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[Aug. 22nd, 2015|07:26 am]
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Housing ponder for this morning: East Oakland, just really how much crime are we talking about? (It's remarkable how many houses for sale in the low budget end are available.) I'll note that we are looking for houses that won't require a dramatic change in our housing budget. Between the crazy upsurge in the past few years and our budget landlord, we are comparatively spoiled for housing costs.

This morning Mr M has left his corner to come join us on the bed. This is so remarkable after weeks of his hiding in nooks. He's been sitting on my chest purring away. Such a delightful gift. Meanwhile his spine and legs seem simply skeletal.

I signed onto skillshare yesterday for a free sketching tutorial (Digital Drawing Workout: The Art of Subtraction). It was a pleasant diversion. There are also food photography tutorials which seem likely to align with my china shoot needs. The system is offering three months for 99¢, so i went ahead for the trial. It's not my preferred mode for learning, but it may provide the inspiration needed to pull off the etsy sales photos. (I also think there seem to be plenty of similar tutorials on youtube; the difference is there is theoretically a learning community at skillshare.)

This morning i've a planning meeting for a visioning process for Meeting. I'm trying to get in the right mind frame for it: the reading i've been doing just doesn't fit. I suppose thinking about moving and the elephant issues have not helped. I'm preoccupied with how to find sustainability day to day: i've not been thinking about helping the Meeting find such sustainability.


[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2015-08-22 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oakland poses such issues, both positive opportunities and less positive
challenges. One must know just where one is in Oakland, and the crime rate and the school situation. But also, Oakland neighbohoods sometimes evolve and then appreciate. Its a bit of a wager, moving to Oakland, but that can be good or bad.

I like the autonomy of owning a home, but in California I thought that the economic play of renting a house plus investing the difference between house payment and average maintenance less rent was a surer bet. But landlords are a hassle. It's such an individual choice, whether to buy or not and where.

I think it's great the way you do these on-line courses and tutorials. I am also glad you are getting some quality time with Mr. M.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-08-23 04:04 pm (UTC)
If we were certain of our current accommodation, renting is quite the win. We've had a bit more concern develop upon watching our neighbor get 60 days notice to move so that her place could be refurbished and the rent doubled. Rents like ours are about as available as the inexpensive starter homes i'm speculating about.
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