When I was a child, my mom used to make crossstitch kits for us. They were ziplock baggies with a swatch of the fabric, several colors of thread, a needle and a tiny plastic frame. We would make them on trips or church retreats. I remember one with hearts and one big cross. I wonder what happened to all of my creations.

I've discussed my lack of hobbies and my funky disposition and have finally decided that I am going to take up needlepoint or embroidery. I'm actually pretty excited about it and already have several things in mind that I want to make.  I have to do some research on what to buy to get started.... I looked up classes but they are at least $40 an hour!  You can buy really cute kits on etsy too, but they are pretty over-priced in my opinion.  Hopefully it is like riding a bike and will all come back to me!



I'm pretty sure it is not a good thing that I require a specific list of topics in order to produce a blog post. What's up with that? I guess there seems to be a funk epidemic going on. Family, friends, coworkers, myself... Nobody is immune. Bad or unpleasant or frustrating or sad or difficult things are a part of life, we all know that. I know life is good and usually preach unicorns and sunshine, but sometimes being a grownup is hard.

(Imagine a picture here. I would insert one if the iPad didn't make it s dang difficult.)

It has been natural to cling to two powerful things I learned as a child....

1. The prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. Even if you aren't Catholic, I'm pretty sure this prayer will make you feel safer and more at ease in any situation when there are bad vibes running amuck. I like to picture all the evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls bouncing up against some invisible force field, all frustrated that they couldn't get to the person they wanted. Suckers.

2. PALE GAS. This is the acronym my dad used to use when he taught about the seven deadly sins. Pride, Anger, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Avarice, Sloth. They are not just a movie plot, they will wreck you and everyone you love.  To be honest, I can't remember the seven virtues as easily. I bet everyone going through a funk can't either ....Which actually explains why there is an epidemic.  Guess I'd better get on that.

Next up... Unicorns and sunshine.