In early October, in the seventh official month of the pandemic, I broke down and ordered a 500-piece puzzle from a teaser ad on Facebook. I had exhausted all the things in isolation that were keeping me somewhat sane, like cooking yummy soups and baking cookies filled with pecans or almonds, or painting cute watercolor greeting cards or even writing clever COVID-related essays for this newspaper.

Facebook knows, I’m sure, that I favor the Impressionists. Lovely photos of our trips to Giverny, Arles and Amsterdam keep popping up in my memories. I’ve shared my acrylic fake Van Goghs from my art class (which I am sorely missing) and I follow a couple Monet art pages that soothe me. So when an ad for a puzzle of a montage of 11 Van Gogh’s, I couldn’t resist all that beauty in a 20-by-30-inch space.

Yvonne Ransel lives in Bristol and occasionally writes essays for The Elkhart Truth.

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