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....
02/01/18: Snowshoeing After The Storms
Sue and I decided to head out with Beau Thursday morning to go snowshoeing.
We almost didn't go because of the recent snow and then ice storms. But, with a few inches of new snow down, Sue thought one of the places that she takes Beau for walks would be fine.
It was a spectacular hike through the woods. All of the trees were coated with snow and were just picture perfect.
Though Sue did slip on the ice and take a tumble into a snow bank, the three of us had a really nice time. In fact, Sue had such a good time that she went out later that afternoon with her camera to get some spectacular winter pictures.
February winter storm.
02/14/18: Valentines Day Dinner
Sue delegated me a few weeks back to do a desert for a Valentines Day dinner that she was fixing. Well, it took me awhile to choose something because I've never done a 'real' desert before.
I didn't know what Sue was planning, but I knew I'd have to make something a lot more complex than strawberries, whipped cream, and brown sugar - although that was the spectacular desert that was served for years at Portsmouth's famous Blue Strawberry Restaurant.
After pouring over countless recipes on-line, I finally selected one that I thought would really push me into an area I had no experience in: making a pastry base from scratch with whipped cream and cheese with a thin white chocolate topping, called by the more fancy name of Eclair Cake with White Chocolate Ganache.
While Sue was out teaching a kids photography appreciation workshop at the library Monday afternoon, I flew into cooking gear, had this thing whipped out in 2 hours, and then hidden away in the refrigerator downstairs.
Wednesday I was banned from the kitchen as Sue prepared her presentation, Chicken Vindaloo, a wonderful Indian curry dish with turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, cumin, paprika, and cayenne. What a great dish that was! And, you know, my desert came out pretty good as well!
A rather poor Valentines Day selfie, but you get the idea: we had a great time!
02/16/18: Photography Side Track To Great Bay Marine
So, Sue and I are driving down the highway to get into Portsmouth and run some errands. As we're crossing the General Sullivan Bridge over the Piscataqua River, Sue decides it would be a wonderful photo opportunity to drive out to Great Bay Marine in Newington.
Of course, the exit is right at the bottom of the bridge, so a marginal 2 wheel swoop off the exit was called for. But it was worth the detour. We had just had some snow storms, and it was just beautiful out there with a heavy fog just beginning to lift.
02/17/18: New Durham Town Seniors Lunch
New Durham hosts periodic town lunches for seniors at the community center. Sue and I enjoy going to these as we always get to meet such nice and interesting folks. And this time was no exception; wonderful time.
02/18/18: Sunday Dinner: Korean Dak Galbi
Sue and I have enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics that are being held in South Korea. Somewhere along the line, I heard about this very special meal specific to Korea called Dak Galbi. Inspired, I thought what a great meal to prepare in celebration of the Olympics and the Korean people.
Dak Galbi is a wonderful, complex, spiced dish of chicken marinated in a mix of chili paste, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and curry powder. It's all then cooked in a big pot with sweet potato slices, carrots, and cabbage with fresh cilantro.
Though obviously best prepared with Korea chilies and curry powder, and some other spices I never heard of, I think I did just fine with the ingredients that we did have. It came out soooo good; have to do that one again for sure!
Dak Galbi Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry
Though the picture above is from the on-line recipe, my dish came out pretty close to what this looks like! Again, just a super meal!
02/22/18: Karate Meditation Seminar
Thursday night 02/22/18 I held a special karate seminar on the process of basic relaxation meditation. This was primarily for our 2 new 3rd Degree Brown Belts from the Rose School of Karate, Steve Shackford of Dover and Tom Toye of Durham.
Steve and Tom took their Brown Belt exams 11/30/17 in a joint exam with 3 students from Master Russell Jones club in Laconia, NH. Once the student reaches this 3rd Degree Brown Belt level, they are introduced to basic meditation as the starting training into some of the philosophical areas of martial arts.
Though, of course, continuing with their physical training, this move into the art of karate as opposed to just the physical aspects is a huge step for the student. It's always a joy for me to then introduce the new brown belts to this new training.
The seminar is also open to those who have already taken this training for either a general review, or for those at 2nd Degree Black Belt and above who need to take this course again as a prerequisite for taking the Basic Relaxation Meditation Instructors Certification training course.
02/24/18: Birthday Dinner For Nora
Sue and I invited our friend Nora to dinner Saturday evening 02/24/18. Nora not only was my neighbor when I lived in Dover, but I also met Sue through her.
I met Sue 03/21/10 when Nora and Sue came to the door. I was having one of my Peter's Sunday Dinner Party For One events, cooking up a storm, sipping a nice bottle of Spanish Rioja, and listening to Beethoven's Andante favori in F major when "...suddenly there came a tapping, as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, 'tapping at my chamber door— Only this and nothing more." — to quoth The Raven. Regardless, the rest is history, as they say! But what a meeting!
Though it was a beautiful day, a big storm was expected to hit Sunday. I guess the animals sensed this as Sue got a terrific shot of a deer forging for food in the backyard mid afternoon as I was just starting my meal prep work.
Nora arrived around 5:00pm with a bottle of Josh Pinot Noir in tow, which we had with dinner. We had a nice chat before I skipped into the kitchen to start cooking around 6:00. Fortunately, I had done all of the prep work earlier before Nora had arrived. I fixed Pork Chops With Apple and Arugula as the main course, and then did my best pasta Alfredo with fresh parsley yet as a side dish.
Nora and Sue toasting to her birthday.
After dinner, Sue brought out desert. She had made 'Sweet Lemon Ricotta with Mixed Berries and Biscotti', a recipe we had learned to make 01/22/16 at an 'Italian Dinner Cooking Class' at The Culinary Playground in Derry, NH. It was just a super finish to our gathering for our friend.
Because weather predictions were for a strong snow storm to hit later that evening or early Sunday morning, Nora wanted to head for home before there was any chance of that happening. Since it was fairly early, we put on the 2017 action movie American Assassin that was really well done. It's sort of a violent and energy charged movie and we didn't want to go to bed on that, so we stayed up - probably way too late - and watched an episode of HGTV House Hunters International that was fun as the person was looking in Melbourne, Australia.
02/25/18: Sunday Morning Blizzard
Sue was up long before me. I guess Beau had heard her stir around 6:30am, and he just figured it was time for someone to let him out to do his business. I never made it up until 8:00am.
The snow had just started to come down really heavily as I wandered down the stairs. Sue had already gotten the wood stove going; quite a contrast to the storm blowing around outside.
Heavy snow on the mountain
Sue was in the kitchen making up a special breakfast recipe she had found in the March 2018 'Northern New England Journey': Shirred Eggs, as prepared by Annie Mahle, co-captain and chef of the historic 1927 Maine windjammer J.&E. Riggin, which sails out of Rockland Maine and offers charters throughout Penobscot Bay.
After breakfast, she got to work on preparing a chicken sausage, cannelloni bean, wild rice, and kale soup as it had to simmer for a couple of hours. She was making that for dinner tonight, but there's enough in that pot for quite a few meals. Looking forward to that as it smells sooooo good!
Beau wanted to get out and play in the snow - or was that Sue wanted to get out into the snow and play? - and so she put her snowshoes on and took him out through the woods behind our house. I stayed home, kept the wood stove going, and catching up with this site!
02/26/18: Sue Wraps Up Kids Photography Class
Sue spent the last couple of days going over the pictures the kids took in the photography class she led at the library. The kids did such an amazing job; she was so proud of them.
Selected pictures from Sue's class
02/28/18: Dinner Night Out
We thought we'd celebrate Sue's first Social Security check by going out to dinner at the Ellacoya Barn & Grille in Gilford. What a beautiful old restored barn. And the food was really good, though wine prices are too steep.
03/04/18: Sunday Breakfast in Pittsfield, NH
Sue and I had wanted to see the maple sugaring process at Journeys End Maple Farm in Pittsfield, NH. We had thought that they'd be in full swing, but that doesn't really happen until the end of March.
That's when the 350+ members of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association open their doors to the public to come and observe them at work boiling the raw syrup and preparing it for sale.
We had a nice chat with one of the owners, Anne Boisvert, who took the time to graciously show us around their shop. Knowing they were pretty busy, we thanked her for her time and then drove over to Jitters Cafe of Pittsfield to get a late breakfast.
It was our first time at Jitters, and understand they changed ownership back in 2017. Sue and opted for the buffet as it was only around $10.00 for a pretty decent selection. We tried everything, and it was okay. Sorry, but just okay. And most disappointing was the coffee.... Man, you call your place 'jitters', and the coffee is thin? I'd like to try it again because so many of the Yelp! reviews were really good. So, we'll see....
03/06/18: Busy Pre-Storm Day
Weather reports were for a brutal snow storm to hit the area starting tomorrow, Wednesday. Fortunately, my karate disciple 2nd Degree Black Belt Eleanne Solorzano, had scheduled a morning meeting with me to go over some of her current reading assignments; coming up to New Durham from Exeter in a blizzard just wouldn't have happened.
And then, we had to take Beau over to the vet in Alton for some annual vaccinations. It was 3:00pm when we got out of the vets, and the air had chilled, and the sky was clouding over.
Before we left for the vets, Sue had seen this little rabbit in the bushes behind the barn. We think he was burrowing in for the storm.
Rabbit trying to find shelter from the upcoming storm.
03/08/18: And the storm hits....
It had started to snow a little bit Tuesday night 03/06/18, and quite a lot more starting in the late afternoon on Wednesday 03/07/18.
But the real storm hit early Thursday morning 03/08/18. When we woke up, we were greeted to a foot, if not more. And it was a damp, sticky snow. And it was still coming down. Sue was, of course, out and around during the whole thing taking some great pictures.
View of the barn through the snow draped trees.
After over 2 hours of snow blowing, not only were the tires skidding on the now frosted layer next to the asphalt, but the snow was so heavy that the blower blades got packed and the chute kept getting plugged. I gave up and shoveled as much as I could before I gave out. I looked at Sue, and she was as soaked and tired as I was. That was it. We threw a flag on the field and headed inside.
Sue got this beautiful picture of the backyard that night.
Night picture of the backyard after the storm.
03/10/18: Jill Comes For a Short Visit.
Jill came up from R.I. for a short visit. She was originally going to stay for dinner, but had to change her plans to lunch.
Sue had a Vegetable and Coconut Rice Stir Fry on the brain for dinner, and wanted me to do that anyway for lunch. So, while Sue took Beau for a short hike in the woods (short because there was a foot of wet snow to trudge through), I drove over to the store to food shop.
When I got back, Sue and I did all of the prep work so that we could spend all of our time visiting with Jill. It took awhile because not only did the rice have to be pre-cooked, but there was just a ton of chopping to do: garlic, sweet potato, green beans, sweet red pepper, hot habanero pepper, snow peas, kale, a small chicken breast for protein, and a bunch of scallions.
Right after Jill arrived, we all sat down at her laptop computer for an hour or so. She had over 1,000 pictures of her recent trip to Australia and New Zealand that we had asked her to bring. There were a lot of duplicates (like 40 pictures of kangaroos) that she could just dash through.
Jill showing her Australia and New Zealand pictures to us.
We got through all of the Australia pictures before lunch, and then finished up the New Zealand pictures after lunch. It was great.
Jill got so many terrific shots, like this wallaby...
Jill and her Australian wallaby friend.
And the scenery was just spectacular in both countries. If it didn't take something like 36 hours of total time to get there, I think I'd like to see both countries. But traveling that far and taking that long is not on my retirement agenda at all. I'll just enjoy it through other folks pictures! Thanks, Jill!
03/13/18: 3rd Blizzard In 11 Days!
Well, this is interesting: our 3rd Blizzard In 11 Days! I'm looking out the window with snow coming down so hard that it's tough seeing the trees in the backyard. We ultimately ended up with 26 inches being dumped on us up here with surrounding areas from 8 to 14 inches. It was quite a storm!
It's been snowing since early morning, and the projection is for over a foot today with perhaps as much as another 3 to 5 inches tomorrow. This is the 3rd major storm to hit in 11 days, and New England is hunkered down for the worst. Most business are closed, and literally thousands of airline flights have been canceled.
Sue caught this great picture of the barn at the height of the blizzard.
I'm just letting the driveway stack up as I have no interest in trying to push the blower through this stuff. I've asked one of our neighbors who has an excavation company and does plowing if he could come by tomorrow and do all of that for us.
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