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    Back home

    Over a year ago we moved back home. Back to the United States, but also back to my hometown of Fairhope, Alabama. It's so pleasent to be back. Fairhope is small, although it has grown in my lifetime quite a bit (I love hearing the old timers talk about traffic, as it is in a small town, it's probably one of the biggest complaints, and when you look at it from a different perspective, it's not a problem at all). We ended up buying the house next door to the house I grew up in, and so I'm really back home, like as close as you could get without kicking the folks out of my old house. Our home is great, it's a funky old 70's split level ranch (if you watch me on pinterest that might explain my board full of goofy split level ideas) with styrofoam "wood" beams in the living room, black grouted brick (black?!?!), different flooring in every room, and popcorn ceilings. It's got character! And we love it. We have a huge (or at least it seems huge to maintain) garden in the front yard, and chickens in the back. The neighborhood ranges from newly weds to 90 year olds, and we know them all. Improvements are being made little by little to our house, new trees get planted every time I have a little extra spending money (or Arbor Day, when you manage to get trees for free!). I'm walking everywhere I can, because we're lucky to have a large system of sidewalks. The photo is from a walk in scenic Point Clear, we looked out onto Mobile Bay as we walked. It's definitely a change in perspective from Brazil. I can talk to everyone I meet without having to think through my thoughts first, I know the seasons and the customs (mostly, the South still holds out secrets on me), and the inspiration for my work has changed a ton. It's warm and humid down here, with a few frosts during the winter, but not much more than that. The flora and fauna is very different and it's nice to see that change, as it's striking all sorts of new ideas with me. Maybe I'll share more about it, but I wouldn't count on me, I sure do like using the internet as little as possible. Hope all is well, if you're nearby drop me a line!