Friday, February 13, 2015

Salsa, Salsa, Salsa

Since July one of my favorite pastimes has been learning the Salsa Dance. What a trip this has been. From walking into Artistika Nightclub cold for free lessons to today its been a fun filled journey. Good music and new friends make the dance fun and great exercise, too. When I walked into Artistika that Saturday night I had no idea what it would be all about, but was determined to go through with a lesson to see. Raul was teaching that night and put us all to ease very quickly with just six steps. Piece of cake. What? We turn too? Ok well a little harder. What? Turn the other direction and keep the same six counts so it got a little more complicated but I hung in there because a gorgeous girl named Wendy was doing the lessons and if I stayed eventually I would "dance" with her. Wendy dances Salsa like it isn't even a dance, its a statement. And when it came around my turn to dance with her I could hardly remember the steps, much less the turns. She was very gracious and kind though and this went a long way to making the first Salsa lesson fun. At the end of the lesson Wendy gave me a revelation that would change my quest for learning Salsa. More later....

Monday, January 20, 2014

To the Soldiers of the Confederacy

My favorite Civil War monument of them all. Geographic coordinates, Wilmington, NC,

  34.234350 , -77.945910."Erected to honor the courage and self-sacrifice of New Hanover County's Confederate soldiers, this monument presents two bronze sculptural figures framed by a tall granite stele. The figures represent two Confederate soldiers as the figures of courage and sacrifice. The figure of courage stands tall and determined, as he protects the body of his fallen comrade, the figure of sacrifice. The standing soldier is dressed in military attire and wearing a caped coat that floats in the air behind him as he holds his rifle in his right hand with the bayonet pointing upward. Unlike many Confederate soldier statues where the figure stands silently and obediently at parade rest, the standing soldier in this rendering wears no hat and is portrayed as if in motion, elegant and gallant. One soldier’s face is modeled after that of granite salesman John Ernest Ramsay of Salisbury, who provided the stone for the stele. The monument was apparently vandalized around 1950 with John Ramsay replacing the stone at that time. "

"The pedestal is inscribed with a commemoration in verse. It includes the Latin phrase Pro Aris et Focis. This phrase, literally translated as "for our altars and hearths", is also translated into the patriotic motto, "for God and country." "

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lillian Jones in Art Jewelry Mag

A big congratulations are in order to my friend, fellow North Carolina Society of Goldsmith member and artist extraordinaire, Lillian Jones for making the January issue of Art Jewelry Magazine. I attended a workshop which Lillian taught about using the texturing technique she demos in the article. Afterward, I made a collection of beautiful copper earrings using this and customers loved them.

Time to Get Caught Up

Well, we've finished the house and moved back in already. I'll upload some finished pics later. Just wanted to let me "fans" know I haven't forgotten this blog and will be working to get it up to date over the next few weeks. After finishing the house , moving was a chore. We wanted to use as much of our existing furniture as possible but in some cases it wasn't and we had to get something different. Decorating was a little painful. Sarah and I have "Ying and Yang" ideas in that area. I'm for decoration as little as possible so the openness in a room is part of it's expression where Sarah is of the opinion if there's a table or wall, it needs something to decorate itself with. There was much compromising between us both. Next came the mother-in-law with failing health so now instead of openness in design we are looking at whatever makes an invalid comfortable. Life throws us curves but we swing and sometimes still get hits. So that's where the house is now. The basement is still evolving from a storage facility/metalsmith shop to a knifemaking/metalsmith/laundry room. I'll devote another posting to that soon.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

More Renovation

The projects are moving right along now. Framing done, sheet rock up, floor down, cabinets in, with lots of finishing left to do. This is a pic looking toward the back of the house during the sheetrock phase. These guys were masters at the trade. Fast and professional. The darker shot is looking to the front before the cabs are in. Then, presto, here's the cabs and the peninsula separating the dining area form the kitchen. Also, the virginia red oak flooring is visible. Then last, here's the soapstone counter tops and sink.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Home Renovation

Here's the results of almost six weeks of work here at the house. After searching for a nw home we decided to do some major renovations here instead. We didn't need extra square footage but to carry us through our retirement years (thinking positively) we need to so some updating of things here. We've moved out completely as you can see. The sub flooring particle board was removed and replaced with 5/8 plywood to give a more substantial base to the Virginia White oak flooring. This will extend through both levels except in the two upstairs bathrooms where tile floors will be installed. The kitchen was removed and will be beyond the left arch in the first photo. The second shot looking from the back to the front shows the two windows where the kitchebn was and where the new dining room will be. This is taken from in front of the stairs looking accross the living room area, through the kitchen, and into the dining.
The third shot shows the new mater bath arrangement with closet doors seperating it from the bedroom. The last shot shows the trailer and necessart porta john. Yippee.
So there is is at the present. When the heating is installed we'll be sheetrocking and it will start looking more like a house.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Inside

Hi Blogosphere! Notice the outside of our town home. Well it will look like this in the spring, but the inside will look like new. After months of looking for a new or different home we have decided that we do like the neighborhood and can't seem too find what we want elsewhere so let's just give the inside a little face lift. We'll be redoing the floors which means we're moving out for a short period of time. It is also meaning my shop will me minimally active, too. I'll keep you posted. In the mean time hope all is well with you and you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, October 30, 2009

I love Facebook and Twitter...

If you follow me on Facebook you'll know where I've been. Where are you? Make a comment and tell me. For those anxiously awaiting the Bahamas 09 pics, just check out the slide show on the right side. If you click on it you'll be miraculously transported to my Picasa webpage. If you don't want to go there, just enjoy them right here. We had a great time on Tilloo Cay just off Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island.

The pic below is the view from the front porch of where we stayed. Lance Armstrong was there for some R and R after the TDF. He must have heard what a great place it was. After all, I was there!