Fat Girl Wearing Thin

Life beyond the loss.

   Sep 07

Before I forget…

Oh my gosh, where has the summer gone?  It’s early September and already the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing, and pumpkins are gracing the shelves in my local supermarkets.  Even though I’m not ready to perch a pumpkin on my porch, I did snap up this beast of a mango:

I love mangoes but the ones that I see year round cost so much yet offer so little they’re barely worth the price, so I haven’t been buying them.  But these babies are full of juicy, sweet goodness.  Look at all of the flesh I was able to cut off of one mango:

Craig and I were fighting over the last few bites.  I’m going to have to grab a few more from the store before they make another disappearance!


Not much has been happening this week.  Or, maybe something did and I just can’t remember.  As my doctor and I work on leveling out my hormones, I have been experiencing some strange occurrences – my memory has been terrible, and I’m definitely not as sharp as I was before surgery.  A fellow blogger called it Brain Fog and knew exactly what I was referring to.  She made me feel better by stating that it is a common symptom for peri-menopausal/menopausal women.  My husband was more than relieved to hear this and has since been spending time researching; yes, that’s how bad it’s been.  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks certain that we have kleptomaniac night-gnomes living in our house.  Things that I use on a regular basis have come up missing, only to eventually find them resurfacing in closets, drawers that I rarely use and yes, even the freezer (*ahem* that’s where I found my spatula).  I long for the day when I no longer have to yell out, ‘Where on earth are my SHOES?!’

All I can say is thank goodness I don’t have to concentrate while I paint.  My mind goes on autopilot when I pull out the paintbrushes and I go by instinct which is great for my creative side; my business side however – oh, boy.  This is one of those times when I wish I had someone to do all of my marketing, networking and paperwork and leave me to just paint.  I think most creative types are that way, though. 

Anyway, here is this week’s Etsy painting:

The photo that inspired this painting was taken while visiting the Center for Birds of Prey outside of Charleston, South Carolina earlier this year where this Great Horned Owl was rehabilitating from an injury. To see such a magnificent bird that close and personal was a rare and amazing experience.  I simply had to get a close-up of the talons on this guy.  Check them out:



I am planning on taking a break from blogging and from my Etsy shop for most of next week.  My husband is on vacation and it feels like ages since we’ve spent any quality time together.  I will however, be working on a post that I’m beyond excited to share with you.  I was able to snag an interview with an exceptionally interesting and very kind woman that I met while on vacation in May of this year.  Her name is Laurie and she’s the kind of person who radiates when talking about something she’s passionate about.  One of Laurie’s passions is running.  So much so, that she coaches a Couch to 5K program (as in, if you’ve never ran in your life, you can become a runner) as well as a 10K training program.  Now as you all know, I am not a runner; but hearing Laurie talk about the program she’s involved in really ignited a spark within me.  She made me re-think the possibility of running again – maybe even signing up for one of these training programs to help get me back into the shape I was in before surgery!  I’m very excited to have this opportunity to share Laurie’s story and information about this program that might just be waiting for you in your town!  Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend, everyone. 




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  1. debbyr says:

    Mmm. I’ll have to check out the mangos!

    I love that owl painting.

    • Ellen says:

      Thank you, Debby – I am in love with those background colors. I’ve been using them a lot lately. They are just very soothing to me.
      I don’t know if these mangoes are available everywhere or not. I couldn’t even get them here for a while. Until I’d seen them I never knew giant ones like those existed. You’ll have to let me know if you ever find them. Have a great weekend!

  2. Krissy says:

    Yummy! I just love mangoes.

  3. Hanlie says:

    I love mangoes too! They are awesome in salads, in smoothies, in home-made ice-cream and just to eat.

    I was watching the people running on the Promenade this afternoon and felt such a yearning… Who knows, maybe I will take up running some day.

    • Ellen says:

      Oh my, homemade ice cream?? (drooling)
      Running is something that I go back and forth with in my head. Some days I want to; others, I’m perfectly happy with walking. But it gets me to really thinking about the possibilities when talking with someone who’s totally into it.

  4. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    My daughter and I demolished 2 mangos of that size in 2 days! We’re already planning go pick up some more today! Oh, and if your store has them, keep your eye our for Sweet Dream Peaches. They are the juiciest, sweetest, and largest peaches I’ve ever had. We bought a case!

    Enjoy your time with Craig!!!

    • Ellen says:

      Oh, yeah. They really ARE that good, aren’t they? I’ve never heard of sweet dream peaches. I’m going to be looking for those, Jenn. You always have great foodie tips :)

  5. Oh, I love your owl painting! And the talons on the real one are amazing. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one up close and personal.

    I hear you on the memory “issues”. I’m currently looking for 1 pair of sunglasses, my black jacket with the zebra print lining, my Oiselle sports bra, the Jockey underwear I purchased on one of my trips…and something else I’ve forgotten. :)

  6. Joan says:

    Ditto on how yummy mangoes are… I hope you and Craig have a lovely week together. See you next week!

  7. Norma says:

    LOVE the painting!
    And I’m also a victim of PeriMenopausal Brain Fog, damnit…

  8. Holy crow (or owl) that is one big mango!! YUM! I love to put mango in my smoothies…

    And speaking of talons, I learned something this past weekend (we were away for our anniversary at Mohonk Mountain House and there’s a naturalist on staff who does guided hikes). Anyway, he said that birds’ talons are naturally in the clenched position and they have to flex their muscles in order to unclench. This is what allows them to relax and sleep while perching.

    • Ellen says:

      I never knew that about birds. Sounds about right, though – I’ve never seen one drop from a wire, yet! Happy belated Anniversary to you and your husband, Karen. I hope your getaway was fantastic!

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