Monday, July 24, 2017

It's all a mess. Sales and shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

The events of the last two weeks have wiped me out completely — physically, mentally, emotionally. I've been worse than useless all day; the fatigue is so bad that I feel like I do when I'm on the threshold of a mono relapse, including all the other symptoms besides the exhaustion. Maybe I am. The daily all-out push is wearing me really thin (except not, you know, on my hips or anything useful like that).

We found out today that Home Depot fucked up our whole order completely. They were apparently going to deliver it Friday, but the people who followed up after the service rep scheduled it apparently didn't. Follow up, that is. And so it was never on a truck in the first place. Today was Day 4 of waiting, and we found out around 10:30 AM that it was still in the fucking dock. The earliest they can get it here is Wednesday. 

Then the electrician showed up and demanded a grand (2/3 of the second half of the total). The rest of the lighting fixtures are being ordered, some on backorder, and he's up in here trying to push me to buy others sooner elsewhere, and I. AM. NOT. HAVING IT. I am sick unto death of men talking over me, dismissing me, thinking they know better than I do, trying to control what I do or say or the choices I make or erase and rewrite my life experience. [Not a syllable of that, BTW, refers to Wings. Plenty of other men, though, and every last one of them can take a flying you-know-what at this point.] The next guy who mansplains anything to me about any of this process (or anything else) gets tossed out on his ear with an invitation never to return.

And we are in a bind, because the septic system is just an ongoing disaster, and we paid out a huge chunk of our cash on hand to get it functional. They will fix it. But for now, our reserves are dwindling fast, and there's a long, LONG way to go. [BTW, on that septic system? I took a good long look at all of it over the weekend. A year ago, they dug literally an inch from where they dug in June and hit groundwater less than a yard down. That whole rerouted spring and change in the water table? It all happened sometime between last August and now.] But whatever; there's nothing we can do about it except work around, which is costing us several fortunes at this point. So we need sales. And we need shares of our wishlist. And we'll need giftcards for Home Depot and Lowe's, or we will not be able to finish off the interior and move in this year. So here are the links:

  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
Now I think I need to go be cranky by myself. I'm way past exhausted, and I'm not fit company for anyone.



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: Summer Waters

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for the rainy season. Today, it's a contemplation of the summer waters, those that fall from the sky and those that pool and flow, all of which make the corn grow.

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 (especially now), 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, July 23, 2017

Still no tile, and no info, either. Expenses start up again in a big way tomorrow. Shares needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.
Those up there are the light fixtures in the downstairs bath. In other words, one of the few visible things that got done the other day.

Still no tile. No delivery, after three days of waiting, and no word, and no response from Home Depot, either (excluding the person who sold it to us, who has knocked herself out on our behalf but who has her much deserved "weekend" on Sundays and Mondays). It is not remotely possible that they cannot track the truck, but then again, it should not be remotely possible that their Web site has no e-mail or online means of contact, but here we are. Yes, we are going to have words tomorrow. If things go well, my earrings will stay in my ears. If not . . . .

And it alls tarts up again tomorrow. Except, in all likelihood, the septic repairs, natch. Too much rain in the forecast. Even so, they need to get this clusterfuck fixed, too. The constant problems and screw-ups and foot-dragging delays that led to this weekend's cancellation have left me without mercy any longer. 

In the meantime, we've just bade farewell to one of our dearest friends, who was here this week for specific purposes that never materialized, thanks to said screw-ups and delays. We are planning to have her here again soon, and the people to whom we are paying ungodly amounts of money are now going to have to make that happen, and on our time frame, because we are done being jacked around.
Expenses begin to mount anew tomorrow, too. Lots of labor costs upcoming, and plenty of materials costs that require cash outlays, too. We need to make some sales, and badly. We will also need to buy a lot of materials from Home depot and/or Lowe's, and soon, to finish this off, so here are the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
This week is going to be absurdly busy for reasons entirely different from last week, but the pace will be about the same. Which is to say, punishing. I have more work to do tonight, and I will have to be up and running early tomorrow. Many thanks and much love to everyone who has gotten us this far; we just need a little more help, a final long hard push, to finish this off.



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.

Ice Born of Fire

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work of oppositional elements and elemental oppositions. As is ice born of fire, so, too, does it embody extremes that nonetheless deliver balance to the world. 

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), 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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

No delivery yet. No end point, either. Sales and shares needed, though.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Newly-sealed bathroom tile.  Well, "new" as of Tuesday or so. In theory, the rest of the tile will arrive today, but it hasn't shown up yet. Wings thinks they won't show at all, but as usual, I am foolishly optimistic, even though I am also usually wrong.

Today is the archetypal example of that tendency on my part, of course. It's been a difficult summer, with a couple of hard markers for Wings last month and this, and my own of two days ago. Today is harder yet, a day that was supposed to be devoted to one endeavor, and is instead once again stuck in a holding pattern while we wait out circumstances beyond our control. I'm having a hard time with it, although on this, Wings is the optimist, insisting that he will make everything happen, and even better than originally planned.

For now, I'm reduced to jumping up and going outside every time I hear a large truck (which, on this highway, is practically every other vehicle), because if they do show up, the rain and the torn-up turf from the septic system mess mean that they can't just drive in and turn around anywhere they want. In the meantime, I'm trying to figure out how to juggle our funds to pay for labor and materials that can only be bought here, while trying to stretch our remaining gift cards as far as possible. Unfortunately, there is a LOT more to go, so we need to  make some sales, and I need to share the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
Not much has changed the last few days: I am going to be mostly unavailable — not for some of the reasons I expected, but still mostly unavailable nonetheless. It's also still true that I'm also mostly not very up for talking at the moment, not until we make enough progress that I can see that 1) there's actually an end point, and 2) we get to have a life out of it. Right now, it's not feeling like very much of either, and the fatigue is overwhelming for both of us.





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Born for the Fire

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; 
all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a piece for child and adult alike, for those of this land, its past, present, and future. It's a work named for those born of a red sun, those who are also born for the fire.

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), 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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Light fixtures, sealed tile, impossible delivery schedules.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Welp, today was kind of a loss, at least in terms of getting anything actually, you know, done. Home Depot helpfully provided truck-tracking info for the tile delivery, which unhelpfully listed both all day today and 8:02 AM tomorrow as potential delivery dates. Yeah, I don't know how they can pinpoint it at two minutes after eight, either. But the upshot is that one of us had to be here all day just in case, and since they predictably did not arrive, we'll have to be here all day tomorrow, too.

That said, we got some of the smaller stuff done this week, too, that I hadn't had time to photograph until today. One is that up there: a few of the light fixtures. Not many; a few are still undelivered, even. But it's a start. Floyd also came and sealed the upstairs tile; if they get rained out of their current job this coming week, they may even be able to start our downstairs earlier than expected.

And then there's all the rest. And, of course, our plans for this weekend completely upended and postponed for the moment (only for a few weeks, though). And we're still working full-tilt on everything ourselves, too.
Getting through this last push is going to take a lot. And as I've been saying on a nightly basis, it's very expensive, all of it, and our cash is going for labor and materials that have to be bought here, which means that sales and cards are both extremely helpful in reaching the end of this incredibly long process. So here are the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
As I also said last night, I am going to be mostly unavailable for several days. Not for some of the reasons I expected, but still mostly unavailable nonetheless. It's also still true that I'm also mostly not very up for talking at the moment, not until we make enough progress that I can see that 1) there's actually an end point, and 2) we get to have a life out of it.



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Friday Feature: Sun's Fire, Blues of Sky and Storm

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work from one of Wings's fellow artists that suits our day here perfectly. It's sun's fire, blues of sky and storm, all brought together in a medicine bear that may yet bring us the gift of the rain.

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.



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, July 20, 2017

Tile delivery Saturday. A lot more to go.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Not a great shot, but a close-up of the front doors from yesterday. No work on the house today; we were both so exhausted that we slept in (which for him is a decent amount; for me, "sleeping in" apparently means getting up at 7:34 AM, but I'll take it). In two days, though, things get interesting again: The downstairs tile is at long last being delivered, 12 X 12 slate for everything but the bath, and a more decorative geometric tile for that (the overage of which will be turned into kitchen countertops and backsplash). The latter is kind of earthy beige and blue; the former is natural slate that ranges from browns and grays to almost violet and rose in muted shades. The engineered hardwood for upstairs will allegedly be delivered next week. We'll see.

I'm a little less heartsick than last night, if only because this means that we will soon see at least a pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel (and we can reschedule some things for a couple of months out). Once the tile is in downstairs, it will become much easier to envision what the finished house will look like, and it will allow us to deal with the water heater and appliances and cabinetry and so forth. 

And at that point, be very nearly done.

But it's going to take a lot, and it's very expensive, all of it, and our cash is going for labor and materials that have to be bought here, and so sales and cards are both extremely helpful in reaching the end of this incredibly long process. So here are the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
As I said last night, I am going to be mostly unavailable for several days. The fact that I'm writing all of this at eleven o'clock at night tells you what my schedule is like right now. I'm also mostly not very up for talking at the moment, not until we make enough progress that I can see that 1) there's actually an end point, and 2) we get to have a life out of it.



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.

#TBT: A Warrior's Fire

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's #ThrowbackThursday at The NDN Silver Blog, with a trip back to 2009 or so, and one of the most striking entries in Wings's signature series, the Warrior Woman. In this iteration, she carried with her the illuminating power of visions and dreams and the sun itself, all working together to build and tend a warrior's fire.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. This one sold years ago, but if the imagery and style speaks to your spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. Also as always, sales are very much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This day . . . .

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It was completely fucked by 7 AM.

First, to get the ugly out of the way: For those of you who know about/were involved with the upcoming weekend, it's off. No, not for that reason. It's purely logistical, but I can't fight it anymore. There is pooled water on top of the French drain, rather than draining out of it into the pond. There is water backed up into the septic tank itself, the laking seal of which was supposed to have been repaired last week. The flooring that was supposed to be in almost a month ago is STILL not here, and there are no functional facilities. There have been several other logistical nightmares just this week alone, and it's just too much. Nothing until the house is done. I have had my meltdown(s), and as heartsick as I am over all of it, now all I can do is shove everything down as deep as everything else and try to keep going forward, because not one damn thing is ever gonna happen unless and until we get this finished. And I need to get it done in the next two months. There is nothing beyond that; it has to happen.

The small amount of good on the house that came out of today is above. I say small, because compared to the day's destructiveness, it is, but it's still significant. The plaster fuck-up is now completely covered by the right sort of base. Sherm and his guys got here VERY early this morning to beat the heat and the sun, and got the whole front (south) wall done. The guys finally hung the doors, so it's actually starting to look like a house, instead having that godawful tarp in front. It'll be about two weeks before they can do the color coat, so in the meantime, Sherm and one of his guys are going to do the balcony, while Tony and Reynaldo get the rest of the interior doors stained and hung and trimmed, and when the flooring finally shows up (allegedly next week), we get all of that down. They have electrical power to the house no in two of the rooms, so that guys can hook up their power tools without running cords out the windows to the box, and things are slowing moving forward.

It's got to move faster, though, and the money suck is indescribable. Here are the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
I am going to be mostly unavailable for several days. The fact that I'm writing all of this at eleven o'clock at night tells you what my schedule is like right now. I'm also mostly not very up for talking at the moment, not until we make enough progress that I can see that 1) there's actually an end point, and 2) we get to have a life out of it.



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The Golden Fire of an Indigo Sun

Photo copyright Aji, 2017;
all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work that embodies the color and light of our monsoonal skies. It's a pair of earrings in amber and lapis, a manifestation of the golden fire of an indigo 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, 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, July 18, 2017

Obstacles

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

That's what was supposed to be the French drain. Yeah, no, it's not supposed to look like that. Some progress, but very small, with a lot of obstacles in the way. I've got nothin'. 

Here are the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
Too tired for anything else. More storms on the way, too; thunder and lightning now, and I'm out.



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Red Willow Spirit: Distant Fires

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 the third of the elements, a partner with the water in this season of the rains. It's a look at the path of Father Sun as he makes his way across a monsoonal sky, in a round dance with the rains and the smoke and his own distant fires.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. It's all photos today, most of them Wings's with a couple of my own. As always, his images 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, 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, July 17, 2017

No sleep and power outages and plasterwork canceled and still no flooring.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

No, no new photos today. No time. Also, the texture guy blew us off, thinking he could demand more money for 30 minutes that he already said were included, so no. The electrician neither showed nor called. The plaster guys showed, but just as Sherm got here, Indian Killer Utility's power went out for an hour and a half, so he wound up sending the guys home and they'll try again tomorrow. When there's no power, there's no well pump, and no water means no mixing of the clay. Of course, it came back on less than five minutes after they split.

Also, the vet was out to do a very expensive blood draw on Shade (in the $625-675 range). The mass on her underside appears to be not a tumor, but rather a very, VERY bad allergic/inflammatory response to something, but that something is not insect bites or stings. So we're trying to isolate the trigger now, because the boys are not affected. We're looking at the moment at something in the new probiotic they're all on (sold and recommended locally), which came from a different manufacturer, and which turns out to have several very different ingredients from what she's been on all this time. It'll be a good week before we know more.

And all day it's been calls and visitors and vendors and deliveries and yet NO FLOORING, and yes, I have been up and running since 4:46 this morning, why do you ask? And I am ready to take off my earrings and go to war with a few of these folks (not the visitors; the vendors/contractors). And at some point, I will have to order a water heater and other appliances, and cabinets to hold them, and a few other things (okay, a lot of other things), so we can still use the cards, which means here are the links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
And now I have to take another shower, and then try to get the chicks in, and maybe eat something, and maybe try to get some sleep before it all starts all over again tomorrow. For now, as I said last night, many thanks, profound gratitude to some of ya'll who keep me sane, and much love.



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: Robes of Fire

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for a season of water and flame. We begin our week awash in silvery light, but we will end each day in robes of fire.

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, 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, July 16, 2017

Tomorrow will be a zoo. Up half the night, and at it by 5 AM for me.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

That white sheeting? That's the nylon mesh, which should have gone on the walls the first time around. Yeah, I'm still spitting nails over that. Fortunately, Sherm and his crew are correcting it.

And they will be here first thing in the morning, as in 7 AM, an hour and a half before our usual start time, to get cracking on the front exterior wall (which means I'll be up and working by 5). They need to beat the heat, which means beating the sun, basically, before it gets high enough to be over both mountain and arbor and sucking all the water out of the clay.

Our regular crew will be back, too; Floyd may be over to seal the upstairs tile late in the day, once the rain starts and knocks him and his crew off their other (outdoor) job; the plumbers may or may not be back, and right now I'm really hoping not because every time they show up, it's one more damn thing that costs a fortune; River will be here to work; the horse will be here at midday; and we have other people coming. It'll be a freaking zoo, in other words, all day long, so don't be surprised if you don't see much of me.
In the meantime, we have to get the upstairs plumbing fixtures installed and doors on, and we need to get a water heater installed, and we have to do it fast. That mostly means Home Depot or Lowe's, and the former seems to have a better selection, so the cards will help very much right now. So here are all those links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
We may get more rain tonight (we got more last night, a lot, plus flooding from the water off the main ditch thanks to subsidence). I also have to go get the chicks in, since Wings opened up the back area off the coop as a run for them today, and then I have a lot more work to do before I can sleep (well, try to sleep, anyway). For now, as I said last night, many thanks, profound gratitude to some of ya'll who keep me sane, and much love.





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To Enter the Worlds of the Air

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work for warriors, and for dreamers too. They are, after all, often one and the same, and they need bravery to enter the worlds of the air.

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, 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, July 15, 2017

We move forward, flooding or not.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

A happier image from yesterday, before the various storms, literal and otherwise, hit. They got the east wall done; all that remains of the base coat is the south (front) wall. Sadly, the color coat will not be on until the end of next week or the following one, which fucks up my plans in a not-insignificant way.

Yes, I'm calmer now. Not feeling any less extorted, but we're good (shout-out and thank-yous to two folks who know who they are and why I'm doing it). With luck, the tile will be up here next week, and we've left a message for Floyd to arrange for them to come out possibly as early as Monday to seal the upstairs and get the RedGuard down and the Hardeebacker up on the downstairs bath (and RedGuard the rest of the floor, too). 

Finally connected up with our vet last night, too. She's coming out the check Shade on Monday, including allergy testing. Shade's been suffering, and I do mean suffering, from severe allergies for about three weeks now, but we haven't been able to pinpoint the trigger; this might take care of that. And our vet says that, given the location of the mass we found yesterday and her vastly heightened allergic/inflammatory response right now, it might be nothing more than a severe reaction to insect bites (such as flies or mosquitoes); apparently, it's a common location for some mares. We'll know more in a couple of days, but it sounds as though we may not need to worry, at least right away, about something that's only fixable through surgical intervention.

Nothing is being canceled; merely . . . narrowed in scope for the time being. And I will be scarce for the next seven or eight days, but part of that scarceness will necessarily involve buying materials, supplies, and assorted other stuff for the construction process, so sales are always welcome, and cards as well. So here are all those links:
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Lowe's cards via our Amazon wishlist;
  • Lowe's cards via the company site; 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.
The rain is about to hit now, and I've got a ton of other stuff to do, both indoors and out. And we already have some flooding on the way to the pond where they tore up everything yesterday: not much flow into the pond that I can see, but plenty of seepage and pooling all the way to it. For now, I have to haul some stuff in before the rain really hits.  Many thanks, profound gratitude to some of ya'll who keep me sane, and much love.



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.

Worlds Beyond the Winds

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's Spider Woman manifest in more permanent form, a powerful iteration of a small-statured but significant earth spirit. In this form, as in others, she is both spinner of webs and protector of dreams, guardian and gatekeeper to worlds beyond the winds.

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 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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Worse and worse.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

This week just keeps getting worse and worse.

We are now down more than $4K over where we expected to be. The septic system continues to drain our finances, thanks to a rising water table and the need for a secondary drainage system in addition to the evaporative system. Our deadlines are blown to smithereens, and everything on tap for next week is blown with it.

I don't have words for the kind of pain this is causing me. 

I was going to describe the septic fixes, and what the guys did to fix the exterior plaster, but I don't have the heart for it. My heart hurts in ways that I cannot possibly convey right now, both literally and metaphorically.

Links here; this is the best I can do:
It's pouring, another massive storm, and I'm trapped in this tin can. I might be trapped here forever, at this rate. 



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Friday Feature: Medicine Dreams

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work of great solidity and substance. It's a masterwork infused with the power of earthy offerings and prayers fanned skyward on the winds, of medicine dreams and other worlds where the spirits dwell.

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.



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, July 13, 2017

This is it for tonight.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

I had a bunch of photos I was going to post tonight — of the work on the exterior plaster, of the fix for the septic system.

I don't have the heart for it.

Another $3 grand out the door today on this ongoing mess. CASH. That was money that was allocated elsewhere for the house, but is now going to fix that up there. Which, I might point out, they abandoned early because of the flood from the sky.

Everything's just . . . done. Especially me. I can't keep this up. Oh, the house will plod away toward getting done, but that's it. I'm not even necessary at this point. I'm half-dead right now from stress from too many sources, and I have nothing left for anything tonight.



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: Dreams of the Wind Spirits

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's #TBT at The NDN Silver Blog, with a throwback only three weeks in duration, to a very special commission from a very dear friend. It's a work that represents a spirit very close to her, and one that simultaneously embodies the dreams of the wind spirits.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. This is a one-of-a-kind work, obviously, but if the flask concept speaks to your spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. Also as always, sales are much needed (especially now), 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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

North wall done! Flooring on order, and most lighting. I'll be really scarce for the next eleven days.

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved.
We got home a little while ago to that up there. Sherm and his crew were shooting for a wall a day, but they're dodging weather, and it apparently poured here late this afternoon. It looks like they got the whole back wall, which has the most space to cover, all finished. If so, thats three layers: new skim; nylon mesh; float. That's a hell of a lot of work for not even all of one day. It's also beautifully done, smooth and even and richly colored even though it's just the cement right now [color coat comes next week].

Meanwhile, Tony and Reynaldo got the first coat of stain on all the downstairs interior windows and doors and support beams and spiral posts. We, on the other hand, weren't quite so lucky. 

Home Depot and one of their vendors managed to screw up BOTH parts of our tile order. It sets us back a whole week, and I am hugely unhappy. So is the specialist at Home Depot who's been working with us, and she's doing everything she can to take care of us in the face of constant problems. Because of the screw-ups, delivery up here to the job site from Santa Fe will be free. Delivery of today's order might be, too, if she can make it work, which is the rest of the upstairs flooring. It's engineered hardwood (yeah, I know, I know, but it's affordable, and it is wood, even if it's only the parchment thin slice on the top, and we don't plan on having water pouring in on it anywhere), and we got it on sale at a price lower than vinyl laminate. Anyway, the woman working with us on all of this is just fabulous: a retired aerospace engineer, with her own expertise in remodeling; incredibly cool and funny; and she took an immediate liking to us as much as we did to her. It is SUCH a wonderful thing to have a vendor who actually goes to bat for us on all kinds of things.

Tomorrow will just as busy as today, although without the long-distance travel, which is a plus. Just like last night, I'll be up late again, dealing with a bunch of stuff for the next eleven days' worth of scheduling, and you won't see much of me in all that time beyond the posts here and at Wings's site. We've managed to get all but (I think) three of the light fixtures in the works, at least, which means that the next (hugely expensive) rounds will be kitchen cabinetry, sink, and appliances to buy (and the water heater). As I also said, we're having to police our cash expenditures even more closely than usual, and right now, they're going for labor, plumbing, electric, and plaster, all things that have to be paid in cash. That means that Home Depot and Lowe's cards are still going to be useful for the rest of the materials, so here are the links for those and for sales:
Giftcards for both are very useful right now, but I think at the moment Home Depot wins out in terms of importance. It turns out that those can be sent via e-mail, as e-giftcards, and the store will scan the barcode right off my tablet screen. Much more efficient than sending physical ones. Many, many thanks to the dear person who sent us one today.

::Sigh:: I'm waiting for the pilot to reheat so I can take another shower after having been on the road all day; another thing I can't wait to leave behind with this tin can. For now, it's back to work. Many thanks and much love to everyone.



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.

The Winds Midwife New Worlds

Photo copyright Aji, 2017; 
all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work created to honor exactly this season: the time of the rains. It's a dance of the whirlwind spirits, and elemental maelstrom in which the winds midwife new worlds.

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.



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.