By the Lord Harry, I made it! My thanks to all who wished me good luck; your kind words did the trick. The transatlantic flight was trouble-free, although we flew around the edge of a storm halfway between Detroit and St. Louis, which made things a tad bumpy for a while. My beloved was waiting at the gate with an ecstatic welcome, and now, this following day, I'm not even jet lagged worth noticing. All in all, a good result. =)
My paints and brushes made it through without harm and I was reunited with my Hetzenberg army. At the moment their deadly rivals of Dunkeldorf-Pfuhl are still the other side of the Pond, but they'll be heading this way too before long. Some time in the next year I hope to complete the two armies with some strategic purchases from Dayton Painting Consortium. For the moment, I have a couple of late World War One British and German 15mm figure packs to paint up. These nice little castings were bought from Peter Pig at the Newark show last Sunday by way of dipping my toe into gaming the era.
And for those who follow the story, once I've rested up and settled in I'll resume the adventures of Mary Amadeus and Ursula, et al. And here's hoping I get to meet my fellow Imagineers in person some day!