Yeah, it's been a while, but we've been busy.
So after a stunningly long and involved process, we've successfully closed and sold the Nanuet house on Thursday, June 19th. We had to stay after the closing to finish cleaning out Thursday evening. We cleared out and have most of our stuff in storage in the trailer yard and at a storage in Berkeley Springs. We crashed overnight Thurs at a Courtyard hotel somewhere in central NJ since we were so beat (let someone else change the gorram sheets for once), and rolled in to the storage at Berkeley Springs on Friday afternoon. We swapped some household stuff for camp gear, and headed on to Four Quarters to camp. Took the weekend the heck OFF to CHILL.
We are camping out at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary [ www.4qf.org ] while we're house-hunting in and around Berkeley Springs, WV. The folks here parked me a wired corner of their guest loft for Me to set up a workstation while we camp out. I'm plugged back in and was actually back at work the next Monday. I moved our landline number to a new mobile, so now I have an iPhone (finally, kicking and screaming - 5c 16gb) and clients will be able to find me. Huzzah. (Sprint truly sucks here at the camp - Roaming! $$$! Yoiks!)
We've been out on three house-hunt excursions mixed in with the online research. Took a look at five more houses/properties Monday afternoon... brain meatz are buzzing... but have a more focused sense for what we want and what we are looking for. Now we're going to be focusing down on our candidates. Have narrowed down the candidate properties to five, with a top three to gnaw over. Woot!
Different process in WV, you organize your financing, settle on an offer price FIRST, then you call in the House Inspector, the REALTOR writes the preliminary contract BEFORE the lawyers get to work. That's different from the NYS process! Series, not parallel! Yoiks! We've seen five that might meet our needs so far with two that floated to the top.
Of course all three of our leaders are very different, so makes the choosing ... interesting. One we saw is ... just.. barely... out.... of... reach of Comcast cable, so awaiting the results of a site inspection by the notorious telecom. (Don't hold your breath) Two of 'em have enough semi-wooded land to envision tucking a small family-size inipi (sweat lodge) out of casual view.
Through it all I have been also working, gotta keep those carefully aligned dominoes tipping or the last one just goes *klunk* and sticks. Heh. The corner of the Loft at Four Quarters has been a perfectly adequate workspace with a decent wi-fi connection for the Fantastic Realities Studio gypsy show. Clients seem to be taking the dislocation and the erratic work hours in stride and most have been supportive of the move. So long as I attend to their crisis du jour. While I moved our landline number to a verizon iPhone, so clients can still get me – surprise, the Loft building has metal siding. Damn near a faraday cage! Have to run outside to speak when I get calls. Oh well.
Since the outer world will be slacking off over the 4th weekend, we plan to kick back a bit after Thursday and enjoy Drum 'N' Splash. I'll be teaching a workshop on Native style singing on the big drum. People have been inexperienced, but very willing, and a few are starting to get the "hollow bone" and let Spirit sing through them. The folks who come back for Stones Rising on Labor Day weekend will get a pretty much preferred seating for Spirit Drum portion of the ceremonials at the Rising. Trying to gently widen and connect the circles at all times.
The Lady will be nicking off to Georgia with her childhood BFF for the Saroi Weaving Conference in mid July and meandering back (probably via Brooklyn) after a week or so more on the road touring. Then I'm off to the Standing Bear Sun Dance July 26-Aug 2... Somewhere in there we hope to be buying a house! We'd like to be out of the camp and in a permanent address by or shortly after Stones Rising Labor on Day Weekend.
Adventure! Yes! At the very least it hasn't been boring!
More to come.
I'm also exploring a journal at Dreamwidth. http://samuraiartguy.dreamwidth.org