Above is a one-thousand-piece puzzle that my husband bought years ago and which I ignored until I cleaned out a closet and found it. I bought myself a puzzle table for a Christmas gift from me (hubby is not into buying gifts over the holidays) and I set it up in my bedroom where there is good light. It is mostly in soothing shades of blue, as you can see, and I am working on it daily. Usually an hour or so in the morning.
Above you can see that a few days later and I have really been 'ripping' along. It took me most of one morning just to sort out the straight edges and sort certain colors/patterns into plastic bags! The perfect activity for the anal-retentive.
Perhaps my readers have watched the British mystery series called Wallendar, which was adapted from books written by Sweden's Henning Mankell. Oddly this activity reminds me of Detective Wallender's father who in great senility ended up painting almost identical tree scenes again and again. We self-soothe in many ways. Accomplishment is very important in old age.
I also just finished reading the first in a series of spy books written by Dorothy Gilman about a 50 something woman with no spy skills called Mrs. Pollifax. I will probably not read more after this first book because, while a fun read, it just did not flow for me and was a bit old-fashioned. Anyway, our middle-aged spy spends parts of her capture playing game after game of solitaire which helps soothe her.
What do you do regularly to pass the time? Do you ever do anything that others would consider a waste of time but which you find helpful getting you through your week, your day?