Why are jigsaws good for us?

When my grandsons were primary school age the whole family would work on a jigsaw during the school holidays. Everyone would have a go, often in a group, or sometimes alone. Social interaction wa as much fun as actually completing the puzzle.

Recently I have had an urge to undertake a jigsaw puzzle. Questioning my idea, I wondered if I was just indulging a whim or were there benefits in doing jigsaw puzzles. Undertaking jigsaw puzzles is actually very good for our brains. They challenge our dexterity by exercising our hands, spatial reasoning and logic while also improving our concentration and patience. The process works both sides of our brain which enhances out memory and accelerates our ingenuity and creativity.

Good enough reason I thought, to invest in a puzzle. So I set up a little table and set to work. I have a system, trying to get the edges done first and any blocks I can see in the puzzle. But this is the first one I have done alone, not sure how I will go.

Jigsaw 1               Jigsaw 2

Making progress, slowly. I will keep you posted

Now we know ! True man

What is meant by the modern term referred to as “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”…The definition is found in 4 telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

 The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945.

 The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war – not a word has been added or deleted!

 (1) Tokyo, Japan   0800-September 1,1945

 To: President Harry S Truman 

From: General D A MacArthur

 Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?

 (2) Washington, D C   1300-September 1, 1945

 To: D A MacArthur

From: H S Truman Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct!

 (3) Tokyo, Japan  1630-September 1, 1945

 To: H S Truman

From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz 

Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?

 (4) Washington, D C  2120-September 1, 1945

 To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz

From: H S Truman

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!            

 Now, with special thanks to the Truman Museum and Harry himself, you and I finally have a full understanding of what ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ really means…..

How can we improve our memory?

Busy working mothers need to be organized, or so I found when I was a working wife and mother. Every facet of life required a lot of “remembering”. I think this was when I I became a list maker and I am still a “list” disciple. But there are many other options that help us remember.

  1. Focus on whatever is being said or happening to be sure you understand. Try not to be distracted.
  2. Visualize to create a mental picture of what is being said or done.
  3. Repeat things back to the speaker to ensure you have heard and understand – an excellent tactic with little children.
  4. When you meet someone for the first time be sure to repeat their name as many times as you can during the conversation.
  5. Stop “multi-tasking” but if you must be sure to use lists that ae detailed and comprehensive. Remember to cross things off your list. It feels good to know you are achieving.
  6. Use “memory prompts”. Changing the linen tomorrow? Put the clean linen out the night before. Need to take a parcel to the post tomorrow? Put it near the exit door the night before.
  7. Use a calendar, on the wall, on your smart phone or computer. Digital calendars allow you to set up prompts so today you can get a prompt about what appointments or tasks you need to do tomorrow.

Weekly Planner

I am sure there are many more ideas out there that work for you, so please share.

There are also activities and exercises for our brains that will keep them in good condition. Maybe we can check them out later.

Why do we forget things?

Our brains are crammed with information. Consider the amount of detail that we accurately remember every day. So why do we find ourselves forgetting things?

Sometimes we just don’t bother to store information because we become distracted by other things. Multitasking, switching from one thing to another and constant interruptions make it difficult to remember. Our focus may not be on what is happening now and the information is not stored.

Our memories are selective and we remember what we want to remember. Usually we focus on good memories and try to avoid the not so good.

Brains hold detailed representation of multitudes of things and we can’t always retrieve information when we want. Have you had moments when you couldn’t remember and suddenly when we are quieter, it pops up?

But the really good news is we can improve our memory. There are many simple strategies that we can employ to exercise and prompt our memory. Watch out for further posts. Please add the strategies you use to ensure you remember.