The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Fri, Apr. 6, 2007 - Artie's New Chair
Paula came to visit last weekend and left a couple of her folding camp chairs. Artie immediately realized how well the black and red of the chair looks so well with the black and white of his fur, and so it has become his favorite place to snooze lately. He looks pretty comfy, so I can't say I blame him.
Mon, Apr. 9, 2007 - Giving Back to the Earth
A lot has been said about Global Warming lately, and of course the major problem seems to be the carbon emissions that our modern lifestyle emits. So I recently began working on ways that I can reduce my carbon emissions to the atmosphere. I figured since the oil we burn originally came from deep within the earth, it would be appropriate to return the emissions there. Since I don't have an oil drilling rig handy at the moment, I had to be satisfied with pumping the exhaust down the nearest gopher hole. While this does wonders for curtailing the emissions, it does somewhat limit your driving distance to the length of your longest garden hose.
Tue, Apr. 10, 2007 - Not So Crappy Anymore
We do a lot of yardwork living here in Ferndale. You would never guess it looking at our yard because it usually looks pretty crappy. That's what happens when you live next to fields of grass, a river that floods, and an environment perfectly suited for growing horsetails. So this weekend Lori and I spent both days weeding, mowing, trimming and cleaning. At the end of the weekend, I was proud to say that our yard went from crappy, to just slightly unsightly.
Wed, Apr. 11, 2007 - They're Back!
Apparently, the gophers were ready for my chemical warfare and must have recently stockpiled some gas masks. Just two days after my attempt at using weapons of mass destruction, the gophers have returned my lawn (well not really a lawn, but if I mow the weeds it resembles one) to the hilly state that they prefer. On inspecting this freshly dug hole, I swear I could hear really high pitched laughter emanating from within.
Fri, Apr. 13, 2007 - Drive Thru
I went down to Legget to the "World Famous Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree" to take a photo of this armored truck for Dunbar's 2008 calendar. Obviously, this truck didn't actually drive throught the tree. In fact after I got there I saw what the biggest vehicle you could drive through it was. A full size pickup truck was trying to make its way through and had to fold the mirrors, and then it just rubbed the top of its camper shell on the roof of the tree. Any bigger and they would have had to let the air out of their tires to make it. The driver was only slightly disappointed that this required stop for tourists left his truck with scratches. He still thought it was worth the $5.
Mon, Apr. 16, 2007 - Ambrosini Ranch
Lori and I are working on a web site for Bear River Valley Beef, so we went out to Bear River to gather photos. It was a beautiful spring day, and a wonderful time to in Bear River Valley with the grass so green. Quite different from our last trip there when it was covered in snow. This little house caught my eye, and the sepia treatment seemed appropriate for it.
Thu, Apr. 19, 2007 - Off Roading
You'll never see this in a Jeep commercial. This single vehicle accident happened on Centerville Road. The Jeep came to rest in a water filled ditch, with the barb wire fence restricting access on the driver side, and the ditch itself prevented access on the passenger side. Since I didn't really have great footwear on for wading through a ditch, I tried stepping on the front bumper to cross to the driver's side. Before I really put much weight on it the bumper fell off. At least it provided a temporary bridge over the water.
Fri, Apr. 20, 2007 - Wedding in the Redwoods
Lori and I went out to Pamplin Grove to photograph the wedding of John and Robin. They are from Minnesota, and came out to Humboldt County for a planned elopement. After photographing the short ceremony, we went out to the Old Van Duzen bridge and took some more photos there. The couple really wanted to be married in the redwoods and the weather cooperated spectacularly. It rained the day before and the day after, but their wedding day was a gorgeous spring day in beautiful Humboldt County. When they first called back in February they asked what the weather would likely be like in April. I told them I would give them a prediction 15 minutes before the ceremony.
Sat, Apr. 21, 2007 - Ritchie's Barn Burner
Also on the 19th, the FVFD had a fire drill, using a barn out at Chief Leonardo's place that fell during a storm last winter. The pile of wood was much larger than expected and after burning for several hours it hadn't dimished much by the time we left at 10pm. I expect it burned most of the night. Thankfully Rich watched it overnight and we got to go home. That's the difference between a drill and the real thing.
Tue, Apr. 24, 2007 - Return of the Iris
The winters of 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 were so wet that our iris never really got going. This year we've seen a lot more sun and so the iris are winning the war against the inevitable invasion of slugs and snails that they seem to attract. The display should be really pretty in a few days, but here's a look at one of the early bloomers.
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