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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

June 2001

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Fri, Jun. 1, 2001 - Just another sunset

Just another sunset

Worked on the new web site for the Repertory Theatre. I'm still waiting for some info to fill it out, but you can check it out at http://www.ferndale-rep.org. We were going to go to the premier night of The Illusion, but it appears that someone's cold has decided to stick around longer than they did. I hate it when we both get sick at the same time, but fortunately Lori seems a few days ahead of me so I took care of her during her worst part and she'll be able to return the favor.

Sat, Jun. 2, 2001 - Pets on Parade

Pets on Parade

The Ferndale Pet Parade was today. I didn't see any catepillars, I think the kids all had real pets. There was a lamb in a grass skirt, a cat in a pink tutu, and several dogs in equally embarrasing get ups, such as the one pictured. I think the pets were very glad it was a short parade.

Sun, Jun. 10, 2001 - Meet John Knowles & Family

Meet John Knowles & Family

I know, I've been a bit behind in my updates lately. Yesterday I paid a return visit to cousin Eleanor's house in Bridgeville to scan some of her family photos. Today's picture is of our great-grandfather John Knowles, and his family. Wife, Frances Marion Smith Knowles, and their three children, from oldest to youngest, Florence Eliza (Eleanor's mother), James Warren (our grandfather), and Muriel Eleanor (Aunt Muriel to us kids). I am absolutely tickled to have a photo that links our family to the Victorian period.

From the 1900 census:
KNOWLES

Charles M., Jan 1831, Dist. of Columbia; Elvira, Jan 1828, Kentucky Hydesville 105A
Florena E., May 1882, Calif (Dau) Rohnerville 209B
John G., Oct 1855, Maine; Frances M., April 1857, Iowa Rohnerville 209B

So maybe Charles is great-great-grandfather and who dad was named after?

Fri, Jun. 15, 2001 - Mesa Lakes, Colorado

Mesa Lakes, Colorado

It's really the 20th, but since I was out of town on my motorcycle trip I have some catching up to do. The pictures for 12-14th haven't been developed yet so I'll need to back track when I get those.

Before I get into the trip though, Dad has pointed out that his father's name was James, not John. So now I'm confused who John G. is that is listed in the census, since Frances M. matches the Frances Marion listed on the picture.

Today's picture was taken from highway 65 in Colorado in the Mesa Lakes area. This was a great area for taking pictures as well as being a great motorcycle road. It made it hard to decide which hobby to pursue.

Sat, Jun. 16, 2001 - Rippled Water

Rippled Water

Another picture taken in the Mesa Lakes area. Today's ride took us to Teluride, where we found every flying insect in the western United States was attending a bug convention. Picture riding though a rain storm, only instead of raindrops, you are being pelted by bugs. That's what it looked and sounded like. There were literally clouds of these bugs, I've never seen anything like it before, and hope I never experience it again.

Sun, Jun. 17, 2001 - Line 'em up

Line 'em up

This is a group shot of most of the bikes that attended the rally. Mine just happens to be in the foreground, which means it was the most vunerable if anybody tipped one over. The line up was done in the motel parking lot which was sloped downhill, so everyone was hoping there wasn't a sudden gravity storm. As you can see, the red Sprint St was the most popular.

Mon, Jun. 18, 2001 - Point of Interest

Point of Interest

This is Paul Masters, who has the same bike and leathers as I do. He is one of the riders from the Bay Area that I joined up with for the ride out to Colorado. Fortunately our helmets are different so we could tell ourselves apart. This shot was taken on Hwy 141 in Colorado. I had stopped to take a picture of the canyon when he zoomed by to rejoin us. It sounded and looked so cool I had him do it again so I could take the picture.

I'll try and get the rest of the pictures developed soon so I can get caught up.

Thu, Jun. 21, 2001 - Galen vs. the deer

Galen vs. the deer

The last few weeks Lori has been letting the cats out in the backyard each morning. We've also noticed that the deer are becoming braver and braver about coming into the yard. So it was only a matter of time before they met. They seemed especially interested in Galen, and surpisingly, he in them. I really expected Galen to run first but he hunched and hissed and it was the deer that backed off. Then it ran into the corral and chased the other one around in circles a few times before they both finally jumped the fence and made their escape. So maybe we don't need that dog after all.

Fri, Jun. 22, 2001 - Everybody say "ahhh"

Everybody say

Deer are now an everyday occurence in our yard. But this guy is definitely the smallest one we've seen. I'm beginning to think I should just give up on gardening and take up raising deer as a hobby.

Wed, Jun. 27, 2001 - Warren Knowles

Warren Knowles

Today's picture shows Dad's father, Warren. If I shaved my beard and mustache I could just about use this as a current picture for myself. I guess from what Dad told me, his real name is James Warren. It would help if his family went by the names their parents gave them instead of feeling they had to be creative. Maybe I should go by Alan, but then I might get confused with Linda's part time boyfriend and if Derek went by Warren, then we'd really be confused. The earlier picture was Dad's grandfather, John Knowles. At this point I am speculating that Dad's great-grandfather was named Charles. Check out the 1900 census and see what you think.

In other news, it has been raining lately so I haven't gotten out to take pictures much. We need some visitors to come and bring some sunshine to us. The good news is that after mowing the lawn, the deer seem to be content with the pasture next door. I guess that serves as a good reminder, if I see deer in the yard, it's time to mow the lawn again.

Thu, Jun. 28, 2001 - Jessica & Maren

Jessica & Maren

A while ago Lori and I purchased several items from a lady who was trying to thin out her vintage clothing collection. Among the items was a baby's gown which we gave to Maren, the daughter of Jessica. Jessica wanted a portrait of her and Maren, so she borrowed one of Lori's costumes and played dress-up. Jessica's mom and step-dad own the Victorian Inn which we used for the location. (Interesting side note: Jessica's mom is Jenny. Jenny is married to Lowell. Lowell has a son, Lowell Jr., who just happens to be Jessica's husband.)

Fri, Jun. 29, 2001 - Bipartisanship

Bipartisanship

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Fred and Meg laid down their differences and took a nap together. Fred, long known as a crodgy old Republican, and Meg, a liberal leaning, feminist, Democrat, are often seen debating their positions with each other. Usually Fred tries to avoid these debates whenever Meg enters the room, but quite often Meg will launch a surprise attack. Galen, being Meg's loyal son, but also Fred's best buddy (in his own eyes anyways), has tried to remain neutral and has registered as an independent. This independent streak was evidenced earlier this week when he managed to go awol for a good part of the day because a certain person didn't keep tabs on his whereabouts. I won't name names, but I can state with absolute confidence, that for once, I am blameless. Fortunately, he is better about returning than Fred was.