Saturday, April 29, 2017

A day off, of sorts. Bad weather, an injured dog, and simple exhaustion. Shares still needed.

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At long last, a "day off."

Yeah, around here, that's always relative, so it's not really "off," but it was too cold for Jr. and Sr. to plaster today, so we told them to wait and try tomorrow. In the meantime, both of us really needed some rest. The last two weeks, in particular, we've maintained an absolutely punishing pace, both physically and mentally, and the stresses have been enormous (in the original sense of that word, and the more recent one). It's cold, windy, flurrying, and generally miserable; I have posole in the crock pot; and we've decided to give our bodies and minds and spirits a few hours to regroup.

Oh, and to top it all off? Raven and She-Wolf decided to chase Shade. Not unusual; the dogs and horses all troll each other. This time, though, Raven got too close, and he got kicked in the head. I didn't see it; just the aftermath. So I've had to spend the day monitoring him and keeping him quiet. He's resting at my feet right now, and he's moving normally and his eyes are focused, although he no doubt has one hell of a headache. We have our fingers crossed that that will be the only result — well, that and a new respect for the horses' hooves, finally.

If they're right about tomorrow's forecast, Jr. and Sr. will be here to plaster. Then Sr. and Tony will be back on Monday (and possibly Jr., too, depending on his excavation gig). This week, they'll have to get some stuff done upstairs on the doorframes, because the bathroom tile job is slated for about ten days from now; the fixtures can't be hooked up until that happens, and it's way behind schedule. There's a lot of expense ahead, so please share the links below:
  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund. [Thanks to some incredible folks yesterday, I think we are at around $9,600 thus far on this $30K stage. $7K+ of that is going to have to be reserved for the septic, and labor's eating us alive on the daily, so that's going to mean a lot of juggling.] If that link doesn't work, it's tied to his e-mail address: wingsoftaos [at] newmex [dot] com. Also, that link? It's a direct one now, rather than via the "Donate" button, so it should work better.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.
Profound thanks and much love to everyone for your support. moral, financial, and every other kind. And please, support LauraLee's fundraiser, with shares at the very least. She and her girls and their dog are seeing their house on the auction block, the people foreclosing treated her the same way those repossessing ours treated us, and he needle hasn't moved on her crowdfunding page in two days. I know how demoralizing that is, and right now, she needs hope.


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