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Peter, January 2014
I started this website back in the late 1990s as a way for friends to keep up with my activities. The site has expanded since then in many ways beyond the few, simple pages of content I began with. I've met a lot of great folks from all around the world because of this site, and look forward to meeting many more.
The web in general has grown and changed considerably as well. Static personal web sites such as this one have mostly been replaced with interactive blogs, and other online social media and social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.
As a senior web based business applications software engineer, I watched all of this development over the years with great interest, seeing what a remarkable change this was for building communicative relationships on a huge scale. When I started this site, not only wasn't that possible, it was unheard of.
But I had, and still have, no interest in broadcasting my activities to the world through these social media venues. Rather, I simply chose to continue with this basic, straight forward format.
The businesses I have, and have had, as referenced here are not social media type entities, anyway. They're simply activities that I engage in. Clients find me either by stumbling onto (er... that would be referred to) this site, word of mouth, or through standard marketing and advertising methods.
This isn't a web blog with interesting things being written about. It's just a way for me to record the ordinary things going on in our lives, as well as a central listing of the other activities I'm engaged in. I enjoy writing, and so this was more of a relaxing escape for me from my busy work life, and now a relaxing enhancement for me in retired life, than it is to provide witty entertainment for casual visitors.
For this year's events from January to now, see this year's archive page
I'm sorry, but many times I get far behind in creating and posting the detail page and corresponding pictures that go along with an event entry. Bear with me as I try to keep up with these postings....
09/29/19: Wonderful Autumn Day
What a gorgeous day it was when I got up at 7:30 am Sunday morning. A little chilly, but that was soon to wear off.
Jen called and wondered if Sue wanted to take a walk with Beau in the woods, and so while she was gone, I did the laundry and caught up on a few other things. Just after getting back home, Sue and I left The Beau Dog to howl while we went off to do the food shopping.
After a quick lunch, I helped Sue finish her fall window cleaning, and then brought the hoses into the barn for the winter. I thought we'd better get the tarps out and cover the fire wood piled by the barn because it was supposed to rain later tonight, and then next week temps are supposed to drop below 40! And with Montana getting over 3 feet of snow in some parts as a huge blizzard, and the worst weather on record since 1934, I thought I'd better get that woodpile covered sooner than later.
My dinner tonight for us is a simple pork chop dish fixed in a gravy broth and then finished cooking with a covering of yellow onions and kale. Sue spotted an interesting sounding Chilean Cabernet, and so that was the wine for the evening. Terrific meal and not a bad wine for the price either.
Normally, I not only don't turn the heat on until October, but I feel the same about starting a fire in the wood stove. But we've had to have the heat on for weeks now just because of the really chilly nights. And because tonight is supposed to see temps in the 30s, and Tuesday will be October 1st, I told Sue that we should just have our first fire of the season in the wood stove.
First fire in the wood stove for the season.
09/30/19: Photography Excursion To The Ocean
Monday 09/30/19 I went with Sue on a photography excursion to Bass Beach in Rye. It was a beautiful day, and traffic was light as we headed down the Spaulding Turnpike. We took Lafayette Road south, stopping for gas just outside of Portsmouth. From there, we wandered through some of Rye's most elegant neighborhoods, dropping down onto Route 1A just south of Bass Beach.
The surf was pretty chaotic from the end of an incoming tide whipped along by a mild, but steady onshore breeze. We walked along the top of the storm berm for a short distance, but Sue wanted to get down onto the beach and look for a certain type of pebble for a project she is going to work on.
I enjoyed being out, but didn't want to push it, so while she wandered along the beach, I sat in the car and watched the waves crashing against the rocky shore. I saw Sue turn back from the south end of the beach, and head toward a large area of rocks. I got out of the car and walked across the beach toward her. I snapped a picture of her taking a picture of the waves crashing against the rocks in front of her.
Sue in the distance to the left against the rocks taking pictures of the surf smashing against the shore.
An expanded shot showing Sue wedged in the rocks.
We left Bass Beach, and drove over to Odiorne Point State Park. I was feeling pretty good, and so I went with Sue along the wooded shore trail. While Sue walked a little further, I sat down on a stone bench in a nice open area. From there, I could see the entrances to both Little Harbor, and Portsmouth Harbor, as well as Whaleback Light, and the Isles of Sholes 7 miles off the coast. Loved it! One of my favorite places to go and just sit.
From Odiorne, we headed back for home, stopping for an early dinner at The 110 Grill, and then tonight's Dancing With The Stars.
10/01/19: Foggy First Day of October
The chilly air last night brought fog over the mountain this morning from the past couple of days of temps in the 70s.
By late morning, Nature added a light rain to really bring the chill out in the air. Our friend Gail had driven over from Londonderry, and she and Sue went up to explore the Meredith area for picture opportunities and some shopping. The Beau Dog and I held the fort down until Sue got back to assure him that all was well.
10/03/19: Beautiful Fall Weekend Activities
Sue and I took The Beau Dog with us Thursday 10/03/19 on a short Fall foliage excursion. We followed a couple of the back roads off of Route 28 along the Eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Sue got this beautiful picture of the leaves starting to turn at a park in Alton, NH.
Autumn colors along the creek in Alton.
This was late apple picking season and the tress were pretty sparse when we stopped at Butternut Farm. But we got 2 pretty full bags, grabbed a few decorative pumpkins, and were off.
Sunday, we drove up to Ossipee to just be there for Joanne. She was staying at her daughter's house, and her brother Alan, and some other family members were there as well.
There was a chill in the air when we got home, and so I got a small fire going in the wood stove.
10/07/19: Damp Monday
It was a damp, and slightly chilly Monday morning when we got up. Well, when I got up. I think I overdid things just a little bit Sunday: I slept, and not so soundly, almost 10 hours. I felt fine, but I just have to take it a little easier, like not hauling a full load of firewood 3 times from the wood pile.... Ya think?
As soon as Sue got back from walking Beau, she was out playing in the dirt in her garden getting that cleared up for winter.
Sue got this terrific Fall foliage picture while walking Beau in the woods.
Sue getting one of her gardens ready for winter.
Around noon, Beau and I followed her to the auto service garage as she wanted to have her rear breaks done. On the way back home, we stopped to pick up some copy suey for lunch at a market near the auto service garage. And then after that, and a few final chores, she hopped into the bathtub for a warm soak.
We had invited our friends Steve and Cathy over for a quick "Drive By Dinner". They were both working 6 days a week, and Sue thought it'd be nice to fix dinner for them. While everyone relaxed, I got going on fixing a nice Fall dish: chicken, apples and pearl onions in a great apple cider and thyme based broth served over a bed of basil infused barley with a side of balsamic vinegar roasted Brussels sprouts.
The wine, however — a $13 bottle of Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vintner's Reserve — was a bust; not so good. And surprising for Kendall-Jackson.... One review I read said that it was: "... pleasantly acidic and juicy". Really? We all thought it more harsh, and sharp along with being just a little thin.
10/08/19: Joann Passes Away
Sadly, Sue's brother Alan's wife Joann passed away this morning. Thankfully, her illness took her quickly with little discomfort.
Joann and Alan visiting us 04/08/17.
We've lost a wonderful, loving person. She will be missed by many.
10/11/19: Foliage Excursion
It was a beautiful Friday 10/11/19 when Sue and I headed out for a Fall foliage excursion.
Backyard Fall colors have really matured just in the last several days.
Our primary purpose was to get Sue's Aunt Carol out for a nice ride. After winding through Freedom, Sue asked Carol if she remembered the way to the Thurston cemetery. Carol doesn't forget a thing, and took us winding through the back roads, some gravel, to the site where some of her distant relatives were buried.
After running Carol home, and making sure she was okay, we came back to Alan's. Sue had made up a memorial wreath for Alan to hang on his door — a nice Southern tradition he had heard about.
10/13/19: 2nd Anniversary
Sunday 10/13/19 Sue and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with a foliage drive and a nice dinner at home.
We headed out for our drive after lunch. We didn't want to go too far, so set a goal of no more than 45 minutes away. That worked out great because we had a wonderful drive through many of the back roads to the south of us. We even found some really spectacular color areas we hadn't been through before.
We got back home on schedule at 4:00 pm, and played some backgammon sipping on a relatively expensive bottle of Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir I had picked up earlier in the week before we started cooking our special celebration dinner.
10/14/19: Columbus Day
Well, look - being retired I really had forgotten that this was Columbus Day weekend. Gad, no wonder the traffic had been so heavy on all of the main roads!
Sue was up early Monday morning, Columbus Day, and shot up to the ridge to get this great picture of the moon setting.
Hunter's Moon dropping toward the horizon over the trees.
After I got up and had a cup of coffee, I drove Sue and Beau over to Cathy's. They were going to go on some hiking adventure with Beau, and Cathy said she'd bring them home after they got done. As we crested the top of the ridge, I was stunned by the beautiful canopy of dense fog that completely filled the valley below. I had never seen it so thick or massive.
Fog fills the valley below us.
Sue sent me the following shot that she took from the trail they were hiking on. Man, that's colorful!
New England at its best!
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