Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Deck, ceiling, vanity, and hopefully tile progress! Some appliances on order now. Shares needed.

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We came home this evening to this. Not the lights on, but the progress on the deck. If you closely, you can see that they got a lot more of the planks laid. From upstairs, it looks like this, only stretching almost to either end:

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We were gone most of the day, having had to go down to Santa Fe to place an order and make a delivery. The trip was grueling, especially for me while we were walking around Lowe's and Home Depot. They really need to scatter chairs around, because I (and a lot of other folks) simply cannot stand for extended periods anymore, especially on concrete floors. Still, we managed to get some of the appliances ordered (thank you, givers of Home Depot cards!), even if they won't be delivered before the end of frigging October. I smell another postponement of our gathering. Luckily, we also managed make the needed delivery of a fantastic new work by Wings (I'll feature it in a #TBT post someday), and we also got a chance to sit a talk and have some fun with some much-loved friends.

But it's good to be home. And we also returned to this:

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And this:

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In other words, the cleanest the downstairs has been in months. It's all prep for the tilework that I am promised commences tomorrow.

Speaking of tile, Tony fixed this:

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It was so cute; the guys even dug the first bit of Hardeebacker they'd cut out for the faucet out of whatever pile of trash they'd tossed it in, and glued it back in place, then drilled the new hole where it belonged — i.e., where the X was. Sherm was also true to his word:

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Scratch and float of the downstairs shower ceiling, so that all the remains is the color coat on Monday, and then three coats of sealer. And then, I hope, the frigging tile.
Another plus: We also returned to find that our new mattress had been delivered. We're going to need help getting it up the stairs, because I can't lift anything right now, so we probably won't get it set up until the weekend. The bathroom is still not entirely functional, obviously. But soon.

As I've been saying, for now, we still have a long way to go, a lot to get done, and unfortunately, a lot to pay out. And as I've also said, honestly? We're still going to need to raise cash down the road to cover labor and local materials costs. But sales can cover that, too. And for the moment, what helps the most, without question: Home Depot, Lowe's, Wayfair, or Amazon gift cards. Any denomination whatsoever. Thanks to the mold problem, we're having to replace all linens, the futon mattress, potentially even the couch and love seat (which will no doubt be reduced to couch and chair, because we don't need or really have room for a love seat anymore anyway). For a child of Depression-era parents, this is incredibly difficult for me; my first instinct is to try to save and salvage everything, because when you grow up as poor as I did, you never know what you might need down the road. But my posse is working on me rather insistently, and strictly on the health level, I know they're right, so here we are, an RV full of stuff that has to be replaced. So please send the links out far and wide:
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards (the physical version) via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's e-cards (delivered via e-mail) here; and
  • Home Depot cards via the company site. The e-version using my e-mail address is great; I take the tablet to the store with me, and they scan it off the screen.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
Many thanks and much love from us both, for donations, gift cards, shares, recs, moral support, and just generally helping me not lose my mind. I am absolutely beat after this day, and I'm about to take a shower and throw on my sweats and call it a night.

P.S. And yes, this is still ongoing, natch: IKT has "upgraded" our service (for another $10 a month, natch, and without telling us in advance) to the point that half the time, I can't load anything. When that happens, my e-mail is always the first to go, and I have messages trickling through in fits and starts, some from days ago. If you've e-mailed me and don't hear from me immediately, this is why; if you can reach me on FB or Twitter, DM me there, or try shooting another message through. I'll be sorting through them as steadily as I can, I promise.





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 Lines, and the Light, That Guide Us Home

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work especially well-suited to our own path today, one of physical travel and journeys of the spirit. It's a talismanic piece that promises protection and guidance, one reflective of the lines, and the light, that guide us home.

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), 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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

X marks the spot. Or not, apparently. A lot to do tomorrow into next week. Shares needed.

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So today was apparently the day the crew lost its collective head.

See that up there? That's the vanity. See the center hole for the sink drain? And the hole for the faucet? Now look very closely in the upper right-hand corner, next to the red line. See that "X?" That's where the faucet is going to go. Except they put it on the exact opposite corner, on the left IN THE FRONT OF THE SINK.

AND THEY MARKED THE RIGHT SPOT WITH AN "X!"


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There's the X.

This all happened about the time the tile guys came out to look at where they're gonna start. Which should have been cause for rejoicing, except they blindsided me with something that had the potential to set us back two more weeks, and I broke down in front of everybody, pissing me off even more than I already was, because dammit, nobody's allowed to see me cry. But I can't do this. Also there's another screwup with the same space, and the plumbers have to come out and redo the intake tomorrow.

Sherm has promised to fix it all for us.

On the plus side, they did get this started:

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That is the floor of the deck.They've run the first few rows on the inside all the way across, end to end from east to west. They'll do more on that tomorrow. From either tomorrow evening or Thursday morning on, the tile guys will get their stuff under way (although they will not, as originally planned, start with the bathroom; that will have to wait until next Tuesday). But once they're done, stuff can start moving a lot faster downstairs. I hope.

For now, we still have a long way to go, a lot to get done, and unfortunately, a lot to pay out. And as I said last night, honestly? We're still going to need to raise cash down the road to cover labor and local materials costs. But sales can cover that, too. And for the moment, what helps the most, without question: Home Depot, Lowe's, Wayfair, or Amazon gift cards. Any denomination whatsoever. Thanks to the mold problem, we're having to replace all linens, the futon mattress, potentially even the couch and love seat (which will no doubt be reduced to couch and chair, because we don't need or really have room for a love seat anymore anyway). For a child of Depression-era parents, this is incredibly difficult for me; my first instinct is to try to save and salvage everything, because when you grow up as poor as I did, you never know what you might need down the road. But my posse is working on me rather insistently, and strictly on the health level, I know they're right, so here we are, an RV full of stuff that has to be replaced. So please send the links out far and wide:
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards (the physical version) via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's e-cards (delivered via e-mail) here; and
  • Home Depot cards via the company site. The e-version using my e-mail address is great; I take the tablet to the store with me, and they scan it off the screen.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
As I said last night, many thanks and much love from us both, for donations, gift cards, shares, recs, moral support, and just generally helping me not lose my mind. I have quite a lot of work left tonight, plus dinner and other final chores, and I'm moving very, very slowly today, so I'd best get on it.

P.S. And yes, this is still ongoing, natch: IKT has "upgraded" our service (for another $10 a month, natch, and without telling us in advance) to the point that half the time, I can't load anything. When that happens, my e-mail is always the first to go, and I have messages trickling through in fits and starts, some from days ago. If you've e-mailed me and don't hear from me immediately, this is why; if you can reach me on FB or Twitter, DM me there, or try shooting another message through. I'll be sorting through them as steadily as I can, I promise.




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.

Red Willow Spirit: A Line In the Sand, a Space In the Wind

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's this week's edition of Red Willow Spirit, with a meditation on lines of demarcation as the official threshold between the seasons grows near. Today, it's a reflection on reflective and other spirits, ancient and elemental, those who in this time create a line in the sand, a space in the wind for this place and its people.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. It's all his photos today, and as always, they're available for purchase in any of the usual three formats; simply inquire via the site's Contact form. Also as always, sales are very much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.




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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Woodstove installs scheduled! Big progress on the deck. Still a long way to go; shares needed.

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October 9th and 10th are the magic days! Thanks to some really wonderfully generous souls, we were able to call the chimney folks first thing this morning (like, at 9 AM), and get the deposit paid and get ut on the install schedule. If all goes well, by the end of the day on Tuesday the 10th, we'll have heat in the house! [And not a moment too soon; it's getting into the 30s at night all week this week. It's frickin' cold here in the mornings now.]

That up there is what the deck looks like this evening. We were down one man on the crew — Marcos apparently didn't make it back up from Albuquerque over the weekend — but the other three were rocking all day long. The view from below:

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They're going to herringbone the cross beams in the corner. They got the joists hung all the way around except about the final four feet along the west end of the front; they'll finish that tomorrow and start laying the beams. And we also got this:

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That right there is the view from our bedroom. Well, part of it. Right through the door, out onto the platform (they put some plywood sheets up so they could walk on it, and so we could, too). Once all the decking is done, we will have 360-degree views, even though there will be no deck or balcony on the north side; east and west will run right to those corners, and the house isn't that long, so we'll be able to see all the way across.

I did try to accomplish a couple of other things, with no success. Chief among them was using our accumulated Home Depot cards to order the appliances, but apparently their utterly decentralized delivery system makes that impossible — or at least impossible without spending the entire day with a phone glued to my ear, calling and recalling a store that never picks up with a cellular service that drops calls constantly. Yeah, NOPE. Ain't nobody here got that kinda time. So at some point soon, we will apparently have to make a trip all the way down there, my health and the road construction be damned, and try to do this in person. Because, you know, we need to be able to cook and clean and store food.

On the plus side, Floyd called back today, and confirmed that they will be here without fail on Thursday morning, or possibly even Wednesday evening. It really shouldn't take 'em long; those tiles are big enough. The water softener is also in, but it can't be installed until the tile is in. The bed foundation is here, but we're waiting on the mattress, and also on the guys to finish off the upstairs vanity so Floyd can tile the top and we can get the sink installed. The shower door is supposed to be here next week sometime, and the regular crew will install it. And then we move in! Sort of. A lot won't be done yet, and a lot won't be useable, but we'll be able to sleep and bathe up there, and maybe I can start pulling out of this massive autoimmune complication at long last.

But there's still so far to go. Honestly? We're still going to need to raise cash down the road to cover labor and local materials costs. But sales an cover that, too. And for the moment, what helps the most, without question: Home Depot, Lowe's, Wayfair, or Amazon gift cards. Any denomination whatsoever. Thanks to the mold problem, we're having to replace all linens, the futon mattress, potentially even the couch and love seat (which will no doubt be reduced to couch and chair, because we don't need or really have room for a love seat anymore anyway). For a child of Depression-era parents, this is incredibly difficult for me; my first instinct is to try to save and salvage everything, because when you grow up as poor as I did, you never know what you might need down the road. But my posse is working on me rather insistently, and strictly on the health level, I know they're right, so here we are, an RV full of stuff that has to be replaced. So please send the links out far and wide:
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards (the physical version) via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's e-cards (delivered via e-mail) here; and
  • Home Depot cards via the company site. The e-version using my e-mail address is great; I take the tablet to the store with me, and they scan it off the screen.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
As I said last night, many thanks and much love from us both, for donations, gift cards, shares, recs, moral support, and just generally helping me not lose my mind. I have quite a lot of work left tonight, plus dinner and other final chores, and I'm moving very, very slowly today, so I'd best get on it.

P.S. And yes, this is still ongoing, natch: IKT has "upgraded" our service (for another $10 a month, natch, and without telling us in advance) to the point that half the time, I can't load anything. When that happens, my e-mail is always the first to go, and I have messages trickling through in fits and starts, some from days ago. If you've e-mailed me and don't hear from me immediately, this is why; if you can reach me on FB or Twitter, DM me there, or try shooting another message through. I'll be sorting through them as steadily as I can, I promise.



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.
  

Monday Photo Meditation: Lines of Demarcation

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for beautifully clear but moody near-autumn Monday, one in which the earth prepares to cross its own threshold. It's a contemplation of what the lines of demarcation divide, between the confining space of the outer world and the open freedom of the real sacred space that is our own.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. As always, Wings's photos are available for purchase in any of the usual three formats; simply inquire via the site's Contact form. Also as always, sales are very much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Match met! Stove install to be scheduled tomorrow; tile delayed 3 days. Shares needed.

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What a weekend. It's raining. On a day when we were supposed to get NO rain. But the clouds began building early, and we're supposed to get more tonight. On the plus side, save but for a few sprinkles, it held off until Wings and Joe got the hay in; it's all done, and with nary a bale lifted by me for once. [Yes, I can do as I'm told. Occasionally.] Wings did ALL the loading while Joe drove, which is pretty impressive, I think.

Floyd called a little while ago and said they will not be here tomorrow to begin the tile; apparently the job they've been on has yet another . . . I don't know what to call it. Overrun, only time instead of money? It's for a contractor, and it sounds like he kind of gig that's been a real pain all the way around. He promises they will be here Thursday, without fail, no matter what, to get started, so we're holding them to it. (I want to see the tile, dammit. And also be able to install woodstoves, appliances, etc.) Which means that we will have no days off without a crew here this week, so it's guaranteed to be more exhausting than usual.

Tomorrow, the regular crew will be here to work on getting the deck done, so that (I hope) they can do the final color coat on the plaster and prime and paint the trim by, say, the first week of October. Any later than that starts risking the whole operation, because of temperature and weather. The other thing we'll do tomorrow is call the chimney people and get put on the schedule for the woodstove install, which will probably occur the first week of October, after the tile goes down.

As I've been saying, we are getting close. More on the exterior on Monday with the regular crew; the interior flooring begins; and we get put on the install schedule for the chimney people. There's still a long way to go, and some thing, like kitchen cabinets, are just out of the question anytime in the foreseeable future; there's just no way to do it. But we can get into the house in a matter of weeks: to sleep, to shower, to LIVE. So please send the links out far and wide:
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards (the physical version) via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's e-cards (delivered via e-mail) here; and
  • Home Depot cards via the company site. The e-version using my e-mail address is great; I take the tablet to the store with me, and they scan it off the screen.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
As I also noted here last night, we're both overwhelmed, and kind of dumbfounded, by how blessed we've been since Friday morning (between donations and a few sales, we'll be able to do the stoves and the flooring guys without opening an artery, so to speak), and we cannot thank you all enough. Both matches were met, the second one this morning, and once stuff clears tomorrow morning, we'll be calling the chimney people forthwith. The matches took care of the whole deposit. Many thanks and much love from us both, for donations, gift cards, shares, recs, moral support, and just generally helping me not lose my mind. I did sleep a little last night (although not much), and so I want to get this up today so I can spend the evening on work I need to catch up on, and then maybe get a little sleep again relatively early. 

P.S. And yes, this is still ongoing, natch: IKT has "upgraded" our service (for another $10 a month, natch, and without telling us in advance) to the point that half the time, I can't load anything. When that happens, my e-mail is always the first to go, and I have messages trickling through in fits and starts, some from days ago. If you've e-mailed me and don't hear from me immediately, this is why; if you can reach me on FB or Twitter, DM me there, or try shooting another message through. I'll be sorting through them as steadily as I can, I promise.




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.