We did it! We made it to California, the baby and I, and all in one piece thankfully! The first flight was a real doozy with lots of crying, squirming, and screeching, but the second flight went very smoothly. It's our third day here and we're living amongst cardboard boxes and half-empty rooms, but it's really cozy nonetheless.
Our new place is a cottage. It's the first time we've lived in a house-type dwelling with a yard as a family. Before now, we've only ever lived in apartments. It's very nice having a back yard. And this yard has a beautiful towering avocado tree that's full of Hass avocados. There are also a few citrus trees alongside it - one's a blood orange, but I'm not sure of the others... must study them.
Today we received a lighter/smaller kitchen table and chairs than the ones that are coming from Germany and so we finally have a place to sit. We also had our gas turned on so we can bathe with hot water! Yay hot water! So, things are looking up.
So what's with the rose finch? I've been working really hard on getting my art collective Finch & Foxglove off the ground, and so far we're off to a good start. There are 8 of us from around the world and we've banded together in order to exhibit as a group at Surtex 2016. I'm so very excited. We are very supportive of one another's work, and we also give each other feedback and push our work so that we're showing our best. It's nice to feel like you're not "going it alone" in the world.
I've uploaded some new work to the Finch & Foxglove site and will be updating my site too! Here's a sample...