The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Mon, Feb. 4, 2008 - Vole
The average vole only lives 3-6 months, and with Artie around, that can be reduced significantly. He's been a hunting terror lately so we decided we'd keep track for the month. So far, this was the second kill of the month. We'll let you know the grand total at the end of the month.
Tue, Feb. 5, 2008 - Mole
We kept kidding with Artie that he needed to get the mole, but he kept hearing it as vole so that's what he keeps coming back with. As I mentioned last month, we called in for help to get rid of our mole problem. Here's the bastard that turned our yard into a miniature replica of the London subway system. Hopefully it was just that one, but we're going to be keeping our eyes out now that we know how to trap them successfully.
Wed, Feb. 6, 2008 - Crocus Time
The crocus don't care that the front yard is buried under a few inches of silt. They decided to pop up their little golden heads anyways. That was very nice of them because I always look forward to this moment knowing that winter is finally losing its cold, wet grip on us. Better days are ahead of us.
Wed, Feb. 13, 2008 - Never been so glad to see a white wall
Bit by bit my office at home is becoming less pink. That's a very good thing. Finally got all the walls fixed after removing the old wallpaper so it was time to prime.
Sat, Feb. 16, 2008 - Clay Pot
Those of you who have visited my childhood room know I had a thing for orange back then. I guess in some ways I still do. Although this orange is more subdued than the bright orange the 70s were famous for, I couldn't help but feel something was familiar about it. The top part of the walls are getting a nice coat of terra cotta, appropriately called Clay Pot by the paint company.
Sun, Feb. 17, 2008 - Firemen's Games
It's not supposed to work like this, but I can relate because last year it happened to me. The guy at the valve is supposed to wait for a signal from the nozzle guy that he is ready for water. Sometimes people get excited and turn it on a little too early. At this point you pretty much give up because there's no way you're going to get a nozzle on once the water starts flowing at 150 lbs/in. It was looking like Company 1 was going to be cooking hamburgers again until Company 3 pulled this manuever and saved us the embarrassement.
Mon, Feb. 18, 2008 - School House Brick
After a couple of coats of the Clay Pot, it was time to paint the bottom section which is getting treated with a darker terra cotta they call School House Brick. The picture rail has also received it's touch of gold. Seeing it all starting to come together, I couldn't resist hanging the sample of the frieze just to see how it will eventually look. Now if only that ugly pink door would go away.
Tue, Feb. 19, 2008 - Wood Graining, Step 1
Larry Martin, who grained our parlor and the Main Street Studio, has been busy so I'm going to take a stab at doing the woodgraining myself. First step is to paint the woodwork with the undercoat, which in this room goes very nicely with the colors already there. But when it's finished it will be the same dark wood that we have in the parlor. I'm a bit nervous trying the graining, but I've got lots of scrap wood to practice on.
While I was hanging wallpaper samples, I also taped up the border that's going to separate the two terra cotta tones. You can see it just under the light switch. The border is one of the same papers we used on the ceiling but in a different colorway
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