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We are in the new house. Ahhhh. It’s so comfortable.
Roach-land is my apartment. I have to keep everything spotlessly clean and dry just to keep them to a minimum here (that’s not easy with 3 boys and 2 eternally-dripping faucets). When we moved in I noticed a dark corner under a cabinet that had rat droppings. It turned out to be roach droppings from roaches the size of very large mice. (I have thought about getting a photo for the blog, but I have always been scared to lose readers. These roaches are monsters.) When we moved here, we were in a hurry to get out of the previous apartment because the lower-level neighbor’s second-hand smoke was making me ill during my second pregnancy. This apartment is great for location, but that is the only good thing about it.
So, this is our last night here. We are moving to a cute little house with no roach problem. I am pretty confident about this. One reason folks have bad roach problems is the trees surrounding their houses, and some say specifically oak trees are the culprit. Interestingly, here in roach-land, we only have a problem with roaches when the leaves are falling, and in Pensacola, the leaves fall from January to April or May. The house we are going to tomorrow has no trees around it. In the past, I would have morned this, but not while we are in Florida.
It will be a busy weekend moving. Give us a call if you can help move anytime on Saturday.
Today is Friday, trash-pickup day. Miles loves to watch the garbage truck pick up the green containers. Today he lifted up his Hot Wheels version of a Hummer and told me it was a garbage truck. I see the visual connection, and both are associated with waste. Nice, Miles.
This is an official announcement of the expectancy of a third Pope baby. Hopefully, we will call the baby Jane, and make dresses and skirts for her.
Jonathan asked Miles if he wanted a baby boy or a baby girl. Miles said, ” baby girl.”
A girl would justify my desire for one of Fiona’s dolls:
I started painting in my sketchbooks a few years ago. This is acrylic. It looks like she is on a citrus fruit. PS Check out my etsy shop for a sale today.
This is a similar post about illustration.
All my formal art training came from Pensacola Christian College, and now I have a PCC style of illustrating. Now, I want something I can call my own. This will happen naturally as my art influences change from Abeka book artists to the artists on designsponge, tiny showcase, etsy, illustration friday, drawn… I am learning once again that if an artist loves what he is doing, other people will love it also. All you need is love and lots of hard work.
Last night Jonathan was inventing ways of helping me develop a new style. He pulled out some photos of famous authors for me to sketch. This was a lot of fun. Here is what happened:
Now he wants me to paint them. Alright, I have a babysitter coming tomorrow to watch the kids while I paint.