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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

November 2007

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Sat, Nov. 3, 2007 - UFO

UFO

I saw this bird sitting in one of the willow trees in the back yard. I tried getting a picture of it while it was sitting there, but the only camera I had at home was my little Pentax so I tried going out on the deck to get closer. Of course just as I snapped the shutter it took off, but I did manage a second shot as it flew over the barn. It looked sort of like an eagle or hawk, but didn't have familiar markings. Lori and I spent some time pouring through our bird book and online and figured out it must have been an Osprey.

Sun, Nov. 4, 2007 - Deer Fence, Coming Soon

Deer Fence, Coming Soon

Lori and I spent the day putting in the posts for the beginning of our deer fence on the north side of the house. We're still waiting for the baseboards to arrive which will also act as a flood diverter, so hopefully this winter she won't lose the garden again.

Wed, Nov. 7, 2007 - Mind's been in the gutter

Mind's been in the gutter

Just in time for the rainy season the house and barn are getting new gutters. The house never had any when we bought it and it looks nicer having them on, and I'm sure it will help preserve the siding and foundation. When we were digging the post holes for the deer fence I managed to hit the drain pipe for the french drain the previous owners installed. It was supposed to drain into the ditch on the north side of the home, but it had silted up completely so it wasn't helping the drainage problem at all.

Thu, Nov. 8, 2007 - Artie the Destroyer

Artie the Destroyer

I was sitting on the couch watching TV when Artie came in and went into the kitchen. That's his usual behavior because that's where the food bowl is. Meg jumped off the couch and went over and stared at him. That's her usual behavior because, well, she's a bitch. After she wouldn't back down I went into the kitchen to get Artie and that's when I noticed that he was providing his own meal again. This one might have been my fault though. When they were putting up the gutters I took down our bird feeder and set it on the deck. Probably a bad idea.

Sat, Nov. 10, 2007 - Humboldt County Weed

Humboldt County Weed

Mention that you're from Humboldt County and you have a weed problem and people are bound to think of something other than this. This is just one of my weed piles and they're piling up faster than they're decomposing. I'm running our of room to put them. This summer I finally had to resort to using a burn pile. I know, global warming is bad and all, but I'm sure those horse tails are scrubbing some of that carbon from the atmosphere. This pile is just what we've pulled in the last month or so. Seeing this pile, you'd think our yard would be devoid of weeds at this point and boy would you be wrong.

Sun, Nov. 11, 2007 - Boot Hill Cemetery

Boot Hill Cemetery

Lori and I went out to Sinkyone Wilderness today. To get there you go out to Shelter Cove and then take Chemise Mountain Road out along the Lost Coast. It turns into Usal Road which is the dirt road that Blake and I explored last Memorial Day. Then you take an even rougher, smaller dirt road to Sinkyone Wilderness. So here we are out in the middle of the forest miles from any sign of human habitation, when we come around one corner and find someone has decorated the road for Halloween. What a funny surprise!

Mon, Nov. 12, 2007 - Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

This is a beach at the north end of Shelter Cove. Since Lori had never been to Shelter Cove before I had to show her the west coast's biggest land boondoggle. It was a great day to spend at the beach though, warm, and the wave action was pretty awesome.

Tue, Nov. 13, 2007 - What's She Going to Make?

What's She Going to Make?

When Lori and I got married my mom gave Lori a custom cookbook filled with recipes that I liked. Lori was planning the week's menu so she pulled out the old recipe book and asked me if there was anything I really wanted. There were a lot of good favorites, but one stood out in particular, and I haven't had them in a long, long time. Who even knew they still made Tang?

Wed, Nov. 14, 2007 - Mr. Hartford Stikes the Pose

Mr. Hartford Stikes the Pose

Back to our trip last Sunday. The reason I took Lori out to Sinkyone was because we had just watched an episode of Nature about Yellowstone and she really loved seeing the elk. I had just read about Sinkyone and knew that they had elk there and it was the right time of year to see them with their impressive racks. So I lured her into going 4 wheeling with me with the promise of seeing elk. Fortunately, the elk kept their end of the bargain. This guy wasn't even the dominant bull, but he was the prettiest and most cooperative. We hiked down to where the ranger had spotted the elk earlier that day and saw them, and then the herd headed back in the direction that we just came from. That put the herd between us and our truck, so it was a careful walk back, picking our way between these majestic grazers.

Sat, Nov. 17, 2007 - Hobart Brown

Hobart Brown

November 7 Ferndale lost one of its most important and famous citizens, Hobart Brown. Known worldwide as the founder of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, he was an ecentric individual, in a good way. Tonight the town celebrated his life with a memorial service at the community hall, followed by a candlelight walk down Main Street to his home and gallery. That was followed by three blasts from a canon, which made me wish I had brought a tripod. The flash and smoke looked great in the photo but trying to hold a long exposure when a canon goes off a few feet from you is a bit difficult. After the cannon shots the whole group made their way back to the community hall, lead by a marching band.

Sun, Nov. 18, 2007 - Julian

Julian

Katy and Ben brought their 4 month old son Julian to the studio so we could take some photos of him and his proud parents. Julian did a great job modeling, just like his mom.

Mon, Nov. 26, 2007 - Testing the lights

Testing the lights

In preparation for hanging the lights on the tree, we did our annual testing tonight. Probably 150-200 broken or burned out bulbs were replaced. It's amazing that a higher percentage don't have to be replaced given the abuse they go through. Not only do we break some while we're hanging the strands and taking them down, but they also hang in the weather during the wettest and windiest period of the year.

Thu, Nov. 29, 2007 - National Cash Register

National Cash Register

Now that I don't have a retail operation anymore, I have a cash register I don't need. It will eventually go up on Craigslist. But if you have the need for an antique cash register, it's available for $1500.

Fri, Nov. 30, 2007 - 1997 Kawasaki KLX300

1997 Kawasaki KLX300

Also going up on Craigslist will be my KLX300. I've had it up for sale before at our garage sales, but everytime I think about selling it I go and ride it which is a mistake because it's so fun to ride. But I've finally decided that I just don't use it enough to justify keeping it so I'm going to try a bit harder to sell it this time.