
The other thing I love about jigsaw puzzles is their ability to allow me to step out of time - I can become so focused on finishing a section that an hour or two can slip by without me noticing. If I'm bothered by something, zoning out over a 1000 piece puzzle can distract my thoughts and stop them rabbiting around inside my head for a while. I've probably done hundreds of jigsaws over the years - from 500 to 2,000 piece ones but my preference is always for the 1,000 piece because it fits my table and it's do-able without becoming too time consuming.
A puzzle can lie around for weeks gradually having pieces added to it, it can fascinate some visitors - who have to put a few pieces in because they can't resist. It bemuses others because they just don't "get it" and see it as a pointless exercise. Our kids have done bits over the years but neither has the interest or patience to invest in them for very long. Our son is a lifelong Lego fan and I thought jigsaws would appeal to the engineer in him - but they can't compete with 3D construction.
Here is the puzzle I've just finished:
I borrow them from our local library and give them back when I'm finished (I don't even have to store the boxes that way!) Sometimes there's a piece or two missing, but kind people often note that on the box and where it's missing from so you can decide beforehand if you want to go ahead or do a different one.
So, I'm putting some love out there for jigsaws - colouring has been having its moment of glory lately and maybe jigsaws will have their turn. In the meantime, I will keep myself gainfully (?) occupied by doing a little of each in my spare time - it makes a nice change to blogging now and then!