Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The [mis]wiring mess will never go away. We're trying, though. Shares very much needed.

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More expenses, more workarounds, more dealing with the wiring mess.

Both bathrooms were miswired, as in the receptacles were put in the wrong damn place, and while one would merely have been blocked by the door, the other would have electrocuted us in the shower.

So.

The guys have changed the direction the downstairs bathroom door will open, and took time out from everything else today to pick up more 2X4s and frame out a short wall to backstop the door, since the shower will be right behind it. Upstairs will require a junction box and a striker plate and some new wiring to fix it. Meanwhile, I continue to lose hair apace, as I tear out new clumps every day with every new revelation of another wiring-related screw-up.

On the plus side, the hot water lines were installed today in both baths, the kitchen, and the laundry room. They have more work to do tomorrow on the plumbing front, and they won't be able to finish up until sometime next month, since we're awaiting fixture delivery (haven't even gotten to kitchen fixtures yet), and the guy who's going to build the shower bases can't do it until the first week of February. [Sigh] at least it's scheduled, finally. 

All of this, of course, is hella expensive. And there remain the aforementioned kitchen fixtures. Also the rest of the wiring, the rest of the sheetrock, the interior plasterwork (and, come spring, the exterior plasterwork), the flooring, the woodstove installation (thank all that's holy that was already ours and the finance company couldn't gank it), the tile work, the cabinetry, the decking . . . andandand it never ends. I have to push this now, because the miswiring was too damn big a financial setback for us. This is a cash operation; no loans for housing construction on rez land. So I can't emphasize enough the need for shares right now:

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. Also, I am given to understand, courtesy of a friend, that a particular GOS fundraiser has a $200 anonymous match on offer, and this person and her pups could use the boost right now. If I understand correctly, she needs to raise an additional $175 to meet the match.

Thanks, everyone.





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Red-Tailed Sky

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Now that the lands have been mostly taken, parceled out to those to whom it never was given and never belonged, it has many other names, and other rulers of them, too.

But there is no cross here.

Here, it is Hawkland, ruled by the raptors from a red-tailed sky



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A World Bright and Warm and Wise

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's one of my all-time favorites among Wings's work, a piece with deeply personal symbolism. It's a work that reminds us to look for and hold and share the light . . . for it is in sharing ours that we help to create a world bright and warm and wise.

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, given the pace of construction outlays), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lights on (sort of); plumbing rough-in almost done. Shares needed.

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They fixed the piping today. They also finished the rough-in, except for the valves for the showers and tub, which is what I specifically asked about more than two months ago, and the person who was supposed to be able to tell me what we needed told me the exact opposite of what was really the case. And so the one thing we could've taken care of on our last trip to Lowe's was not done, because of yet another . . . it's not a miscommunication. I have thoughts about why that might have been, and they're not good ones.

So. Tomorrow will be spent running around town trying to take care of what's needed here in town, if at all possible, because we cannot get away before Friday, and we won't be able to go then (or the ensuing week, in all likelihood) because the next storm system is due to arrive that morning. Goodbye to all the work I needed to get done tomorrow. Again. On a day when we just shelled out a smooth $6,750, a chunk of which was due to the other massive screw-up, this sort of continual fallout from continual single-source fuck-ups is not doing much to improve my mood. 

It's odd, tonight, to see lights in the house. They're not hooked up internally; they're just run to the outside box like the other equipment has been. But Marcos is here working on the wiring until 8, and he needs light to work by, and it gives me a little idea of what it'll look like when we can finally move in. It looks warm.

But there's a long, LONG way to go. And the big setback on the wiring has depleted our resources in a major way, given that the unwiring/rewiring cost was budgeted expressly for the plumbing top-out. So we need to ramp up the shares again, on a consistent, daily basis:
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.

Thanks, everyone.



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Fearless

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She is what I have always wanted to be.

Fearless.



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Red Willow Spirit: Illumination, Enlightenment, Indigenous Wisdom

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's an edition of Red Willow Spirit specifically for this very dark week when danger looms large. It's an exploration of illumination, enlightenment, and sources of thoroughly indigenous wisdom, particularly as found in Wings's own work.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. All photos are available for purchase in any of the usual three formats, while the other items are mix of sold and available works; simply inquire via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Hell Week Edition. Shares Needed.


It's Hell Week for everybody. Friday brings Dystopia, and there's nothing any of us can do about it.

Here, it's going to be a very, very expensive week. The wiring should be mostly complete by the end of tomorrow (they say complete; I say I'll believe it when I see it). The same holds for the plumbers, who are so to finish the rough-in, including correcting a major screw-up in pipe placement, and begin the top-out. That'll be $2,500 for the wiring; $3K for the plumbing rough-in; and half down on the top-out, to the tune of $2,500 (the other $2,500 on completion). 

In other words, everything that's going for the wiring (already paid, and about to pay) is what was supposed to pay for the whole top-out on the plumbing. I'm tearing my hair out.

This means that I have to go back to pushing the fundraising, and pushing sales, far sooner than I'd expected after the holidays. Tomorrow is going to be hellishly busy here, and I have to get a jump and some of the stuff tonight, so it's only cut-and-paste. But we really, REALLY need folks to start pushing shares again:
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.

Thanks, everyone.



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