Saturday, February 25, 2017

Day of [relative] rest, otherwise known as a sick day. Shares badly needed.


Still no e-mail. This bug is still with us, too — both of us. Bad enough, in fact, that we decided against painting today. It's bitterly cold, the wind has blown at gale force nonstop for three days straight, and our resistance is at a low ebb physically, so better to make today a rare day of [relative] rest. Regular chores, yes; work on the house, no. We have a hugely busy week coming up, and we have to be able to deal with it.

We also have huge expenses coming up. I don't know how we're going to do this, absent drastic change. I am bullheaded, and I will keep plodding forward, but there are such things as immovable objects, and lack of funds is a one hell of a big and immovable one. We need shares, and badly:

  • Shares of our YouCaring page via the widgets provided, especially the widget code, which has once again been moved back to the purple box at the lower right-hand side of the page, that produces the image shown just above.
  • Shares of Wings's site; sales also fund the construction (indeed, they are the baseline for it). Testimonials help.
  • I've added Lowe's gift cards to our Amazon wishlist. We're having to spring for lumber, lath, and plaster material locally. The rest of what makes it habitable — flooring, paint, appliances, etc. — are coming from Lowe's, which is giving us the best selection and price, and therefore best bang for our buck, but it's still a lot. A LOT. And so one of the best, most immediate ways to help at this point is with Lowe's gift cards. I have three separate denominations posted on the wishlist, but cards in any amount whatsoever are useful; they all go into the same pool. We're going to have to take care of the flooring very, very soon.
Still, before you share our links, please go share Laura's. Lin's spirit is where the water meets the light, but Laura will still need our help for a while. Please T/R/share/donate to her fund if you can. Especially that last. It's needed.

In the meantime, please also take a moment to share the links above.

Thanks, everyone.



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Promise

[Photo later. My laptop refuses to download it.]


The bluebird is here, and his indigo feathers hold the promise of spring.



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Love In the Vortex

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's another complementary pair of works, this time a necklace and earrings designed not to match precisely, but to work in unison nonetheless. Together, they serve as a reminder of how to withstand the force of the storm, by seeking love in the vortex to help us stand strong, to resist, to build a better world for our children.

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.



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Friday, February 24, 2017

Priming almost done; return to color coats. Crew off until 6th, but shares desperately needed.


Welp, my e-mail is still hosed. I'm no longer sure how long this has been building, nor how much I've missed in the way of messages. I also have no idea how to fix it.

No time, either. The weather has been horrendous the last two days, 40-mph Arctic winds with plummeting temps that will hit single digits again tonight, with wind chills well below zero. This bug I've had since October is trying to get a foothold in my chest again, and I'm past tired of it. But there's never an end to the task list, and today was no exception.

The priming is mostly done, save for a few spots of edging on the west side, which Wings is planning on finishing tomorrow. Thank heaven for him, because he can handle the roller so much faster than I can, especially with the high ceilings. Today I began the second coat of color in the bathroom — sponged copper over a velvety charcoal gray. [Opalescent white will be the third coat.] Yes, I have photos. No, I can't show them to you right now. The insoluble e-mail mess is taking up all the space on my laptop, and I can't download anything at all. 

I don't know how we're going to finish, though. Had we had any kind of reasonable, believable, decent result on November 8th, both sales and donations would likely be on a relatively even keel, but given the reality of what we're facing . . . . I no longer have any confidence in it. We will keep plugging ahead as best we can, but without something changing drastically, we'll have to call a halt not all that long after the crew comes back to work the week of the 6th. We desperately need to make sales, and we need shares:
  • Shares of our YouCaring page via the widgets provided, especially the widget code, which has once again been moved back to the purple box at the lower right-hand side of the page, that produces the image shown just above.
  • Shares of Wings's site; sales also fund the construction (indeed, they are the baseline for it). Testimonials help.
  • I've added Lowe's gift cards to our Amazon wishlist. We're having to spring for lumber, lath, and plaster material locally. The rest of what makes it habitable — flooring, paint, appliances, etc. — are coming from Lowe's, which is giving us the best selection and price, and therefore best bang for our buck, but it's still a lot. A LOT. And so one of the best, most immediate ways to help at this point is with Lowe's gift cards. I have three separate denominations posted on the wishlist, but cards in any amount whatsoever are useful; they all go into the same pool. We're going to have to take care of the flooring very, very soon.
Still, before you share our links, please go share Laura's. Lin's spirit is where the water meets the light, but Laura will still need our help for a while. Please T/R/share/donate to her fund if you can. Especially that last. It's needed.

In the meantime, please also take a moment to share the links above.

Thanks, everyone.





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Assurance

[Photo later. My laptop refuses to download it.]


Their love medicine is confidence, assurance, the knowledge that we will survive, and thrive, and live to fly on warmer winds.




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Friday Feature: Love Is Honor and Respect

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a look at the fourth and final of the series of small paintings that we've highlighted this month. This week's feature is combines several spirits into a beautiful wintry expression of their love for us, one we are bound to return with honor and respect.

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.



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Priming almost done; color next. Huge costs upcoming. Shares badly needed.


The priming is never going to end.

I exaggerate; we should be done with it tomorrow. Wings took care of the scary stairwell bits that my balance isn't sure enough to handle today; he's got roughly one wall in the spare bedroom to finish, and I've got edging to do in the stairwell, open area, and spare room. Then I can get to the second color coat in the bathroom while the primer dries.

I'm beat. It's been a horrible day, for too many reasons to recount, although I will just note the unpleasantness that accompanies a 20-degree drop in temperature AND 40-mph sustained winds. We had to set up a space heater halfway through, and I'm still chilled.

I'm also getting worried about our ability to finish the job. There's too much left to be done, starting with the downstairs lath work and plaster. The labor costs aren't going anywhere; there's no way around that. But the materials costs are skyrocketing now, because the flooring and other fixtures and cabinetry and so forth are each their own small fortune, plus there's that damned septic system that got pre-empted by the need to rip out the wiring and redo it. It's still not topped out, either.

We desperately need to make sales, and we need shares:
  • Shares of our YouCaring page via the widgets provided, especially the widget code, which has once again been moved back to the purple box at the lower right-hand side of the page, that produces the image shown just above.
  • Shares of Wings's site; sales also fund the construction (indeed, they are the baseline for it). Testimonials help.
  • I've added Lowe's gift cards to our Amazon wishlist. We're having to spring for lumber, lath, and plaster material locally. The rest of what makes it habitable — flooring, paint, appliances, etc. — are coming from Lowe's, which is giving us the best selection and price, and therefore best bang for our buck, but it's still a lot. A LOT. And so one of the best, most immediate ways to help at this point is with Lowe's gift cards. I have three separate denominations posted on the wishlist, but cards in any amount whatsoever are useful; they all go into the same pool. We're going to have to take care of the flooring very, very soon.
Still, before you share our links, please go share Laura's. Lin's spirit is where the water meets the light, but Laura will still need our help for a while. Please T/R/share/donate to her fund if you can. Especially that last. It's needed.

In the meantime, please also take a moment to share the links above.

Thanks, everyone.





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.