My beaded self portrait is slowly coming together. I still have a little more beading to do around the eyes, nose, and eyeglass lenses. At this point, it pretty much represents how I’ve been feeling lately. Blue. In addition to returning from Russia with some kind of respiratory ailment and serious case of the post-travel blues, I’ve also been feeling kind of lonely lately – missing close friends who have left and family who live far away… Most times, I feel all I can do is keep in touch via Facebook! I am also very sad that summer is slipping away… I guess if I just keep busy with beadwork and art, these feelings will pass eventually. What do you do to overcome these kinds of blues? Any suggestions are most appreciated!