EDIT: Since writing this journal, thanks to a very generous donation from arisuvixen, HALF of the debt I needed to cover has been taken care of (I do still need help!) That’s really huge news, and while it doesn’t touch the $30,000+, it puts me halfway to a comfortable spot to clear my queue. If I can cover the remaining $500 with donations, I can complete my queue in comfort and then concentrate in taking fast, easy commissions to not just help with this string of disasters but save up to help my mom move in as continues to be the plan. Thank you everyone, for your support, and especially to Arisu!!
Hey everyone. This is similar info to what you saw on Twitter/Discord but far more expanded. If I owe you artwork currently, please read this. If you’d like to help me, please read it too.
The last five days have been completely nuts for us. Like it boggles the mind. So here is an explanation of what is going on in our home and regarding commission delays.
❄️ Our Air Conditioners ❄️
The first thing that happened was that our AC started to fail. As in both of them. They are 10 years old. We reached out to a few people and found out our specific AC is apparently garbage. If our AC was older it would be worth fixing. If it was the same age but a different model it could also be fixed. But our actual AC, if serviced, would be kind of pointless and cost a lot of money. So we need to buy new ACs. While we are getting opinions from different places (we didn’t just accept this information from the get-go) it’s looking like we will be roughly
$6,000 actually $9,000 (!!!) 😬 in the hole but perhaps more.
And this cannot wait. This is Florida. It is summer. It’s a shitty situation.
📃 City Citation Stuff 📃
I kinda take pride in our home. It’s hard to do a lot by myself and we can’t afford to re-sod our yard or install sprinklers yet. And it’s a big yard to manually water. And just two days before this happened, I mowed the lawn. It’s all weeds, our lawn, but at least it’s mowed. I couldn’t weed-eat the corners. I am tired, busy, overwhelmed. But still it didn’t look too bad.
Now, I’ve been here 7+ years, never have we been cited for anything. But it seems the city got a new inspector who did a round of the neighborhood last week. She cited us for so many things. Our trash cans were too visible (like many people’s here, they’re against the house) our grass had weeds and patchy areas, there was mold on our sidewalk (it’s been raining nonstop for weeks pretty much, so mold grows and eventually requires pressure cleaning… I spent two days pressure cleaning our huge porch and it was the limit of my energy.) She’s given us 14 days to comply and while I can pressure clean and we hid the trash cans better, I really don’t know what we will do about the yard. The potential cost is stressing us out something awful.
🏡 Our Roof 🏡
These two things happened one day after the other. On the day of the AC stuff, we also got a letter in the mail from our insurance: they wouldn’t renew it in three months because our roof needs to be redone. Now, I don’t know if you know about the shortages in roof building materials at the moment, but it’s quite bad. Meaning we will have to pay out the nose.
Between the AC, the roof, and the house tenting for termites which is very overdue, we were already looking at $30,000 and barely processing this, but somehow not completely losing our minds. Then…
🧊 Our Fridge 🧊
Last night our fridge died. We had a LAN party underway, and as it didn’t die completely, we don’t know what happened or when, only that all our frozen food (a full freezer of it) had defrosted. All other food was almost lukewarm. All had to be thrown out… right after I went grocery shopping. Counting the freezer, easily $300 worth of food but perhaps more. We didn’t add it up.
Christopher is bringing a tool from work to find out if the issue is the compressor to decide how to go forward. If the fridge can be fixed, we’re looking at roughly $500. If not, we are looking at a new fridge, a scary prospect money-wise. The worst part is that, while Christopher was trying to sort this out, he found out there was a class-action lawsuit about our fridge that we had to join before November of last year because of its propensity to fail. Fun times.
👎 Other Stuff 👎
Over the past month or two, hundreds of dollars have been spent in vet bills and medical bills for us –$400 last week alone for my ultrasound. Still, we felt like we could handle it. Then all of this fell on our laps. It’s mind boggling and has us in shock. Christopher was close to tears last night as he took the fridge apart. I just kept taking multiple bags of food to our trash cans outside not really able to think.
🐌 Commission Delays 🐌
My commissions had already been delayed by a whole number of small factors. The family vacation. Cleaning up the house for the LAN party (and the party itself.) My Citizenship test/studying for it/taking the oath/etc. My mom’s immigration process (lots of paperwork, multiple ongoing appointments). I was only getting delayed a bit at a time and thought I’d catch up more quickly. It’s been a little more difficult than I hoped.
💸 What’s Next / How You Can Help 💸
I’m still drawing and catching up of course and will continue to do so. Right now, the biggest help you can give me is your patience to complete the overdue work. It will be completed. I will not stop drawing. If all I have is your patience, I can keep myself together.
Asking for donations for the house stuff almost feels silly when the amount is so ridiculous. So, if you want to help monetarily, anything that helps me not take further commissions for a bit would accomplish that. I owe Christopher $500 from a trip earlier this year and I owe about $500 on my Amazon card. If I could pay off those things, I could concentrate on the overdue work alone and once that is done, I plan to retool my offerings to stuff I can complete daily and fast. It would be a massive help, like you wouldn’t believe.
If you want to donate please use my PayPal which is firstname.lastname@example.org. Since it’s a donation please send it as Friends and Family so fees aren’t charged.
Not gonna lie, I feel so guilty for taking time to play with my new friend last Saturday even though after two years of terribly painful drama and bad memories, it was absolutely magical and healing to do kiddy things with someone new. I should have been drawing commissions instead. But I needed it so badly. Still, the guilt won’t leave me.
I’m going to continue working immediately after posting this. Thank you so much for reading.