Sunday, July 22, 2018

Clouds, but no rain. One girl doing well; another trying to survive. Sales and subscribers and shares all very much needed now.

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Yesterday's sun and shadow; clouds, but no rain. It's in the 90s every day; the heat is all June, but the drought is so terrible that the trees are already turning. It started a week or two ago across the highway (they always change first even in actual fall), but by yesterday, our big north willow had started to turn, too. We get all of summer's heat with none of the rest of it now, and at this rate, I'm not sure we'll have a winter, either.

We're both profoundly grateful that we have an adobe house to live in now instead of a 35-year-old ramshackle uninsulated metal RV. I'm not sure we'd still be alive if we'd had to live these last months, medical issues and all, in that mold trap.

The new girl is settling in; she has discovered that she likes grain, and carrots, and she no longer needs to be reminded that there's free access to water. She still doesn't much like Miskwaki being out of her sight. We'll be working on integrating them this week. Now that she's in her fifth day of decent food and water, I would swear that she's lost a little weight. She's certainly looking healthier all around. [The way a horse's digestive system is set up, malnutrition can lead to the kind of bloating that looks like pregnancy; it can also, of course, lead to impaction, displacement, and torsion, so the bloating is the least of it.] Still head-shy, but also letting me pet the front of her face without flinching. Miskwaki is back mostly to his old mellow self, too.

Less mellow for our injured raven (raven, as in bird, not Raven, as in dog). It appears that her left foot is completely broken. She can still fly, but she's much more vulnerable. She knows now to come around for food and water, and her mate is more willing to leave her as long as she's here, so hopefully this will keep her safe. We have no idea how it happened, and there's not going to be anything we can do for the foot (it would probably kill her to leave her mate for the wildlife rehabilitators down south of here, even if she were willing to trust us to catch her), but we're trying to make sure that she survives while it heals as best it can on its own.

Speaking of pain, like I've said, I'm still not sleeping, and still dealing with jacked pain levels and repeated small episodes like what happened to me in November. I'm also not worth much in terms of anything physical, and having only one really functional hand makes me even less useful. All this puts me way behind, as always, so here comes the cut-and-paste. We very much, very badly need sales and new Patreon subscribers, and if you subscribe today, you won't be billed until August 1st. We have got to make some sales, though. This weekend is the Fiesta, and it's had . . . hmm, issues, as they say, as well. Powwow should've been last weekend, but was of course canceled with virtually no warning to anybody. Business is nonexistent all over town, and without those sales and subscribers, I honestly don't know how we get through this drought, both literal and metaphorical, with no tourist trade and not much else, either. Here are the links and a request to share them:
I had said that I'd really like to raise another $500 in subscriptions before July is out, just to have a little more to throw to the medical wolves that are constantly at my throat. That never ends, either, and the stress is not helping with the cardio stuff. Now, we've got a lot more that needs to be done, too, and I'm damned if I know how. The truck was more than enough to throw a wrench in the works (and that's still unfixed, for the most part, given that just the one part is more than $1,200, so . . . ), but this thing with Shade? Out of left field. And once you're in it, you have to keep going; there's no way out but forward, whatever the result. So please, please share the links. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind words and other help for Shade. I know she was better off for it, and I know she appreciated that. Miskwaki, too, and now his new girl, who never knew how good life could be until now.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Earth and Sun Like Flame

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's one of Wings's more recent works, a piece that captures our position relative to elemental spirits. It's also the embodiment of our world here now, earth and sun like flame, and a reminder that we must evolve and adapt to avoid real conflagration.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are very much needed (especially now, with tourism and sales so far down as to be nearly nonexistent, and medical bills still mounting), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sleepy girl. Still bossy, but bonding fast. Sales and subscribers and shares needed, too.

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Sleepy girl. She's apparently never had a soft spot to stand before, much less to lie down, and Miika's taking full advantage of all of it. She and Miskwaki are bonding fast, despite the ProPanel barrier; she may get snotty, but she doesn't like having him out of her sight. She's also increasingly bonded to US, always walking up to us and following us around. Still head-shy, but she let me pet her whole head through the fence this morning for the first time.

Like I said yesterday, I'm still not sleeping, and still dealing with jacked pain levels and repeated small episodes like what happened to me in November. I'm also not worth much in terms of anything physical, and having only one really functional hand makes me even less useful. All this puts me way behind, as always, so here comes the cut-and-paste. We very much, very badly need sales and new Patreon subscribers, and if you subscribe today, you won't be billed until August 1st. We have got to make some sales, though. This weekend is the Fiesta, and it's had . . . hmm, issues, as they say, as well. Powwow should've been last weekend, but was of course canceled with virtually no warning to anybody. Business is nonexistent all over town, and without those sales and subscribers, I honestly don't know how we get through this drought, both literal and metaphorical, with no tourist trade and not much else, either. Here are the links and a request to share them:
I had said that I'd really like to raise another $500 in subscriptions before July is out, just to have a little more to throw to the medical wolves that are constantly at my throat. That never ends, either, and the stress is not helping with the cardio stuff. Now, we've got a lot more that needs to be done, too, and I'm damned if I know how. The truck was more than enough to throw a wrench in the works (and that's still unfixed, for the most part, given that just the one part is more than $1,200, so . . . ), but this thing with Shade? Out of left field. And once you're in it, you have to keep going; there's no way out but forward, whatever the result. So please, please share the links. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind words and other help for Shade. I know she was better off for it, and I know she appreciated that. Miskwaki, too, and now his new girl, who never knew how good life could be until now.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Medicine and Song For and Earth On Fire

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the two remaining works from one of Wings's signature series, a pair of coil bracelets manifest as aspects of love. Today, they remind us that love is not confined to romance, and challenge us to reimagine it in a way that will heal our world, as medicine and song for an earth on fire.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are very much needed (especially now, with tourist trade off for the rest of the season even as our medical bills mount), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Bossy. Settling in, though. But no rain of either kind, so sales and subscribers and shares are very much needed.

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Welp, Miika has settled in fast. She is every inch the attention whor[s]e.  I went out first thing after I got up this morning to check on them, and sine Miskwaki is on the near side, I went to say hello to him first. Miika skated right up to the barrier, whinnied, pawed at the fence, and when it didn't budge, hooked her hoof under the rail and dragged it toward her in an attempt to bring the whole sucker down.

Bossy.

She knows the word "NO" now.

She is also gonna dominate Miskwaki all over the place. ::Shrugs:: ehh, well, he's used to that, thanks to Cree and Shade. He'll be fine.

No word back from the vet yet, so I doubt she'll be out before the first of the week to check her over. Meanwhile, she's settling in, bossy and all. She is so happy with her new digs, but she also doesn't like losing sight of Miskwaki (even though she still screeches at him over the fence), and she's learned that she LOVES human attention, so she comes right up to us and follows us around. Still head- and hand-shy, predictably, but she does like having her nose petted.

Wings and Joe T got some stuff accomplished today. Me, notsomuch. I'm still not sleeping, and still dealing with jacked pain levels and repeated small episodes like what happened to me in November. All this puts me way behind, as always, so here comes the cut-and-paste. We very much, very badly need sales and new Patreon subscribers, and if you subscribe today, you won't be billed until August 1st. We have got to make some sales, though. This weekend is the Fiesta, and it's had . . . hmm, issues, as they say, as well. Powwow should've been last weekend, but was of course canceled with virtually no warning to anybody. Business is nonexistent all over town, and without those sales and subscribers, I honestly don't know how we get through this drought, both literal and metaphorical, with no tourist trade and not much else, either. Here are the links and a request to share them:
I had said that I'd really like to raise another $500 in subscriptions before July is out, just to have a little more to throw to the medical wolves that are constantly at my throat. That never ends, either, and the stress is not helping with the cardio stuff. Now, we've got a lot more that needs to be done, too, and I'm damned if I know how. The truck was more than enough to throw a wrench in the works (and that's still unfixed, for the most part, given that just the one part is more than $1,200, so . . . ), but this thing with Shade? Out of left field. And once you're in it, you have to keep going; there's no way out but forward, whatever the result. So please, please share the links. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind words and other help for Shade. I know she was better off for it, and I know she appreciated that. Miskwaki, too, and now his new girl.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Friday Feature: A Red-Rock Earth

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all rights reserved.

It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a pair of works by a Pueblo master that, if not precisely matched, are spectacularly complementary. They also remind us that our traditional identities and histories, and spirits and selves, are as deeply embedded in a red-rock earth as the ancient lines in the materials from which such works are made.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are very much needed (especially now, with tourism and sales both nearly nonexistent and medical bills still mounting), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Meet Miika. Miskwaki's happy again. Sales, subscribers, and shares all very much needed.

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Meet Miika (pronounced MEEK-ah, except with shorter, sharper vowels, heavy on the first, rounded on the second). Her real name is Star Road, Wings's tribute to a late elder whence she came. In my language, that translates to six syllables in a portmanteau, the fourth and fifth of which are Miika. It means nothing by itself, but it's a good nickname, and she's already starting to grasp the idea that those two syllables have something to do with her. She's allegedly nine years old (based on looks, I'm thinking more like fourteen), and she's never had a name. [Also, to be clear, fourteen's not bad; Miskwaki turned sixteen this year, so that puts them closer in age, if true. We won't know until the vet checks her out, and even then, it'll still be a guess at best.]

She is a strong, solid little girl. She's also not nearly as freaked as she was yesterday. I only heard her call once to the horses east of us, early this morning; since then, she's been getting to know Miskwaki over the ProPanel barrier, and following us around when we're in there working. She's still very shy and spooky, so we're not rushing her, obviously. But she will come up to me now and extend her head so that I can rub her nose. She's also pretty jazzed with her new environment, soft and shady and full of hay and water and grain and minerals and things she's never seen or had. Despite her still periodic (and understandable) snottiness, Miskwaki is the most relaxed and happy we've seen him since he (and we) lost Shade. He seems to get her situation, and he's willing to give her space, and he seems completely confident that they'll be best friends soon. I think he's right.

Yesterday did wipe me out, though. I crashed two full hours early, but I didn't sleep much, thanks to all the usual constant pain plus a massive headache from being out in the heat so long yesterday. I also am way behind, as always, so here comes the cut-and-paste.
We very much, very badly need sales and new Patreon subscribers, and if you subscribe today, you won't be billed until August 1st. We have got to make some sales, though. Here are the links and a request to share them, because without those sales and subscribers, I honestly don't know how we get through this drought, both literal and metaphorical, with no tourist trade and not much else, either:
I had said that I'd really like to raise another $500 in subscriptions before July is out, just to have a little more to throw to the medical wolves that are constantly at my throat. That never ends, either, and the stress is not helping with the cardio stuff. Now, we've got a lot more that needs to be done, too, and I'm damned if I know how. The truck was more than enough to throw a wrench in the works (and that's still unfixed, for the most part, given that just the one part is more than $1,200, so . . . ), but this thing with Shade? Out of left field. And once you're in it, you have to keep going; there's no way out but forward, whatever the result. So please, please share the links. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind words and other help for Shade. I know she was better off for it, and I know she appreciated that. Miskwaki, too, and now his new girl.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.