Monday, May 22, 2017

UPDATED: It's not a zoo; it's a disaster. It's a zoo. Septic system install, & new expenses looming fast. Shares needed.

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UPDATE: It's officially a disaster. There's a very temporary fix, for now, but we're going to have to go with the permanent fix sooner rather than later, and it's gonna cost us. Big.

This is one of those things from the genuine "no one could have predicted" files. That water in the put, shown in the photo below, is not merely the water table; it's fed by a spring, right there. All these centuries, and no one ever knew that there was a spring in that spot; hell, if Wings had known, he might have sited the well differently, as well as a few other things. Anyway. None of that matters now, because this is where we are.

There are options for dealing with it, but they're hugely expensive. All that can be done, at the moment, is to proceed with the install as-is; it'll be at least a couple of months before we can move in anyway, and so there won't be any flow to the tank. Junior also ordered us the hermetically-sealed variety, rather than the two-piece version, which is a bit more expensive but much safer, and that's exponentially more important now. 

These situations are actually apparently fairly common, even here in the high desert, and they have a specific means of dealing with them; they install an evaporative system that takes care of the water inflow into the pit, and keeps it from overloading the system. But — and it's a big-ass but — that's a $17 grand system. 

Yes. Seventeen. Thousand. Dollars.

We don't have it.

Relocating it's not feasible; it'll be what we're already paying, again (save the tank cost, obvs), and there's no guarantee before they dig that it won't have the same result. What we're going to do, for now, is deal with it as-is, and if we have to pump it more frequently before we can convert it, that's what we'll have to do. But within six months (preferably sooner), we'll need to get them back out here to open up the pit again, install the evaporative system, and then dig the leach field. The good news is that it's $17K less what we've put into it, and today will not be $4,100, since they can't complete the leach-field part of the install. But we're still going to need to come up with $12K dedicated just to this. And no, none of this is them trying to bilk anyone; they're actually giving us a break, having just billed someone elsewhere $24K for a similar system. It really was something entirely unpredictable; no one has ever known of a spring on this land within six feet of the surface.

And yes, it took every ounce of self-control I had not to burst into tears when he said $17k. Not enough to keep from blurting out "Holy fuck," and then collapsing onto the nearest seat, though. But as with everything else, the process is under way, and there's no way out but forward at this point, so, hey, guess what, we've going to have to tack on another $12K to everything else we have to raise to finish this house. But it gives us a tiny bit of breathing room for the rest of this week, even if the bigger bill down the road will be a nightmare.

Anyway, yes, here's that PayPal link. Gah.

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This day was ridiculous by ten o'clock. More on that later. for now, this is how it begins, with the excavation. The guys were here at 8:30 ON THE DOT this morning. Their company name is In & Out, and they absolutely live up to it: No wasted time, no dragging stuff out. They also know their stuff, and while they're a little more expensive than some of the other area providers, they're right in line with most of them, and so we always go back to them for whatever's needed.

So, they got four feet down, and hit this:

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all rights reserved.
That's the water table in that spot. They're going deeper than four feet, but for now, they've got to get the water out. Wings's pump wasn't strong enough to handle the vertical slope, so they had to go back and get theirs. In the meantime, it did this:

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That's up and entire foot. So they're pumping and excavating kind of simultaneously. In the meantime, this showed up:

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That's the actual septic tank. Here's a close-up, for those of you who, like me, have never seen one before:

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And this stuff is something called EZFlow, which is being used in the install:

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They're long duffel bag-like tubes of foam pieces, much like those styrofoam "peanuts" used in packing and shipping. These, however, are made of something different, something high-tech and supposedly more environmentally friendly than the old fills and liners. They're also supposed to be safer in terms of protecting the tank, even apart from the eco stuff, so I hope they're as good as they're cracked up to be.

Another $4,100 will go out the door this afternoon.

::Pauses to scream internally::

::Deep breath::

Okay. Back at it. It's just endless, and there are so many more expenses coming down the pike. As in this week. We've been fortunate that Wings received the commission that permitted us to do this, and start the other big-ticket item, the exterior work, but that's only a start. And this, combined with all of the materials purchases and labor costs of the last month, have wiped us out. We're back to needing consistent daily shares to keep the work going; otherwise, we'll be calling a halt next week. Here are all the links:

  1. First, to donate, the PayPal link is here.
  2. Second, for sales (which we really need to make, and I'll be highlighting some of his high-end stuff on the site this week), the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling. 
  3. And finally, the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. 
We need to make some sales, and sales of some of his bigger-ticket items would go a very, very long way toward this phase (which is by far the most expensive, as all the guys are so fond of reminding of us : "Oh, you thought you had the expensive part done? Hahahaha, it's just beginning!"). Later this week, I'll be highlighting some of Wings's pricier works on the site, and it would help us a lot if folks would be sure to share those links far and wide; you never know who might be a collector, or just moved by a particular piece and inspired to buy. For now, I have to get back to the task list (and people) hectoring me from the sidelines about a thousand and one things, so many thanks and much love to everyone.


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Monday Photo Meditation: Water and Sky

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2017; all rights reserved.
Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for a Monday when clouds and smoke have finally begun to clear. It's a reminder that we have much to learn from the elemental spirits that sustain us, those twinned turquoise beings we call water and sky.

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



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Sunday, May 21, 2017

More slick finish. HUGE expenses upcoming. Shares needed.

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Now you can see the difference between the slick finish and the float finish.

Below, you can see what a great job they're doing around the spiral posts, and you can also see the mica showing through.

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Sherm apparently will be off Thursday and Friday, and if so, he'll be back with his guys then to get a jump on next weekend's work on the interior. They're behind because of the Structo problem, and a slick finish requires a lot more meticulousness, but it's moving without interruption while they're here. Also Thursday, Philip will be here to lath the upper-level exterior, preparatory to beginning the plaster either next weekend or the following Monday.

Bright an early tomorrow morning, the plumbers come to excavate and begin the septic system install. We've already given them $4K toward that; when they finish (potentially as early as Tuesday), we'll be giving them the remaining $4,100. And all of this will just about wipe us out, and there's a long way to go, so we're back to needing regular shares. Links are here:
First, to donate, the PayPal link is hereSecond, for sales (which we really need to make, and I'll be highlighting some of his high-end stuff on the site this week), the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling. And finally, the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. 
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a temporary reprieve from the court. There's another match on for Karen right now, to finish out the moving expenses and, as I understand it, give her a little breathing room for incidentals and maybe a start toward the next phase of what she needs for what I find myself thinking of as her "survival fund." I'm sure Lauralee can also still use the scratch while she makes whatever arrangements can be made for herself, her daughters, and their dog, so her link is here.
Many thanks and much love to everyone. I'm slammed again this week; almost no time for anything, and way behind on multiple tasks, including stuff house-related and not. Basically, expect to see me if and when you see me; I'll try to post photos of the progress in the evenings, but it may be mostly cut-and-paste.



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Finding the Centers

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work that embodies worlds of all kinds. It's also one that reminds to seek the center of each, because it is in finding the centers that we find ourselves, and our path.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Saturday, May 20, 2017

They fixed it! And shares needed.

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That's what the east wall looks like now. It looks like silk and velvet combined.

The west wall was suffering the most, but as the color coat dried, it was all shaping up to look like this:
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The problem lies in the "new and improved" Structo-Lite, which now dries so fast that the guys have no time to work it like they used to be able to do with the old version. What that means is that, because it's granular, the granules get tacky and dry as they're troweling it on, and there's no way to get them mixed thoroughly, and so you get that up there.

From a distance, it does this:


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And so you get that patchy look. We already knew the Structo was the problem, but Sherm finally put together why the southwest and west walls were so much worse: because the exterior has not yet been plastered, and because that's the direction from which the wind most often comes, it was getting through the chinks in the adobe and sucking the water dry as fast as they put it on.

At any rate, because of the change in the Structo, there's no way to do a pigmented float finish and have it turn out the way it would have in the past. Which means that Wings had to give up on it and go with mixing the pigment with Red Top, for a slick finish. The good news is that he likes it better, and now the mica shows through:

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It'll be more for the Red Top, and the labor, but fortunately Sherm tells me we're fine on pigment and mica. Which is good, because we had to go pick up grout and caulk down in Ranchos this morning, and we've got huge expenses coming up this week with the septic install and the base coat of the exterior plaster. That will about wipe us out, and there's a long way to go, so we're back to needing regular shares. Links are here:
Right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. And if you do want to kick in a few pennies now, the PayPal link is here.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a temporary reprieve from the court. There's another match on for Karen right now, to finish out the moving expenses and, as I understand it, give her a little breathing room for incidentals and maybe a start toward the next phase of what she needs for what I find myself thinking of as her "survival fund." I'm sure Lauralee can also still use the scratch while she makes whatever arrangements can be made for herself, her daughters, and their dog, so her link is here.
Many thanks and much love to everyone. I am so far behind that I'm never going to catch up, but I've got to try. At least it's sunny today, even if everything was frozen solid this morning (and 27 degrees), and we're finally supposed to be back in the fifties this week. Which is good, because I have a ton of physical labor ahead of me, starting tomorrow.



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The Grass Still Reaches for the Sun

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work perfectly apt for a late spring dawn when winter has returned to edge our world here with ice. It's a piece that embodies Mother Earth in appearance and in name, and on this frozen morning reminds us to move forward with persistence and love, in the same way as the grass still reaches for the sun.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Friday, May 19, 2017

Isn't this week over yet? Shares needed.

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Wall tile is in place; grout and then floor tile next week. 
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We have to pick up new grout locally tomorrow, because they refuse to use the Lowe's stuff, so . . . ::shrug:: this has been my whole week. I'm on Day 3 of a monster migraine; on Day 4 of a subluxed right hand (and yes, I'm right-handed); I'm getting grief from my camera, laptop, and external drives; and my last pair of jeans that fit me just more or less dissolved in the laundry, and I'm just fed up to my eyeballs with the weather, my body, and everything. Links are here:
We're okay for a little while longer in terms of cash flow, but that will change all too soon (and soon is  getting nearer by the day; massive payouts this week and next for the two biggest expenses, septic install and exterior plaster). Right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. And if you do want to kick in a few pennies, the PayPal link is here.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a temporary reprieve from the court. There's another match on for Karen right now, to finish out the moving expenses and, as I understand it, give her a little breathing room for incidentals and maybe a start toward the next phase of what she needs for what I find myself thinking of as her "survival fund." I'm sure Lauralee can also still use the scratch while she makes whatever arrangements can be made for herself, her daughters, and their dog, so her link is here.
Many thanks and much love to everyone. I'm just at my choking point on this week, and pretty much everything else. And I can't even have a drink because migraine, so ::flips off universe:: I'm out. See y'all tomorrow. Maybe.



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Friday Feature: Strength of Spirit

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all rights reserved.

It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, It's a work that suits this mid-May day when winter has returned to us, complete with snow. It's also a reminder that, as unsettled and humbling as the season may be, we have within us the strength of spirit to navigate it.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated. 



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wall tile almost done; floors, more interior plaster, exterior plaster, and septic all begin next week. Shares needed.

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Just two of the tile guys today, and they'll be back tomorrow. That's part of what they did today up there — cutting the tiles to fit the pitch of the ceiling. They'll be all finished with the walls tomorrow, if their current pace holds, and they'll start the floor on Monday. 

Sherm will be back with his crew over the weekend; the plumbers starting Monday; and Philip and his crew starting next Thursday. We at least got a bit of a reprieve for tomorrow, with an appointment rescheduled for June, which is a relief since we're supposed to have snow and icy roads tomorrow morning. Yes, we got snow this morning, too.

I'm on Day 2 of a monster migraine, so it's mostly cut-and-paste from here on in. As I've said previously, there's one caveat WRT to the Lowe's cards: They can be purchased in any denomination, I believe (I think the site said $10 to $2,000). I had to select denominations, though, for the wish list, which is why they're what they are, but people can always change it to a lesser amount. It all goes toward the interior work. Anyway, links are here:
We're okay for a little while longer in terms of cash flow, but that will change all too soon (and soon is  getting nearer by the day; massive payouts this week and next for the two biggest expenses, septic install and exterior plaster). Right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. And if you do want to kick in a few pennies, the PayPal link is here.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a temporary reprieve from the court. There's another match on for Karen right now, to finish out the moving expenses and, as I understand it, give her a little breathing room for incidentals and maybe a start toward the next phase of what she needs for what I find myself thinking of as her "survival fund." I'm sure Lauralee can also still use the scratch while she makes whatever arrangements can be made for herself, her daughters, and their dog, so her link is here.
Many thanks and much love to everyone. Just like last night, I'm beat, and I have to get back to work. It's endless.



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Eight Years. Little Thunder.

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Eight years ago this morning, I was in the vet's office with that little guy up there. 

This morning, I took cedar and tobacco and sweetgrass out to the place where we buried him on that same day.

His name was Animiikins, Little Thunder Being, but he answered to Big Guy, Little Dude, Little Big Man (yes, partly a play on the movie, and also an expression of who he was, a huge spirit in a tiny body), and a bunch of variations on all three. He was with us for parts of six days, having been injured in the old village just as we were leaving the gallery for the day. The girls who found him couldn't take him, which meant we were elected. The vehicle bump he had reportedly sustained was the least of his worries; it turned out that he had distemper, and the vet said that he could not be saved.

Griffin refused to forgive me; for weeks, every time I looked into our alpha boy's eyes, they accused me, insisting that we could have saved him if only we'd just, you know, done it.

I don't know whether we could or not. I do know that I still feel guilty that we didn't try, but I had external pressures on me at that time, and I was not the one who could make the final call. And so I held him in my arms on the table, and he curled into the crook of my elbow and looked up at me as if to say that he knew, and it was okay, and then he snuggled in and closed his eyes and went to sleep. And never awakened again.

He's one with the land now, like the others. Six days was nothing; he had our hearts locked up within six hours. He was such a little tough guy, afraid of nothing, following us everywhere we went. He still comes with us, in our hearts. We love you, Little Thunder, our Little Big Man. 



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#ThrowbackThursday: At Both Ends of the Rain

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It's #TBT at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work from some seven to nine years ago that was one in a series of spare, simple, and yet powerful works. This one seemed to embody the warmth of the spring and summer seasons, its form and shape and shades reminding us that life exists at both ends of the rain.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. This one sold long ago, of course, but if the style speaks to your spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; we have a more elaborate one in current inventory, and Wings can always create a version uniquely your own. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

More tile; window sills; prep for plaster & septic. Shares needed.

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More tile. Floyd had to go home sick today, but Gary stayed to work on it. That's the newest stuff up there, and what he'd already done is below:

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They'll be going straight up to the ceiling; then the floor.

Meanwhile, Tony and Reynaldo finished off the windows in the spare room:
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It's beautiful woodwork.

Also meanwhile, assorted other problems and irritations, particularly with regard to what people tell me (or don't, as the case may be). I need a break badly — we both do — because between the weather and the wind and the return to winter and the constant demands on our time and attention and the issues and new costs that keep cropping up, we're both beat. 


I don't know what kind of day tomorrow will be. I'm at the point where I'm just expecting problems, because that's what it's been all week long. I have other crap to deal with tonight, and precious little time for anything else, so the rest is mostly cut-and-paste. As I've said previously, there's one caveat WRT to the Lowe's cards: They can be purchased in any denomination, I believe (I think the site said $10 to $2,000). I had to select denominations, though, for the wish list, which is why they're what they are, but people can always change it to a lesser amount. It all goes toward the interior work. Anyway, links are here:
We're okay for a little while longer in terms of cash flow, but that will change all too soon (and soon is  getting nearer by the day; massive payouts this week and next for the two biggest expenses, septic install and exterior plaster). Right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. And if you do want to kick in a few pennies, the PayPal link is here.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a temporary reprieve from the court. There's another match on for Karen right now, to finish out the moving expenses and, as I understand it, give her a little breathing room for incidentals and maybe a start toward the next phase of what she needs for what I find myself thinking of as her "survival fund." I'm sure Lauralee can also still use the scratch while she makes whatever arrangements can be made for herself, her daughters, and their dog, so her link is here.
Many thanks and much love to everyone. I'm beat, and I have to get back to work. The rest of the week is beyond overscheduled, and I've got to get a little bit ahead of this curve somehow, pain or no.



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The Greening of the World

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a pair of works that remind us of our duties at this season. at a time when we are given the gift of the greening of the world, we are also charged with making greater efforts to protect it.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

More lath; more tile; more problems. More money out the door for the septic install. Link shares are helpful.

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That's the lathwork on the back of the house, which is what Tony and Reynaldo spent the day doing (until the weather whipped up a storm mid-afternoon, that is; winter seems to be returning tonight, with snow flurries a definite possibility). While they were busy with that, Floyd and his coworker were upstairs doing this:

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They've got a ways to go, but it's coming together beautifully.

In the meantime, I had to order more mica for the plaster, deal with a plaster issue that will likely necessitate the third, slick coat that we didn't initially want (it's an issue of "improved" material that improves it out of useability), and gave half down to the plumbers for the septic install, with excavation to commence Monday morning. That last was $4K, so it's a big hit. Wings also scheduled Philip to come out Thursday morning for a final look at the exterior stuff, because we'll probably make a decision on that and have whomever gets it begin the exterior scratch this weekend. 

The rest of the week promises to be a zoo, with too much to do and a lot of weird weather complicating all of it. I still have work to do tonight, too. So once again, the rest is mostly cut-and-paste. As I've said previously, there's one caveat WRT to the Lowe's cards: They can be purchased in any denomination, I believe (I think the site said $10 to $2,000). I had to select denominations, though, for the wish list, which is why they're what they are, but people can always change it to a lesser amount. It all goes toward the interior work. Anyway, links are here:
We're okay for a little while longer in terms of cash flow, but that will change all too soon. Right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. And if you do want to kick in a few pennies, the PayPal link is here.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a temporary reprieve from the court. There's another match on for Karen right now, to finish out the moving expenses and, as I understand it, give her a little breathing room for incidentals and maybe a start toward the next phase of what she needs for what I find myself thinking of as her "survival fund." I'm sure Lauralee can also still use the scratch while she makes whatever arrangements can be made for herself, her daughters, and their dog, so her link is here.
Many thanks and much love to everyone. I'm stretched really thin right now, and I've got to make some progress on this to-do list.



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Red Willow Spirit: Planting Season

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's this week's edition of Red Willow Spirit, and a contemplation on adaptation. It's a look at an early monsoon season, at what the earth gives up to us from it, and at what we sow ourselves in this, the planting season.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. It's all photos today, and as always, Wings's images are available in any of the usual three formats; simply inquire via the site's Contact form. Also as always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Monday, May 15, 2017

Tile! And exterior plaster and septic system scheduling. Shares are useful again.

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We're getting our bathroom tile! Well, technically, we've had the tile  since January, sitting in boxes. But now it's going up on the walls, and eventually on the floor.

It looks as though the exterior plaster might begin as early as this weekend — scratch coat only, at the moment, because it's all we can afford. We're writing a massive check tomorrow for the septic install; the plumbers ordered the tank itself for us today, and they'll begin excavating next Monday. [The septic system is $1,100 more than we were led to believe, which I attribute to carelessness on the part of the person to whom the quote was given (but who hasn't been running the crew for months now).] So things are moving forward, but this is by far the most expensive phase of the whole building process, the one that turns a shell into a habitable home, so we're having to watch every penny right now.

Which means more work for me tonight, especially given the week that's head (especially tomorrow and Friday, both of which are crammed). So, as seems to be the usual lately, the rest of this is mostly cut-and-paste. As I've said previously, there's one caveat WRT to the Lowe's cards: They can be purchased in any denomination, I believe (I think the site said $10 to $2,000). I had to select denominations, though, for the wish list, which is why they're what they are, but people can always change it to a lesser amount. It all goes toward the interior work. Anyway, links are here:
We're okay for a little while longer in terms of cash flow, but that will change all too soon. Right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. And if you do want to kick in a few pennies, the PayPal link is here.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a reprieve from the court. I'll relink their fundraisers when their respective next stages occur.
I am so profoundly glad that yesterday is over for another year that it made today seem doubly beautiful, even with the wind: bright blue skies, wispy white clouds, nearly everything now green, and our first two dragonflies of the year. We have the truck back (although there's more to be done); the horses have all their annual/biennial/triennial stuff done for the remainder of the year; and once this week is out, I can probably turn most of my attention to the house. Many thanks and much love to everyone. 



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Monday Photo Meditation: Intercessor

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for the planting season. This is a time of labor here, one in which a plough becomes a prayer, a mediator, an intercessor on our journey to abundance.

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 much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Is this day done yet?

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Well, I knocked myself out trying to get stuff done before the plaster crew got here, and then they didn't show up until their usual time anyway. Of course, the tone for the day was already set by that point, since when I went outside, the horses were out. Again. Apparently Shade has learned to lift the bolt, so, like a belt-and-suspenders approach to pants, it's a bolt-and chain approach to pens now.

The guys made some progress despite it being a short day, getting the kitchen done save for the main back (north) wall. They'll be back next weekend to do that, the small bath, the utility room, and the areas around the vigas throughout.
We did get the truck back yesterday, thank all that's holy, and it was not so much as one cent over the original estimate, but the next thing is tie rods, so there'll be more to come. For tomorrow, it's the horses' annual floating (which in practice is more a biennial, although this time it's three years gone), so I'll be standing out there holding half-ton beasts tomorrow.

Which means more work for me tonight, especially given the week that's head (especially tomorrow and Friday, both of which are crammed). So, as seems to be the usual lately, the rest of this is mostly cut-and-paste. As I've said previously, there's one caveat WRT to the Lowe's cards: They can be purchased in any denomination, I believe (I think the site said $10 to $2,000). I had to select denominations, though, for the wish list, which is why they're what they are, but people can always change it to a lesser amount. It all goes toward the interior work. Anyway, links are here:
We're okay at the moment on [the cash] front (although how long that will last is anybody's guess, given that we're in the final and by far the most expensive stages). So as I said last night, right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth.
I'm given to understand that Karen has made, or mostly made, her moving expenses goal, and that Lauralee has gotten a reprieve from the court. I'll relink their fundraisers when their respective next stages occur.
This day is typically one of the worst of the year for me, for too many reasons, and this day has been no exception. I finally wrote a few of the nearer-but-still-safer demons out elsewhere in Motherhood:  A Play In Three Acts (no, it's not a play). There is an order, as that implies: Act I; Act II; Act III. As always, they come with the usual TW, and nobody feeling vulnerable should go there. It's one thing to be damaged, and also to know how you got that way; it's another to be thrown back into the wreckage by someone else's.



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The Voice of the Light

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work that brings together the forces of spring in an alchemy as old as time itself. It's an elemental dance performed to a song sung by the voice 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 much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

More interior plaster. Back to the blues tomorrow, we hope.

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No painting today, because of that👆🏽. The guys made some serious progress on the plaster, taking it all the way around the south wall and up the west wall as far as the spiral post separating the dining area from the kitchen. They're trying to get the whole living area done before worrying about the other downstairs rooms (kitchen, bath, utility room) so that they can get to work on the bancos (those are the adobe window seats that will go in the southeast corner). They're coming back at 8 AM tomorrow so that they can leave between noon and one. If all goes as planned, we'll resume painting the blues after they're gone.

Tomorrow will, of course, be one of my least favorite days on the calendar. Busy is good, assuming weather and my joints permit. The weather made a liar out of me today, when I said this morning that the small clouds scudding around the skies would bring us not a single drop of rain; instead we got two small, quick, fierce monsoonal storms this afternoon, with more distant clouds building even now (although these are likely to remain out of range). My joints are screaming at me.

I've got a lot to do yet tonight, and so once again, it's all pretty much cut-and-paste again from here on in. As I said last night, there's one caveat WRT to the Lowe's cards: They can be purchased in any denomination, I believe (I think the site said $10 to $2,000). I had to select denominations, though, for the wish list, which is why they're what they are, but people can always change it to a lesser amount. It all goes toward the interior work. Anyway, links are here (for us, and for the two other folks who need donations far more desperately right now):
We're okay at the moment on [the cash] front (although how long that will last is anybody's guess, given that we're in the final and by far the most expensive stages). So as I said last night, right now, the best ways to help are as follows: by sharing the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling; and sharing the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth.
As I also said, as far as folks in need of immediate help with donations. Lauralee needs help badly right now. So does Karen. Please share their links, and kick in if you can. They're both on much tighter timetables, and there are health and safety concerns at issue for both of them. As I understand it, the $1,000 match for Karen has been met, and so she's most of the way to her moving expenses. Lauralee has had precious little movement by comparison, though, and she needs help.
Back to work for me. Many thanks and much love to everyone. Like yesterday, the Swainson's was back today, and as I said before, at a time like this, the spirit birds have one message: Fight.



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