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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

November 2004

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Mon, Nov. 1, 2004 - Lady of Mystery

Lady of Mystery

I've been working on getting used to the new camera so I've been scheduling photoshoots with models. Yeah, I might learn as much about the camera taking photos of flowers, but this seemed like more fun. So far I like what I've found about the Kodak SLR/n with only problems. It does have a ton of features to learn though. Quite a change for someone who used to love manual cameras for their simplicity.

Thu, Nov. 4, 2004 - Cowgirl at the beach

Cowgirl at the beach

Last night I tried to squeek in a shoot before it got too dark (and cold!). My plan was to go to my favorite spot in Lotela but when we got there we found that with hunting in season, the area was busy so we went to plan B. We ended up at the south spit dunes. While the photo may give the impression it was a warm summer evening, that was far from the case.

Sat, Nov. 6, 2004 - This looks familiar

This looks familiar

During our trip down to the Bay Area for the VPA 30th anniversary party, we stayed at the home of Miranda and Dianna. I met Miranda several years ago when she worked for the Rengstorff House and I did their web site. Lori and I actually saw their house the first time when the previous owners were having an estate sale in the home and some smart VPA members said we should go just to look at the interior and when we arrived at the home for the sale we both wondered if we had the right house, because the outside was a mess. But once we stepped inside we found one of the most high-end and intact Victorian interiors we've seen in San Jose. A couple years later Miranda emailed to say they bought a house, and as she described it, I knew exactly what house she was refering to. I was glad the home found new owners that would treat it with the respect it deserves. Miranda has a web site for their home where you can view some before pictures.

When Miranda offered to house us for our weekend stay, we jumped at the chance to see the house again. It looks much better under their care, even though there is still much more to do. While Miranda was giving us a tour of the rooms we hadn't seen before, we noticed the ceiling medallion in their bedroom. It is an original, and is almost an exact duplicate of the replica that we installed in our parlour. Ceiling medallions were designed to be expandable so that a bigger room could have a larger medallion. Obviously their house deserved the grander version than what we purchased. But it was very weird to come across an original of the same design. Their home was built in 1893, and ours was 1888, so it's not too far off from being the right period.

Sun, Nov. 21, 2004 - Lori's Boo Boo

Lori's Boo Boo

I was out working in the yard, getting ready to start on our reflecting pond when Lori opened the kitchen window and yelled out, "I need you Matt". Unfortunately, it was a call of panic, and not a romantic statement. I rushed inside to find out what the matter was and saw Lori holding her hand with blood all over the place. She had been washing dishes and a glass broke in the pan without her knowing it. She stuck her hand in the glass to wash it and put quite a gash in her hand. We rushed off to the hospital in Fortuna, and then waited in the lobby for over two hours. Apparently they were already pretty busy because no other walk-in patients came in the whole time. Finally she got to see a doctor and he numbed her wound and then stitched it up. By the time we got home it was almost dark, but while we were gone a big whole appeared in our yard.

Mon, Nov. 22, 2004 - Reflecting Pond

Reflecting Pond

Here's the big hole. Looks like a lap pool is going in, which wouldn't be such a bad idea except that our weather isn't conducive to outdoor swimming very often. This will be our reflecting pond, which is going to be the centerpiece of our secret garden. Of course in order to be secret, it will need some hedges, but first things first. We also had some of the rocky dirt taken out by the driveway and then replaced that with the dirt from the hole. I've also been rototilling the yard, trying to stay ahead of the weeds, which were pretty abundant after we had the manure brought in.

Tue, Nov. 23, 2004 - Frankenstein's Hand

Frankenstein's Hand

Too bad Halloween was last month.