It was strange coming home after such a long trip in Florida, the air here is so crisp, the colors muted. It was also so quiet, my two lovebirds that I'd had for years (Pika about 4, Kiwi 8 ) had died while I was away - the news left me sad and deflated. I'd grown so attached to them and their silly ways, Kiwi chirping in time with Tom Petty and Pika's beak blushing when Kiwi would kiss her. I miss them, they had kept me company for a long time. So I've been a little self indulgent these past several days, spoiling my remaining bird, a powder blue parrotlet that goes by Mochi, Mochika and Chica Baby and drawing pictures of Pika and Kiwi. Today I finally got down to business and started carving new pieces for the Big Show in Tucson. Its a couple weeks away and we are behind schedule, I'm past freaking out and have adopted a dazed shock to go with my sadness. Not good. I'm staying up all night to see how many of my designs I can carve till dawn. We shall see.