Sunday, March 26, 2017

Too tired edition. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Yes, that's the same photo from the other day. I'm just posting it again because I like it. Also, I'm too beat to go hunting for anything else.

I am clearly not over this yes. My s-i-l brought over some traditional medicine for me a while ago, because I'm tapped out on pharmaceutical options and none of them was working, anyway. We're both going to use it.

At least there's no getting up at some ungodly hour and heading into the hospital sans coffee tomorrow, as there was last week.

Crew returns tomorrow. More lathing, and while I think they thought they would get to the actual plastering tomorrow, I doubt it'll be before Wednesday, at the earliest; my understanding is that they'll have to lath the drywall in the bath and utility room, too, so that will take some time. Thanks to amazing generosity and dedication from some of u'all, we'll be able to pay this week's labor and next, so that's two weeks' worth of that particular stress off my mind, at least. Which is goo, because there are more than enough other stresses, house-related and otherwise, to fill its place.

So, shares. We need 'em. Like I said last night, I'm too wiped out to do anything but copy and paste from last night's post (full-blown autoimmune flare "wiped out"), so here goes:
  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund (out of a current $30K goal, we've as of this moment raised $2,315 since Monday, leaving a balance of $27,685.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.
And as I've said the last couple of nights:
Many thanks to the folks who have donated, purchased art, bought wishlist items (Gorilla tape, already in service since Shade decided to charge through barbed wire a couple of days ago; aloe, which is keeping Ice healthy; and the Lowe's cards, which will be put to use on materials just as soon as we can schedule a supply run down to Santa Fe). And many, many thanks to everyone who has helped us so much, whether it's with donations, purchase, shares, diaries, moral support, or just lending an ear/hand/shoulder when recent weeks have threatened to steal my sanity along with our health. We love you all.

All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

The Veins of Mother Earth Carry Water to Her Heart

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work that, on this day, looks like our world here in miniature. It's one also one that reminds us of the truth that water is life, as the veins of Mother Earth carry water to her heart.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.
  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dogs and trees and storms edition. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Well, it appears we're back up to four dogs.

Not literally — they're still spending their nights wherever it is they've been living up until now — but Raccoon is over here bright and early every day now, and her brother (or boyfriend, whichever) has begun joining her. Meet Smoke. He looks so much like Lilith it's scary. Nah, I have no idea what their real names are, or whether they even have names, but we have to call them something other than "Dog," "Hey, You," or "Butthead." That last applies to ours as much as to them, so it gets confusing.

The snow is virtually all gone, fourteen inches of it. Oh, there's still a light layer out in the fields, but it's really just a few inches of white slush. Here, it's mostly mud now. And our piñon tree actually broke in SIX places, at least two of which are irreparable, so Wings pruned it a little and we tied up the biggest break that looked like it might be able to reattach itself over time. We're going to see whether the other three breaks are manageable. Even so, it's shot as a home for the magpies for now.

In the meantime, blue-black clouds are amassing in the west, and the storm that was supposed to hit tomorrow into Monday is now slated for tonight into tomorrow. Rain turning to snow again. And, yes, the high was 64 today.

I have also discovered that I am in no way back yet. My cough is now mostly gone, although it comes back every night and early in the morning for a while. My energy levels? Nonexistent. I know I can't expect to bounce back like I did was 20 (or 30, or even 40), but I was really not prepared for just how bad, and how long-term, this is apparently going to be. I can't think straight, can't carry on a conversation, mostly can't even construct a coherent sentence. I was supposed to paint today, and [insert cackling with an edge of hysteria here] there is just. no. way.

I'll try again tomorrow.

In the meantime, shares. We need 'em. I'm sorry; I'm just too wiped to do anything but copy and past from last night's post, so here goes:
  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund (out of a current $30K goal, we've as of this moment raised $2,300 since Monday, leaving a balance of $27,700.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.
And as I also said last night:
Many thanks to the folks who have donated, purchased art, bought wishlist items (Gorilla tape, already in service since Shade decided to charge through barbed wire a couple of days ago; aloe, which is keeping Ice healthy; and the Lowe's cards, which will be put to use on materials just as soon as we can schedule a supply run down to Santa Fe). And many, many thanks to everyone who has helped us so much, whether it's with donations, purchase, shares, diaries, moral support, or just lending an ear/hand/shoulder when recent weeks have threatened to steal my sanity along with our health. We love you all.


All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

The Flowing Waters of a Flowering Sky

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work with a distinctly feminine sensibility, but one that reminds us also that identity is grounded in more than external frameworks. It also reminds us that spring is a time to celebrate the flowing waters of a flowering sky.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. As always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring storms, power outages, delayed schedules, and shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

So, this is what the weather did to one of our piñons this morning. It's broken in four separate places (one was cracked already from last year's spring storms, hence the rubber-covered twine [no longer] holding that branch in place). It also sent the magpie nest sliding, which I suppose means that they'll be limited to the condo they built in the neighboring cedar tree unless they decide to rebuild elsewhere. This tree will now be too exposed for them to use.

That wasn't all the weather accomplished. Up-mountain from us, it supposedly downed a bunch of power lines (of course, Indian Killer Utility's definition of "a bunch" could just as easily be "one"). At any rate, the power went out at 6 AM (and thus the water, too, since the well pump is electric, never mind our Internet access, with a router that requires electricity), and we didn't get it back for eight and a half hours. We did, however, get bitter cold and a hard north wind this morning, leaving me bundled up in three layers of fleece, a hat, gloves, wool socks, a poncho, and two blankets, all with no heat and no coffee and this tin can rocking back and forth in the wind. And then this afternoon, the temp shot up to 50 degrees.

We really do need to get out of this place. This year.

Here are the links to share:

  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund (out of a current $30K goal, we've as of this moment raised $2,300 since Monday, leaving a balance of $27,700.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.

Many thanks to the folks who have donated, purchased art, bought wishlist items (Gorilla tape, already in service since Shade decided to charge through barbed wire a couple of days ago; aloe, which is keeping Ice healthy; and the Lowe's cards, which will be put to use on materials just as soon as we can schedule a supply run down to Santa Fe). And many, many thanks to everyone who has helped us so much, whether it's with donations, purchase, shares, diaries, moral support, or just lending an ear/hand/shoulder when recent weeks have threatened to steal my sanity along with our health. We love you all.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Friday Feature: Wishing for the Water

Photo copyright A ji, 2017;
all rights reserved.


It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work that wound up being more apt for this day than I had any way of anticipating. It's one that holds lessons from the weather, as well as gifts from a small but powerful spirit, at a time when we have found ourselves wishing for the water.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. As always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.

Just FTR, this would have posted far earlier, but we've had no power (or water; the well pump's electric) since 6 AM. Fourteen inches of wet snow overnight, a driving north wind this morning that shook this tin can like a pair of dice, and an electrical infrastructure in the county that's improperly maintained, and they apparently had lines down all over the place up-mountain from us. I had a full work day scheduled, and have gotten to exactly none of it, since power was a requirement. I could have gotten more done, though, were I not constrained by the limitations of the toxic tin can.



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

PayPal, Painting, and Puppies.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

So I guess it’s National Puppy Day. In lieu of new house pix, have a photo from a couple of weeks or so ago of one of the neighborhood strays. This is the puppy who sat a watch for Cree on her first night in her new resting place. It turns out that “he” is actually she, and she has grown a lot in the past month. She has also had her first heat, despite being probably no more than six months of age, and I rather suspect that her ravening hunger, coupled with an otherwise apparently healthy body weight, means that she is already pregnant. Not by Raven, who shoots blanks, but given her skittish but very real attachment to us and to all things here, if she is pregnant, I’ll be very interested to see what the puppies look like. Griffin’s one-year anniversary is three weeks away; if one of the puppies channels him . . . . (No, I don't mean that Grif would be the father; that's impossible on multiple grounds. I'm speculating about the presence of his spirit.) She's here every day now (her [non-blood] sibling, a little less frequently), and so given that we've had to call her something besides "PuppyGirl," for the moment, at least, it's Esiban, which in my language means "Raccoon." When she looks at you straight on, the black rings around her eyes are more pronounced, like a little raccoon mask. She seems to like the name; she answers to it, even if she won't come close enough for us to pet her yet. She's clearly been abused by humans, making her very afraid, but she also wants very badly to be part of a pack — specifically, our pack.

I may not get to post this tonight. We have a little snow, which means, natch, that Indian Killer Telecom is worse than useless. We have TV, but no Web browsing or e-mail at the moment; it's gone in and out, on and off, for the last hour or two, and for what they charge, that’s absolutely absurd. We also learned, a month or so ago, that they screwed up the install for the new house, and it will require a very makeshift and unreliable fix. It’s unacceptable, but there’s nothing we can do; they effed it up and we found out after the fact when the state inspector came out a few weeks ago. He and the IKT guy got an earful. I am so very, very tired of half-assery.

I'm also tired of dealing with complications on the house, including this week's development of downing our fundraising site, but I don't have any choice but to keep moving forward, no matter how difficult people try to make it for us to do so. PayPal is apparently our one solution now. Thanks to the latest donations, we were able to go into town to the hardware store to pick up some more supplies today, and we'll be able to cover the additional lath and Structolite and next week's labor costs, but we have a long way to go on this house. So here is the PayPal link. For sales, here's the link to Wings's site, which has some fabulous new works available on it. And for the Lowe's cards, for supplies and materials like flooring and cabinetry and appliances that are far more expensive to buy here than from a national chain, here's the Amazon wishlist. If all goes well this weekend, I'll have photos from painting what will be our bedroom to post by Sunday; if all goes well next week, I'll have photos of the guys doing the interior plasterwork to post then.

Many thanks to everyone for your ongoing support, especially in the face of recent complications and setbacks. We are going forward, no matter the odds and obstacles. Wings's health (and mine, too) require that I do nothing less.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.