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.