Whew! Complete – well, almost. I have the soffet on the house side to install – not that anybody would see it – but it will add eight more inches of protection from the afternoon sun as it sets in the west and peeks over the roof of the house.
The blinds are really inexpensive ones from The Home Depot – plastic made to look like bamboo. The 120″ one cost something like $28. We could have gone for the exensive bamboo ones, but the desert sun would rot the cords on those as quickly as it will these, and both serve the purpose of blocking the sun. The pergola is really comfortable amd even more so that Fall has arrived and our temps are only in the 90’s.
Last Saturday, the day I had planned to use to place the finishing touches on the project, gave us weather that caused a change in plans. A major Pacific Coast storm front managed to invade the Sonoran Desert, covering the East Valley in a deluge of much needed precipitation.
The video is not all that exciting – unless you live in an aread deprived of this sort of weather event. It rained from early afternoon throughout the evening, and the ground is still saturated. Overnight, grass sprung up in the back yard, and I have to mow every two or three days now. Continue reading »
No, it is not a phallic symbol. It is a rattle snake fetish. A Zuni fetish to be exact, carved by an artist from a well-known Zuni family.
Zuni fetishes are small figurines carved from stone, representing animals with healing and protective powers.
Zuni mythology divides the earth into six sides – the east, west, north and south, as well as up and down. Each direction is represented by color and an animal. Each animal has a personality, and purpose. Some give health, others luck in the hunt, others a fertile harvest. White is the color for up, while black is the color for down, not that down is considered evil as we generally understand it. Continue reading »
Yesterday I began phase one of the next big project in our back yard. The patio area is rather confined, so we decided to expand.
Liz and I rented a two-man auger from Home Depot, and Mike and I sunk six holes.The job took an hour – we spent more time picking up the equipment than actually digging the holes.
We sunk six 4×4 posts, and secured them each with a 60-pound sack of Quikcrete. Next weekend, weather permitting I will add the cross-beams. This space will add quite a bit of usable living space for 10 months of the year.
Last night was another exciting night at the auction, although it is becoming apparent that the Snowbirds are returning to the valley and I doubt there will be many more fruitful evenings as buyers. As the birds return, they begin bidding everything up in price until it is not worthwhile.
But until there is standing room only we will give it our best shot. Last night we picked up a Model A Ford rim – there were three that sold for $10 each. It will make a nice addition to our garden.
I picked up a Guinness bar clock for $5, which will eventually go up on the outside bar that I am planning to build. Continue reading »
Several years ago, Liz and I acquired this bracelet as part of a lot of costume jewelry at an estate sale.
It is obviously fine silver; you can tell simply by the feel and the weight of the metal. I tested the metal and it is at least .900 sterling. That led me to believe the blue stones are real sapphire, not glass. Continue reading »
This is an old one from the archives. Atlantic City Beer Festival, 2007 I think. It was near the end of Inferno Newspaper‘s seven-year run.
I showed my press credentials at the door, and Liz and I got in for free. And we got VIP treatment at the booths, with a lot of freebies.
Inferno started life as an underground arts newspaper, and evolved into a politcal/current events publication that raised eyebrows and ire.
I have toyed with the idea of starting a newspaper like Inferno in Apache Junction. The concept for the masthead is OUTSIDER. Distribution, and ad sales are the two main hitches in my plan. I don’t have the energy to be a sales person in addition to being artistic director and editor in chief. Not to mention, layout and graphics…
There are not too many things I miss about New Jersey, but the one thing I do miss is the sense of community that my artist and creative friends shared. Inferno was a project that was created out of a desire to share, and everyone contributed out of generosity, not out of greed. Nobody got paid, and I laid out more money from my wallet than I ever got in return. In the few years that I did end up in the black, I never did earn a return that was even close to minimum wage. I devoted at least 40 hours a week to the rag, and my best year rewarded me with $2,000, plus or minus…
So I have to wonder why I would even entertain the notion of doing it again.