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Peter Rose
Peter, January 2014

I started this website back in the late 1990s as a way for friends to keep up with our activities. Since then, it has expanded in many ways beyond a few, simple pages of content.

The web has grown into a real global community. It's a great place to gather and keep up with what's happening in each others lives. I've met a lot of great folks from all around the world because of this site, and look forward to meeting many more. And no, I do not have, nor do I intend to have, accounts with: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.

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. I enjoy writing, and so this is more of a relaxing escape for me from my busy work life than it is to provide witty entertainment for casual visitors. On the other hand, if you are looking for truly sleep inducing reading, then you might find these ramblings helpful....

On a technical note, the newer parts of this site use display formatting that old browsers may not like. Thus, if you find yourself thinking something like, "Gee, what a crummy site...." try it on a decent browser or higher browser version. Because Microsoft doesn't feel it important enough to build their browsers to acknowledged industry coding standards but rather tries to create their own rules, you might do as I have and move to FireFox.

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      For this year's events from January to now, see this year's archive page

Pitiful Disclaimer....
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....

07/02/16: Party at Tracy's in Ossipee, NH
Sue's niece Tracy had stopped by the house a few days ago to drop off some things for Sue and had invited us up to her house in Ossipee, NH for a small family gathering for the 4th of July.
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It couldn't have been a prettier summer day than it was. We sat out on the deck, and ate more food than we should have, and had a wonderful time just relaxing and catching up with everyone.

07/03/16: Kayak For the 4th!
Sunday morning 07/03/16 Sue and I threw the kayaks on top of my car and headed over to the Bellamy Reservoir in Barrington, NH around 11:00 am Sunday morning.

Though really hot, the brisk breeze kept us refreshed as we paddled our way north along the west shore. We figured we'd rather fight the wind when we were fresh so that we could coast back later in the day.

That turned out to be a good decision because by 4:30 pm when we hauled the kayaks we were pretty pooped out!

It was a struggle landing too because the reservoir water level had dropped quite a bit from all the heat. That had left the haul out area a deep, thick, and muddy mess.

After getting back home and showering, we went out onto the deck, had a little wine, and played backgammon until dinner.

07/04/16: 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony
Sue and I drove to Portsmouth, NH Monday July 4th to the Strawbery Banke Museum to watch the 11:00 am United States Naturalization Ceremony.

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It was a beautiful hot summer day as we watched 96 immigrants from 52 countries and 5 continents accept their responsibilities for United States citizenship.

The oath was given by New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen with a great speech given by the 84th Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commander Captain William Greene.

After the ceremony, we spent the next 3 hours visiting all of the historically preserved homes in the 10 acre living history museum. Strawbery Banke, on the site of what was formerly the Puddle Dock area of Portsmouth, is one of the reasons Portsmouth has become a destination tourist area.

We stopped briefly on the way home to pick up some items for dinner at the Hannafords on Route 108. It didn't take us long to get out on the deck with the backgammon board to enjoy another beautiful summer's day!

07/05/16: Mid Week Break at the Lake
After work Tuesday 07/05, Sue and I drove up to Tom and Nichole's vacation house on Lake Winnipesaukee.

It was a spectacularly beautiful day to enjoy chatting on the enclosed porch, and then have burgers and dogs off the grill with a little wine outside on one of their picnic tables.

After eating, the four of us, Nichole's brother John, and 4 hyped up kids headed out on Tom's boat.

We got a little off shore, the kids jumped off the boat and onto the towing raft, and we were off! What a great time watching them screaming and bouncing around in the wake as Tom arched the boat out and around a couple of small off shore islands.

07/12/16: Holistic Health and Dinner in Meredith, NH
After Sue got home from work, we drove up to Sol Acupuncture and Sachem Shiatsu in Meredith, NH. While Sue had an acupuncture session with Heidi, my karate disciple Master Russ Jones did some of his magic Shiatsu therapy with me.

On the way up, we had been amazed at the traffic around the Meadowbrook Pavilion and Patrick's Pub & Eatery where we were planing on eating later. But we didn't finish up with the sessions until almost 7:00 pm, and with the show starting around then, we didn't think it'd be an issue.

It wasn't, and we got seated almost immediately. However, the traffic coming up from the South was at a total standstill for as far as you could see. I'm sure every one of the 10,000 seats were sold out as well as camping on the grass to see John Mayer.

But it's probably somewhat as busy for most of the events. We'll have to keep the possibility of this in mind anytime we're thinking of heading that way for sure! Of course, by the time we finished dinner and were on the road, it was totally clear in both directions. But... wouldn't want to bet that when the show lets out!

07/15/16: Jim and Chris Visit for Dinner
My 30 plus year karate disciple Master Jim Nancarrow and his wife Chris were up from their home in Florida visiting relatives this past week.

Jim visited us at class on Thursday evening, and then he and Chris came for a lovely dinner Friday night.

It was great seeing them, and hearing their stories of the retired life in Florida!

We kept joking with them that their blood had probably thinned out so much that normal New Hampshire weather, even in the Summer, would be chilly for them.

But this hadn't been 'normal' with temps in the 90s. So, they were just fine with sitting out on the deck and chatting before dinner, which we did inside.

After they left, we watched the 2010 movie: Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright, which could have been done so much better. Though an interesting plot with a compelling cast, it was confusing to follow, and very mix-paced at the wrong times. Too bad, because I was really looking forward to a good flick....

07/16/16: Kayaking in South Berwick, ME
Sue had suggested that we go kayaking today as it was supposed to rain Sunday. Jill and Lucas were coming for a visit and dinner Sunday, so it would be too busy then anyway.

We started out heading toward Murdock Lake in Berwick, ME, but Sue spotted some kayakers on the Salmon Falls River as we crossed the Current Picture bridge on Route 4 into South Berwick. We looked at each other, and said at the same time: "An Explore!"

We had the kayaks in the water in no time; the sound of the falls echoing everywhere. It wasn't too far down the river that we stopped to admire this beautiful series of old farm buildings, most filled with freshly cut hay rolled into giant yellow-wheat colored bundles.

The whole river was spectacular. There were lots of interesting spots to check out, and plenty of shady areas along the banks to stop and cool off. Surprisingly, it wasn't oppressively hot. Maybe the temps didn't hit as high as projected, or maybe it was the really nice - sometimes brisk - breeze that made the air pleasant.

07/17/16: Jill and Lucas For Dinner!
Sue and I were excited when both Jill and Lucas said they could come and share dinner with us Sunday night!

Sue fixed a parsley and panco seasoned pan seared cod, and I did a medley of herb stir fried greens with basil, garlic, and scallions, along with a side of sautéed yellow squash and sweet red pepper that we enjoyed with a gentle bottle of Pinot Noir that Jim and Chris had brought with them when they came over.

07/22/16: Celebration Dinner Out
Sue and I met up with her co-worker Dennis and his wife Karen at The Oaks Golf Course restaurant to celebrate her and Dennis' 2 years on the job. It was great to finally meet Dennis and his wife. We had lots of fun, and thought maybe we should do this on a 6 month basis because you just never know how long working there will last....

07/23/16: Sue and Gale To Beach
Gale came over late Saturday morning and she and Sue headed off for a day at the beach. They had originally planned to go kayaking, but though the temperature was in the 90s, thunderstorms were threatened. They figured the beach was a better plan.

I had just started the dinner prep work when they came dragging back from the heat. Sue whipped up some mango margaritas for the two of them while I started the bottle of Cabernet Gale had brought. But, just as they headed for the deck it started to rain.

And what a thunderstorm it was! The rain came down in bucketfuls, though it really cooled the air off nicely. While they chatted in the living room, I pressed on with dinner: an interesting chicken in tomatoes and coconut sauce that Sue had found a couple years back in Food and Wine Magazine that she really liked.

We finished off the evening with what turned out to be the terrific 2016 movie, London Has Fallen.

08/06/16: Sunday Dinner Out
Sunday, Sue and I took her son Lucas out to a local Thai restaurant to celebrate his birthday. It was his pick, and he chose his favorite, Khaophums Fine Thai Restaurant here in Dover, NH.

Before heading off to dinner, Sue and Lucas went over to one of the local preserves for a short walk as the weather was just so perfect for that.

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