I started cross-stitching again today - the first stitches I've made in linen in over two years (if not longer)! I stopped for various reasons - and then just never picked it up again. It felt odd to not be stitching (after doing it for over 25 years or more)... But I just couldn't bring myself to start again. Not sure why! So now I feel almost on balance again. Not sure how much of it I'll do each day - because I knit like a mad woman. But just to have that other creative outlet again - is a joy to me! The sad part - the two cross-stitch shops I had that were 20 minutes from me - are now gone. Both women basically retired from it to pursue other things. The other place I go to is about 45 minutes to an hour away. Which is maybe a good thing - LOL! That way I can't go as much!