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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 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....

11/01/18: 2018 Rose Disciple Retreat, Center Harbor, NH
I held my 2018 Karate Disciple Retreat in Center Harbor, NH from Thursday 11/01/18 through Sunday 11/04/18. This was the first retreat since 2006 that I've held this event somewhere other than at my home. I figured it was time to change the scenary and give everyone somewhere different to experience.

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We were greeted with a rainy, chilly Friday morning in Center Harbor, NH to start the retrat off with.

My disciple, Master Carl Parker from Alburqurque, NM, had flown into Manchester, NH on Wednesday, and stayed the night with Sue and I before he and I drove up the the retreat site Thursday afternoon. The other disciples joined us through the late afternoon and early evening.

We enjoyed a massive meal of take-out Chinese food, and then had a nice series of discussions as a prelude to my actual first presentation on Friday morning. It was well after midnight that we crawled into bed.

We had a busy few days, with very late nights. The house we rented was an old New England farmhouse set on a hill with peekaboo views of Lake Winnipesaukee in the distance. Though the weather was chilly and rainy through most of the retreat, we were all very comfortable inside.


11/09/18: Mia At Gymnastics Class
Sue and I were able to visit Mia again at her gymnastics class in Dover Friday 11/09/18. She's really coming along nicely with all of the drills that we saw them putting the kids through.

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11/14/18: Library Bookcase Installation
My friend Steve Chorba, who did all of the renovation work on the house, came over Wednesday 11/14/18 to install bookcases that he had built for the library.

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He brought our other friend Art Hamilton, who had also helped Steve with most of the renovation work, and the two of them spent a few days working here. On the last day the three of us applied the first coat of stain to the bookcases. Art came back the next day, and he and I put a second coat on. They came out just spectacular!


11/17/18: Dinner With the Shackfords
Sue and I finally got a chance to visit with our friends, Steve and Becca Shackford, and to meet their new 7 month old son Mason.

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We drove over late Saturday afternoon 11/17/18 to their new home in Candia, which was Steve's mom's house. Sue had made a huge batch of lasagna that we took with us, as well as a bottle of Cabernet to celebrate.

Steve, a 3rd degree brown belt in karate student of mine is just recovering from a serious illness, and gradually getting his strength back. All of us have been pulling for him over the last few months, and so it was good to see him feeling better.


11/22/18: Thanksgiving
We decided to have a quiet Thanksgiving here on the mountain. We went out shopping early and bought an 8 lb turkey and all the other fixins we wanted. I got a nice fire going in the wood stove, and we sat all comfey in the living room watching movies for most of the day. Very relaxing, and just a perfect day.

Sue took over all food prep work, and by late afternoon we sat down at the table for a delicious turkey with herb dressing, gravey, and squash. Just doesn't get much better than that.

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11/24/18: House Family Holiday Pictures
The House family asked Sue if she'd take their family holiday pictures again this year, and of course she was delighted.

On the way down to Portsmouth to meet up with them, we stopped at Marissa's work to see her, Gary, and Mia. Sue had an Advent calendar to give Mia, and I had bought her a beautiful white knit sweater that I bought from a woman who had knitted it for her son 50 years before, and it was in perfect shape. Of course, Sue's gift got more attention, but that's fine. It was just good to see her.

And, best of all, Mia gave a snowman paper cutout project that she had made to Sue. And when asked if she could sign it, Mia went right to it! Three and a half years old, and she's able to print her name. Outstanding. You can just barely make it out on the bottom border of the picture. As soon as we got home, Sue hung it up on the refrigerator.

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Mia's art project for Sue posted onto the refrigerator door.

After heading out from Dover, we met Tim, Cindy, and Austin House in Portsmouth down at the harbor at Prescott Park, and spent almost an hour with them. Sue got some terrific pictures, particularly of Austin who wasn't quite as camera shy this year as he has been in the past.

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Tim, Austin, and Cindy

It was a bit of a chilly Saturday afternoon when Sue and I arrived at Prescott Park in historic Portsmouth, NH. We found a place to park, and met the Houses down on one of the wharfs extending out into the cold and fast moving waters of the Piscataqua River. Sue took a few pictures there, with the general backdrop of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where Master House has worked for over 30 years, and then moved around to other areas of the park.

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Survivors... of life: Master House and Master Rose

One good thing was the weather. Temps were up in the high 30s and even might have gone into the low 40s. Because of that, we really enjoyed walking around the different warfs and walkways in the park. In fact, we walked them back to their car as they had parked over on Four Tree Island. Sue got a nice shot of some of the building on the other side of the back river as we walked back across the bridge to our car.

Tim has studied karate with me for almost 40 years, and holds a 6th degree black belt masters ranking in our system. Cindy is not only a 1st degree black belt with me, but she and Tim met while training at the Rose School of Karate in Portsmouth, NH back in the late 1970s, so we have a lot of history among us.

After finishing up with pictures, Sue and I took an extended drive home. We continued south along the shore road through Newcastle, and then onto Route 1A through Rye and North Hampton, east on Route 111 through North Hampton and Greenland, the back road through Pease, and finally out onto the Spaulding Turnpike/Route 16 north. The Beau dog was out of control with joy when we got home, almost knocking us over as we came into the house.


11/27/18: Yet Another Early Season Snowstorm
We've now been hit with several early winter snowstorms: 11/16, 11/21, and now 11/27. This last one today, Tuesday 11/27/18, is the worst, though. It layed down a heavy, wet snow.

Friday 11/16/18

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Wednesday 11/21/18

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Tuesday 11/27/18

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11/29/18: Trip to Florida
Sue and I flew out of Portsmouth's Pease International Tradeport on Allegiant Airlines Thursday 11/29/18 for a visit with the Nancarrows in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

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Jim, who has been a martial arts student and disciple of mine for over 30 years and holds a 5th Degree Black Belt Master ranking, and his wife Chris picked us up. Because the flight had arrived in the early afternoon, none of us had eaten, and so they drove us to a nice restaurant for lunch. That was nice, to just relax and just chat.

Friday morning, after having a nice breakfast Chris had made, they drove us out to the Blue Spring State Park, Orange City to see the Manatees swimming. But we had going to St. Augustine as the real goal. Since that was over an hour and a half away, we jumped into the car, and headed out.

The old town area of St. Augustine dates way back, and there are so many cute shops along the pedestrian only brick streets. It took quite awhile for us to wander around before it started to get dark. We went back to the car, and then drove around the main square a couple of times to see all the lights. They call it the Nights of Lights Festival because the town puts out about 1,000,000 lights for display during the holidays. There are dozens of trolley like tour buses that just drive around for folks to see. It's quite a thing to see.

Though Sue wasn't feeling well Saturday, it was a great, and long overdue, visit with them.


12/06/18: Alan Released From Hospital
Today was a great day for my brother Alan who had some recent surgery. He had been in the hospital for a couple of weeks, and finally got cleared to leave. Now, just a couple of days in rehab, and he'll be back home!

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