Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bargaining is useless; acceptance is a done deal. Forward slowly. Shares needed.

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Okay, so the setting sun doesn't show much beyond silhouette. Trust me, behind where I was standing, the upstairs was awash in light. And, yes, the power fist means he's happy.

So things are slow. But there's progress. The remainder of the drywall was delivered today. The glass, it now turns out, won't be delivered until the first week of January; such is the timeframe when windows and doors have to be special-ordered. ALL had to be special-ordered. It's that tempering thing.

Yes, my temper needs tempering about now, too. It's been a rough couple of weeks, and I'm not just referring to the obstacles to getting the house done. But I'm managing to keep it [mostly] in check. I tend not to unleash it on anyone but myself anyway. I had my moment this morning, and then my raptors came to visit me and I'm fine now.

Of course, we still need to raise the rest, because there's a lot ahead of us yet. Once the glass is done (or, as a matter of timing now, before), we're going to need to buy some of the bathroom fixtures and pay the plumbers the price of a small country to get the bathroom rough-ins completed so the guys can sheetrock them and get them prepped for the finish work. Knowing how far out we are just on closing in the windows and doors, I'm punting on the septic system for a while. We have not yet gone below zero here; starting tomorrow, we're supposed to get at least a temporary warm-up, with highs nearing 50 by Sunday or Monday. If the patterns hold, we won't get really cold weather until well into next year, and maybe not at all (where "really cold" is defined as highs somewhere around zero). But either way, there's not Thing One I can do about it, so I've had to force myself not to sweat the exterior plaster; the same applies to the septic system, if necessary.

Still, as I said, there's that whole "raise the rest" thing. And since I still am not over this bug, and therefore am absolutely beat by this time of the evening, it's cut-and-paste time again. Herewith, what we need:


  • Shares of Wings's site; sales are way, way down this holiday season, and this is the time of year that usually gets us (mostly) through the long harsh winters. This year, it's also funding construction. Testimonials help.
  • If you're considering commissioning holiday gifts by Wings, now's the time to contact me so I can get your order into his workbench queue.
  • One last thing: I mentioned above that the plumbers are coming, and bathroom-fixture purchases are in the offing. To that end, I've added Lowes gift cards to our Amazon wishlist. No, there's no Lowes here in Taos, but there's one an hour-plus away in Española. Less obnoxious than Home Depot, and an actual selection and discount pricing that are not available here in town. It's by far the most cost-efficient way for us to buy the fixtures and appliances and sundry other items needed to make a house habitable.
Thanks to everyone for your help thus far. We are going to need to push through this, hard, fast, and and consistently. Winter is here: Snow, ice, bitter cold, and a septic system that freezes nightly because it was misinstalled all those years ago. No snow until Sunday, allegedly, although a 45-degree high might turn that to rain. And then ice, natch. Please give us a hand with consistent daily shares to a wide audience.

Also, for the record, I'm supporting exactly three efforts right now: Oursmy s-i-l'sLin's. Dassit. Not endorsing anything else, even if I have in the past.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Grace

Photo copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved.
Wings outstretched in arabesque, feathers curling and falling like silken drops, she is all speed and silence and subtle symmetry, this spirit of the little winter.

On a cold dark day when the sun shines too bright, she is the grace of a gift and the gift of grace.




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#TBT: Courage Within

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It's #ThrowbackThursday at The NDN Silver Blog, with a look back a work from 2011 or so. It's one that is not identical to the works by Wings that we've been featuring this week, but its consonant with the themes we're exploring, including a reminder that for our peoples, we can always find the courage we need by looking within.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Today's featured work sold long ago, of course, but if it speaks to your spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. As always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Slow, but not stopped. We go forward. Shares needed.

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We keep going forward.

There will come a time, and soon, when there's not much that can be done. Buffy will be gone for the three weeks or so right around the holidays; he has an annual gig at the Ski Valley over that period. Toney and José can work as they choose, or not, over the larger holiday period on the smaller things. 

But for tomorrow and for next week, we go forward.

We'll do what we can as the funds permit. If we can get the glass in within the next two weeks, there will be a great deal for them to do very soon. Then I have to turn my attention to raising enough for the rest of the plumbing, which will be high also. And then, more interior work, including plastering, and fixtures and appliances, and a septic system.

It's endless.

Yes, we'll be spending the holidays — the whole winter, actually, in all likelihood — in this tin can. I thought we had finally escaped it, but I guess seven really is the magic number, and we are going to have to endure our seventh winter in this thing. Thank all that's holy that it's been relatively light so far.

Cut-and-paste time, because I am still coughing and unable to breathe properly and just plain beat:



  • Shares of Wings's site; sales are way, way down this holiday season, and this is the time of year that usually gets us (mostly) through the long harsh winters. This year, it's also funding construction. Testimonials help.
  • If you're considering commissioning holiday gifts by Wings, now's the time to contact me so I can get your order into his workbench queue.
  • One last thing: I mentioned above that the plumbers are coming, and bathroom-fixture purchases are in the offing. To that end, I've added Lowes gift cards to our Amazon wishlist. No, there's no Lowes here in Taos, but there's one an hour-plus away in Española. Less obnoxious than Home Depot, and an actual selection and discount pricing that are not available here in town. It's by far the most cost-efficient way for us to buy the fixtures and appliances and sundry other items needed to make a house habitable.
Thanks to everyone for your help thus far. We are going to need to push through this, hard, fast, and and consistently. Winter is here: Snow, ice, bitter cold, and a septic system that freezes nightly because it was misinstalled all those years ago. More snow on the way tonight and tomorrow, and single-digit nights in between. Please give us a hand with consistent daily shares to a wide audience.

Also, for the record, I'm supporting exactly three efforts right now: Oursmy s-i-l'sLin's. Dassit. Not endorsing anything else, even if I have in the past.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Little Winter Bird

Photo copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved.

I think she is not really the Windigo Bird. I think she is the Little Winter Bird.



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The Hallmarks of Courage, a Constant Bravery of the Spirit

Photo copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the first in Wings's newest signature series-within-a-series, with a deeper exploration of its aspects and meaning. It's a look at the symbolism of courage, and at the reality of it in indigenous cultures such as our own.

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



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Slowdown here; shutdown looming. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved.

More drywall. The upstairs is beginning to look like actual rooms now.

The plumbing is a mess. Then again, so is everything else. We're headed for a hiatus: Time, weather, [holiday] season, money. That last most of all.

Everything from here on in is hellishly expensive. Oh, when we get to the point of fixtures, they won't be so bad individually, but taken together? Never mind. There's glass first, then more plumbing, then septic system, with drywall and interior plaster work fed in and around all of those things. But those three are each enormities on their own; the three combined? Impossible.

So, we'll be halting work sooner rather than later. Yes, it's been a terrible day. No, there's nothing to be done.

But. We still need to complete it at some point, even if we don't get into it until spring, or, Spirit forbid, summer. We'll be spending another winter in this tin can, but we have to keep pushing so to ensure that this is absolutely the last one in it. So, here we go again (yes, it's cut and past; why do you ask?):



  • Shares of Wings's site; sales are way, way down this holiday season, and this is the time of year that usually gets us (mostly) through the long harsh winters. This year, it's also funding construction. Testimonials help.
  • If you're considering commissioning holiday gifts by Wings, now's the time to contact me so I can get your order into his workbench queue.
  • One last thing: I mentioned above that the plumbers are coming, and bathroom-fixture purchases are in the offing. To that end, I've added Lowes gift cards to our Amazon wishlist. No, there's no Lowes here in Taos, but there's one an hour-plus away in Española. Less obnoxious than Home Depot, and an actual selection and discount pricing that are not available here in town. It's by far the most cost-efficient way for us to buy the fixtures and appliances and sundry other items needed to make a house habitable.
Thanks to everyone for your help thus far. We are going to need to push through this, hard, fast, and and consistently. Winter is here: Snow, ice, bitter cold, and a septic system that freezes nightly because it was misinstalled all those years ago. More snow on the way tonight and tomorrow, and single-digit nights in between. Please give us a hand with consistent daily shares to a wide audience.

Also, for the record, I'm supporting exactly three efforts right now: Oursmy s-i-l'sLin's. Dassit. Not endorsing anything else, even if I have in the past.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.