Saturday, October 21, 2017

A dog on a rug, like it's all hers. Bitter winds, and a long way to go yet. Shares/sales needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Initially, the dogs weren't entirely sure about this business of going over to the house to sleep every night.

As you can see, they've gotten over it.

I spent much of the day in the house, dusting and sweeping and mopping and starting to lay out the downstairs. We can't work or watch TV over there yet (much less cook and eat, but that's a different issue, covered below), because IKT won't even answer the phone so that we can schedule them to move their effed-up box and router. We'll be dealing with that this week, even if I have to march (okay, hobble) into their damn offices to get it done. The state inspector made it clear to us that there are problems there, and I am not in the least above invoking that status to get them to do their jobs. They were quick enough to raise our rates with no notice, so I'm not dealing with this nonsense any longer.

But . . . we have a couch. And a rug. And a place for my old sofa pillows that never even came out of their box. And a dog asleep in the middle of it all. I opened the door to find her camped out as much on the actual threshold as she could get, and next thing I knew, she was asleep on the rug, so I guess it's all hers now.

Today was bitterly cold. Supposedly the actual temperature got into the high sixties, but the wind was like a fricking razor blade. The house, fortunately, it very warm; this tin can, notsomuch. 

We are now up against it: We have to get the whole exterior, the interior stairs, and the closets and shelving done in the next three weeks or so, as well as get the kitchen sink and appliances in and installed in that same timeframe. There is absolutely no wiggle room now; it has to be done, and done NOW. The sink delivery has been changed from October 24th to November 10th, which makes me profoundly irritated, especially since we had the sink drain basket — yes, you know, that little thing to plug the drain — delivered yesterday. Essentially, everything to install it is in except the sink itself. The appliances are supposed to show up at Home Depot on Wednesday, but who knows? And then we still have to get them up here.

As I said yesterday, thanks to kishik and a whole bunch of other folks, we have next week's labor covered now, and we're both profoundly grateful to every one of you (and to so many others, for so many reasons). We are, however, up against an unbreakable deadline now of just under a month, and in fact, the weather deadline will no doubt come far earlier, so we and the crews are really going to have to push hard to make it. That means more materials, and more labor, and more planning for the inevitable incidentals that we can't predict. So we still need shares, daily (and thank you to everyone who has fulfilled items off our registries, although there's a lot more to go there; I haven't even gotten to the tables and lamps and other two upstairs rooms yet, but those will go on this weekend, I hope). So here are all the links:
  • 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.
  • Our Amazon wishlist generally.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's not complete; what's on it so far are drapes for the upstairs, associated curtain rods, bath rugs for both bathrooms, and doormats and a few other miscellaneous items. Most important: hold-backs and drapes for upstairs.
  • Partial registry #2, from Wayfair. Also not complete, but covers a number of the area rugs needed for the upstairs and some kitchen items. I've finally added a bunch of items to it, although nothing in the way of small tables or lamps or kitchen items beyond three basic things, because yesterday proved to be a time-suck of epic proportions, and today was more of the same. What I did get to is all of the rugs for the whole house, and a few basic furniture items. But about Wayfair, and VERY IMPORTANT: They make it possible to crowdfund each item. So if you'd like to help, but the prices are too much for one person? You can kick in 20 bucks, or ten, or five, on any one item; many small donations can add up to one item. Even the backordered/out-of-stock items can be crowdfunded in advance. Right now, the two most important items are probably the first four or five that show at the top of the list. I've just added the furnishings for the rest of the upstairs (i.e., the guest room and my writing/office space, which also includes the desk and chair further down the list, and the last three rugs on the list, two of which are back-ordered). It's a slow process, but every day I find a few more items that fall into the badly-needed category, because the wiring and mold and lime and everything else in this toxic tin can has destroyed so much of what we used to have. I'm sickened by the amount of stuff we have to throw out (on top of the things that were simply ruined, such as the microwave fried by the wiring in this place).
Thank you all, once again, for the birthday wishes, and for every other thing you've done over the last 16 months to get us safe and keep me sane. We are both so thankful for each and every one of you who made it possible for us to sleep (and shower!) now, for the first time in seven years, in a safe and healthy (and warm!) place. But we have a long way to go, and this night, at least, is going to be very, very cold again, a reminder that we have to get this done, and fast.




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.

In a Threshold Season, a Mediating Light

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's Wings's newest work, completed only this afternoon and one especially fitting for this time of year. It's a pair of earrings that illumine the spaces between earth and sky, between the seasons, between the shadows and the dark: in a threshold season, a mediating light.

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 more labor and more materials and a tighter race against the winter weather beginning again Monday), 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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Birthday presents and floral decorations. Next week's labor covered, but a long way to go in the next four weeks. Shares/sales still needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Flowers from my baby, on the shelf between the bancos.  I have a place for them now!

He surprised me with them; I was not expecting it. He is, however, going to take me out to dinner tonight (one of the vanishingly rare occasions we ever go out to dinner, like probably for the next year), so I'm posting this early.

I got another birthday present this morning, too: I took my first shower in the house! It was so strange; I kept catching myself hurrying really fast, because for seven years, I've had effectively no more than three minutes of hot water per shower. And then I'd have to remind myself that I don't have to worry about that anymore. I'm still waiting for it to sink in. As I told a good friend earlier today, it really felt like I was taking a shower as a guest in some schmancy hotel. My head hasn't wrapped itself around the idea that this really is ours yet.

Thanks to kishik and a whole bunch of other folks, we have next week's labor covered now, and we're both profoundly grateful to every one of you (and to so many others, for so many reasons). We are, however, up against an unbreakable deadline now of just under a month, and in fact, the weather deadline will no doubt come far earlier, so we and the crews are really going to have to push hard to make it. That means more materials, and more labor, and more planning for the inevitable incidentals that we can't predict. So we still need shares, daily (and thank you to everyone who has fulfilled items off our registries, although there's a lot more to go there; I haven't even gotten to the tables and lamps and other two upstairs rooms yet, but those will go on this weekend, I hope). So here are all the links:

  • 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.
  • Our Amazon wishlist generally.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's not complete; what's on it so far are drapes for the upstairs, associated curtain rods, bath rugs for both bathrooms, and doormats and a few other miscellaneous items. Most important: hold-backs and drapes for upstairs.
  • Partial registry #2, from Wayfair. Also not complete, but covers a number of the area rugs needed for the upstairs and some kitchen items. I've finally added a bunch of items to it, although nothing in the way of small tables or lamps or kitchen items beyond three basic things, because yesterday proved to be a time-suck of epic proportions, and today was more of the same. What I did get to is all of the rugs for the whole house, and a few basic furniture items. But about Wayfair, and VERY IMPORTANT: They make it possible to crowdfund each item. So if you'd like to help, but the prices are too much for one person? You can kick in 20 bucks, or ten, or five, on any one item; many small donations can add up to one item. Even the backordered/out-of-stock items can be crowdfunded in advance. Right now, the two most important items are probably the first four that show at the top of the list. It's a slow process, but every day I find a few more items that fall into the badly-needed category, because the wiring and mold and lime and everything else in this toxic tin can has destroyed so much of what we used to have. I'm sickened by the amount of stuff we have to throw out (on top of the things that were simply ruined, such as the microwave fried by the wiring in this place).
Thank you all for the birthday wishes, and for every other thing you've done over the last 16 months to get us safe and keep me sane. We are both so thankful for each and every one of you who made it possible for us to sleep (and shower!) now, for the first time in seven years, in a safe and healthy (and warm!) place.



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.

Friday Feature: In the Light of an Autumn Sun

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work by a master carver from another Pueblo (and one of Wings's old friends) that embodies the perfect spirit for an equally perfect October day. It's a Medicine Bear, one that seems carved from a sherd of Father Sun himself, protection and medicine for us all in the light of an autumn sun.

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 (more labor and materials due up next week, as we race to beat the weather), 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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Last day of my personal year today, and I held it together in spite of everything. Shares and sales still badly needed,, though.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.
Yeah, that's from yesterday. Those green plastic frisbee-looking things in the foreground are the covers for the septic tank, which is allegedly entirely functional now, thank all that's holy. Certain other things, notsomuch, but I have managed to hold it together without a meltdown, even in the face of an ancient used dryer that couldn't make the switch (and tried to start an electrical fire but fortunately failed miserably), and an also-old washer that's barely hanging on by a thread, and having had to have the chimney guy out here until 8PM last night because when they installed the flues they failed to use anchor bolts in the ceiling drywall and the hoods were falling down. Oh, and all those overages we weren't expecting, and all the delays on other stuff.

Maybe the supplements are working, because I managed not to lose a single tear, despite everything. Or maybe it's just finally, after all this time, getting some SLEEP. 

No relief from it all, though. We made a couple of good sales last night, but a big chunk of that is going to fill the massive gap created by this week's extra materials and labor costs. Like I said last night, it's holiday order season. Yeah, I know, nobody wants to think about Christmas. But if you want Wings to make something special, either for you or for someone else, now's the time to get the order in, because by mid-November, he'll be glued to his workbench with a line all the way along it. All of which means that we need to make some sales, desperately. Like NOW.

My darling kishik put up a diary for us tonight, with what was initially a $250 match, then raised to $500. It's already been made, thanks to a beautiful soul who I cannot thank enough, and who is keeping me from tearing my hair out about next week's labor (or at least a big chunk of it). It would not hurt, of course, to T&R and share it now, either, because you never know who'll see it, and also it's a beautiful diary, with some gorgeous photos in it, so please do. Today was the last day of the year for me for this go-round; tomorrow morning begins a whole new one. The best gift I could possibly have is us getting into the house, fully, safely, permanently.

Also please keep sharing our links; the top two are the most crucial at this particular moment:
  • 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.
  • Our Amazon wishlist generally.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's not complete; what's on it so far are drapes for the upstairs, associated curtain rods, bath rugs for both bathrooms, and doormats and a few other miscellaneous items. Most important: hold-backs and drapes for upstairs.
  • Partial registry #2, from Wayfair. Also not complete, but covers a number of the area rugs needed for the upstairs and some kitchen items. I've finally added a bunch of items to it, although nothing in the way of small tables or lamps or kitchen items beyond three basic things, because yesterday proved to be a time-suck of epic proportions, and today was more of the same. What I did get to is all of the rugs for the whole house, and a few basic furniture items. But about Wayfair, and VERY IMPORTANT: They make it possible to crowdfund each item. So if you'd like to help, but the prices are too much for one person? You can kick in 20 bucks, or ten, or five, on any one item; many small donations can add up to one item. Even the backordered/out-of-stock items can be crowdfunded in advance. Right now, the two most important items are probably the first four that show at the top of the list. It's a slow process, but every day I find a few more items that fall into the badly-needed category, because the wiring and mold and lime and everything else in this toxic tin can has destroyed so much of what we used to have. I'm sickened by the amount of stuff we have to throw out (on top of the things that were simply ruined, such as the microwave fried by the wiring in this place).
For now, 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 way past wiped out; these last several days have been nonstop questions and issues and problems and crises and neither one of us has had any time to stop and think, much less do anything else (so if I owe you a reply or something, that's why). My health is still very bad, and my cough and breathing have gotten worse since last week. As I've said over and over, I'm going to be slow, and late, and unfocused; please bear with me while we try to get this stuff done over the next few weeks and get permanently into a much healthier space. We are both so thankful for each and every one of you who made it possible for us to sleep now, for the first time in seven years, in a safe and healthy (and warm!) place.



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.

#ThrowbackThursday: Light Through the Clouds

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.
It's #TBT at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work from a half-dozen years ago that evoked the powers of illumination and guidance. It was a pair of earrings centered by small turquoise orbs, green worlds backlit by clouds through the light.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. These were commissioned six years ago, and thus will not be repeated in identical form, but if shape or style speaks to your spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. And, as always, sales are very much needed (huge outlays this work, with unexpected costs and winter not far off), 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.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

There's no end to the stress. At least we have a working sink, finally. Shares and sales badly needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

I am truly going to lose my mind before this is over. No matter how much we plan, no matter how much we try to cover every eventuality, something always comes along to eff everything up horribly, and it has, today. On the plus side, at long last a working sink upstairs; tile done except for what couldn't be finished due to, you know, having no overage because they gave me the wrong measurements in the first place; major progress on the deck rails; and the color coat on the inside of the downstairs shower stall, all today. On the very big minus side, we are now wiped out financially.

It's holiday order season. Yeah, I know, nobody wants to think about Christmas. But if you want Wings to make something special, either for you or for someone else, now's the time to get the order in, because by mid-November, he'll be glued to his workbench with a line all the way along it. And we need to make some sales, desperately. Like NOW.

So please, keep sharing our links; the top two are the most crucial at this particular moment:
  • 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.
  • Our Amazon wishlist generally.
  • Wayfair gift cards, to replenish all the furnishings that the RV has destroyed in one way or another.
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's not complete; what's on it so far are drapes for the upstairs, associated curtain rods, bath rugs for both bathrooms, and doormats and a few other miscellaneous items. Most important: hold-backs and drapes for upstairs.
  • Partial registry #2, from Wayfair. Also not complete, but covers a number of the area rugs needed for the upstairs and some kitchen items. I've finally added a bunch of items to it, although nothing in the way of small tables or lamps or kitchen items beyond three basic things, because yesterday proved to be a time-suck of epic proportions, and today was more of the same. What I did get to is all of the rugs for the whole house, and a few basic furniture items. But about Wayfair, and VERY IMPORTANT: They make it possible to crowdfund each item. So if you'd like to help, but the prices are too much for one person? You can kick in 20 bucks, or ten, or five, on any one item; many small donations can add up to one item. Even the backordered/out-of-stock items can be crowdfunded in advance. Right now, the two most important items are probably the first four that show at the top of the list. It's a slow process, but every day I find a few more items that fall into the badly-needed category, because the wiring and mold and lime and everything else in this toxic tin can has destroyed so much of what we used to have. I'm sickened by the amount of stuff we have to throw out (on top of the things that were simply ruined, such as the microwave fried by the wiring in this place).
For now, 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 way past wiped out; these last several days have been nonstop questions and issues and problems and crises and neither one of us has had any time to stop and think, much less do anything else (so if I owe you a reply or something, that's why). My health is still very bad, and my cough and breathing have gotten worse since last week. As I've said over and over, I'm going to be slow, and late, and unfocused; please bear with me while we try to get this stuff done over the next few weeks and get permanently into a much healthier space. We are both so thankful for each and every one of you who made it possible for us to sleep now, for the first time in seven years, in a safe and healthy (and warm!) place.




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.