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.

At the Center of the 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, a pair of earrings wrought in an old traditional Pueblo style. At a season given more to fire in advance of the cold to come, these are evergreen, a reminder that, whatever the season, we live in the world at the center of the 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, having paid out $4K in construction expenses today), 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, October 17, 2017

No sink yet. Tile grouted. Deck rails begun. A lot of upcoming expense and short deadlines. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Nope. Of course not. No, we have no sink upstairs, but after saying they would be here, they went down to fricking Mora today, so it will be tomorrow at the earliest.  They damn well better have been right about the part.

That up there is what the house looks like, as of today. They got the railings on the lower flight of stairs done for the deck; tomorrow will be the upper ones, and next week, the rest of it. Then the exterior gets done by Sherm and Marcos while the other two go back inside and do stuff like closets, shelves, and the interior stairs (and if our kitchen sink is here by then, frame that out).

We're getting close.


Speaking of Marcos, yesterday he was helping haul something over by the pond, where the stand of red willows is. Wings was telling the guys yesterday about what happened when we went into town briefly just before dusk yesterday evening: Just south of us, around the curve and past the Y, something darted across the road in front of us. Big as a coyote, but hindquarters and gait all wrong. It was a bobcat: our first sighting in the wild, for both of us. So Wings is telling the guys about it, and suddenly Marcos says, "When I was over there yesterday by the red willows, I heard purring coming from deep inside them. Loud. I just thought it was a cat." So it appears we may have a new (first-time) visitor/resident.

I hope he's good luck. I've managed to convince myself that he is.

So. We have some deadlines. The big one is the weather, and it's sjupposed to be relatively mild through the end of the month, so if we can get all the exterior stuff done by then, we're good on that, at least. But that's more money. And as I've been saying, all of this, plus the weather and other deadlines bearing down on us, means no reprieve for me from the endless money chase, or from trying to list stuff that we need on the registries. Two things about that last: First, WRT the Bed, Bath, and Beyond list, apparently there is an end date on it of this coming Saturday. I have no idea why or how; either they choose one for you if you fail to do it, or I somehow accidentally selected it (given the problems my laptop was giving me at the time, the latter is at least as likely as the former, probably). At any rate, there are only four days left on that registry, so whatever remains unfulfilled I'll need to reconstruct next week, apparently. Now, WRT the Wayfair registry, I'm going to be adding a bunch of additional stuff. A lot of this is sort of long-haul stuff, by which I mean it's stuff we need eventually, but not immediately; having it listed, though, means that I won't forget which items they are (and hopefully they won't sell out in the meantime). It's not like we're going to have cash to spare for the foreseeable future, given that everything is going toward labor and materials, so I'm taking folks' advice and just listing everything as it occurs to me, because there's SO much we either no longer have or cannot take into the house with us. Some of the items will be more important than others, and they all can be crowdfunded, so expect to see that list grow substantially over the next couple of days. Except for the curtain rod that arrived damaged that I need to exchange, we have all the rods now off the BBB list, although there are holdbacks and mats and other things on there that we still need. On the Wayfair list, the microwave is back in stock again, and that's one that a couple of folks have already contributed to; I'll be adding coffee/end tables and lamps yet as I can get time to search for them.

There's still such a very long way to go, and I am so very, very tired. It's still hard for me to fall asleep, but once I'm there, I'm usually good now, which is a big, BIG change for me.  Once again, I managed to get through the day with only the cough and shortness of breath and pain plaguing me, but not quite the level of fatigue I would've expected. Still, as I've been saying, we have to get the bathrooms functional, and right now, neither of them is. There's still exterior work to get done before winter really settles in, and interior stairs and shelving and don't even get me started on the currently-nonexistent kitchen. So please, keep sharing our 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: curtain rods/hold-backs and drapes for upstairs; towel bars and associated fixtures for the downstairs bath.
  • 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 finishing funding of the chaise and the microwave (they get the microwave back in stock every few days), both of which are already partially funded. 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).
I still have work to do, and after being so ungodly sick this weekend, I am even further behind than usual, so I will be slow getting to replies and so forth. 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. Not much has changed on the health front: As I've been saying daily, it seems, this has been a difficult day health-wise, with my flare itself seeming to flare, no doubt in part due to our high winds and drastic weather changes. But there are also the breathing difficulties, and sundry other issues secondary to the AI problems, and so I am moving very, very slowly, and accomplishing things only with quite a lot of difficulty. I'm going to be slow, and late, and unfocused; please bear with me while we try to get 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.

Red Willow Spirit: Clouds, Light, and the Earth's Last Fire

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 look at flames of a different sort. This week, it's a last dance before the snow flies, a time of clouds, light, and the earth's last fire.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. It's all photos today, all of a seasonal series from several years ago, 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, with tile payment, labor, and materials all coming due tomorrow), 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, October 16, 2017

Rods and railings and progress on tile and polecat blues. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Well, this has been a night and a day.

I woke up early last night, just after I dropped off to sleep, with a coughing fit. A bad one. Not unusual, but this was an hour of being unable to breathe or do much else. This is what mold does to your lungs. I finally started to doze off again, and the dogs starting raising hell downstairs. On my way down, I knew instantly why; I could smell the skunk spray even from inside. Apparently, the skunk that's been hanging out here decided to spend the night under the deck off the front door, and at some point he came topside, where the dogs promptly heard him and began demanding to go out. Now, keep in mind, She-Wolf is mostly blind, and she's not entirely used to the house layout yet, so she's bumping into things on top of it all. Wings is yelling from upstairs to put them out, and I explain why they shouldn't go, and he tells me to put them out anyway. So . . . .

So i wait downstairs in the unbelievable warmth, and after about 15 minutes, I hear them within earshot and call for them to come in. The entire deck and the front of the house exterior smells of skunk, mind you. And as the dogs return from two different places, She-Wolf practically circling in misery, I know what we've got: two skunked dogs.

Yup. 

The whole house reeked. Wings eventually got up, went downstairs and out to the studio, got some cedar and a lighter, and sent smoke all over the place. I think we both finally fell into an exhausted sleep around three, and we were up at six. 

Yes, the dogs still reek.

However . . . .

The crews were back today, and back at it. Wings did have that convo with them right away, and they got a lot done. That up above was the big thing, because it involved lots of parts and pieces, including going to fetch more lumber and Quikrete and so forth. First they built a base beneath the bottom step, using 2X4s and rebar and the Quikrete. They added the end banisters and the rail along one side and on the landing. They cut off the posts all the way around to size preparatory to adding the railing on all sides. And tomorrow, they'll be picking up more lumber (more money out the door on materials), so they can try to get it done this week, so that Sherm and Marcos can do the exterior paintwork next week (more money).

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Tony and Reynaldo also got the bedroom curtain rods up, and the one over the single door in my writing refuge. The large rod for that room arrived with one finial shattered, so I have to package it up and ship it back for exchange; we haven 't been able to get any of the other rods yet, because all our cash is going to materials and labor. And this was not as easy as it looks; Tony had to pick up anchors for them, and beyond that, those over the French doors will not come all the way off because of the distance between them and the side walls, but I can open them at the center to get the drapes on and off again. And once we find the drapes (Wings put them in a safe place, LOL), they can go up tomorrow.

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The tile guys also got two really big things done. The first is finishing laying the floor itself. We did have enough tile, despite what they originally thought, for the floor; just not for the backsplash needed to cover up the new hole around the back of what will be the sink (a result of no one listening to me, nor using any common sense, as I have pointed out before). They also got the shower floor grouted:

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Finally, they got most of the baseboard done. They'll grout everything remaining tomorrow. I know they think I'm nuts for not going with an ivory grout for the shower floor, but I like it; it reminds me of the sand and stones at Sleeping Bear. They're supposed ton be finished tomorrow with everything they can do until the remaining tile comes in (more money out the door). Also, the drain I had to track down for the upstairs sink did indeed arrive today, as promised, and so we might have a functional sink by tomorrow night.

So. All of this, plus the weather and other deadlines bearing down on us, means no reprieve for me from the endless money chase, or from trying to list stuff that we need on the registries. Two things about that last: First, WRT the Bed, Bath, and Beyond list, apparently there is an end date on it of this coming Saturday. I have no idea why or how; either they choose one for you if you fail to do it, or I somehow accidentally selected it (given the problems my laptop was giving me at the time, the latter is at least as likely as the former, probably). At any rate, there are only five days left on that registry, so whatever remains unfulfilled I'll need to reconstruct next week, apparently. Now, WRT the Wayfair registry, I'm going to be adding a bunch of additional stuff. A lot of this is sort of long-haul stuff, by which I mean it's stuff we need eventually, but not immediately; having it listed, though, means that I won't forget which items they are (and hopefully they won't sell out in the meantime). It;'s not like we're going to have cash to spare for the foreseeable future, given that everything is going toward labor and materials, so I'm taking folks' advice and just listing everything as it occurs to me, because there's SO much we either no longer have or cannot take into the house with us. Some of the items will be more important than others, and they all can be crowdfunded, so expect to see that list grow substantially over the next couple of days.

There's still such a very long way to go, and I am so very, very tired. On the plus side, even though it was only three hours of sleep, it was three solid, uninterrupted hours, and so I managed to get through today with only the cough and shortness of breath and pain plaguing me, but not quite the level of fatigue I would've expected. Still, as I've been saying, we have to get the bathrooms functional, and right now, neither of them is. There's still exterior work to get done before winter really settles in, and interior stairs and shelving and don't even get me started on the currently-nonexistent kitchen. So please, keep sharing our 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: curtain rods/hold-backs and drapes for upstairs; towel bars and associated fixtures for the downstairs bath.
  • 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 finishing funding of the chaise and the microwave (they get the microwave back in stock every few days), both of which are already partially funded. 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).
I still have work to do, and after being so ungodly sick this weekend, I am even further behind than usual, so I will be slow getting to replies and so forth. 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. Not much has changed on the health front:  As I've been saying daily, it seems, this has been a difficult day health-wise, with my flare itself seeming to flare, no doubt in part due to our high winds and drastic weather changes. But there are also the breathing difficulties, and sundry other issues secondary to the AI problems, and so I am moving very, very slowly, and accomplishing things only with quite a lot of difficulty. I'm going to be slow, and late, and unfocused; please bear with me while we try to get 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.

Monday Photo Meditation: Silver Fog, Golden Fire

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for an October Monday in a week awash in ethereal, magical air and light. It's an image well-suited to this child of the autumn storm, one that whispers of silver fog, golden fire, and the secrets and spirits of the season.

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, with the last-ish tile payment due tomorrow along with more materials, and more labor on Wednesday), 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, October 15, 2017

I'll be able to wash clothes. Just not my face. A lot to get done in a very short amount of time. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

That's what Wings is working on today: getting our old washer and dryer out of his studio and into the house. Yes, I recognize the absurdity of the fact that by tomorrow, I'll be able to wash clothes in the house but not my face, for heaven's sake. On the plus side, the drain assembly for the upstairs sink (yeah, the drain the I had to find, FFS) is supposed to be here tomorrow, so maybe we'll have a working sink before the week is out. Or not.

This morning, the press of time hit me full force. My birthday is this coming Friday, and while getting a year older has long since ceased being cause for celebration, it reminds me of just how short time actually is. [Yes, this will also be the best one in . . . well, probably ever, just by virtue of being able to sleep upstairs, but the rest has to get done sooner rather than later.] We have a month to get most of the interior finished and furnished, at least on a basic level, because we've got stuff going on a month from now that requires it. Even if it weren't for that, we'd have to have exterior and much of the remaining interior done in that time frame, because by the end of November, we're now well into the realm of subzero nights, at least in recent years. And aside from all of that, the fact that I still need to spend significant amounts of time in the RV is damaging my health badly. Yes, it's better to be able to sleep in the house — exponentially better — but given the damage to my body from the last seven years in this place, that's a pretty low bar. I'm having a really bad day in terms of pain and other AI stuff, and also my breathing, and it's really bringing home to me how much the time I have to spend in here is hurting my health.

So. Tomorrow comes a conversation with the crew about a need to develop a far greater sense of urgency about getting stuff done. It also means no reprieve for me from the endless money chase, or from trying to list stuff that we ned on the registries. There's still such a very long way to go, and I am so very, very tired. As I've been saying, we have to get the bathrooms functional, and right now, neither of them is. There's still exterior work to get done before winter really settles in, and interior stairs and shelving and don't even get me started on the currently-nonexistent kitchen. So please, keep sharing our 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: curtain rods/hold-backs and drapes for upstairs; towel bars and associated fixtures for the downstairs bath.
  • 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 finishing funding of the chaise and the microwave (they get the microwave back in stock every few days), both of which are already partially funded. 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).
Just like last night, I still have work to do tonight, and this was again a difficult day in a week that was difficult for both the pace and what I mentioned in my final post two nights ago. 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. Not much has changed on the health front:  As I've been saying daily, it seems, this has been a difficult day health-wise, with my flare itself seeming to flare, no doubt in part due to our high winds and drastic weather changes. But there are also the breathing difficulties, and sundry other issues secondary to the AI problems, and so I am moving very, very slowly, and accomplishing things only with quite a lot of difficulty. I'm going to be slow, and late, and unfocused; please bear with me while we try to get 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.

Weaving a World In the Web of the Light

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's one of Wings's newest works, a piece with a message of adaptation and renewal. It is our time and task to correct that which we by our negligence have created, weaving a world in the web of the light, one that will be better, healthier, stronger, wiser for the generations to come.

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 labor expenses to come, and at a more rapid pace to beat the winter weather), 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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chimneys in the light, and incredible warmth. But a long way to go in a very short period of time. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

The sight of those chimneys makes me unreasonably happy. The sun seems to like them, too.

Freezing at night (which is still better than teens), but the last two days, the high has been around 70 (71 yesterday, to be exact). That warmth was kind of mitigated today, though, by high winds. Truth be told, I'd rather have the cold; it's less hard on my body than the winds, and my joints have been aching all day. Well, that's nothing new; that's actually 24/7/365. What I mean is that the wind makes them ache worse.

But I'm sleeping mostly through every night, something I haven't done in more years than I can remember. And the house is so warm that last night, for example, we lit a fire only in the smaller woodstove, the one connected to that chimney up there. We'll probably do the same tonight. 

There's so far to go.

It also makes me unreasonably happy to have a couple of days "off," meaning that no crews are here to work and Wings and I have some space to ourselves. But Monday will be here again shortly, and right now, I need them to get that upstairs sink functional, get the downstairs bathroom done, and get the deck done so that Sherm and Marcos can go to work on the exterior stuff. We're running out of time. So we'll be riding herd on everybody harder than usual, and if I have to keep stepping in to get shit done, I will, because we are NOT spending another winter in this tin can for anything. [Don't get me wrong, out crew is great, but sometimes their sense of urgency is not what it should be, because they don't get what it's like.] For the moment, though, I have more work to do and the light is fading fast, so the rest is cut-and-paste.

In the meantime, we'll be trying to get as much other stuff done as possible this weekend to move along the liveability factor. But there's still a very long way to go. We have to get the bathrooms functional, and right now, neither of them is. There's still exterior work to get done before winter really settles in, and interior stairs and shelving and don't even get me started on the currently-nonexistent kitchen. So please, keep sharing our 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: curtain rods/hold-backs and drapes for upstairs; towel bars and associated fixtures for the downstairs bath.
  • 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 finishing funding of the chaise and the microwave (they get the microwave back in stock every few days), both of which are already partially funded. 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).
Just like last night, I still have work to do tonight, and this was again a difficult day in a week that was difficult for both the pace and what I mentioned in my final post two nights ago. 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. Not much has changed on the health front:  As I've been saying daily, it seems, this has been a difficult day health-wise, with my flare itself seeming to flare, no doubt in part due to our high winds and drastic weather changes. But there are also the breathing difficulties, and sundry other issues secondary to the AI problems, and so I am moving very, very slowly, and accomplishing things only with quite a lot of difficulty. I'm going to be slow, and late, and unfocused; please bear with me while we try to get 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.