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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

April 2003

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Tue, Apr. 1, 2003 - Naughty Bits?

Naughty Bits?

Four years ago on this date I became self employed. April 1st is a strange day to celebrate an anniversary, but that's how it worked out. In the spirit of this annual event, I've posted what you might think to be a picture of something that might fall into the category of naughty bits. However, if you open the larger version, you will see that it is only your perverted little mind playing tricks on you. There is absolutely nothing naughty about the back of Jessica's left knee at all.

Thu, Apr. 3, 2003 - One Sided Tree

One Sided Tree

Sorry this was posted late. Earlier our ISP, HiVelocity screwed up and lost some IP addresses so our web site went down for a day. Then I left town to pick up a display case for the shop so I didn't get anything posted for awhile. I came across this tree on last Sunday's motorcycle ride. I thought it real unusual for two reasons. First it looked like an old dead decaying tree, except for the flowers, and second, all the flowers were on one side of the tree.

Mon, Apr. 7, 2003 - Coast is clear

Coast is clear

This morning just as I was getting ready to go to work, Lori let all four cats out of the house. A few seconds after they left, I noticed some movement above the dishwasher, and spotted this tiny mouse checking to see if the coast was clear. Realizing that he had been spotted and photographed he went back to hiding in the space between the dishwasher and the counter top. Someone was telling me recently that they found a mouse in the dishwasher. Now that would be a surprise. Anyways, when I get back home from work, I plan to show this picture to our cats and have a word with them about their household chores.

Tue, Apr. 8, 2003 - Good Morning

Good Morning

This picture of Trevor and Meg was also taken yesterday, and was a contender for picture of the day until the mouse showed up. No offense to my hosts for the weekend, Carol & John, but it sure was nice waking up in my bed, eating breakfast with my wife, drinking some of her delicious coffee while petting two of my cats, and looking out at a sunny view of my yard. Ah, life is good.

Wed, Apr. 9, 2003 - In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It

Here's the subject of my recent trip down to the Bay Area. The display case probably dates from the 1880s or so, and was manufactured by the Western Fixture Co., in San Francisco. The side seen in the picture is actually the back, it's really meant to be a free standing case, where the sales people would be behind it and the public would be in front. However, having a small space to put it in to, we don't have that option. Since the doors open on the back, we had to set it up that way. At least that way you get to see the nice hardware on the drawers and they are accessible. But the front does present a bit more finished appearance. Lori did a nice job setting up the first display of vintage clothing from our collection.

Thu, Apr. 17, 2003 - My New Tractor

My New Tractor

Yes, it's really lame that I haven't had any updates in over a week. And it's not because I've been too busy, which has been my usual excuse. Rather it's been raining, and I just haven't had anything exciting to take pictures of indoors. Not a single nude woman in the studio this last week. We're on the lookout for a good used tractor so that we can get our yard back into shape after the flood. The tractor in the picture obviously isn't it. The little HO scale tractor is for a photo idea I have that hopefully will be realized shortly. Until then you'll just have to use your imagination to figure out what I have in store for this little tractor.

Fri, Apr. 18, 2003 - Hey, Four Eyes!

Hey, Four Eyes!

So that you will recognize Lori the next time you see her, I'm posting this updated mug shot of her sporting her new glasses. I think she looks great in them, even if they do give her that secretarial look. Even though some days my eyes get tired looking at the computer screen all day, it must be helpful, I'm the last one in both of our families to not need glasses. Hope it stays that way for awhile longer.

Sat, Apr. 19, 2003 - Under the Toadstool

Under the Toadstool

Today I combined work with pleasure and took a hike through Russ Park. I'm working on a web site for the City of Ferndale and I wanted some pictures of the various trail heads because some are a bit obscure. I came across this mushroom and decided to try something a bit different with it. Using my 14mm lense which will focus to within a few inches of the lense, I placed the camera right on the forest floor to get a slug's eye view. Later I thought about getting a mushroom's view of a banana slug, but the ones I saw weren't what you'd call prime examples of the slug species. So that will have to wait for a future trip. I'm sure you're all looking forward to that picture.

Sun, Apr. 20, 2003 - Lupine Time

Lupine Time

Even if the weather doesn't seem like spring, the flowers aren't fooled, and the lupines are gorgeous right now. Dennis Moore wouldn't have to be stealing them from the rich, because they're everywhere.

Fri, Apr. 25, 2003 - Can I go out and play?

Can I go out and play?

This shot is through the front window of the shop. It has been pouring rain again the last few days, our front yard is back under water, and the creek is threatening to spill over again. I'm ready for this to stop. Last night we did have an impressive thunderstorm roll through, and earlier in the evening there was a really cool rainbow right over the cemetery. Unfortunately, I was in the fire truck at the time so I didn't get a picture.

Knowlesville is back to running on Hurricane Electric after a brief trial run at another ISP, so that's why it was quiet the last few days. Hopefully that is the end of my ISP switching that has been going on a lot lately. I now have a dedicated server at Hurricane which should make my life a bit easier.

Sat, Apr. 26, 2003 - Close Up Calla

Close Up Calla

They say that lighting never strikes the same place twice. Apparently that holds true for rainbows as well. After seeing a gorgeous rainbow Thursday night and missing the opportunity to photograph it, I got excited Friday night when the weather conditions were almost the same. I waited patiently for a re-occurance, but all I got was a very faint rainbow for a few seconds. Nothing like the day before. I did wander around the cemetery between showers and took some pictures of the callas and rodies that are in bloom right now.

Tue, Apr. 29, 2003 - Rhodie

Rhodie

If April showers bring May flowers, then I expect to see a whole bunch of these next month. With one day left in April, we've had 24 days of rain this month. Supposedly we're just shy of the all time record for the month. We received something over 10 inches this month, which by San Jose standards is huge, but compared to the 24 inches we received during the last two weeks in December, it is much more manageable. While Williams Creek has been running pretty full all month, it hasn't come close to breeching the banks.