Sunday, August 2, 2020

Coloring and Classics

One day I found an ad on my FB page, and it looked pretty interesting.  Since 'shelter in place' I only get out to my once a week Sunday afternoon by the water or to run necessary errands.  Even without the loss of my son, this self-imposed staying in has been hard on me.  I'm one who was out the door and on the bus heading some place every day, and now I haven't been on a bus since March 16th.  I'm fortunate that I'm fairly tech savvy so I have been able to see some of my peers from the center in the Zoom classes I take, but I still feel that loss of human companionship and comfort.  

Keeping myself busy has helped, but the problem is, I have been wanting to do the things that I used to enjoy--jewelry making, reading, painting.  So, when I found an ad for Coloring and Classics that day I decided why not try it.  It's only $19.99.  No great expense, and if I didn't like it I could always cancel, so I went ahead an ordered. 

Good move on my part. I cannot begin to tell you how much it has helped me. It's opened me up to adult coloring which I am thoroughly enjoying.  I even sent for a couple of books from Amazon, some colorful gel pens, and have been coloring pictures for my great grands which I plan to frame and wrap for Christmas.  Will show you sometime this week what I have done so far.  

But even better is what the puzzle books have been doing for my mind.  So far I have received crossword puzzles and  word search and am actually feeling a difference in my thought process.  I'm not forgetting words as much as I used to and my spelling is getting better.  It was worrying me that I was once the best speller at my job and now simple words were beyond my reach.  I wasn't exercising my mind when I was retired. 

This is the package I received yesterday.

Each month I receive a puzzle book, a coloring book, a novel, and a lollipop.  They have several different genre of novels you can chose, and my choice was fantasy. 

'Sisters of the Wood' looks like a great choice, and I may even get into reading again.  Actually read a couple of chapters yesterday.

Interesting choice of coloring book this month.  It actually opens up into a long fold out to color.  It was far to long to get the entire thing, but the photo below gives you an idea.

 

11 comments:

  1. So good to have you back, Mary!😊😊
    WOW, those colouring and puzzle books sound amazing...would be just the thing for me too, as I keep forgetting how to spell some words that I used to have no problem with!
    I do so hope you are coping ok. You are always in my thoughts. I really feel for you and the loss of your son. There is no pain to equal the loss of a child, I know, because I also lost a daughter.
    Sending you much love and hugs xxx

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  2. Now THAT colouring book is going to keep you BUSY!

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  3. I love that you are exercising your mind (something I need to do as well). I do hope you will show us some more of that expando colouring book as you work on it.

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    1. It really has been helping and I enjoy them.

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  4. My sister and my neighbor both enjoy adult coloring. I'm less artistic.

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    1. I wasn't into it before when I tried it, but this time I bought the gel pens and they made it so much better.

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  5. I should be doing more creative things and lease there a less of chance for me to get into trouble.

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    1. Awe, you don't get into trouble much....do you? I'm still in most of the time so this helps a lot.

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  6. So many seem to enjoy adult colouring.
    I enjoy doing word searches.

    All the best Jan

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