As I said in the morning readings, I have been in a "funk" for the last week. It isn't a full-blown depression or anything, just an indifference to everything.

Whenever I get into a "funk," I always try to search for things to try to distract myself or ease my mind. While my first reaction is to stare at mindless fodder on the teevee, what really eases my mind is cooking—endless, bountiful cooking. I have cooked so much food in the last five days you would think I was feeding a family of eight. It is not wasted though as either I eat it or food is packaged for what I affectionately call the "Take-Away Service" for friends or family.

Today was a slow day as my "funk" kinda departs. I cooked black beans and pintos. The black beans will be used for an avocado salad with a lime vinaigrette. I tossed some stew beef in the crock pot with tomatoes, garlic, onions, chilies, and cumin. I'll chop that up and use for soft tacos. I had a leftover roast chicken and I used the bones to make stock. Making stock of any sort, veggie, beef, or chicken, makes me so happy. I get such a thrill from using what would normally be discarded for something substantial. Not to mention, it makes the house smell delicious. I also made some carrot cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting.

What eases your mind when you're feeling the "funk"?

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