The Winter Blues
Written by
Vicki Batman
January 2012
Written by
Vicki Batman
January 2012

The Winter Blues

Winter is not my favorite time of the year. I like cold weather for the holidays, and then, pack it up and head on out. Bring on the glories of spring! Warm weather, shorts, flip flops, t-shirt.

But that ain't happenin' for a while.

So what to do, what to do? I go to yoga and jazzercise. Those endorphins sure do feel good, and I sleep great! I hit the remote and watch a lot of old movies, Survivor (when it's on), American Pickers (lol).  

However, plopping my behinny in front of the TV is just...boring. I gotta be doin' something else while watching. My confession: I'm a crafty gal, specifically, some kind of handwork.

I adore needlepoint, embroidery, crewel. I like using the colorful threads and beads and creating something with my own two hands. I know I'm neither fancy nor perfect, but I have a good time. I prefer to make something I can use; thus, the pillows and handbags.

This year, I finished two canvases and hand them sewn into pillows. See HERE. Aren't they gorgeous?

And you know what? That kind of down time helps with my creativity in other areas, like my writing.

 Here's an excerpt from my upcoming short story collection, Man Theory and Other Stories:


     "I have a theory about love.”

     Ethan's statement knocked me from the proverbial mountain top. Eyeing him, I clapped my hand across my mouth to stifle a giggle.

     From Day One at our new jobs at Prime Designs, Ethan and I had forged a friendship. I was the artsy-heartsy, emotional gal. Him--the technical, by-the-book pal. We ate an occasional dinner, watched a movie, whatever. Traded small gifts like coffee, a magazine, music. However, Ethan had never made an overture toward me.

     Translated: Nothing intimate.

     I'd said to myself, "Rats."

     For work, we'd traveled to Colorado Springs to attend a workshop on web design innovations. After check-in, I'd joined him at the bridge crossing the lake to decide about lunch before the meetings commenced.

     My six-one geek wearing rimless glasses, leaned against the railing, and stared into the sparkling blue waters of the high mountain lake, and the feathered fowl paddling by.

     Have his feelings changed? I asked in disbelief, "R-really? A theory...about love?"


So do you do something crafty? Share with me!



When not involved in a project, Vicki Batman can be found playing bwahaha with her writing. Find her at: OR at:


Man Theory and Other Stories will be available February 1 thru Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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