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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

November 2002

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Sat, Nov. 2, 2002 - Little Check

Little Check

We've spent a lot of money the last few months getting the studio and gallery running. But today we received this huge check from our former mortgage bank so all our money worries are over. Humboldt Bank recently sold our mortgage to a bank in Kansas, at the same time they were running ads on TV and billboards to bank local. So I guess in the review of their accounts, they figured out that they owed us some interest from our escrow account that closed over two years ago. I wonder how much it cost them to send us this check for $ .13.

Sun, Nov. 3, 2002 - Big Check

Big Check

Today Lori received a much better check than the one we received yesterday, her advance fee for doing the books. It's not on the scale of Michael Crighton, but it's something.

Mon, Nov. 4, 2002 - All decked out

All decked out

Here's a photo for the gals. Just so you don't think I only take pictures of scantily clad women.

Tue, Nov. 5, 2002 - Introducing Trevor

Introducing Trevor

When John and Carol came up last month, a very friendly cat also came to visit. While John and Carol left after a couple of days, "Rusty" as Carol called him, decided to prolong his stay. Lori has since renamed him "Trevor", and he says hello to us each morning and evening. Right now he is staying outdoors, and I expect that to continue. But he is definitely the friendliest cat we have now, so it's really hard to not let him inside. I'm hoping his behavior will rub off on the others. And yes, I definitely have a thing for orange and white cats.

Wed, Nov. 6, 2002 - 1515 around 1915

1515 around 1915

Saturday we had our first portrait client, Maxine Goff, a Ferndaler who wanted a picture for her grandkids and greatgrandkids that showed her with her white hair. (She mentioned it had been awhile since she had had her portrait taken.) After we showed her the pictures we had just taken, and she was marvelled with this new technology, we got to talking about where we lived. It turns out that she grew up in our house, moving there when she was 1 year old in 1913. I asked if she had any pictures of the house from that period and today she brought in an old photograph scrapbook that had several pictures of the house. This one is my favorite. Apparently even back then, it was required to have a dog traveling with you in Ferndale. The porch is exactly how I thought it was originally, and a surprise was to see the cresting on the gable peaks and the widow walk at the top of the roof. It also looks like the house wasn't painted, which is a testament to the durabilility of old growth redwood.

Thu, Nov. 7, 2002 - Maxine on the porch

Maxine on the porch

This photo is the front porch, and Maxine Goff is sitting on the left.

Today I had my ride along with an ambulance crew as part of my EMT class requirements. Unfortunately for me, every body decided to safe and healthy today. We did drive down to the cafe for hot chocolate, but that was the extent of my ambulance ride. We didn't get to drive fast going woo, woo, woo at all.

Fri, Nov. 8, 2002 - All Fall Down

All Fall Down

We went more than 7 months without any real rain, and then to remind us that winter is coming we got hit with a huge storm right off the bat. High winds, several inches of rain, lighting and thunder, the whole deal. This is what our cannas looked like after one night of the storm. I guess it's a good thing they get cut down to the ground anyways around this time of the year. Since I'm mentioning the cannas, I should mention that they really seem to love it here in Ferndale. That surprises me because they really like heat, and well, Ferndale isn't known as a hot spot. But I guess the extra moisture and longer days make up for the lack of sun and heat. Whereas the cannas grew to about 6-7' in San Jose, once they got established here, they grew to about 12'. And it must be true, the taller they are, the harder they fall.

Sat, Nov. 9, 2002 - All Tucked In

All Tucked In

Thursday was a very busy day for me schedule wise. As mentioned before, I started the day with my ambulance ride along. Then I had a photoshoot at the Gingerbread Mansion, which I had to break into two sessions in order to attend a planning commission meeting in Eureka concerning the variance we need for our garage addition. The photo session and meeting both went better than the ambulance ride along did. We got some great photos to use for publicity both for the inn and for our studio, and no one showed up to complain about our plans so we got the variance. So finally a year after we started the process, we finally got permission to proceed with the actual design. Hopefully the building department won't provide as many hurdles as the planning department did.

Tue, Nov. 12, 2002 - The Little Ballerina

The Little Ballerina

Photoshoot #4 with Katy, this time back in the studio. Katy studies ballet and this was one shot we both wanted to do.

Don't have a photo for this one, but it's a funny story that bears repeating, even without an illustration. This morning Lori heard a scratching sound in the bedroom, and she thought it was coming from the heater vent. We've had a problem with the heater this week so we haven't had it running. Awhile later I heard the same sound, only it sounded like it was coming from the dining room. I went over to investigate, and looking down the vent I noticed that the shutters were moving. Wondering what was making them move, I pulled the vent up and a little mouse came running out. Startled me pretty good. The mouse ran behind the refrigerator, and before I could get the cats into the room it had disappeared underneath the baseboard.

Wed, Nov. 13, 2002 - Champagne at the Fountain

Champagne at the Fountain

Another shot from the Gingerbread Mansion. Here, Danah and Joel sip their champagne in front of the fire. What a peaceful, relaxing scene it was. At least after we got the fire alarm to stop going off. You see the fireplace in the Fountain Suite is a gas fireplace, and while they're efficient and safe, they don't photograph well because the flame doesn't reach up very high. So when I've photographed the rooms before, I've put a piece of paper in the fire to brighten it. Using the normal male rational that if one is good three must be better, I put in a couple extra pieces. Just as Jessica was starting to say I was going to set off the smoke detector, it started wailing. Which brought up the housekeeper in a flash. I calmy explained the situation, and that it was under control as there were currently two firemen handling it (Joel works with Eureka Fire Dept.) I opened windows while Joel furriously fanned fresh air in front of the detector. It eventually stopped wailing and we went back to work. However, we decided to not have an augmented flame, so you'll have to imagine your own roaring fire in the background.

Sat, Nov. 16, 2002 - Sunset on Main St.

Sunset on Main St.

Every once in awhile, I'm reminded of what I really miss about working at home. One big benefit that I miss is the views, especially at sunset. Tonight, just before I was sitting down to type this, I decided to go to the store for some milk and donuts. Creativity demands input. Once out the door I noticed some very colorful clouds, so I decided now was a good time to play photographer. Not to mention, I wouldn't have otherwise had a picture for you today. After I took the pictures I did go get my milk and donuts. They're all gone now, and so is the sunset. Other than sleeping, I haven't been at home since last Sunday, so I think I'm going there now.

Thu, Nov. 21, 2002 - Back to Women

Back to Women

I received a complaint that we featured a picture of a guy with hairy legs. The complaintant was obviously a male, but if you look back at the picture in question, you will see that he was paying attention to the wrong side of the picture. Today's picture should be more to his liking. The model will remain nameless for now, adding to the mystery.

Fri, Nov. 22, 2002 - Jessica Playing Dress Up

Jessica Playing Dress Up

This picture should also suit the tastes of our testosterone influenced critics. Although it features men's clothing, there are no hairy legs to be seen. In fact I have it on good authority that Jessica did shave her legs, so even if the picture showed her legs, there would still be a lack of that hair that some viewers find so distasteful.

Sat, Nov. 23, 2002 - Sunset from Fortuna

Sunset from Fortuna

Today I went looking for the Women's Federation Grove to scope out a site for a family picture I am taking tomorrow. This grove is just off of The Avenue of the Giants, but it is a bit hard to find if you're traveling south. The park service has placed the sign for the entrance so that it is totally invisible if you are driving south. However, if you are driving north look for the sign that says California Federation of Women's Club Grove. That's the one you want. The grove features a huge four sided stone fireplace that was designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle. I'll have pictures of the site tomorrow, but on the drive back I pulled off in Fortuna to snap this sunset picture of the Eel River.

Fri, Nov. 29, 2002 - Relaxing with Meg

Relaxing with Meg

This is something that I just haven't had much of a chance to do lately, lie on the futon and scratch Meg's soft white underbelly. It is certainly a nice way to end the day.