Sunday, June 11, 2017

UPDATED. Truer sanctuary blues. Speaking of sanctuary, I need one about now, badly. We need shares equally badly.

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UPDATE: We're bagging it for the week, at least in part. No mica, and until it comes in, Sherm's crew can't go forward. We've postponed Tony and Reynaldo to a week from tomorrow, because the money from our last sizeable sale is about to get sunk into the truck's tie-rods (yes, it shimmies all the way down the highway; no, I don't want Wings driving it one more day). Once the mica arrives (and it better be here tomorrow), Sherm and Miguel and Ervin can come back to finish the interior plaster. But between tie-rods and vehicle insurance, we're about to expend somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,150, which will wipe out our sales reserve, meaning that none of that reserve goes into the house this week. Honestly, it doesn't break my heart to have some space for another day, but the delays are a very real issue now, and so are the expenses involved in getting us from this point to being able actually to live in the house. Yeah, we're frustrated. We also have no options but to move forward, even at a snail's pace, and hope and pray we don't lose our crew to a different job.


A better shot from yesterday of the actual color on the east wall. Today it was touch-ups (with more to come, but some that have needed doing for a while are now done). I hope the mica arrives tomorrow, because the delay has already put us three days behind. 

This week is going to be ridiculously expensive, just on labor for both crews and on the lumber and stucco and other materials we're going to have to buy now. At some point, we have to get down to Lowe's and Home Depot to deal with the flooring issues, but we don't have enough in the way of either cash or gift cards right now to cover it, so that's another delay. Meanwhile, time is telescoping on me faster by the day.
And as I've been saying for days, I have to have all this stuff rattling around in my head all day every day and most of the night, and every second is spent, even unconsciously, trying to juggle it all and figure out how to make it work. The stress is killing me, and I don't mean that metaphorically. I mean it's genuinely affecting my health in some really problematic ways. I need to get this done and off my shoulders for a while so we can both get a little real rest for the first time in 20 months. We need consistent daily link shares for all of it:
  • First, to donate, the PayPal link is here
  • 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. 
  • 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. A note here: To tile the downstairs, we'll need to go to Home Depot, which doesn't sell gift cards through Amazon; they can be purchased through the company's Web site here.
As always lately, I have a lot more work this evening, and I have to get on it. Many thanks and much love to everyone.

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