Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday: IKEA idea

How does a strawberry climb a step?
V-e-r-y S-l-o-w-l-y!
Saturday I broke from my usual routine to drive Kiara and Nessa to IKEA. They picked up a desk (hey, Nessa takes her studying *seriously*) and other stuff, while I found a thing or three that would better organize life. They got me some meatballs in payment and something I hadn't before: the sauce packets that go with them. I can be bribed with food!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Chips And Cat Door



Friday morning I awoke refreshed and inspired. Kiara and Nessa had asked about getting a cat door for for the basement, and I agreed having a better defined separation between the two units was a good idea.
The door popped off reasonably easily and a few minutes of work with the skillsaw create a cat-door (well, I did draw the outline first - measure twice cut once, right?)

Ready to work!
Later I  saw a note on the door announcing that there was a huge pile of surplus chips in the ally, and we should all take some. I wheeled my barrow and sure enough, there was a non-shambling mound big enough to hide a VW bug. I chipped the front yard which should free me from mowing for a while. The last couple of loads I was joined by a couple of neighbors so we talked.
The Smell Of Success is Piney
All in all, this was a pretty good day.

Today Plan

Today I shall be kind
To myself and to all others

Today I see that the unkindness of others
Grows from the pain of their hearts


Today I see we that the universal humanity of us all
Even those who hurt us
Gives me life.

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Today I shall take a step
Toward the success
Of My Mortgage Project.

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Today I shall keep a promise.

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Today I shall connect another
To help.

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Today I shall look to the health
Of my Body
Which includes my mind and my heart.

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Today I will say Thank You.

That Will Be Enough.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First Day Of Relief

Thursday morning as I got in my morning hours of work, Kris came to the stairs and invited me up for coffee.
In the upstairs kitchen she asked how I felt about yesterday, and I blurted out without a thought: "What A Relief!"
She seemed to feel the same way. She said that her lawyer told her that technically, if she changed her mind, she could fight the agreement, but that it was normal to have second thoughts and that if she awoke in the middle of the night wanting to undo it, to just go back to sleep.
I nodded. There's not much to say.
It is a good agreement, I feel, under the circumstances.
Kris said she had not slept much last night because it was so hot.
I did not point out that was not a matter of the temperature of the weather or the number of blankets she chose to use - it's just not my affair any more; I suppose she's going through something hormonal or else was just reacting to the emotion of the whole thing and her mind fixed on heat as an excuse. Since I could accomplish nothing by saying anything, I said nothing.
It was a friendly cup of coffee, and then that was it.
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Dan had requested help moving out of his dry room the leftover incontinence products leftover from mom's storage area. He needed to empty the trailer so he could lend it to a friend. I walked over there in the morning and agree to help later that day - Dan had to go to work and I had things to do as well.

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I executed a few audits and then stopped by the West Seattle Veterans Center to chat with Robin. I might be able to help out a bit, now that I have time freed up from VAF. As we talked things over, Diane and Cyril came by and I greeted them, wanting to establish at the outset that I wished to remain friends and if possible continue helping VAF on a reduced basis. Diane spoke as if this was the case and offered to send a letter outlining the new role.

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I confirmed with the thrift stop that they would take a carload of the diapers, and then went to Dan's, loading the diapers into my car and unloading the trailer into the dry room. I left the heavy chest of drawers in the trailer - that's a two-man job.
When you are physically heavier then everything else remaining in a single axle trailer, something funny happens when you carry a load from the front to the back.

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Back at home, I had had a discussion with Kiara and Nessa about a cat door in the door in the basement. I think that was their way of saying, without saying, that they wanted more privacy, and even reassurance that they could inhabit the upstairs freely. After all, I'm a guy and they need the ability to walk in comfort. I agreed, and I plain to fix the door on Friday - at least get something started. I gave Kiara a ride to work and then headed off to zoomba - stopping at the Center for more chat with Robin.

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I think this will all work out.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mediation Success

I am grateful that the mediation program worked; we ended up with an agreement.
I spent the last few days talking and acting as if I was assuming that this would work,and it did. Now I have my home secure, and will focus on doing what is necessary to have the mortgage refinanced by the end of 2017.
All it really took was an acknowledgement of each party's interests and an impartial intermediary shuttling back and forth!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Meeting

This Memorial Day I spent mostly making preparations for the rest of the week, including the VAF Board Meeting Tuesday and the McCord-Winn Mediation on Wednesday (about which I have full confidence that we will end our conflict with a reasonable agreement.)
Around 3 I went to the West Seattle VFW hall (the one with the cannon by the Y) at Robin's invitation, to do a little inter-group mingling in celebration of the day. I enjoyed the conversation - if you ask an open question you often get long, interesting answers - and at the end Robin explained her vision of a West Seattle Veterans' Center that provided services enabled by all the major groups working together, instead of in competition. We just don't have enough people for each to do it all.
This was a lot to think about, and to fit into the vision of Veterans And Friends of Puget Sound, but it is also an opportunity for hope.

Monday, May 25, 2015

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