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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.



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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....

07/19/19: Kayaking Gilman Pond
Though it was going to be pretty hot today, Friday 07/19/19, it supposed to be far worse over the next few days. We decided that today was better for a kayaking trip up on Gilman Pond than waiting.

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Kayaking on Gilman Pond

I got up early (well, early for a Retired F.O.P.), and while Sue was out walking Beau, I hopped on the rider mower and got the grass cut. She pulled in just as I was finishing up, so together we got the gear out, and loaded the kayaks onto my car. We were on the water by around 11:00 am, but it did get so hot that we packed back up and headed home just after 1:30 pm.

After showering up, we sat out on the screened porch, and played some backgammon. Just a pizza and wine for dinner that we enjoyed as the day light began to get filtered out as it began to arch down toward the tree line. While we were watching a movie, Sue stood up on the sofa to check the light out. She hopped down, and proclaimed the need to head to the ridge for pictures. Beau and I scrambled to get the car pulled out as she grabbed her camera. She got some really neat shots.

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Sunset over the ridge.


07/20/19: Nora Visits
Our friend Nora came over for a visit and dinner Saturday afternoon 07/20/19. It was such a hot and humid day that even sitting out in the screen porch with the fan going full blast did little to relieve us from the heat.

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Nora and Sue out in the screen porch with Beau.

Nora had brought a really nice bottle of The Prisoner 2015 Red (Napa Valley). It went so good with the Port Salut cheese that Sue had brought out for us. And the longer it breathed, the better the flavors came out.

One of the wine reviews that I read on it had given it a score of 88, and the rather complicated description of: "The famous blend combines Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono, many of the grapes from sites well-known for growing mixed blacks, the wine's inspiration. Wildly feral on the nose, it imparts a baked essence to the fruit in addition to rustic compost, tobacco and game. Thick and rich, it delivers on its style, showing a robust, sweetly ripe tone of chocolate and vanilla."

Really? All that? Sure, listen: it was a really nice wine that we totally enjoyed.

It wasn't long though before I had to start the food prep. I had bought an inexpensive bottle of Spanish Rioja to go with the meal that I was cooking. When I told Nora and Sue, they, of course, wanted to know what was for dinner.

Well, that was my surprise for us all. Nora was my neighbor when I lived in Dover, and it was her who introduced Sue to me back in 2010. In fact, on Sunday 03/21/10, a beautiful Spring evening, I was sipping a Spanish Rioja, and listening to my new CD of Beethoven's Andante favori in F major, played - er, rather that would be 'looped' — too many times and at a volume probably not conducive to building good neighbor relations as I cooked dinner for my weekly Peter's Sunday Dinner Party For One.

Then "...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.'" Well, it wasn't Poe, but it was Nora!

"Got any wine for me and Sue?" she said as I swung the door open. "We've been out to Castaways, and figured you'd have something going on." What a great surprise, and I stuffed glasses of wine into their hands as they joined me in the kitchen. While I continued prepping for dinner, we chatted and I got to know Sue. I was, of course, smitten. Little did I know that we'd be married 7 years later!

Anyway, I had tumbled onto an interesting recipe in Food and Wine magazine earlier in the week that I had decided on right then would be an excellent challenge for me. It was a spicy Thai recipe that I could not, of course, leave alone. And well that I didn't as it would not have been as good. Or so I think, anyway. We were just having the greatest of time. I popped open another bottle of Rioja, and insisted they stay for dinner. What a great party, and the start of a wonderful relationship with Sue.

So, flashing forward from that story in 2010 to tonight in 2019, I was cooking pretty much that same meal for us as that night. I say 'pretty much that same meal' because even though I had a recipe in 2010, I didn't keep it, nor did I specifically follow it then. So tonight I was winging it again with only my general description that I wrote out on my web entry for that evening; that's all I had to go on.

That description went something like this: "I marinated thin strips of sirloin in a sherry and herb mix while I cut up the vegetables and got the rice cooking - a great resulting Basmati in a broth of cumin, coriander, paprika, marjoram, and who knows what all else. After getting a good base of garlic and fresh ginger root going in the wok, I stir fried onion rings and sweet red pepper. Then I dumped in the sirloin with a can of peas and let that cook for just a minute or so before stirring in the rice. Then there was some sauce to pour in, and then the finale was to throw in almost a whole head of kale and let that steam together."

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Dinner is almost ready!

We had just as good of a time this evening as we did back in 2010! We should celebrate that again for sure!


07/25/19: Visit to Chuck's
Sue and I flew out of Logan Thursday 07/25/19 for a 4 day trip to see Chuck and Denise.

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The whole crew at Naperville's Riverwalk area! Me, Braden, Denise, Sue, and Chuck.

We had a great time, and the weather was spectacular for the whole visit. I got to meet my 26 year old grandson, Braden, and we all had a nice video chat with my other grandson, Graham, who lives out in Santa Barbara, CA.

While there, we visited nearby Naperville's Riverwalk area, drove into Chicago, saw its Riverwalk area, visited The Bean, and took a nostalgic walk down to the lake front to the Columbia Yacht Club where my dad and I sailed our racing dingy out of when I was a kid, and went on a sunset picture taking adventure with Sue.

We had some wonderful food, great wines, and just a super time!


08/02/19: Dinner Party
We invited our friends Steve and Cathy over for a special birthday dinner party for Steve Friday evening 08/02/19.

I had just opened a bottle of Chardonnay 5 minutes before they arrived. Great timing! Steve had also brought a bottle of Chardonnay, and we popped that open when I started cooking.

Ever since I watched Denise prepare that risotto dish when we were out visiting them, I wanted to give it another try. I've attempted to fix it several times, and not so good.... I mean, how tough could this be?

Well, no one had told me to use Italian Arborio rice for one. What a difference that made. Duh... And then I had made it before with just water sprinkled with herbs. Denise suggested that I use chicken stock, and... well, what a difference. I sauteed up some mushrooms and onions in the skillet before putting in the rice. And then just kept adding the stock, not quite letting the liquid fully absorb before adding more stock. Simple.

Also for dinner that night, Denise had made a baked salmon as well as quick skillet sauteed shrimp. I'm not a salmon fan, but love shrimp and so I did her shrimp dish — yes, yes... with some of my own flair, adding lots of fresh basil from our garden, for example. Well, both dishes, along with a side of sauteed squash, cherry tomatoes, and onion seasoned with random herbs, came out great. Nice party. Happy Birthday, Steve!


08/03/19: Mia Comes For a Sleepover
Sue and I took Beau with us and made a run down to Marissa's to pick Mia up Saturday morning 08/03/19 at 9:00 am for a sleepover.

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Sue helping Mia make a bead bracelet.

Sue had suggested on the spur of the moment a couple of days before that it would be fun to have Mia for the weekend. When I asked Marissa to ask Mia about that, she was all for it.

Our plan was to take Mia on a hike up Blue Job before heading home. However, about half way up the weather started to turn. We got caught in a huge downpour just as we were getting to the car. Everyone was soaked, but certainly happy. Sue had Mia busy all day Saturday until her uncle Colin came over to join us for dinner.

Sunday, she was up early because she could hardly wait to have 'Gram Sue's pancakes'. At 9:30 am, I drove her down to meet up with Marissa and Gary as they were all going out on the boat. We had a great visit with her, and hope to do it again soon before she goes back to school.


08/04/19: Short Kayak Trip On The Merrymeeting River
Sue had been itching for days to get back out on the water, and so after dropping Mia off at home Sunday morning, we loaded the kayaks onto the top of my car, and headed off for a couple of hours on the Merrymetting River.

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Fields of beautiful wild blue pickerel water plants lined the sides of the river.


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