Update: February 26, 2021
I am so VERY happy! I just received a money gift to get the wall sanding machine! I am so very grateful. My dream of having my living room finished before Pesach (Passover) is that much closer. I do not have that much time. This is quite a project. I am optimistic.
I still need more supplies. So please join me in making my apartment a home! Thank You! Happy Purim!
Update: February 14, 2021
I am struggling to get the funds to get my home in order. I have lived here since late October 2019.
I want to get at least my living room in order before Pesach (Passover).
At this point, I can not even have 1 Shabbat guest over because it is in such a disarray. I have always loved hosting for Shabbath. Where I live, we have lockdown. Fortunately I can work from home doing my weaving on a tapestry loom that I recently purchased from funds gifted to me so that I can keep working. Tapestry weaving is not as fast but it is something that I can do before I can work on my floor loom.
The kind soul who is doing the DIY for free said, "It hurts me to see you live like this".
I am working my hardest to keep upbeat but it is VERY hard at times.
For more on my journey please scroll down.
I need to raise money for the following:
Purchase of a wall sanding machine (cheaper to buy). Cost approximately 90 euros with shipping.
Light fittings. (I will make my own ceiling lamps).
Repair my barely functional computer. It takes me about 25 minutes to boot up. Cost 254,32 for parts. A friend will do the work as a gift.
I am so determined to get on my feet. With your help, you can make my dream happen of having a proper living space in which I can weave.
I sincerely thank you all. It takes alot for me to ask for help.
Update: December 17, 2020
First off , “Thank you all”.
So much has transpired. I have consistent help to get my apartment in order. When I received the apartment. It had wallpaper hanging up by regular tape and also leakage. My weaving mentor extraordinaire told me to first get the apartment in order before I start weaving. She is right. There is way too much dust.
I have since, with help of my handy friend took down all the wallpaper. It was physically difficult but I feel a sense of accomplishment now that it is done.
I was able to purchase some wall filler, wall primer, roller, drop cloth. I still need to rent a sanding machine, get more wall filler, wall primer, base paint and white wall paint.
I feel overwhelmed.
I just want my place in order so that I can begin weaving again (see photo of my loom and living room items under plastic drop cloth). Weaving is my passion.
Where I live we just entered lockdown again. I need my place to be in order for my sanity. It has been over a year.
The kind amazing soul that has been doing the DIY, is doing this work all for free. I am very grateful. I prepare a good hearty lunch for him. He says that seeing me smile is what motivates him. As a result of doing this work, he has changed his career plans. He has received joy doing this work. He is happy and so am I. I am deeply grateful beyond words.
I will make it to my goal with your help. The money will help me to stabilize. I want my home to be in order. I live a frugal life. I desire stability so much at this stage of my life.
Please do what you can. Feel free to share with family and friends. I thank you in advance.
Update: September 14, 2020: I like to give updates here because it shows how much your help has made an impact. Progress has been made. The ceiling fan is hung up. Today it is a very warm day here in the Netherlands and my place feels cool. I am very grateful. The electrician had it hung up in 15 minutes!
I also have my weaving loom about 70% put together. I have to buy these anchor pins which comes to about 30 euros. I have met a wonderful weaving mentor who has taught me things not found in weaving text. I feel that I have made growth in this area.
Once I have these pieces I can finish setting up my weaving loom. I have projects to complete in the month of October and November.
On the health front; my feet were a size 39 at it;s worst. I am now a size 37! The healing progress that has been made has blown my mind, I am beyond optimistic.
I want to thank you all again.
Another way to support me is to visit my t-shirt shop: teespring.com/stores/rabbit-in-a-hole
Please feel free to share with friends and family. I can not wait for the day to close this page down and be self-sufficient! :-)
Update: August 18, 2020: Progress has been slow. i have to get an electrician to hang up my ceiling fan. My little place is quite hot. I have attempted 5 times to hang up this ceiling fan and I do not think it is a good idea to mess with electricity. i plugged in the vacuum cleaner and 4 outlets went out! The outlets are working again but the ceiling fan still needs to be hung. It would cool this place off. The ceiling is serious cement. So this is where I am at the moment.
Regarding the flooring I will have to put the side panels in myself. That is ok. I have torn 50% of the wallpaper that has been hanging for 50 years. It was falling down in places anyway. The weaving loom is 50% set up. I was waiting for the finishing work on the floor but I think it is more important to get my weaving loom up and operational. So my focus now is to get an electrician to hang the ceiling fan.
I am under treatment from my health practicioner. It is rough at times, but I am feeling stronger than how I was in February. The price of the supplementation is around 35-50 bucks a month. It is worth it because my goal is to be rid of the neuropathic pain and to be in better condition before Lyme disease impacted my life.
So Update: June 18, 2020 : I have purchased flooring, underlay and side panels. All my floors have been laid in. The guys will do the finishing touches with the plints. Thank you all! It feels like a home after waiting 8 months.
I then can set up my weaving loom which is my passion. I have been gifted the weaving loom of my dreams. This will get me to self-sufficiency. I still can not believe it. I sold my loom before the last move with pain in my heart. I had to pay for storage and moving costs. Never would I have imagined something better would come my way by surrendering.
Update: May 4, 2020: I have my multifocal glasses and it is amazing how much I can see. I was told that I can not ride a car never mind a bicycle without glasses! My quality of life is so much improved with these glasses. Thank you!
I picked up my car and all necessary repairs were done and my car passed inspection! I am so incredibly thankful to all of you who donated. You have no idea how your generosity has touched my heart. I also feel a huge weight off my shoulders. I am now sleeping through the night.
I am still trying to raise up the rest of the amount to get flooring and underfloor on these cement floors. I have sewn up masks to keep my head above water until I can set up my weaving loom once the floors have been completed.
All the parts to repair my computer will cost 254,32 which is much cheaper than a new computer. My friends' husband will update my computer from 2011.
So again, please share this campaign with family and friends. It ends September 1, 2020.
I look for the sunny side of things. This outbreak has shown how beautiful and selfless people really are. Thank you again!
Update: April 6, 2020 I have ordered my glasses! I am so happy. I have lowered the amount I need.
Update: March 30, 2020. I want to thank ALL of you who have donated to help make my challenges a bit easier. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, I have extended this fundraising. The funds are more important than ever. I have till May 5th the latest to have my car repaired and pass inspection (APK). Otherwise I have to sell this car for next to nothing. As a result of the outbreak I can not use mass transit due to my health condition. I am currently on lockdown and am using this time to sew up face masks. I am not fast but I am doing my best without my glasses. I like to believe there will be some good as a result of all this. So please share my story with friends and loved ones, please help me so that I can continue to help others. Many Thanks!
Hello my name is Lori and I am recently divorced as of a year ago. I am recovering from late stage Lyme disease. I have found permanent housing after moving three times within 5 months. Now comes the process of getting back on my feet.
I just learned that my car inspection (APK) repairs will cost 834 euro just to pass the APK (Inspection) and to get the car in safe riding condition by the due date of March 4, 2020. This is the amount that I urgently need to raise to avoid additional fines. The car is necessary for me to get to my Lyme specialist treatments, which I desperately need at this point.
The financial stress has now reached a boiling point for me. I also need to get multifocal lens, some flooring, underlay for flooring, repair laptop, dental work and pay off slow paying debts from Lyme treatments (not covered by insurance), and additional treatments. The amount that I am asking for will leave a small buffer so that I do not have to worry and focus on the work that I love as a weaver of hand-woven shawls, tea-towels, placemats and cloth.
My health has declined as a result of the financial stress. I have had only two nights where I did not wake up during the night. Not to mention that I can not properly see the weaving work that I do without proper glasses.
Please share this link with family, friends and colleagues. No amount is too small or too big. I want to show to myself and to the world what I can do with a little help from my friends. I help Lyme disease patients behind the scene to hold on and to not give up (free of charge). I no longer need a wheelchair and can walk on my own. I have come a far way. I refused to give up and listen to the doctors’ prognosis. I am a fighter. I can see myself recovering from this illness and this financial setback to live a fully productive life.
It is hard for me to ask for help, for I am a giver by nature and a lover of self-sufficiency. However at this point I have no choice but to ask for help.
Thank you and may any amount that you donate come back to you two-fold.